Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Say It With Flowers, My Day

Hello Thank you for visiting my blog, I am Mara and I live in Greece.

Just very quickly, if you are in Europe and would like to join a charity quilting bee, we are looking for one more person to join us in our Siblings Together Euro Quilting Bee, more information can be found HERE.

I want to Thank Madame Samm, for having the wonderful idea of this hop and Carol for being our Cheerleader.  THANKS.

My inspiration came from a The Easiest Sew Along Ever Challenge! to use only what you had in your stash and the fact that I got to read this awesome E-book, my very first e-book, but it definitely won't be my last, it was way cool.
My stash, Burlap, Stiff Interfacing, and a Silk Scarf and some beads.
The end result a Burlap Clutch with a Beaded Flower for Decoration.

The book that I reviewed is called Beaded Flowers & Wedding Bouquets by Katie Dean, you can get a copy from ViveBooks, it is easy to download and I just love the embedded videos, it makes it so easy for a visual person to create.  Plus her voice is so soothing with it's light English accent and it makes a great way to rewind after a day of yelling and whining children, I watched the videos multiple times.  I wrote a review of the book and you can find it on Lily's Quilts.
This Flower says:

Thank you

I made the clutch for my step mom, she is very supportive and I love her a lot.  Thank you Rhonda for being there for me.  Her favorite flower is the Tulip in what ever color, my inspiration picture came from the internet, Yellow Tulip by Petr Kratochvil

The exterior of the clutch is made with Burlap, the bottom and sides with flannel and the interior with Silk it makes it a very textural piece.
Just full of texture
silk on the inside.
A Vespa picture for Madame Samm
I love how the flower turned out.
 I would also like to Say it with Flowers:

Congratulations

To my very good friend who is finally pregnant after many losses, I am making something special for her and can not show you the whole reveal since it is part of the Make It Right Challenge.

A vase filled with Cosmos they mean Peaceful, because I hope the new baby brings them peace and is peaceful!
This is stitched using my regular machine foot and with Aurifil Thread.
I would not be able to enter in this challenge if it were not for the support of Rhonda, she gave me an early birthday present, speaking of birthdays, mine and my daughters is coming soon, so stay tuned for a big giveaway.

Spring Hyacinth and Daffodils and Summer Roses, from my Garden.
Also linking to Such a Sew and Sew May finishes linky party

May Finishes
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday Stash

So excited I have another Sunday Stash to show you!  All of my SMS giveaway prizes arrived in the mail on Friday, what a happy mail day.

First some patterns:
"In the Quilt Shop" by Carrie Payne along with 2 fat quarters and some texty fabric for the girls body.  I will be making 3 of these, look at the adorable sewing machine down there, so fun, thank you Carrie from Believemagic.  You can find your pattern here if you would like one.
The Anna Quilt Pattern by Jibberish Designs, I am going to use this pattern for the Euro Siblings Together Bee.  The blocks are simple and yet it is a really cute quilt.  You can find the pattern here if you would like to purchase it for yourself.  Thank you Irelle and your lovely granddaughters who did the picking.

And last but not least
6 Fat Quarters:
Treasures & Tidbits from Robert Kaufman Fabrics that I won from Six White Horses, Thank you so much Anna, they will be "Treasured".
These FQs are sitting on another win from the Green Bag Lady, she gave out 100 bags and it is made with Amy Butler fabric, nice, I am taking it to the market this Friday.

So those were my wins during the recent SMS giveaway, sweet, huh!  I love it!

Linking to Sunday Stash over at Finding Fifth

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Anchors Aweigh Baby Quilt is Finished!

I am entering my first quilt into the ginormous quilting festival going on over at Amy's Creative Side.
I wouldn't have quilted it this month without the extra incentive of the festival, I was just to nervous, I mean it is my first quilt and I have a little machine.
I just quilted wavy lines across, it's what Tula Pink suggested anyway.

You can go here and here if you want to see more pictures.

AmysCreativeSide.com

I'm # 96 in the Baby Quilt Section



 The anchor quilt goes really well with the pillow I finished this month for the Echinops and Aster Honeycomb Stitch Along.
The front of the cushion

I also made my pincushion swap partner 2 pincushions with scraps, even used scrap thread (I mean really who can throw away Aurifil thread).

