Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A C&T Shout Out (And More Montenegro!)

Before I post ANYTHING, I want to let you know that I have another blog post up on the C&T Blog!

It’s a simple little post on pressing – and you might learn some things you didn’t know before.  So after you are done reading my little travelogue here, head over there for my article entitled Adventures in Chain Pressing and read up on something quilty, because there only a little sewing happening in this post!

I have snuck in small moments of hexie time here and there.  This photo was taken at the END of our Montenegro day, before we left port.  I was sitting on the balcony of our cabin just watching boats go by.

I’ve got quilter’s cabins on either side of mine, and it is fun to catch just a bit of conversation as they are out on their balconies enjoying the day also.

**Side Note** And to those who exclaim "Don't you EVER just relax??"  This IS the ultimate in relaxation for me.  I do what I want to do when I want to do it.  It doesn't get better than this! :)

While we were in Kotor, Mary Ellen and I visited another couple of ancient churches, the Church of St Mary Collegiata, and the Cathedral of St Trphyon.

While St Tryphon is big and ornate, being founded in 1166, the Church of St Mary has the remains of fabulous frescoes that have chipped off the walls over the centuries.  One can only imagine what the walls looked like when all of the frescoes were in place!

Built in 1221 on the site of a 6th-century basilica, this Catholic church is distinguished by impressive 20th-century bronze doors covered in bas-reliefs, a particularly gruesome larger-than-life crucifix, and a glass coffin containing the body of Blessed Osanna of Cattaro (1493–1565).

She was what is known as an anchoress, choosing to be walled into a small cell attached to a church so as to devote her life to prayer. [source]


Fresco remains under the arches at St Tryphon.

The Kotor Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that was consecrated on June 19, 1166. Compared to other buildings, the Kotor Cathedral is one of the largest and most ornate buildibgs in Kotor. The cathedral was seriously damaged and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1667, but there were not enough funds for its complete reconstruction. 

Another massive earthquake in April 1979, which completely devastated the Montenegro coast, also greatly damaged the cathedral. Luckily, it has been salvaged and the careful restoration of parts of its interior has not been completed until a few years ago. Today, this formidable piece of Romanesque architecture, one of the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful monument along the Adriatic Sea, is showing its splendor again. [source]


I love the old ancient doors throughout the city!

More in the slide show below!

You will notice lots of tile work for quilt inspiration!

I really loved Kotor and would welcome  a chance to go back and explore some more.  What a beautiful, interesting country Montenegro is!


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Listen to what your heart is telling you.  If there is something not okay in your life, make a change!

Vintage cutter quilt from my collection.

We are off to explore Venice!

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  1. Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Love the block of the quilt behind today's saying :)

  2. Hi Bonnie. Thank you for sharing your adventure. I really needed to escape life today. I especially needed todays quote. "you do not have to accept things you are not okay with". Sometimes you are asked to do to much. This was one of those days. Looking at the calming photos and then the quote just made my exhale the breath I was holding. Have a wonderful day. You have made my better already.

  3. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Don't know how I ever missed you telling us how to press half square triangles. Reading your blog post at C&T makes so much sense now. I can't wait to give it a ry.

  4. Ahhh, a beautiful post and thank you for the C&T blog reminder. I always learn from you and thank you for the reminder of how to press WITH the grain!! Hugs, Allison in Plano, Texas USA

  5. Thank you Bonnie for all of the time you spend creating these wonderful posts. I am so enjoying the scenery and music. Enjoy the rest of your journey!

  6. I'm currently teaching a European history subject and it's been lovely seeing your photos of places I've been talking about in my lectures.

  7. Bonnie and cruisers, hope and pray that everything is okay where you are and have yet to be. Just heard and saw about the 6.2 earthquake that hit 3:30am your time in Italy. Stay safe and enjoy the remainder of your trip.

  8. The tips on "pressing" were very helpful and the why with the how helps to remember what to do. Thank you.


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