Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nantes Or Bust

For the past week I have been living vicariously through two of the gals whose blogs I follow - Linda from Quilts in the Barn and Kathy of Material Obsession fame. Interestingly, both are Australians and both are in France right now, Nantes specifically, for Pour L'Amour du Fil, a spectacular looking quilt show that just ended on the 21st. Photos and stories of their touring in and around France, including gay Paris, are giving me itchy feet for a return trip.

This is just on of many stops for Linda who is on what seems like a world tour with a friend. After Nantes she visited Mont St Michel, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey between Normandy and Brittany dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been on my TO SEE list for some time. They've been having such a good time - check out her diary.

And Kathy's adventures look no less exciting. After some time in Paris she headed off to the show a bit earlier since she was one of the designers invited to present. And it looks like she is launching her new book Making Quilts here too, along with her friend and neighbour Brigitte Giblin who is launching Feathering The Nest. Sorry, no photos of either cover yet as the books are just off the press but if you scroll down on Kathy's blog you can see a photo of the two gals together in their booths proudly hugging their new releases.

Love the hot pink walls and chartreuse floors of the show's exhibit booths! Fantastic photos, all of which makes me want to go back to France, so, I'm putting it on my bucket list. Time to plan a trip to Nantes for a quilt show and finally get to see Mont St Michel at the same time. Then there's Versailles, The Loire Valley, ....M

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