Monday, December 2, 2013

The DMC Crazy Quilt Commission: Part 2

The images have been chosen, printed onto fabric, and appliqued to the background with nice frames around each one.
It was hard to choose, but each photo represents the most meaningful memories of our trip to France...

Here is the overall view so far:

The photo in the center is of the giant metal sign at the top of the DMC factory in Mulhouse.

I needed to add some detail to the horse, as it was too dark to show up.  I used a white pen that I bought at Sennelier,  the oldest pigment shop in Paris, and where all the Impressionists bought their colors!

Such history here.  It was like an artistic pilgrimage to enter these doors.
The pen makes me think of going there....which is why I am using it in this project, of course!


The photo at the top of the quilt, of Notre Dame at night, was taken by Jerry Everard, Sharon Boggon's partner.  They were in Paris the same time we were, and one of my delights was getting to see them there.
Their blog, Tones and Tints, has fabulous photos and posts about their travels.

Many thanks to Jerry for permission to use his photo!

There is a closer view of it, along with the photo of our two wonderful hosts at the DMC factory in Mulhouse, Jean-Luc Barbier and Michel Biechlin.
The trims around the three center images were purchased in Montmartre.

Amazingly, I didn't buy any fabric in France, but I bought a LOT of trim, so naturally I had to use some in my commission.  (Note that pile on the counter!)

Mary and I were so entranced by the Luxembourg Gardens....there were so many lovely flower borders, blooming so beautifully even in late September.  A close up that Mary took represents how much we loved all the flowers in France.

I used many different DMC threads to embellish the printed photograph.  This trim is vintage, found in an old box buried by mounds of other trims in the store pictured above.

Next I will be adding captions to the pictures, and then....bien sur.....some twining flowers to make another frame "layer" if you will, connecting all the images.....saving the most fun for last!






14 comments :

Michele Lasker said...

DMC is my all time favorite for threads. How exciting for you!

Valerie Bothell said...

I recognize the purple and pink trim on the counter! I think I own some of that, thank you!

Rebecca Grace said...

What a fabulous idea, to make a quilt commemorating a special trip. I love how you've embroidered the Luxembourg gardens and framed each photo with French trimmings. Such a cool project!

sharonb said...

The photo too k me back - It was a great day Allie -

Jerry said...

It was great meeting you in person Allie - yep it's a special place. Love what you've done with the images too :-)

Judy S. said...

They will love your project!

Synthia said...

I am fascinated at how you are developing this crazy quilt around a logo and with photos of your trip. The words sound rather boring, but the quilt is going to be absolutely wonderful!! It already is and I guess you aren't even to the fun part yet!!!! You go girl!!

Louise Doney said...

Oh my Allie, you are just so prolific, already this Quilt is a treasure. I on the other hand have only just started a small x-stitch project of the Tour Eifel, to remind me of our special time in Paris.

Rebecca C. said...

It's looking wonderful! Louise Doney came to our EGA Guild last month and did a slide show of her trip. How exciting! Her and I were talking about you! :) looks like you all had a wonderful trip.

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