Okay, so maybe I didn't go to Paris for the kind of love you're expecting, but I did go for love! My wonderful and talented mother, Judy Newman, has recently released her first book - Quilt for life, made with love - with Quiltmania and the launch is being held at Pour L'amour du Fil in Nantes, France this week.
As I live in London, I decided that I would join my mother and my father on this trip to both support my mum and to get a pretty decent holiday...mostly on them. I'm sure I'll pay my own kids in kind in the very distant future!
I rolled into Hotel Henriette in Paris at 10pm and was just as excited by the hotel as I was to see my parents! It's simply one of the most beautiful and homey hotels I have ever laid eyes on. Standing in reception, I couldn't wait to get up to the room to see! After about 5 minutes knocking on the door of our room, I managed to wake my parents to let me in! I excused their delay given how much the 26 hour flight from Melbourne takes out of you, and quickly hopped into bed with them for cuddles. I was also pleasantly surprised by a wonderful gift from Mum bought especially at Queen of Fabric, a brand new patchwork store in Melbourne.
We were up bright and early on Tuesday and met Mum's entourage of stitching women and friends. Was wonderful seeing some of the old crew from back home and I met a few new faces too. After brekkie a group of us went to the Marais district on a special trip to a gorgeous little shop called IE Boutique. You've never seen a store like it! Specialising in the most adorable children's clothing you've ever seen, they also design and print their own unique fabrics! We took a quick detour via the most spectacular cross stitch shop too, which reinvigorated my desire to embroider. I held off buying anything here though, as I was saving up for Nantes! We then headed back to the hotel and I had a nana nap while mum and the crew went off on a patchwork sewing tour of Paris. I was awoken at 3pm by dad, who had been to the catacombs, and joined him and the other two husbands on the trip at a local restaurant for a beer. Well, they had beer. I took my sewing and had a hot chocolate, but I was very pleased with my choices!
Next stop, Nantes!