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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Time Travel

There are some places like Chicago that I like to visit even in the winter,
there are many fun things to do there.

The weekend escape sometimes bring out the little kid in me.

When evening arrives, quite often my last stop for the day is the Art Museum. Not only to warm my body, but also to warm my soul with beautiful images.

As you get lost in the long hallways of the museum, it almost begins to feel like time travel.

You never know where you might end up!

The images, small or large, take you into a different world and time.

One minute you are on the beach almost able to feel the gentle breeze on your cheeks,

and next you are quickly reminded of the cold weather outside.

Your senses are awoken with images that you can almost taste.

And with another glance you are inspired with an abundance of colors.

The peace and quiet of the museum allows you to travel in time to pleasant memories of warm, sunny, afternoons in the park.

Don’t get distracted and focus on the little things,

stand back and allow yourself to enjoy the full picture.

Almost like a mirror image as we stand in front of it,
some of the paintings are a reflection of what we really like and how we see ourselves;
sitting, stitching, and daydreaming of new projects!

The impact of these images is so strong that sometimes I just need
to sit for a bit and take it all in.

Another hallway, another exhibition, another art form.

Taking a different shape.

The makers expressed themselves with needle and thread instead of a brush and canvas.

With a clear message on some of the work,

we have the chance to peer into the thoughts of the artist.

Or sometimes the message is simply hidden in the stitches.

Up close,

or from far away,

in repetition,

white on white with quilting stitches,

or a burst of color that pulls you in,


and closer.

This simple art form is quilting.

Even for a short time, this visit took me away and allowed me
to escape to a wonderful place,

Who knew I would find so much warmth in this cold and windy city!

Thank you for traveling with me, these images are from a past visit and I
wanted to share them with you as these quilts are no longer on exhibit.
Don’t hesitate to visit your local museums as you never know what you might find!

Happy Quilting!

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