Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Fall, 2011, Germany

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Sure enough, found a quilter in Garmisch. Marion Caspers is responsible for initiating the Alpine Quilters in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. She has lived in the USA and now brings her skills to the area. They were having their quilt show the week after I left so she was really busy but kind enough to welcome me to her studio. I felt right at home in her awesome work room. A project in every corner with a lovely view outside. She has created a technique of layering knit fabric, ala T shirts, that are then painted with hand sewn motifs. Very clever and pretty.

 

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A wall hanging of Marion's depicting her various designs and styles.

 


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A better view of her T shirts. 



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This apple strudel was well worth the strenuous 2 hour hike. 

 


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We made it to the top of the Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany. (2,962 meters) All it took was train, cable car, and gondola. 

 


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Imagine the snow and it was October--last years snow!

 

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Fall, 2011, Danube River Cruise

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From our river ship I got to cycle one day and was overwhelmed with the grafiti or "wall art" on any blank space. I have since heard that some areas are rented or bought in order to express yourself with paint. Great opportunity if you live in Europe--open a spray paint store!

 


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Some so called art even appears to be from children? Maybe teachers encourage this, who knows?

 


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I spent the morning at the Albertina museum and realized after I took the picture that the risers of the stairs depict Monet's lily pond. Pretty clever.

 


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Vienna 

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Fall, 2011, The Danube and Germany

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The start of a trip of a lifetime. Left quilting behind, but had lots of inspiration, beautiful weather and wonderful food. Departing on the Amadolce from Budapest.
As my Mother's needlepoint framed picture says, "I'm So Glad I'm Back, I'm Happy I Went"

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Hexagons have never looked like this before here on the Mathias Church in the Fisherman's Bastion. 

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Grandmother's Flower Garden just glows in the sunshine on another part of the same Mathias Church.

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Down River the Museum on the banks of the Danube in Linz, Austria is night time lights. An amazing building with a rectangular opening in the middle part.
It is a glass building with over 3000 printings of the name muesum on the exterior. Oh, if only I could have spent the day here. More to see up river. 

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Probably the finest fabric shop I have even seen in the heart of Garmisch, Partenkirchen, Germany. The name is Grasegger and there is no web site. No problem you could not afford the fabric anyway. However, they should charge just to feel the fine cottons, linens, and thin wools. All for making authentic dirndls. I went back twice and finally found a remnant underneath a table for a blouse.

 


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Upstairs at Grasegger in the men's department they gave me permission to take this picture. Stacking wood is the big thing in Gernany as many still use it for heat.

 

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Sure enough, spotted this in a window while on a morning hike.  Will continue this post as there is more to share.

 

 

 

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