I arrived on November 10, 1940, and a very difficult time began for me. I was known in France, but almost nobody in America had heard of me. I spoke five languages, but I had almost no knowledge of English. I had no friends and almost no money. I spent the first three months trying to find work. Finally I signed a two-year contract with Black Star, the photo agency, which sent me off to shoot a variety of subjects, including the circus and many parades. During this period I had to learn the technique of multiple flash, which was then unknown in Europe. We four lived in a boardinghouse, crowded into a single room, but even so my weekly advance was not enough for two adults and two babies. Finally, after about ten months of hard work, I realized that I could not count on Black Star to find me enough assignments, so I tried to look for clients myself.
I have watched Sewing with Nancy on and off for years. I remember it when I began to sew, falling in love with fabrics, but I never did fall in love with garment sewing. The light bulb went on when Nancy began quilting for me. Thanks Nancy for being bold enough to appear on television when others in similar circumstances wouldn’t fathom the idea. You have taught millions that they are talented, not only with a machine and thread, but in business, in self promotion and most of all, with themselves. My hope is that you have many more years (or at least as many as you would like) with your show, your business and your fanbase!