Archive for the ‘Chania’ Category


Hi everyone! New week again – I hope great one! At least no storm or thunder and even sunshine … to wash laundry. I am knitting a cowl and I think I shall name it Cloudy Cowl because it’s bluffy and soft like beautiful clouds. But the colour is exactly the turquoise from the sea …

knitting a cowl

When visiting Finland in spring, I still found lots of yarn – from me, my sister and my mom. Only few came with me but more came with friends at the end of the summer. I had in my mind to make a crochet cowl because Avis is making a beautiful stripe blanket. But I wasn’t happy with my yarns and colours (those which were suitable for crochet). Then I saw these yarn balls and knew that they will be my new cowl. I was hoping to get two cowls, one turquoise and one light pink.

knitting a cowl

There was only one ball in both colours. I couldn’t know how far they will take me, so I just began and thought we’ll see … of course one wasn’t enough. Usually I like to match and mix colours but this time I took brave dicision and just continued with the second colour. This was also the easiest and quickest way to make the cowl. If I had started to make a plan how to mix the colours, it would have taken much time. Now in few late evenings I have knitted more than half. I am planning to write a simple tutorial at the end of the week. This is easy and quick way to make a lovely cowl and there is still time to knit it for a Christmas present!

knitting a cowl

I have been so delighted to hear that you liked my tea cosy tutorial! Thank you for your sweet words! If you subscribed to the newsletter after it was published, you can see all Cindy’s newsletters in her blog ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’. My tutorial is under the ‘November 2012’. And to find beautiful fabrics to make your tea cosy, go for shopping to ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’ fabric shop!

One day after the storm the scene over Chania was this! Like a spaceship was going to land! It looked really amazing, so strong light through the dark clouds!


Lots of rain and still warm temperature helped my poor rosies and now they are flowering.

beautiful rose

It’s orange time! Who could believe that in one month we have Christmas and the magic Christmas Eve has already passed! Clups – I should be with my sewing machine …


Jennifer from ‘Ellison Lane Quilts’ is hosting a great event ‘Deck The Halls’– every day one blog is showing one tutorial and has a give away! Ideas and inspiration for your Christmas sewings!  You find the button also from my sidelist so you can easily visit every blog-stop!

So hop hop – you and me – to make presents and cards!!! I just wish that these were fabrics … paper napkins from my Marimekko collection!


Thank you for your visit and for your always sweet comments! I enjoy so much changing thoughts and ideas with you! See you soon with the ‘Cloudy Cowl’!



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Hi! I hope you had a great weekend! I met this cutie at the weekend …

The most sweet kitten!

We had a lovely lunch with dear friends at the fish restaurant and there are always many kittens around waiting to get their share.

The most sweet kitten!

This little girl was special; it had so beautiful fur mixed with some long hairs!

sailing boat on the beach

It was still beautiful weather and there were people on the beach … and something else … a sailing boat! We don’t know what has happened to this poor boat!

sailing boat on the beach

Marathi beach in Chania

We were eating under the white roof and on the far left you see the sailing boat. In Marathi there are also lots of fishing boats.

Marathi, Chania

All the morning was sunny and later there came some clouds … still no rain and the warm continues.

fishing boats

Even I’m not fan of sailing (I feel uncomfortable in boats and ships), I like to see boats … it’s fun to read their names … the first one is “My Dream”.

patchwork coasters

From the sewing table … I have made some coasters and I am preparing also tutorial for these. These are like mini quilts and if you haven’t made any quilt yet, by following my tutorial you can easily learn all the basics. These are made with patchwork blocks …

patchwork coasters

… and some more with raw edge applique … green/turquoise to match with this tea cosy

raw edge applique coasters

… and of course also in orange to match with orange tea cosy!

raw edge applique coasters

And now some great links:

*Janice from ‘Better of Thread’ has made adorable block with Santa’s hat and then she made the most fun and beautiful pillow with four blocks! I love that! And she made also TUTORIAL for the block and pillow! I’m sure you love it, too!

