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"life is meant to be colourful"


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Hanna’s Post: Butterflies and Lavender

Vof vof, friends! It’s me Hanna here, surrounded by lavender and butterflies!

Hanna puppy

Spring turns to summer here in Crete and there are lots of flowers around. When I come home from my walk, I have often flowers and leaves in my fur. In my garden there is a big lavender bush and it’s full of tiny purple flowers. When me and Nero walk near by this bush we smell really nice!

lavender

lavender

lavender

There are busy bees collecting honey and beautiful butterflies flying around.

butterfly

My new quilt projcet has butterflies and I have already made few to test how the free piecing would work. You can see more about that HERE.

fabric butterfly

butterfly

There are really so many kind of butterflies! That’s fun and gives me a change to make creative butterflies with different techniqs. You may know that I love paper piecing! But, the Big But is that it takes a lot of time and I think it’s better for small blocks. But, I made yesterday one purple butterfly and I love it! It took time but I’m hooked! I think I shall make few of these small butterflies but I couldn’t make many because this quilt is going to be the biggest I have ever made.

paper piecing butterfly

paper piecing butterfly

Patter is from Lillyella and I’m sure you have seen many of these beautiful butterflies flying around in blogs and instagram. I made small change on the body

paper pieced butterfly

butterfly quilt block

Diamond blocks are made with Kate Spain‘s ‘Grand Canal’. I think my favourite is this deep purple! It brings water to my mouth! Now I’m waiting to receive bundle of ‘Early Bird’ also by Kate Spain, to continue this project. I think these small butterflies with solids add something special to this quilt.

lavender

I picked lots of lavenders to make later lavender pouches. There is still much more to cut but I leave them for the bees for a while.

dear dog Hanna

Hmmm, what I was thinking? Making plans is one of my favourite hobbies. Often it’s difficult to concentrate and start to make something. But when I start then it’s difficult to stop. I was thinking to clean in the garden, you know those fallen leaves and flowers, but I think I prefer to make new butterfly. What you think about juicy yellow-green butterfly? … pink … turquoise …

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Kisses from HANNA


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Quilt blocks and spring stuff

Hello! Situation with my blocks was almost the same all month. But then few days ago I stepped into my sewing room and made one extempore filling block. That’s on the left up corner.

The Honey Pot Bee and other blocks

Today I made the book block designed by Kate Basti. That had been in my mind long time and I was happy to find it part of ‘The Honey Pot Bee’! Had it even printed already so it was just to decide what book it would be.

It is for recipes and writes also sweet sewing words (with really small letters!).

After many weeks being too busy with other works, it was nice to sew something easy. I shall make some filling blocks for my ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ project and this is one of them, with few favourites scraps.

May came and I’m thinking when the winter passed? First of May, shephard with his dogs and sheeps had made big, flower wreath!

greece

We went for a drive to Marathi in Akrotiri.

Greece

Celebrating name day, birthday and 1st of May we enjoyed delicious sea food!

Greece

Back home … lemons … I love to pick them from the tree in our garden.

lemons

Bought some flowers to cheer up our garden.

flowers

Made some bracelets and read this book. I read all the time something but because I can’t get easily books of my choise, it was great to read a book that hold me tight til the end.

bracelets

Early morning in my sewing room.  … before the book block …

design wall

This could be place to use some letter blocks I have made now and then.

quilt blocks by teje

There are still blocks to come in ‘The Honey Pot Bee’, so I won’t connect these yet. Perhaps the letters will wait an other project, book related, that has been on my list.

bee and other blocks

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TEJE

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Bunny Bag

Hello dear friends! I hope have had lovely Easter! One more bunny from here on the bag I have just made.

Bunny Bag by Teje

Tote Bag by Teje

paper piecing bunny

Bunny pattern is from ‘Quiet Play’ by Kristy. Tip to use wonder clips works great but I can’t remember who showed it, sorry.

bag making by nero's post

Happy with my new labels which are small and simple in grey colour to go with all the colours.

paper pieced bunny

There are two big pockets inside and the closing of the bag is with magnetic. Forgot to take photo of that. Circle applique covers the magnetics outside.