The top one is filled with metal shavings and the bottom has a magnet underneath to pick up pins.

I also finished the bags for my mom to use for her husbands diabetic medicines, you can read more about that here.
 I have a few more things that will be finished before the end of the month but this is what I can only show for now, if you come back on Tuesday May 28th I will have more.
And I am having a birthday giveaway starting June 5th so come back for that too!

Linking to A Lovely Year of Finishes May, Yah!


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Say It with Flowers Blog Hop Schedule

Here is the schedule for the blog hop starting on Monday, a lot of Internationals in this one, so you get to travel the world to see Flowers.

May 27th
May 28th
May 29th
May 30th
May 31st
June 3rd
June 4th
 
My birthday is on the 5th and my daughters on the 8th so we might just be having a giveaway, so stay tuned.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Squawk- Parrot Winner News

Hello Lovely People the winner of the 1 yard of Parrot fabric is Britt-Inger she has already been contacted and I have her address and will be mailing it off tomorrow.  Thank you to everyone who entered!
I will be having another giveaway on June 8, it is my daughter's 3rd birthday and she will be giving away 3 of her favorite things (fabric just might be one of them).

Friday, May 17, 2013

European Siblings Together Quilting Bee

Are you in Europe would you like to join in a charitable bee that does quilts for siblings that are separated in the foster care system.  Lynn from Lily's Quilts is doing a UK one and you can find more information there.  And then Diane of Quiltova decided to make an European bee, but we need one more person, would you like to join?

I am very happy to be participating in this and already have an idea for what kind of quilt to do and what fabric I would use.  I'm thinking I just might get 4 quilts done, very excited for the children to receive these and keep them while they are away from their sibling.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Le Challenge - WINGS and a Giveaway

I have had a busy month making plenty of things with "wings" and if you are visiting this blog for the "It's for the birds" blog hop and you yourself have made something with wings (we all know you did) then you should also join in the fun over at Le Challenge Blog.

First off my "It's for the birds" gone poultry toting with a set of baby chicks, a sleeping mama and a fishing daddy!

I am really getting into stitching and I have Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt to  thank for that since I would never have even thought of doing it except I won a gift certificate over at Janes etsy shop and she has a ton of Precencia threads.  Look at my rooster.

Now check out my Ladybug and Bee that I did for the Honeycomb Stitch Along over at Echinops and Aster blog.  These little insects have wings too!

You can read more about the pillow I made here.
And I just adore the Butterfly dress that I made for my daughter using the Forget me knot dress pattern by Me Sew Crazy.
And the back, it is supposed to look like a butterfly, mmm... I tried, the original pattern just has a circle and I tried to double it, what do you think.

Here is a better shot with my daughter wearing it, while trying to jump on a Ladybug at IKEA.  I wish I could buy this Ladybug for her, it would be so fun.

The fabric is Cocoon by Valori Wells, the top is Cashmere in Ruby White and the bottom is Liv in Coral.

Linking to Le Challenge "WINGS"

I almost forgot, I have a giveaway going on, if you want 1 yard of parrot fabric, all you have to do is say "Parrots" in the comment section and I will enter your name in the drawing.  I picked this piece of fabric up way before I even started sewing, it was on sale at my scrapbook store that also doubled as a fabric store.  And I loved it, but now have no idea of what to do with it, so if you have an idea, then I would love to pass it on.
 I will be writing names down and then doing random drawing on Saturday May 18, night time, my time in Greece, or like 12pm California time. The giveaway is now over and the winner is Britt-Inger, I have contacted her.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's for the Birds, Poultry that IS!

AND GIVEAWAY!

psstt... Hey it's Mara, from GrecoMara, I'm going to be posting all of my sewing adventures over here.  Hubby doesn't know about this blog, so no complaints on how many photos I show "strangers".  Although really I feel like you are my online sewing family, hugs, hope you enjoy.


For Christmas I made my Mom an I-pad sleeve and when I asked her what I should make for Terry (her husband) she immediately and very quickly told me to make something to put all of his diabetes's stuff in.

