Part 3: Road Trip (Mike’s Takeover)

With every day on our trip we learned a little bit more about the culture in Indonesia…

… along with their simple lifestyle.

We have the best memories from this trip, including a beautiful sunrise at this enormous temple,

and wonderful light shows in Singapore.
All trips must come to an end and we had to say goodbye to Asia.

I could tell that Edyta was dreaming about something new and exciting on our way home.

She was in a “Color Daze” and designed a new line full of beautiful tones
for you to create with in September 2015.

As she is spinning the jelly rolls open to make new projects for Spring Market…

… I know that part of her heart was left back in Indonesia where she got the chance to dip her hands in the die and make the batiks.

It is easy to catch her daydreaming about the exotic flowers,

as she is mixing batiks and prints to put her combinations together…

…for simple designs….

… or a quilter’s “Dreamcatcher”.

I hope she will take me along on many, many more trips. I love being there to help carry her bags so she can focus on making beautiful designs for you.

Mike

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Part 2: Road Trip (Mike’s Takeover)

Indonesia offers many ways to get around,

a packed truck is one of the most common ones,

and this option is the most romantic. But certainly not the most comfortable.

Like children, we were ready to try them all!

The same goes for food.
It was hard to choose a plate, they all look delicious!

But we kept focus on our destination.

Finally, we arrived at the stamp workshop.

Old and young worked together,
passing this art form down through the generations.

We stopped for a moment to visit and observe the intricate detail that goes into bending copper sheets and wire to create beautiful images for batik stamps.

The stamps hung like a pieces of art on the wall of the mill.

When used with hot wax, they create a little magic on fabric.

Edyta couldn’t help herself, she had to give it a try. Later on she told me it was not as easy as it looked, but so much fun.

She helped with scrunching the material….

… and hand dying!

Again, I was not able to stop her. She found someone else who liked to dye and the language barrier was no longer a problem.

The soft, warm breeze was drying the fabrics while the sun was
brightening the wonderful colors.

As you look closer, you can notice a bit of wax remaining,
a nice reminder of the many step that go into creating these colorful batiks.

To prepare the material for the next step, it needs to be carefully brushed clean.

We stopped for a moment and wondered how many thousands of yards these brushes must have touched.

And there it was, the end result.
These beautiful batiks are the ones you can enjoy right now in the store from the “Sticks and Stones” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

To end our busy day, we watched the sun set on a temple in Java. There are vibrant colors everywhere on this little island and I could see how excited and inspired Edyta was!

To be continued…

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Part 1: Road Trip (Mike’s Takeover)

This week I am taking over the blog to show you a behind-the-scenes “husband perspective” of one of our trips for Laundry Basket Quilts.  My personal favorite was our trip to Indonesia where we visited batik mills that create Laundry Basket Quilts fabric for Moda… By the end of this adventure I can confidently add “pack-mule” to my resume.

On the way we made a quick stop in Singapore.

We were only passing through, but Edyta couldn’t help being inspired by all the beautiful colors on the streets…

…in the vibrant markets…

… and, of course, the tropical flowers.

This was just the beginning of our journey, as we were taking the path to Indonesia.

On our way, we passed by children making their way to school…

… farmers attending to their crops….

… and terraces of rice that demanded us to stop for a closer look.

Here we found some shade under ancient umbrellas.

Everything was so different and magical.

Even though it seemed a little scary at times…

… but with the help of the locals we learned to embrace and enjoy the culture.

Finding inspiration in everything around us, including a lunch basket. I saw food… Edyta saw a quilt design!

Each day we took an unexpected path…

…passing through gates…

… to visit different temples. Here we observed with amazement people diving into a cold bath to cleanse their body and soul.

These amazing temples were all around us…

… some with a better location than others.

We couldn’t help but immerse ourselves in the color…

… the exotic food…

… and, of course, appreciation for textiles.

As I was helping along this journey, I noticed other couples supporting each other too. I am lucky to be a part of this journey, even if I sometimes have  to get my flip flops wet!

To be continued…

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