Sunday, June 29, 2014

country life

The end of June! So many days, so many hours! Where did they go???
I must say that my daughter, who lives in the States, came over for a week. Then time passes really quick! 
So, what did I do with the remaining time? I started to teach two women patchwork and quilting. They are going to make a cushion and are doing very well.

The pieces are cut from quilt fabric, vintage greek fabric, a second hand dirndle dress and an old second hand house dress. 
The result looks lovely.
It is a challenge to sew pieces cut from different quality cottons, because some pieces have more stretch than others. 

I made this red cushion as an example. The other one with the little Asian girls is made earlier. They go very well together and give a feeling of summer in the countryside. 

In the background the Jasmine is smelling exquisite! It is a very old one. My father-in-law planted it when he had the house built in 1953! One winter we had 6 continuous days of frost, till -6 degrees. That year a lot of plants died in Sparta. I was very upset because the Jasmine also looked destroyed. But.... next year it started to get new branches and now it is in full bloom again! 

Next time I will show the tablet covers I made. I'll try to post them in very due time, because I have plans to do a lot of sewing, so I will have a lot to show!!!!
Time to start working!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ready for the beach

The weather is unstable at the moment. The sun is hot, but a very strong northern wind is blowing! That makes it hot and cold !!!
Yesterday evening I went to a choir event at the ancient city of Mystras. Three choirs were singing and were nearly blown off the hill! Boys were holding the speakers to prevent them from falling over. It was really cold and that on the last day of May! Unusual. A pity because the choirs were really a pleasure to listen to. 

I hope that the the wind will subdue and that summer really starts, because it is time to go to the beach, Of course we need a big beach bag, that will hold all our stuff.

I decorated the bag with a handmade doily that I found at Monastiraki, de Athens flea market and a tiny little pocket.
The bag has a zipper, so no fear of watches, glasses, suntan falling in the sand and getting all sticky! The bag has 4 inside pockets.

We are taking our favorite magazine with us to read on the beach and get inspired! Lots of ideas for new projects.

I made quite some tablet covers but will show them in my next blog. Some simple tote bags are also in the planning. Who knows I have time to start them today?? The garden also needs a lot of work, though. Questin is....what to do first?? Maybe I should have another cup of coffee and think about that!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Summer bags

Spring is such a lovely time, especially in Greece, not too hot yet, beautiful wild flowers everywhere. My vegetable garden is ready, hurray! No veggies yet but it looks great. Have to carry on with the normal garden, still quiet some work to be done. 

It's time to get our summer clothes ready, put on our sandals and enjoy spring and summer. Time for summer bags !!!

These ones I made just now.

I made this one of a tea towel I bought in the second hand shop. The outer pocket comes from an old shirt from my husband.

Both bags have a key chain

Time to get going again. Working on a bag with embroidered doily. And .... the garden needs work again... and again....and again!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quilting Bee and the 1st of May

Next Wednesday we will have again a meeting from the Quilting Bee here in Sparta. The morning group is working on two projects in the quilting stage.
The afternoon group started a log cabin last month and still have a way to go till they reach the quilting stage!

Today, the 1th of May is a public holiday in Greece. We celebrate spring; have pic-nics in the countryside, collect flowers, make wreaths with it and hang them on our front doors and balconies. 
We are lucky because it is a lovely day. Sunny with a breeze!

A few days ago I got the vegetable garden ready and planted courgettes, egg plants, peppers, ocra, beans and lettuce which I purchased from the local vegetable market. The leeks and beetroots from seed are doing fine. There are still lots of seed packets in my shed, which I didn't use because I couldn't find an empty spot in between the weeds. And the weeds here are weeds!!! Up to 1 meter high!! During the cleaning job, I even found a lost lettuce. Wasn't much left to eat for me though, because the snails had made it their home! 
I didn't buy tomato plants because they are too much work and because I don't use pesticides they are always damaged, so I just can't be bothered. Lots of tomatoes on the local market.

The flower of the ocra plant is beautiful. The Greeks eat a lot of this vegetable, my husband being one of them.  I don't! So, he gets to eat them and I get to adore the pale yellow flower. We are both happy!

