Tuesday, July 26, 2016

getting ready !

Still about two weeks to go till the baby is due. I am in Athens at my daughter's place, helping out and waiting. This cot quilt was made about a year ago, but it was a little plain, till I appliqued the bear on it two weeks ago. 

Of course I also wanted to make something for the nursery, and, as it is going to be a boy, I choose these VW cars wall hanging. My first car was a Volkswagen beetle, slivergray, 10 years old. How I loved that car. No digital picture, though! 

Still in Sparta I finished the placemats for my Greek neighbour friend who lives in Holland and has two Dachshunds. The colours of the picture are not very good. I quickly photographed the doggies before I handed them over and started packing to get myself on the bus to Athens. 

My husband is on garden duty now and except from our Flopsy, he has company, when watering the garden, from a few stray cats, that we feed. 
This one is very cute and my husband's favorite.


 He looks a bit like Flopsy, who really likes his food, plays in the garden with the other cats and fights with intruders who don't belong in his territory. A bit peculiar, because he is neutered !!

Besides the garden Flopsy also likes fabrics and quilts. Whenever he gets the chance he will try to have a nap on top of my precious pieces.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sun and thunderstorm - quilt and babies

My friend and sister-in-law, who lives in Australia sent me more than a year ago a fantastic quilt pattern, named Formal Dress. Together with it were also the jelly rolls to make it. I am so happy that I finally managed to finish this beautiful quilt. 

I have been busy in the sewing room! With the baby on the way I get carried away and have lots of lovely projects in my mind. Pinterest a great help, so many ideas!! What about this bandana bib, my daughter's old bear is wearing?

It seems that baby's nowadays are supposed to be in sleeping bags for their naps. Because the baby is due in August I just made this thin cotton bag and am planning the next one to be from flannel and then we will go on to the quilted ones. 

 It is a bit windy in the garden,so it is difficult to make a picture that shows the exact shape, but I'll guess, you get the idea!

The garden is lovely at the moment, especially when there is a breeze, usually early in the morning.

Great spot to  do some hand sewing. I have this work in progress going on. Six placemats for a friend with a Dachshund. 

I really enjoy working in the garden. That is: sitting and sewing or drinking coffee with friends, but also the real garden work, pruning weeding and so on!!!

This all looks lovely and sunny, but we have had quite some thunderstorms last week.

This is how it started. As we have a problem in the street with these short heavy rains I went to the front. 

 And below is a picture of the street half an hour later! 

After the rain, the sun again

 In the vegetable garden: flower of a leak

Friday, July 1, 2016

Baby on the way !

I'm going to be a grandma !!! How great is that !! My daughter is pregnant from a baby boy. Parents and grandparents are over the moon!! 
Of course I started sewing and knitting immediately. Yesterday I made these burp cloths.  

Looked in my stash for nice children's fabric. The backside is from flannel, soft and it doesn't slide.

About a year ago an old-fashioned shop in Sparta closed after being there for a 100 years or so. It used to sell clothes, fabric, sheets, towels, baby stuff and I don't know what more. For the last 20 years they only sold clothes; I didn't even know they had fabric!! At the closing sale I bought a lot, and I mean a lot of this blue cowboy and pink gardening vintage flannel. I bought all they got! Before I knew that my daughter was pregnant I already made this swaddle nappy/blanket.

This baby bag was also an earlier project. I took it to Athens last week, filled with the swaddle blanket and a thin white cotton blanket that I knitted. I don't have a picture of the blanket yet, because my camera broke down just when I finished that. But.... I bought myself a new camera, kind of a birthday present. Next time I am in Athens I can show you the blanket.

Well, I have a lot of other baby project planned: sleeping bag, quilt, wall hanging, stuffed animals, etc, etc. !! I'd better start working now !!!!