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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blue Log Cabin Quilt Offered!

Blue Log Cabin
Finished Blue Log Cabin quilt

Blue Log Cabin
Quilt in front of Acropolis

Blue Log Cabin
Me and my quilt

Blue Log Cabin
My sister and her present


Brunch
Brunch at Lycabettus


Blue Log Cabin
Folded Log Cabin quilt


Marottes
Marottes

Marottes
Marottes

Last week my sister came to visit me in Athens and I offered her birthday present : the Log Cabin quilt. As you can see on the picture, she is so happy with it! She will hang it on the main wall of her lounge in her house near the sea. When she will send me pictures of it, I will post them here.
We had a great time visiting Athens with a friend and my daughter, the weather was marvellous. We enjoyed some great walks through the old streets of Athens, in the museums... On some pictures you can see the hill of Acropolis. 
The Marottes I show in the last two pictures are presents my sister brought me from Paris. She found them in an antique shop. They are antiques from the end of the nineteenth century and at that time they were displayed in the shop windows to present hats. I love them and I think that they give a very special dramatic effect to my room.
Cheers.
Christine

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Anniversary!

On the opportunity of my blog first anniversary, I thought of showing you again
my very first post.

Eight Point stars quilt

When I decided to start the blogging "adventure" I did not know if I would go on for long, and if I would not be too shy to show my humble work compared with all the marvellous creations of the other bloggers. At the end I enjoyed so much blogging and especially having contacts with such nice people and wonderful quilters that I forgot about my shyness, and that one year passed without I realized it! It is so fantastic to meet people from allover the world!

Thank you to all my blogger friends, quilters and not quilters!
Christine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crib Blanket

Owl pincushion
Owl pincushion

Knitted blanket
Knitted crib blanket

This Sunday I am going to line my little crib blanket that I finished knitting. For this I will hand sew
a Liberty fabric on the back, using a silk thread that is very pleasant to use for a slipping stitch .

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Enjoy your slow stitching!
Christine

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spools in the Fall Light

Spool quilt

Spool quilt

Spool quilt

Backing spool quilt

Spool quilt

These days I have not the time to sew anything, being occupied with my sister who came to visit me.
So I only have those pictures to show you. I took them in the dining room when there was a beautiful light. 
I find those Kaffe Fassett fabrics so warm, cheerful and bright that I could not resist to put my Spool quilt 
on the table for a fall composition, and to take pictures.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blue Quilt Hand Binding




This is the last touch to my blue Log Cabin : I am sewing the border on the reverse side of the quilt as shown HERE. As usual I enjoy this relaxing phase, sewing in the garden with a cup of coffee next.
I am linking up today with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wishing a wonderful Sunday to everyone!
Christine

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue Binding

Binding strips
2" strips

Trimming sides

Binding

Sewing

My blue Log Cabin quilt shown HERE came back from the long arm quilting of Eleni, who did a wonderful job again.
I chose an aqua fabric for the binding and I sewed it as explained HERE.
You can see a close photo of my presser foot, and as several persons asked me what kind of sewing machine I use, I wished to give you a little explanation : this is an industrial Singer machine that my husband gave me after he closed his factory almost 20 years ago. 
I had never used a sewing machine before as I was piecing all my quilts by hand. This big machine was quite impressive for me in the beginning, but when I got used to it I really appreciated, it's a dream of a machine that never needed any service all these years! It allows me to sew without ever pinning anything, which is time saving!
Now I'm going to handbind on the reverse side of the quilt, quiet in the garden... summer came back here!
Greetings.
Christine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gyspy Four Patch Top Finished

Four Patch top

Four patch top

Four Patch top

Four Patch top

Four Patch top

Virginia Creeper

After being uncertain about it, I began to like my Gypsy top, especially when displayed outside! For this, its destiny may be 
a picnic blanket. The size is 70"x 84". Each block mesures 7"/7".
While I took these pictures with sunshine and a beautiful blue sky, I realized looking at the virgina creeper 
that fall is here. I love the red color of it and I love automn, leaving behind the summer's heat!

Wishes for a beautiful Sunday.
Christine

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Gypsy Four Patch

cutting and piecing

blocks

blocks

blocks

blocks

Final layout

Since some time I dream of making a gypsy style quilt. As I had not enough fabrics for such a project, I had to wait to receive them to start. My idea was to make a soft medium tunes quilt, with some strong contrasts here and there, so that it is not boring. I wanted to give it a "random style", which in fact is everything but not random! I enjoyed playing with all these varieties of values and colors but... I suffered... isnt' it paradoxical?

My fabrics arrived last friday. On saturday and sunday, in a sort of frenzy, I cut and sewed restless, so that on sunday evening my 120 blocks were laid out on the design board! Monday and tuesday I spent some time examining the result of all this frenzy from far, from close, from up the stairs, taking pictures... At the end, I believe that this last layout is the good one and that I should stop looking at it and start piecing the blocks together!
 You will see this top finished in my next post.
Hope you are having a great time quilting!
Christine

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Mail Day

Fabrics

Mail

Envelope


Fabrics

Fabrics

Fabrics

Fabrics

Mail day always means happy day when I receive fabrics from USA!

After having ordered my fabrics from various sites over many years, I discovered recently a fabulous e-shop 
and I ordered there for the first time : http://www.hawthornethreads.com/.

I must say I was absolutely satisfied with their service. They are so efficient, my order was mailed the day 
I placed it! Their prices are very competitive and they have a huge variety of fabric lines.
What is especially interesting for me is that they put a maximum yardage in a flat envelope, that means 10 1/2 yards. I could never have all this amount in an envelope before from other shops.
I have now a lovely batch of 21 half yard fabrics, cut and folded with care!

I can start my new project!

Hope you are having beautiful quilting projects this week-end!
Christine