Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Swaps

So you like to swap...

Check out this seasonally based doll quilt swap. Fall will be first & there is more than one idea swirlling in my head...

Coxsackie Ramble


Picture 026
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

By: Janet Atkins. As you can see this quilt wond 2nd place in the Wall quilt applique division and Judges Choice. I noticed it from the other side of the row & loved the glow & then the applique & then the (IMHO) unusual color combination, not that i know what fabrics i would have switched with what...

The quilter found out that she got a ribbon from my photo - hoe neat is that...

Monday, July 30, 2007

My favorite quilt from the quilt show


Picture 012
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I lost my booklet, so i can't tell you all of the stuff that you want to hear, like who made this quilt & what it is called... But I can tell you that it is my favorite from the show - even with all of those crystals - that I am not too terribly fond of...

Luckily, Sophie did know: Little Piece of Heaven, made by Mary S. Buvia of Greenwood, Indiana. Thanks (feel free to leave comments in flickr if you see any others that you can identify.)

Hershey Quilt Show 2007 - Quilt Odyssey

First - I met Debby of hiredhands. She could not have been nicer! (She had the forethought to get a picture of us... I may steal it later - once she has a chance to post it!) She was vending & we hit the vendors first... & she was in the first row that we went into - so she got me fresh... :o) Unfortunately she got me before I found what I was looking for - so I was a bit scatter brained. That and shopping with two others we had 3 speeds...

Second, I found Michael Miller's Bad Cats print (in one booth...) Once I got home, I added that and the indigo that my husband washed for me to the cat chrm quilt - & I started to sew the blocks together :o) Now to cut the setting triangles.

Also only in 1 booth, I found some Joel Dewberry prints. Joel Dewberry prints the prints I found go with those on the top row.

I am going to post my quilty photos directly from flickr...

Friday, July 27, 2007

IDEA (Do you see the lightbulb?)

Once upon a time ago, I had to have some of Denyse Schmidts new line of fabric Katie Jump Rope. Not available locally... I only wanted a "charm" or two... Not a fat quarter bundle. But it seems that charm packs are a Moda thing and Katie Jump Rope is Freespirit. (I was going to do the tumbler quilt that is shown...)

Susan came to my rescue (At her shop they are cutting charms)! & then they sat next to another "mod" collection of charms (Summer in the city).

I now will be turning them into circles and applying them to a chocolate background - with the circles lined up nice & touching. :o) (I might mix in some other fabrics - for a nice 10 x 10 layout of the circles - I have about 75 now...) Maybe some of that Joel Dewberry stuff?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Joel Dewberry prints


Joel Dewberry prints
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The fabrics I was telling you about from Sunday... I hope to find more of these on Sunday in Hershey. They are divided by "line" the bottom being Aviary.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Did I tell you?

Once upon a time ago, when we first purchased our Condo, we replaced most of the appliances. The laundry unit stacks in the kitchen in our unit. The old one started to go bad about a month or so ago, my husband figured out how to make it work using the delicate cycle & spinning it twice... So we went shopping for a washer/dryer. To begin we did not want the apartment sized model that we had - laundry was going all the time with just two people. Second, we only have 26.5 inches in which to place a new washer dryer unit. Most of them are 27 inches... So we found one at Sears & the sales lady looking at the brochure assured us that it would fit, so we ordered it. When it came in, it did not fit - luckily we figured that out before they took it off the truck. So what to do... In the mean time, the dryer quit getting hot, so we have been doing weekely jaunts to the laundromat - FUN, NOT!

There are very few options for our space... (we have granite couter tops and the dishwasher is right next to where the washer dryer goes, so there was no make the space bigger option available.)

Third "issue" the old unit used gas for the dryer and 110 volts for the electric. Gas is only available with the apartment sized unit in our size range, so we had to hire an electrician to give us two 220 electrical boxes, one for the washer & one for the dryer.

Yesterday, our new washer/dryer was installed. We got it in stainless to match the other appliances.

I am so happy not to have to go to the laundromat again...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hop skip and a Jump


Hop skip and a Jump
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Something quilty on a quilt blog... One of my current WIPs. Hop Skip and a Jump pattern by Denyse Schmidt. 4 of 12 blocks, Kona Snow with an assortment of dark blues, including a selection of my Judaica Prints. Since the second anniversary gift is traditionally cotton, this is potentially a gift for my husband.

