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.