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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Spot on My Toile

Toile, pronounced "twall", y'all. I really, really like toile fabric, a lot.Especially the toile showing farm and country scenes in blue and white.
See. Here are toile boxes that were gifts from family, a toile covered sewing box from my husband, a few yards of toile from my fabric stash , and a book entitled Toiles Of Joy, by Judith Straeten, that was a gift from my friend Lanny and her family. "Toiles have a fascinating history, originally from Jouy-en-Josas, a little town near Versailles, southwest of Paris, in the seventtenth through nineteenth centuries. Each design had a name, and many represented stories from mythology or told of village life." From 'Toiles Of Jouy'
I have collected toile fabric for years, and here are some pillows and a quilt I have made from toile . The quilt is backed with toile. I wonder how my friends and family know I like toile so much?
Candy Cat likes it too.


Our Cross Stitching Home/Historie/OneofGod'slittlePrincesses said...

I love toile. For yearas, I pronounced the word "toil" until a kind friend lovingly corrected me. Thanks for this lovely post!

Anonymous said...

Oh I didn't know that and I am a Southerner~~LOL! Will be SO easy to remember the correct pronunciation, too~~lol!

Love all of your pieces...very pretty...

Have a fantasic day Kathy!


~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

Susie said...

Well I didn't know how to pronounce it but it is quite pretty. Like your Candy cat. She's a cutie!

Anonymous said...

Both the toile and Candy Cat are pretty. I love all the different scenes and colors available. My niece has purple/ivory toile in her bedroom. I think I saw some toile fabric for babies a while back on the internet. I know you treasure the book from Lanny and all the pretty boxes from Jim.

JC said...

Now that is a cute cat
Oh, the dishes ... they're nice too ...

Anonymous said...

How neat! My Mom made me a black and white purse made toile.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Your twalll is right purty. The look is so country yet sophisticated - and I'm talking about the fabric as well as Candy Cat.

Anna Colleen said...

I like to look at your toile pillows when I am at your house. They seem to tell a story.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I like toile too! What pretty things you've made with it!

Leslie said...

Your pillows and quilt are very pretty. I am drawn to toile but I do not have any in my home.

Deanna said...

Toile prints tell a story and I like this.
The older and hopefully wiser I get, I really really like toile.

KathyB. said...

Janis, those French words, I tell you, very expressive but hard to pronounce!

Lynn, you Southern ladies should have no problem with that pronunciation!

Susie, Candy Cat thanks you. She is our "special needs" cat. I will do a post on her eventually. She is so sweet.

Mildred, I love toile, and have seen many different colors and patterns but never purple and ivory. I would like to see that.

J.C. and Amy, thank-you. Amy, your Mom made you a purse of black and white toile? You are very blessed.

LindaSue, I am always appreciative of your way of speaking and I think I would love to hear your voice. I do believe I have detected a uniquely Texan accent in your writing!

Anna Colleen, the book your family gave me says that yes, indeed, toile patterns have a story to tell. My various toiles have many stories, I am looking into them and find them very interesting!

Stickhorsecowgirls and Leslie, thank-you!

Deanna, I always loved toile, but now am using it more in my home and decorating. So much toile, so little time!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I have a toile fetish, too, but don't collect, as I don't sew. Just love it...Glad to know some of its history. C

Anonymous said...

Jani, I prounounced it "toil" too!

Beautiful fabric. I never knew what it was called. It makes a person want to frame it.

Kathy, your quilt and pillows are gorgeous.

Daisy said...

Such pretty fabric, Kathy. I love the picture of Candy Cat. She seems to fit right in with the toile. :)

Natalie said...

I have been looking all over for that farm scene toile! The one if your fist picture. I bought some of it several years ago and made some pillows. Now I want to make some matching curtains. However I can't find where to buy it. Do you know where I can get some? Or do you have any extra you could sell to me? I am looking for about 2 to 4 yards of it. Please respond and let me know. I am so excited I finally found this on the internet.

Thank you,