Tuesday, 30 April 2013

intention

This month, May 2013, I’ve made a goal to live with more intention – to find ways to spend my time, my money and my gifts more wisely! At the moment I’m hovering between two worlds: the future and all its hope and promise. And, the past. 

Feeling a little unsure if things can really be different but I’m going to do everything possible to make it so.

Part of life is to accept that it’s unpredictable. Nothing is permanent, everything changes; and of course, a lot of things can happen that will transform who I am and have an impact on my life.

I’m taking a well deserved break to reflect and re-assess. I’m also choosing to accept the reality of my situation. Accepting the moment doesn’t imply I’m ok with it. It simply means being aware of the reality of the moment and not fighting it any longer. I’m trying real hard to welcome my new life-situation and welcoming all the emotions that come with it, instead of fighting it. I’m trying to learn from this experience. You never know… I could use this experience for input in realizing one of my dreams.

The problem I’m encountering is that I still need to cultivate the ability to truly accept whatever comes and embrace it. I need to accept the unpredictability of life and not having control over every situation. Acceptance is a choice – a hard one most definitely, but in the end, it’s a choice I can, need to make. I’m starting to see the positive of my situation. My greatest mindset change – I know it is going to be ok.

I’ve learned when to persist and when it’s time to accept and let go. I’m no longer staring at the closed door in front of me, and getting tired and bruised while trying to break it down. I’m seeing a window of opportunities. 

I’m also discovering that acceptance and spiritual interconnectedness is crucial to my healing. I’m not alone, Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist had noted it too.

During this month, I’m going to climb the ladder and take a peek.

‘Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself’ ~ Robert F. Bennett

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Day 3 – Pour l’Amour du Fil

It has been fantastic to be away. It was absolutely bliss being in Nantes. The last day was terrific. But before I starting telling you about it, I have to show what I also did. Yes, I made one flower and cut out the fabric for the second one!

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This is a great little project to take with you. It doesn’t take up much room and when you have time, you can get started straight away. I got this pattern, at one of the workshops I attended in Houston in 2012. The pattern is for a mini Hexagon Doll Quilt ~ a Cindy Blackberg design. I got a stamp as well. I attend to make a big quilt using these hexagon flowers. Maybe I will use these mini blocks as a border around a Di Ford’s Broderie Perse block.

The day started by attending the lecture that was to be given by Brenda Papadakis, who documented and drafted the ‘mother’ quilt made by Jane Blakely Stickle. Sadly, Brenda, could not be there herself due to her ill health. Lucky for us, she was able to film a video.

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A couple of the Dutch initiators of the Dear Jane fanclub in the Netherlands

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Lots of people attending the lecture

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The founders of fanclubs around the world - Caroline and Fernande in Belgium, Valérie in France, Julie in Australia, Hanne in Norway, Fiona in Great Britain, Els and Joes in The Netherlands, Brigitte in Germany, Brenda Roumie, Theresa, Barb and Florine in the United States – were present at the lecture.

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Brenda Roumie. Wishing I had her hair.

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A baby Dear Jane

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Received a collectors item. A Dear Jane 150th Anniversary pin.

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After the lecture, we went back to Di Ford’s Maison, as Mirjam had also bought her book and wanted it to be signed.

Naturally I had to take some better pictures of some of the quilts. The previous day there were so many people in her booth that I was unable to take a good picture of some of the quilts on display Crying

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At the beginning of the vendors lane, Petra Prins had her booth. I think they will be driving back with empty cars. Every time I passed this booth, either Gerda, Bep or Petra were cutting more fabric. I’m sure they were sold out at the end of Saturday.

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Busy, busy, but not as busy as Wednesday & Thursday.

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Mirjam, loves this quilt, so I had to take a picture of it. Who knows, maybe this will be one of her new projects.

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Mirjam bought me a present for my birthday at one of the booths. Lucky me! By the way, I only got the kit! Still need to find time to sew it all together, before it looks like this Hot

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After our walk for the last time along the lanes of the vendor booths, we met up with Linda Collins and her groupies for lunch!

Here are Ellen and Martine with Linda.

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Françoise and Randi

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Linda and Mary Koval

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The whole group! Yes, I was there too Party

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After lunch, these designers showed their published works.

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The antique quilt shown in the picture above and underneath is owned by Linda and the pattern can be found in Quiltmania Special Spring Issue.

Having fun, in the middle of the hall!

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I’m drooling!

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Back to Mary Koval’s booth for some show & tell. Linda showed us the antique quilts she bought.

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Sorry, I can’t post any pictures of them. Hopefully you will come across one of them in the near future when it gets published in Quiltmania. Linda already knows she will be drafting at least one of the quilts for a future issue.

After Show & Tell Mary captured our attention by telling us some of the things she has learned in the past 40 years about antique quilts and fabrics. I was captivated.

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Her vast knowledge on the subject blows my mind away. Mary was also tempting me to visit her. I think it would be great to go to one of her retreats and learn more from her. Did you know that the colour used says a lot about the period that the fabric was printed? Here is a reproduction, designed by Mary herself.

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What a great way to end the last day in Nantes. It was great meeting Linda and Mary again. It was especially great meeting Ellen, Martine, Randi and Françoise. Wondering when and where I will meet these quilters again.

At the end of the day, Mirjam and I decided to have a light diner. But before we set down for our baguette and salad, we thought we better get our finances in order. Mirjam, doing the bookkeeping. Lots of receipts.

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Table set! Diner time!

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Dessert

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We had 3 great days in Nantes!

Early Saturday morning we left to go back home. I got back home at 5pm after leaving at 8am. Mirjam, had another hour to travel before she could put her feet up and relax.

Day 2 – Pour l’Amour du Fil

Our second day started great. What better way to start your day having breakfast on the terrace outside.

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Me basking in the sun

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There is a line forming, but we can’t go in as it doesn’t open till 10am

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Mirjam admiring the knitting & crocheting.

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Close-up

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Getting ready for the show. The poles are being fitted, by all these knitted & crocheted coverings. I asked what would you call them? And I got a reply Smile. The poles are called yarnbombing. So I guess this lady is yarnbombingNerd. Thanks, Ruth.

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Going down the escalators to visit Les Maisons.

Moro Japanese exposition

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Nathalie Méance – La Fée Pirouette

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Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson Maison

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Petra Prins Maison

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Di Ford Maison

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Kaffe Fassett Maison

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The knitters of Nantes

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Going up the escalators!

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Look at this beauty. I know the quilter of this baby Jane Wink This beauty is being seen by everyone when you leave the hall. I hope you didn’t miss it!

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Some other quilts on display.

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A view from the other side looking down at the vendors at this quilt festival.

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An impression of my Thursday morning.