The Portobello West Market last weekend was a good experience. We met some great folks, both other artisans and shoppers, and we even sold some things. Well worth the effort! Now, on to the next project!
Although hand quilting and its rhythmic, rocking motion has always been a natural expression for me, free motion machine quilting is becoming very comfortable as well, not to mention much faster. When sight, sound and touch are synchronized, and the thread in the needle draws to its rhythm,the Bernina sings.
Heading NW on the A75 from Montpellier, you will arrive at the little town of Lodeve in about 45 minutes. Like so many of the towns and villages in the Languedoc, there are treasures to be found around every corner. Our destination was the "Musee Fleury", which was featuring a Gauguin exhibit. Aside from the Gauguin on exhibit, there were some marvelous contemporary French works on display as well. Much inspiration was gleaned from the experience, and many quilt designs are hoping to find their way to fabric. (Some day!) Aside from the very fine gallery in town, Lodeve is also well known for it's medieval cathedral, "Cathedrale St-Fulcran". Lodeve is an ancient town with Celtic origins, however, the town and the church thrived during the middle ages because of the local wool trade. Most of the current structure was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, although there are traces of the original 6th century foundations. The cathedrale is still a stop on the pi
Natural linens, 100% cotton and toile de jouy play the leading role in much of my work. The stone coloured linens are reminiscent of many of the medieval stone built structures found in most of the towns and villages of Southern France.
It's the fibre lovers paradise; the motherload; the big kahuna! At the base of Sacre Coeur, in the Montmartre district of Paris, live thousands and thousands of orphaned bolts of fabric, just waiting for the right person to give them a loving home. Always on the look out for yet another metre of fabric in need of a loving home, I did my part for the "fabric rescue program".
While in the process of designing some custom placemats, that are to coordinate with a specific set of dinnerware, catastrophe struck! The fabric was chosen from a print-out of the dinnerware found on the web. Not a good idea! When confronted with an actual dinner plate, the colours chosen were very wrong. By this time, the fabric had been purchased, pre shrunk and the piecing had been done. All was set for the hand applique to commence. C'est tragique! But the fabric did look quite beautiful drying in the warm sun!
The mimosa trees were already in full bloom on our arrival, and by now, most of the early flowering shrubs and trees provide a colourful accent to the all the light coloured stone houses that line the streets. We had hoped for sunshine when we got back to “Le Grande Sud” 4 weeks ago. Spring has been a little reluctant to make a firm commitment this year. However, the Saturday market in town already offers “produits du terroir” (locally grown produce), in the form of asparagus and “garriguettes” ( very aromatic, flavourful strawberries ). In everything that I see, I can visualize the next quilt, or wall hanging or table setting. Thank goodness for the digital camera, which allows me to record these images, and refer back to them as often as necessary. I am currently designing several new pieces which will make it to the web site before too long. The problem here is the same problem that I face in Vancouver. There are only 24 hours in a day, and sleep seems to be a necessary part of l
The idea of Seams French came around when my mom Elizabeth and I moved to Europe. It was about five years ago that I went off to grad school in the UK, while my parents decided to realize their dream of living in the south of France. I was studying contemporary art, and Elizabeth was developing her already considerable quilting skills by learning (and mastering) the techniques common to the region of Provence. After two years I graduated and moved back to Canada to marry my beloved husband. We now live in Vancouver and absolutely love it! My parents live nearby in the same city for part of the year, but continue their French adventures on an annual basis. Realizing that we work well together and have similar interests, Elizabeth and I have decided to begin our own sewing adventure. We consider it a bi-national effort of sorts, working together and separately as we see fit but constantly and enthusiastically. Elizabeth has developed her own line of fine linens which you can check