Thursday, 15 November 2007

Not WiP Wednesday

because I haven't really done anything, except some hand quilting on Ab Fab.

Tonya has shown on her blog some photos of a brilliant building somewhere in Paris so I thought I would change the subject today and show you some photos I've taken over the past year or so.

Squashed Deux Cheveau

This photo was taken about this time last year. It's a squashed Citroen 2CV on the front of the old chateau at Nontron, which is one of the principle knife making areas in France. The trademark of the knife factory is this arch.

Arch at Nontron

One of my all time favourite buildings is a privately owned chateau not far from us in a tiny village called St Pardoux de Mareuil. The chateau is at the end of what we call the secret walk, hidden away from the tourists, with peacocks strutting their stuff around the gardens, peace and quiet and not a person in sight!


Hard to believe this was taken this summer. Sitting outside a cafe/bar/resto in Thiviers on a gorgeous sunny day, I couldn't resist the yellow parasols with the granite brick.


And back to quilting/sewing.

I'm trying out various different sized needles on Ab Fab. This quilt is beginning to turn into a teach myself hand quilting lesson.


The needle on the right is a hand quilting needle size 10.  The middle needle is the one I use when I'm quilting with embroidery floss strands. 3 strand or 6 - it doesn't matter as it threads through the eye and doesn't knot as I pull it through as the needle is the same size as the floss! The needle on the left is embroidery size 10 which I am using on Tamzin"s quilt. This needle is dangerous! It slipped into the batting and I couldn't find it. I turn the quilt over then folded it and ouch! Huge ghash on the inside of my thumb.

And last, but least, my quilting threads stored in a tin that used to contain prunes.



Tonya R said...

ooh, that view thru the arch is incredible. and love the chateau as well. don't know what that poor citroen did to anyone to be squashed flat! careful with that big needle - it's huuuuge.

nicolette said...

Thanks for all the Perigordian goodness and the 2CV was the car I had my first driving lessons in!

joyce said...

You live in a beautiful part of the world.

michael5000 said...

Wow. Nice photos. Let's trade houses for a few months? OK? May and June? Good, it's settled then.

Angela said...

I love all the photos of your area of France. Simply stunning!!! Thanks for sharing (and sorry for not commenting more lately)