Near to us is a big church and I escaped with Nero at Saturday night. Nero is really scared of all the noise there is from the Easter celebration and I was happy to spend with him very quiet and peaceful time in Maherida. If you are looking for a place to relax, to enjoy the beautiful Cretan nature, to be few minutes walk from the beach, have a look on Maherida Apartments we rent for holidays.

Maherida Apartments

Maherida Apartments

Nearest beach in January…

Tersanas beach

… and in April …

Tersanas beach

In summer there is a snackbar/cafeteria and sunbeds with umbrellas. At the end of the beach (behind me) is one taverna and in the near area there are few more tavernas.

Tersanas beach

You find more photos and info from the Maherida’s site. I add there now and then new photos from ‘my view’ and from ‘my way’. I’m always happy to answer if you have any questions.

Bunny Bag by Nero's Post

This Bunny Bag was a request for baby things but it would be also great summer bag!

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Scraptastic Blocks

Hi dear friends! Is it again time for Scraptastic Tuesday, relly? Yes it is, so lets see some scrappynes!

scrappy blocks by teje

Now when the Puppy and Girl quilt top is down from this extra design wall I could put there ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ blocks and few others.

starry sky block

Starry sky block is the latest I made just yesterday evening. It’s one of my very favourites even first I wasn’t sure what fabrics/colours I should pick. I’m very happy with the low volume squares but also with the white. This block is by ‘A Persevering Mom’, like is also the bowl of ice cream. That’s for sure my other very favourite!

ice cream bowl

The bowl with ice cream is the 1. block for the ‘Sweet Treats QAL’ by ‘A Persevering Mom’. There are at least two more blocks already but I didn’t have time to make them yet.

ice cream bowl

One other block that is not part of ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ is my Flying Kite block.

flying kite block by teje

I had made a while ago that small one with english paper piecing using diamonds and squares. It was just trying something and for fun and that’s why I hadn’t plan well how to do the outside pieces. The big one is made with normal piecing using diamonds and triangles. Have to say that it looks easier than it is because the points where hard to match. Now I have drawn also foundation paper piecing patternfor this. I would like to share that but don’t know how to make that printable to share it here.

Flying Kite by Teje

Here you can see the general idea how I made the big Flying Kite block. If you are interested I’m happy to share the measurements. And now I send you warm sunshine!

Flying Kite by Teje

Days are much longer and now I can see the sunset. In winter it sets behind some buildings. Yesterday’s colours were awesome!

sunset

I try to eat more colourful!

smoothie

I try to look more carefully!

for fun

I try to see more creatively!

And now I try to manage with four big puppies! We are again many here and there will be lots of playing, some home schooling and hopefully some sleeping too! This photo is from earlier visit. Lets see if I manage this time to get photo from all four together!

 

puppies

Here is the link to ‘Molli Sparkles’ and  ‘The Honey Pot Bee’. At Molli’s blog you can look the drop down page for ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ and there you find the blocks by month and other info for this bee.

The Honey Pot Bee

Thank you for stopping by and joining my scrappyness!

I’m of course joining the ‘Scraptastic Tuesday’ at Leanne’s ‘She Can Quilt’!

Hugs and kisses!

TEJE


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Bunnies for Easter

Hi Dear Friends! Bunnies are one of the cutest creatures, right?! Today I show you the bunnies I have made and I have picked also links to paper pieced bunny and rabbit patterns.

bunnies

My bunny boom began when a friend asked if I have some little bunnies or perhaps I could make them. Hmm, thinking cap on and pencil with paper. Fortunately she helped me saying that they could be very simple and have pom pom tail.

little bunnies

They are so tiny that it was difficult to keep the body round but the big ears and tail makes the magic!

bunny makind

bunnies by teje

You can imagine it was hard to stop making more and more bunnies!

bunnies by Nero's Post

My friend made most beautiful Easter candles with the little bunnies! I love her idea and I’m sure two girls will be really happy!

lampades by Janna

The paper pieced bunny is one of my favourites! This pink was made to one baby-wall quilt.

