Trip to Istanbul

Time flies when you are having fun. Just spent a week in Istanbul. It was bitterly cold for the first few days and then warmed up. We did very little tourist stuff as we did much of it last time. We did spend time on the Bosphorus on boats, learning about the geography of the coasts and many of the old royal buildings.

Yes, we did re-do the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. The first was a bit of a disappointment, perhaps smarted up substantially since we last went. The Spice Market was still magic – wonderful colours and smells. And the food it great – really fresh fish, lovely fruits and vegetables and delicious pastries. Some came home but didn’t last.

No, stitching has not happened. I have done nothing!! Will get back to it.

Project 2013 – Pieces 22 and 23

Very slow progress as I was hemming binding most evenings last week. I finished a new Pieces of Crow and completed a quilt I started early last year that was abandoned to make bigger pieces for Festival of Quilts in August. Will show you those in another post.


Piece 22 – still struggling when the piece is very patterned. However, I have made french knots work on a piece.


Piece 23 – lots more french knots in variegated thread. And kantha – could get boring for you!

Back to my latest piece – am working on a quilt to go into the Bristol Guild Gallery in July. The exhibition is called “Suspension”. May show you work in progress later this week. It won’t get quilted til I get back from holiday at the end of the month. Istanbul for a week – maybe some sun!!!