Friday, August 14, 2009

Closet of Shame, French Division

Oh, the fabric you buy and don't use! When we were in Paris in 2005, I found this quilt shop, LeRouvray. It's apparently well known, because I've seen quilt tours of France that promise a stop here. By American standards the fabric selection isn't very exciting, but there's loads of French charm.

Many of their fabrics are American, at a much higher price. I did find this beautiful blue fabric, very French looking, and two packages of 15-centimeter squares to go with it. (The selvedge reads "By LeRouvray for Free Spirit," whatever that means in terms of authentic Frenchness.) They had apparently offered a class using the fabric in a strippy quilt with rows of flying geese in the coordinating fabrics, and the woman in the shop kindly gave me a picture of the sample on display, and told me how much of the focus fabric to buy. The other fabrics look to me very much like Civil War reproductions, and they may be. All beautiful quality though.

The whole thing stayed in a plastic tub, in the original bag, until about a year ago. I signed up for a friendship group swap in one guild. It's the kind of swap where every month one member asks for a block of a certain kind, and the other group members make it. In this group people actually handed out little kits for the others to make. (A group like this could be the subject for another post.) So thinking this might be as good a chance as any to use the fabric, I asked for flying geese units from everyone, providing the fabric. After a bit of delay, I have them all, and am making the additional ones I need.

It should be simple to put together, right? Everyone is supposed to have their group project ready for show and tell in October. Deadlines are good.


Vicki W said...

Deadlines are essential!

Debra said...

I've never met a Jacobean flower I didn't like and in blue, well, that makes my heart pitter patter faster.

I truly hear you on the Closet of Shame. As you know, I am working diligently on mine too. Oh, how the time flies!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

oh dear -- I have a bag from Le Rouvray that's been sitting on my shelf for a while, too -- probably 3-4 years. Perhaps I should go an look inside and start thinking about what I had in mind back then! I think it's all Provence prints

Barbara C said...

I had never thought of divisions for the Closet of Shame! What a brilliant (and funny) idea. It all seems much more manageable that way.

That blue fabric is lovely. How clever of you to use the swap to finish your souvenir quilt.

Beena said...

Oh, I DO very much like that blue fabric. Very much!

Candace said...

Oh my - I became quite familiar with my Closet of Shame when I began packing it up, Kay! It will be nice to see this project finished - great idea!

Libby Fife said...

Closet of Shame huh? Should I name all of the areas in my house accordingly?:):)

*karendianne. said...

Great title! Deadlines, yes, they're crucial for a timely completion. A little too much stress for me but I create all that. Magically.

Closet of Shame. You know, I haven't been quilting that long - 4 years now - and I do own a C of S. A couple nooks an cranny's, too.