Saturday, 24 June 2017

QuiltNSW Quilt Show

I was very excited to receive a First Place ribbon for my quilt "Hartfield" in this year's Sydney Quilt Show!  My quilt was entered in the Entrant's Quilt Top Quilted by Another, Professional category.




It was so wonderful that the lovely Helen Hayes was up from Melbourne and was able to meet me at the Show.  Helen is the very clever lady who Quilted "Hartfield".  She is a superb quilter and I love her work.  Thank you so much Helen.



Thank you to Two Green Zebras for sponsoring the Show with this prize.



"Lambton" was also on display at the Show.

I had a lovely day at the Show.  It was great to meet lots of friends and students.  It is a wonderful Show with a record number (450) of quilts on display.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Berlin, The Final Leg of my Trip

I spent the last three days of my trip in Berlin, mostly visiting the spectacular Museums there plus the off Vathedral and Palace.

Here are some of the highlights.

I spent an entire day on Museum Island, the world renowned location of some of the most amazing g Museums in the world.

I walked in awe through the Ishtar Gate, reconstructed from the excavations of the original gate built around 500 BC in ancient Babylon.  This is actually the smaller of a double gate and their were eight gates into the city.  Fantastic.


This is the market gate of Miletus.

Conservation work on the Room from Aleppo.


Ancient Egyptian cat.


The actual skull of a Neanderthal.

I climbed 267 steps up to the top of the dome of the Cathedral, and down again.


Inside the dome. 

The view over the Museums.


Charlottenburg Palace.


The Golden Hall.

My favourite room in the Palace. 

The gardens. 

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  This was a very moving experience and well worth visiting.

The outside of the beautiful Altes Museum.


The so-called "Berlin Goddess", a rare original 5th century BC statue complete with painted surface.


The rotunda of classical sculpture.

From the History of Germany Museum, the hat worn by Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.  He left it in his carriage when he fled the battlefield after his defeat. Wow! 

The Reichstag.


This concludes my photographic commentary of my five and a half week journey to Europe.  I hope you have enjoyed travelling along with me and thank you to those who have sent me comments.

Back to work now.


Although I am now home, I need to catch you up on the rest of my trip.

We visited the city of Dresden for a wonderful day of sight seeing.  This city was all but destroyed by Allied bombing at the end of WWII.  There is now no sign of that destruction and many of the major city buildings have been totally reconstructed.  It is a beautiful city with great Museums.




The Cathedral has been reconstructed including the huge dome. This is the beautiful painting from the inside.



We saw the magnificent "Procession of Princes" which represents many of the rulers of the area through history.  This magnificent mural is over 100 metres long and is made of Meissen tiles.  It is an amazing sight.





We also visited the amazing Zwinger which served as the orangerie and exhibition buildings for the Dresden royal court.  The magnificent buildings were destroyed in the war but are now reconstructed.



I visited one of the most beautiful Museums I have ever seen, complete with full sized models of horses with jousting knights in full armour!


The displays included gorgeous equipment for horses, all hand embroidered.






And a few bejewelled treasures.







They certainly liked bling!


Loved this city.