Viva la France

Our theme this week is “Viva la France” which was selected by our hostess Frieda Oxenham. Frieda made this beautiful arch for our challenge this week. We want to see your celebration of all things French in gothic arch form.

A bit about our hostess:

I’m an award winning quilt artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has won many prizes;. I’ve also become known for my ATCs and mixed media work, winning Best of Show for my Enduring, Unending ATC in the House of Cards exhition, Columbus, Ohio, 2005. My mixed media work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Gallery and Sew Somerset . I also work for Alphastamps as part of their Design Team. From ATCs I’m progressed to Inchies, Itty Bitties and now Gothic Arches, which are becoming a real obsession for me!

The theme this week is Vive la France. I have an abiding love for France and the French language. France was the first country in Europe to draw up a Human Rights Declaration in 1789 during the French Revolution, based partly on the American one. It had a huge influence on human rights in the rest of Europe as well. The first line is part of my arch and translated reads: Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Notice however that women are not yet mentioned despite the fact that they played their part during the Revolution too, which is why I have featured a woman on my arch!

You may see more of Frieda’s beautiful work on her blog:


47 Responses

  1. The arch can also been seen on my blog here:

    And thanks so much, Nancy, for inviting me to be our hostess this week. It’s a real honour!

  2. Mine is on my blog…wonderful theme, Frieda!

  3. Mine is on my blog, thanks for the great theme Frieda.

  4. Great theme Frieda!
    Here is my mine:
    (If my blog link doesn’t show, please click on my name!) :oD

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  6. great theme Frieda ! my entry is on my blog ! thanks for looking.

  7. A most fantastic theme, Frieda! Here’s my arch for the week.

  8. Hi, here is my entry for this week

  9. Thanks for a wonderful theme, Frieda! Here’s mine:


  10. Dit is mijn bijdrage .
    here is my .

  11. here is my fisrt Arch for this challenge blog , thanks for looking

  12. I love your Viva la France arch, Frieda!! Here is mine,
    Tami R.

  13. Frieda – your work never ceases to amaze me. I am awestruck by this piece. It is my greatest pleasure to have some of your artwork in my collection. 🙂


  14. Here is my challenge:

    paris gothic arch

  15. So, after a day full of sun and visiting our mothers now I found time to create my arch for this week. Thank you for this fantastic theme, dear Frieda…

    Have a great start of the new week – and thanks for visiting me on my blog…

    yours, Heike ;o)

  16. Wonderful theme, Frieda!
    Here is my arch-

  17. Here is my arch: http:/

  18. Frieda, what an amazing piece you’ve created!!!

    Mine is here

  19. Another great theme.
    My entry is on my blog.

  20. Beautiful piece Frieda!
    Here’s my entry:

  21. When I think of France I think of elegant ladies and romance – that is what I’ve tried to depict in my arch this week

    Thanks for looking

  22. Here is my entry. It’s on my craftinitalia blog.
    crafty in italy

  23. Here’s mine for this week!!! Thanks Frieda!!!

  24. Here’s mine for this week!!
    Thanks Frieda!!!

  25. beautiful!!

    here is mine

  26. Thanks to everyone who left such kind comments on my blog. It really is inspiring. Here is my arch for this week.

  27. My Viva La France entry, thanks for visiting my blog.

  28. My Viva La France entry. Thanks to Kris C. who pointed me in the direction of this beautiful blog and all of these gorgeous arches!

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