A la Francaise: A Quilter’s Holiday in France

Bonjour! See How We See readers. I am recently returned from my fantastic French holiday and ready to share photo highlights of the journey. Although I never did walk into a fabric shop while there, I did find much inspiration in France’s flora, fauna, and history. Few words today from me, just images starting with my lovely niece and her handsome new spouse (BTW: scroll to the end for the recent giveaway winners) . . .

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French Food–Yum!–Salade Italienne, the classic Steak Frite (steak and french fries), and the results of a strawberry festival. No, I did not eat all of this! The salad and strawberry chantilly crepe thing was mine (I shared!).

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French Sites–A walk along a 16th-century tannery row after that large lunch. The pretty cottage is a converted tannery–a wholesale change from centuries past when tanneries were noxious commercial zones. Next is the view from the climb up to a crumbled medieval fortress overlooking the town with the tannery river walk.

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Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 2.19.03 PMArt in unexpected places–the well cover at the crumbled castle. It’s a loonnng pebble drop . . . glad they had the cover.

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Brittany Road Trip–medieval towns of Lannion, Dinan, and a coastal fortress with castle vegetable garden and manicured hedges.

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Part tourist site and private home–the manor house is the residence of the owners.

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Reverence and Piety–Faith is strong in Brittany with a private family chapel behind a painted red door as you’ll see below, and religious art in unexpected places like a storage shed next to a farmhouse.

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The “Real” French Country Style–Sublime lace curtains soften the starkness of  gray stone houses. This picture-perfect cottage dates to the 1650s. I found a supplier of lace curtains in the walled city of Dinan. The dancing boy and girl curtain is handmade in France and costs a pricey 50 euros a meter!

Dates & Places-J:  Redacted Brittany Cottage

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I close with two of my favorite “things” from my journey:  French roses in bloom in Brittany and a friendly house rooster we met while visiting family. This funny little cock hung out with his two house-dog buddies and a slew of cats. Reminds me of the line from the first Ghostbusters movie: “. . . dogs and cats (and roosters) living together . . .” as a sign of imminent Armageddon.  Nah, it’s a miracle of nature just like the roses. Au revoir France! (Keep scrolling for the giveaway winners . . . nearly there!)

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Giveaway Winners!

We’ve had a bonanza of giveaways lately and now it’s time to let the winners know.

Barbara Jansz is the winner of the mega-giveaway with her poem:

The Friendship Quilt Guild would love to win
All the surplus items in your Goodie-Box-Bin.
Members who’ve made quilts for Project Linus
Will be rewarded generously for their quilting kindness.

The Peg Conley/Clothworks giveaway winners are Jane from MA and Quilting Tangent (who, coincidentally, penned a poem about how she never wins giveaways–well, Ms. Tangent, the odds are now running in your favor!)

Later, gators!J-Signature

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9 Responses to A la Francaise: A Quilter’s Holiday in France

  1. Jennifer… You have some fabulous photos… the one that I do love is of the lace with the man and woman.. 4 photos from the bottom of your post. Was this at someone’s home in a window or at a shop. I would love to have some of that lace! It is gorgeous!

    • Jennifer says:

      How are you French language skills? The shop is la Maison du Tissu in the walled city of Dinan in Brittany, France. Good luck!

  2. What a beautiful place for a wedding and a vacation, would love to visit the french countryside.


    • Jennifer says:

      I highly recommend the trip–having French speakers along is a win-win. My French is strictly menu-reading French so I stumble A LOT. Thanks for the visit!

  3. Barbara Jansz, Elizabeth, IL says:

    I’m thrilled for The Friendship Quilt Guild! Can’t wait to tell the members at our August meeting. We are having a raffle drawing at our December meeting for everyone who made baby quilts for donations to Project Linus and a local need for baby quilts for the Family Ties Program. We’ve had three work days along with many members sewing at home. They are a most generous group, as are you!
    It was fun reading everyone’s poems. Thank you so much!
    Barb Jansz, President of Friendship Quilt Guild, Elizabeth Illinois

    • Jennifer says:

      Hey Barbara, we’re so pleased our mega giveaway will go to such a fantastic guild with such a giving heart. Keep those sewing machines humming!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Loved the photos and great reading about your trip.

    • Jennifer says:

      Merci MaryAnn–thanks for the visit and the kind words. I have about 500 more photos . . . it’s a marathon viewing and not for the faint hearted.

  5. great post and photos.This blog is very well written and I appreciate your efforts.. Keep up the good work.

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