Friday, November 30, 2007
A close up of the quilting and a couple charms.
The back & binding.
My husband & I are going to Israel in less than a month! His friend's wife is about to have or just had a new baby (last we heard - about a week ago - they were still expecting), this quilt is for the older sister. (I'll share the one for the baby tomorrow...)
I would love to say that this was all from stash, but alas only the novelties came from my stash. I don't generally buy large enough pieces for this effect. Nor to I buy the "all over" type prints. I bought the backing because it is perfect for a Jewish child & the blue tied in with the blue from the front.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
This one did it to me.
It is a Mystery/Suspense & DEFINATELY not for the kids.
I saw it last night on Showtime... I never even saw the movie trailer on TV. I was just channel Surfing. I started it about 10 minutes late... I am so going to watch this again from the begining... It is that kind of movie...
(Kinda like the one where the kid said, "I see dead people" & they you go back & you see what you did not see before...)
It may not be your cuppa, but...
Caveat: I am by no means a movie critic, I can't tell if the acting is "good" or not, & I can not condone anything that the actors do in the movie, good bad or indifferent.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I am not sure that I have a single comfort food... But one that is on my list (even though I have not had it in a long time) is Rice Pudding. I first met Rice Pudding when I moved to Baltimore in 1994. My boy friend at the time liked it a lot... He would get the pre-made stuff out of the dairy case in the grocery store & eat it cold. I decided that I could make it - what is so hard... I winged it & the first time it worked out perfectly (it flopped thereafter, not unlike my pecan pies...) Then I decided to look for a recipe. I found this one:
Rice PuddingAdapted from The Joy of Cooking, 1997
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the rice, water, and salt. Place over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Add the milk and sugar, and stir to mix. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice and milk have come together into a creamy, amalgamated porridge. Don't overcook it, or it will get too solid upon cooling. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the vanilla extract. Stir well. Scoop the pudding into a serving bowl or individual cups, and press a sheet of plastic wrap against its surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill.
It is so yum, but what is so much better on a cold day (not unlike today) is to eat it hot! (o.k. warm, so you don't burn your tongue.)
You can mix in raisins or other dried fruits, add cinnamon &/or nutmeg (pumpkin pie spice) what ever you like.
My question to those of you who are more knowlegeable that me...
Do you think this would work with brown rice?
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Similarly, ATET, also made an offering...
I had such poor timing... I was going to Houston right after making the offer, I had to catch up on life, work, etc. after returning & the best part... I had to find the darn thing that I misplaced in the mean time...
(Insert sheepish grin)
Nancy, of Blogging Near Philadelphia fame is the winner of a charm pack! (One of the old ones that came in a tin) and of my UFO that used to other charm pack.
I have your address & I will try to get it out before I ship what you should be expecting from me on the 15th....
I start work at 6:30. I know that sounds horrible. But where I live leaving any later compounds the commuting headache logarhymithically (That has to be spelled incorrectly - but I have not had a calculus class in more than a decade - thankyouverymuch.) Also on the flip side, I get off at 3. I don't know about you, but I can think of a lot of things to do in the late afternoon.
So I was going to take a picture of what I have been seeing in the morning for the past month - about a MILLION crows. I swear the trees look like the leaves have been replaced by crows.
I also figured out why I have not won the lottery... I used up my luck in not getting dive bombed by all of those crows... When I walk to my car, the sidewalk is almost covered in bird poo - so my escape is no small miracle.
No, I am not a morning person perse, but I suffer through for the afternoon. All of this is subject to change if I have a baby, but for the mean time...
Monday, November 26, 2007
2. Thanks for all of the help regarding my chocolate pie - and follow-up questions.
It turned out great... Turns out I did not have as much chocolate on hand as I thought, so I went to the store & purchased what was called for... :o)
3. My turkey could not have been better! I used the America's Test Kitcken method (only I added Rosemary & Sage to the mix...) & it worked brilliantly!
4. My gravy was o.k. - my GF liked it a lot more than me & since she was my guest, that really is all that matters, right?
5. My timing still leaves a lot to be desired... I either think things will take less or more time that they do... I use a thermometer to guage the doneness of my meats, so I had to call my GF to see if she could arrive earlier :o) Luckily, the other stuff was on the plain & quick to prepare side... :o) (I baked my pies on Wednesday.)
Also on Wednesday, I cut & started to piece a quilt top... :o) I wanted a "tah-dah" moment on Friday when my GF & I planned to return to the quilt shop.
