Saturday, April 10, 2010
A Quilter's Heaven and my progress on the Civil War Tribute BOM
Last summer I was in Oregon visiting my dear friends. They are my American "family" as they were my host family when I worked in Portland a long time ago. Of course, while being there I could not resist doing some shopping!!!! And I found an extraordinary quilt shop in West Linn which is very close to Portland : Hollyhill Quilt Shop and Mercantile. It was, for me, heaven on earth. Each part of the shop had its own theme : country, christmas, Americana... The photos will show you more than I can tell!
It was worth the visit!!! And as my daughter was in Portland for a semester and asked me what I'd like her to bring back for me, guess where I sent her?
Next Quilt Shop visit will be in Sisters, Oregon!! Another great place where there is a wonderful outdoor Quilt Show in July! And lots of antique dealers, too!!! But, that will be for another post...
You may have guessed, by now, that I love the USA. This is why I'm really happy to piece the Civil War Tribute Quilt BOM. Do you remember ? I showed you the fabrics here.
The Civil War Tribute collection by Judie Rothermel is showcased in this extraordinary quilt which was created as a BOM program by Homestead Hearth. In France, you can find it at Les Secrets de Marie.
I've just finished month 1 which consists in two identical blocks. One is 18 inches and the other one is 12. I follow the rotary cutting instructions but piece it by hand. First of all, because of the pleasure of handpiecing and also because I don't feel comfortable with my sewing machine!
But I will try to sew a quilt top by machine very soon! I'll let you know.
Now, I'm getting ready to go to the French Quilt show organized by Quiltmania. I will attend three classes. One to create nice little presents for next Christmas, one to learn a fast machine piecing method using a special ruler (new for me!!!) and of course a class with Reiko Kato! :-))