zondag 25 oktober 2009

Post from the UK and our visit to Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen, Aken)

My sixth block of the Christmas Wish that I am doing together with Melanie, Lynn and Karen. Only three more to go.



This week I finished two more blocks for my Web Sampler Celebration 4 Quilt. Eight blocks finished, four more to go.


As I said before, the more I make the easier and more fun it gets (O:



Then this week a lovely parcel arrived from my dear and special friend Melanie from the UK. I had send her some felt and autumn items and she wanted to do something back. I was totally stunned, when this all arrived! My parents were having lunch with us, when it came and my mother was excited as I was and I think my father was too, but he didn't really show, as an 83 year old dad *LOL*

Many many lovely buttons. If you look closely (click on the picture) you can see that there is a little bag with buttons for each season. Melanie and I have decided to make a table runner for each season, both of us not having made one before. These buttons will definitely give me inspiration!

When my mother saw the Cotwolds towel, she couldn't stop telling us about her visit to it. She really wants to go back some day. Since this towel meant so much to her, I told Melanie that I gave to her. She has many good memories there, so I thought it should be with her. For Melanie Cotwolds is very special too (O:

Ger and my dad enjoyed the candy (so did I) and can you see the lovely Halloween pin on the bottom right.

Thank you so much dear Melanie! You know you didn't have to do this in return, but you really made several people happy here (((O:

Please go have a look on Melanie's blog who just made another wonderful post. She is the one who inspired me to show you pictures of Aix-la-Chapelle, as was Stephanie!




And here are my pictures of Aix-la-Chapelle. Ger and I go there quite often for some shopping. This time however, we decided to be tourists and took a walk according to a marked walking guide. On the picture below you can see the mark for something special to be seen nearby. To follow the path, there was only one mark.


This is a bank window Very special.



Aix-la-Chapelle has many different statues. This tour took us along quite a few. Here is one of a girl carrying an Aachener Print. Look at her toes ...


This is a very special statue. You can move the limbs of the figures. I can't tell you what the statues are called, since I gave the tour booklet to a friend of mine, who wants to take her family for this tour.


Aachener Dom


A door of the old Stadhaus.


Part of the Stadhaus today.


A picture from the top of the Stadhaus staircase.


This was my favorite statue. Look at the lovely birdies sitting everywhere.





Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.

- Paolo Coelho -

27 opmerkingen:

Melanie zei

What a wonderful place full of gorgeous Gothic architecture. Ooo I love the door! I can imagine all sorts of magical places where it ought to lead.

Well done on block 6 we're 2/3 done! Your pieced blocks are looking so accurate. Glad you are having a lot of fun with them.

méri zei

It's a beauty to receive such packages, isn' it?

How fast you quilters work!!!
Aix la Chapelle looks like being worth a guided visit :)

Litamora's Quilt & Design zei

Hi there! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog :o)
I just love the blocks you've made for the Web Sampler Celebration 4 quilt. They look soo stunning! Never heard of that quilt, is the pattern on web, or is it from a book? Have you seen the whole quilt? It sure looks awesome :o)
Nice to visit your blog too, and I'll be back :-)

Terry zei

I love the quote that you used at the end of your post! Love the quilt blocks too! :0)

Guðrún zei

What a beautiful door of the old Stadhaus is. Thanks for all the lovely pictures.

bluebird-lyn zei

Hallo Lieve Simone, thank you for the pictures....we do not have such history here.....love your Web sampler blocks....it is a lot of fun to receive gifties in the mail...hugs lyn

Stephanie zei

Melanie is truly a sweet person! Love the Stadhaus door photo. I want to go in and discover what's on the other side of the door. The view from the staircase is so pretty...like something from a storybook. Thank you for sharing Simone!