Pattern by Quiet Play is available HERE.

paper pieced bunny by teje

One super fun rabbit pattern is the Hipster Rabbit! Hope to make it soon! Pattern is available HERE.

Today I saw beautiful Folkwood Rabbit by Dear Stella design! Free pattern for the rabbit and pillow is HERE.

fabric bunnies

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your lovely comments! I hope you have one or two cute bunnies and if not, enjoy to make them! I can’t forget now that Hipster Bunny, so I go to finish my bag project and perhaps I can make the bunny tomorrow for my saturdaynight project. Have a wonderful weekend!

TEJE

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Nero and Hanna: waiting for the packet!

Vof vof, it’s me Hanna!  With Nero we have been waiting for The Packet! While waiting we did many things.

Nero and Hanna

It’s coming from far away and we woked up many mornings watching the sunshine on the Fabric Forest.

Fabric Forest quilt by Teje

Fell a sleep many evenings … watching the same sunshine! One day I had bath and I looked like a wet bear!

Hanna had bath

Sometimes we got tired to wait. Isn’t it coming yet, Nero?!

Nero and Hanna

We had delicious food! Hb made it and said it’s soufle. I know there was bacon and that’s my favourite!

soufle

We had walks and picked little flowers. If you stop to smell the grass and look around you, you can see beautiful tiny things that other wise you wouldn’t notice. I think fairy uses that green thing to comb her hair.

wild flowers

Sometimes you can see bigger things. Nero’s job is to take rubbishes out. Look what he found one day! Is this a treasure or trash? I know I can fix it and it will be my treasure. It’s iron and there is mirror in the middle. That could be changed to something else, like my photo for example! No, now I know! I shall put there photo of me and Nero!

Hanna and old mirror

Hmmm, perhaps I shall make picture with Nero, Nelli, Foxy and me. That would be really nice.

We have been sewing a lot. Mostly I like the crown we made for The Honey Pot Bee! I want to give this crown to my hero, Nero! Last Monday he wasn’t well and we were so worried. You know that he is 12,5 years. But fortunately from Tuesday he was well again! What a relief to see him again happy, sitting on his favourite place, playing with ball, ears up and enjoying his small walks. Today I took the trash bag out and Nero said: ‘shouldn’t I go now out with that bag and not you?’ We all get used to our habits! I said to him: ‘Dear Nero, you can go today to the other road to read some new news’.

crown

Can you guess how fun it was to make this crown! When I was walking I was planning how to do it. I thought that darkened silver would be nice and then I could decorate it with lots of gemstones and with some colourful glass pieces. I love those turquoise diamonds! There is also silver thread!

crown

And I show you how I made the fun ribbon for the edge.

chevron edge

I was thinking hard how to add something to the edge and looked my fabric stash. Hmm something with lines … haa, yes chevron is just what I need! I didn’t cut the rest of the piece before marking it on the back side. I drew line where the stitiching should be and then added 1/4″ seam allowance.

My crown became improvised. I mixed up with my notes and those colourful triangles are not the same like in the pattern. Also the silver thread was a mess. It just ran out on its own! Lucky me who didn’t have bigger diamonds! But now I have an idea for a patent. Have to try first and then I tell you.

Hey Nero, I think I see something there on the road! Come to see! Is it our bike coming?

Hanna

Yes Hanna, it is and he’s carrying something wrapped with brown paper! It must be The Packet!

Nero

Jippii! Our packet is finally here! How exciting!

Seriously, Nero, is this all we have been waiting for so many days?! I think I’m a little bit disappointed. It did smell interesting but there were nothing to eat or play! Blaah.

quilt wadding

But no worries! I know that you know why this packet was so important. With Nero we can continue to wait; perhaps there will come something else, soon!

