Monday, 29 April 2013

"Dear Jane" 150th Quilt Exhibition, Nantes, France

A few weeks ago I was hopping from blog to blog, when somebody mentioned their excitement about entering their 'Dear Jane' quilt into a special exhibition of 'Dear Jane' quilts in Nantes, France.  A little further investigation, and I discovered that the "Pour l'Amour du Fil" (For the Love of Thread) show was being organised by the magazine Quiltmania.
Regular readers will know that I am currently working on my 'Nearly Insane' Quilt, which is of a similar genre to 'Dear Jane', so I was intrigued, especially at the thought of seeing over 100 'Dear Jane' quilts together.

'Dear Jane' 150th Quilt Exhibition, Nantes, France 2013
'Dear Jane' 150th Quilt Exhibition, Nantes, France 2013 
I regularly go to the quilt shows in the UK, but this was my first 'European' show, which involved a ferry crossing from England to France and a little trip in our camper van. The exhibit of the 'Dear Jane' quilts was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  As you walked into the room, you could not help but gasp in amazement!  Over 100 quilts, all the same, all different.

There was a Hand- Dyed 'Dear Jane' Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt (Hand-Dyed Fabrics) Paula Klein
Dear Jane Quilt (Hand-Dyed Fabrics)
Paula Klein, Luxembourg

There was an Indonesian fabric 'Dear Jane' Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt (Indonesian Fabrics) Annie Tromp Doornink
Dear Jane Quilt (Indonesian Fabrics)
Annie Tromp-Doornink, Netherlands
There was a Low Volume 'Dear Jane' Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt (Low Volume) Ineke Marijissen Vander Molen, Netherlands
Dear Jane Quilt (Low Volume)
Ineke Marijissen Van der Molen, Netherlands

There was a Liberty Fabric 'Dear Jane' Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt (Liberty Fabric)
There was a Red and White Dear Jane Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt (Red and White) Nathalie Pierre, France
Dear Jane Quilt (Red and White)
Nathalie Pierre, France

There were the traditional Civil War Fabric 'Dear Jane' Quilts
Dear Jane Quilt (Civil War Reproduction Fabrics) Michel Galan France
Dear Jane Quilt (Civil War Reproduction Fabrics)
Michel Galan France
There were modern, bright with black background 'Dear Jane' Quilts
Dear Jane Quilt (Modern Brights) Chantal Guyon, France
Dear Jane Quilt (Modern Brights)
Chantal Guyon, France

There were modern, bright Batik 'Dear Jane' Quilts
Dear Jane Quilt (Batik) Diane Rhode and Judy Doenias, USA
Dear Jane Quilt (Batik)
Diane Rhode and Judy Doenias, USA

And some really lovely, unique colour combinations

Dear Jane Quilt (Greys, Reds) Rineke Imenshot, Netherlands
Dear Jane Quilt (Greys, Reds)
Rineke Imenshot, Netherlands
Originally, Brenda Papadakis was due to attend to give a talk and run some 'Dear Jane' workshops, but due to a broken arm, was not able to travel to France from the USA.  However, there were many of her ambassadors at the show, and it was fabulous.  The impact of the display was so brilliant, thanks to the organisers and contributors for putting on such a brilliant exhibit. Never to be forgotten.

They were all lovely. Do you have a favourite?

Sharing the inspiration of this lovely event with Freemotion By the River and Quilt Story

See more of my Quilting Adventure here

13 comments:

  1. lucky you getting to see them all in person, I think I have about 10 blocks completed for mine :D - I do have a lap quilt and some smaller projects!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing photos from this exhibit. That first photo is too lovely for words. It's nearly breathtaking to see so many Janes all together, even if it is just a photo.

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  3. Oh my! I heard about this in blogland but I am thrilled that you actually went and are sharing photos. What an opportunity! Thanks!

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  4. My jaw dropped when I saw the first picture. I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to see all of the variations of this quilt. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

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  5. ohhhh, such gorgeous quilts for inspirations. I have to get to a quilt show this year. the are all breathtaking

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  6. What an amazing exhibit - thank for the photos for those of us on the other side of the pond! I have some fabric picked to make a Dear Jane of my own, but haven't started to cut into it yet. These pictures offer great inspiration!

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  7. How neat that you were able to see so many different types of the Dear Jane quilts! It would be impossible to pick a favorite!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  8. They are all beautiful and it must have been an amazing exhibition to visit. The different fabric choices change the feel of the quilt but not the essence of it.

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  9. Hello Frances, Thank you for posting these photos. It was nice meeting you in the Workshop with Julie and Caroline. Have your done another DJ block?

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  10. Thank you for showing these pictures. It would have been amazing if I could have gone to see them, but your pictures helped me feel in a small way, that I was there. I love them all!

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  11. Other nearly insane quilts, right?

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  12. Hello to all! I am just about to start into the adventure of Dear Jane. I have all the fabrics, patterns, books, rulers. I am curious as to what method of sewing you all did. As time gets closer for me to start...Im getting cold feet, and think I just might do this one by hand. Would appreciate your input. Sharon (stitchnsam@yahoo.com)

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  13. That would have been a great show...
    I'm looking for quilting ideas

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