6. After the meal... We waited a bit to eat the pies - aka played with fabric while my husband watched the football game... We rearranged blocks - Who knew 15 blocks would be so hard to arrange? I finished piecing the top... it is long and narrow :o(
I had previously pulled fabrics for quilts that I want to make from a new book:
(lots of fun projects)
I plan to do this quilt:
In these fabrics:
(I will add a lavendar solid also from my stash!)
7. later that evening, I worked on some other quilty things - like adding borders and piecing backs for a few things that have been lingering....
8. So we drive "all the way to Virginia." (Some people make a very big deal out of crossing the Potomac - I'm just saying...) to the quilt shop on Black Friday - the biggest retail shopping day of the year... to find the shop closed. :o( & to think, even Rhapsody wanted to go
So we went to a shop that my GF wanted to check out closer to me - Penzys - a spice shop & the quilt shop, that is probably the closest to me. They had fat quarters on sale for $1.25 each. (I was SOOOOO good! I got a few for some very specific projects. Nothing to stash enhance.) I also got a couple cuts for binding - if the fabrics in your quilt are matchy-matchy - they your binding should match too. (Justifying - maybe.) After my GF dropped me off, I worked on more "quilt chores."
9. On Saturday, we decided to drive "all the way to Virginia" again... We called first this time & made sure that we talked to a real live person, not just an answering machine that would lead you to believe that they were open every day... I got some fabric for a border & binding - for the "tah dah" quilt that ended up long & narrow without a border.
(yes, that is the same photo - it is still long & narrow.)
I did not get my "tah dah" moment, the owner was too busy - she had to call someone in to help - she did not think they they would be busy - it was busier on Saturday morning than it had been on Quilter's Quest while I was there... (Again this is a matchy-matchy quilt, so the border needed to match & 36 inches is not wide enough, so the extra 20 inches in border will help a lot. Luckily it is a big print so that it won't look too funny, Right?)
10. quilty accomplishments over the long weekend:
cut & pieced 15 blocks
pieced a quilt top from blocks that have been done for a while
added a border to 1 top, pieced the back for that top
pieced a back for two other tops
found the top & back that I want to send out for quilting
Purchased binding fabric for 2 tops
Purchased border & binding fabric for another top
drove "all the way to Virginia" twice.
What did you do? Did you catch the stashbusting in this post? I actually did a whole lot of work from my stash, like piecing backs & adding borders! (& some planning too.)
Back to the food, I almost forgot, that last night I finally got to the carcass & made turkey soup. (I will use the broth as the base for mushroom soup tonight.) & my husband made turkey salad. I even got to freeze a turkey breast. :o)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If you buy a frozen pie crust, you are actually forced to buy two... It is not smart or very "doable" to use one at a time - packaging issues and thaw refreeze issues...
So I had to come up with a second pie flavor for tomorrow... For shame, huh? I hear you all crying out there...
I have decided to do a chocolate pie.
How many ounces are in 1.75 cups? The recipe calls for 1.75 cups of Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips... I want to use the bar of baking chocolate that I already own...
I plan on baking the pies tonight so a quick respose is appreciated!
Dry measure, 1 cup = 8 ounces. Does that sound right?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
going to endeavor/try to not buy fabric in the future.
Try being the word in emphasis.
This barely a smidgen of my taupe collection.
I have finally cut a 5.75 strip off of every piece that is 1/2 yard and smaller. I plan to make the Isotaupe quilt that was featured in QNM earlier this year. You too can play along... Free instructions here. (If you just want to see the finished quilt, click on either Isotaupe.)
I have a lot more mediums & darks, but apparently I do not have photos of them.
Some other possible & probable ideas for my Taupes:
An applique project with a scrappy light background.
Ping - a BOM
A BAQ block... (no sense in creating a whole nuther UFO in that genre.)
Japanese Puzzle - I bought the pattern & the template... (I originally was going to do this in Asian prints...)
That will hopfully make a dent in 1 of my fabric collections.
Also I want to use my "new" fabrics that might be considered "trendy" so that I won't have one of those "what was I thinking" moments in a year or sooner. (I have a Jinny Beyer kit that keeps screaming that very phrase to me. I still like the pattern & the fabrics, but I still do not want to do that kind of piecing...)
So I am unofficially officially joining Judy in a year of Austerity. (quit laughing so hard...)
Monday, November 19, 2007
- Turkey (I am using the America's Test Kitchen method/recipe - plus a few herbs)
- I will try once again to make a gravy from the drippings - I have ruined it more times than not... the rue ruins me - how is that for alliteration?
