Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Latourell Falls


Latourell Falls
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

These were my favorite falls. (Not sure what kind of flower that it, but I had fun taking an "Arty" shot.

Horsetail Falls


Horsetail Falls
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Here are the Horsetail Falls, my second favorite set of falls on the Columbia River Gorge, without the baby playing, you can see that in the next two posts!

At Horsetail Falls


At Horsetail Falls
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

In the next post, I mention being able to get right up to the water, he is Jacob testing it out. :o)

At Horsetail Falls


At Horsetail Falls
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

As I mentioned previously, most people only visit Multnomah Falls. This is at Horsetail falls, I know it kid of looks like a waterfall is growing out of jacob's head, but you could get right up to the water, so I sat him down and got down & dirty myself to capture this shot. (We used those wipes for more than a tushy after this stop!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yes, I am a quilter part 2

Here is another quilt the Kristie quilted for me. (Check out the linky love!)
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I go back & forth between calling this my NYC quilt and the post-it note quilt. The yellow looked a lot more like post-it notes before it was quilted.
Here is the back complete with Plan A blocks:
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That gray print is NYC monuments & The other print is Taxi Cabs.
Here are a couple favorite blocks:
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DSC08362.JPG Have I ever mentioned that I like positive/negatives? I am near the end of both of those kitties, they are both in my two cat charm quilts. :o) I love those charm quilts, they are a record of all the cat fabrics I have loved before... (Sorry Willie, that was too easy.)

I so can't wait to do the hand part of the binding so I can throw this one in the washer & dryer to get crinkly.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Yes, I am a quilter!


Yes, I am a quilter!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This pattern (I say that roughly as I appliqued instead of pieced & did not look at their measurements.) is by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr in their book Modern Quilt Workshop. 1 of only a few quilt books that I would highly recommend & never part with!

The circles & binding fabric are by Paula Nadelstern & I knew that they would become this quilt as soon as I saw them!

The watery stipple in purple thread is the perfect quilting design for this pattern in my opinion & I had considered something "else" on the circles... (Something akin to spirograph patterns)

The quilting was done by Kristie at quiltingcowgirl.blogspot.com & I couldn't recommend her enough!

Kitties on the back of my quilt.


Kitties on the back of my quilt.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

So I had this piece of fabric (That I got darn cheap at a quilter's yard sale!) that was a border print with the kitties only on the two selvages. I had no idea how to use this mostly floral fabric.

You know how to piece a back you occasionally cut a piece of fabric in half and seam up the selvage? That is what I did, only I cut the one of those two pieces in half and seamed up two sides keeping the most number of kitties possible for my quit!

Officially the only thing that my back has in common with the top is the purple in the flowers, but you know what - after I hand sew the bindings down it will be DONE!

Quilted by Kristie at quiltingcowgirl.blogspot.com & I love it! (Blogging from flickr, so no hyperlink...)

Friday, July 24, 2009

He wants to be the camera operator.

This will explain the ending of the next one. He just wants to help!

kiss kiss


kiss kiss
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
If you blink, you will miss it but the big flirt is learning how to kiss!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yes, we padded the tub with a towel. No crying, just a bit shocked.

In our condo, we don't have a tub. (We recently purchased a European toddler tub.) So I had to get a vidoe of Jacob in the tub while we were on vacation.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I liked this pattern in every iteration that I saw - you can see the edge of one that used a white on black print for the background without the pieced border...

The more I think about it, I like the simplicity & the black & bright colors.

I really like the "float" & the border on this version. But boy do you have to be or close to perfect for that border to work...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yes, I do believe that was a sheet.


Yes, I do believe that was a sheet.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

There have been a couple sheet swaps that I am aware of... here is an example of how those old sheets are gaining new life!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Charley Harper

Am I the only one that just fell onto the Charley Harper bandwagon - or off as the case may be?

I first heard about him at Sisters when I saw this quilt:
Children's book author/illustrator
detail:
Children's book author illustrator
& Since I don't read the placcards, I thought it was a child's name since it is about a nap sized quilt.
I am not sure where/when I made the connection that Charley Harper is an artist.
But now that I know, I like that quilt even more & want to get his children's books for my son.
ABC's
123's
Coincidentally, I saw those books and a few others at Powell's books... But alas, they did not make it into my cart.

Any other Charley Harper fans out there?

BTW I wrote this post after seeing this post.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

So early in the morning!


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since the main street in Sisters was going to close to car traffic at 6 a.m., we decided to get there at about 5:30, this is a photo that was taken close to that time. I think my husband "may" have finished his coffee, but we were no where near as chipper as Jacob!

BTW I saw quite a few "drive-up" coffee shops in Oregon, they reminded me of those circa 1970's foto-mats! Or a really nice sno-cone stand!

