Sunday, October 28, 2018

A & B Creating and ceramics

It is not all sewing that we do at A & B Creating. We also have a very nice pottery room, where Angelika Fritzsche teaches beginners and advanced pupils the art of ceramics.


 It is a heavy job! They are all very concentrated, don't even realize a picture is taken!!



Aphroditi



 Different types of clay, different results. 


Most pieces will be glazed. The white ones in the corner have been in the oven. Time now to put the glaze on. The other ones are ready. They turned out beautiful. Until now the glazing happened in Angelika's workshop in Skoutari, because A & B Creating didn't have a ceramic oven. Here are some pieces with the glaze power on, waiting to be baked.


We had different groups, all very enthusiastic about the workshops.


Barbara, Margarita, Eleni en Maria


Potoula 




Eleni and Lina


The most important person in the workshop, Angelika!!


Lina and Maria 


Celebrating Maria's birthday!! 




As from this workshop season we have our own ceramic oven!! The pieces are inside and tomorrow it will burn for the very first time.

 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

rag quilting

A & B Creating is  a non-profit organization and as such accepts donations in money as well as in goods. We are very grateful for the Kotsonis shop in Sparta, which has given us lots of fabric samples, and pieces of material. One day we could roam in their storage space, and what did we find?? A whole bag full of vintage flannel nighties. Brand new. They looked great, but when we washed one we realized why they weren't for sale. Did they shrink!!! About 20 cm in length, the arms about 10 cm, while the width stayed the same. So they became a funny shape. Luckily for us there were all big sizes, so when we washed them all and cut them, we had a lot of flower flannel.


For quite some time I wanted to make a rag quilt, which you do with flannel. So here was my chance! With the Quilting Bee Sparta we started to work on it. We bought white flannel for the batting and Maria Kalamara had a nice big piece of blue. This is the result. Doesn't it look gorgeous??



After you sew all the pieces together you have to cut the seams and the borders. This is a lot of work, but luckily we had Demi Kapetanea who didn't mind and did nearly all the cutting. Because she had become an "expert" she also did this little baby quilt.


Here you can see how it works. The cuttings don't look so nice now. That is because they have to be washed and put in a dryer to intertwine. After that they turn up like this.

 

 The big quilt hasn't been washed and dried yet. From the leftovers I made this cute cushion, that we gave to a friend who was recovering from a big operation. I must say that I love rag quilting. It is fun.

 
 That's it for now. Next time I will tell you about our ceramic classes.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cushions, lots of cushions!!

With patchwork, applique and quilting we can make lots of beautiful projects. Today I will show you some cushions in different styles.


 The most simple patchwork technique is just squares, like the red one. A big square in the middle and smaller ones around. I love the fabric with the Japanese children. It is a pity to cut this fabric into squares, as I did in the corners. It is better to use it in a bigger piece. 



 A friend of mine had this little piece of embroidery for many years. It was given to her by a schoolmate. She loved it but didn't know what to do with it. So we "patched" it into a frame and it became a beautiful cushion. 


My mother-in-law embroidered quite a few big pieces, mostly landscapes to hang on the wall. They looked nice with a classic kind of interior. Our house is  more modern, though. So what to do with the embroidered paintings? I cut them into pieces and used some to make cushions and other pieces I used in bags I made. 

 
To stay with the embroidered ones, this is  a quite different style! My daughter Christina embroidered her favorite Mario characters and asked me to make two cushions for her. 


 Don't they look nice together!! 


This appliqued one I made a few years ago for a fundraiser.

 
These are memory cushions. A customer asked me to make one for each of her two children with their favorite old T-shirts. It is not easy sewing this fabric , but in the end they turned out lovely. If you have collected a lot of T-shirts from your children over the years, you can of course also make a quilt with them. When my children were small, I wasn't into quilting, so I gave all the clothes away. Now I think it would have been nice if I had saved them. 
Maybe I should start collecting shirts from my grandchildren. Well, I'll wait a bit with that, till they are a bit older en I will get bigger pieces. Now they are still babies. Too much work!


The Dresden Plate one, in all colours of blue. 


These are just strips, but the material is fantastic! It is Kaffe Fasset. I love his fabrics and all the other things he makes!! 

I like cushions because you can change your interior completely with them. In summer Kaffe Fasset, in autumn embroidered pieces of landscapes, in winter Christmas cushions and in spring Easter patterns and appliqued flowers.
It is nice to be able to make your own. At A & B Creating we can teach you!!

 
 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Quilting Bee Sparta at work

The Quilting Bee Sparta continues the good work! Ten women come together once a week and make quilts for charity. It is always a lovely day with a lot of sewing, exchanging thoughts about quilting and lots of other subjects, with coffee and often homemade cookies. 


 This is one of the quilts they made. A very simple pattern, but the fabric does it all! I made the cushion with pieces of old Russian embroidery that I bought a few years ago at the big fair in Mystras. There are holes in the fabric and stains from I don't know what! But you can still cut nice pieces for patchwork. 


Three other quilts, ready to donate. The rag quilt is finished too at this moment. Poor Demi did mostly all of the cutting, and there were a lot of seams to be cut!! We are making a baby rag quilt at the moment, but I don't have any pictures yet. 


Dimitra is quilting a scrap quilt, another scrappy one is on the design wall. As you can see there is also a black/red cushion waiting to be made. We started to make smaller projects for our Christmas bazaar. 


Maria sew the top of the cushion and took it home to quilt it. Now I just have to find some fabric for the back. 


For the new baby rag quilt we used freezer paper. One of our flannel layers was very thin, so Maria ironed the paper on this one, drew the sewing lines on them and now Pitsa is sewing the layers together. Very concentrated,while Demi is tearing the freezer paper off again.  


Eleni keeps herself busy with another Christmas project, but more about that next time.