Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter


My Easter decorations aren't up yet, but I still have a week. The Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated in Greece, is next weekend. I managed, though, to make two wall hangings with Easter bunnies. And... I got a big surprise a few days ago when I suddenly spotted two real bunnies in my garden!!!


Aren't they cute??? Happily my vegetable garden is empty, waiting to start digging and planting summer veggies. Luckily for the rabbits, I still have loads of weeds and they really enjoyed the meal. They even came back the next day! But then the neighbour who owned them caught them and put them behind bars! 

I saw this lovely cup in the supermarket, bought it and made a mug rug to go with it. Nice as a present.


One of the houses I made for the QAL finally reached the addressee 


Can't remember if it was this one or  the one below !!!



Unfortunately I have to make another one for Pelly, because her's never reached Thessaloniki. I have a picture, though, of the missing house.




I so liked the car in the garage !

I wish you all a very happy Easter with lovely spring, or autumn weather!




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring is in the air

It is still cold, but spring is in the air. I didn't take good care of my garden last year. Too busy with my patchwork and quilting projects. Forgot to put bulbs in the ground last autumn. But it seems that there were still some bulbs in the garden and here and there a lonely tulip and narcissus popped up.



The Arum is doing very well in Greece. Doesn't need any care, just comes up and multiplies itself


These buds are supposed to become apricots. Sometimes we have a lot of them, and other times, like last year, we had only 5 !!!


The blossom is lovely, though


I always like the bright pink of the Japanese quince 


So, there is a little bit of colour in my garden at the moment, but most of it is still weeds !!! Time to get to work !!!!!!!!








Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quilt Along February - houses

Also this month I got some lovely house blocks. 


A little cottage, made by Viki Harala


Street houses, by Lida Nathena


sweet doggy in front of his house door, by Gianna Thanassoulia

This QAL project is a lot of fun, the blocks are all beautiful, can't wait to see the end result next January! Still a long wait, but it is worth the time!


I made this snowy landscape with the little cottage. Unfortunately I can't show you the other two I made this  month, because they got stuck in the post somehow! Posted them on the 17th of February and they didn't arrive yet !!!!
Have to sort this out when I go the post office to send off my contribution blocks for the month of March. Of course I have pictures of the ones that got stuck on the road, but I am not allowed to show them till the girls get them.. I am sure they will in the end. Hope it doesn't take too long! Keep thinking positive!!!!!!!!






Saturday, February 28, 2015

Flopsy, the cat

Flopsy, my cat, has, as most cats, a mind of his own! He is not allowed on the beds, except the bed in the basement. The basement is my work space. 



Now, whenever I put some fabric or finished project on the bed, Flopsy has to lie on top of it, so  I avoid doing that. Upstairs in the bedrooms I do have quilts and lots of other stuff on the bed, especially in the guest room. Whenever the door is open, Flopsy runs into the room and hides under the bed. Then when I walk away he gets on top. The other day he wanted to hide. I came with the camera, and did he want to look at me.... no way!


He knows he is naughty! 

My friend and sister-in-law, who lives in Australia, sent me a lot of quilting goodies. She also added a piece of this dog/cat fabric, a leftover of something she made. Very cute fabric, excellent for a little Flopsy quilt. I just hand quilted the design and I love it.



He loves it too, wouldn't he?


Maybe I needed a bigger piece of fabric ???


Even when he cuddles up, it is a bit small !


He always looks a bit angry, although he is very sweet. He seems to say here: " you woke me up with this stupid flashlight. How dare you! " So I left him at peace, enjoying his new little quilt.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

bright coloured baby quilt

It is such a joy to make baby quilts. You can use all kind of colours, from bright to pale. There are great fabrics for sale, I have owls, dinosaurs, monsters, sheep and chickens, vintage cowboys, cars, farm animals! I have no idea when I am going to use all these !!! I am a fabric addict, what to do about that???
Went yesterday with a friend to a secondhand store here in Sparta and saw lovely cotton curtains with bright cars. I couldn't resist again. Well, it is not the only thing I bought !!

A few weeks ago I finished a baby quilt in green and fuchsia.


I love bright colours and threw a few cushions on top of it



I still have to find a better place to make pictures of quilts. The washing line isn't  ok. I was lucky there was no wind and the quilt stayed in place. 



Thursday, February 12, 2015

New block - Quilters Bee Sparta

Our Quilting Bee meetings started again yesterday. We will start work on two different quilts. One for the advanced quilters and one for beginners.  
It was a busy day! I have the Bee in my house and we have a morning and afternoon group. It is so much fun, though ! Everybody gets excited, just by working together, more and more ideas come up !!! Experiences are exchanged! Work made at home is admired! Lots of time the quilters don't even finish their coffee, they just forget. Too focused on the job !!!



This is the block we made yesterday for the first quilt to be made in 2015.
I don't have pictures from the work on the second one yet.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Workshop English Paper Piecing

The English Paper Piecing technique is very relaxing and you can make lots of different designs, the one more beautiful than the other. The most well known shape is that of the hexagons.


The piecing is all done by hand and I love doing this while watching something on tv, having coffee with a friend, travelling and sitting in the garden, surrounded by all the lovely flowers, the smells, the cats playing around. All so peaceful and relaxed.


I made this tablemat, to go with the cupcake cup, as an example of the workshop I am going to give Wednesday afternoon the 18th and Thursday morning the 19th. I love teaching, it is very rewarding. The pupils are so enthusiastic, they so enjoy making something creative!  

With Christmas I made a table runner with hexagons. I like the runner. The problem is that it doesn't go very well with my other Christmas decorations. Next year I am going to make another one with different colours and fabrics. I'll add this to  my list of "Projects I am going to make" . God knows when !