Jardin de Lavande: month 7
Welcome to month seven of the Jardin de Lavande, Monogramme.
This month we travel north to a tiny Normandy village that is known throughout the world: Giverny. The magical garden created by Impressionist painter Claude Monet at the turn of the twentieth century, is recorded in paintings that grace galleries across the globe.
Monet’s vision turned a weedy plot of marshland abutting a railway track - which he spotted from a train - into a careful composition of shady walks bordered by deep, colourful borders and that lily pond. And each year (well, most years) more than 500,000 people travel to Giverny to visit a place they’ve only seen in paintings.
Monet had spent his career innovating: whereas previous artists made sketches and retreated to their studios to mix their paint, he utilised new-fangled tubes of ready mixed paint to work outside, painting at speed to capture the ever-changing light. When he visited the 1889 Paris World Fair and saw a display of waterlilies by renowned breeder, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, it was love at first sight. He spent the next decade - and a small fortune - buying waterlilies from Marliac for his newly created pond.
He surrounded them with weeping willows, elegant bamboos and exotic flowers that, reflected in the water, form the the perfect foil to sheets of waterlily foliage. He wrote: "I saw, all of a sudden, that my pond had become enchanted... Since then, I have had no other model." Indeed he spent the last two decades of his life recording it and those paintings have become his signature.
Which (forgive me) brings us to our own signature block: le Monogramme. I chose to make an 'L' for lavender for my quilt, but this is your quilt and I want you to choose your own monogramme. This month's parcel includes Fat Eighths of Maple Farm Cherrybush in mauve, blue Farm Berries, Farm Flowers in lavender and slate Meadow to create your letter, along with any scraps of lavender, mauve and lilac prints from previous blocks.
Most of you will also have a half yard of lilac Meadow in your parcels to set aside for the quilt binding. My apologies to my lovely Australian ladies: I post out your parcels a little earlier and my fabric - ordered six months ago! - hadn't arrived at that point. Rest assured it will be in next month's parcel.
Sac à Baguette Bonus Project...
Remember the L'Oranger block we made back in February? Well I have the perfect project for it: a bag to carry your fresh baguettes back from the boulangerie. Or the supermarket. You can find the tutorial here.
Behind the scenes in the studio: the little stool is for me to stand on!