Nero and Hanna

You guessed right. This means that the quilt project with puppy and girl will continue.

If you like to continue reading, how about visiting Connie at ‘Free Motion by The River’. She shows us her sewing studio! Wow it is so spacious and well organized. Connie has a cute sewing friend Sadie and at the moment little visitor in her studio.

One quilt pattern has been long time in my to-do list and now I saw it in gorgeus colours! Free pattern ‘Blown Away’ by Jodi Godfrey from ‘Tales of Cloth’, is available at ‘Free Spirit Fabrics’. Shop fabrics here and find inspiration here.

This time I ordered the wadding / batting from ‘Chitter Scraps’ at etsy. I’m very happy and will shop again from them. There are lovely fabrics, too.

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Thank you so much for reading my story! Kisses to you sweet friends for your lovely messages!

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HANNA


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Selvages, envelope block, paper piecing tips

Hello, hello hello! Weekend sewing was this time more about organizing all my selvages but also making one more block for The Honey Pot Bee by Molli Sparkles.

For March we got fantastic paper piecing pattern: Envelope block from ‘Tweety Loves Quilting’!

Here is my version in all it’s glory! I like this a lot! I thought the red may pop too much but perhaps it’s time to accept  that I do like red.

envelope and letter quilt block by teje

This block is generally easy to make and Alida’s pattern is very good. My headache was to find fabrics. I don’t have many with tekst and first I thought to create a card. But the space for letter is not very big and then I saw this red fabric on my self and decision was made (I had already cut one other fabric). You could add borders for your letter paper but I though I shall have enough challenge to make the envelope. For that I shall show you few of my tips.

This cute duck fabric has been just waiting on the self and from my fabrics, I think it was a good choise for the envelope. Here is how I feel easier to sew the diagonal pieces when paper piecing. Explination is always under the photo. This may look complicated but when you do this, you’ll see that it’s easy and quick.

Because I wanted to fussy cut (use certain parts of the fabric) pieces for the envelope, I had to place them exactly. Triangle on the left is sewn. You can see on the right triangle how I first pressed the seam allowance. On the right photo you see how I folded the paper pattern on the sewing line.

Then turn the paper so that you can fold the fabric on the same line as the paper. On the right you see the lines on the red fabric and on the duck-fabric.

Now you can put the triangle on the red fabric so that the lines match. Open the triangle and put few pins. Don’t sew yet.

Now turn your piece to see it from the paper side and add pins for sewing. Take away the pins from the fabric’s side and sew.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. As you can see the balloon cords didn’t match as hard I tried. My mistake was that the triangle wasn’t exactly straight. We talk about 1 millimetre here! I went to eat and knew I have to fix it. I ripped only some stitches, sew 1 mm lower, pressed and voila, fixed! I sew the stamp with sik sak twice around.

paper piecing tips

My #saturdaynightcraftalong with Lucy from ‘Charm About You’ went with organizing all my selvages. I saw that if I want to use any of them, only way to find something is to empty all the box and arrange them somehow. On the left you see the 3.5″ squares I save from all the fabrics for my project: fabric sampler quilt (haven’t started yet).

selvages

Everything is out and in order. Those in the basket I have been already using! Yes, I took the brave step and thought they have been preserved long enough! Started to worry about the expiring date!

selvages by Nero's Post

To find something or looking what to use, there has to be some kind of order (for me). And they can’t stay on the table even how cute they look.

selvages by teje

On the left by colour, from blue, turquoise, green,yellow, red, brown, low volumes and black (2).

In the middle some collections still together and most favourites with few specials.

On the right solids and selvages from the side where is no text (yes I save those too).

*********  !!!  If you don’t use/save selvages, I’m interested !!!  *************

Nero's Post selvages

I use ‘BeFunky’ to make photo mosaics and for editing photos. I don’t edit my photos often but sometimes even the strong light of Greece is not enough or makes too strong shadows.

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TEJE

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