What ever was I thinking? Well, I guess I was thinking about the lovely textures that corduroy fabrics can bring to any quilt. Long story short, one year my dear quilting friend and I were at the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, Kansas. To one side of the auction building is a shopping venue with TONS of fabrics, pieced blocks, notions, patterns and just about anything quilting- and sewing-related that you could want. I found lots of corduroy fabrics and stocked up. And stocked up some more. (I think I will have enough corduroy for a life time!)
My friend and I put together this quilt by harvesting as much fabric as salvageable, then matching and mixing colors–it looked like a stained glass window. The batting was a ratty, rescued old quilt; I tied it with cotton thread and trimmed with a red velour (another good bargain). I like the idea of re-using and re-purposing fabrics and quilts. The result was a tremendously heavy, warm quilt that is much beloved by its owner.
I had heard of Venetian glass before, but I wasn’t prepared for its beauty–the intense colors coupled with delicate structure. These pieces are part of the collection at the Veste Coburg, the grand fortress overlooking Coburg, Germany. Besides the art glass collection, the castle also has collections of sleighs and carriages, armoury and weapons, as well as traditional paintings, sculptures and more glass.
Glassblowing is a very old and skilled art. There are a few glass Italian glass companies, still in production, that have been in business since the 13th century. The colors come from different compounds added to the glass. The red color in these pieces comes from added gold, while the aquamarine color is achieved by adding cobalt and copper.
The LutherTour of the summer of 2014 included a tour of this amazing castle. Plan to spend an entire day here to enjoy the history and the art.
The Triberg waterfall is located in the Black Forest of Germany. It is one of Germany’s highest waterfalls. My family has fallen in love with the area–I made my in-laws a stained glass panel for their 50th anniversary.