Some years ago when I was new to the internet and browsing the web, I found quite by accident a French quilting magazine. For a couple of days I struggled to read their posts regarding quilting in France. While I had studied French in school, I never really learned to speak the language…but came to love all things French. One day I decided to write a message to them and ask if anyone would enjoy corresponding with an American quilter who did not speak much French. I received many responses. Today I am delighted to say that I have made several good friends. Maggy, Nicole, Claudine, Elisabeth, Anne, Carine Marie, Isabelle, Yvette, Josette, and Mijane, you know how much our correspondence has meant to me. These women are all wonderful artists, very creative and talented. They are all an inspiration to me and my work. Maggy is my twin on the other side of the world…the first one to respond. She was divinely sent to me.
They are all kind, generous and thoughtful women who chanced to answer my email that day. We have shared our thoughts, photos of our families, little treasures sent across the miles and a simple gift of friendship. My passion for France and all things French has increased one thousand times because of their kindness to this American woman.
While I have received many gifts from all of these generous French women, I share with you a photo of this Boutis Heart, which was a gift Nicole gave to my daughter when Kathleen had her second child. I am enthralled with the art of “Boutis” and am grateful to Nicole for sending her gift. I now have a few books on Boutis and with Nicole’s help I have an understanding of how to do it. Boutis is an old art…but still as lovely today as it was long ago. Lovely as the French women I have met, don’t you think?