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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

If Ever...


there was a format for a quilt show that was guaranteed to be successful, it has to be the Carrefour in Alsace. Take several scenic villages, strung along a single road, in an area which has a tradition of textile manufacturing. Run free shuttle buses between the venues. Bring in a wide variety of exhibitors, from the historic quilts to the traditional and on to the art quilt, and add a sprinkling of fashion. Mix in some serious quilt shopping opportunities in several languages. Make sure there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Provide polite, helpful staff. Now, that's a quilt show!

And, if ever there was a good way to visit a quilt show, I think we found it. Hire a gite on top of a mountain with plenty of room and wonderful views. Add three friends who met on the internet, and who get on just as well in 'real time'. Add a liberal sprinkling of other internet friends, to season...and plenty of good French wine. Oh, and a little judicious retail therapy!! Photos will follow, I promise (guess who forgot the camera again....). If you really can't wait, go look at Sandy's blog

I was lucky to be sharing the gite with Dijanne Cevaal and Sandy Marcoux, spending time with Thelma Smith, and to have met a variety of people, many from Alternativequiltlist, the online group I run, and whose names will doubtless pop up in the days to come... and yes, thank you, I had a wonderful time!

ps Some people bring home postcards of the area. Artist bring home postcards made by each other...in this case, one of Dijanne's pomegranates, which I fell in love with at first sight...thanks, Dijanne....

4 comments:

suzanne said...

Hello Marion,
Hope you girls had a great trip, and I hear you's did. Nice things on your blog, like all the rust dying,oh yes this is a sister of Sandy Marcoux, Suzanne.
I am also doing rust dying, not in a large piece of material but smaller.
Thanks for the wonderful look at your blog.
Suzanne

Caitlin said...

Sounds AWESOME! Definitely one to file away for the lotto win...

JulieZS said...

Green with envy here. Glady ou had so much fun marion!

MargaretR said...

Sounds as if you all had a whale of a time. you are so lucky to have had one of Dijanne's pomegranate PostCards too.
Another one green with envy.