* Faith from ‘Fresh Lemons’ has made fantastic star block and pillow with that! Also here you have TUTORIAL!

* If you like to see my Santa’s Hat block from last Christmas, it’s HERE. I made lots of mini quilts/mug rugs with different pictures. I made also TUTORIAL  for the mini quilt/mug rug.

I hope you find inspiration for your Christmas sewings! I’m still trying to cope with my autumn sewings?! I have had beautiful scene on my sewing table and today I have cut also some ‘written’ fabrics …

Fluffy Sheep Quilting

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Soon it’s my turn at Laura’s Blog Hop with EPP = english paper piecing!


The most sweet kitten!

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Hi and welcome! Great to see you! I have made a new bag. This is bigger and has lots of pockets …

big bag

The fabrics I have used here are canvas from Ikea. Great for bags because you can make very steady bag. Still I have used fleece and normal weight cotton which I have quilted.  Lining is with normal cotton fabric.

bag with Ikea fabrics

With this bag you can have all your things well organized … there are 2 + 2 pockets … two on each side and 2 more inside …

First I had planned to leave this bag without zipper but at the end I changed my mind and thought let this bag has almost everything …

green white black bag

One outside pocket has clapper which close with elastic loop and big wooden button. The clapper can be hidden also in the pocket.

good big bag

I mixed the fabrics so that they are the opposite on the other side. There is only very few quilting lines because I didn’t want to ‘brake’ the print picture or those wide stripes.

Measurements for this bag are: hight 12″, width 18″ and the bottom width 3,5″. Two shoulder stripes are about 25″. I covered the edges with the same black fabric that I used for the binding.

Cretan sea

This scene with full sunshine is few days ago … today we have finally cool air and … I wear socks and long jeans! Jippii – you may think what’s the jippii in that – but I haven’t been able to wear soft socks for 5 months and my feet are sooooo tired with the flip flops! They are not at all good for walking but most of the time only reasonable choise for my works. Now I have even my soft sheep-fleece slippers. It’s not so cold that I would need them but I want to wear something really soft today. From tomorrow we are expecting rain and storm … wel’ll see if it’s going to reach us here in Crete.

polaroid blocks

A while ago (again) I received these amazing little blocks from Debbie at ‘A Quilter’s Table’! They are all so adorable! Funny thing is that I don’t know who has made them?! Debbie had organized and was hosting a swap – a Big Swap! It was with ‘Polaroid’ blocks and it bacame so popular that there were finally hundreds and hundreds (I think thousands) of these small blocks going around to other people! It was just amazing swap. I didn’t have any change to join in the middle of the busy summer. After mixing and fixing and sending the blocks to their new owners, Debbie made a give away for some of the blocks and I was one of the lucky girls! I have many ideas what I could make with these small beauties … we’ll see … Thank you so much Debbie! I’m so happy for these! Couldn’t help myself to pick one favourite – it’s with those colourful houses in the middle!

small quilt

I have finished this small quilt and it’s in my shop. It’s a little one for a baby, for a chair, for a wall … perhaps for sweet kitten or puppy! It’s made with the same fish block that I used for ‘My Dream Quilt’. This one I quilted following the seams and somehow it’s better that the other where I quilted the fishes around. Here the quilting shows better.

quilt with fishes

Here are some of the many many great links that I have picked:

www.sewsweetness.com/2012/10/zippers-4-ways.html – 4 ways to add zipper!

www.mollyflanders.blogspot.com/2012/10/steps.html – fantastic patchwork pillow!

My give away is open HERE!

I think that’s for today … we have been working in the garden, collecting things inside and prepering ourselves for the rain and winter. Now I’m ready to close myself to my sewing attic and start to bee busy busy! I have re-organaized my space and there is already chaos – so many projecst around … I’ll go to see what I could do!

I’m so happy to be back ‘in the train’ again and linking with my blog friends at Megan’s link party {Sew} Modern Monday and ‘Manic Monday’ and Heather’s & Megan’s “Fabric Tuesday” and Connie’s ‘Linky Party Tuesday’  and ‘Made by Me’ !

olives and sea

Thank you for joining me and thank you for your sweet comments! I hope you havea a perfect autumn week (not stormy)!

