Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's a Girl!

After 4 great-grandsons, we got a first little great-granddaughter the other day. No photos yet--they are down south in Ofakim and we haven't been able to go see her. But we are so pleased she was finally born, after being overdue by a week or more. She was named yesterday: Miriam Tehilla.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Something New

We spent a lot of time in doctors' offices this week. Since I finished my Civil War Doll Quilt, I needed something to do while in the waiting room. So I started sewing together some diamonds. We'll see where it goes from here...

Another Great Meeting

 We meet every two weeks in Bracha's house. There is no minimum age requirement. So far everyone is behaving nicely...
 Those cloth baby balls were such a big hit, we just can't stop making them! This one is flannel. The fabrics are bananas and monkeys. Such fun!
 Devorah came to the meeting for the first time. She brought a large Log Cabin block she had made. The fabrics were left over from calico dresses she made for her daughters.
 At every meeting we have a demonstration--there is so much to learn! Last week Bracha showed us how to make hexagons. This week we learned how to sew the hexagon flowers to the background fabric.
 Jolie is paying close attention. So is her granddaughter...
 Sahra is an old pro at hexagons. She brought her latest project to share with us.
Bracha has thought of a new idea: a baby play mat/quilt with toys attached. 

There are lots of projects laid out on the table to look at...
Another great meeting. Thanks, ladies!

Friday, July 18, 2014


My little Civil War Four Patch doll quilt is quilted, and I just need to add the binding. I learned to hand-quilt more than 30 years ago, and still find it very calming and meditative. Something calming is certainly in order nowadays, as things here in Israel are far from calm.  Am thinking of writing a new blog post, "Quilting under fire", or a tutorial on "How to Hand Quilt in a Bomb Shelter." Sounds catchy, no?
Have a good, safe weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I've been working on

"Past and Present" pattern by Kim Brackett. Slow going, but I think it will be lovely in the end.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We're growing!

We had a wonderful meeting yesterday. Bracha had a wild and crazy nine-patch to show.
The pieced back is just as exuberant as the front!
The ladies keep making more and more fabric baby balls. Good thing we have grandchildren--gives us a good excuse to make all kinds of stuff!

Bracha has started making pentagon balls too.

 Our newest quilter, Raizel, has discovered the joy of using vintage sheets...for a couch cover! She made the back out of vintage toweling, to keep the cover from shifting on the couch.

Sahra brought her first baby quilt to show. This one was so fun and liberating to make. She bought the happy zoo print and thought she would put it together with something light blue. Instead, she ended up combining the zoo print with some wild green stripes and lots of black with white dots. The back and binding are made from a cow print. I think this was a very successful combination, and it demonstrates the idea of "listening" to your fabric and hearing what it really wants.

Our newest (and youngest) member is little Yitzi. All the ladies have just fallen in love with him. And his mother Rivka is so fun and creative. She brought Yitzi's bear to share with us. It made me want one too!

Am almost finished with the quilting on my Oh My Stars quilt. Am doing big-stitch quilting with white perle cotton. When I finish the quilting, I'm going to put red ties in the centers of the stars. I think that will perk it up a lot!
I want to welcome all the new ladies to our group. Thanks for joining us in the adventure! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Three Weeks Old

 Baby Tali visited with us the other evening while her mom and dad went out. She slept the entire time and never opened her eyes, not even once. I guess that Tali saves her energy for the middle of the night, when she needs to entertain her PARENTS.  This is of course the great thing about being grandparents--we don't have to wake up for those middle-of-the-night feedings.
I'm pretty tired even without being woken up by a baby. Have had lots of studying to do for my  LAST EXAM, which I took this morning. Won't know for about 3 weeks whether I passed or not. But if I pass this one (Science) and the one from last week (English Comp. II), then I will be DONE with my degree. Someone asked me yesterday what I would do when I was finished with school. I thought about it a little and said, "I guess I could clean the house". I don't remember the last time I did THAT. My family was HAPPY to hear it.
We've had some wonderful quilt meetings in the last couple of weeks. Our local group is up to seven members, which for us is amazing. And the meetings are really lots of fun. In my next post, I hope to upload some pictures, so you can get an idea of what the ladies are up to. 
But right now I need to go put my feet up and take a nap. Hope you have a more energetic day than me!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Oh My Stars

I've wanted to make this quilt for such a long time, but never had the pattern. Finally I found it on a website called This seemed like the perfect pattern to for those adorable 1930s reproduction fabrics. It was easy to make, using the "corner square" technique, and came together very quickly. Now I just have to decide how to quilt it...perhaps by hand with perle cotton and big stitches? I've come to enjoy quilting with the perle cotton and the results are so nice looking. What do you think?