lundi 24 octobre 2011

IN MEMORIAM 1940-2011

My dearest sister Hans, so happy she was at the quiltshow in Deventer.
She was a flamboyant woman and, as her husband who died only 3 month ago, so open to people in need....
Such a terrible loss to all of us...........

dimanche 23 octobre 2011

The australian quilts

The absolute highlight for me were the Australian quilts, brought to France by Annette Gero. The wagga's, Australian utility quilts can learn us so much about recycling and make do: they had rather small sizes, and used by workers who went from farm to farm. The first pic is a wagga made from woolen samples.
The hexagons quilts was in a very derelict state, but i couldn't take my eyes off it.
An other wagga.
A feathered star medallion, maybe not the very best sample of Australian quilt, could be as well an American  or a Dutch quilt, but while i looked closer to the fabrics, i noticed the fabrics looked very English, a gorgeous one.
The appliquéd quilt was my favorite, she really did with what she had, the stems shows they were made from all sorts of scraps, not matching at all,yet so charming ...
The pattern are in Annette's book... so if life gives me time, one day...
Framed hexagons, nice quilt , pic is from a poor quality, sorry.
Sort of Roman stripes or chinese coins? Bars? I like the framing, as if the maker just joined rows to get a surface she needed.
Very ornamental chintz appliqué with the dancing dollies as a framing, pattern in the book and also available through THREADBEARS if i remember well
The last pic is a détail  from Edita Sythar's quilt. I liked hers for the perfect technical skills, but seeing them after the antique ones, i felt like a lack of emotion..... 
Well ladies this was written on a very sunny sunday, the ALL BLACKS won from the French in New Zealand this morning , and oh boy, those rugbymen a such GOOD SPORTS, take care and my thoughts go to the quilters preparing a trip to Houston , hoping one day i can go back there..

jeudi 20 octobre 2011

Willyne Hammerstein in Ste Marie

Look at her smiling face, while she is signing her book MILLEFIORI QUILTS at the Quiltmania booth in Ste Marie. And oh, you should have seen her quilts hanging there, sparkling and shiny, made from the most humble and unexpected fabrics.
I meet Willyne every now and then, and we talk about places where we hunt for stuff.if you look carefully at her pic you may notice that she seems to promote the book called HISTORY OF DUTCH QUILTS, but this is not hers.
MILLEFIORI QUILTS is edited by QUILTMANIA, it's a must have.
The border of this quilt was found by Willyne in southern France.
Aquilt from an Israelian quilter, carefully made and nicely quilted.
The last group of pics concerns the quilts from Brouage,beautiful copies of antique quilts. The last part will be about the antique quilts from Australia, brought to Europe by Annette Gero and her very supportive husband. See you then, take care , Will V in Paris