PS. Could someone tell me, please, what means limited Blogger profile? Should I choose that?


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Hello my Dear Friends! Time for the exiting news … Heather and Megan at ‘Quilt Story’ are featuring my ‘Baby Stars’ quilt!!!

'Baby Stars' baby quilt

Thank you so much Heather and Megan!!! You are so sweet and I love you blog, quilts and other sewings (can’t forget the cute pincushion with peas) and your quilt stories!

patchwork stars

‘Quilt Story’ is so wonderful blog! It’s full of inspiration, tutorials, patterns, ideas and every Tuesday we meet there at the link party: ‘Fabric Tuesday’! Please pay a visit and say hello from me!

I have said too many times that this is busy time for me … if you just knew how many things I have now in my mind (and not only quilt blocks) … I’ll tell you later …

But you can guess how much I wait to get to my cutting board and sewing machine if you see what my dear sister sent to me …

I hope I can cut these and not just to save and adore them!

'Agia Triada' monastery

Yesterday with my friend we had a lovely visit to a big monastery of ‘Agia Triada’ which is very near to us. That place is so beautiful with nice gardens and they make their own, very good oil, and wine.  We went to buy good wine!

monastery in Chania

Thank you for your visit – I hope you are having a wonderful time and beautiful weather!

With Nero we send you hugs and kisses!


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Hello my Dear Friends! We had a wonderful, long Easter weekend – celebrating with family and friends and having a lovely spring drive in the near villages. I like to show you few photos from these last days but mostly I want to show you finally ‘My Dream Quilt’!

'My Dream Quilt'

I had my quilt with me yesterday because I thought that it would be great to have some unique photos some where outside … perhaps with the sea and not always in my garden.  But then I almost forgot the quilt because there was just so much beauty to look every where! Spring is the most beautiful season! Thank you G and R for presenting ‘My Dream Quilt’!

This was on the right side from the place where we finally took one photo of the quilt.

But lets go to the beginning of this story … last spring I took photos of these lovely fabrics here in my garden and started to dream how to make a quilt with them. Nero was my photo assistant and he thought his turguoise ball looks great with blue fishes!

I left these fabrics to wait all the summer. I knew that I shall be busy and not to be able to enjoy them enough. Slowly slowly I was trying to find the perfect design for the quilt. Then one day I saw something and knew immidiately that this is it!

I made lots of fishes during the autumn and just before Christmas it was time to collect all of them and decide how to arrange them. After many different ways, I ended up using two lines – fishes swimming to the right and then to the left. I decided an order for the colours and then used the same order but only moved it two blocks for every next row.

Here meets the sea and the river from the mountains! Sea goes inside and and the water from the melting snow, runs from the mountains.

Then it was time to quilt – but how?! I wanted to quilt by hand but I was worried that it’s going to be too much work. I asked your help and because so many said that those fishes want to be quilted around, I did it. I quilted every single fish aroung with beautiful sea-turquoise cotton perle!

I didn’t mind spending so much time for quilting and making this quilt because it was my dream! I love everything in this quilt and it will stay with me for ever!



My design and the ‘fish’ block is from Lee at ‘Freshly Pieced’. Thank you Lee for inspiration!

Measurements: 49″ x 62″ (about 125 x 160 cm)

Fabrics: ‘Sugar & Spice’ by Quilted Fish !!! (that was a perfect coincidence)

I won these fabrics from ‘Quilt Story’! Thank you again Megan and Heather!

I am so happy that just now Megan from the ‘Canoe Ridge Creations’, is hosting a ‘Festival of Half Square Triangles! I shall enter the festival with ‘My Dream Quilt’!

I shall join Megan and Heather at ‘Fabric Tuesday’ and Lee at ‘W.i.P Wednesday’ even at last this not anymore wip.

