Eté 2016!

IMG_9277The summer is coming to an end and I have not done much quilting  but I have done a lot of traveling and gathering of ideas, images and inspiration.IMG_9213

I always get renewed when I spend time in Pradelles,  the village where I was born and spent my first 10 years.  Pradelles is in Auvergne in what the French call La France profonde, or the essential France, and when i am in the villages and the beautiful countryside I have profound experiences.  In Langogne, seven kilometers away from Pradelles, I visited again La Filature des Calquières (a spinning mill dating from the 19th century) and was amazed by the beauty of the old machinery.  There IMG_9221were a couple quilts hanging in the entrance.  Very traditional patterns but with very French fabric — especially the red quilt with Provençal designs.IMG_9217

I also found a new store in Langogne that would delight any quilter.  Croch’ et Fil: Mercerie, Patchwork, Points Comptés et Broderies.  Nadine Chazalette, the owner, was delightful and very open.  Together we fantasized about having workshops with American and French students.

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Bouquet de fleurs sauvages

Late June in Auvergne is a delight of wild flowers.  My cousin Noël taught me a trick that I am happy to share:  pick red poppies (coquelicots) still in bud, put them in a vase and they will open in a few days and last quite a few more.

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Mon trés grand cousin Noël

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Back in Berkeley the end of the summer is marked by the Solano Stroll. I will have a booth with the quilts from my  Harbor House students: Jane from Korea, Bunlay from Cambodia and Gisela from Mexico.  Be sure to come by and say hello.  We will be at the same spot as last year: booth 37 at the corner of Neilson.

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