We are not going on a pic-nic today, we are going out to eat in the countryside. Even better!!!
Wishing all my blogger friends, especially the Greek ones, a lovely 1st of May!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arts and Crafts, Ελληνική πλατφόρμα για χειροτεχνίες

Μόλις τώρα έγινα μέλος του και καταχώρησα μερικά από τα πάτσουορκ έργα μου στην αυτή τη πλατφόρμα.

Για να σας εξηχήσω τι είναι ακριβώς αυτή τη πλατφόρμα, έχω αντιγράψει τα παρακάτω κομμάτια από το website  του Arts and Crafts.

Το είναι ένας διαδικτυακός εκθεσιακός χώρος, με σαφή κατεύθυνση στη χειροποίητη δημιουργία, αλλά θα ήταν σφάλμα να σταματούσαμε εκεί και να μην δεχθούμε τους σύγχρονους καλλιτέχνες του ψηφιακού κόσμου.

Το φτιάχτηκε για σένα. Φτιάξε και διαχειρήσου το δικό σου διαδικτυακό κατάστημα, εύκολα, απλά και οικονομικά. Δικτυώσου, δες καινούριες ιδέες, βελτίωσε το προϊόν σου.

Ένας εκθεσιακός χώρος όμως δεν μπορει να αποτελείται μόνο από εκθέτες. Η ψυχή του επομενως όπως και κάθε άλλου εκθεσιακού χώρου είναι ο επισκέπτης.

Αν σου αρέσουν τα χειροποίητα προϊόντα. Αν θέλεις μοναδικά δώρα, ρούχα, έπιπλα, διακοσμητικά, αφίσες και έργα τέχνης. Επισκέψου το για να γνωρίσεις τους δημιουργούς των επιθυμιών σου.

Το είναι καθαρά χώρος έκθεσης. Για να αγοράσετε κάποια από 

τα  προϊόντα θα πρέπει να επικοινωνήσετε με τον δημιουργό του προϊόντος που 

σας ενδιαφέρει.

Για να δείτε το δικό μου προφίλ μπορείτε να  πάτε στο παρακάτω link.

Θα χαρώ  πολύ αν ρίχνετε μια ματιά και να πείτε τη γνώμη σας. Και βεβαίως θα ήταν ωραίο αν κι' εσείς θα κάνετε έκθεση με τις δικές σας δημιουργίες εκεί !!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Update on the Quilting Bee in Sparta

It isn't easy to make nice pictures of quilts, so sometimes it takes a long time till I finally get the job done ! The weather should be ok for the right lighting, no wind if I want to do it outside. Inside it is even more difficult. One day I am going to find the perfect solution for this issue !!!

Yesterday I made some photographs of the second quilt the Quilting Bee here in Sparta made.

It is a pinweel pattern, made from all recycled fabrics. It was a hell of a job, because we are all very inexperienced quilters. Most of us just started last year !!  

I think the girls did a great job. At a certain moment they got disillusioned, but the end result looks great and that gives everybody a lot of satisfaction and the courage to continue. Nobody is born perfect and just doing it will get you the experience to improve every time. 

For the back we used a recycled flanel fabric. It once was a duvet cover. We got it from one of the second hand shops here in Sparta.

As I looked at my blog posts I saw that I never showed you the finished first baby quilt we made. So, here it comes!

At the moment we are working on 3 single bed quilts. Two tops are ready and next Wednesday we will put the layers together and start quilting. The morning group will do this job. The afternoon group has already cut and marked pieces for a log cabin and will start sewing the pieces together. Lots of work to be done on Wednesday !! But it is a lot of fun, working all together.

A month ago we went to one of the girls summer house to work in the basement, using the ping pong table! As you can see we take our work very seriously!

This is the pattern. The flower fabric is cut from old curtains from one of our members. Lovely fabric. 

I will show you our progress after next Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sawtooth Star Block - Quilt Along project "Και στην Ελλάδα αγαπάμε το πάτσγουωρκ"

The Greek facebook group "Και στην Ελλάδα αγαπάμε το πάτσγουωρκ" has organized a Quilt Along project.
The quilt will be in the colours of the Greek flag, blue and white. I am sure that the quilt will become lovely in this colours, with participation of lots of Greek quilters!

This is my block, the Sawtooth Star.