Pictures of Paris and Playing with Patchwork Fabric

As promised, here is more of the low-down on the recent trip to Paris. We travelled by EuroStar from London:
WP_20150522_004It worked beautifully, and we traversed the Channel Tunnel with minimum disruption and inconvenience (unlike my previous experience in a coach, where I felt like a sardine). Arrival at the Gard du Nord in beautiful sunshine allowed us to enjoy the decorative grandeur of the station architecture against the blue sky:
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Our hotel (‘Hotel Welcome’) was situated just off the Boulevard Saint Germain. It was small but perfectly formed! The lift was probably the smallest in Europe (designed to fit two people and one shopping bag in), just look at the width of the floor:
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But it took us to our fourth floor room, also small, but very French:
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And from the window, a perfect rooftops view of Paris:
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This cafe was just a couple of doors away:
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This fruit and vegetable shop was just down the street:
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And these are the window displays in the macaron shop next door but one:
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Opposite was an ice-cream shop, open until all hours, so that was good, too. The same street hosted a street market while we were there and the cheese stall was everything you could wish for:
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We included a visit to the famous ‘Galeries Lafayette’ department store:
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As part of our Paris experience, we decided to take tea in the ‘Cafe Angelina’ within the store and shared a tiny but exquisite lemon tart to go with our two pots of tea:
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Another wonderful find on the shopping front was ‘Petit Pain’, a small shop of delightful items at 10 bis, rue Yvonne le Tac, 75018 Paris:WP_20150525_012Inside was a myriad of items made from their fresh and colourful fabrics:WP_20150525_009Since I couldn’t take the whole shop home, I settled for some fabric-covered buttons and a pack of patchwork fabrics:WP_20150616_001And here’s a peek at the contents:WP_20150616_002
These fifty pieces are destined for a quilt all of their very own…

And talking of fabric for patchwork, here is the scene last Saturday at the most recent of my ‘Craft Saturdays’ at The Sanctuary, Darlington, where seven participants came together for a day on ‘Machine-Stitched Patchwork’:
WP_20150613_001Choosing the fabric colours is the most fun, but we also covered selecting a suitable wadding, which fabric weight to use,  marking, measuring, cutting and joining patchwork pieces, using the sewing machine and more. This was the last of the current series of ‘Craft Saturdays’ but the team is meeting next week to plan the next stage. Please get in touch if you are interested in a workshop ‘away-day’ learning a new craft and meeting like-minded people in pleasant surroundings and I will email you as soon as we have a new programme. If there’s a particular craft you’d like to see covered, then now is the time to suggest it!

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