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Day 3 Still in Nantes

Pour l'Amour du Fil ... For the Love of Thread Patchwork Show

"Home" from the patchwork show ..... Met a few Australians too. There are other Hotel guests here attending the patchwork show. I guessed these ladies were patch workers because they had dinner at the same Crepe cafe as me last night . A scarf made from Suffolk puffs is a dead giveaway!!

Brigette Giblin was there and she speaks perfect French. I asked her how she came to speak French so well and she said it!s because she is French. I didn't know that ... Did anyone else? Introduced myself to Mr Dougherty, Kathy's husband John ... his badge said Mr Dougherty! Kathy was teaching at the time. Lynette Anderson, Linda Koenig, Loani Prior were Australians featured here as well as some of the stalls selling patterns from Di Ford, Threadbear and Somerset Patchwork. Great to see we have a solid influence here. The show was smaller than I expected. The theme was Le Maison (houses) and quilt sizes must have been restricted as there were quilts no bigger than 50cm, except for the quilts brought along by the invited guests and displayed in their stylized "rooms".

Some random facts I learned today ...

  • Fat quarter is the same in French
  • Tampon is French for stamp .... as in the ones you lick and put on postcards and the ones that use an ink pad
  • The French write 1 and 7 the same except they put a - through the 7 to distinguish it from the 1. Therefore care must be taken when checking prices.
  • There is a trend towards the linen look in fabrics
  • Blatant photographing of display quilts on stalls was occurring so I did the same, except twice I was stopped so obliged.
  • There was a lot of cross stitch and other forms of needlework catered for in the stalls, not just patchwork.

Much time was spent looking at a lot of past issues of Quiltmaker. The deal was you could purchase 3 back issues for 30€. I didn't think it was such a good deal as most of their books were from 14€ to 35€, with no advertisements.

My friends would be pleased to hear that I did not stay until the end. But it did close at 7pm. Is the NSW Quilters Guild listening?

Took lots of photos of quilts etc. the camera is asking for overtime!

Have walked many kilometers today. Visited a shopping complex (similar to Westfield) to check out a supermarket. Bought something for tea .... Ham and tomatoes and "6 pains suedois moelleux". They tasted ok and the packet suggested they were suitable for a piqué-nique so I walked "home" and had a piqué-nique in my hotel room .... along with the pigeon on the window sill. No kidding! There is no fridge in the room so the piqué-nique made a nice change and it was interesting to shop like a French local. Even though my French is clumsy, I have been able to manage so far. I forgot that the supermarkets here and some in London only accept Credit Card payment .... guess it's a security measure.

It rained again right on 3:30pm. The wind is chilling and, from what I saw on the French news tonight (while eating my piqué-nique) this chilly and windy weather is to continue.

French dogs (le chiens) are well catered for. A shop down the rue from here sells everything a dog could dream of and on! Be careful where you step though as doggie do do bags appear to be non-existent.

Not sure what tomorrow's plans are yet but thinking of a "hop on, hop off" city bus trip ..... It's less than half price if you get the first bus at 9am!

Nantes is a contradiction ...... My hotel is in the "old city". The venue for the patchwork show is in the new part of town. The town is split in two by the Loire River with an island in the centre and the buildings are predominantely new designs and recently constructed on the opposite side of the city from my hotel. I'm pleased that I chose the old city to stay in though I must say, I wasn't aware before I arrived how different the two parts of the city are .... Chalk and cheese. I wonder what was demolished to make way for these new "Canberra"-style commercial and government buildings?

The wisteria, camellias and prunus are in flower here. The Jardin des Plantes is two rues away from my hotel so I have passed it several times on my walking trips .... It looks beautiful from outside the high walls so tomorrow when the gates are open, I'll take the camera and explore.

Thank you for enduring the patchwork part of the blog for those non-needle women among you.

Until tomorrow, Love Lyn x

Posted by Lyn Dennis 11:53 Archived in France Tagged supermarket patchwork pique_nique

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Glad to hear all is going well. I am suprised you didn't know Brigette was French. Remember the famous B.B? Thanks for reminding me to pack a brolly. Most of our Camellias are covered with good buds if not a lot in flower. Five days to our Quilt Show. Made ANZAC cookies today, and thought of you.Love V.x

by aravlyn1

Hi Lyn, Just started reading your travel blog and am feeling quite envious of your adventures. Sounds like you are having fun ! Au revoir for now :) Jan xx

by Jgrace

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