Wednesday, June 22, 2016

house quilt

I started showing off the houses I made and received for the house quilt I did as a QAL with the Hellenic Quilting Guild. The houses are still looking lovely on my design wall. So....no quilt yet!!! Maybe a nice job for this summer !




These are only a few of them. I have 34 houses, and still need 2 more, to finish the quilt. 




This little Dutch milk girl was made for me by Mania Hatziioannidi. Isn't she sweet?



I also got into the Dutch mood and made this windmill with the grazing cow for one of the other ladies.



From Olga Spiridaki I received this lovely Greek balcony 



This is the place to be at the moment, at the beach, diving in the crystal clear waters of the Greek sea. This little beach house I made looks more Dutch, though.

Enough houses for today. I'm off to the market in Papagou, Athens, where they sell lots of secondhand clothes. I love to search for vintage cotton dresses, shirts and whatever other cotton I can use to cut into pieces!!!!
 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Here we go again!

Long time no see! I was just too busy with other things. My eldest daughter got married about a month ago, one week after the Greek Easter, which is a big celebration. So, the wedding guests from abroad came for the Easter celebration in Sparta, then went to Athens for the wedding and most of them continued to have a beach holiday on one of the islands. 


 Easter



 The happy couple!


Mother and daughter

It was a lovely time with family and friends, but, I must say, I was a bit tired after all the celebrations. We skipped the quilt group for one month, but we have had already 2 meetings again and the quilts are progressing. We basted two of them last week. Unfortunately my camera broke  down, and I still have an old-fashioned cellphone, which doesn't make proper pictures, so I can't show any of it. 
I am thinking now of buying a new camera or an I-phone. I am not sure yet.

At the moment I am in Athens, during a heat wave, over 40 degrees Celcius!! 
No good to go outside; time for inside jobs, like blogging!!!!
Left my husband in Sparta, taking care of the garden.A lot of watering to do, which I hope he will manage in-between the soccer matches on tv!!     

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

House blocks - QAL 2015

Every month I'll show you a few of the houses I made last year for the Greek FB QAL and a few of the ones I received. I started with this house, designed like I used to draw houses in elementary school!


The second one is from the book Country Cottage Quilting by Lynette Anderson.


And the last one for this month is a classical church

 
 The above ones I sent to my fellow quilters. In return I got these ones.


Lovely cottage made by Vicky Xarala


 A two-storey house made by Eleni Sarantoglou



 The mushroom house by Anita Argiti

 Now I have to find time to make all the houses I received into a quilt!!

 
 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Quilting Bee update

It is about time to show you what we are up to in our Quilting Bee. Our latest project is a Magic Vine quilt. We used the applique patterns from Eleanor Burns' book. Each of our members appliqued 3 blocks, all with the technique they liked most or wanted to have a go at. 


Doesn't it look lovely !! We progressed a bit since this picture is taken and have the 3 vertical rows all ready sewn. In our next meeting we will finish the top and can start the basting. 

And.. we did a lot more, that is to say, some members really did great jobs at home. Potoula Andreakou made this lovely baby quilt, ready to find a good home.



 

As we are talking about babies, Maria Kalamara made quite a few bibs. We are planning to have a sale to collect some money to add to the quilts we are donating. Lots of people live under the poverty level and are in desperate need of money. A few of the bibs.




Maria also finished all the blocks of this project. An enormous job! Now we have to sew them all together.  


 Other members are also working at home for our sales project. They made and are making hot pads, placemats, tote bags, bags to store plastic bags and so on. I don't have pictures yet. 

Pitsa Lambrinou finished this quilt. She did most of the quilting and the bias. I don't have a picture yet of the finished quilt. It is gorgeous, and I will show it in a next post. Katerina Exomanidi drawing the border quilt pattern.


 Busy, busy bees !!!




 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Progress

Now, what am I going to do today?? 

There are a lot of choices. Wherever I walk in my house I see things that have to be done and things that I would like to do. It's Sunday, so that's a good excuse to do something I like to do! Keep the chores for weekdays. 

On the design wall in one of the bedrooms I see some of the houses from the QAL from last year. The time has come to make a quilt with these blocks.

