Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lady Jane's Garden Needle Case

The needle case is now finished.

I am very happy with how it turned out.

I used an antique fabric I had in my stash for the needle page inside. I am not happy with the way I attached it though. If you have any suggestion on how to attach it neatly, please let me know ;-) I think I will do that part again.

Well, I guess that you want to see the photos ...

There are still three other accesories I need to finish before lining the basket.

Until later,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer is here.

Today, we celebrate the first day of summer in France. This is "La Fête de la Musique" and everywhere in France, in big cities as well as in small villages, people, old and young, will play music outside... all kind of music. It is going to be a great evening.

This morning, I walked around my garden and enjoyed the blooming flowers. I especially like the color of the hydrangea.

Want a closer look ?

The garden is so beautiful these days... So I decided to surprise my wife with a nice country bouquet of flowers. I cut flowers and a few branches of this and that and it imediately created a lovely atmosphere on our terrace table.

Well, You might think, by now, that it has nothing to do with stitching. So, let's talk about it.

I am finishing the Lady Jane Garden basket and accessories by Jackie Du Plessis. What was the most difficult part for me is now almost finished. It's the pocket with gussets which has a padded front and which will be added to the inside of the stitched needle case. As usual, I am a bit long but it is for a good cause : finishing it nicely and making it one of my Antique of the Future.

Like many of you, I have several summer projects on my to-do list. This summer, I plan to stitch two samplers.

The first one is Tribute to Summer by Stacy Nash. I am waiting for my linen and silks to arrive.

The second one is Hillside Travelers by LHN. Here are the coton threads.

Finally, I have decided to do the Stitch Me club 2011 of Nataliejo from L'Atelier Perdu. Though I hesitated because I have so many projects in my stash already, it was impossible not to participate to a fun club from one of my favorite designers.

I wish you all a wonderful summer (and those in the southern hemisphere a beautiful and cosy winter). I will try to post from time to time. So let's keep in touch...

Until later,

Monday, June 13, 2011

couldn't delay it any longer...

Yes, that's right!!!! I first thought of posting about the Frog Basket in a day or two but couldn't wait ;-)

Finishing the basket has been quite a challenge! You know, the kind of things that, when you're done, you feel like you can do anything from now on!!!! ...Until the next project.... LOL

Let me tell you that, though it is far from perfect, I am very happy with how it turned out.

Hope you like it too!

PS : As I have posted twice today, don't miss my previous post about the quilt exhibition in Brouage.

Edit June 14 : To answer emails I have been receiving, you can find theFrog Basket model in Yoko's Saito's latest book, Past and Present, My Quilting Life, published in a bilingual edition (French and English) by Quiltmania.

You can also see Corinne's finished basket and Cécile's one on their blogs. (Click on the names for the link)

Thank you for all you nice comments... you've made my day ;-))

Until later,


Every other year, there is an exhibition I would not miss! It is in Brouage, on the French Atlantic coast. In this exhibition you can see reproduction quilts, mainly hand-stitched and only hand-quilted.

Everytime, I am in complete admiration... I don't have the name of each quilter for each quilt but I will give you their names because they are truly talented quilters : Dominique Husson, Catherine Guy, Liesbeth Spaans-Prins, Simone Patouillard, Françoise Forichon, Colette Debrie, Isabelle Etienne Bugnot, Aline Joulin, Marie-Josèphe Véteau, Maryvonne Marmion, Manuela Ribière, Agnès Carretier, France Aubert, Colette Goix, Gabrielle Paquin, Anne-Marie Uguen, Renée Elie, Maryse Kesteloot et Michelle Sapierre, Josianne Bréhin, Yvonne Calvez, Odette David, Huguette Ricchiero, Liliane verger, Louise-Marie Stipon, Ghislaine Lucas, Anne-Marie Schmitt, Marie-Françoise Grégoire, Annick Tauzin, Marie-Paule et Anne-Hélène Nédélec, Ewa Guérin, Jocelyne Picot, Cécile Lacoste, Pénélope Roger.

Enjoy the photos :

A few quilts are missing because I didn't have a good photography of them! Sorry about that.

Hope you have enjoyed the tour.

Until later,