The days have been very full.

20th of  September, Good morning all.

I've been pushing my alloted time around in a circle attempting to get the most our of my waking hours.

The days have  been very full.

I taught all day yesterday and the students were very enthusiastic. Its different working with an interpreter however, we worked well together and the students responded positively.

We had two large rooms to work in and everyone achieved a small quilt.


Students working on Woven watercolors.

I am indeed thrilled to be here at Carrefour European Patchwork. Its even better than I imagined. I will leave with lots of inspiration and a trigger to the imagination, and I will endeavor to convey the ambiance through words and pictures. 

It will take some time and I will have better internet on Monday so stay tuned.

"If you want to remain productive and have ideas when you need them most, the stimuli you allow into your mind are important."  Todd Henry.

I'm almost overwhelmed by the different genres, I've seen here and I will attempt to share the best of them.



The Amish Quilt of Mary Glick and one of her daughters


There is a large Amish community here and they have a wonderful exhibition and are giving lectures on the history of their community and life style.

During the 17th century, numerous immigrants from Switzerland joined the Anabaptist communities scattered throughout Alsace since the 16th century. One of these newcomers was Jacob Amann, the founder of the Amish, a new dissident community.

Their success at farming set them apart, protected in one way but they also became victims of jealously. It's a long story,  they left the land for some time but  finally returned and thanks to their hard work and their farming abilities, the Amish community that settled in the valley of Sainte Marie aux Mines was highly successful.  As from the French Revolution, the Anabaptists became French citizens and could at last enjoy a legal existence and once more become landowners. In latter years, some of the colonies moved to the United States and South America where they remain today.



Quilt made by Susie Lap Pennsylvania in the 50's

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