The next day day, I attended a class with Irene Blanck in the afternoon so my wife and I went to the city center. Nantes is a beautifully city, full of energy with people but without cars. We had the feeling that there were not many cars in the center and it gave the city a beautiful atmosphere.
Some restaurants were really nice...others were fun just for the atmosphere and the decoration!
I can hear you say : "Wait, david!!!" We're not reading your blog to discover Nantes and your feelings about the city!!!! Move on to the quiltshow, will you?"
So here we go ;-)
The building is huge but they do not use the whole building for the show. Outside there are many grassy areas and a view on the river. Very pleasant as we had four beautiful sunny days!
Just before entering the show.
When I arrived, before heading to class, I just stopped at the Quiltmania booth to buy the books so I didn't have to carry them the next day when visiting the exhibition houses. And look what was displayed! Yes, this is block 3 of the Quiltmania 2015 BOM by La Fée Pirouette. What a gorgeous block!!!! But That was not all!
There was also this quilt! Yes, you got it right! That was love at first sight. It is going to be published in the next two issues of Quiltmania.
You will not believe it, but the next day, I saw a lady at a café whom I recognized from seeing her talking to Linda Collins at the show and asked her whether she knew Linda and if so whether she could tell Linda that I would have liked to say "Hi" but she was busy talking and I didn't want to interrupt her. Well, the conversation went on and I discovered she was the designer of this quilt! The quilting world is just a small world. Her name is Leigh Latimore and she is another talented quilter from down under.
The quilt show was very special. Fantastic exhibitions (which you will see in the following posts), many classes offered, and the perfect place to meet, talk to artists you admire, learn new techniques. The artits were all very friendly and happy to answer our questions. Moeover, a special corner in the quiltshow was dedicated to the bloggers. It was the right place to meet people, talk and see many Quiltmania projects such as the Tuesday Blocks or the Christmas blocks.
I met people I knew well, but also people I had never met before and not only in the show or the classes but also in Nantes! I was more than happy to meet these people and put a face on names. I felt that we knew each other through our blogs. I will not give names as I do not want to miss anyone, but they know who they are ;-)
Here are a few photos of the this corner.
For this edition, there were amazing boutis displayed.
There were so many things to admire!!! Not only in the artists houses but also on the vendors booth or on walls around the quilt show.
Odile Bailleul's mice.
Quilts from published in the magazine.
Booths showing their kits.
In the workshop corners, you could also see beautiful creations...
... or see artists at work in their booth.
And even wish to win the treasure chest!
I didn't... but a friend of mine is the lucky winner!! I am so happy for her and I am sure that she will make good use of everything.
I am not a dessert person, but sometimes one just cannot resist... that's part of the charm in France ;-)
Until the next post,