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.