- Sweet potatos - baked & served plain (maybe with pumpkin pie spice)
- Baked potatos - ditto, except the spice would probably be different :o) Am I the only one who is convinced that all "-tos" should have an "e?" Just wondering.
- Quinoa - maybe plain, maybe with sauteed veggies and toasted nuts thrown in... Probably plain, they already have a nutty flavor.
- carrots - just boiled
- Squash - made with apples and pumpkin pie spice
- Stuffing - maybe, depends on my mood - this is a late addition to the menu (I would do a variation of the hyperlinked recipe.) My Girlfriend is going to make this too. I though we had enough "starch" but she would miss stuffing (I probably would too honestly - but I messed it up last year.)
- sauteed spinach with wild mushrooms
- my girl friend is bringing cranberry sauce
- my girlfriend is bringing an apple pie
- sweet potato pie with a candied pecan topping - served well after the main meal, because of the heavy cream & butter...
Are there any glaring omissions - I don't care for green bean casserole - or any other gloppy vegetables in disguise. My girlfriend doesn't like cruciferous vegetables, so the roasted cauliflower & broccoli is out... I can't make anything with milk, cheese, or butter...
Feel free to share your Thanksgiving Menu - or any similar harvest menu...
Rhapsody the Computer Geek
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Not the best photo of my cat, but you can see that she is staring intently at the computer screen, right? Well, on the Mac, there is a software updater icon that bounces when you have an update... She is watching the bounce...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
my text books
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
This is my response to the meme on Jeanne's blog "Spiral." Page 161, sentence 6. You wanna join in the fun - have at it!
To start, I am honestly reading these three at the same time. They are the text books for my class at American University on negotiations.
From the Blue book, Negotiation readings, exercises, and cases by Lewicki, et al., "Consider the curious, consistent, and robust finding in a number of studies that buyers tend to outperform sellers in market settings in which the balance of power is equal." Complete with a endnote crediting a book by Bazerman et al. Negotiating Rationally.
Oh you wanted more...
From Leverage by Volkema (My professor) " The participants in a multiparty negotiation always consist of the primary parties that 'own' the problem or opportunity being negotiated (that is, the individuals who are directly affected by the agreement).
& From The Negotiation Tool Kit also by Volkema (not surprise there huh?) "If you find someone from another culture to negotiate with you, all the better." (Which kind of harkens back to my cryptic message the other day about Scandinavian Culture...)
I went back to the Ami Simms website & found the photo that I sent for her "What were they thinking" file a long time ago - I was still living in Washington DC when I sent it...
You can take a look at it here Passover Ad.
I'll have a really cute photo tomorrow - I have to download it first...
Oh & I have to think seriously about a project. It worked out far differently in my mind that it did in fabric... (I can't ask any specific questions, lest I want to spoil the suprise...)
Anyone know of any "clever" layouts for 6 blocks? What about if the blocks are "mirror images" like one is green on red while the next is red on green - I have 3 sets of obvious pairs.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
O.K. Hanukkah is the next Jewish Holiday. O.K. is it the one that stores know how to sell to the most.
(Grocers are catching on to Passover, but I still see "Not for passover" on the labels of some of the Passover Specials. Not to mention that Ad that I saw for HAM that had Happy Passover on it...)
O.K. Hanukkah is only a few weeks away...
I am still trying to figure out my Thanksgiving menu!
(& if I wait long enough, some of this might be on sale later...)
Thank you all the same for having stuff for sale. (Yes, Christmas had a WHOLE aisle, not just an end cap...)
Dogwood in fall? Spring is still holding tight.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
I took this photo a few days ago with the phone on my camera. Yes, that is a Dogwood Tree. Yes, in North America it is fall. Yes, Dogwoods blossom in the Spring. Yes, those stubborn petals are still on the tree. Gotta love nature.
Fall is my favorite season. I really had hoped that Dogwoods changed into a vibrant orange or showy yellow, but alas this is their fall persona.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We are doing a round robin project that is inspired by one that May Britt did... (If I wasn't a lazy blogger, I would search for the exact post...)
Oh & I would expound on some thiings that I learned in my @$3,000 a credit class on negotiations about "Scandinavian" culture... (We had to do a report on one country & someone did a Nordic country, but I can not recall which one at the moment... Sorry.) But I am lazy...
So I will share what I can now about our little round robin...
My starter block. (Overall we are being secretive - so I won't be able to give you a blow by blow of what I am doing on each quilt.)
