Thursday, January 17, 2008

On a Blue Theme...

I finished two quilts this week -- although they're both small ones. First is "Wind and Water" -- this has those fabulous 6" blocks that Kendra Maclean made for me in a swap last year. The photo really doesn't do them justice! And this is "Ice Crystals" -- it's my quilt for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap (Winter Edition) and it's going to be mailed far away tomorrow morning! I was inspired by Karen Combs' projects for EQ6, and adapted her Celtic design for my own purposes.
Next up -- a bit of travel, mostly for work. For the last few years I've done a horrendous 4-countries-in-5-days "dog and pony show" trip every winter for one of my clients. This year they decided to break it up into two trips. Next week is Boston and Bermuda... quite the contrast!

Then I'm home for most of a week and after that I'm off to London, Munich and Zurich. I have arranged to have 2 days to play in London. I've spent quite a bit of time there, so I don't feel like I need to do the seriously touristy stuff. But -- I'd be happy to have any recommendations for quilty or knitty things, favorite teashops, etc. Part of the time I'll be with a colleague who has zero interest in fabric, crafts, "culture" or anything but clothes shopping and her kids' sports activities. In other words, we have absolutely nothing in common except that we work together a couple of days a week! I am going to make sure I get to escape for a day, though, to do the things I want to do.

16 comments:

Vicki W said...

Am I right in assuming that you work in insurance? There are some great fabric and yarn shops in London but given the exchange rate, I wouldn't advise shopping! When I was spending a lot of time there I basically moved into the V&A during the day and the theater district at night (when I wasn't working).
Love your little quilts!

Nancy said...

I covet Wind and Water.

n, np

Morah said...

I LOVE shadow quilts!! This one is no exception.

Debra Spincic said...

A very cool setting with the sampler blocks.

Yes, the V&A is a great place to visit and it has a fiber collection (or two).

Kim West said...

WInd and Water is just stunning - love the setting!!!

Kay said...

Another vote for the V&A. And those are lovely quilts, especially the shadow one. What a great way to do a sampler.

DPUTiger said...

OK, so I know it's touristy, but my very favorite thing I did the last time I was in London was the Cabinet Warm Rooms. Of course, I'm a total WWII history geek, so that could be why. I'm jealous. The business trip I just returned from took me to Mississippi. You win! :)

gwen said...

Your 4ssq is very nice as is the shadow one. The setting of the blocks is very clever.
About your trip to Europe, I would recommend wool and yarn shops. From what I have seen on the net, wool is quite expensive in the States. I don´t know of any shop in London but if you want some address in Munich, let me know! Take care.

Gina said...

I love the way the blocks seem to be floating in the first quilt.

love and hugs xxx

Marcie said...

Wonderful icy looking quilts! Have a great trip. sounds fabulous!

Rose Marie said...

Those little quilts are fabulous! Love the patterns and colours.

Bea said...

Love your "Wind and Water" and the snow chrystal, too. Thats my colours!
Have fun!

hortenzita said...

Dear Julie, thank you very much for your wonderful Winter Edition Quilt! I do like it! I am so happy to be its owner.

Helen Conway said...

Sadly there are no specialist quit shops in London itself - the cost of rent is just too high. You would have to take a train trip out to somewhere like the Quilt room in Dorking which if you only have a day si not worth it. Plus, with the exchange rate you will hate it - you'd be looking at something like $17 per meter! I don't knit so can't help there but try leaving a comment at www.flibbertygibbet.typepad.com - she si a knitter with a blog who is from London. The V&A is the design museum everyone raves about but I find it very fusty. I like african inspired quilts so I prefer after work down there to wander around the african/ asian sections of the British Museum. There is a specialist ribbon shop I found once just of Marylebone High Street (again expensive because of location). If you are there on the right day you might like Camden market - I haven't been for ages but i am told it has some funky craft type stalls now. Tere are teashops galore but for a bit of a treat try any of the patisserie valerie branches. www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk
the kensington Church Street on eis the nearets to the V&A, the soho one to the British Museum

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