dimanche 19 juillet 2009

Sit back and relax, it's a long post...........;

A fragment from the waistband that will follow.
Let me start with two woollen tops.
The fabric has been gathered over the years, the dark square in a square came from swatches and the grey flannel came from a workmans shirt.
I bought the red fabric for the sashings.
I love to work with woollens, little mistakes are easy to rectify, and my stash is still important.

Inspired by Fons and Porter's book QUILTS FROM AMERICA'S HEARTLAND i used this pattern first for a cotton quilt.
A box full of woollen remnants resulted in this one.
I don't have the cotton quilt anymore.
It stayed in Skopje after my quiltshow in 1996.

May i show you now some family heirlooms?
I went to the Skopje surroundings for the first time in 1970.
DH and i decided to marry, but he wanted me to meet his family first, so i took a train from Paris to S. on my own, dropped in a totally different world.
Noticing that antique items were important to me, they generously allowed me to take back some treasures.
This is a snake with two heads, made of woven pearls.
While dancing, a young girl wrapped the snake around hear hand , and showed it above hear head.

I'm not sure, but it might also have a religious signification.
The snake is overall in a fragile condition, the thread is very weak.

I brought this little chair back a couple of years ago.
It was made by Stojan's granfather, especcially for him when he was a little boy.

A pic from the Turkish quarter in Skopje, around 1900.
The three guys are Serbian, recognisable at their caps.
A rich french banker, ALBERT KAHN, has send photographers all over the world, including the Balkans,in order to picture daily life with a revolutionary colorfotography called AUTOCHROMES;

The next three pics are women from the SKOPSKA CRNA GORA region, close to the now Serbian Albanian border.
My mother in law dressed this way on sundays, but now it has totally faded away..........
Sadly, the 1963 earthquake, communist megalomany while rebuilding the town, and modernity too, killed most of the original way of life in Macedonia too.
Skopje has a wonderful ethnic museum, where one of our nieces, Gordance Vidinic, is a conservator of the textile department.
So if you pass by the sad and dusty city, take a jump there and enjoy!

A detail of the waistband ornament.

Junkfind of last week:
a nice indonesian batik and a bedsheet from a beige chambray, blending nicely in with the batik.

I'm asking for help from my Swiss fellow quilters:
this is another junkfind: a scarf, a naif block print.
It's old, that's for sure but does anyone know when this was printed?And is it really a scarf?
Your answers will be very much appreciated!

A few weeks ago i learned some basic skills of framing with Monique and she was a wonderful help with framing this sepia coloured photo from the house were i was born.
The kids are my aunt and my father and the man in the doorstep is my grandfather.
My parents "modernised" along the years but the current owners brought it back to the original state in an exquisite way.
It is now a beautiful Bed and Breakfast, situated in the heart of DIEREN, Guelderland.
Hope you are all doing well and enjoy summerquilting, it keeps our minds together!

9 commentaires:

M. Regina a dit…

I love your blog. Beautiful your quilts. Hugs from Brasil.

Lazy Gal Tonya a dit…

great stuff. those two wool quilts are gorgeous - congrats! What are those Macedonian skirts made out of? The striped ones - they're beautiful.

Karen a dit…

I like your wool quilt very much!

Karen a dit…

Wonderful post. I love the woolen tops and the chair.

Bonnie K Hunter a dit…

Will! I love the quilts! I just get so much pleasure out of using recycled fabrics in quilts, you are a girl after my heart!

I am coming to join an American friend in Paris in October. She is renting a flat for 3 weeks, and I am coming for one of those weeks (I HOPE) I would love to see you again if we can arrange it!


Ann a dit…

Oooooh! I am so excited to have found your blog (through Inspired by Antique Quilts)! I feel transported to France, where I've never been and would love to go. Your quilts and bits and pieces are gorgeous, and your teddy bear...! Thank you, Ann.

una quilter a dit…

I love your woolen quilts. They are beautiful! I always enjoy seeing old photograph. What a beautiful house you were borne in. It was also interesting to see the photographs from Macedonia. When I was 10 years old, in 1982, my mother and I took the train from Norway to Greece. I remember passing Skopje... It was nice to see the women wearing traditional clothes in your pics. Too bad they don't anymore. Take care, Una.

tjorven.ebk a dit…

Dag Will
Prachtige quilts laat je zien. Je kralen sieraden zijn heel apart. Leuk om wat foto's uit je album te bekijken. Het huis in Dieren herken ik.
Groetjes Willy

Kucki68 a dit…

I love the woolen quilt top with the red sashings, lovely.