Sandra’s Corduroy Quilt

Sandra's Corduroy Quilt

Sandra’s Corduroy Quilt

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.

Advent, Day 1

Serpent by Robert Oddy

Serpent by Robert Oddy

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all livestock

and above all beasts of the field;

on your belly you shall go,

and dust you shall eat

all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.”

–Genesis 3:14-15 (ESV)

Venetian Glass, Veste Coburg

Venetian Glass Chandelier

Venetian Glass Chandelier

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.

2014 GERMANY TRIP venetian chandelier

Venetian Glass Candelabra