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Friday, March 28, 2014

2nd National Salon France Boutis 16-18 May 2014

Time is flying by so fast and I realized I haven't posted about the next boutis national salon yet.   In 2012 I was at the first salon and it was simply wonderful !  A feast for the senses to see so many boutis all together with their creators and many other exhibits as well.  The goal of this association, of which Lou was a founding member, has always been to encourage dialogue and exchange among boutisseuses.  I am happy to say I have been a member since the start.

This time it is even more exciting for me !  Lou and I will be helping our friend and sister in boutis  Hiromi Nakayama at her booth for the salon.   Hiromi learned the technique of boutis from Lou and has gone on to be her star pupil, designing beautiful small items, bags, pillows as well as wonderful larger pieces.  Her work has been published in Japanese magazines.  Hiromi will be offering her patterns for sale at the salon.   We will have 4 languages between us - Japanese, French, English and German - so we are hoping many visitors will come and talk to us and share our passion for boutis.  Lou and I will be sharing some pieces we have made,  and I will be bringing a few antique pieces to look at.   Go to Hiromi's blog and look back at all her wonderful boutis.

Go to France Boutis and look at the list of groups and artistes showing their work, as well as some shops.  The list is not yet complete, so check back on their site often.

2nd National Salon of Boutis
16, 17, 18 May 2014
Centre Saint Exupery
30132 Caissargues (close to Nimes)

I am thrilled to see so many boutisseuses again in one place, and I hope that you will come to this extraordinary expo if you are nearby.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Boutis expo at Pierrefeu du var March 8-9

The traditional Provençal association Lei Roucas dou Barri hold an annual boutis show in March.  This past weekend was the 9th edition.   Janet and I sent a small boutis item for the exchange, this year the subject was "butterflies".
Some of our boutis friend were there with their booths, and it seems it was a happy, friendly show with good exchanges between our boutisseuses.  I am posting links to their blogs so you can take a look at the wonderful photos and enjoy the quality and broad scope of the boutis shown.

Lou who took some fabulous pictures
Nini who had a booth
Henriette the amazing personality behind all the organization
Marie who also had a booth for her beautiful original designs
Lei Roucas dou Barri the association
Les boutis de Chateau Gombert who make wonderful boutis

There will be more, I will update the list as I see them.  Enjoy - you will see why this is a passion I will always have.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Small boutis (petasson) Finishing

Finally I have finished stuffing this small petasson, and decided to finish it in the traditional way with a taped edge, a "tresse" in French.  All of my old small pieces are finished in this way.  I have made some  pieces myself which I finished with an embroidered edge, or a fancy hem, and large pieces with a straight border have been finished with a small hem, as is tradition.  The tape utilized is a kind of lingerie tape with a knitted effect, not a tight weave twill tape.

I have been taking a few pictures as I went along, to show you how I do this.  I am sure there are many other ways, but this works for me and as far as I can tell, is the traditional method.
Here is the completed stitching, with the excess fabric still attached.

I will be working from the right side initially.

Pattern from Boutis Traditionnel by Christiane Vignal.

Materials used here are my stitching thread (for this small piece I used Gutermann hand quilting thread, 100% cotton.  It is quite strong and fine.  I usually use  Dual Duty handquilting thread with a polyester core, which is very strong).  You can see the white tape I am using for finishing.

I am pinning the edge of the tape to the last line of stitching, working from the front.  You can see that the tape is facing downwards, so I can flip it up and over to the back when the first line of stitching is complete.

This is the back, you can just see my pin mark on the outer edge through the last line of stitching

 And here it is stitched all the way around.  I use a small back stitch on the edge of the tape (no, I did not whip or use an applique stitch for this part).
The tape will stand up a bit from the work.  Be sure to follow the original stitching line (I stitch exactly on top of it)
Here is the"dangerous" part !!  You have to trim the excess fabric away.  I do this from the front so that I do not accidentally cut into the tape, and I keep the work on a flat surface.  I trim to about 1/4", and I clip the inner curve 3 times - once in the middle, and then one clip either side of that, about 1/8" apart.  Do not clip too close to the stitching.

 All that remains now is to fold the tape to the reverse, and pin.  You will stitch in the "ditch" of the last line of stitching.  I use the applique stitch for this and my same quilting thread.  If some of my seam allowance is peeking underneath the tape I just sweep it in with my needle as I go along.  Alternatively you might trim a little closer (I do not do this).
Just for comparison:  this is an old petasson, reverse side.  You can see how this one is finished with the tape.

I will post a final picture later when I have stitched down the final seam.  The next part will be to wash:   start with a soak in cold water for several hours to remove any remaining marks and help close any needle holes from stuffing, then wash in hot water with a mild detergent or Marseille soap.  Then lay out flat to dry on an absorbent towel.  I turn mine over once the top feels dryer, so that it dries evenly.  Sometimes I will pin to ensure the piece dries straight. 
I use a frixion marker to trace the design, which I remove by running a hairdryer over the piece before washing.  Better than ironing - remember a boutis must never be ironed.  I use this method for my applique too, it avoids the annoying white mark that these markers can leave.
Any questions ?
Here it is pinned, ready to finish

Finshed !

