Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quiltscapades: A European Adventure!

Here's an overview of some of my quilty adventures this past summer as I enjoyed a tour to Eastern Europe with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (more on that over at our family blog, 3rDegreeBakery). Quilting is a universal language, as I've discovered!

But first, a new "Hipster" travel bag, with a couple of German details:  

Used some adorable bits of fabric designed by my new friend Nadra Ridgeway, ("Ellis & Higgs") who lives in Germany and designs fabric for Riley Blake Designs.  We met at Quilt Market in Salt Lake last May.  I used some of her Backyard Roses prints.  A few Dresden plate wedges (named for typical fancy pointy-edge plates made by a company in Dresden, Germany) embellish the bag front.

My daughter Lauren made the little travel journal for me, as well as this beautiful little Temari zipper fob to match ~ looks like a quilt block!  Find the pattern and instructions to make your own HERE.

Temari Zipper Fob
We had a bit of free time in some of the cities, and my DH (darling husband) was game to come along and snap some photos as I searched out quilt shops on our travels.

Quilt & Textilkunst (Quilt & Textile Art)
Munich, Germany

With Sandra, shop manager
Sandra's blog:

I arrived in Europe with no handcraft, can you believe that?  My hand-stitching project got left back in the car at the airport!  We found this darling little shop just off the Marienplatz in downtown Munich where Sandra set me up with some supplies to keep my hands busy on long bus rides through Europe:  

A charm pack of Blueberry Park bright 5" squares, a hexagon template, scissors, thread.  Just what I needed to make Hexagami!  I was looking for fabric manufactured in Germany, but the closest I could find was some custom-made ribbon of the Munich skyline.  I think it will look cute stitched on my new bag.
photo credit: Joanne Andrus
Quiltin' on the Bus

One afternoon, with a little free time prior to Sound Check, a few choir ladies stopped by my table to see what I was up to with my needle and thread.  They all tried their hand at a little hexagami flower.

I'm still working on my pile of Hexagami flowers.  Need. More. Fabric...

Quiltmanufaktur (Quilt Manufactory)
Frankfurt, Germany

Look, it's a quilt shop in Frankfurt!  Just over the bridge from the old town center, we found a little shop recommended by Nadra.  I looked for another little charm pack, and Andrea, the shop proprietress, spied my Hexagami.  I asked if she would like to make one and gave a little demo.  
As I said, quilting is a universal language!  Just grab a needle and thread...

I spied another sweet little charm pack.  And she did have some new fabrics from a German manufacturer, G├╝termann.  I've used G├╝termann thread and their new fabric line is lovely.  Can't wait to make something pretty.

Such a fun morning at the quilt shop!  

Bird Block (Blackbird)
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Holland)

This adorable shop was chock full of bright, quilty goodness!  We loved Amsterdam and I wanted a little memento.   I could not resist a bundle of adorable fabric and a pattern book representative of the little houses that line the canalways of this amazing city!

With Bryony and Riet

Bright, fun quilts and the original Little Amsterdam quilt adorned the walls.

And located right next door:
Den Haan & Wagenmakers' Dutch Quilts
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Full of lovely quilts and lovely ladies, many of the fabrics in this store are Dutch Heritage.

with Anette and Elsbeth
Elsbeth's Blog:

Oooh, loved this quilt too!
Elsbeth's "Phoenix" quilt pattern made by a customer.   Email elsbethw@gmail for the pattern.
A collection of Dutch Heritage fabrics to pet and dream about the next quilt.

And finally, it seems that one afternoon in Paris is not nearly enough time to see everything PLUS find a quilt shoppe.  I came home empty-handed, but full-hearted as we explored the lovely Paris!  I have since learned that there are several quilt shops close to sites we visited, but I will just have to wait until I get the chance to go back again, someday!
Au Revoir, Vaarwel, Auf Wiedersehen! Until we meet again!


  1. How fun. I LOVE the Amsterdam quilt pattern.

  2. What a wonderful trip! Your DH is a keeper! XO

  3. I would say that quilting is definitely a universal language. What a great trip you had!!!


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