Verona Tessile, Lake Garda & Venice 2019

By Karin Hellaby

We have had a wonderful day wandering around the old streets of Verona visiting some beautiful ancient buildings to view the quilts in The Tessile. This is a bi-annual exhibition organised by a group of 100 quilters in Verona, all giving their time voluntarily. We have been very impressed, especially with the hanging and spaces used for the quilts.

The Hungarian blue quilt display was stunning and a great favourite.

I was delighted to meet Joe the quilter in Verona today. Don’t know who he is? Then take a look at his stunning quilts exhibited at The Tessile, in the gorgeous Palazzo Della Gran Guardia.

This display of Cathedral window technique quilts on the theme of migration had some moving stories. Please read the story under each quilt I have photographed.

I was delighted to meet Margaret Fabrizio at The Verona Tessile. A multi talented lady, musician, composer, film maker and textile artist. Margaret studied quilt making with the Siddi people in India and here are some of her quilts.

I know some of my American friends would find a 2,000 year old city amazing! This is Verona in Italy and this morning we enjoyed a walking history lesson looking at Roman roads, bridges and buildings of every century in those 2,000 years. Fascinating!

There are so many individually themed beautiful displays of quilts in the Verona Tessile exhibition. For me, it is also the settings in historical buildings that have made this show unique.

This display was in the Museo Delhi Affreschi and is on a theme of ‘Purgatorio e Paradiso’. It also houses Juliet’s Tomb.

We spent the day at Lake Garda, visiting the towns of Peschiera and Bardolina in glorious sunshine. On the way back to Verona we stopped off at a winery that specialised in organic wine. This was afternoon tea, Italian style – four different wines to taste accompanied by charcuterie, cheese and breads.

After three active days around Verona and Lake Garda, today was focused on a workshop in our hotel. I like to theme my tour projects and called this one a ‘Play on Words’. We brainstormed words that would remind us of this week in Italy and then linked them together on the cover of a journal. Embroidery stitches and Inktense pencils emphasised the wordplay. It was fun!

I love the colourful houses on Burano island near Venice.

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