Sunday, June 28, 2009

Free Quilty Goodies From Europe

Despite the fact that I bought a German quilting book on our European vacation, I did come home with several FREE quilting items. Yes, I said FREE! There's nothing a Green Quilter loves more than to find free quilting items. So here's the run down.

1. If you know me well, you know I collect bottle caps. I love the colors and graphics. I drill holes in them with my handy Dremel and sometimes stitch them on art quilts. Much to hubby's amusement, I kept my eyes peeled for these tossed treasures. I had to be careful though. A sudden stop to pick up a bottle cap could cause a chain reaction crash of people walking behind me!

2. While on the trip, I met a fellow quilter from New Zealand. When she travels, she carries fabric or mini quilts to give to any quilters she might happen to meet. Isn't that a great idea? I was the fortunate recipient of these little quiltlets she's made using New Zealand fabrics. What a treasure!

3. While walking around Lucerne, Switzerland, we came across a museum with a special showing of Hans Erni's art. Unfortunately, the museum was closed that day, I was able to score this card featuring one of his pieces. I love this portrait!
Such an unusual pose, and the background is so interesting!

4. On the last night of the river cruise, we found these sheer red bags of chocolates on our pillows. The candy is long gone (it was delish!), but I had to bring home these little bags. They'll make it into one of my art quilts, I'm sure!


Wendy said...

bottle caps in a quilt?! Can't wait to see that! Our bottle cap bucket (under the beer opener) is almost full.... interested in some Alaskan beer caps? I would be happy to send you some -

Susan said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic trip! I love the idea of passing off fabric to the other quilters that you happen to meet...what a great idea!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Freebies are the best. And, I love the idea of sharing a mini quilt with kindred spirits no matter what language they speak. Thanks for sharing.