Bev C zei

Hello Simone, Lovely parcel and good luck with the sewing. Your blocks are coming along nicely it will look great when it is all together. Thank you for the tourist photo's those statues and buildings certainly are beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

blackanna zei

Liebe Simone,
Deine Web Sampler Celebration 4 Blöcke finde ich einfach super schön! Das wird sicher ein super schöner Quilt.
Wie schön, dass Ihr eine schöne Zeit in Aachen hattet.

Ganz liebe Grüße
Monika

Cattinka zei

I like your new blocks, but I can´t believe they are getting easier to make, it might be that you are getting better at it! Nice mail you got, do you also love buttons as much as I do?
KATRIN W.

Sew Useful Designs zei

What a beautiful post, Simone! I wish I could go touring too... the buildings and statues simply take your breath away! Stunning! Thank you for sharing!
Love and hugs, Vikki xoxo

Sarah zei

Oh my this place looks amazing - we just dont have anything like that here in Australia because we are SO much younger. I really enjoyed these photos - maybe our next trip over?

Cybele's patch zei

Wat gezellig dat je met je ouders zat te lunchen toen het pakketje arriveerde. Gedeelde pret is dubbele pret, dat ging bij jullie zeker op. Je plaatjes van Aken zijn leuk. Ik zie de beelden en herken ze ook, maar laat ze nooit echt tot me doordringen. Het wordt zo gewoon als je er vaak komt. Volgende keer kijk ik bewust dankzij jouw foto's ;-)

Micki zei

I love your blocks ...they are really turning out pretty!Thanks for sharing the pics of your trip. The buildings are awesome!
Micki

Ute zei

Hallo Simone,

deine Blöcke für den Sampler sind wunderwunderschön, und so tolle warme Farben. Einfach KLASSE!!!

LG Ute

Notjustnat zei

What's a lovely place to visit! It's great to act like tourist and revisit the place again. Love the blocks, they are coming along very nicely - Hugs Natima

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries zei

Labdien Simone...your blocks are just stunning!!! And what a surprise you had with the gifts from England and how very generous of you to give the towel to your Mother...you must have made her very happy!!! The architecture in those buildings is just so different to over here...A great post♥x

Lotusblüte zei

Liebe Simone, Dein Sampler ist wieder um zwei wundervolle Teile gewachsen und die Eindrücke von Aachen sind fantastisch :o) Eine schöne Woche noch für Dich und GGLG Gaby

Shiree zei

what a wonderful tour, thank you Simone! And Melanie is such a big sweetie isn't she!

maria zei

What a lovely surprise parcel, it was great to be able to shar some of it with your mum.
Aix-la-Chapelle looks a beautiful place.

Annelies zei

Wat een prachtige foto's Simone !

Jackie zei

The tour of Aix-la-Chapelle is wonderful. I especially like the old door. We don't have statutes like that in the city I live in, we just don't have the history.

Love your blocks. You said they're getting easier. What have you found out while doing them that has made them easier for you? They're all so beautiful!

Suzie zei

Thanks for the photos, so beautiful! Melanie is a very dear friend, always so caring! Your blocks are pretty and your stitchery, well, I have to say it again, so fine and lovely!

A Spoonful Of Sugar zei

Aix la Chapelle looks like an amazing place to explore! Your web sampler quilt is coming along beautifully.

lani zei

What a nice post Simone .... i love the believe block....i have so many believe signs in my house and I keep them up year around....god bless.....lani ...oh when I saw the candy I thought about the ones you sent me I still have them like gold from a far away land...lol

Leanne zei

What a wonderful walk I have had today around Aix-la-Chapelle so different to my usual walk. It makes me realise how young Australia is. I too love the bird statue. Thank you Simone

Jutta...stoffundnadel... zei

Liebe Simone,
auch dieses Posting hatte ich noch nicht gesehen, die Fotos von Aachen sind wunderbar, vielen Dank für diese persönliche Stadtführung, das Wetter war auch ganz passabel, wie ich sehen kann ;-)
Deine Blöcke für den Web Sampler gefallen mir alle .... das wird bestimmt ein außergewöhnlicher Quilt.
Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir deine Jutta

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