It never fails to amaze me how I find myself meeting up with quilters from around the world. Valerie, second from the left, and I attend the Dear Jane retreats in Shipshewana, Indiana. She was working during the show as a French/English interpreter and she arranged a meeting in the foyer of my hotel of many quilters whom I have met through the Reproduction Fabrics community list. It was great to put some faces to names from Australia, Norway and Holland.
|From left to right - Randi, Valerie, Bev Bannard, Wil, Jette, Linda Collins and me!|
A little bit of learning...
As well as Brigitte's workshop, I also signed up for Linda's workshop on making scrappy quilts, which meant I would have to use a sewing machine and piece(!) and, what's more, piece without having a drawn pencil line on the fabric to guide my 1/4" seam along! This was scary stuff, especially as the blocks were no larger than 4". I just cannot piece without a "safety net", and even my French co-participants were nervous of the no pencil line rule - it must be a European thing!
A little bit of shopping...
It was all far too tempting. I had to hold back because I would have to pull whatever I bought through the Paris Metro system and London Underground - this makes you think twice, but then there are always taxis!
|Brigitte and Linda's books|
|Some more of my favourites - Dutch chintz from Den Haan & Wagenmakers|
|From La Petite Echelle in Tours |
I loved the toile on the right and then I added three bundles of fat 1/8ths
I have some ideas, just need the time to act on them!
A little bit of sight-seeing...
As a child, my family used to have summer camping trips to Brittany, so I have been to
Nantes a few times. It was strange to see at the railway station, trains going to Royan, St. Nazaire, La Baule and Le Croisic so it all brought back many happy memories for me, especially Le Croisic and the harbour there. But I really do not remember much about Nantes - maybe it was a town we passed through en route...
|The canal basin behind the convention centre|
|The Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany|
|It is a moated chateau|
|The old biscuit factory which made Beurre biscuits - now I remember munching my way through these!|
|Brigitte Giblin's interpretation of Auntie Green's quilt - the pattern is in her new book|
|Quilts of Margaret Bounami|
|Inside Margaret Bounami's petite maison|
|I have three of these fabrics in the above block in my stash.|
Would I have ever thought of combining them? No.
I need to be challenging myself more
Some wall hangings from the exhibit by the French Quilting Association
|A miniature houses quilt|