Wednesday, 13 August 2014


 We've been in Bali many times, but this was the first time we rented a villa instead of staying in a hotel. It was a wonderful experience and I'm afraid that we've been spoiled for ever.
This is the entrance to our villa

and this welcoming view you get once you are inside

and a closer look at the pool; it's hard to see where it ends and the ocean begins,

This is a picture from the web site advertising the villa

The staff  looked after us wonderfully and provided us with delicious meals. As you can imagine, we never wanted to leave.

Whenever we are in Bali, a trip up to Ubud is always a must. We remember it as a sleepy artist's village we visited the first time almost 30 years ago. Now it's a bustling city with loads of tourists. But when you look closer, it's still possible to find a few peaceful corners. 

Another place we visited again this time is Tenganan, an ancient village which dates back over 800 years. 

The place where festivals are held 

Tenganan is where the traditional Geringsing - a double ikat - is still produced. For the villagers Geringsing woven fabrics are sacred and they believe it protects them against diseases and evil spirits. The technique of making Geringsing is very complex where both warp and weft threads are carefully tie-dyed and cross-dyed. The pattern only emerges as the cloth is woven.

Our guide showing us ikats and double ikats  his mother and grandmother had woven

and explaining the pattern.

And talking about textiles; yes I did get some quilting batik, about 100 yards give or take ;)!!!

This is at the warehouse where bolts of fabric as well as jelly rolls and fat quarter packs are prepared to be shipped to the US.

It was slightly chaotic and very hot and sticky at the warehouse but definitely worth the visit!

And here's the loot I brought home: 

extra wide fabric for backings

and a few precuts!

And since I'm willing to share, how about a little give away? So do come back next week to check it out.

I hope I haven't bored you too much with all the photos. Thanks for sticking with me to the end ;).
Vreni xx


Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Vreni,

what a great vacation this must have been. Love the place and the fabrics. I bet you bought enough for quiet a while. Looking forward to the sharing part next week, thank you,

Anonymous said...

Hallo Vreni,
Danke für die tollen Bilder aus Bali! Da kann man richtig Fernweh bekommen.
Du hast ja vielen schönen Stoffen ein neues "zu Hause" gegeben. Da ist ja die Auswahl riesen groß und das Du da nicht nein sagen konntest, ist nach zu voll ziehen. Nun kannst Du viele neue Projekte starten. Toll. :)
Viele Grüße

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

What an awesome holiday! The villa looks stunning, the scenery and the fabrics....gorgeous!

Julierose said...

Absolutely lovely travelogue! thanks for the tour of Bali--your fabrics are simply gorgeous! Hugs, Julierose

Cattinka said...

Liebe Vreni,
ganz klar, Du warst im Paradis! Erst diese tolle Villa, der schöne Blick, die Ausflüge und dann auch noch sooooo schöner Stoff! Paradiesisch.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

What a beautiful villa. It looks a lot like some of the resorts in Fiji. And so much fabric! That should last you quite a while. It seems like you had a great holiday.

Heather said...

Looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing a bit of paradise!

Marg said...

Wow Vreni, that villa looks amazing. You have almost convinced me to go back to Nali. I haven't been there since 1985. Your fabric haul is awesome.

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Loved seeing your photos of your trip and wow the batiks look great. Love you colour selections. Now for the quilt to emerge!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

So extremely jealous! I'm so longing to go to one of those factories! The villa looks gorgeous, and huge! How many of you stayed?
Those fabrics make me drool. Just sayin'...

Martina said...

Wow! Wunderschoene Bilder! Danke dass du uns einen Einblick gegeben hast.
Und ein echtes Stoffparadies...seufz.
Herzliche Gruesse

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Vreni -- I love reading about others' adventures! And I SO envy you and all your travel in that part of the world -- I wouldn't even know where to begin. Your villa looks amazing -- even with "delirious" meal ROFLOL (I know what you mean!) Great booty -- those batiks are gorgeous!!!

Rossana said...


Anita said...

Very beautiful! Thanks for posting such great pics :)

Rita said...

Uiiii, wie schön!!! Meine Schwester war mal da und schwärmt heute noch von Bali!!
Das Haus ist super!!

Und erst die Stoffe!!!Da hätte ich auch zugeschlagen;)
Auf die Verlosung bin ich gespannt!

Wir haben hier seit bald Wochen nur Regen, können auf dem Hof nur wenig machen, heuen liegt nicht drin. Langsam wird's prekär.
Ganz es liebs Grüessli, Rita

chrisi said...

schön diese Bilder....und erst die Stoffe...da hätte ich auch zugeschlagen

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

I'm drooling Vreni, what a great trip, thanks for the gorgeous pics xo

conny's quilts en creaties said...

What a lovely villa, I do understand it quite well you didn't want to leave, it looks gorgeous!
Beutiful fabric you saw and bought!

Marjorie said...

OMG. I would have to leave all my clothing behind and fill the bags with fabric.

Lynda said...

What an amazing and beautiful place to vacation. I could almost feel the cool breeze off the ocean. The fabrics are wonderful and such a great opportunity to learn about them while you were there.

LintLady said...

LG Doris

Havplenty said...

Beautiful villa and equally beautiful Bali. Loved your pics.


Geckoboxes said...

What a stunning village you stayed! It is good to see this part of Bali still exists! Hope you got enough time to sit down and enjoy the infinitive view! Lovely stash of batiks! You probably ahd to buy a new suitcase! 😀

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a lovely place to stay! Love all those batiks. Have fun with them.

yarnivorous said...

And here was me thinking that Bali was a place that Aussies went to get drunk and (other things)! I'll have to put it on my list, and take an extra suitcase!

Sue said...

Hello Vreni,

The villa looks wonderful! I wonder if I can get the name of the warehouse of Batiks. I am going to be over there in November and I am taking an empty suitcase for fabric. Love following you and seeing wonderful quilts.

Beeshebags said...

Hi Vreni, my best friend goes to Bali every year now with her sister and I was wondering roughly how much the villa cost to rent and where abouts it was? Just so I can let them know!

Where was the batik warehouse that you went to? So I can encourage them to go there too hee hee


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