My European Trip by Irene Blanck

I was very fortunate to be invited by Quiltmania to Nantes for the launch of my book Focus on Applique.  While I was there I decided to do some workshops in Holland and Norway.

book 300I travelled with my friend Sylvia and we arrived in Nantes at 9pm after travelling for 36 hours!  I had to report the next morning at 9am.  I thought, being an “author” I would be picked up (I was hoping for a limousine) but unfortunately I had to walk to the tram stop and catch a tram!   I got all the details from the hotel, walked to tramstop, saw the No. 1 tram and ran to catch it and jumped on – only to realise that there were two No. 1 trams and I was on the wrong one.  It rook me over 30 minutes of walking, asking for directions and being sent to the wrong place, to eventually find the venue.  And what a beautiful venue – and my “house” was just awesome – a very emotional time for me.nantes show 6showmy quilts 3my quilts 2my quilts 1

I wish I’d slotted in some sightseeing time.  I enjoyed being at the show every day but didn’t have any time to have a look around – but there’s always next year.

Next stop was Holland teaching at two shops – Aztec Rose Crea and De Frottende Freule.

At Aztec Rose I had a two day workshop of Auntie Green’s Garden and a one day of Message in a bottle.

Auntie Greens Garden workshop

Auntie Greens Garden workshop

I also caught up with Tilly, a TAGA international member

I also caught up with Tilly, a TAGA international member

I only had one day off here because it was Kings Day and everything was closed – so I did get a chance to have a look around – thanks Karen and Henk.

kinderdijk 2I left at the end of my second day and went on to my next stop teaching a one day class using one block of Mosaics at De Frottende Freule.

Happy students

Happy students

shop 1shop 2Soon after that class after a quick goodbye to students, Inge and Danielle, I was driven to Schiphol airport for my flight to Trondheim where I was invited by Siw of Quiltegarden to do a couple of workshops.  I spent three days here, the first day doing a trunk show at night, the second day teaching a block from Botanika and the third day doing clamshells.  I also got to hang out with my favourite “roomie” Randi who lives in Norway.

shop 2shop 3shop 1full classclamshells

For a fuller version of my trip check out my blog here.

Irene

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Margaret is a quilt designer, teacher, author and one of the founders of TAG.

Comments

  1. Julie Adamson says

    Thanks for Sharing your trip with us. Congratulations on your book.

  2. Margaret Mew says

    A lovely newsy and picturesque post Irene, thank you for sharing. You know how proud of you we are 🙂

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