Ski Trip to Carinzia


Hmm, the title is very misleading, as I did not ski on this trip, although everyone else went barreling down the mountain with great joy every day. I opted to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and do some sight seeing, as it was my first time in the southern alps. We even crossed over the top of the mountain and down a very narrow steep road into Italy for an afternoon drive. I also took advantage of the spa and sauna at the hotel, as well as the indoor/outdoor heated pool – a completely relaxing vacation, leaving me ready for the new year, which we celebrated with close friends and family… Here are some odd pictures snapped during the trip.


I was amazed that in the valleys, the countryside was still green, despite the fact that it’s december.


At the top of Nassfeld, we were able to enter Italy.


Hermagor, Austria is one of the nearby picturesque towns that we visited. That day, it was crisp, cold and sunny. The red building has a wonderful cafe with a great bakery – we bought special marzipan treats for the new year celebration there.


Window shopping in Villach – could not resist these cute costumes!


Coffee Coasters

This is actually an old project of 4 coffee coasters that I completed in 2010, gave as a present, and forgot about it. I saw it recently on a visit, and thought I should get some pictures. This was one of my first attempts at binding – it’s all so wonky on the edges! I actually hand sewed the back of the binding… one of the few times you will ever see hand sewn work from me. It took ages to complete. The fabric was out of the discounted fat quarter bin at Sew Sisters, and the centre panels were fussy cut from one print. I used a purple japanese prints, as well as assorted batiks. Still wondering about some of the colour combinations (!), but as this gift was destined for a male friend, I wanted to avoid “girly” prints and colours.

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Project Phoenix continues – Part 1


So, life has gotten really busy in the last couple of months. I meant to continue project Phoenix, but quilting time has not materialized. I started a new job in January, following a trip to Carinzia over the holidays. Thought I would share a few pix of the centre panel of the patchwork – the back of it against the light makes me want to do a stained glass quilt 🙂

The interesting thing is that I’ve shown a few people this and they cannot see the bird… this is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, the eventual recipient of this quilt knows this motif (it’s on the wall in his room) 🙂

My dilemma now is how do I finish this – borders, no borders… and I have no idea what I want to do for the quilt back. I have made some star blocks from the same fabrics, that I want to intersperse randomly on the front (this panel needs to grow another 12″ all around before binding).