Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Stash intake

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According to my google search, it looks like ‘stash’ is some kind of secret, shameful thing.  Really?  Why? When it comes to my stash, I don’t feel any shame.  I love my stash and all the possibilities that come with all my pretty fabrics.

While travelling in Oregon and Washington States, I had the chance to visit a couple of Quilt Stores and I couldn’t resist some shopping!


First stop, pre-road trip, the Sewing Studio.  This is my go-to shop for dressmaking.  There’s a nice large section of fashion fabric.  And I love the quilting cotton section too.  I needed some background fabric to carry on working on my Alturas applique (progress here), but I also found some gorgeous canvas linen from Cotton+Steel.  I’ve got plan for you!


Some more Cotton+Steel.  I’ve been waiting for a long time for From Porto with Love line.  I love those cats so much.  The rest is Juliette’s choices.  She wants me to make pillow cases and pencil cases (already done, two of them).  That’s not a lot of fabric considering I’ve visited 3 shops:  Modern Domestic in Portland.  I love this shop, very clean and light, there are little glass cabinets with tools’ display, lots of modern quilts and some garment fabric.  In Salem, I got some Anna Maria Horner’ from Quilted Forest.  The store is in a 50’s style building, there are quilts hanging all over the place, there was a nice mix of modern and traditional fabrics.  Such a shame it is closing down after 116 years in business.  Finally, I bought a pattern and a calendar at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  I missed the Sisters outdoor Quilt Show by just a week, but still got to enjoy some quilts at superstore (yes, quilts above the vegetable aisle or the cheese section).


Last week, I went to New York while Philippe was on a business trip in Washington.  I HAD to go to the Garment District.  I spent a whole afternoon going from shop to shop, and I think I might have spent 3 hours at Mood Fabric.  I had read that the experience could be overwhelming so I went prepared with some project ideas.  This store is massive, the staff is very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable.  Here is what I brought back: some sportswear stretching fabric, some black corduroy, a little piece of silk, some soft checked shirting cotton and 2 pieces of lace (because I couldn’t resist).


And to come full circle, I was back to the Sewing Studio this week-end for a special event: Rifle Paper Co fabric debut.  That was a super cool event with an interview of Anna Bond, the founder of Rifle Paper Co, some samples made out of Les Fleurs line and plenty of fabric to buy.  As you can see, I’ve been super reasonable.

I hardly buy so much fabric in such a short spam of time.  So I had to come with a plan to ensure that the pile does not stay untouched for too long.

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I also drew a few conclusions from these recent purchases:
  • I am developing some kind of addiction to linen canvas and to Cotton+Steel.
  • My girls are still at the top of my priorities, but I’m not too far from the top of the list.
  • I am going to spend a lot of quality time in my sewing room.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Etat d’ame

I've been away from this place for a month now, it was an unplanned absence (and it has been noticed at least by one of my reader ;). 

Honestly, during this past month, it felt that my world has been shattered, not shattered in big visible way.  It's more my inner world which has shifted. 

For many many summers, our holidays rhymed with family road trips. Actually, this blog started with posts about our first road trip in the States, way back in 2007. It was written with 6 hands, Alice, philippe and myself.  But this year, things changed, and there are signs of more changes to come. 

It started with Victor's graduation in early July.  He's soon going to be on his way to college. The same weekend, we celebrated Philippe's and Juliette's birthdays, the five of us, plus one. The 'plus-one' being Alice's boyfriend.  He seems a gentle caring person and a nice addition to our family circle (hopefully, he feels the same about us). 

Then Alice took off for a summer-long internship and wasn't able to come with us. Good opportunity shouldn't be turned off, so we road-tripped in Oregon without her, making me feel somehow guilty and not fully embracing the experience.

Finally, Juliette, who's a junior this year (a junior!) went for a week long workshop in Art college. The clock is ticking here too and Senior year and college visits are going to be upon us very soon.

All positive events, so why am I feeling off?  Probably because my life as I have been used to is shifting, changing. You can argue that we've been through many, many changes, moving around the world as we did.  Until now, I’ve been Philippe’s wife, the kids’ mother.  My days, my life has been shaped by theirs, from where we’re living to what we’re going to eat for dinner. 

Once again, nothing dramatic, I just need to re-evaluate, re-adjust and carry on.

It is somehow scary, but I am also feeling some kind of accomplishment when I see how they have turned out (and I know the job is not done yet).

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In other news, my Grand-Mother is 95 today.