Wrong side view of edge

Complete piece against the light - the true boutis, relief and transparency.  It is now soaking in cold water.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Boutis progress

I have made stuffing the small petasson my focus project for this week.  It has been almost finished for so long, it is time to complete it.  I have decided to finished the edge with a tape, which was typical for these small pieces.  When I get to that point I will post a few photos on how to do it.
 I have also done some stitching on my large vanne, which is so much fun to do.  Now that I'm past the center which had a lot of close stitching, it is going a little faster.  I love the wheat pattern I am working on now.
I am getting a small stuffed heart ready for the exchange in Pierrefeu in March.  Stitching is close to completion then I will be stuffing this one too.

It's Superbowl Sunday here - so I will be stitching while my husband is watching the game !

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy New Year Bonne Annee Gutes Neues Jahr

.....from me, a little late but still in January  !

We had a wonderful holiday with the whole family together, and now the house is empty again.  I am looking forward to a good 2014 and wish you all health, happiness and lots of stitching time.

Here are a few of the things I was spoiled with over the holidays -
Marlene worked her magic on this older top.  It was one of my goals for 2013 to finish most of the tops I have pieced.  There is only one left at this stage, so I am pleased.  I put the binding on this morning so I will have some simple sewing in front of the tv later !

The quilting pattern was very similar to the applique fronds.

This is a large quilt so you can only see a small portion of it.  It was a pattern in Primitive Quilts magazine which I enjoyed making, the finished product looks like the pattern in an old coverlet.
Trying out a thicker batting in this one, it is really heavy !  Also has the binding machined on, so I have a couple of evenings of handsewing.

Now for a real treasure !  My son gave this to me at Christmas.  It is a wonderful puzzle box made by an old gentleman he met.  He traded chores around the house - cleaning gutters, shoveling snow, heavy work that involved climbing, etc. which had become too much for the gentleman.

Here it is partially opened - all I need to do is twist the top slightly with one hand.

 Fully open - both of them thought this would be a wonderful sewing box for me - and they are right !  Just the right size for fine needles and boutis thread.  I may even line the bottom of the drawers.

From Nicole - a wonderful gift ! First this beautiful fabric covered box ......

Then the treasure of a wonderful sampler in my favorite variegated reds on overdyed linen.  This one will be framed soon and join the other two she has made for me which are hanging in my living room.

Wonderful isn't it ?  OH - the delicious chocolates are no longer in the box !!  Of course you know why - we couldn't resist !!

And just for fun - a couple of flowers from the garden this morning.  We have a beautiful day today after a week of dreary humid weather, today is cooler, drier and sunny.  Happy Sunday !

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Frohe Weihnachten Joyeux Noel

Wishing all a peaceful Christmas ........ an alle eine besinnliche Weihnacht ....... joyeux Noel a toutes
from our house

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2nd Advent - Christmas Mystery

Here are a few photos of the 11th Annual Christmas Mystery at Country quilts in Clearwater.  I have attended 10 of these 11, and was present at the very first one.  I look forward to this each year, and now have plenty of Christmas quilts !  This year the mystery was run over 3 days for the first time, since so many ladies now want to participate.

 Roni did the packaging for the kit, and as usual it was beautiful   I enjoy this part a lot, the packaging makes it even more fun !
Deanna made cake pops as name markers, such a cute idea.

This time I brought my Featherweight to make the quilt with, it is small and easy to use.  There is Janet in the background making progress on her quilt.

Some ladies working hard, some taking a break.

At lunchtime, the reveal by the teachers - our kit was made up in the chocolate/burgundy colorway, and the teachers made several versions in different fabrics to show how the pattern behaves in different styles.

Love this one - I think it was Lily Ashbury fabric.

Here is the center - Lynette Anderson fabrics for Lecien.

Look at this in bright Christmas prints.

My pile of blocks.  Now I have the top together except for the last border.
Happy 2nd Advent !

Sunday, December 1, 2013

1st Sunday of Advent

We have a beautiful sunny day here in Clearwater for the first of Advent.  I have not started to decorate for Christmas yet, but will put a few things out during the next week, then add more.  Our whole neighborhood is already full of Christmas lights, but I like to enjoy each season as it comes and to me, this is still Thanksgiving weekend !

 I started this quilt in the summer, and enjoyed the fresh and bright fabrics, a big change from my usual more traditional look.  It is a large twin size quilt, and just came back from the quilter (Marlene at Lucky Sew and Sew).  The quilting design matches the fabric pattern well, a large modern daisy.
 This quilt is one of the Christmas mysteries from Country Quilts, this one is from 2 years ago.  I loved the blue batiks in this, and Marlene quilted it with a snowflake.

The green is actually bright lime green, the binding is the same color.  In the sunlight by the pool the colors are a little distorted.  I put the binding on both of these this afternoon, so now I have some good movie watching handwork to do !

 Last but not least - there is some progress on the small petasson.  Should be finished soon !  I am alternating working on this with stitching on my large one, which I adore.

 I am working hard to finish older projects because I want to be free to enjoy new projects in the new year, and I especially want to make more boutis next year.
I have allowed myself one indulgence starting in March - an applique reproduction of an 1850s quilt.  It is an unusual folk art design belonging to the Quilted Crow girls of Australia.