This is a quilt made from a pattern called ‘Bon Voyage’, using French General fabrics.
The original pattern called for sawtooth borders, which, for some reason, I have a strong aversion to, so I replaced them with diamonds. Making the back, which consists of more French General fabrics, was a very satisfying exercise in ‘stashbusting’!
The background sections are quilted with a clamshell design. This was probably the heaviest quilting I’ve done on a project, but I enjoyed it, especially as I’ve discovered a really good marker and stencils.
The toile fabric is printed with scenes relating to the launch of the first hydrogen balloon in France in 1783. The balloon, pursued by men on horseback, landed in the village of Gonesse where it was said to have been attacked by villagers with pitchforks and other implements.