Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter is finally here!

Woke up to a cold Jerusalem morning. Snow mixed with rain was falling, and even Fester, our most intrepid cat, refused to go out in it. So I have stayed home from my quilting group today, and am puttering around the house, drinking tea and toasting slices of the sourdough bread I baked yesterday.
About two weeks ago, our granddaughter-in-law gave birth to identical twin boys in the 26th week. She has had a difficult recovery and was just released from the hospital last night. Baby #1 is not doing so well, and Baby #2 is progressing slowly. It is going to be a long haul. The babies are in a hospital up north, in the town of Safed, so we haven't seen them at all. My friend has a natural foods restaurant in Safed, so she is sending over good, nourishing food to our grandson and his wife, as are other people in the community there. Many prayers are needed for those babies!
My scrap bins were overflowing, so I decided to do a bit of de-scrapping and cut lots of 2.5" squares out of various scrap fabrics. I pieced them together following Lori Holt's Scrappy Crossroads tutorial. Most of the Scrappy Crossroads quilts I found online and on Instagram used white as the background fabric, but I had a nice piece of blue fabric that Etty gave me not long ago. I think it was actually from Rebecca, the long-arm quilter. It worked very nicely as a background. I made 6 blocks--they're a nice big 16" finished--and today I'm piecing a backing for it. Hopefully it will make a nice baby quilt for one of the twins when they are a bit bigger.
You can't see the whole quilt top, as I just hung it over the railing, but you can get the idea. I have to say that I used every kind of hideous fabric for this quilt, and I don't know where 90% of the fabrics came from. I'm telling you--I don't remember buying any of it! My friend Sara recognized some of the fabric as having been hers, some was definitely from the 1980s, and there may have been some really old feedsacks in there too. I think there were only a couple of fabrics I liked in there, but they look great all put together in a random scrappy way. That's the beauty of scrap quilting!
Well, I have to get back to my tea. Hope you are keeping warm, wherever you are!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A New Granddaughter

Yesterday's post was so rushed, I forgot to tell you who that little baby in the picture was. Sorry about that! She's my new little granddaughter, Naama (pronounced Na-a-ma). Looks like she will either be blonde or strawberry blonde. She's a very yummy baby. Lucky for me, they live a minute away from my house, so I have had plenty of time with her already, just bonding. I am truly blessed, to be so close to my children and grandchildren. Just wish my Pittsburgh kids were here too. We're supposed to Skype tomorrow, but somehow it's just not the same.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Friday Finish

No, not the baby-she wasn't finished today! She's three weeks old. Her pink and white baby quilt was finished today!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Playing with Scraps!

A couple of years ago, I bookmarked an adorable little quilt I saw on Jenn's blog. It was called "Lightning Zigzags" and I just loved the total wonkiness of it. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out some fabrics and got to work. It only took a day or two, and voila! Finished!

Of course, the inevitable result of this fun was a little bag of wedge-shaped scraps. Yesterday I remembered the little bag and decided to do something with it. The pieces were really tiny! I used them to sew together some really tiny little blocks. Unfinished size: 3". And this was what was left...maybe I have enough for an itsy-bitsy border? 

Time to audition fabrics for the background...Kona Ash? Nah. Too boring. 

Kona Lime? Ooh, now that looks exciting! Of course, the photo didn't capture the real color of the fabric properly. I'll sew it together and take another pic in better light. Then you'll see how fun it is. I was a bit afraid to go with something this colorful, but it has been pretty gloomy around here of late, between terror attacks and rainy days. So I just decided to be brave and take the plunge. Sometimes I just have to get over my fear of color! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pink Lemonade!

Yesterday I finished my Pink Lemonade quilt top. I don't know why I pushed off making this quilt for so long--it really wasn't hard at all. Maybe I didn't have the right yellow for setting squares, and just had to wait until I did. Lori used a red print for her corner triangles, but I used a pretty blue on mine. (double-click on the picture to get a better view) I was just in the mood for something bright. The atmosphere here has been pretty somber lately, with lots of terror attacks going on in Israel, especially here in Jerusalem. So it was nice to piece something cheerful.

The latest Monthly Mini kit from Temecula Quilt Company arrived yesterday. I think they sent the kits out a while back. (In fact, I just checked the envelope and it was mailed on September 29th.) So it takes some time for them to arrive here in Israel. But I am so, so happy when they get here! As soon as the mailman brought the envelope to my door, I ripped it open and pieced the whole little quilt. (it really is pretty tiny!) Will take a picture later on today and show you what they sent this month. They're calling it Autumn 1863. We really don't have autumn in this country, so it was nice to have a reminder of my very favorite season from when I lived in the States.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pink Lemonade

I had such a good time making Lori's Country Roads quilt that I just had to start another one. This time I'm making her Pink Lemonade. This was a quilt along in 2012. Yes, sometimes it takes me a while to get my act together, but better late than never. Yesterday I pieced the little Shoo Fly blocks. Aren't they cute? Part 1 finished!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Granny Squares Quilt

I started working on this quilt in 2012, when the tutorial for it first appeared on the Blue Elephant Stitches blog.

Got 7 blocks made, and then it got stuffed in a basket and forgotten. When I was going through some unruly piles of scraps the other day, guess what I found? It was only a matter of minutes, and the last two blocks were finished. Added sashing and 6 inch white borders, and voila.
A special thank you goes out to Christine, without whose gifted scraps this quilt could not have happened. Mostly because I do not buy orange fabric!

I also finished my quilt top for Lori's Country Roads quilt along.

If you haven't yet visited Lori's blog at Humble Quilts, you are in for a treat! Not only will you love her quilts and her quilt alongs, but she is a beautiful person who truly does good for others.

Wishing you all a good, safe day. And I hope things here in Israel will be quiet and without incident.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Keeping busy

Here's my finished top for Lori's Country Roads quilt along. It went together so quick and easy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Playing Catch-up!

The whole last month has been filled with Jewish holidays. Lots of cooking, eating, praying, and guests, but not much sewing. The whole time I have been watching Lori's mystery sew-along at Humble Quilts  and drooling over the adorable little quilts being made. So when the holidays ended, I charged right in to the project. Got all my fabrics cut and started sewing. Here is my first block!