Quilting books and what I've been up to.

What I've been up to ??? It's been quite a while again since my last post!!!
The reason for my silence is that my dear friend from Portland passed away. We met 19 years ago in Portland and we had become very close friends. He was a model, a mentor and I admired him. We have seen each other almost every year since when we first met and I am happy to have seen him three times last year. I will miss him...
I went to Portland to say a last good bye and I just came back on Monday evening. Though it was a sad journey, the ceremonies have been uplifting, the time spend with his family and friends comforting.
We will meet again when my time will come... I feel blessed to have known so great a man and to have counted him as a dear friend. It will continue to help me throughout my life. And my thoughts and prayers are first and foremost for his wife, children and grandchildren.

On Twitter, a friend of mine wished me my needlework pleasure to keep me in comfort... yes, it will, as when I work with my needle, it is a time of prayers and thoughts wandering...

Let's go back to quilting stuff, as it is why you read my blog, I guess!!!
I have to share with you the two new books I received a few weeks ago!! I love them!!! The first one is from Jo Ann Mullaly. After Wool Crazy, which was a great success, she is back with fifteen wool projects in Crazy At Home! A great book with great projects!

The second book is from Kim Dielh! It's the fifth book in her "Simple" series. Like the other books, it is filled with country quilts, charm and this time she has used wool in several projects. Moreover there are additional projects that go with the main quilts and I think it is just a very good idea. So if you want my opinion, just order your copy as it is a must- have and you will want to make all the projects in the book! I want to!!!! I just need time ;-)

There is just one problem!!! Wool is not widely available in France and it is very expensive! So I guess I should open an online European store for hand-dyed wools as a second job!!! That would be fun!!!!
But no! I am definitely too busy already!!!
Until later my dear friends,


  1. So sorry to hear of your friend's untimely passing David.
    Indeed, stitching will be very soothing at this sad time.

    Your books look great (very difficult lol) and am sure you will stitch another masterpiece.
    Happy Christmas wishes for you and your family, a white one too I am sure.

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  3. Glad to hear you are doing ok back home now. We'll be all with you as for our needlework pleasures!!! we all have a lot of goodies in our stash, don't we?

    You are always ahead of me about new books. I'm still patiently awaiting for JoAnn's new wool book become available at my LQS. Did you know she has been living where you just came back from - Portland, OR?

  4. J'ai bien pensé à toi ces derniers jours et je suis certaine que ta présence fut un réconfort immense pour la famille de ton cher ami disparu.
    Il est vrai que les arts de l'aiguille sous toutes ses formes nous apporte un réconfort inouï, particulièrement lors de passages très difficiles .
    Je vous souhaite à toi et à toutes ta petite famille un Joyeux Noël.
    Bien amicalement,

  5. So sorry to read about your friend's passing, David - we lost a friend recently, so I can truly sympathize. I hope you will have a peaceful Christmas.

  6. j'espérais pour ton ami...je suis sincèrement désolée. J'espère que son épouse et ses enfants trouveront la force nécessaire pour surmonter ce malheur. Je me doute que tu y veilleras.
    Je vous souhaite à tous les quatre, un noël rempli d'amour et de tendresse :-)

  7. Je suis vraiment désolée de lire la triste épreuve que tu viens de traverser en cette fin d'année. J'espère que tu trouveras le réconfort auprès des tiens, avec tes aiguilles, tes xxx et tes tissus.
    Je te souhaite un "Merry & Blessed Christmas".
    Take care.

  8. Nos petites croix paraissent dérisoires face à un tel malheur...J'espère néanmoins que tu passeras un bon Noël auprès des tiens...

    ...et désolée pour mon "Merry Xmas, girls" sur mon blog, mais tu es le seul boy à y venir!...et cela m'enchante!
    Bonne soirée



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