Rhapsody


Rhapsody
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Rhapsody's response to the squirrel.

RB & the squirrel


RB & the squirrel
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The infamouse (typo - but the sentiment fits, so it is staying) cat vs. squirrel part 2 photo.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Joel Dewberry, Hershey, HP, My cat, & Quilting

Have you been to GoneAussieQuilting ? Did you see what She just got? Joel Dewberry fabric... I just got some too & I got some of the Aviary collection too. (My LQS got an "intersting" assortment to say the least...) I hope to get some more in Hershey.

I think I know how I will use mine... I got a (New to me at least) Atkinson Designs book, Happy Hour. I can kind of see fussy cut birds in the smaller rectangles....

Not sure yet.

Hershey - NEXT SUNDAY!

HP - as in Harry Potter, not Hewlett Packard (In case anyone was questioning) Am I the only one who is not "into" Harry Potter? I just don't get it. I think I saw the first 3 movies... (I also never got into Star Wars - I have not seen any of those movies - just bits & pieces when they are on TV) I never even halfway considered reading any of them... (Even before I had 4000 terribly boring pages to read for my class that last for 6 weeks.)

My cat - I wish I remembered my camera & that I would be downloading photographs...
RB the mighty hunter (He brings me his sparkly ball & catnip carrot, so he is a hunter!) spotted a squirrel! RB was inside while the squirrel was outside... So I cracked the sliding glass door - expecting the squirrel to vamoose... he didn't so RB stealthfully snuck up on him. I missed the actual encounter, but the squirrel ran off like he pants were on fire! The best part of the story - we had Part B! Only this time RB never snuck up on the squirrel, just stealthfully get into position... I got a photo of RB at the corner of the patio looking at the squirrel. :o) Rhapsody was nonplussed by the whole goings on...

I pieced on my Hop Skip & Jump - aka Flea Market Fancy a pattern by Denyse Schmidt. The quilt has 12 blocks, I cut out 7 freezer paper templates. I find it easier to cut the fabric out with the freezer paper templates attached that any other method. I then pressed some of them to the next round of fabric & started to trim them - my achey brakey hand.... OY! I want to do one more quilt using this pattern...

So I decided to rotary cut a Yellow Brick Road (An Atkinson Designs pattern) quilt using Halloween fabrics. (I am trying to use them up.)

& I did a bit of hand quilting on my Freshcut Courthouse steps quilt.

Acorn Squash Lasagne

For Laurie Ann at Quilting Rush I am sure that this will work with Zucchini too.
You may not even have to puree the squash, just "steam" and slice/layer.

Acorn Squash Lasagna

In gredients
Olive oil, for baking dish
4 cups Acorn Squash Purée or 2 packages (12 ounces each) frozen winter squash purée, thawed
½ teaspoon dried rubbed sage
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 no-boil lasagna noodles (half of an 8-ounce package)

Acorn Squash Purée
Basic Acorn Squash
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon coarse salt

Basic Acorn Squash
2 whole acorn squash (about 2 pounds each)


Acorn Squash Lasagna

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes


Preheat oven to 400°. Brush an 8-inch square baking dish with oil; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix squash purée with sage, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In another bowl, mix ricotta with ½ cup Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
Lay 2 lasagna noodles in the bottom of prepared dish; spread with half the squash mixture. Layer with 2 more noodles, and spread with half the ricotta mixture. Repeat layering with remaining noodles and mixtures. Sprinkle top (ricotta mixture) with remaining ½ cup Parmesan.
Cover baking dish with foil; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until lasagna is heated through, about 45 minutes; remove foil, and continue baking until golden on top, 20 to 25 minutes more.
Per serving: 439 calories; 16 grams fat; 25.1 grams protein; 50.6 grams carbohydrates; 4.5 grams fiber

Acorn Squash PuréeMakes 4 cups; Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prepare Basic Acorn Squash. When cool enough to handle, halve each squash lengthwise. Scoop out and discard seeds; scrape out flesh from squash halves, and transfer to a food processor (discard skin). Process until smooth. You can also season it and serve it as a side dish.
In a medium saucepan, combine squash purée with 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Cook over medium heat until hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle lightly with ground nutmeg.
Per serving: (per cup) 91 calories; 0.2 gram fat; 1.8 grams protein; 23.6 grams carbohydrates; 3.4 grams fiber

