Thursday, January 29, 2015

Journal, agenda, book covers

I use an agenda, write a journal and, as  a I am a patchwork freak, I have to cover them with lovely fabric. 
These book covers are great presents, especially around the new year. They are very good for using scraps, and getting experience in sewing tiny pieces. 
One of my friends is using this one.

My own agenda is covered in fuchsia/turquoise

Love the colours of this one too !

Time to make some more, but first I have to finish my sample placemat for the English paper piecing workshop I am going to do. Sew some whales for the daughter of a friend for the nursery, that go together with the baby quilt I made for her. And work on the houses I need to make for a Greek QAL. Work enough! Time to start!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pin cushion

When I visited my friend Kristine in Thessaloniki I loved one of her books. It is called "Quilting on the go!" from Jessica Alexandrakis. Paper piecing patchwork you can take anywhere: techniques, patterns and projects.
So, at home, I immediately ordered it, because I was eager to try and learn how to do English paper piecing. 
This is my second project "the pin cushion". I just love it. You are supposed to fill it up with crushed walnut shells, but of course, I don't have anything like that. So I filled it up with some steel wool you use to scrub pots and pans, to sharpen the pins and some wadding. I am very pleased with the result. It looks great and is rather thick, so the pins don't reach the bottom.

I used different fabrics for the top and bottom

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilt Exhibition - Quilting Bee Sparta (2)

As we are busy bees, we had to take some projects with us to work on! 
Maria Kalamara (left) is working on her quilt and Pitsa Lambrinou (center) and Potoula Andreakou are the helping hands! They take their work very seriously.

They didn't even realize a made a picture !

The hanging orange quilt is made by Anneli Lehto-Koutsoviti, while the small one on the table in front of it is a Quilting Bee quilt. Anneli also made the appliqued quilt below.

Some bags and a table runner

We had some Christmas atmosphere too! I made a few cushions and a runner. 

 The quilters Giota Kiriakoulia and Enrietta Kargakou

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Quilt Exhibition - Quilting Bee Sparta

Well, it's been a long time! Lots of activities during the last few months! Of course I had the time if I really wanted to write, but..... I got out of the habit and then it is difficult (for me, at least!) to start again. But here I am!
A very important activity was the exhibition of our own Spartan quilting group.

We exhibited the quilts we made as a group, as well as personal work. The above quilts are made by Potoula Andreakou (left), Anneli Koutsoviti (center) and me. The exhibition took place in our beautiful library.

Despite the extremely bad weather; pouring rain and floodings (!) we had quite some visitors, who were very impressed with the work we did. 
The quilts made by the group will be donated to a good cause. Below one of the group quilts.

Enough words now, I will just post some pictures. 

Maria Kalamara (left and right), Quilting Bee (center)

Quilting Bee (left) Enrietta Kargakou (center) Potoula Andreakou (right)

Maria Kalamara (front) Potoula Andreakou (back) 

The hanging quilt is made as a QAL (Quilt Along) by Greek quilters, participating in a FB page. 

The two baby quilts are made by me.

Tomorrow I will post more pictures!