Friday, July 18, 2014

Quilted!

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 tame...like 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 www.make-it-do.com. 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?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's a Girl!

After four very rambunctious boys, my daughter-in-law finally gave birth to a baby girl. I think the whole family breathed a collective sigh of relief!
They are calling her Tali and she's as sweet as sugar.
I have been in quilting and blogging retirement for months now, due to being in school, but now that we have a new little girl in the family, a baby quilt is in order. So I have taken off a little time from studying to pull out the bin of 1930s reproduction fabrics.

Can you see the stars? I love it when the pattern begins to emerge!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Some Signs of Spring

The weather is finally warming up here. Flowers and trees are blooming everywhere. The fig trees are already covered with little figs. See those little knobs? (click on photo to get a better view)
It's good weather for the kids to play outdoors. Here are some of my grandchildren playing on the porch. They live right nearby and come over all the time. These are #2 and #4. Their mother always dresses the four little boys in matching outfits. Makes it easier to spot them all in a crowd. :)

When the weather started to get warmer, I got in the mood for a crisp-looking summery quilt. Even though I am only supposed to be working on UFOs, I went crazy and cut up some of the shirts in my collection and put this together. I love the combination of blue and white. Just so classic. (if you click on the picture you can get a good view of the shirts I used)

Spent a good part of the morning outside, just enjoying our balmy weather. When I came back in, I had to do something Spring-y. It didn't take too long to get one block made...


...and to slice it up.

Do you remember the Modified Bento Box Swap from a couple of years back? The finished quilts were a riot of color. They were made using a tutorial from Film in the Fridge. So easy, but with really fun results.
Beitar ladies, do you want to play along? We can make blocks and then swap the block quarters.
Let's do it! (after Pesach, of course)
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Am really enjoying working on this quilt. I'd forgotten how much I love the slow pace of hand-quilting. The center is almost done--just have to finish the last quilting in the sashing. Then I'll do the border. Have decided to do a cable pattern for that (of course). I finished sewing the binding on yesterday. Sometimes I put on the binding before the quilting is done so I can mark the quilting on the outside border more accurately. Also, I used a black batting, which I love because it works best under black fabric--none of that bearding like a regular white cotton or poly batting would do--and it was making little fuzzy balls all over the quilt top and driving me crazy. So putting on the binding was a good way of stopping that. Do you ever put on your binding before the quilting is finished?

Sending warm wishes from sunny Jerusalem!