Basic Acorn Squash Serves 4
Preheat oven to 400°. Place 2 whole acorn squash (about 2 pounds each) on a rimmed baking sheet; bake, turning occasionally, until very tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 1 hour.
Note: The squash can also be cooked in the microwave: Place whole squash on a paper towel; microwave on high, turning occasionally, until very tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes

Thursday, July 19, 2007

one on one


O.k. So I stole the photo from Susan (She sent me the quilt, I guess I can have the picture too.) go ahead & pooh-pooh me.
I am a bit of an enabler... So when she said that she thought about joining, but was worried about thetimeline & such - I suggested that we do a 1 for 1 swap. We did decide to finish them by the end of july, so Iam not late - yet. But it has been waiting patiently for the binding for a while... I even hand quilted the little bugger.
Hopefully I can bind it tonight before my husband gets home to remind me about my homework & housework.
I love it, it was so nice to get "real mail." (My husbands birthday is tomorrow, so the real mail has been addressed to him as of late.)
Happy Birthday - I probably won't be posting tomorrow...

Monday, July 16, 2007

eating

If nothing else fails I can always eat - & it shows...
So i was finally able to try Libby's Tomato Pie - AWESOME! Only I decided to buy a frozen pie crust... I had to buy two crusts & they are not packaged in a manner conducive to refreezing - if that is even safe to begin with... So what to so with the other crust? Make an apple pie... Not as good as Libby's Tomato Pie, but it used the other pie shell, & it was rather soothing to peel, core & slice all of those apples.

I also got to try Deb's Guacamosalsa - Also Awesome! My first time using an avocado :o) She blogged the recipe a while ago - I can't find it to hyperlink to it - luckily Deb e-mailed it to me. It was a hit at sew-n-tell, my mini group. Hopefully it will be a winner at a pot luck BBQ that my husband & I are going to in a few weeks. :o)

Is this the quilt?

Special thanks to Karen at sewprimitive quilter. She took my idea an ran with it right to her EQ. This is the "gist" of the quilt that I saw. Turns out that I don't know the name of the star block that I saw - I looked in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of blocks, under Ohio Star & what I thought was na Ohio star was not there...

Any way the quilt is neat, right? I think the log cabin (it could also be a 9 patch keeping the red in the center with white all around) alternating block is so neat... Almost like faux sashing in an unususal setting...

No, I am not making this quilt... (Nor am I going to try to do the one that had the star points made out of quarter square triangles.) I can & do like several quilts without the desire/need to make them.

Friday, July 13, 2007

EQ

The one time I wish I had EQ. Last night while watching a bit of TV (when I should have been reading for my class...) I stopped at "If Walls Could Talk" an HGTV TV show...

Aside: I so do not care fo rall of those "sell this house" & "I want to buy a bouse" shows...
I so miss the crafty shows...

I saw on a bed an Ohio Star Quilt. I think the quilt was red & white - red stars white background. You know how the Ohio Star is a 9-patch block... O.K. take the center square measurement and for your alternating block make a log cabin/9-patch that has the red square in the center and is surrounded by the white... In essence, you have Ohio Star blocks next to "Ohios Star" blocks without the star points...

It looked cool, even if I am not describing it well...

Monday, July 09, 2007

Doll Quilt Swap II - the links

My Doll Quilt Swap II came from Becky at Quilts and Such.
Doll Quilt SWap II
As I mentioned before, I used to collect these Oriental prints & I still have a few UFO's to complete & A stash big enough to make several other things - like I thought I would make a jacket - so I have some BIG pieces... (Not something I can say for the most part... I like variety, so I buy lots of small pieces, not a few big pieces.) Now I kind of want ot work on this stuff again - egads - it is a wonder that I finish anything! I am such a dandylion!