Is any one suprised about my block choice? Can anyone guess about my general guidelines?
While I was working on it, she was snoopervising.
All together now, AWWWWWW
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
bag body 2
Originally uploaded by magscrafts
Can someone explain what is going on in my brain?
While on the shop hop, I got 15 of these fat quarters. They are called Surf & Sand and are put out by Marcus Brothers.
But I missed the stripe & the cross hatch print. Those two are what I keep thinking about, not the 15 that I do have...
It's an illness I tell ya!
BTW I plan to make "Birthday Gifts" (A pattern by Atkinson Designs) with these. it is the one on the cover of Take Two. I know Sam & I think Gone Aussie Quilting made quilts with that pattern...
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thanks to Deb for posting it to her blog.... Go see if you were nailed too!
Shakespeare in the Park quilt top
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Just a quick, "What's new in my corner of the Universe" post before I catch up on a TON of blogs....
This quilt top was made with 2 fabrics. One of which was a commerical "faux" hand dyed print by Ricky Timms. While it was purchsed in a quilt shop, the quality was far from ideal.... But the look is exactly what I was after. The pattern is by Judy Martin & for once was faithfully followed. (I guess now would be an ideal time to mention that I had a friend do the piecing... This was so far down on my "TO DO" list that it wasn't getting done...)
If you are a "neatnick" you have read far enough... Come back in several sentences.
I am not a neatnick. My husband is less of one... Not a pretty combination.
We both seem to suffer from flat surface-itis - no flat surface can stay clear....
So this past weekend, we did a good clean. (not a great clean, but a very good clean) of our abode.
Are we alone? When will I get to going through the stuff that just moved to the bedroom &/or studio?
Since (the American) Thanksgiving is next week. (Which reminds me, happy belated Veteran's Day - I enjoyed my time at the Dentist - NOT!) I was able to convince my husband to try to keep it somewhat clear... :o)
The neatnicks in the crowd are welcome back.
Quilt shop Hopping - anyone do it? anyone enjoy the process?
I have decided that I am not a hopper - I actually knew that already (not unlike any other gambling that I have tried - I have not had the positive reinforcement to do it more that once or twice.) I used the shop hop as an excuse to visit a shop that is new to me - only after I was told be someone who knows that the shop was one that I would like - she was so right!
The Artful Quilter in Centreville, Virginia (Google it - I am blogging from Flickr, so I can't hyperlink it, sorry.) is sooooo me on sooooo many levels. That & I think they carry the whole kit & kaboodle that Kaffe ever put out. I am not sure how he can keep printing it, but as I was in the shop they were unloading "new" old stuff & said that they try to keep it in stock.
Apparently, when some people see "X" quilt in "Y" book made with "Z" selection of fabrics, they want to copy it... So a smart shop tries to keep those fabrics on hand...
I was going to visit the shop nearest it - since I was so close, but not unlike Houston, I shot my wad in one spot!
I did go to one of my regular shops the next day to enter the raffle & to drop off my challenge quilt - the one that I apparently forgot to take a photo of... Ah well, hopefully I will be able to blog about how I won the prize...
I mentioned Thanksgiving earlier - any plans out there? menus? (I am almost set... I'll blog that in a couple more days too...)
Saturday, November 10, 2007
cat and quilt on bed
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Here is a look at what is on my bed... I rotate the quilts that are on the bed and on the wall with the exception of the cat quilt. Yes, one if not both of my real cats are on the bed regularly as well. :o)
Friday, November 09, 2007
In no particular order....
Night Quilting with Hertzsprung & Russell by: Karen G. Fisher, Arizona
In general, I am not a big fan of embellishments... To me for the most part they seem "Ongepatcheket" (Yiddish for overdecorated/overdone) but this quilt used those star shaped buttons perfectly! (The link explains the relevance & the quilt name.)
Up, Up, & Away By: David Taylor, Colorado
Perspective, Perspective, Perspective!
The Time of Amber By: Junko Sawada, Japan
I apparently like "pictoral" quilts... I really like this Japanese version for the unusual fabric choices.
My Sweet Town By: Mayume Ueda, Japan
What is a Koban? (Any one care to hazard a guess as to why I like this taupe quilt?)
A Bright Summer Day By: Ulla Addresson, Italy
I usually go for pictorals that are blatantly unabashedly quilts... I like to see old-fashioned green calicos used as leaves, etc. but this one impressed me anyway... What can I say?
