Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lueneburger Jahr der Giebel & Hexagons


 These four cushion panels are almost finished and I'm just stitching them to their backings.
 I stitched all these hexies together during my travels and in the evenings whilst I was away visiting my family. 
They were made from scrap pieces leftover from my hexagon quilt. 
Although I mainly use a sewing machine for patchwork and quilting, I really do enjoy hand stitching. I find relaxation and great satisfaction in a completely hand stitched project.


On my recent visit to Germany it was great to wander around the familiar cobbled streets with a different purpose and it made me take a fresh look at all the wonderful old buildings as I toured the town's latest public art event. 
Over the years there have been boars and fishes artistically, and often amusingly, decorated around the place. This time it was the giebel, (gables) the stepped top shape of the old buildings. 
Shops, companies and associations of the town sponsored and produced works of art in many styles and themes by decorating a model of this feature of the beautiful buildings.

This must be the prettiest building (below) to house a well known food stop.........guess which one?.......
I'll tell you at the bottom of this post!
Giebels are in many shop windows... these were some of my favourites
Outside the Karstadt department store this advertises the forthcoming traditional Weihnachts Markt
(The Christmas Market) which takes place each year in the square in front of this shop.

Here through Sand Passage is a lovely big supermarket where we shop...
Inside a bank......
 An estate agents window ...
A lingerie store created this...



Children's art....




Now, here's the answer if you've reached this far!
Yes! They're everywhere..... McDonalds!

13 comments:

Helen said...

Lovely to see you back again, and with such beautiful quilting again - love the cushion panels, especially the top, purple one. The photos of the giebels are fabulous - such wonderful architectural features, and how splendid to be featured like that. I did guess it would be McD's, but at least they joined in. xx

Carol Q said...

I know what you mean about hand stitching Jo - these are going to be gorgeous. I love the photos of the art event - what a different way to celebrate art, must have been fascinating to wonder around looking at the different interpretations.

Annie said...

It's sooooo good to see you back Jo. I've missed you. Really love the quilt panels and the photos of the giebels are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.
Big hugs,
Annie x

tilly said...

what stunning cushions these are going to be... such lovely fabrics..... I love the buildings in Belgium and Germany and all the cobbled streets....so much to see.
I hope you are well and rested ( you know what I mean lol) after your visit to the family
Hugs Tilly x

Anne said...

Love the quilting. Your photos are fabulous - it looks a lovely place. x

gardenpinks said...

Welcome back, I do look forward to your posts. Beautiful cushion panels and I especially liked the first one. Fabulous photos of the giebels.
I once spent some time in Hameln, famous for the Pied Piper,and loved the way man of the buildings were decorated with friezes of flowers, birds and animals.
Lynn xx

Cardarian said...

Hello my dear friend! Love all the art you have shown and also your hexie art! Amazing things you make! I am back at work today, hope we can speak soon!
Love and hugs,
Cardarian

Twiglet said...

So many stunning little works of art there Jo - including your beautiful little patchwork quilty cushions. Good to see you back - hope you are well. x Jo

Carola Bartz said...

The gables are wonderful! It's something I've always liked in European architecture, and especially in the North German one. Or Amsterdam, for that matter.

voodoo vixen said...

Loving those hexies Jo, your abilities and patience amaze me all the time and now I have gables envy too... what a fabulous thing to do and display? Have missed visiting you, but I am back on form again now and able to play!!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Lovely to read your blog post Jo, thank you so much for stopping by my blog recently, much appreciated. Your quilt panels are fab, in this and your previous post, so colourful. The giebels are fascinating and so interesting, love all of the photos. Look after yourself, hugs, Judith xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My! How did I miss this? I love your cushions, beautiful colours! I love your photos, fantastic pieces of art, so unusual! Chris

Neet said...

Thanks for the trip through your DD's town, love the gables and I bet it was a delight to see them for real.
Love your cushions too.
Hugs, Neet xx