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

vendredi 25 avril 2014

Hello from Paris

The big hexagon top is finished , love it love it ! 
Handquilting would be a too tough job , batting is not a good option too , or perhaps some light flanellette.
The borderfabric is sturdy , a heavy cotton for upholstery or curtains , so it will end up as a tied quilt , now looking for a backing , let me see what's availabable at the marché St. Pierre.

Then the second border of Mountmellick , still without the little flowers on the beige corners , but that will be a matter of hours ,waiting for the third border , the next issue of Quiltmania should arrive within days.
The third border will be mainly appliqué too i was told.....


I was  lucky last week :
went to my junkshop , and found this antique cashmere shawl , i suppose the background , a sad shade of antracite gray , was once black , or maybe a dark green.
I imagine the for corners a a center for a medallion quilt , and the smaller parts worked in blocks. There are no holes in the parts i want to use ,but it's OLD ,so even if it will be a quilt one day , it has to be treated with care.....
Payed a euro for it , good deal huh??



And with the cashmere shawl this pillowcase came home and i use it, because nothing can compare the soft feel of real linen....
I went to Nantes yesterday, had a wonderful day and will show you pictures from the fair.
Have a good weekend , Will V in Paris


lundi 7 avril 2014

Long time no news from Paris

Shall i start with the progress on quilts and the start of Mountmellick? It's Di Ford's stunning mistery quilt, she made for QUILTMANIA.
Kits are available and i see beautiful samples on blogs , but i do it my own way with stuff from the boxes.
Appliquéinge is not easy for me and it's quite a challenge, but while working , i feel more and more at ease.
The chintz flowers came out of the Dutch stuff box , and seem bigger then the ones on the print for the kit.
The leaves beside the corner hexagons must still be appliquéd , but that's easy peasy compared to the start.
I love the blue border , and on the second pic you see the preparation for the second border , which is ready and sewn on while i'm writing.
The six pointed  hexagon blocks are a gift from my quilting buddies in Paris and i will go on making more blocks in order to get a top at the end.
I saw the block on a Pinterest pic and fell in love wth it immediately.
Triangles will separate the blocks , perhaps off white.
We had an early spring this year in France , and i spend a few days at the seaside with DD and the little sweetie, who is taller as i am now , and hates to be pictured all in once.....
On very sunny and warm day i walked from St. Pair to Carolles , to join Vauban's stone cabin , but the weather wasn't clear enough to see Mont St. Michel unfortunately , and the quiet roads and hidden beaches , the greenery and tiny flowers were a feast for the eye.
I have a brand new computer , Windows 8 , and i don't feel very at ease with it now , but i must admit there is a huge difference with the seven years old Dell, and at least i can upload photo's , learn something new every day...
Now looking for a Word initiation....
Take care you all and greetings from Will V in Paris