Summer Succulants By: Suzanne M. Hyland, Utah
Love the purple orange color combination for this quilt of a plant! I also like the square on a square/small version on top of the large version technique.
Luminous Diamonds By: Cathy Tomm, Canada
Its black & white & bright - if I had place myself squarely in 1 box, that would be my box... I recognize so many of these prints from my own stash... This quilt appears to be "doable."
A journal quilt by L. Hayes, Illinois
Again, I like the way there are squares over the mainpiece... I like the use of photo transfers, I like the striated look of the earth... (I love that with journal & miniature quilts I can get the whole thing with out a terrible angle or people in the way. :o))
A Journal quilt By: E. Schamber, Virginia
The reflection/water is AWESOME!
A journal quilt by: R. Robertson, Maryland
I love the different techniques - especially the eye for "I" & the "S."
Packrat Palace by: Ruth Powers, Kansas
Another quilt where the embellishments are appropriate. Also this is a pictoral is made in a manner that says it is a quilt - not a photograph or painting.
Grand Poppy By: Lenore Crawford, Michigan
I love this background!
Prairie Dawn By: Ann Brauer, Mass.
I love the fabric choices that she made!
Kosher Chicken Deanna Apfel, California
This one was in the Art Whimsical category & boy did it ever make me grin!
Wild Cat by: Sandy Curran, Virginia "The Calico Cat" has to include a photo of a cat quilt...
Thursday, November 08, 2007
But I have been thinking about my loot... You all know how I plan primary, secondary, and tertiary projects for my fabrics. Well a quilt that Laurie Ann shared a long time ago was plagueing me - who shared it, when? What did I do with the photo that I saved? 1/2 hour later, I found it on my blog - I knew I blogged it before... I feel so much better - bet you want to know what quilt I am talking about, huh?
The one in this post from the past. OOPS that was a "list" post, I wonder how many things are still on the "list?" Did I accomplish any?
Well, I still have some of the buggy barn fabrics & the taupes have multiplied... (I have finally cut into those!)
But, I did the taupe tumbler quilt - it is almost done, done & I did Bonnie's Star Struck with the buggy barn prints. Some of the other ideas have faded into "I don't want to do that any more" like, the HST project, the rectangles project, the rail fence project, attic treasures, & Bento boxes.
So there are still "some" projects on my "list." The one that Laurie Ann shared is still one of them!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I practically blew my loot in one spot - Pinwheels. You guys know how much I love my taupes...
I was a "good girl" I went wanting lights & I left with lights. :o) I am going to use these as the background for an applique project. (& They will work their way into other stuff I am sure.)
I also got a charm pack
& some new stuff that they are carrying...
Any ideas on how to use them? They are slightly heavier that quilters cotton... I always like to see multiple color ways or positive negatives in projects, so I got "all" of the green ones... :o)
I also got gifties for me sew-n-tell friends & a travel cushion/sewing storage bag...
It has a place for a cushion & then the two sides fold out and down your folding chair with zippered pouces to keep thread, scissors & the like, when you fold it up, there are pockets on both sides, one zipps and one that closes with velcro, the whole thing closes with a velcro closure & ther are two handles for totinig about.
My sew-n-tell group meets in the classroom area of a quilt shop - so this should come in handy regularly!
That was it...
If I had been in the market for Kaffe Fassett or Amy Butler, I would have been in luck... I guess that "trend" is catching on - finally.
I did not see any Denyse Schmidt fabircs - I was looking for them, but I did not look too hard, the hoardes were impossible to get through in places...
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
As an aside I have a funny story... I was walking (raher briskly) past a couple of "older" ladies who were looking at a quilt by a Japanese entrant. The quilter used Sunbonnet Sue. The one ladt asked the other why she used Sunbonnet Sue... Her answer - I guess the same reason why so many Americans use Japanese styled fabrics... (Not the exact words, but the gist!)
I got to meet up with two bloggers Sophie & Vicki. I think I look better in Vicki's photo... I suffer from too many cameras syndrome...
For better or worse, here is the one that Mr. Calico Cat took.
Don't bother enlarging it, Mr. Calico Cat did not hold the camera still. We all look better small. :o)
I had a bit of "startstruckesness" but I don't have photographic evidence, I am not that bad... Besides if I were, I would have deleted them to get pictures of the quilts.
Anyway I saw/met Mark Lipinski - the magazine guy, Alex Anderson, Mariane Fons, Paula Nadelstern, Helen Godden, Ami Simms, Frieda Adkins & Sally Collins.