Sunday, August 26, 2012


Two days ago I finished a green quilt for a single bed. I can't show it yet, because I have to first find a nice way to make pictures of it. The first quilt I made about 15 years ago. It was a green/pink one for one of my daughter's bed. She liked it so much that she took it to Athens when she went to study and later to Holland where she continued her studies. Now it is waiting in a box in Holland to be shipped to America, where she is living now. I don't have a picture of this one, unfortunately.

Then I got caught up in all other projects, till about 3 years ago I decided it would be nice to start making patchwork quilts for myself and to sell.

This is the first(second)  I made.

Most of it are used materials, old pillow cases, an old linen skirt, left over pieces of fabric from other projects, shirts. I have old pillow cases which my mother-in-law embroidered. white on white. Beautiful pieces, but the fabric became very thin and torn at some places. I want, one day, to make a white quilt, with all those embroidered pieces.

A close-up from the quilt. In the meantime I have learned a lot. So much more experience in getting the pieces stitched together exactly in the corners. But I love this piece because every little patch has a history.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Another mug rug

Yesterday I decided to make a mug rug for my own coffee cup. Just a small one to use next to the sewing machine and laptop. I can also put my bottle of water on it when I take it out of the fridge and it leaves a circle of water on my desk.

I also want to show the little seed packet I made. Well, Country Living Magazine has the idea and you can download the template, which I did. I used normal printing paper for the try-out, which, as you can see, went well. I bought some thicker, coloured paper and printed that and that really looks nice. Now I have to cut the paper and glue the sides. And....of course collect seeds! That won't be a problem. I haven't managed to cut the dead flower heads of lots of plants, so seeds enough. Like the mug rugs these are also nice little presents.

The back of the mug rug.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mug rugs

When I was looking at other people's blogs, I saw Mug Rugs. At first I had no idea what that was till I saw the picture. Well, these mug rugs looked very practical to me. When I am sewing, or working on my laptop, my coffee cup leaves marks everywhere! So I decided to make a few. Also because I think they are lovely little presents. You can buy a mug from 1 euro to lots of euros. I went shopping and bought some cheap ones and some expensive ones.
Two very good friends of mine have their birthdays this month. As a matter of fact one of them has it today. This is the one she will get.

I loved the cup with the bags (I have something with bags!) and it has a very sweet box.

Because I love my garden so much, I also always try to make pictures from my garden to go with the patchwork. You can't really see this, but outside there is a big Jasmine which smells lovely.

My other girlfriend got her mug and rug already. She was very pleased with the present. I can imagine my two friend sitting in my garden, sipping their tea, because that's what they drink. One of them is British and the other one also loves tea. So, as a matter of fact, they got tea rugs.

This one is a bit bigger, because after I made the first one I decided to look on the internet to find out which sizes people use to make them.

The grey/pink fabric was once used for a duvet cover. The other materials are vintage, at least 30 years old. I bought them in this old shop in Kalamata.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Orange patchwork

I feel great! The temperature finally dropped,  we can breathe again!. A big part of the garden has shade this early in the morning, so I can get out and do some weeding and pruning, which is really necessary. Weeds love water and heat, they really bloom!
Yesterday evening, like nearly every evening,  I swept the path next to the house where the Campsis stands in full bloom.

It has become enormous and looks great when you walk alongside the house. You have to be a bit careful though, because it attracts a lot of wasps. Also ants love the plant. The only problem with the Campsis is that it is a very messy plant. Every day the path is covered with fallen flowers. A lot of work because the plant blooms from spring till the end of fall. It would have been better if I had planted it somewhere in the back of the garden, where the flowers can just drop and the wasps are not that close.

I love the colour combination of orange and purple. The garden is like a big green patchwork quilt. It gives you a nice example of colours blending with each other. Combinations which you might consider strange seem natural.

A little while ago I made this bag with orange flowers. Maybe it's a nice idea to make another one with  some deep purple added to the orange and beige.

But first I have to finish the cushions I'm making for my friend's garden chairs. And then, I have still to finish two quilts. I made a green one. The front and back are ready, but not stuck together yet. I am also making a red one for a customer. I finished the patchwork and now I have to put the border around it.
So, still some projects to go!

In the meantime I made a few mug rugs last week. I saw them on other people's blogs and liked them. As  two friends of mine have their birthdays in August, I bought some nice cups and made the rugs. Lovely presents! The pictures are still on my camera, so I'll show them another time.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Red bag in the orange tree

It's holiday time! Most of my friends are gone. Some Dutch friends I have here in Sparta went to their family in Holland, getting away from the heat and enjoying the rain! Another one went to Crete and is having a good time over there. She is staying with friends and brought them one of my bags as a present. She choose this black/red one.

I hang it in an orange tree for the picture. This is a summer orange tree. It has lovely very juicy oranges at the moment. Normal orange trees bear fruit in winter time. Next to this orange tree I have an Abutilon. It has flowers nearly the whole year around. It doesn't seem to like those heatwaves we are having and has one or two little flowers. In spring though, it looked like this.

The garden needs a lot of work at the moment. It's difficult for me to go away. But I had my holiday in March when I went to see my daughter in the States.I had a lovely time there.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The vegetable garden

Rain, rain! Big thunderstorm yesterday! The garden got finally soaked! After 2 months I didn't have to water.  It felt great and cool and I'm sure the plants loved it. A tiny little break because the temperatures will go up again to 40 during the weekend. But I'm grateful for a few days of cooler weather (34-35!).

This is my vegetable garden, which is doing quite well, considering the heat. I have tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, beetroots, carrots, eggplant, bell peppers. String beans, just the plants, no beans, it's too hot for them to come out, so I water and patiently wait till the weather gets cooler. Maybe we can eat some nice organic beans in the fall. Then there are the zucchinis, which are doing very well. Seem to love the heat.

They have lovely flowers, as do the okras 

I've put a lot of different basil plants between the veggies. That seems to enhance them. I also dry the coffee in the filters, after I drank the whole pot, and scatter that in between the plants. The smell is supposed to keep insects and worms away. I don't know whether it works, but, as I drink a lot of coffee,  I might well try this. The herbs in my garden are doing very well. I have parsley, celery, sage, chives, laurel, rosemary and thyme, which has this lovely little flowers.

Time to go and dig out some carrots for the salad I'm going to make for lunch!