Friday, 26 March 2010

Travels & Monsters

This month's theme for the Monthly Design Challenge over at Finki’s is European Travels. My little “European Travels” quilt is made with one of the bags from my Treasure Box, decorated with images of my two favourite places. With shopping being part of big city trips (travelling alone you’ll be shopping for your kids; travelling with daughters, you’re pretty much the bag-and-credit-card-carrier) a bag was the obvious choice.
The pictures and words are printed on Lutradur in soft greys.
Greenwich Observatory, London, England
I used to work for a company with a London based International headquarter, and spent a lot of time there. My first, of many, visit to Greenwich was almost 20 years ago. The area around the Observatory (where the GMT time line is) is so idyllic with a huge park and amazing buildings, the perfect place for a bit of piece and quiet from the crowds and noise of the city.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
I dreamed of going to Barcelona for 15 years before my first visit. I read a lot about Antonio Gaudi’s works, and wanted to see them, so 14 years ago daughter and I spent a week there. My first visit to his unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, blew me away, and I fell in love with the city. I have been back and the love affair is still going on.


Another finish from this week is “Monster Monday”.This is the first of a Monster Week series; small quilts made from scraps and recycled material and with this monster shape (from my Make a Shape tutorial). I will use different techniques for the monsters, just experimenting and enjoying the process.

Now I’ll pop over and add this to Amylou’s Sew & Tell.

27 comments:

  1. You're an amazing woman! I loved reading about the places you've visited and why you were there and what was so special about them.

    Thank you.

    The monster is so dang scary, he's cute!

    You win "Cutest Monster" award from me for Friday Finishes!

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  2. How fun! I love the idea of remembering your travels this way!!

    Blessings,
    KT

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  3. wow...nice idea for a quilt...i love the finish too

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  4. The vintage photograph feel of your European Travels quilt is really beautiful and I love the teeth on the monster!

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  5. What a fun "assignment" and a great interpretation. I love the fonts you've chosen for your writing. (The monster made my little girl, who is on my lap, pause. His work here is done!)

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  6. Yout travelbag is absolutely adorable, what a great work!

    And your monster - too darn cute, I love it!

    Anja

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  7. I love the quilting/threadwork you've done on your monster - moves it from a scrap project to a piece of art!

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  8. The bag quilt is so pretty and thanks for sharing the background for it. Your monster is just cute and the quilting is so fun. You've done it again:)

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  9. I am constantly inspired by your never-ending stream of creative little quilts!

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  10. Me gusta el monstruo, se ve tan tierno.

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  11. Your European Travels quilt is wonderful - I love the contrast with the background. Although I live just outside London, I'm ashamed to say I've never visited the Greenwich Observatory - I've been to Greenwich though and it is lovely.

    I've been to look at your 'treasure box' and it really is a veritable treasure trove! Great idea too. UFOs? unfinished objects? LOL

    Thanks for visiting my blog - and no, I didn't make any little houses for myself, but I will be getting some swaps back!

    I really like the sound of your tablecloth challenge - one day soon I hope to have another go at quilting.

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  12. Love the texture on the monster quilt! I just love it.

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  13. i just love the sense of humor you put into your art quilts....that monster is funny

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  14. Such cute projects . . . the monster is hilarious!

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  15. Hi Nina Lise,

    I love seeing the results of your experiments :).
    Your monster is great, especially the eyes.

    Hugs, Sharon

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  16. Monster Monday. I love it. I love making monsters and this one is fantastic. Can't wait to see the next one.

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  17. Lovely projects, Nina, as always!!

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  18. The little guy reminds me of the movie Where Wild Things Are. Very cool!!

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  19. Blue skies and monsters? Makes them less scary. Always fun to see what's going on in your creative mind. Would love to travel to England and Spain someday myself.

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  20. Love, love the monster. Looking forward to seeing your other monster creations.

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  21. How did you come up with monsters? I pretty much love anything with the make a shape tutorial. Very fun.

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  22. I love the pictures you printed on the gray! Beautiful quilt. I love the browns in the monster and it's face!

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the strangest incomplete buildings in the world, isn't it. It was amazing to see all that in person. What a place! I love looking at his other buildings on the streets too!

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  23. Great quilt you made for the challenge. I like your photos and the blue background. I also think your Monster is cute/scary! Looking forward to seeing the series.

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  24. That’s one scary Monster!

    Love your travel bag quilt! I’m a huge fan of Mr Gaudi’s work!

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  25. Great projects. I especially love the bag. Oh I remember a trip to London...spent an entire day shopping on Oxford Street for daughter. Many bags to carry for sure.

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