Food played a big role at Quilt Camp. Why am I not surprised? Twelve women stitching and before you know it, it’s time to eat! Véro, our trusty camp leader, had arranged for the B&B to serve very tasty meals. Everything was from scratch, except maybe the bread and croissants at breakfast. Nobody went hungry, and, hopefully, nobody was on a diet!
We also had the spectacular experience of dining at a three star Michelin restaurant, Bernard Loiseau, in Salieu, a small town very near Quilt Camp. The presentation of each course was spectacular – especially the desserts. No, we could not have one of each.
Everyone needs a break from stitching and Véro didn’t disappoint. One afternoon she gave a demonstration on making her favorite scone recipe. Served with clotted cream and jam, they were an instant hit. A nice cup of tea, and I was ready for a nap.
The last day we had a wine and cheese tasting which featured products from the Burgundy region (that’s where we were.) Véro gave us a short talk about what was being served. Another cup of tea, and I was ready for yet another nap.
And, of course, we had to sneak in a little more shopping at Born to Quilt. There was room in my suitcase coming over. Can’t say the same about the trip home. Véro’s new line of fabric was just too hard to resist. And seeing the”laundry” basket in person really inspired me. Luckily, I already own the book!
Glamour camping? The perfect phrase for Quilt Camp. About the roughest activity was a walk in the countryside. Véronique Requenna , our camp leader, was a wonderful hostess. She greeted me as I left my car – “Barbara, I am so glad you are here!” It sounds so lovely in French. We started our first afternoon with tea and homemade chocolate cake. It was a nice time to relax, meet the other campers and discover who spoke what language. French, Spanish and English (me!) were represented and we all chattered away, usually all at once. Several of the girls could speak some English and I could understand some French. Véro’s home is a beautiful 18th century structure with a full English garden behind. Her home and her garden are her passion. And in the very back of the garden she has Born to Quilt, a miniature tiny cottage that houses her quilt shop.
Our stitching headquarters turned out to be a converted stables, part of a beautiful B&B just down the road. Véro decorated the whole room with her quilts and tabliers (aprons). We were each presented a hand painted box that contained the week’s project – a sweet sign for our Sewing Room. I decided to change the words to Tristan Brooks, perfect for my studio. The entire project was done in Véro’s new fabric line. I don’t think the woman ever sleeps.
We stayed up stitching until midnight the very first night. I was the first one to fade. Before snuggling into bed, I got to luxuriate in the biggest Victorian footed bath I had ever encountered.
The weather was perfect – many afternoons we stitched outside. And even if you couldn’t speak the same language there was always help around if you wanted to change things up. One thing I noticed is that the words “Sewing Room” were in English and Vero’s company, Born to Quilt, was also in English. I asked her about that and she said it was the most recognizable language in quilting.
Next time I will tell you about the food. All I can say is YUM!
Once upon a time camp gear consisted of khaki shorts and tee shirts. Nowadays I am looking at needlework supplies and lots of cords. Plus plugs, international plugs, batteries and who knows what else to keep my iPad mini going. As well as my iPhone and mp3 player. Twenty years ago I didn’t know what all this stuff was and now I’m a tech junkie. Our courageous camp leader said we only needed our personal sewing supplies (embroidery scissors, needles and thimble). That was it! Since the project is a surprise, the mystery kit will be handed to us on site. So stay tuned… I have no idea what’s going to happen.
Next post will be from France! Barbara