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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 !

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Boutis won in Paducah !

I am SO happy to see that a boutis piece won a prize for miniatures in Paducah !  I'm excited to see this technique getting the attention it deserves !  Made by Jan Hutchison, called Itty Bitty Boutis.
Congratulations to Jan, I know how many hours of work went into this piece.
Here is the link so you can see all the wonderful quilts which won prizes.  It really is an inspiration to see the marvelous quality of work on all of these


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter Joyeuses Paques Frohe Ostern

We have a beautiful sunny day today, too hot here in Florida to hide eggs outside, but I am enjoying the weekend.  Easter is my favorite holiday.  I hope you all enjoy your families, good food, plenty of chocolate eggs, and of course a little stitching time.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Home on the Plains

During my wonderful weekend at the Quilt Study Center, I had the opportunity to talk with Kathy Moore.  Kathy didn't tell me that she had coauthored a book - I found that out later when I bought this signed copy.  Those of you who have purchased Kansas City Star books in the past will know how beautifully presented they are, and this book is one of the best.
I have been collecting indigo fabrics for a while, and until now did not come across a quilt I wanted to make with them.  Our guild retreat is coming up at the end of the month, and I had promised myself a new project - last year I took older things to work on, and somehow it felt like doing homework - so this year, new projects only for me !!!
So here is Kathy's book and the fabrics I have chosen from my indigos - this morning I am cutting it so it will be ready for retreat !  I am planning to make twelve blocks, and am using a white Kona cotton for the background.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Broderie de Marseille Exhibit in Lincoln, NE

I have just got back from the Symposium, two days of bliss learning more about whitework quilts.  I have been waiting to visit the exhibition for a long time, as I really wanted to see the boutis in Kathryn Berenson's collection.  I had not appreciated how much more would be presented at the Symposium, and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. 
I was a little disappointed that the rest of the museum's collection are not on permanent display;  they are catalogued online and you can look at them that way.  I hope that sometime in the future there will be more space for more quilts to be displayed.

I mostly took photos of elements of the boutis which interested me the most, so here is a small sample of them.