For the first winter bag I made this year I used a different pattern. The patchwork is not regular, but consists of different shapes and materials.
The yellow flower material is from a woven tablecloth which I bought in the secondhand shop in Sparta.The yellow pieces are from samples of upholstery fabric as well as the big yellow flower. The big white flower material was once a curtain and the pocket is cut out of a pair of trousers from a friend's daughter! All pieces have their history!l The small strip of yellow lace was sewn at the bottom of one of my dresses. I liked the dress, but not the lace, so I cut it off. Now it will get a second life!
The yellow lace is machine-made, but the white lace that you can see above is made by my late mother-in-law. It is not really lace, I think but English embroidery. Once it was a nice doily, but now it is in a bad state because of intensive use. The good pieces are ready for a new life!
Below a detail.
The second winter bag is a rust coloured one, which I showed you already in an earlier blog. I am ready to make some more!! Time to start working!
The girls I taught last year became very enthusiast about patchwork and quilting. We decided to meet again after summer to show our finished projects. We had a great time, very inspiring and fun. I should have made pictures to show you. Well, next time! That's what gave me the idea to start a Quilting Bee. And as the financial situation in Greece is not well, I thought it a good idea the Bee to be for charity purpose. Wouldn't it be great for someone who is going through a difficult time to receive a beautiful quilt made with love by a group of women.
12 Women made each, at home, two nine-patch blocks, which we laid out on the bed to match the colours and patterns. It turned out beautiful!
Because we are all rather inexperienced quilters, it took some time, and unpicking!! to sew all the patches together.
Next Wednesday we come together, some in the morning, some in the afternoon, to continue to work on the quilt.
In the meantime we started the preparation for the second one. Also a baby quilt, just as the one above. We decided on a pattern with triangles to do something different. It wasn't easy at all to get the points together, but it is good exercise. Instead of making a whole quilt by yourself, you learn by making every time 2 patches with a different pattern.
We are very lucky that a shop donated old stock sheets, which are great for the back of the quilts and people brought us pieces of fabric, old sheets, shirts to cut up and use.
We still have to think about a name for our Bee. Any suggestions?
And this is me, explaining at a birthday party what we are doing.
I love making quilts for babies. First of all they are small and thus easy to handle. You can make all kind of lovely designs. And it doesn't take too long to finish. That is to say.....every quilt takes a long time, but I can still oversee the project and don't get overwhelmed!
This one I made in the beginning of the summer. Last year I bought a kind of little tablecloth with big animals printed on it at the Year Market of Mystras. The idea was to cut out the animals and use them for applique.
That's what I did with the elephant. I appliqued it with the machine. A lot of the fabric is vintage and bought in a shop in Kalamata. Other squares are from Holland, bought in winter when I went to the Westermarkt in Amsterdam. The borders are from a sheet bought in Athens. Wherever I am I can't seem to resist the purchase of cotton!!
For the back I used a piece from a duvet cover. I got it from one of the two secondhand shops in Sparta.
Today I bought a cotton skirt and blouse with lovely prints at the bazaar that the people from the Animal Society had in the Public Library. They need money for an animal shelter. At this moment Sparta doesn't have a shelter, but the society feeds stray dogs and cats in the night at certain places. They also get the animals sterilized.
I am off now to the cinema. Going to see a film with a friend. No idea which movie. Will be a surprise. She just phoned me from her cellphone, but I trust her choice!!!!
The weather in Greece is still beautiful. Sunny with temperatures around 24 degrees at midday. Because Sparta lies in a valley, the nights are much colder, which gives you an autumn feeling. At this time of the year I miss Holland a bit. The whole country is dressed in yellow, orange and red, while here the trees are mostly evergreens. I have to go to forests in the mountains to see the leaves change colour. This weekend, though, I will probably go to Arna, a village high up in the mountains where they will be celebrating the annual Chestnut Festival.
I might take the bag I just made with me. It will fit the chestnuts I am going to buy!
It is made of different kind of fabrics: cotton, wool and pieces I cut from upholstery fabric samples. A very dear friend of mine, who passed away last year, left me a bag of crocheted granny squares. I used one of these for the bag. The flower on top of it, is cut out of the upholstery samples and appliqued on.
The back also has a flower. The "tweed" fabric is cut out of a skirt I bought at the second hand shop. So, most of the patchwork pieces are recycled.
The cats in the garden use the tree the bag is hanging from as a scratch pole! Luckily it doesn't bother the tree, a Lagerstroemia, which colours beautifully at the moment.
As, in summer, I don't sit in the garden a lot because it is too hot, most of the times, I really enjoy having a cup of coffee in the garden at this time of the year. Doing some hand sewing in the meantime. I started making Christmas decorations, as you can see.
Usually I make large bags. I like them more than small ones and I consider them very practical. But sometimes you need a tiny little bag, for instance when going to celebrations, like weddings, baptisms and other festive occasions.
This summer I had to go to a wedding and a baptism, so I made myself a neutral little purse of all recycled fabrics.
The base of the bag is cut out of a thick shirt. The top is part of the closing strip of the shirt. I cut up a embroidered doily my mother-in-law made. It was already torn and had holes in it! It is beautiful, it deserves to be recycled.
Also an old curtain with sea motives is cut up and used as well as a duvet cover I bought second hand.
I still have some crochet edges, also made by my mother-in-law. She was a great crocheter and has made lovely things (and a lot!) . Good use for them too.
Last year I made two little bags. The first one to go with a skirt I have. The skirt was too long, so I shortened it and used a piece of it to make the bag.
Here it is, made out of linen and to be more festive I stuck a corsage on it.
And the last one. I really like this collier and wear it a lot. So I matched the bag with the collier and scarf.