Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arts and Crafts, Ελληνική πλατφόρμα για χειροτεχνίες

Μόλις τώρα έγινα μέλος του artsandcrafts.gr 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 artsandcrafts.gr 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 artsandcrafts.gr 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 artsandcrafts.gr 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 artsandcrafts.gr για να γνωρίσεις τους δημιουργούς των επιθυμιών σου.






Το artsandcrafts.gr 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.


http://artsandcrafts.gr/el/user/ada-s-country-life

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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Easter, spring vintage table runner

You can still find old stock vintage fabrics in Greece. Old-fashioned shops like this one in Areopolis.


Or this one I use to go to in Kalamata. 



And of course in Athens there are shops who sell old stock in the Monasteraki/Ermou area. I have gathered quite some vintage fabric over the past few years. Not all of the patterns are easy to combine, though. The other problem with different quality cotton is that the sewing is a bit tricky; some materials stretch more than the other !! 
But I love the patterns and had a go at it again! I made this table runner, which looks lovely on my table in spring and summer. And now during the Easter time it goes very well with the traditional  red Greek Easter eggs.



It is a long runner and hangs down from the table on both sides, as you can see in these pictures of my living room.










Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cushion with butterflies and flowers for Floga

Φλόγα, Σύλλογος γονιών παιδιών με νεοπλασματική ασθένεια 


Floga, which means Flame, is an association for children with a special kind of cancer. Together with the Greek Bloggers they have organized a fair to help support the work of the association. They selected a lovely theme for this fair; butterflies and flowers! 
The response is enormous! Already more than 450 people have send their contributions. Butterflies and flowers jewelry, knitwear, wood, decoupage! All different  kind of crafts are participating. Everybody is touched by the ordeal this children and their families have to go through. 


Here are my butterflies and flowers, ready to be send




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blue Dresden Plate cushion

In September 2012 Kristine Pappas organize a Quilt Seminar in Thessaloniki. I went and had a great time. You can read about this in older posts.
Now I want to show you what I did with the block I made at one of the workshops.
We made a lovely Dresden Plate block. Some of us in red, others in blue. 
I made a blue one, took it home, half-finished and looked at it every now and then, when I was going through my stack of fabrics, thinking that I should do something with it !!!!


I changed the colour from the inner circle from yellow to turquoise, put a border around it, made from a vintage apron/dress  that I found in the second hand store and made a cushion. 


Now, that I see the result, I wonder why I didn't do this earlier. It looks so cute! 

This picture was taken at the workshop. All very proud girls !!!






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kaffe Fassett, wall hangings, cushions

Last year a very good friend in Holland sent me Kaffe Fasset strips for my birthday. I was over the moon, because it is very difficult to get nice cotton fabrics in Greece. Besides, I love his colours and patterns. 
My daughter in America bought me his Autobiography as a Christmas present. This is really a beautiful and interesting book. Very inspiring!!! So at this moment I am all in the Fassett mood!





It took me some time to decide what I was going to do with the fabric. I wanted to make a wall hanging for above my couch in the living room and thought that the colours would be great for this purpose.
Now, I am not entirely satisfied with this. I didn't quilt the pieces and they are a tiny bit sagging. Also I need something a bit bigger there. I live in an old stone house, where the ceilings are very high. So, I got an idea!!
I wil make another greenish piece from fabrics in my stock, which will be as long as the two panels, but very short. This piece will go under the two panels. I am going to quilt a flower on each panel and on the green piece I will quilt lines, suggesting grass.

Because I had a lot of fabric, I also made two cushions. This ones I quilted in the ditch.









Last week we had some beautiful sunny and hot days, even with a midday temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. What is nicer than to sit in the garden, doing the quilting on the first days of spring?? Am I not a lucky girl!!!

The little pink flowers in the background are called Τσιντονιά in Greek. They belong to the Chaenomeles family. This shrub is very common in my area. And the flowers are lovely. 



Yes.... spring is coming!!