Archive for March, 2016

Modern Quilts

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Tara Faughnan (website, weblog) makes beautiful modern quilts. I like the colors and the geometric patterns she chooses and wouldn’t mind having one to hang on our living-room wall. Or maybe I should steal one of her ideas, adapt to our color palette, and get on with the sewing myself!

See How We Sew: Tara Faughnan – Embrace your creative mess! and Part 2 – Tara Faughnan shares her quilts.

Michael Miller Fabrics offers a printed cotton fabric with the Fireworks design by her, and you can download the instructions (PDF) for her Prism Quilt for free. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches made this version using subtle prints next to solids.

Good old Germany

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Of interest not only for refugees in Germany (who might want to look at DW’s Germany Guide for Refugees):

Deutsche Welle: Germany from A to Z. “Important topics in a nutshell. Thirty-eight tips for understanding Germany and the Germans.” (October 28, 2015)

Der gleiche Artikel auf Deutsch:

Deutsche Welle: Deutschland von A bis Z. “Wichtige Begriffe kurz erklärt. 37 Mosaiksteine zum Verständnis von Deutschland und den Deutschen: von A wie Armee bis Z wie Zuwanderung.” (2. Oktober 2015)

NPR Science

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Special Series: Treating the Tiniest Opioid Patients

  1. Tiny Opioid Patients Need Help Easing Into Life
  2. To Help Newborns Dependent On Opioids, Hospitals Rethink Mom’s Role
  3. Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health
  4. A Crisis With Scant Data: States Move To Count Drug-Dependent Babies

Frohe Ostern

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Deutsche Welle Lifestyle: How to celebrate Easter in Germany. “Watch out for sugar-coated lambs, fire and lots and lots of chocolate. Here’s what to expect during the four-day Easter holiday in Germany.”

Deutsche Welle Kultur: Die Deutschen und das Ei – eine Liebesbeziehung. “Die Deutschen haben eine ganz besondere Beziehung zu Eiern: Sie haben dafür eigene Becher, “Sollbruchstellen-Verursacher” – und färben sie bunt. Ein Überblick über die Kultur der deutschen Ei-Veredelung.”

Ab auf die Insel

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

André and I spent a few days on the North Frisian island Amrum this week. We had a day and a half of wonderfully sunny, if windy, weather, followed by an overcast day and light rain on the day we left.

Here are a few photos:

On the Kniepsand beach near Norddorf, there were only a few Strandkörbe for rent this early in the year.

Dunes at the Northern tip of the island (Odde):

The waves near the high tide.

Quermarkenfeuer near Norddorf: