last weekend’s loot and antique quilts

by Sharon Santoni


[white]Antique  … quilts … those two little words never fail to send a quiver of excitement up this blogger’s spine.  Although in France, there isn’t a tradition for patchwork quilts, we are lucky to have the beautiful ’boutis’.[white]


[white]This deep raspberry red is a dominant colour in the world of boutis.  Exotic oriental fabrics first arrived in France via the port of Marseille in the XVII century.  Their rich designs of intertwining flowers, birds and insects quickly became popular in the south of France, where local manufacturers started to produce their own printed cottons, inspired by the orientals.[white]

P1000412[white]Last weekend I was lucky enough to find these two boutis at an outdoor fair.  I bought them around 5am, in the dark, with a flashlight, and had to wait a couple of hours until the sun rose to see if they were really as beautiful as I hoped.   They are both square, one backed in blue and fairly small, the other large enough to cover a bed.[white]

P1000413[white]Just some of the new arrivals for the store that should re-open next week![white]



denise@magnoliaveranda November 22, 2013 - 6:38 am

Love that red! Love the new blog.

Gale November 22, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Love these quilts! As a quilter I am very interested in researching this French quilting tradition. Never heard of it — thanks for sharing!

Auntybelle November 22, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Lovely re-done site. I looked and looked for the date however, then found it at the conclusion of the post. The quilts are stunning. Would you share tips on how to clean them? There are dryers with a steam/ sanitize cycle. Would that be safe?

Lynne Beattie November 22, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Love the colors! Also, the new blog looks great!

Jeanne McKay Hartmann November 22, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Wow, those quilts are amazing. I’ll be eagerly waiting for your new store to open! XO

Lorrie November 22, 2013 - 4:50 pm

I love that gorgeous raspberry colour of French boutis. It speaks volumes to my heart.

Emm November 22, 2013 - 5:39 pm

That raspberry shade is glorious. Makes me feel cozy on a grey day.

Karen (Back Road Journal) November 22, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Such charming little quilts…they shouldn’t stay in your store long once you have your reopening.

david terry November 22, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Well, Sharon……these are lovely, of course……but yet ANOTHER thing I look at and, regarding which, I think “Those/That wouldn’t last five minutes in this house with all these dogs”.

I’ll admit it…..they all sleep in my bed with me each night (not to mention the six or so times per day they decide that the bed is THE place to stage a tussle-fake-fight, nap, vomit-road-kill session, etcetera).

Quite frankly?…I’ve been considering simply installing plastic astro-turf on the bed, abandoning it to the terriers, and making myself a blanket-pallet by the bedroom hearth each night.

These are, nonetheless, really lovely quilts. Anybody ever tell you that you have good taste?…..

Pathetically yours as ever,

David Terry

Kathrine November 23, 2013 - 7:31 am

Love the new blog! I am excited to register! Congratulations!

Joanne/Madame Là-bas November 23, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Those bouts are so beautiful. I have painted my bedroom walls a colour called Balboa Mist and so I can easily change my accent colours. Your new blog is great. I always feel transported when I visit!

Texas Francophile November 24, 2013 - 10:37 am

Loveeeeee your new site!

Texas Francophile November 24, 2013 - 10:38 am

Love your new site!!!

Gloria Hoffmann November 24, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Love every thing about My French Country Home. I can just slip away for a while, reading your blog and enjoy every moment and wondering who owned it and where the items came from.

diana Alexander November 24, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Just so lovely! I will be waiting for these to arrive in your store! Please let me know!!


Martine Alison November 24, 2013 - 12:36 pm


Des couettes qui ont fait revivre mon enfance… On y est si bien lorsque dehors l’hiver sévit…
Une jolie publication.

Gros bisous

Brenda Pettus November 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

I love the quilts!

Bette Lee Collins November 24, 2013 - 2:10 pm

I have been sharing your wonderful photography with friends and relatives…who doesn’t like your dahlias and…dog stories…many thanks…

Lindsay Abigail November 24, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Great new Blog. congrats. Oh! I love those boutis. That raspberry is delicious.
My bed really needs that

Carolyn November 24, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Such a beautiful blog!! Thank you for creating a space where we can dream each day for a few minutes.

Contessa November 24, 2013 - 4:12 pm

I have a few of these but English……I believe they are called EIDERDOWN???Most with a rose or flower motif…..just love them.I know the two are different,I think yours have more stitching??I enjoy your photos no MATTER WHAT!Keep shooting!!!

Deborah Carter November 24, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Sharon they are very pretty colours, they look good together! You are one very committed lady, poking around in the dark with a torch before the break of dawn! But that’s how you score the prize, before the lazier ones who like to stay in bed a tad longer, arrive there!
Deborah from Melbourne.

Sharon Staudigel November 24, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Sharon those quilts you found are beautiful… and in the dark no less!! Love your new blog look and I re-subscribed, bien sur :)!!!

Adele November 25, 2013 - 12:35 am

I have a real love of antique french fabrics. The quilts are amazing. How I would love to have one!

Leslie in Portland, Oregon November 25, 2013 - 8:06 am

These boutis are beautiful! Looking at the photographs of them landed me squarely in the children’s bedroom in my Swedish grandmother’s Seattle house. Each bed was piled with these quilt-like glories, and I so loved to snuggle down into one and read the afternoon away. Thank you for the trip back to a wonderful place made by a wonderful person.

alison watt November 25, 2013 - 9:34 am

Hello Sharon

What lovely soft colours, they look very comfortable.

Have a great day

Celia November 25, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Loved your old blog and love the looks of your new blog! Made it to France for the first time last month and loved it (Provence and Paris). Would love to get to your area! Carry on doing what you love – cuz you do it so well!!

Jennifer November 25, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Bonjour. I have just subscribed to your blog. Love your blog-your pictures are beautiful. I love everything french.

Linda Perrin November 25, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Love the new site. How exciting! Love the quilts, as I, myself am a quilter! The red with blue is amazing! Love, love, love the guest cottage! Looking forward to unpacking and heading out to snag some awesome antiques! Woohoo!

Linda Perrin November 25, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Love the new site. How exciting! Love the quilts as I, myself, am an avid quilter! The red with blue is amazing! Love, love, love the guest cottage. I can hardly wait to unpack and head out to snag some exquisite antiques! Whoohoo!

Val November 26, 2013 - 1:14 am

The quilts are fabulous. Very envious of all the markets you have with all their treasures.

Mary S November 26, 2013 - 1:45 am

Really, really love your new blog! Such an improvement! Not that the other was bad, but the new on is so much fresher! Just a thought. I really like it.


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