Monday, December 05, 2016

Apologies - or explanations.

Thank you, dear readers, for having checked to see if I was ok.  True, I have not posted since I came back from Switzerland.  Short of time, I have been doing quickies on FaceBook and Instagram but there is really no content with those posts. I was home for a week between Switzerland and Paris; time to unpack, do laundry, and repack.

I have tried several times to post from my iPad, but since Blogger discontinued its app, it is impossible to post and edit properly.  So - since I have my computer with me, I have finally made some time (mid afternoon??) for a blogging break.

In the meantime, a bit of backtracking.  My class in Geneva was terrific - and I taught and lectured in French, which was very cool.  One  of the exercises I gave them was to use black, white, and one color to make a piece.  Here are some of the results.

My life has been hectic and my week in Paris was book-ended by funerals.  My visit to Paris was a belated condolence call to my cousin. I enjoyed spending the week with her and seeing the rest of my extended family.  Paris was chilly and gray for the most part, but we did go fabric shopping. Since I was in Africa last year, I have been collecting a variety of African fabrics -- and there are plenty in Paris. Have I used them yet? Of course not.

We also spent one day in the Marais - my most beloved neighborhood in the whole city.  It, too, was filled with color and pattern.
Le Marais is filled with wonderful shops, but this one stopped me cold.

I could have bought everything in the store.

But because I had only one little suitcase and one little budget, I came home with this one. 

Since I got home, I have been juggling and I have now juggled my way to West Palm Beach for the winter.  I have brought my entire stash and my old Bernina, in case I want to quilt something while I am here.  Today, I received a yummy piece of African batik from Judy Gula at  I have washed it and it is out on the porch, dripping onto the carpet as it dries. 

SO - that's the short version.  I am deliriously happy to be staying in one place -- although will be driving up to Savannah to attend QuiltCon for a couple of days at the end of February.  But I promise, you will hear from me before that!


Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Welcome back, and hope you get some rest! Your African prints are to die for... I love the designs and colors.

Vivian Cothros said...

Enjoy your peaceful time in West Palm Beach.

patty a. said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Switzerland and Paris. Have you ever been to AKN Fabrics in NYC? Lots and lots of African fabrics. I was going thru my African fabric stash the other day and goodness I have a lot - probably too much for one person. I have been using some of it for backings. It makes for a very colorful back!

Connie Rose said...

Glad your travels went well, and also glad you can be a relative homebody for a while. Have a lovely holiday season. xoxo

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Nice to see all the work/play time this fall...beautiful food and purchases too! Enjoy your Florida winter!

RenaM said...

Welcome back! Looking forward to seeing what you do with all that beautiful fabric...... Enjoy Florida!