My Quilt went to Erin at Art Momma.
DQSII
But I did finish this! You knew that The Calico Cat had to send a cat quilt, especially when she was told quilter's choice... :o) (Thankkfully I did not get Thimbleberries - nothing against them, I just don't own them... & I could not just buy 1 or 2...) I hand quilted it from the front and the back - on the front I kind of followed the wonky check, on the back I followed the wonky check as well - I did one line of in the ditch separating the body of the quilt from the border, mostly so that once I switched to the back, I would know where I needed to quilt...
One at a time...

Once Upon a Time, pattern by Ringle & Kerr in their book Modern Quilt Workshop. (Totally inspirational - 1 book that I would recommend.) & when I was working on Plain Spoken, I e-mailed a question & got an answer... YAY!
The top:
once upon a time
The back:
quilt back without label (my friend machine embroidered a label, that I attached after taking this photograph.)
The quilting:
quilting It is a dragonfly - there are two dragon fly prints on the quilt. I have no idea why I had (have) 2 dragon fly prints (I may actually have 3), but I do...
So the quilt is called Once Upon a Time, because you tell stories by following the lines... There are intentional dead ends - so that the stories can end... Quietly tell the story at nap time, more animated, "Can you find ____" at play time....
Here is my story:
Once upon a time ago there was a lady from
Australia
She taught English as a Second language in a
school house
in
Africa.
We met on the (big bad) internet
e-mail
I found out that the lady likes to
book
a lot while drinking
coffee & cat
or
knitting cat
with her cat.
(Yes, The Calico Cat included cat prints)
The End.
Would you like to visit the Lady's blog: Go here: Ruth's Place.
(No she has not had the baby yet...)

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Doll Quilt Swap II


Doll Quilt SWap II
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The is the quilt that I got from South Dakota. I'll write more next late, including the makers name & a hyperlink.

I love it, I used to collect these Oriental prints & I still have a few UFO's to do using them - seeing thise little gem, I am (almost) spurned on to work on them... :o) I'll post what I have been working on and the "next in que" projects later in the week.

I am so glad that everything worked out in the end - I guess postal wise, I really did sweat the small stuff.

once upon a time


once upon a time
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is the baby quilt that I sent to South Africa. (One that I worried about with the postal issues...) I'll write more next week. including close ups.

DQSII


DQSII
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is the quilt that I sent to Erin in Florida. (Quick post, I'll say more & add hyper links next week.)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

doll quilts and small stuff

i am posting from my cell phone...
my doll quilt arrived safe and sound. I hope to post
photos tomorrow.

i got a lot of great advice on the small stuff, thanks.


Friday, July 06, 2007

doll quilt swap II

I got my quilt. Photos tomorrow - I hope. :o)


The small stuff - a rant

I suppose everyone has heard the expression, "Don't sweat the small stuff." right? My MIL says "That's chicken sh!t" which is the same thing with a more colorful New York accent/dialect/translation.

If I mail something first class to another state in the East & it takes far longer than it should, & I worry over it, like a soft boild egg - am I sweating the small stuff?* Is this o.k.? When has it gone too far?

I also bring this up, because I apparently married my opposite - he sweats all over the small stuff & I ignore it... 99% of the time, if it bugs him, it does not bug me & vice versa. So we are regularly in the hen house slinging the quote "That's chicken sh!t." In the begining, it was funny - because who say's that really - besides my husband's family? It isn't funny anymore... (Especially not when his mom say's it, because she has more important things to worry over than her son's needs/feelings/work schedule.)

I know someone who is in a similar situation, but she has been there for so long, that she is numb and marginalized... That is a fear for me, so I stand up for my "Chicken sh!t." (Even if I am sweating the small stuff.) I hold onto it as if it is the only thing that I have/know. I am almost comforted by it...

My job is all (I Mean ALL) about the small stuff... I am regularly redoing "text alignment" kind of small stuff... (As if how it looks is more important that what it says - I don't intuitively notice that cr@p, so I regularly get to redo.) So this job is probably not a good fit for me, but I keep at it because it keeps a roof over my head and food on the table... Since I (more or less/before or after) pay attention to the work small stuff (under duress), the home life small stuff I don't so much pay attention to...

I wonder where all of this comes from? Is it our upbringing? have I given up on worrying about the small stuff, because we (not overtly in a we are starving manner) had to worry about stuff like food when I was growing up? & now everything pales in comparison. We went to the grocery store once a month, stocked up on canned goods, my dad would purchase "X" number of items, to last "X" number of days...

