On Friday evening I had a wonderful time with a fantastic bunch of Dutch quilters. I was so busy talking and quilting that I completely forgot about my camera. D’oh! Luckily Isabeau and Ellen were also visited by Quiltmania and their homes should appear in the September and December editions of the magazine.
The next morning we all headed up to Leeuwarden to see an exhibition of quilts at the Fries Museum. That’s Fries as in Friesland (a region of the Netherlands) not fries as in the potato treats.
The exhibition was okay. There weren’t as many antique quilts as I’d like to have seen and many were hung high so you couldn’t see the details. No flash photography was allowed and my photos were terrible.
An Moonen, an antique textile historian, was at the museum to give a lecture and to celebrate the publication of her latest book on antique Dutch quilts. By the way, if there is enough interest the book will be published in English. You can go here to let them know you’d be interested in buying one.
I skipped the lecture and instead walked around town. Here are some of my pics. An old pharmacy building with incredible details:
A close up of the sign:
I love this old building and the way it leans into its neighbor:
The building has a date of 1697. I wonder if this cat was an original feature?
More “felines” decorating town:
And I couldn’t resist this little face:
I have a few links to share with you and then I have to go get cracking.
Dianne made this fabulous 10 Wishes top – such a sweet baby quilt and a great way to incorporate a personal touch into a quilt.
I love Joyce’s Winter Words quilt. I can’t believe how much snow I’ve seen in blogland – brrrrr.
Belinda has a great antidote to the winter cold: bright busy stars.
I love these household cleaning recipes that Bumble Beans featured – I’m going to have to try these out. I love that they’re great for people with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Gotta run, things to do. Take care and stay safe.