Thursday, April 22, 2010

Une Catastrophe!

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!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

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 life! So I put in the necessary hours of sleep required. When morning finally arrives, I’m eager to get started with the new day and to discover more about this textile art.

In the meantime, Leah is back in Vancouver, hand piecing her way through a 17oo piece quilt. (Is she kidding?!?) I am also hard at work trying to improve my computer skills, in all areas, but in particular, for use in the design process.
Leah and I share ideas and provide help and support to each other on an almost daily basis (our version of “on-line support”). We have been known to each sit at our computer until the wee hours of the night (for me), and browse the web, while having a running dialogue via skype. Being able to work together this way has made our 2 continent partnership quite viable.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Our Story

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 out at, and loves the challenge of custom projects. I've taken a shine to quilting and have become the trusted apprentice, loving the process of colour selection, construction and the chance to learn a trade that so many of the women in my family have participated in at one time or other.

While Elizabeth is in France this blog is a way for us to communicate, but we're also hoping that other people who see this site and share similar interests will feel compelled to join in the conversation. Thanks for reading and happy threads!

-Leah Janzen