|Saying hi to the reader!|
You will notice that most of the photos are not panoramas of sites, but generally small things, including art, that caught my eye. The photos were either taken by my husband or I.
These first two photos are of a statue in a park that was between La Rambla and our hotel in Barcelona. Almost every day I would walk by and say hi to the girl reading!
|Statue of boy playing and girl reading|
|Take out food in the food market - La Rambla|
Something that I find fascinating is all of the art everywhere. Since there is little snow in the places we visited, public art is on buildings and fences, in the subway and even the ceramic on the ground.
|Art in the Barcelona subway|
|Fence outside of Gaudi's Park Güell in Barcelona|
|Art on a fence in Barcelona|
|Colourful tiles outside of the WC|
You've probably heard the old joke of a quilter taking pictures of the tiles in the bathroom? Well, here are some tiles just outside of the washrooms.
|Washington Irving stayed at Alhambra|
while researching his book,
"Tales of the Alhambra"
I would go back to Granada. We only spent a few hours but I would have loved to visit for a few days. We saw a small part of Alhambra. I also got my husband to take a picture of me in front of the statue of the writer, Washington Irving, since his "Tales of the Alhambra", published in 1832, essentially caused re-interest and eventually the preservation of the Alhambra.
|View of Granada from Alhambra|
I haven't read the book yet, but it's now on my To Read list.
I love these beautiful narrow streets. Since it was early in the morning, I could stop and take pictures without worrying about traffic. This is probably what I was taking pictures of....
|More art on the walls|
|Taking pictures on the old streets of Granada|
|Art on the walls of |
buildings in Granada
Here is a photo that I should have included in my last post. These are the depressions within which the vines are grown. It was winter, so they are not dead - just dormant!
|Growing vines in the volcanic ash in Lanzarote|
Alicante has a beautiful waterfront area. Here is a photo of the tiles in one of the plazas. Isn't it a great representation of ocean waves?
|Whimsical structures - Alicante|
|Waves in Alicante|
Here is a side street with whimsical art and structures for children.
Finally, after the cruise, we had time before our flight home, so we flew to Paris for three days. Since I'm bilingual, it was easier to get around, even if I had to take out my "good speaking French" (that means no slang and better enunciation!)
My husband is working on his photography skills, so right dropping off our luggage at our hotel, we took the metro to the Eiffel Tower. This is my favourite photo.
|Eiffel Tower at night|
This is one of my favourite area of the Louvre - the apartments of Napoleon III. See how I match the decor? I think that this may be the Grand Salon.
|Apartments of Napoleon III|
On the ship, I attended an art auction. It was a very high pressure event but since I had no money to spend, it was fairly easy to resist. I did, however, find an artist, Donna Sharam, that I really liked. When I first saw her art, I thought that it could have been an art quilt. Once I was home, I googled her and found out that her background is indeed in textiles. What do you think? Isn't her work fabulous? She also has a beautiful series of trees and plants.
|Merchandise based on Donna Sharam's art|
I couldn't resist finishing my tour with this lovely piece of textile art that was on our bed one day. How fun is that!
|Textile Art on the Ship|
In the last week, I decided to work on a few UFOs.
You may recall this quilt top from July 2015 (Ok, maybe not..)
|Loosely based on Mary Patterson's Street Art quilt|
It started with a great idea....I was going to make two quilt tops and use this one as the backing. It's an idea that I haven't given up on, but after spending so much time making both quilts, I just didn't have the heart to put both of them together. This quilt is loosely based on Mary Patterson's Street Art quilt from the Quilt Trends magazine, Summer 2014 (see Related Links for more info). I've named it "Not playing the supporting role!".
|Not playing the supporting role! quilt|
I hadn't quilted this one because I thought that it was too small. Over the last couple of years, I even bought fabric to add to it. When I took out the project box that included this quilt, the magazine, left over and backing fabric as well as the new fabric I purchased, I realised that the quilt was bigger than I though, and was perfectly fine! Bonus!!! No extra work to do except to sandwich it and start quilting.
I also sandwiched my latest Batik Lap Quilt, as well as a baby quilt that I will talk about in a later post. You can read all about my adventure in sandwiching these quilts in the "What I learned" section below.
Life will get back to normal, so I may as well plan my next quilting week and month.
For my OMG, I will free motion quilt (FMQ) my "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt. It's still cold and I want to snuggle under it to read 😊
Since I haven't started my Starry Bright Sky block for January, this is my To-Do Tuesday goal. The post is due February 4th, so I still have a few days.
What I learned
- I'm really glad that the "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt is large enough to be a comfortable lap quilt. I put the unused new fabric into my stash and, I'm very proud to say, I actually cut out all of the binding. It's all ready to use and stored in a very obvious place so that I will be able to find it when it's time to use it!
- I did this for a previous quilt and really hope to keep doing it whenever possible. It's so nice to be able to finish the quilting and then just put the binding on without looking for the matching fabric!
- I've probably mentioned this, but I really, really dislike sandwiching a quilt. It's my totally least favourite part of the process. I didn't think that I would be able to sandwich 3 quilts in 2 days. I sandwiched the "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt first, using my usual method of pinning. I just dislike the fact that once it's pinned, I have to flip it over, re-pin most of it to get it flat, and do this at least another 3 or 4 times.
- As I started sandwiching the Batik lap quilt, I got desperate. Why did I have to pin the quilt when I was only going to have to move all of the pins anyway? Good question! Since I had nothing to loose, I just placed two pins on the quilt and proceeded to flatten it the 4 or 5 times required. I only had to move one pin once, and then when it was to my liking, I pinned it all down. WOW!
- The thing is that I was never taught how to pin a quilt sandwich down. Maybe what I discoved on my own is what I was supposed to do? When I learned to sandwich a quilt, it was with adhesive spray. I stopped using it because I found that it gummed up the needle and was a real pain to flatten out those 4 or 5 times. Anyway, the baby quilt took me 5 whole minutes to sandwich. Gotta love it!
- Washington Irving's "Tales of the Alhambra"
- Lanzarote's vines on my Islas Canarias art quilt, January 28, 2018
- Donna Sharam, artist
- Two Quilts Are Better Than One!, July 20, 2015
- Mary Patterson's Street Art Quilt
- Batik Lap Quilt 3, Inspiration and Slow Work, January 22, 2018
Linking Parties: I will be linking up to February's One Monthy Goal as well as the following link-ups. Let's see what's happening in the quilting universe! To-Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, Quilter's Monday, Linky Tuesday, Main Crush Monday, Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Finished or Not Friday,
I am linking this post to Free Motion Mavericks' 300th linking party. Thanks for reading!