lundi 11 août 2014

Hello readers,

Like last year we spend the month of July at the Normandy coast in Kairon and we were lucky with the weather , bright and sunny, the seawater was warm and we went to the beach for hours.

This is a pic i took just outside St.Pair, near the end on a sunday morning, low tide, to join the carbootsale, a huge one, but i went home empty handed. No worries, a had a wonderful time, just hunting! I do those things alone, on my way and through the years i became very selective. 

Moumoune the cat has grown a lot and can sleep a whole day after a hunting night...

DD is a member of a drumband and participated at a village fair. This was her first performance in public and  and she said it was exhausting and exciting in the same time. The little princess is as tall as i am now and DH is proud of them!



DD has a sudden passion for tomatoes, so every night we had cherrytomatoes with a glass , way better than the tomatoes you buy in the supermarket and absolutely organic, delicious!



Back to Granville for a mussels and french fries meal, with a walk at the harbour , bit windy but it's the coast after all....



I've worked long hours ont Di's Mountmellick,and i feel a lot more comfortable with appliquéing, but there is still a lot to do.

Progress on a cot quilt, an English one, i found the image on Pinterest.

And the quarter of a recently made top, and this brings me to telling you a lovely story: remember the visit of Elsbeth Wallenburg in February? It was a private show and tell at home and she asked "why don't you come to Holland with the tops and share them with the Dutch quilters???" At first glance it seemed a bit weird to me , but Elsbeth asked me again and slowly it became a reality.
So on the 30th of August i will be at Petra Prins in Zutphen, and at the 31th in Amsterdam at Dutch Quilts, former Den Haan en Wagenmakers.
I'm more than happy to share 40 years of quilting experiences with you!!

A porcelain coffecup and saucer from a small carbootsale in Carolles, the only rainy sunday morning...
This lazy blogger hopes you had a good summer in these troubled times where each and every one seems to be affected by growing violence and dramatic climate changes, so take care....

mardi 20 mai 2014

Here's NEARLY INSANE

DH did what he could for a smart presentation of the top.
The missing part is hidden behind the chair on the right.
Quilting will be easy peasy compared to the piecing , i remember that from the time i quilted DEAR JANE !

I'm now Under the spel of MOUNTMELLICK from Di Ford , these bits and pièces  are for the third border.
I had a glimpse from the fourth part shown by Elsbeth Wallenburg , and that's a light summerjob, just triangles.



The overflowing scrapbox was the source for the hexagons.
This is the middle of the week already , where does time go??
If a day had 48 hours, it wouldn't be enough for me....
Happy quilting my friends , until next time.

samedi 17 mai 2014

Marvelous....

Thank for all the kind answers after my request, the solution has been
 found and i also had  reactions on my FB account.

So Françoise , you're right , never a dull moment among quilters!

Helene Juul in Denmark , good to know you have a shop , i will bear this in mind.

Jill , thank you for mentioning Whittlesfabrics , they really have awesome deals for repro fabriclovers , but i'm not sure they will ship to Europe , will find out soon...

Karin , je bent een schat, hoop je toch een keer te ontmoeten daar aan de waterkant.... wie weet...LOL

Jenny Brear , i tried to contact Schoolhouse , but they seem to move to another location , and also are attending several quiltgatherings.

I had this kind of problems before and always found re replacement in the boxes Under the bed , but this time it's about sashings and outer border.
You've made my day and more of that.....

Will V in Paris




vendredi 16 mai 2014

This is a cry for help....


This is a Marcus fabric , Judie Rothermel , collection PARTY OF TWELVE number 393.
The fabric as shown looks a bit wrinkled , sorry, the color is a light purple.
I hope there is anyone who can help me with a piece of 7 inch by 44 inch , roughly 20 cm ,
I used it for the sashings and outer borde for my nearly insane .
I knew from the beginning that it was risky , but i loved this fabric so much...
I can pay for it, of course, or trade with something french or whatever you want, no trouble.
 
The first picture is from a little border , probably 19th century , very sweet.
I had to do a boring thing in the 11th of Paris, just behind ALIGRE Market , with a brocante section.
The amount is small , just for two little borders.
As soon as DH is available for a little help i will picture NI and post it.
Have a very good weekend , Paris will be under the sun.....

lundi 12 mai 2014

Nantes

If i'm late with showing you pics from the exhibition , it's because i'm still struggling with Windows 8.1 on my brand new computer . Sky drive and other ghosts hount my days and nights , and that's also why you see my hexagon quilt first , while i intended this pic for the end of the posting , sorry for that...
 

A part of a lovely basket quilt , from the Quiltmania collection .
This sweet Japanese lady works with tiny bits and pièces she recycles in quilts, bags , and floorcloths .
I observed her for a while , she was incredibly quiet , answering our question with a little helper.
Quiltmania  published an article about her in the issue 100 ...







Some nice antique quilts and tops on the stand of Jane Lury and her husband , i know how fortunate we are in Europe with these real troopers , who come  for all the major quilt events  every year.













Michelle Yeo and Carolyn Konig came with their wonderful quilts , and i bought their books without a single moment of hesitation , Australian quilters are awesome , they make masterpieces !

Louise-Marie Stipon in front of one of her most impressive quilts .
Louise-Marie is one the Brouage quilters and had a retrospective of het long quilting career .



Another detail of Louise-Marie's logcabin , one block is not bigger than 3 inches ....
I stayed for only 1 day , so i missed the evening with Joes and Isabeau , bad idea , next year a longer stay i hope, with the help of a special piggy bank...
Take care , Will V in Paris.

lundi 28 avril 2014

A finish

Most of the blocks were made by my quilting buddies , and i feel deeply ashamed for hiding them in a bag for years now..... I considered a brown stripe for the sashing as ideal , until i saw a picture from the original quilt from about 1880 , off-white plain muslin , but of course!!
The brown fabric was just to heavy and dark , i'm happy with the result .
It will stay a top for the moment , and there is a reason for this , but a cannot tell more for the moment....

Some details of the blocks.



This is a stupid mistake i made this weekend , because i always go full speed , thought i read the explanation a hundred times %µ§£ !!!!!
This is  (will be ) the first border for NI ,i sewed all the pink rectangles and green tringles THE SAME DIRECTION !!
And it must be a zigzag border...
Now i must change half of the rectangles....

My latest find from the junkshop : 8 metres of this lovely japanese kimono fabric , blending in so nice with Dutch folklore fabric ;

This is Carolyn Konig ,a quilter extraordinaire from Australia , and we met in Nantes ; Her book is awesome , so i will pop in with more pics from POUR L'AMOUR DU FIL very soon.
Take care and keep quilting,
Will V in Paris