Thursday, September 15, 2016

Credit Where Credit is Due

You may recall that yesterday I posted a picture of a finished little quilt.

It was a busy day, and I didn't have a chance to write anything about it, so I'm back today to give you some background. I came across the original on Pinterest some time back. It was made by Martha at Qisforquilter, and I had wanted to make it for a while now. However, there was no way I could make it the way Martha did--she cut all 160 triangles, good for her! I am in awe of quilters who can do that! Klutz that I am, there was no way I could sew on 160 little triangles and have them come out right...bias edges and I just do not get along. So I cut out little squares and used the "corner square" method. This worked out just fine, and voila! An adorable little doll quilt made with reproduction 1930s fabrics! Martha, thanks for the inspiration!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fresh Traditions

I've had a basket of 3" feedsack squares hanging around forever. When I saw the Fresh Traditions doll quilt pattern from American Patchwork & Quilting, I knew it would be perfect for those feedsacks. I think it came out adorable!

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Friday Finish

Even though this was a busy week, I still managed to get some quilting in. I had one finish, one of the Monthly Minis from Temecula Quilt Company. 

In the lead-up to July 4th, all the quilt blogs and Instagram were filled with patriotic quilts. By the time the 4th rolled around, I was bitten by the patriotic bug and needed to make something red, white, and blue. So out came all my red, white, and blue fabrics and by Tuesday this top was pieced. I had pinned a quilt from Purl Soho on Pinterest a while back, and used her pattern to make it. I used the no-waste Flying Geese method, and it was easy-peasy!

The quilt top measures 24" x 24", which is a nice size to work on while traveling (my next trip to the States is in the planning stages). I'm going to "big-stitch" quilt it with perle cotton. That should be fun. 
A lot of babysitting has gone on recently. Spent a good part of Wednesday with Tali, who is 2 years old and a little dolly. She's the first girl after 4 boys, and she is very girly! 

Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend. Hope you sew something great! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Making

Scrappy Little Stars. Made from the tiniest scraps.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Little Logs

My latest Monthly Mini from Temecula Quilt Company. Goes together fast-instant gratification!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Having FUN!

Last night, I had a great time. My friend, Chana, and I went to the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild. This was my old guild from before we moved to Israel 20 years ago. I recognized some of the ladies I had known 20 years ago. Even my friend, Susan Minster, was there. 

The guest speaker at the meeting was quilter extraordinaire, Sujata Shah. 

You may have read her blog, The Root Connection, or seen her book, Cultural Fusions. 
Sujata started off with a slide show. She presented pictures from her native India, showing how her approach to color and pattern were influenced by her experience growing up there. She talked about the way she works, and how her working style evolved. 
She was influenced by the block-printing process in India. 

She takes traditional quilt blocks and uses them in her own colors and style.

African textiles have been a source of inspiration.

It was a pleasure to see the cover quilt from her book in real life.

Sujata's Crazy Quilt. She has learned a lot from Gwen Marston and the Gee's Bend quilters.

For some reason, this is one of my favorite quilts. I guess because she cut her triangles free-form, it has the scrappy look I love, and the solid halves of the HSTs are all different shades of earth tones. 

More free-form triangles. Sujata says that one of the things she loves about art in India is that is full of imperfections, giving a true hand-made feel. She strives for this in her own work. 

Hourglass blocks, the Sujata way. Lots of variation in shapes and shades. She wanted to create a quilt that would look like it was hanging on the line and blowing in the wind, the way the quilts are hung on the line in her native India. There is so much movement in this quilt!

Organized Chaos...

The quilt Sujata will be teaching in her workshop for the guild today

And finally, the guild's raffle quilt. The top is stitched together, and the quilt will be ready in time for the guild's show, some time next year. Isn't she a beauty?

Thanks for enjoying the guild meeting along with me. And thank you, Chana, for showing me your quilts at your house after the meeting. That was the best part of the evening!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Where's Waldo?

If you're wondering where I am I! I've been doing so much traveling, some days I don't know where I am when I wake up in the morning! Almost two weeks ago, we drove from Baltimore to Pittsburgh to visit my daughter and her family. What a pleasure. While I was there, I got to spend LOTS of time with the grandchildren (pictures to follow). Went to their baseball games and swimming lessons. Took LONG walks in the woods. Played WAY too many games. Read WAY too many picture books. Spent almost every morning at the AMAZING public library. Walked with the three girls yesterday for breast cancer (Susan B. Komen). But today (waaaah) I had to say goodbye and come back to Baltimore. 

I'll be here until May 19, doing some work on the house, then down to Florida and (finally) back to Israel. I have had a great time, but will be happy to be back in my own space and eating my own cooking. And not living out of a suitcase! 

Tomorrow, I'm planning on attending the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild. This was the guild I belonged to before we moved to Israel. I'm really excited because 1) the guest speaker is going to be Sujata Shah, a quilter who I really love and 2) I'm going to the meeting with my new quilting friend, Chana. I'll try to take some pictures of Sujata and her trunk show. Lazy me, I've been posting pics on Instagram and nothing on the blog. Instagram-so much fun! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spotted This Morning

This was what I saw this morning. He was having a good time, splashing in the water of the lake. 
I didn't take the picture--I don't carry my phone while I run--but I wanted you to get to see him. He's called an anhinga. I love learning about new species. 
Have a great day! Learn something new! 

Little Stitches

My trip to the U.S. continues...hanging out in south Florida with Mom and Dad. Sometimes I feel a bit disoriented, being away from home so long and pretty much living out of a suitcase. I miss my own "space", my own real life. Some days feel surreal. I try to stay anchored; I start off the day by running a couple of miles, make sure to put in some quilting stitches every day so I feel like something was accomplished, stay in touch with the kids in Israel by Skype and Whatsapp. Somehow it's not the same as being there with them. Am supposed to go back at the end of May.

I finished quilting and binding the little Christmas Geese quilt that was pieced a few months ago. This was another Monthly Mini from Temecula Quilt Company. Even though there is nothing particularly creative about making these kits, it still provides me with the feeling that I'm making something, which in itself is rewarding. 
I actually ended up with two kits for this, so one will be to keep and one for a friend. It was a very cute pattern and fun to make. They sent me out a kit for another Monthly Mini--it's called Baby Baskets and is adorable--and I should receive it here in Florida this week. I'll be in Baltimore next week where my machine and quilting tools are, and hopefully I'll get a chance to piece it then. If I manage to get it done, I'll post some pics of course. 
Coming up: hoping to attend the meeting of a local quilt guild on Thursday morning. Can't wait!