Thursday, August 2, 2018

vintage style scrap quilt

As I have loads of scraps, I decided that the next quilt, to be made by the members of the Quilting Bee Sparta, would be a vintage style scrappy one!
The blocks are 6" x 6", alternating a flower print and a 4-patch block. Eleven rows with 8 blocks each. 


The plain blocks have been cut from a donated duvet cover. I love the faded flowers. There is a lot of fabric left, so I might use that for the back, or make another quilt with it. I am not sure yet. The Quilting Bee Sparta donates the quilts they make to an orphange in Lamia. I would love to have a quilt like this one for myself, though! Barbara, my partner at A & B Creating, also wants one!!!! Maybe I just should do this one time. Scraps enough!!


This is how far I got with the design yesterday. Today I finished the inside part, which will measure 66" x 48". I also have a nice idea about the border. But....let the Bee first finish this part! That won't go quick, because of the holiday season. In September everyone will be present again, so I have to exercise a lot of patience!! If I am going to make one for myself.....I can just go full force ahead! Let me sleep on it!!


 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

shopping bag and weekend in Marathea

Summer is really here now. Tomorrow we expect 41 degrees Celsius! Really hot!! Weather to stay inside, good to get some sewing done! 
For years I use my own shopping bag, but now, since we have to pay for the plastic ones, lots of people use nice shopping bags. Love the fabric from this one.


I made the bottom and handles from canvas and put some lining in. 


And then I went for shopping!!





Two weeks ago I spend a weekend at a friend who lives in Marathea, close to Gytheion. She lives on top of a hill and you can see the sea from the terrace.
It is a beautiful view and in the evening you can see the lights from other sides of the bay. She planted a lot of trees, olive trees, other fruit trees, cypresses. This is a wild one, I think they call it prunari. It is a shrub and the whole hill is covered in it. When you prune it you can make it into a nice tree. 





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 Last year I made her some cushion covers to match the tiles and garden.



She has a lovely stone house and we had a great weekend together! 

This weekend I stayed home and worked on an idea for a quilt to participate in the exhibition of the Hellenic Patchwork Guild and after that maybe in the exhibition of the European Quilt Association next year!!! Who knows!! A lot of thinking and working to be done! Have to keep my head cool in this heat!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

cats and backpacks

Three weeks ago my daughter who lives in North Carolina, came to visit us. She liked my laptop backpack, so I made her one too.


The lovely light blue fabric is cut from a German dirndl dress, they use at the beer festivals. This kind of dresses are sold in Sparta in the second hand shops. Lots of the second hand stuff comes from Germany!
I love those dresses! The cotton fabric is from an excellent quality and has nice patterns. The skirts have a lot of fabric. 


 A zipper pocket on the back for valuables.


 My daughter has two cats, and fancied the little mini quilts to put on a chair or sofa or on your lap, to have a nice sleeping place for your kitty.


 She took one, so I made a few more. I want to sew for red cats too!!


This is my cat Flopsy. Most of the time he looks a bit angry, but he is very sweet. He has a difficult time with the stray cats in the garden! They chase him. He is neutered and is no match for the stray ones! 


I have to rescue him sometimes. But...he also enjoys the garden.


On a cold winter day, when he was inside we were watching a documentary about the oceans. Suddenly the fishes caught his eye, he walked up to the tv and he sat there watching for quite some time. So funny!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

I am back !!

As I am a very busy bee the last few months, I neglected my blog completely. I felt guilty about that, because I like blogging.So, I will give it a try again!

Running a workshop center isn't an easy job. It takes a lot of time and effort. The summer months are more relaxed because there are hardly any workshops, but....we have to prepare for the next season, so still a lot of work to be done!

So, where to start???

The last workshop I did was the making of a Dresden Plate. I love them. They are impressive.


Besides this one, which I made now, I have a blue Dresden Plate, which I made into a cushion some years ago. 


The cushion next to it is a rag quilted one, made from flannel. The Quilting Bee Sparta made a rag quilt, which will be donated, amongst others, to the orphanage in Lamia. We cut 4 pieces more than we needed, so we didn't need to think twice what to do with them. 
The rag quilt is nearly finished, that is to say, the sewing is ready....the cutting not yet! That is an awful lot of work, and not very interesting. But...it has to be done and one of our bee members took it home to finish the quilt. 



The other two quilts are also made by the Quilting Bee. I still have to make pictures from all the work they did.

That's it for now! Soon to be continued!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Day of Peace, World Alzheimer's Day

Today, the 21st of September is a special day! 

First of all it is the International Day of Peace. Very important, because there are still too many people in the world, who live in war zones, are harassed because they are different, even in the smallest unit, our family, there is still too much violence. So let's all try to be peaceful and loving!!


It is also the World Alzheimer's Day. The average age we live is going up and up, which is very nice. One of our greatest fears, however, when we grow older is Alzheimer. A dirty word, a fearful word ...go away, we don't want to think about it! Let's hope science will find a cure quickly, or some medicine that slows the process down.

 
Some people with Alzheimer seem to relax when they are given a fidget quilt, a lap quilt with fidgeting items, like e.g. zippers, closures, elastic band, buttons, pockets, keys, ribbons. Also different structured fabrics are nice for feeling and fidgeting. 


These quilts are also called comfort quilts and they can be made for autistic children as well. We are going to make a lot more of these lap quilts and donate them to the home outside of Sparta, where they have an Alzheimer unit and a unit with physically and/or mentally handicapped children.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A little bit vintage

Vintage is in!! In styling you see it everywhere; clothes, earthenware and so much more. I've seen some beautiful pieces and got inspired! Vintage fabrics are my favorite. These mini quilts are very practical for use in a baby basket, a stroller, car seat, or just to use as a changing pad. I made them this summer.


The tulips are from the 70's. Not old enough to be vintage, nor are the fabrics I used. But, a lot of pieces are from recycled fabric. 



 More flowers on the back. No idea how old this fabric is!


This one is made up of curtain fabric (background), pieces of a duvet cover, a second hand pillowcase and fabric from old stock.



The hexagon flowers are done with the English Paper Piecing technique.
I love EPP, because you do it by hand and can watch a movie or have coffee with a friend while working on it. Below a different style! Bear is a piece of old children's curtain.

 
The embroidery is a vintage wall hanging my mother-in-law made.A few years ago I made it into a cushion and now I love it! When an old shop in Sparta closed, I bought two rolls of vintage flannel. The fabric from the bib is one of them. It has cowboys and donkeys! Wondered why it didn't have horses instead of donkeys!!! These fabrics are also all recycled, except from the checkered one.

The weather is still hot here and still no rain!!!! The mini quilts are not much needed at the moment! Babies and grown-ups still sleeping under a single sheet!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

What did I do this summer?

I did a lot!! But... do I have anything to show for it! I managed to make a few things! Summer time, so I made a few beach bags.







Unfortunately I only went to the beach once this summer. After our swim we had lunch at a friend's house in Mavrovouni. Traditional Greek lunch!!How I love those baked potatoes, and not to forget the ouzo en the Greek salad!




We had continuous heat waves in July and August. Too hot for the beach!! Temperatures reached 47 degrees Celsius in Sparta!!! Oohhh, inside with the airco and the fan! Just making more beach bags!


 I did a lot more this summer, but will post (I intend, I hope to) more in a few days!!