I give you the chicken family

So the first thing I made was a laminated UR-Priceless purse designed by Madame Samm (the pattern is available on Craftsy) for his insulin, it can go in the fridge and there are 2 cute appliqued baby chicks inside just waiting to be fed.
2 little hungry babies and Momma's sleeping

The babies hide inside of their Momma when they are on the go, along with a special insulated pocket that is a perfect size for the diabetic pricker machine.
special padded pocket
 
 I used the Large Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial available form Noodlehead blog, you can find it here, and just modified it a little to make the pocket.
all of the strips for her I got as scraps from Maureen Cracknell
And while she's hiding in the Jasmine and sleeping, the Daddy Rooster is off fishing.
Looks like he caught a fish

I have a felt fish pocket on the back, hand stitched in.
 I'm really proud of this tote!  It's my own design and made it up with 2 half yards of fabric.  The rooster I free hand drew from a picture on the internet and added a fishing pole.  The embroidery is mostly chain stitching following this tutorial and back stitching from this one, I also did a few french knots that are super easy with this tutorialI don't have a FMQ foot for my machine so all of the quilting I did with a regular foot, I think I did a bang up job.  I added a fish charm that I bought in Ireland for some reason, way back like 8 years ago.
Everyone Inside
They all fit inside of each other very nicely.  I think this will be a great addition to my Mom's cabin and will look very organized sitting next to Terry's chair.
And they are off, to travel to New Mexico!

Thank you Madame Samm and Many Thanks to  Mary for being our cheerleader.
Here are the other blogs for the day, be sure to check them all out, although I am sure you did especially if you are at mine since I am the last one of the day.  The full schedule can be found here.



I have  a yard of bird fabric to giveaway, It was my very first fabric purchase like 10 years ago when the scrapbook store I used to go to also sold fabric.  This was way before I even learned how to sew, but I liked it sew much that I bought it and now have no idea what to do with it.  If you know what you can do with it, then just tell me you like PARROTS!
Giveaway WINNER is Britt-Inger in Sweden!
giveaway ends Saturday May 18th, via random #

 ps. I love all of your comments but since this is a secret blog I must also reply in secret, so forgive me if I do so a few days late :)  Mara
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Honeycomb Stitch Along, all finished!

I finished my lovely Honeycomb Pillow!
It was such a fun Stitch Along over at Echinops and Aster and although it is now over, if you have plans to do any stitching you should check out all of the post because she has so many great tutorials on how to do things, like how about those hard to make French knots.
Super easy to make french knots if you follow this tutorial found HERE
She takes you through all of the steps and even different methods are allowed.  Here is a picture of me using embroidery stabilizer for the first time, she goes over how to use it here.
I was a little late to the party so I did cheat in a few places, I didn't sew the hexagons down by hand, instead I used the machine, I also used the machine for the binding.  I tried to do only hand stitching on the back, but it was turning out really lumpy.
SEE, but look at my cute french knots on the octopus :)
So I used the machine to sew the binding in as well.  I also did not do to much machine stitching for the front like she did echoing the hexagons, I just didn't like the way it was looking on mine, plus I had technically already machine stitched them on.
I tried but didn't like the look of it.

And here is a story about why I only did 1 bee, you see we only have 1 B in our family our other little one is a ladybug, therefore my little embroidered ladybug her is trying to sneak her way into the hive.
Now B does not stand for bee but for Ba-bula (sounds like) this is a name that all baby children are given in Greece until they are baptized, most children are baptized fairly young, but we did not baptize our son until he was 1 1/2 and he was also named after his grandfather so he kind of kept the name Babula for a long time, pretty much until the day his grandfather died and our new baby was born.
So I have 1 B and 1 Ladybug in my Hive.
This pillow is also a dual purpose pillow and the back mimics the almost finished quilt I have done for my son.  The majority of the fabrics used in making this pillow are from the Salt Water fabric line by Tula Pink.
See the blue fringe this is the backing I am using on my Anchors Aweigh Quilt it is a Polyester throw from IKEA.
I did do some extra stitching on the back, the blue fabric is Ombre Aqua and that is why it looks like all different shades of blue.
and on the octopus that you see above, but not on this one.

The front all finished
The back all finished
I hope you like it, I know that I do and I wouldn't change a thing, except I would really like to perfect the hand stitching on binding thing, I am just not very good at it, yet.
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