Monday, April 15, 2013


 Hello and here I am finally, I hope all my friends are well and busy as I quilting and making various projects which makes me happy .  I have been busy with organizing my studio in my store . I have some wonderful news ,I started to teach quilting that is why I have been away from blogging . It was a lot of work trying to make space to put in a couple of tables and to have enough room to move around soooo here is what I have been up to.
  I started some projects of course ,I began making houses and made more smaller one's with the left over pieces which was a lot of fun.
I also cut into some beautiful fabric my dear friend Cyndi had sent me a while back ,they are so beautiful that I just couldn't decide what to made with them ,I have the blocks sewn up ,but not put together yet I can't wait to do that and load it on my quilt table to be quilted .
   The desk table  was given to me by the lady across the street ,the store across the street was finally rented out to a lady that turned it into a translation center sooo she didn't need this that was left by the previous renter ,lucky me I got it and it worked out beautiful I was looking for something like it and it is more that I dreamed , it even has drawers and two shelves and a little cupboard on the side that I sit .   I had just received my new  Janome 1600 I have already quilted around 5 quilts with it .  I had mentioned on a previous post that I was waiting for my new machine to arrive and Marilyn had suggested that if I name it ,it will work better, so I name thee Marilyn and she works great for me. 
This is my friend Matoula she had come to town for a couple of days and I showed her how to cut ,she is a new quilter and if you read on an earlier post she had come to the quilt con. in Thessaloniki that took place in Sept.
I made this as a sample to make with my quilt students  I made some simple applique shapes.    They have completed the top and this coming Thursday they will put batting and backing and start quilting it some will make it a pillow some a wall hanging .   I will try to remember to take a photo when they come I keep forgetting to do that .
This is a needlepoint heart that I picked up at the flea market and I just added triangles around it ,I don't know what to make it into yet  probably a table cover I think would be nice.
This pile is a bunch of shirting scraps from a shirt market across the street that they had given me and I saved them and I am making a bunch of log cabins ,I love the log cabin, so I got them out one day and started cutting into 2 inch strips. I also made sale boat appliques ,but forgot to take a photo, I will do that on the next post
One nice Sunday I came in and removed a part of the cabinet that is built against the wall to store our painting collection I looked around the store where to put them and I managed to find some space here and there .   I had to cut the wood with an electric saw and then had help move the quilt table the other way around so I could have more space .
I made a ladder in order to display my quilts ,and I brought it down and painted it white .
And tada this is it !! how does it look ?? I am pleased with it .These are quilts that I quilted on my new machine.
This is a photo of me making the ladder it was supposed to be in a different order ,but anyway I worked real hard trying to nail and screw all the pieces of wood together after cutting them in pieces and measuring it took me forever,but it is done.
We know a man that has a stand at the flea market downtown and he stopped by one day to talk to hubby about some paintings that he has come across, I right away told him that I need a sewing machine, and he came back a week later and told me about this machine, and I got it with the table ,It stitches like a dream and it is an old stitchmaster made in Japan it is a 73 model the belt is crumbling and I need a new belt for it ,but other than that it is awesome I love it.
I went bird crazy a couple of day ago and I have half a dozen cut out and some are sewn and some need the buttons on the wings sewn ,I think they are cute .
I also got cupcake crazy and made a bunch of them , they are just hanging on a design wall that I made.
A  couple of weeks ago a friend told me there is a box with a cover down my the dumpster if I wanted it ,so I walked by and took it and painted it and made a cover out of some upholstery fabric samples that I had in my stash . I love it do you??
And this is how my studio looks like today ,I will be posting more often now that I am content with my studio , I still have things I need to do to make it better for me ,but for now I am good .  I hope every bodies studio is the way they would like it to make it easier and more enjoyable to sew .  I wish all of you a wonderful day and I truly miss blogging ,but as you can see I had so much to do and in between that keeping up with frame orders since it was always a frame shop/art gallery now is is a frame/quilt/gallery LOL . by for now.   Theodora


Oops-Lah said...

Wow, you have been busy. I would love to come to your new "quilting school" if it just wasn't so far away ;)! I love the ladder you made. You are indeed a lady with many talents. And I'm glad to know that Marilyn is working out well. It must be fun to have your very own quilting machine. xx

Sheila said...

It is so nice to see you posting Theodora , your studio looks amazing and I especially love the ladder you made , how clever and oh the box you covered , also lovely !! Have fun teaching your quilting , I know you will do well :-)

Wacky Woman said...

Oh, I have missed you. But, I can sure see that you have been very busy. I'm glad that Marilyn is keeping you busy. That's a good name BTW. Keep us posted from time to time.

Nifty Quilts said...

Hi Theodora! It's nice to hear from you again. Your studio is just wonderful! I love all of your projects too, especially the box top and needlepoint heart quilt. Congratulations on your new teaching! Your students are in for a real treat.

sunny said...

I've missed you! So glad you're back and you have your studio up and running. It looks likek you've done a beautiful job with it.

kristine said...

thomas likes the laddar:) he says you did a good job!! it looks so cozy there now. i can understand why people are coming in and checking out the place.

charlie said...

Hi Theodora, I'm a quilter (beginner) in Athens and was wondering whether you could recommend a place to get batting??Many thanks!!

Theodora quilts said...

Hello Sarah I couldn't find an e-mail to contact you ,but I found an upholstery supply place that has all thinkness of batting at a good price I got the 2 c.m. for 2.50 if I remember right , per meter and it is about 1 1/5 meters wide they also have thinner which are less ,but I believe other places like is would have about the same price , 44 Zakinthou str. kipseli close to kerkyras tel. 210-8220653.good luck keep in touch .

κατερινα said...

...Καλέ αφήστε με και μένα να μπαίνω στο σπιτάκι σας , να βλέπω , να θαυμάζω , να μαθαίνω κι εγώ η πρωτάρα!!! Τι θαύματα είναι αυτά που είδα!!! Ένα μεγάλο μπράβο!!.. Μεγάαααλο όμως!!!! Σας φιλώ και σας υπολείπτομαι!!!