My daughter and I went to Budapest last week for our annual May trip. We did all the touristy things, ate wonderful food seasoned with paprika, and especially enjoyed the Szechenyi thermal baths!
Everywhere we walked there were inspirations for making quilts. Above is the roof of the Market Hall.
We went to a local village call Szentendre one morning, that specializes in Hungarian folk art. I was drawn to this shop called Kovacs kekfesto (www.kekfestokovacs.hu), Bogdanyi St. 36. It sells typical Hungarian fabrics in blue prints, dyed by the family that has owned the shop since 1878. There were clothes, tablecloths and accessories for sale, and more importantly, yardage for quilting!
They had a small "museum" area with old fabrics and the blocks that were used to make the prints.
The owner posed with the quilting fabrics dyed by her family.
All over Szentendre and Budapest there were ceramics, embroideries and crocheted items for sale, often by the women who actually made them.
Believe it or not, this was created using six kilos of marzipan. It took Angela Berecz 56 hours to make, and it really does look like needlepoint. It's in the Marzipan Museum in Szentendre. Even the frame is marzipan.
Saw this from a boat ride on the Danube. Gorgeous building inspired by patchwork!
Decorative designs made of tiles could be found all over the city--this was taken from the top of a bus.