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Thanks for visiting ! Please leave me comments, I love to read what you might think about the boutis (which is also known as "Broderie de Marseille"), please share with me what you have seen, what you love, how-tos, good museums to visit, pattern origins, and so on ..... you get the idea !

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Modern Quilting

Those who know me might be surprised that I am interested in modern quilting.  I usually make antique reproductions, and adore the old, finely made applique quilts.  One of the things I like about them though, is the quirkiness you sometimes find on old quilts, almost to the point of looking abstract or modern.

Recently I joined a small group which concentrates on Modern quilting.  I have learned a lot along the way, and do really like the clean lines of modern work.  We have a quarterly challenge, and so far I have not been very productive.  However, I combined the current challenge of using two colors with my own challenge of using circle shapes, and adapted a pattern of Brigitte Heitland's (Zen Chic, she also designs for Moda, and I love her patterns).  So here is the top pinned, and as usual, I will hand applique this one since that is my preferred method:

I am still stitching a little boutis most days, since I am working on a large piece. I like doing it, and am not bothered that it takes me a long time.  Going to work seriously interrupts stitching time !
I am also continuing on the PQ quilt, and will post more on that soon.

I will leave you with some beautiful grapes ready for harvest - it is harvest time on the Suedliche Weinstrasse.  This photo is from last September. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Sunday

Here in Florida we are in our hottest, most humid time of the year.  Although it looks beautiful out, it is hard to be outside for any period of time because of the heat.  Except in the pool, of course !   Luckily it was not raining today, so I took advantage of the lovely warm water and floated for a while.  Even that was too hot after a time, so I came back in to get on with some Sunday afternoon sewing.

I have been sewing a little, but my projects are all big ones and take a lot of time before any progress can be shown.  I am stitching on my boutis a few times a week, but it is only progressing slowly.
Otherwise, I have finished the 24 middle blocks of the Kim McLean pattern Flower Garden.  Here are the last two blocks:

We have been trying to fussy cut the blocks so that we get a lot of different effects from the same piece of fabric - it is really amazing how different the Kaffe Fassett prints can appear.  I have found that the very large prints work the best for this.
Also, I have continued to work on the quilt I am designing as a 6 part block of 2 months - BO2M - for the Procrastinating Quilters in Clearwater.  I drew the center based on a picture I had seen of an antique quilt - the stiff stems appealed to me.  I drew pomegranates instead of the flowers I believe were on the quilt.  After that, the rounds have been based on either 3" or 6" borders.  I have just basted down this applique border.  Instead of sewing wool circles between the loops of the vine, I am using the hexagons I had left over from the second border of the quilt.  Please excuse the lumpy appearance of the vine - it is not yet sewn and the tight corners still look messy !

 The colors are really not good in these photos, the original quilt is a little darker.
 The next round will be 3" finished 9-patches.  The final round after that is still a secret !  But, it is planned and hopefully will finish the quilt off nicely.  This is the third year I have done this project, and it is the last. 

Last but not least, here are the first few blocks of an applique BOM I am doing from Common Threads quilt shop.  It is the Cousins Walk antique reproduction from the Quilted Crow ladies.  I love it - initially I thought I would not enjoy the chunky stems, but they go with the folky look of the quilt.  I still have to sew the small circles for the center of the flowers.

Again, sorry about the photo quality.  I think the outside light was interfering today.

 Winston is enjoying his last week here.  He is such a joy to have around, and is a great quilt helper - this morning he was chewing the basting thread as I was trying to attach the bias vine ......
My oleander in a pot has given us beautiful blooms the whole year, and is still blooming even though in this heat almost everything else has given up.

Happy Sunday Sewing !

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boutis - vanne

I have also recently bought an antique boutis, which my (very patient) husband accepted I wanted for my birthday this year (well, an early birthday present !)  It is 31 x 41 inches, extremely fine and unusual design.  This one is really museum quality, and I am thrilled to have it.  Date approx. 1880s, very fine cotton on top, cotton on the back with a slightly looser weave, edge treatment knife-edge, last row not stuffed.  Perfect condition.  I will need to soak it, it has some storage marks on the back where the piece was folded and put on a shelf.

Petite vanne 1880s, coton fin dessus, coton plus lache dessous.  Dessin tres fin, les points sont super fins, bourrage parfait.  Finition "toi et moi", le dernier tunnel n'est pas bourre.  Je suis tres contente avec ce boutis, il est le plus beau dans ma mini collection.

Bon dimanche a toutes !

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Petassoun ancien

I have just received a boutis which I recently acquired.  It is a beautiful piece but does have some damage.  I think I may well be able to repair it, or at least stabilize it so it won't become worse.  It is  a larger petasson at 23" x 23", beautifully squared and flat.  The stitching is even and fine, and the design sophisticated.  This one is destined to be reproduced, I will draw off the pattern and make it in Swiss batiste.

There is a split along one line of stitching with the stuffing still intact.

Very pretty central medaillon with unusual filling shapes.

Delicate vine and flower inner border.

