Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scrappy Tuesday

I am going to participate in the Scrappy Tuesday challenge. I just started  The Farmer's Wife blocks. I  am not going to make the whole quilt, but a wall hanging for the space above my couch. So only 36 blocks it will be!! 

It will a very colourful piece, all made from scraps. I finished 3 blocks, but only made pictures of the first two. I never made such tiny blocks. A real challenge for me!


 
Wish me luck!!

A new year

I see lots of changes in this upcoming year. My patchwork and quilting hobby will become a more professional project. I am busy with the paperwork to let this happen. More over this in my next post.

Having a first grandchild I am still in a baby projects mood.


I made this Sugar Bunny from  a pattern in the book Pretty Patchwork Gifts from Helen Philipps. Isn't she cute?? I am going to make another one a bit bigger and it will be a "he". I will make him some trousers. He is not going to be taller because he is male, but just because the bunny is tiny as you can see here!!!!


 The background is a wall hanging/bed decoration panel that I just finished. The pattern is called Be My Neighbor


 The pattern before it was quilted.



 You can  make the whole quilt and maybe I am going to do that  one time, but for now I just made a few blocks.First I wanted to make 4, but it became too much, so I ended up with 3.


 The weather in Greece is unusually cold with snow and freezing temperatures. The northern mainland and a lot of the islands have a lot of snow. We, in the south are a bit better off. But....surprise! This morning also Sparta was white! After about 20 years again snow in the garden!!



 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Baby's Christmas Present

We had  lovely Christmas days. Daughter, husband and baby joined us for a few days. A house full ! Laughter and crying (baby!), food and presents. Life turns around the 4-months old program. Luckily the weather was beautiful those days. Sunny and a little bit cold. So very nice to go for a coffee in the main square, where they had put up children's attractions which resulted in  lots of kids, parents, joy, music. A lovely atmosphere. 

We exchanged small presents, just for the fun of it. I made these baby blocks, which he can grope and tries to put in his mouth! Teething, you see!


I also wanted to make a little booklet, because I have such nice fabric with animals. Didn't manage to do it before Christmas. I'll have a go at it now.

I wish you all a very happy time and a very good and creative 2017 !!


Love and peace in this challenging times 


 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Houses, houses and more houses

Hurray! My house quilt is finally ready. The blocks are made by 33 Greek quilters, plus three I made myself to get to the 36 needed. The project was a 2015 QAL. It took me nearly a year to start assembling this quilt. Half of the houses were stuck on my designer wall for ages, but they didn't inspire me to do something with them. Until I started! When the first row was framed in white it started to look stunning. I hadn't expected that. So, then I couldn't stop sewing!!


The blocks were already quilted, so I just put an old sheet as backing. The quilt is going to hang on a wall, so the back doesn't really  matter. Because the quilting is done with so many different techniques, the whole top is very stiff and difficult to handle. Couldn't do the stitching in the ditch, to keep the pieces together, with my very basic sewing machine. So I did it by hand. Took me much longer than I expected because of the different fabrics. A "bloody" job!!
The quilt turned out beautiful. It is going to hang in the new workshop center I am, at this moment, realizing together with a friend. I will take pictures of the whole quilt when it is hanging in its final place. 

Inspired by all these houses I decided to make good luck charms for the new year, and yes.... it had to be a house!


First a made a bunch for my Dutch friends, with whom I celebrated "Sinterklaas",  Saint Nikolas, which is a big celebration in Holland.


A week later we had our monthly Quilting Bee meeting, so I made more houses for all my quilters and other friends, and I am still sewing!!


At the Quilting Bee meeting Maria also brought her house quilt to show it to us. The Bee is working on a EPP (English Paper Piecing) star quilt. The stars that are ready are pinned on my design wall. It is starting to look cute. I tried to make a picture from the whole room filled with colour!!!! It is not the best picture, but you get the idea.


We had beautiful sunny weather last week, but as from today there will be big changes. Temperatures will drop and rain and maybe even snow are expected.
More sewing time!!
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Red and white and Christmas

Time to start getting ready for Christmas! I took my suitcase with fabric and patchwork Christmas runners, cushions etc. from the closet and did a stock-in-trade. I could do with some more new stuff and of course I want to make some gifts. 
As I am working, at the moment, on my house quilt, I realized it also has a Christmas house in it. This one is made by Eleni Gioka.


I myself, also made some Christmas scenes which I sent to my fellow QAL-ers. 

 


 As Eleni choose for a red Christmas, I decided on the snowy one because I had this white fabric with the stars (used to be a curtain!) and the beige flowers (was once a duvet cover!). As a good Dutch girl I couldn't resist to put the ice skating couple in. We made this houses last year. Time to start something new.


 The easy and quick projects first; some mug rugs. Made three red ones.


That's it for the moment. Time to get cracking!!!


This could be a Christmas star, but it isn't! 

I made this for a new project from the Hellenic Patchwork Guild. They plan to hang a nice red-and-white quilt in their office and asked the members to participate in this new QAL. So I did. It just happens to be a star, probably inspired by the season or by the fact that our Spartan Quilting Bee is making a English Paper Pieced star quilt. 
Now quickly back to my quilting. The weather is very cold for here with icy rain. Nothing better to sit inside and do some sewing!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hellenic Patchwork Guild - QAL 2015 - my house quilt

My post of the 28th of October showed the house quilt Sandra Coronaki made from the houses she got through the QAL of the Hellenic Patchwork Guild. 
I really liked the  way she put the quilt together. I found a tutorial on the internet on how to assemble ready made and quilted blocks, that I liked and started the procedure. 


 I tried out a lot of colours for the strips, but ended up using white with blue/grayish little squares on the corners. The quilt will be displayed in the workshop center I am going to open, together with a friend. Can't wait, but all the paperwork is delaying us quite a bit. The quilt will be hanging in a hall on a very light grey wall. I think that the work that the 36 women, who made the houses, did, will show off very well on this wall.

Didn't finish the quilt yet!! Did sew all the houses, though, and have started hand quilting the blocks. 


At the moment I am babysitting in Athens, but next week I'll be back in Sparta and will finish the quilt. Can't wait!!


 Since I took the house blocks from the design wall I have space to start putting the stars on it. This is a project from our Quilting Bee Sparta. Next week we will have a meeting again, so more starts will be arriving!! 
Until then I have to paper piece a few stars. Can do  that in Athens, that's why I like English Paper Piecing,you can do it everywhere!

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Autumn in the garden

The weather in Greece is still unusually warm. It is lovely, excellent for nice walks. Unfortunately I don't have much time at this moment for long walks in the mountains, but in my garden I can see autumn. The leaves of the Lagerstroemia are colouring and falling down.



Next to this tree is the Abutilon, which still has some flowers 



The dwarf roses, which become a rather big shrub in my garden also still bloom


In the front of the house I have a Bougainvilea, a dark red one. It took 15 years to start blooming, no idea why. I was ready to pull it out, but I am so glad I didn't, because now it has lots of flowers in spring, summer and still in autumn!




I forgot the name of this one, although I really love it. It has beautiful dark, nearly black berries, which the birds love, as you can see. They nearly ate all of them. The leaves turn in a lovely red and they look great in a vase.

Luckily the garden doesn't get completely barren during the winter, because we have the citrus trees, a lemon tree, a few orange trees and a tangerine tree. The tangerines are the first ones to ripen. I guess that in a week's time we will be able to start picking a few.


I am in Athens at the moment, so when I will be going back to Sparta I can start eating !!!



My naughty friend in Athens. He ruined the all the flowers by digging in the flower pots, so we bought some netting. He is just checking it out!