Bonjour! Boujour! Hello from France! Thanks to Madame Samm for letting me post from Pareeee! I'm Nan, from Pots and Pins, but today, you can call me by my real name...Nanette, which is as French as the pain au chocolat I had for breakfast this morning! The mister has been calling me by my full name the entire time we've been in France, except he's added two words before my name...and every time I go into a shop he'll say, No No Nanette!
We've had a great time exploring new places and visiting old favorites. And everywhere we've been I've seen quilts!! Well, not actual quilts, but the most amazing designs that would make great quilts! When I wasn't stuffin' my face with thick, rich cream sauces and brightly colored macarons, I kept seeing the most interesting patterns - France is a country filled with designs - intricate designs on buildings, in gardens, on gates and fences, just about everywhere I looked I found designs/patterns and could not help but think in terms of quilts when I saw them!
We visited Normandy, France, and stopped at the American Cemetary which was an unforgettable place - both sad and beautiful. I saw this wall and immediately thought what a great quilt this design would make! I was thinking this pattern would make a nice quilt for the mister, to remember his visit to Normandy, and to honor his service to our country - the Marine in him would like that! And as they say in France, voila!! There it is!
This very heavy iron and gold-leaf door, on a bank building in Paris would make a beautiful quilt, no? Appliqued circles onto squares - not a new idea, but I like the two-tone look of this door and a two-tone quilt kind of speaks to me.
I'm certainly not crazy enough to make a quilt like this - but I know some of you are! This is just a small part of the pattern in the floor in the grand Opera House in Paris...one beautiful mosaic after another - one beautiful quilt maybe?
Now there's a quilt pattern I just might make - simple is as simple does! This is also part of the marble floor in the Paris Opera House...perhaps the Phantom himself walked over it?! Speaking of walking, how DO those French women walk in those high heels on cobblestone streets?!? It's fascinating! We quickly picked up the national past-time in France, people watching at street-side cafes, and not once did we see a French woman twist her ankle, stub her toe or fall flat on her face - not that we wanted one to, it's just if I was walking in high heels on cobblestone people would think I was part of Cirque du Soliel - I'd be flying/flaying all over the place!
Another ceiling, this one is in a little Boulangerie/Patisserie on the left bank in Paris, they had the BEST croissants! This design is simple yet stunning, or as my mom's friend likes to say, simple but smart.
We have had a great time in France - but like all good things, it had to come to an end. We'll be landing back in the US soon - and while we loved France, we'll be glad to be home - I'm already clicking my heels together ala Dorothy..."There's no place like home, There's no place like home!"
Thanks again Samm! (By they way, did ya'll know Samm is French?!? Oui! Oui! She went to school in France! And I'll bet she has no problem walking in high heels on cobblestones!!) Come and visit me at Pots and Pins, I'd love to have you leave me a comment and tell me how many croissants you think you could eat in two weeks...I would tell you how many I've eaten but I don't think I can type that many numbers!!! Bonsoir! Au voir! Merci Beaucoup!!!
Well seeing you are in Paris and you have been swept up
by the design and architecture of France..And me being in a rather giving mood
let's add a bit more color to this day . In your honor
of VIEW and WORLDLY touring...this collection
seems very befitting.
13 yds EACH to 2 Winners...
YOU will LOVE the French Flavor of this
Collection ...seems befitting too since our NAN
is in France!
IF you would like to win...
Please follow NAN ( not to Paris)
but to her blog...
Be a follower here....pretty simple request
You may have to do a bit of search on this one...
but ONE word in FRENCH that describes
how YOU FEEL TODAY..
Moi, je suis satisfait!
ME, I am...contented---.( that this is our last week ) wink..
Big Thanks goes out to NAN, for bringing
us along to France...to Maywood for delighting
us all with the French Flavor of Moniques' collection
and YOU for being sew kind, smart and IMPORTANT
to sew many of us in the quilt world...
to sew many of us in the quilt world...
For having the warmest hearts and the sharpest scissors..
I have felt both lol..