Friday, 9 January 2009


December bag BQL challenge

I hope everyone had a lovely break over the end of year period and I wish you all the best for 2009.

J’espère que tout le monde à bien profiter des vacances pour se reposer un peux et meilleur veux pour 2009.

We had a busy time with family from New Zealand over. It was the first time they have ever had Christmas in winter so at last they were happy to have snow on the ground. We also had friends from New Zealand come and stay a couple of days. Their big excitement was to go skiing up in the Bauges.

Les vacances étaient bien charger avec la famille de Nouvelle Zélande chez nous. C’était la premières fois qu’ils ont passé Noël en hiver. Au moins ils étant contente d’avoir le neige par terre. Les amis Néo zélandaise sont passé quelques jours chez nous aussi. Pour eux le grand truc était de faire du ski dans Les Bauges.

Machine quilting sampler

I spent the time before the holidays getting a couple of orders out and clearing out the bathroom I have been using to dye fabrics. I moved everything down to the cellar where the washing machine is. Still a bit of work to do down there until I finally have a wet studio. The major problem is that there is no hot water and it is very expensive to put in a hot water cylinder due to a lack of space. At the moment I am thinking of getting a gas ring and a gas bottle to heat water, as I need it.
I am starting to sell my hand dyed fabrics through the local Patchwork shop “ Libre Fil” in Chambéry.

Avant les vacances j’ai passé mon temps de finir quelques commandes et de ranger la sale de bains u je faisais la teinture. J’ai mois tout le matériel ans le cave ou j’ai la machine à laver. Il y a encore les choses à faire pour qu’en fin j’aie un atelier de teinture. Le plus problématique est l’eau chaude. Il sera difficile de mettre un chauffe-eau dans la cave. En ce moment, je pense mettre une bouteille de gaz avec un tripode.
Je commence de vendre mes tissus teintés à la main au magazine de patch Libre Fil à Chambéry. Je donnerai les cours de patch en mars, avril et mai aussi chez Karine

Quilt-as-you-go sampler

Lastly I made a couple of Christmas presents. I gave the December bag (from the BQL challenge) and a second one I made as presents. I also made some book covers.

En fin, j’a fabrique quelques cadeaux de Noël. J’ai fais deux sacs de décembre pour le challenge sur BQLque j’ai donné en cadeaux. J’ai fait deux ou trios couvrir- livre aussi

I put in my application to teach at the Carrefour Européen in Alsace in September. I thought some fairly traditional classes might make a change so in put in to teach machine-pieced hexagons, a quit-as-you-go sampler plus basic machine quilting. I should get a reply at the end of the month.

Hexagone table runner sampler

En plus, j’ai envoyer mon application pour donner des cours au Carrefour Européen du Patch en Alsace en septembre. Ces sont plutôt les cours traditionnelles. J’ai propose un cours des hexagones ou jardin de grand-mère monter machine, un sampler ou vous construit et quilt chaque bloc en même temps plus un cours de matelssage machine. J’aurais la réponse fin janvier.


Wendy Coyne said...

I don't have hot water in my studio, I use a 'tea urn' I bought re-furbished via e-bay. hth Wendy

Anonymous said...

Im Gwenn, im French:

Thats a wonderful blog that you got.What a surprise to see some Kiwi in France ! lol

I Have been leaving in England for the 2 last years. And my next step is to go to New Zealand with my partner who is a Kiwi too.

I just want to ask if you know any group of kiwi or english speakers
in France ?
My partner and myself looking for anyone who speak english as we getting tired of the French Language.
We leaving close to Paris at the moment.
But we didnt found anyone but tourist.

Do you know anywhere to go to speak englsih ?

Thanks a lot

Margo said...

Wendy thanks for the idea about a tea urn - will see if I can find anything locally


Theodora Simons said...

I live in the South of France and am looking for someone who can machine quilt a double bed size quilt for me. Do you have any contacts in my area?

Yours, Theodora Simons