The one thing that resonnated from my college experience is my standing in line at the bookstore and overhearing a girl telling her friend that the soda & candy had to be on a separare tab becasue her dad would only pay for her books. Meanwhile no one even bought me a pencil. Yes, I am still working on those feelings... It is a long process, & with my dad bringing up my (he fails to include my sister or 2 step-brothers in the equation) sneaking the food listed above... An afternoon snack for a tween/teen was not part of his purchasing matrix.

I have a GF who when she moved out of mom & dads house had all of her furniture purchased for her, condo painted, carpet replaced, bathroom decorated - no make do for her, when she had an "oops" with her budget, her dad paid the bill, her dad still covers her auto insurance/cell phone, because it is not a hardship on him & because it is easier all around to stick with the status quo... So she has a completely different level of viewing "chicken sh!t/small stuff." As in I have never seen her worry about ANYTHING.

Any sage advice out there in the blog-o-sphere? I am here to chat/listen...

*Once again, I am also putting my (thoughts/feelings/actions/reactions) onto someone else... because yes, I am wondering if the receiver has it, but has been too busy to mention it. I know life gets in the way, thigs get set aside, etc.

I wish I could say that I felt better for getting that off of my chest, but...

Here's hoping for a quilty photo filled post this weekend... (I am going to the Hershey Quilt Show in a couple weeks.)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Another tale from a self-confessed cat-fabric addict

So yesterday was the 4th of July - Happy belated Independence Day to those of you who celebrate it (Happy belated Canada Day while I am at it...) It sure felt like Saturday which made coming into the office especially hard this morning.

So my husband & I went out for brunch at IHOP - I love that they give you a couple of pancakes on the side :o) Next to my IHOP is Hancock's the chain fabric store. Since we had a wait, I perused... I found 7 new to me cat prints MEOW! (The quality is o.k., not the best, but not the worst either, I buy what I like, where I like.) On the way home, we stopped into the Joann's as well where I found several (20-ish) new to me cat prints as well. >^..^< I had not shopped in either store in a while.

We had pretty bad storms, but I was in studying, watching a movie - related to my class, and cutting some new cat fabrics for my cat charm quilt.

Total number of charms needed for my design = @1000
Total on hand before my S.E.X. yesterday = @960
Total on hand now = @980
All of this make Amy a happy gal. I only "need" 27 more cat charms :o) for my charm quilt.
(Thanks again to Patti & Evelyn who sent me fabric/cat charms - some of which were "needed" all of which were appreciated!)

Plan A had 25-patch blocks on point with 9-patches on the edges, so that the setting triangles would not be monsters & so that I could use more cat prints :o)

25 & 9 did not work out well together - so....

Plan B has 36-patches on point with the 9-patches - 36 (with 6 on a side) is double the 9 (with 3 on a side) so it works out much better.

So last night I sewed charms into pairs getting them ready to attach to my "25-patch blocks."

I also prepared my freezer paper templates for another quilt, but I did not have a staple puller, so I set that aside. (I staple 6 layers together, stapling the heck out of it and then cut 6 of each at once.)

Monday, July 02, 2007

mail

Oh postal delivery system, why do you vex me so?

What do I mean?

Last week on like Monday I sent a package via first class mail that should have arrived on Thursday or Friday... Did it? Apparently not.

I also sent a package to a foreign land complete with tracking (not that I remembered to keep the receipt - the mail is supposed to work, I should not have to track it, ahem.) and it should arrive today or tomorrow.

Hopefully one of my packages will arrive to its destination soon.

In the mean time, since I am abstaining from blogging, I am apparently also abstaining from quilting... All I have done so far is pull some fabric for a new project... (I should take a picture of my fabric bundle, huh?)

What have I been doing instead?

My husband & I were tourists in our own town. :o)

We rode our bicycles on the C&O canal tow path. (We also rode on the canal barge.) I have lots of photographs - on my camera...

I start yet another class tonight - this one is sure to kill me based on the reading list alone... 5 weeks - 2 days per week, 4 text books and excerpts/articles numbering the multiple 100's of pages... AYE! AYE! AYE!

Happy quilting and exercizing - I'll keep the bah humbug on studying to myself.