Monday, April 16, 2012

Remember Me?

I realise it's been a bit quiet on my front - this is only my second post - but I've been busy in the background getting things ready for my Jubilee Project.

In fact, I've had to make some huge sacrifices for this Project

:: I've HAD to travel to the other side of the world
:: I've HAD to walk down cobblestoned streets to get to a quilt shop.......or two
:: I've HAD to wait patiently in a very cute quilt shop waiting to be served
:: I've HAD to contend with a foreign language, and foreign currency
:: I've HAD to buy fabric........

and all in PARIS!!!  Yes, that's Paris, France.  Which, let me tell you, is a long way from Melbourne, Australia!  It's all been such a hardship (imagine me with back of hand on brow and sighing deeply!!!).

My husband and I celebrated our big '0' birthdays (his was last November) by treating each other to just over 3 weeks in Europe.  We've had a ball and have such wonderful memories.

One of the Must Do's in Paris was to visit two patchwork shops - with the objective of buying fabric which I can use in my Jubilee Project.  So what did I buy?  Here 'tis.....

From Le Rouvray which was not far from our hotel and is the sweetest shop, down a cobbled street, not far from the Notre Dame, and manned by the lovely Brigit, a selection from the range designed by the shop's owner, Diane::

From Ines Patchwork which was over in Montmartre.  This piece was sitting in a quilting hoop just inside the door and looked so French I had to have some

 and these were just 'cos
 but either of these I think will be used for a background, now if I can only decide which one...??

 I had a delightful time at both shops (and B was so patient!); the staff were lovely, we overcame the language barriers and I walked away from both a very happy girl!

So the idea for my Jubilee Project is well and truly entrenched in my brain - not quite on paper yet, because if I start down that path my Mrs Billings quilt will never be finished!

Hopefully it won't be too much longer before I start.  In the meantime I am really enjoying reading all about your projects.  It's so inspiring - keep going!!

Meredithe x


  1. Oh, it would be really hard for me to cut into some of those fabrics - especially the map style ones. What a wonderful trip and memories made!
    Your quilt will be very special for you made with these fabrics.

  2. I might feel sorry for you if you sent me that fabric. ;) You an your DH have the secret to a successful marriage: sense of adventure and respect for the quilting habit. I must show this post to mine. We have an "0" anniversary coming up in 18 months I think I need a trip to Paris.

  3. What wonderful fabrci you found to include in your Jubilee project!! Sometimes good things cannot be rushed!!

  4. Oh My what lovely fabrics! I love the idea of using them in your Jubilee project. It will be such a special memory quilt about your fabulous trip!
    Welcome home and I'm glad you had such a great time!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate. I LOVE those fabrics!

  6. My heart bleeds for your terrible hardship - the trauma - travelling ALL that way to France!! :)
    Lucky lucky you! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate. Love your background possibles and really look forward to see where you go with this.

  7. Beautiful fabrics....and what lovely memories to add to your Jubilee Quilt. Yay!

  8. wonderful fabrics~!~you lucky girl~!!!~


  9. Ohhh my!!! All those gorgeous fabric just make me want to go back to Paris!
    Have fun finishing Mrs Billings. Can't wait to see what you do with all those gorgeous fabrics!

  10. Just spotted your post about the fabric shops in Paris. Perfect timing since I will be in Paris in May. I will be staying just around the corner from Le Rouvray and will definitely be going there. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and you certainly bought some lovely fabrics. Thanks so much for sharing.