 
 When the QAL started I had no idea what do with a house quilt. I was thinking more of breaking them up and make wall hangings. But... something very nice happened. My eldest daughter got pregnant. As I was fixated on the wall hangings I could see one of them in a child's room. Till it hit me yesterday that a house quilt would also be very nice for a grandchild's bed.
Well, I have lots of time to start and finish this project.

In my enthusiasm I immediately started knitting a cotton baby blanket. Because I was watching movies while knitting, I made mistakes and had to unpick the whole 15 cm. So yesterday I started again and managed to knit to border.


As I am very excited about the FAL I'm participating in I did a lot of work on this quilt. I had to stop because the thread I am quilting with finished and the shop, which usually has all the colours, had a big variety, except "my" colour! Now I have to wait a week, till the thread comes. 

 

 I had kind of planned to work on the above this weekend, so now I have to look into my other unfinished projects. There is a pullover I am knitting for three years now!!!! I could leave the baby blanket (time enough till summer) and finish my my pullover. It would be nice to be able to wear it in this cold weather we are having at the moment.  I still have to finish a bag I am making for my daughter in America, but, because she will be coming over with Easter (1st of May) it's also not a very urgent project. 
With all these non-urgent choices I am lost!! May I continue the pullover. I know I will be thrilled when I can finally wear it. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hot pad, bags and FAL

I really like Jessica Alexandrakis book QUILTING ON THE GO. I followed her advice and made myself a travel kit. It contains carton hexagons, pieces of fabric, paperclips, needle, thread and scissors. I take it with me when I visit my daughter in Athens and even took it to Holland in the summer. Didn't do much in Holland, though! Too may distractions, I preferred to chat with my friends and it seems that I couldn't do the hexies and the chatting at the same time. .... I need to practice!!

Some time ago on Pinterest (looooove  Pinterest!) I saw a hot pad for a pyrex casserole. The Greek kitchen has lots of oven baked foods, so I decided to make one for  myself. I used some of the hexies and the pad turned out great!!


I like making bags and want to find some new patterns, different from the type I am making. Last summer I made this beach bag, but now I am thinking smaller. 


My try-out bag didn't turn out very practical. (Maybe I should use a proper pattern one time, where they tell you exactly what to do, instead of just get an idea and go for it) Would save me a lot of time probably. 


 I love the piece of embroidery. Found it in the secondhand shop here in Sparta. Paid 0.50 euro for it! The lining is so thick, (because I wanted the bag to be stiff), that I couldn't sew the sides with the machine. Did it by hand! The shape of the bag is nice.  I just have to adjust the pattern.

And...... because of the FAL 2016 I am participating in, I started immediately to sew the remaining blocks of my Formal Dress quilt. I had 12 blocks from this quilt ready and now I finished them all. Hurray!
Tonight I start stitching them together. 


No time to loose.... going to leave you.... have some homemade soup and start again !!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FAL 2016 - Finish Along

I have decided !!

I am going to participate in the FAL with Mrs Sew and Sow as a host. There are some projects laying around for over a year and some I started a few months ago. So....for the first quarter I choose.

  1. The quilt my friend and sister-in-law in Australia started. She made all the blocks (by hand !!). Then she got a problem with her eyes and now isn't allowed to do any sewing. So she sent the blocks to me, two years ago, oh,oh! I managed to sew the blocks together (with the machine), but I still have to find fabric for a border and do all the rest of the work!
  2. My second project is a bag. My daughter made this lovely embroidery, which she sent me about a year ago, to use to embellish a bag she wanted. Till we agreed and found the fabric and pattern to use some time passed. It's not so simple because she lives in the States. The bag is nearly finished, just needs the handles, but the ones she sent were too heavy, so now we need another solution. I really have to get this bag finished !!!  
  3.  The same sister-in-law sent me the pattern and fabric for the FORMAL DRESS quilt. I made 12 blocks until now. Still quite some to go.
  4.  The last one for this quarter. I knitted a pullover three years go. It was bit tight on me, something that I hate! I started to knit patchwork jacquard pieces to change the pattern and make it wearable. That is to say I''ll try to make it wearable!
    There are more unfinished project but they'll have to wait for the next quarter