Zippered Bag

This past year and already into the new year I have been busy teaching French Boutis classes and designing new patterns. I also have done several quilt trunk shows for quilt groups.

After many months my new French Boutis Zippered Bag pattern is published on Etsy as a complete kit and as a PDF downloadable pattern. The small bag when completed measures about 5 x 7.5 inches. It has a 12 inch zipper and is lined with beautiful fabric.

Once again French Boutis is an ancient art. Simply done, two pieces of special fabric are sewn together with a small running stitch (quilting stitch) on drawn pattern lines. Then a double strand of Boutis yarn is drawn through the channels from the reverse side giving the piece a raised relief. (Similar to trapunto but has no batting.) Traditional Boutis is done on white batiste fabric. However, I have fallen in love with the Provencal bright colors. Hence my colorful kits.

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Luscious Provencal colors are available with the kit including beautiful lining fabrics. The fabric is 100% pima cotton and the linings are carefully chosen 100% cotton quilting fabrics.

For those not interested in a kit, the pattern and instructions are available in PDF downloadable form. However, the pattern must be enlarged 129% from 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper to 11 x 17 inch paper. It was reduced for ease in printing. A full size pattern is included in the kit.

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Alas there has not been much time left for my other interests such as stitching. I hope this year allows more time and better health!

Please visit me on Etsy or Instagram at “Averyclaire222“.

Amities, Averyclaire

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French Boutis Scissor Case

French Boutis is an ancient form of French quilted needlework. Traditionally it is all white on white, but I adore the bright Provencal colors and created this SCISSOR CASE to entice people to learn this art. It is done with a small running stitch and a back stitch on two pieces of batiste, then yarn is drawn through the channels to give it a raised relief. I am working VERY hard to bring this art to the USA. I teach classes for a minimal fee and sell beginner kits on my ETSY AVERYCLAIRE page. The kit is available in a variety of colors (8 different colors) and includes everything you need to complete one scissor case. Please tell your quilting and needlework groups!

UPDATE:  This pattern calls for a silk covered snap. I have provided the materials in the kit, but I put the tutorial at the top of this page for all to use.

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Such Fun

pb130082The Quilt Show on Friday was delightful.  They showed the most beautiful quilts.   Each one was a work of art in itself.   We all love different things and there was something for everyone.  I have a couple of photos here of my favorites, but unfortunately I forgot to get the names of the persons who made them.  I am truly sorry about that so I cannot give them the credit they are due.  If anyone knows who they belong to let me know and I will adjust my post.  But they are LOVELY.  Aren’t they the most beautiful pictorial things you have ever seen!   Remember…these quilts belong to others…so no copying.

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Of course one of the best parts of the show is the vendor mall. It is amazing to see the variety of things for sale. And the lovely people who are designing and running the shops are delightful.

I found the greatest pattern for an adorable elephant from Indygo Junction.  

Elephant Pattern

 

Here he is….isn’t he absolutely the cutest thing you have ever seen?!!! 

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Sophie Jacket

And then there was this unique sweet jacket that I simply couldn’t resist.  I bought this pattern to make a spring jacket with prairie points in soft colors like this one for my granddaughters.  The pattern is called Playful Patches Jacket  and it is truly more like “instructions”  rather than a real pattern.  You use your own oversized T-shirt (in the size of your choosing) for a pattern.  It can be made with one jelly roll up to a child’s size ten and one jelly roll plus 2.5 yards of fabric for the lining for an adult to size 16.  The  company is called New Beginning Designs …(silverthimble@excite.com).  They don’t seem to have a website yet, but I have included an email address if anyone is interested.  Their shop is located in Springfield, New Hampshire.   Love it!

All in all, it was another GREAT day with friends.  For one who does not like to shop, I guess I do like to do fabric and pattern shopping.   And viewing the works of art in the quilt show was stupendous!  It was such fun.