Friday, October 1, 2010

France Week Two

For a quilter, no vacation would be complete without visiting a wonderful quilt shop! I'd wanted to visit "Born to Quilt",, in Fontangy, France, ever since first reading about it in a quilt magazine.
The shop is nestled in the beautiful Burgundy countryside, behind the home of its owner, Veronique Requena. I felt like I'd stepped into one of my favourite country stores in the US!
Veronique has filled her shop to the brim with wonderful fabrics and wools. She teaches, designs patterns, and writes books and magazine articles as well. Her latest mystery quilt is displayed on the ceiling of her shop.
She found room to display two of the quilts from my "Country Comforts" book in her shop and on Sept. 24th I was happy to sign copies for her customers.
If anyone had told me when I first started quilting that someday my quilts would be displayed in France, and that French quilters would be buying my books, I would never have believed them!
In addition to fabric, "Born to Quilt" has all kinds of other country wares for sale.
I loved being here!
Thank you, Vero, for an amazing time, your hospitality, and for many wonderful memories!
It was a dream come true for me!
What else did we do this week? Well, let's see. We explored some more medieval towns,
and some more cathedrals.
We visited Chenonceau chateau in the Loire Valley,
including its incredible flower and vegetable gardens.
And we visited another quilting friend, Martine Bronca, in her home near Tours.
Martine and several of her friends from had visited me
in July on their way to the quilt show in Sisters, Oregon.
She served us the most wonderful meal, finished off with this delicious fruit tart for dessert!
And I loved seeing the quilts she's made and the ones she's currently working on!
Thank you so much, Martine, for welcoming us into your home!
What a treat it was for us!
We drove on to Mont St. Michele.
This was the view out of our B&B window.
And here it is, a bit closer.
We ended our week in Normandy, at Omaha Beach, a very moving experience.


  1. WOW!!!! Dreams do come true--thanks for sharing that!! Have a great weekend. Julie

  2. Thanks for these nice comments, Cheryl ! It was a pleasure welcoming you and Ben at home in Touraine.
    When shall we meet again ? no one knows, but we'll certainly keep in touch on the web...
    Have a nice trip back to your nice country.
    Martine, from Quiltinusa

  3. La Francia è un paese STUPENDO...
    quanto è bello il negozio di Born e quanto siete belle nelle fotografie...
    un bacio

  4. What a wonderful trip you are having, so many beautiful places and getting to meet new quilting friends is an added bonus.


  5. Cheryl ~
    What a wonderful trip!
    You've brought back some wonderful memories for me. Chenonceau was one of my favorite places I visited back in 1972! Geez, I must be old!!! I was very lucky because for my 50th birthday my Sweetie gifted me with a trip to Paris, but I did not make it back to the Loire Valley.
    Savor every moment!
    Hugs :)

  6. Oh what a lovely trip! And thank you for showing the great pictures :o)