lundi 29 avril 2013

This is what i saw

early on wednesday morning in the fast train to Nantes after a sleepness night: just before arrival, the train is longing the river Loire, with some spectacular views.
While queing up to enter in the congresscenter, i admired the yarnbombing from local knitters, they truly did an awsome job.


I went to see the Jane's first. More than a hundred of Jane's, copies and more free versions, but all beautiful and think of the thousands and thousends of hours of meditation while sewing, hours of hapiness and sorrow and worries too....

People seemed to be over the moon and i was charmed by Betty Prins' red and pink Jane, sparkling and elegant


and happy to have mine hanging there too, but mine's just a clone . I've started mine in februari 1996, and finished in march 1998, so it's one of the oldest made in Europe .


Such pleasure to meet Di Ford again, and see her quilts, the careful sewing and the machine quilting too, a perfect match.
I've met some quilters who took a class with her, they were all very happy with her kind attention.
Hope to meet her again, she's  so cool and laid back.




Knitters and crocheters had taken over the back part of the main hall, but this is no longer my cup of tea since the girls are grown up, allthough i still admire their patience.



three quilts from An Moonen and Petra Prins new book, a must too.

A detail of a woolen quilt, from Minick and Simpson, all in blue , beige and grey, rustic and graphic, definitely my kind of quilts.
I'll be back tomorrow friends, more pics and a bit of socializing,
Will V in Paris, cold again....

13 commentaires:

Janet a dit…

What lovely pictures of beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing them with us :0)

Randy D. a dit…

Bonjour Will. The pictures are wonderful! I wish I could've gone to the show. One of these days!! Hope you and your husband are well! And enjoying some warmer weather, finally! Much love to you,

Nifty Quilts a dit…

Your quilt looks so great in the show! It seems you started a trend in France. Thank you for the other photos. All of the quilts are stunning!

Phyllis a dit…

Great post, love all the pictures. Great inspiration and what nice trip this must have been. Your DJ is beautiful.

Sue a dit…

Hi Will, lovely to meet you and see your Dear Jane.

Hope you enjoyed the rest of the show.
Thanks you for showing Sue to the way to the Wool Shop. She found her way back to us.

Willy a dit…

Wat een feest al die prachtige quilts daar bijeen. Leuk dat je er veel foto's van hebt gemaakt, vind het mooi om het allemaal te zien.
Lieve groet,

Miriam a dit…

Congratulations on having your Dear Jane quilt hanging in Nantes!

Thank you very much for sharing all those photos.

Every Stitch a dit…

Thanks very much for sharing these photos - lots of inspiration :) Must have been wonderful to see.

Lou a dit…

Please don't ever say your DJ is "just a clone". No Dear Jane quilt is a "Just" anything. Having made one and admired many, I know just how many hours goes into the beautiful quilt. Rejoice in your work and a stunning FINISHED quilt.
Thanks for the pics of the show, and yes Di is wonderful isn't she. And her new book is stunning.

betty prins a dit…

Ha Will, eindelijk weer internet (wij zijn even terug in het hollandse land). Wat was het heerlijk in Nantes, al het moois dat er te zien was!! Dank voor de mooie lapjes, ik heb er allerlei plannen voor, nu nog wat tijd vinden..
Ik geniet ook zo van het boek van Di, wat een aanwinst voor ons, zo inspirerend!

Inge a dit…

Ik heb je gevonden en het betreffende blog gelezen.
Ik geloof mijn ogen niet..... Tis toch een plaatje, wow. Als die van mij ook eens zo wordt, ooit. Dat is pas "lagge" dan.
Ik ga je toevoegen aan mijn favorieten, niet dat ik zo veel blog op het moment, maar toch, kan ik je een beetje beter in de gaten houden, hihi....
By the way. DH en ikke komen elk jaar een paar dagen naar jouw stad. September is de bedoeling dit jaar. Misschien denk je nu: nou en, boeien, als ik me daar iets van aan moet trekken, al die Nederlanders, duh.... Ik meld het gewoon ff.
Lang geleden, heb ik je ontmoet bij Rouvray trouwens, jaartje of 20 geleden, onze zoon werkte toen in Parijs en had stoffen voor mij gekocht, jij hielp hem en ik kwam natuurlijk naar de winkel toen we bij hem op bezoek waren.

Doei,
Inge

Inge a dit…

Oh en nu zie ik pas, dat je in Nantes was. Ik heb er veel over gelezen inmiddels. Druk en overweldigend waren woorden, die ik vaak tegen kwam. Prachtig hoor, al die DJ's en natuurlijk de stand van Petra en An.

Helen a dit…

Thanks for visiting my blog and showing me to yours :) Indeed a shame that we didn't connect / greet while in Nantes. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing your impression of the quilt show.