On the opposite side you can see ‘Akrotiri’, the area where we live. And front of us, down is the old prison. Now it has been closed for a long time. To the left is Souda Bay which is the biggest natural bay as a harbour in Europe.

I hope that one day you can experience the Greek Easter! It is an unforgetable celebration!!!!!!

Thank you all for joining my Easter and spring drive! I hope you enjoyed this little journey and my dream!

I wish you sunny and wonderful spring!!!


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Welcome Wonderful Weekend! I hope you have lots of happiness and beautiful weather this weekend! I have been busy but now I shall enjoy the weekend with my puppies and other happy things! Not that I haven’t had happy things and moments also all the week!

Beginning this lovely sunny Saturday with pre-washing new fabrics …

beautiful fabrics

… having fun in the garden with my sweet dogs …

… making more blocks …

patchwork blocks

… sss … sewing some sashing …

… colours are almost the same as in the water …

… the beach house after the storm …

… the sweet girl who took me to this little beach …

She is such a darling and we have had so wonderful time together. Now her family is back home and I shall spend more time with my sweet puppies. But look what we found …

sea glass

When my dear friend Lori sent to me sea glass, I was so happy because I had never found any by myself … and look now …

sea glass

You never know what you can find from the beach? … ? …

You can understand that when I found these labels from Jennifer’s Etsy shop, I couldn’t resist them! Next time I may try to do my own design to be the same as the banner and logo … or perhaps I stay on the beach!

… dreaming about new fabrics …

These fabrics are ‘Cosmos’ by Dan Bennet and I saw them in ‘The Intrepid Thread’ Etsy shop. First on my wish list!

Something for weekend happiness :

Little sewing machines made with LEGOS by Riel!

NOTEBOOK with photos by Kati! She used beautiful photos from her quilts!

Make a wall quilt coloured with CRAYONS by Carol!

What makes you happy this weekend? Your lovely messages make me always so happy – Thank You for them! Now I shall go to have a ball game with Nero!


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Hello! I would like to welcome you to join me for lovely walk on a sunny beach … ?!?! hmmmm – that was my thought few days ago, but I guess I wouldn’t have any company today …

I’m happy that I don’t live in that beach house! This is the best I could do to show you what happens outside today. I even got out from the car to get these photos. I hope my camera didn’t drink too much salty sea water.

Here I couldn’t step outside and I know that first day without rain, I am washing my car – salty water is a monster for a car! I hope I could show you a video, because the sea is today so unbeliavable! Beautiful, horrible, amazing, just so fantastic and powerful!

Yesterday morning, just before this storm began, I took few photos. Some of these blocks you have seen months ago. Now I have an idea how they could make a small quilt …

What you think? Can they lead some where or is there going to be only a wall against …

Something else happening on my sewing table, but can’t tell you much about that yet …

These last days there has been going on so much in sewing blogs! I always try to write down somewhere great links i see, to remember them and I have collect several for you.

PINCUSHIONS you have to see!

“Pea pod wristlet” from Megan at ‘Quilt Story’

“Mermaid” and “Boat” from ‘Cut to Pieces’

“Shoe” from ‘Creative Carmelina’


Jennifer from ‘Ellison Lane Quilts’ has made a great tutorial!


Leanne from ‘She can quilt’ has made fantastic mini quilts and today she has her 1st blog birthday and a give away!

Dorien from ‘Made by Do’ has made adorable set of mini quilts – spring tulips and colour circles!


Katherine and Jane are having a ‘quilt together’ with solids and they have made great posts about colours! There are really good links how you can make colour palettes etc.

If you like to see how beautiful the beach was last week, visit my other blog ‘MAHERIDA HOLIDAY HOMES’ ! I hope that one day I meet you here – if you are planning your holidays, have a look on our Holiday Homes and who knows – maybe you come to Crete for holidays!

I hope you have time to visit some of the links because they are really good!

I am linking at ‘Fabric Tuesday’ and they have featured my ‘Parasols’ quilt on the beach! Thank you so much!

Thank you for your visit and all your sweet comments! Hope to see you soon!


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