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...so 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! 


Friday, April 1, 2016

Finish It Up Friday

It's a good thing I brought along lots of little quilts to work on during my trip to the States. While I was in Baltimore, I finished up two more minis. These were both Monthly Mini kits from The Temecula Quilt Company. Sometimes it's just easier to have someone else pick out the fabrics and the pattern and all you have to do is sew it up. This Diamond in a Square was a quick project. I pieced it before leaving Israel, and quilted and bound it while I've been here. It was quilted by hand with #8 perle cotton, one of my favorite quilting threads. 
The other one I finished this week was a little bow tie quilt. 

At first I started quilting it by hand, then changed my mind and quilted it on the machine...that took about 5 minutes. I had cleaned and oiled my Bernina, which sat unused in Baltimore for way too long, and I wanted to see what she could do. Worked like a charm! Then all I had to do was finish up the binding. 
Have a happy weekend. Hope yours includes some sewing! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Some Little Quilties

I've been in Baltimore almost two weeks now. Getting some work done in the house, which I haven't been to in over four years. It's still quite cold here (unlike South Florida, where Mom tells me it was 91 degrees yesterday), and lucky for me, a friend gifted me with a coat she's no longer using. Am seeing lots of old friends, and even made a new quilting friend. This was the funniest story--we went to this family's house for lunch, and somewhere near the end of the meal I noticed a gorgeous bargello-style quilt hanging on the wall behind me. It looked so familiar--I had seen the same quilt on a blog years ago and corresponded a bit with the maker. Turned out this was the same lady! She gave me a tour of the house, and there were stunning quilts all over the place. Wow wow wow!

I'm still working on the little projects I brought along with me. Some are finished, but there are more to do. The Little Churn Dashes are finished. 



So is my Little Crumbs quilt. 
I love it when something can be made with the tiniest of leftovers!

I'll be in Baltimore until Sunday, when I go back to Florida for a couple of weeks. Then on to Detroit for a family-filled Passover week! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sugar Bowl

Another beautiful Florida morning. Ran 4 miles this morning, no duck mashings! I love going out while the stars are still shining and the sky is pitch black. By the time I come back in, there's a little patch of light grey/blue in the east and the stars are starting to fade. 
While I run, I have time to think. Sometimes I recite some poetry I've learned by heart, or say some Psalms as I go. It's the nicest time of my day. 
Here is a shot of one of the little quilts I finished up since I left home. 
Sorry it's not such a great picture, and of course I left a thread showing on the top. But it's such a cute little quilt, I love it anyway. This is a very traditional little block called "Sugar Bowl". The pattern was in one of Gwen Marston's older books. I love the combination of red and white, it's so classic.
Getting ready to take Dad to a doctor's appointment this morning. Another day, another doctor. He's really doing pretty well, considering his health problems. I'm glad I was able to come and help out, and just be with Mom and Dad. It's the first time in 40 years that I don't have anyone at home, so I have the flexibility to travel without worrying about anyone. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Black Ducks

And yes, I forgot to mention the AWESOME humidity outside at 5:30 a.m. Indescribable. 
And also I neglected to mention the problem with these ducks. Either they are deaf or blind or just plain STUPID, because they can see you coming, they can hear you coming, and they just plain refuse to get out of the way. These ducks obviously have a death-wish. 

On the Road Again (Florida)

Yes, I'm back with Mom and Dad in Florida again. I'll be here for one more week, then I travel to Baltimore, where I'll be for a week, and then back to Florida! The weather here is hot already.Yesterday temps were in the 90s here in Pembroke Pines.  I go out to run at 5:30 a.m., before the sun comes up. When I go out, it's already in the 70s, but it's better than going out later in the day when temps are really hot. The water in the pool is starting to warm up, and Mom says it will be swimming temperature soon.
The only problem with running in the dark is...the ducks. The ducks here are BLACK and they park themselves right  near the running path for the night. I'm always afraid I will step on a duck in the dark and I'll get bitten. But so far that hasn't happened. So far. I'm being really vigilant so I don't step on one. On Friday I saw a mother duck with 4 little ducklings, 3 black and one yellow. I wonder where the yellow one came from.
In my spare time, when I'm not busy playing Mah Jong or going to doctors with Mom and Dad, I've been working on my little hand-quilting projects. Three are finished already. I hope I brought enough with me to work on. There are 5 more to go.
Here's the first one:
This is only 9" square. The little Churn Dashes finished at 3".I love them! The pattern was in my favorite quilt magazine, Sew Scrappy, which I think only came out twice. There were so many good patterns in each one of them. I wish they would put out another issue. Does anyone out there remember that magazine besides me? Both cover quilts were by Kathie Holland, and they were amazing! 
Okay, I need to put on my running shoes and get out there!