Focus On

The 'Focus on' articles cover many different subjects, ranging from travel reports to historical aspects of quilting and textiles. It is our goal to provide a wide range of interesting articles providing information and inspiration from all over the world. You are invited to contribute to the continuous improvement of our “Focus on” section – either by posting comments below the articles or by sending us an e-mail with suggestions for future “Focus on” features (info@quilt-around-the-world.com).

Focus on Birmingham - An Inspirational Photo Story

Birmingham City Council

What comes to your mind, when you think about Birmingham?
Of course, it's the home of Europe's most important Festival of Quilts. But England's second largest city has much more to offer. Join us on our inspirational walking tour...

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Author: 
Anke B. Calzada

The 2013 Quilt Trip to England and Wales

The 2013 Quilt Trip to England and Wales

The 2013 quilt trip takes us to England and Wales - threading our path through the beautiful English and Welsh landscape to find the quilt treasures on display here. And not only the quilt treasures! Some places closely related to much-liked authors like Jane Austen, but also Elisabeth Gaskell and the Bronte-Sisters, are also part of our itinerary...

Travel Tips for Quilters – Intro

Trip around the World

Quilt around the World publishes quite a lot to do with travel. We are continually publishing travel diaries, profiles of museums and shops from all around the world and we also organize tailored trips for quilters. We love to travel ourselves and over the years, have collected quite a few bits of advice, no matter whether you are travelling on your own, in a small group or have joined an organized trip....

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Great Lakes 2005

Ludington Lighthouse

My 2005 trip to the USA led me around Lake Michigan with a short detour to the shores of Lake Superior. The reason we chose this trip as the first to be transferred to Quilt around the World is the next QuiltZeitReise which will take place in June 2012. A lot of what we will do and see next June is covered in this travel diary and we thought you might like to read a revised and updated version including some useful tips for travelling quilters... (31 August 2011)

Author: 
Jutta Hufnagel

Jutta’s Travel Diaries

Ludington Lighthouse

As some of you know, Jutta used to write extensive diaries during her longer trips to the United States of America. She published them on her private website, but because people are still reading and enjoying them, we have decided that the diaries should make a move to Quilt around the World and also be published in English... (31 August 2011)

Striped Fabric

Striped Fabric

Stripes have had a very long history in European textiles and for the greatest part of this history, have played a debatable role.

For centuries, striped clothing was reserved for society’s outcasts: heretics, clowns, prostitutes etc. In general, stripes were associated with the devil and therefore a symbol for the evil and impure.

Why stripes fell into disrepute is difficult to say. Historians have formed several theories that seem more or less believable from our modern point of view. The fact is that there are many sources from the 12th and 13th century that emphasize the degrading, negative or downright diabolical character of striped clothing.... (23 March 2011)

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Summary: QuiltZeitReise (Trip back into Quilt History)

Virginia Reel

The motto of our 2010 quilt voyage was “QuiltZeitReise” which is a play on words in German roughly translated “Trip back in Quilt History”….

Crazy Quilts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Antique Crazy Quilt

For anybody used to geometrical and block based quilts, the first sight of a Crazy Quilt must be a great surprise or even a shock...

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Focus on Munich

Focus on Munich

Many people in Germany and in the rest of the world might dispute the term city for a settlement of just over 1 million inhabitants. It has often been said that Munich is rather a big village than a city…

Author: 
Jutta Hufnagel
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