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Glamping in France, part two

Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Glamping in France, part two

Glamping in France, part two
Dinner begins with caprese salad.

Dinner begins with caprese salad.

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.

At Bernard Loiseau we have a champagne toast.

We have a champagne toast at Bernard Loiseau.

A praline  goodie with lemon sauce.

A praline goodie with lemon sauce.

Chocolate around the world.

Chocolate around the world.

An apple concoction.

An apple concoction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Scone making demonstration.

Scone making demonstration.

The results? Scrumptious!

The results? Scrumptious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The only thing the least bit camp-like were the paper plates.

Our teacher

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!

Last minute shopping at Born To Quilt.

Last minute shopping at Born To Quilt.

I really want to make this basket!

I really want to make this basket!

Pictures of Lizzy - our favorite chocolate lab.

Pictures of Lizzy – our favorite chocolate lab and camp mascot.

I Think I Just Went Glamping!

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on I Think I Just Went Glamping!

I Think I Just Went Glamping!

 

Tea and cakes in the garden.

Tea and cakes in the garden.

 

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!

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Our B&B

 

Quilts and tabliers decorated the stitching room.

Quilts and tabliers decorated the stitching room.

Our project!

Our project!

Sewing Room became Tristan Brooks for me.

Sewing Room became Tristan Brooks for me.

The tub was BIG!

The tub was BIG!

Stitching outside.

Stitching outside.

Vero helps her students.

Vero helps her students.

Finished!

Finished!

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The French button and fobs had English inscriptions.

 

Packing for Camp in the Wilds of France

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Packing for Camp in the Wilds of France

Packing for Camp in the Wilds of France
A little bit of needlework tools and lots of techie stuff

A little bit of needlework tools and lots of techie stuff

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