I’m dividing this into two posts: first up is Dublin. As a quilter, I didn’t know what to expect in the surface decoration, the patterns of everyday life in Dublin. Certainly we all are familiar with Celtic knots and crosses and the like, but I have never been that enamoured of those style of quilts (maybe it’s because I couldn’t face appliquéing all those linear feet of bias strips), so was looking for the “flavor” of Dublin that might interest me, a quilter. So here follows not a travelogue of the two cities I visited, but instead, a sampling of visual pattern and a nod to fabric shops I encountered.
Christ Church, in Dublin, is undergoing renovation in certain areas of its property so they erected these fun, bold passageways to usher the visitor forward. I thought it was just genius pulled out of thin air, until we entered the cathedral:
The designs are pulled from its floors. My husband is thoroughly trained as a Quilter’s Husband, so he started snapping photos, too, knowing how I would love the designs.
This is a panorama of one section of floor, and I recognize so many designs, as do you. You can do a search on them, and find lots of material and more illustrations, but the tiles were either original to the 13th century, or 19th century copies.
If I lived in Dublin, these would be my preferred snack. They are nothing like American donuts–maybe a little like the filled ones, but their flavors and combinations were addicting. I could see bringing one of each to a quilt retreat.
Lots of flowers, lots of green.
We went to the National Library of Ireland, in Dublin, after I saw photos of the reading room. No photos were allowed, so I grabbed this one from the web:
What a color palette!
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, also in Dublin, brought more eye candy to this quilter:
Christ Church still is the best, I think, in terms of floor tiles.
Two shops: Hickey’s and Cloth. I zipped right into Cloth and brought home a tote bag (like I need another tote bag, right?). I smiled when I saw their floor tiles.
Other decorative surfaces were the tiles design at the Garden of Remembrance, with coving on the side of the pool that imitated the laid tiling:
Lastly, hexagon stamps…which I admired, but forgot to purchase.
Next up: Berlin.