Straight and flat border and edging, the edging is stuffed tight and the fabric has worn away in places.
I also have another piece, much grander and very fine quality, but I am saving that for another day !
Bonjour les filles !  Ici un petasson, achete recemment et malheureusement abime.  Je pense que je pourrais reparer cet endroit dechire.   Il s'agit d'un boutis tres fin, bien travaille et dessin leger.  Je l'aime beaucoup et vais redessiner tout et le refaire. Surtout je trouve que les motifs du fond sont interessants, non ?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Salon in Nimes, part 2

Since I did not take a large number of photos, I am relying on other participants to provide you with a glimpse of stands I missed.  We were on one side of the room, and many beautiful booths were in the first room at the entry.  Here is a list of other bloggers with large numbers of photos taken from all the various booths and their specialties:

Henriette from Pierrefeu

Boutis divins  They also have a wonderful description of the cutting of velours ribbon (needed for the hair ribbon of the ladies of Arles), an art form which requires 5 years of apprenticeship and hours of patience and accuracy.  There was a demonstration at the salon.

Dominique Fave

Marie Silvestre  Marie also took some wonderful photos of the antique pieces on display.


When we returned from Nimes, we spent a couple of days exploring our region of the southern wine route with Nicole and her husband,   I never get tired of the villages and houses, and this time we were rewarded with gardens in full bloom, especially the roses which were already spectacular mid May.

Nicole in Doerrenbach

Our son Stephan, who traveled a long way by train just to spend a day and night with us before going back to university.

As always, we are looking for inspiration for our boutis

The Wehrkirche Doerrenbach,  we walked through the vineyards and forest from Bad Bergzabern to Doerrenbach, a great walk.

The figs are advanced in Rhodt already.

Irresistable !

Wissembourg - red house next to the canal.

Have a great day !

Monday, May 26, 2014

2nd National Salon du Boutis, Caissargues 16-18 May 2014

Back from my trip, arriving last night, I have been thinking about how to report on all the amazing things I have seen the last two weeks.  Before we went to Nimes for the salon, we were in Germany for a few days, and afterwards Lou and her husband came back with us to spend some time on the southern wine route of Rheinland Palatinate.  We were lucky to be there at the perfect time of year when all the roses were in bloom everywhere, and Lou and I were in heaven - we saw roses climbing the height of a small house, and others absolutely covered in flowers.

The salon was fabulous, it is such a feast for the eyes to see so many boutis at once, imagine how many hours of precise work were represented !   A huge compliment goes to Annie-Claude Pantel, president of France Boutis, for her organization and continual efforts to ensure that everyone had what they needed, and the charming and kind Mr Pantel, who visited everyone every day, bringing new people to meet and much-needed coffee.
Hiromi and Nicole hard at work labeling patterns.  We were there to assist Hiromi on her first expo, and her debut of her boutis patterns.  They are all elegant, delicate and beautifully finished. 

Nicole is one of the 4 founding members of France Boutis.

A corner of the stand showing Hiromi's work.  Nicole and I used our own pieces to decorate the walls, so some are my antique petassons and the beautiful large pieces hanging are Nicole's work.

I love these small pochettes, and the pattern for the "portemonnaie" in pink was very popular.


Two ladies from the "court" of Arles in traditional costume with Hiromi at the opening ceremony on Friday.


The charming and friendly Dominique Fave at her stand Credo Boutis.

Georgette at the stand next to ours had some lovely pieces she stitched.

The stand of Lei Roucas dou Barri of Pierrefeu - beautiful traditional boutis.

The stand of France Boutis where you could become a member.  In the background on the stage are the antique pieces that were loaned by M Cabanel, the guest of honour, and others.

The boutis of Nanou

Mr Hubert Valeri with his assistant and Christine.  M Valeri is always charming, gives his students his very best efforts, and has perfect, contemporary designs (my husband's favorite).

 Mme Calendrier with Dominique.
  Mme Dominique LeRoux.  I have her books, some of which have now been reprinted.  She specializes in patterns of antique boutis.
The stand of FB again, Henriette in the center and Danielle on the far right.

The stand of Mme Francine Born.
The girls of Pierrefeu, a fun and happ group.
Anne, Nicole, Henriette
And these two charming ladies, I do not know their names, but they kept us entertained - fun and passionate about their boutis.

An exhibition of Nihon Vogue.

The stand of Marie Sylvestre -her work is very good, and she is a very friendly lady.  Her stand was right at the entrance, so she had a lot of explaining to do all day !
Coucou les filles !  Je vais essayer d'ecrire un peu en (mauvais) francais chaque fois.  Il m'a fait beaucoup de plaisir de rencontrer tous les amis du boutis et enfin de recontrer quelques amies bloggueuses "en vrai".  La deuxieme partie suit ...
Ich habe entschieden, endlich mal wieder diese Blogeintraege auch in Deutsch zu schreiben.  Ich hoffe, diese Bilder vom Salon haben etwas Freude bereitet.  Waehrend des Salons sind auch einige Damen am Stand vorbeigekommen, die diesen Blog folgen, und es hat Spass gemacht, sie in "echt" kennenzulernen.  Es gibt noch mehr zu erzaehlen .....