Sunday, 1 July 2007

Zutphen

… is a small city in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands on the right bank of the IJssel at the influx of the Berkel. It lies about 30 kilometers north-east Arnhem. Zutphen received city rights between 1190 and 1196, making it one of the oldest cities in the country.
Zutphen is one of the seven mediaeval cities along the river IJssel. It is one of the ‘Hanzesteden’ in the Netherlands. It resulted from the cooperation between a number of North-German merchants: the ‘Hanseatic League’ This league grew in the 14th and 15th century into a powerful economic factor. Its main objectives were to protect the affiliated merchants and to expand the trade. Prosperity also influenced other regions. Painters, architects, poets and philosophers settled down in the city and created a hey-day in the artistic field. We are talking about a Golden Age “avant la letter”. Elements that have left their tracks together in this beautiful Hanseatic city. On our wonderings through the old town, we saw ample varieties of historic buildings. Some of us couldn’t contain their curiosity.
We, the quilters, were searching for the quilt shop – Petra Prins. And, we found it!
Petra Prins is a great shop with lots of goodies. I bought a book (naturally) and an appliqué pattern.








We also had lunch. From left to right: Helen, Jacqueline, Tonny, Jannie, Caroline and Joke. Two of our members were missing: Marja and Mattie. Hopefully they can make it next time!


3 comments:

Caroline said...

Hai Helen,
The pictures are very good. It was a great day. Looking forward for our next trip. greetings Caro

Judith said...

The photo's of the trip look great. I also read about it on Jacqueline her site. I also want to visit that shop very much.

Cathi said...

Wow! Petra Prins! My good friend Barbara (who is also Dutch but lives in Sweden: http://pinkandbarbara.wordpress.com also loves her shop. I am looking forward to seeing her stuff as I hear she will be going to the quilt show in Birmingham UK to sell!! What beautiful quilts and fabric!

Cathi in Ireland

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