“Take life one Cuppa at a time”

Hello my dear friends! There is quite long time since I wrote last blog post but how fast time passed!!! I have been very busy but made also many new things!

Sometimes I mentioned in my posts about a secret work I was making. Well few days ago the pattern was launched and now I can show you what was my secret project last year.

The whole year I was in BOM CUPPA program organized from Sue Spargo. It was very intensive program. It lasted 12 months and I learnt so much during these months about wool applique and not only, there were lot of creative stitching and applique with cotton too. Different needles and different threads. I think I have become quite good with different needles and threads thanks for this BOM.

I used first time wool batting and have to admit it was dream to quilt!!!

Here we go with this Cuppa quilt

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…and here is the how it looks from backside…

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I hope you to have nice day and lovely week! Thanks for visiting my blog! x Anneli

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Few quilts from my quilting life-online trunk show

Today it is the last day to take part to Trunk Full Show and it happened to be very busy weekend( as always!) and almost forgot  the trunk show. Thanks to Teje and Nero’s post I remembered it. Thanks Teje!

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online trunk show

First of all I want to say thanks to Whims and Fancies for this great Trunk Full of quilts – online trunk show. I hope you have time to go and see the links-there are so many beautiful quilts!

I am going to show you few quilts which I made before I started to write this blog

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This quilt I love very much! The pattern is from Sujata Shah Cultural Fusion Quilts book. I love everything on it- it is red-green ( my favorite colors). I really enjoyed doing it!  I had bought her book as ebook and it was funny because I had made this quilt before the paper book came out!

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This quilt is summer quilt with summer stars! I wanted to do something with light colors- I had only small pieces of fabrics (at that time I just had found patchwork hobby) so I tried to join  all those small pieces I had. There are fabrics from my  daughter’s small dresses and few vintage fabrics too.

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And the last quilt I want to show is the biggest one I have made (81″x 88″). This was also a first quilt I made quilting with my sewing machine,Janome. The quilting was a really huge project,I said many times for myself that I am not going to quilt so large quilts with my sewing machine anymore,but when I saw this quilt ready I had already forgotten what I said.. This Lattice quilt pattern is from Modern One-block quilts book by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.I love to look upon those graphic lines and start too see circles and squares.

Thank you for visiting here in my blog. Have a nice week!

xAnneli

..and there is still 35 days till Christmas..

Playful Pinwheels

Last weeks I have been finishing the works I had left unfinished for some reason. One of those works was my Pinwheels quilt.

I have mentioned many times that one of my favorite quilt designer is Sujata Shah. I like so much her free-form blocks and cutting without ruler. First I had bought her Cultural Fusion Quilts book as e-book, but for me it was quite difficult to read and follow the instructions from tab, I wanted to have a real touch of it and that’s why I couldn’t resist having a real book!

This quilt is from her book ( after so many words I wrote it is not surprise!). The background fabric is with theme Moomin (Finnish one by Finnlayson). I was a little bit afraid to cut it because couldn’t imagine what is coming up and had to deal with the fabrics I had. Here you can see my post of this quilt top.

Now it was time to add the binding. For binding I used the leftover scraps.

When I am looking at this quilt now it takes me back to my childhood! The moomin in the backround fabric are like playing hide-and-go-seek in the pinwheel park!!

So, here we go

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Have a nice week and a lovely day! Thank you so much for reading my blog and the comments! x Anneli

I am linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday , Let’s Bee Social , Oh Scrap , TGIFF , Needle and Thread Thursday

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Back again…

I am back here again after so many months! It is since May I wrote my last posting here in my blog, how fast time is passing!

In summer I stayed in Finland quite long time so I didn’t have time for quilts and sewing. I tried to find quilting fabrics and for my bad luck the shop I usually have bought lot of beautiful quilting fabrics was closed and instead of filling my suitcase with fabrics I brought Finnish coffee!!

During summer I sent my sewing machine for service. I have Janome and  I always send it to Athens to Janome  so it takes every time at least few weeks. And after the service it is so lovely to sew like with the new machine!

So I mentioned just few reasons why I am so long time without writing anything…

It is autumn but during this weekend here in Greece it has been very warm and nice weather. Today I finished my quilt I had started in April and I showed the fabrics in the last post.

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This is full size quilt 80″ x 80″. I bought Archer pdf pattern by Colorgirl and wanted to use low volume fabrics I had. Because those grey-white srtips were difficult enough to match with each others I chose to make free small flower quilting to “break” the lines. It took quite long time to make machine quilting for so big quilt. For my next quilt I am not going to make the same quilting!

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I had also few Liberty fabrics I wanted to put into this quilt.

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I know I have to make more practice with my camera…but the quilt is big enough and the only place to hung it is ..volleyball net

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or at balcony

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Maybe the best place is :

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Anyway I am happy I finished it!

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And flowers from the garden..

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Happy October!

x Anneli

I am linking up to Sew cute Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday , TGIFF and Needle and Thread Thursday

Blue Blues

Hi! It is so long time since the last posting! I hope you are still there and fine!

I had this scrap project and now at last I finished it! I wanted to make quilting by hand, in that way I was more free to move and because I don’t have permanent place to sew I was not forced to think in which room to sew!

When I started I didn’t have something in my mind I just had huge bag of blue scraps. I am not sure where I am going to put this one- but it is not the result it is the process and it was so relaxing to make this one!

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There were so many possibilities to arrange the blocks

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And to the end a photo from lovely Nafplio

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Thank you for visiting and have a nice week! x Anneli

I am linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and Scraptastic Tuesday

Handsewing and quilting

Hello my dear friends, I just want to show you how the things are going:

My star has been growing more

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Now I should make these star-flowers four or five more in different colors. I think I am going to have a small break because I have to collect some fabrics and it is quite a lot of work to hand sew all these small pieces.

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The pictures are not the best ones and my desingwall has a white background so I took another photo with different light

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After all this piecing I missed my sewing machine. I cooked yesterday for today so I had few hours today in the morning  to do quilting. And it was lovely; the thread was not cutting!

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I hope the quilt will be ready in the near future so I can show it to you.

With my best wishes, Anneli

My first quilt

Hello! Today it was sunny. I arranged my quilts and want now to show you the first quilt I made. It was few years ago, I found pattern from Internet, I had some fabric and I was ready to take my first step to the world of the quilts. I knew sewing from my school time and fortunately I had brought my sewing machine from Finland when I got married! I made quilting by hand, I didn’t know actually what was the right quilting but I tried to make tiny,tiny stitches.. And I finished this quilt in very short time, I was so enthusiastic with my new hobby!! The binding is quite thick, I didn’t have an idea about basting! I wanted to do the quilt for my youngest daughter and because I didn’t have a lot of fabric I tried to make it larger with binding!!! Now it is a little bit short for my daughter but she still loves to be covered with it.

Here are some pictures about the quilt. The light was doing some tricks , I told it was a sunny day!

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and Gourgour cat loves the camera…

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Though it was sunny and warm today, there is something which reminds me about autumn:

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In my last post I showed you the star from my project. Now this star has become larger….

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I hope you to have lovely October and thank you for reading my posts and thank you for your nice comments! Anneli