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


9 thoughts on “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!


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


    1. 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!


  2. 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


    1. 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!


    1. 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.


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