Sunday, January 23, 2011

First post in 2011

Hello and welcome to my first post for 2011 and I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday , I have been a little under the whether first I got a terrible cold and I was in bed Christmas day  and then the following week I got an awful flu and was sick for 5 days or so ,that and running the shop and trying to  hand quilt this baby quilt for my best friend Zacharoula really didn't leave me with very much energy left to blog or to post .  So this is the quilt I made and hand quilted for my friends grandson doesn't she look cozy in it ??
This is the whole quilt and below I took some individual photos of the blocks.

This is just a close up of my hand quilting , how does it look??
This is what I worked on at night I got this little piece of flannel with little birds and I decided to cut in to it ,and matched it with some pinks and blues and cream that I think it looks nice together ,I got two baby size quilt tops out of it,not bad huh!!
 I have this calender with quilt patterns in it , a gift from a dear friend for Christmas last year and I found in my stash like colors and made it , this is the first time I actually made a quilt by looking at one and trying to make it look similar ,I think I did well with it, I made two throw size quilt tops out of the blocks I made.
 The day before Christmas I dashed downtown Athens for a print for a customer and I decided I had enough time to make it to a fabric store I found on the Internet by googling cheap fabric in Greek this is the firs time I tried to find fabrics and I found a shop in the center of town so ,I ran as fast as I could it there were 3 floors of fabrics ,but they didn't have very much in cotton quilt friendly fabrics the good thing was what they had was only 1.23 euros per meter and it was extra wide .  I bought 5 meters of each of the above and took a taxi home with my haul , I think that's how I got my cold for Christmas ,but it was worth it, don't you think so ?.
 I made a top with just blocks the pink flowery print and pink checked ,the blocks do look a little crooked ,but it will iron out OK. I think .
 I started cutting circles out and then decided to make little triangles on the edged ,but that is still in progress ,it is a little hard working with such small pieces.
 This is my completed quilt top , or one of them I made two like it and added a lighter blue boarder on it.
 This is another inspiration I made, I had a remnant of plaid that I was given and I worked by cutting strips and coordinating the colors to each other and I got this nice size quilt top.

I found a bunch of hangers from the clothing stores that they throw out ,so I had this piece of pretty tissue paper from a lady that brought something in to be framed ,so I used it to decoupage the hanger ,I think it is the first time I tried it but,I was in the store and bored ,since I was done hand quilting the baby quilt.
And last but not least I put the triangles that I fussy cut onto the machine with a white piece of triangle fabric and I was surprised to see how many I had ,I counted bout 40 of them ,now I am thinking what to do with the lattice blocks maybe I can cut them into a diff. shape and do stars I really don't know, but I will surely let you know . I think that is about it I am going back to my studio now to think of what else to do , some of you might have read in a previous post that I am saving up to by a quilt machine with a table and all so that is in the works ,and I am planning on putting it in the shop window so I can quilt  while in my store so people that pass by can watch ,that will be fun just to see there reaction quilting is unknown to most here, I can't wait for that to happen,  so keep in touch more to come ,may your scissors and cutters always be sharp and may you always be full of  inspiration and energy by for now, Theodora