I’ve just returned from a teaching trip to Israel. I’ve been to Israel a few times to teach and always enjoy myself.
They have some very keen and experienced quilters in Israel.
The women I teach are lovely, very hospitable, the food delicious, and usually the weather fantastic (just not this visit)
I was teaching with Isabelle Weissler from Germany and we both agreed this morning “Have we been away only a week?” We have done and seen so much. Alongside the teaching we have been taken out for meals, been entertained, shown around some of the cities, taken to museums, and chatted for hours
We arrived to torrential rain and I don’t think it stopped for 2 days. It was cold! The sea at Bat Yam was stormy
We were taken to visit a Peace project at a village next to the wall, right next to the Gaza Strip. the project aims to tell people about life in what I would describe as “a dangerous place to live” They make ceramic pieces that they glue on to the separation wall. I chose one, wrote on the back and stuck it to the wall.
A lovely day out, although I left thinking I am happy to live where I do.
The rain continued so we spent a day in some of the Tel Aviv museums
Loved the glass in the Tel Aviv museum and the Design Museum at Holon
We thought these clocks were so clever, it looked like there was a person inside each clock drawing the lines of the hands on the clock face, every minute, obviously it was a video but so clever!
We were there to help celebrate the lighting of the Hannuka candles
I caught the train to Haifa to teach, and at the end of the class had a walk along the beach and a tour through the city centre
Jewish, Muslim and Christian decorations all up at the same time, with the Bahia temple at the top of the hill
I went to see a friend in Jerusalem and the textile dealers who have a shop in the old City and had a lovely lunch, so beautifully presented.
I queued up to go to see the Dome of the Rock, finally got in and asked someone to take my photo with my WWPD t shirt and then got told off by the guard, and told to cover my elbows
Its a beautiful place and I felt sad that Will will never get a chance to see it.
The next day, we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset following a busy days teaching
Isabelle and I then went to stay with Leeanne, a fellow contemporary quilter.
Here are a couple of her quilts – so talented
My favourite breakfast!
I have so many photos that will inspire my last couple of Journal Quilts that need to be made before the end of the year.
Time now to tidy my studio, do my tax form and make plans for 2019