Yes, there is a new grandbaby on the way. And no, they haven't told me if it's a boy or a girl. But I had a big basket of pink scraps that volunteered to be made into a baby quilt. So that's what I was busy with this week!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Not long ago, I signed up for the Monthly Mini program at Temecula Quilt Company. The kit for my first little quilt arrived a week later, which I thought was really fast, as it had to get here by mail and then pass through the Israeli Customs inspection. So a week was great!
The first mini is called Brown Baskets, and that's exactly what it is. I've been having a good time making these little baskets, and especially the handles. I like sewing the handles with needle-turn applique; it's slow and relaxing. I have just one more handle to applique, and as we need to go to a government office today (lots of sitting and waiting) I think I'll just take it along. And maybe I'll take along something else to work on as well...you never know how long these things will take.
Have a great Sunday! Enjoy the Spring weather, if that's what's happening in your area, and sew something slow!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A little hard to believe, but I pieced the top for this quilt in 2013. Had lots of strips left over from making my Scrappy Trips Around the World, and this was the perfect quilt to use them up. The finished top languished in the UFO pile for two years, as I pondered how to quilt it. This is one busy quilt! Finally I decided to do some simple straight lines on the sawtooth borders and to stipple everything else, because nothing would show on the busy areas anyway. Finished quilting, added binding, and voila! A new bed quilt to celebrate Spring!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
I'm up in the north of Israel, attending a spiritual retreat for women. We'll do yoga, paint with watercolors, play music, hike, and eat vegetarian food. In my free time I'll visit with my daughter Menucha, who is in school here, and work on the two small hand quilting projects I brought along.
Last night I ate out at a charming little French bistro type of place. All I had was a humble bowl of lentil soup with some toasted sourdough bread. It was a simple meal, but eminently satisfying. I slept in a charming little room at my friend's bed & breakfast...hot water bottle included.
The retreat begins today. Am looking forward to what the day will bring.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Spent two great weeks with my daughter and her family, enjoying them all and exploring Pittsburgh. They moved there from Houston in August and already they know lots of fun places to go to. The zoo...
Gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics...
The funny thing is, I went to check out an assisted living for my parents around the corner from the school, and on the wall they had some quilts from the same artist (didn't get a chance to take pictures of those). The manager who was showing me around the place had never noticed those quilts either!
Speaking of quilts, I finally finished a baby quilt for Great-granddaughter #1, who was born in August. Didn't have the right batting for it, so it waited until I got some when I was in the States. Sandy Gervais' "Objects of Desire" on the front...
Brought along some small hand-quilting projects when I went to the States. It's good to have something to work on while waiting in the airport or even while on the plane. Not only that, I was seriously jet-lagged the whole time I was there and it was a good thing I had something to do while I was awake in the night and the rest of the family was sleeping. Finished this:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last time we got together, Bracha showed us how to make hexies. Rochel got with the program right away, and came back with a finished hexie block!
Raizel is working on quilts for her kids and her grandkids. Look what her husband picked up for her at a fabric store in town! You can't imagine how soft this is!