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 !

Monday, February 2, 2015

Greek QAL - The January houses

These are most of the blocks the group members made for the month January. 

Beautiful, aren't they?

I didn't make this picture and can't get it at the right size. Or it becomes big like this, or rather tiny, so you can't see the houses very well!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Greek Facebook Quilt Along - house quilt

On Facebook there is a closed group, called "The Neighbourhood" who organized a Quilt Along (QAL). Every participant is supposed to sew 3 house quilt blocks every month and send the blocks to other members. January 2016 we will each have 36 houses!!! And the whole group will have 36 house quilts!!
This is going to be fun.....and a hell of a lot of work!

These are the first 3 blocks I made and sent away.

The group has all different kind of quilters, from beginners to very experienced ones. The fun is just to enjoy the creativity of every member.  I am sure that I will have  a beautiful, one of a kind, very expressive quilt in the end.
It is also good a exercise for me. I can try out a lot of different techniques on a small piece. So, at the end of the year I will have made a big progress in my patchwork, applique abilities.... at least I hope so!!!

The blocks below are the first three of my quilt, made by:

Nada Xenou-Kokoletsi

Mary Anargyrou

Olga Spitalioraki-Kiritsi

It's the first of February today, so it is time to start the next 3 blocks.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Journal, agenda, book covers

I use an agenda, write a journal and, as  a I am a patchwork freak, I have to cover them with lovely fabric. 
These book covers are great presents, especially around the new year. They are very good for using scraps, and getting experience in sewing tiny pieces. 
One of my friends is using this one.

My own agenda is covered in fuchsia/turquoise

Love the colours of this one too !

Time to make some more, but first I have to finish my sample placemat for the English paper piecing workshop I am going to do. Sew some whales for the daughter of a friend for the nursery, that go together with the baby quilt I made for her. And work on the houses I need to make for a Greek QAL. Work enough! Time to start!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pin cushion

When I visited my friend Kristine in Thessaloniki I loved one of her books. It is called "Quilting on the go!" from Jessica Alexandrakis. Paper piecing patchwork you can take anywhere: techniques, patterns and projects.
So, at home, I immediately ordered it, because I was eager to try and learn how to do English paper piecing. 
This is my second project "the pin cushion". I just love it. You are supposed to fill it up with crushed walnut shells, but of course, I don't have anything like that. So I filled it up with some steel wool you use to scrub pots and pans, to sharpen the pins and some wadding. I am very pleased with the result. It looks great and is rather thick, so the pins don't reach the bottom.

I used different fabrics for the top and bottom