That is where we got our first coffee, after taking this photo & fiddling around on the computer (Sisters has free WiFi) we walked to a nice place (Ski Inn) for a very good breakfast.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

He loved looking at the water


He loved looking at the water
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

One of the things that I wanted to do while in Portland was to drive through the Columbia River Gorge. We did that! This photo was taken at Shepperd's Dell. (I did not plan on buying the new jacket...) I thought that only a few of us were taking the journey at this point in the day. Apparently most people take the main highway & only see Multnomah Falls. We could have "sold" our parking spot after eating at the restaurant, but we had yet to see the falls.

Nothing to do with the photo, but I can almost be called a journeywoman electrician, I changed the ballast in our flourescent light fixture! That was my excitement for the day. (Oh & I baked a cake for a BBQ that we are going to tomorrow.)

Friday, July 17, 2009

quilts


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I really liked the thematic hanging of the quilts at Sisters. These are obviously all Snails Trail quilts. You can really see how the fabric choices change the quilt eventhough the pattern remains the same.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

simple & effective


simple & effective
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Another Sisters quit that has nothing to do with the post!

I got the EQ help that I need, THANKS A BUNCH!

A favorite of mine - I like the gray...


A favorite of mine - I like the gray...
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The quilt has NOTHING to do with the post...

Do you EQ? Can you help me with 3 paper pieced blocks - I need the foundations to fit a very specific size... I don't EQ...

If you can hep in the right now time frame, I would be deeply indebted & appreciate it greatly!

Thanks in advance...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Technology


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

You've got to love technology! I am in the Denver Airport blogging (from flickr). We saw this quilt at an Interprative Center in Washington State after our drive to see the Columbia River Gorge & its falls. I figure a Spanish Galleon was pretty high tech in it's day... The gal who embroidered the block definitely knew what she was doing, the stitches were so tiny!

Good Bye Portland!


Were you at the Saturday Market on Sunday?
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Monday, July 13, 2009

Powell's Books


Powell's Books
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The Hebrew says, "Tehilim" which translates to Psalms. (We bought several Hebrew children's books - not an easy find outside of Israel.)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sisters


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Sisters was definitely an experience! I got too much sun, but what else is new.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sister's or Bust!


Sister's or Bust!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Tomorrow is the big day. We made it to our hotel in Bend, this photo was take along the way at a scenic overlook.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

For your viewing pleasure


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
There are apparently quite a few uses for those stacking blocks! (Ignore the kitty.) The Buy Buy Baby bag, all packed up & ready for Portland! (That is where I would drop, "Oh, we might need that in Portland" stuff.)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

It is all in the numbers

On this day at 4:05:06 the numbers will line up magically!

04:05:06 07/08/09

so take a minute & look at a digital clock!

This message brought to you from a gal whose favorite time is 12:34.
(& perhaps that only gal who was saddened to see her babe born at 1:22, instead of 1:23.)

I'm a numbers geek, not a math geek.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

He was looking at the geese.


He was looking at the geese.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Looking always looking, that is my son, soaking it all in. We went for a walk around the lake on July 4th. We ended the day at CVS, we got soda & candy for our movie watching. (While watching the movie, I kept hearing "something" it took me a while to realize it was fireworks...By that time, Jacob was fast asleep.)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sit right back

& take a trip in the way back machine!

This UFO was started in the fall 2004 (no, it is not my oldest UFO.) after a trip to Skyline Drive. At the time I was active on Stashbusters & into Nickel Quilts. So I traded for some of the fabrics. I was also still into Orientals. There are several in the parts that I have sewn so far. I have no idea why this languished, I still love the concept and the fabrics, the blue triangles have been cut & waiting to be attached to the small squares forever... (I do know that for a while, it was filed meticulously away - aka misplaced/lost.)

The quilt that I am making is Shaded 4-patch from the Nickel Quilts (by Pat Speth) book.

Only I was thinking of piecing my units randomly, instead of they way they are shown (Although the zigzag is pretty neat...), since I am using leafy fall fabrics with a sky blue background- mimicing the falling leaves...

Here is a "mock-up" of my block.
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Here is a pile of nickels (waiting to become the large triangle):
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& a portion of what I have sewn so far:
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Can you see some of those oldies? It really is fun including them in this quilt, those calico browns really do have a fall feel to them! (I am so ready for fall... Not a summer gal here.)

So that is what I am working on, what are you doing?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The neighboors


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

These guys are queing up for the "good" buffet!

The neighbors


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

My neighbors are apparently queing up to the "good" buffet! (I had never seen so many of these geese all in one spot.)

Friday, July 03, 2009

I chose light bue


I chose light bue
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

It will probably be for my son - or it might be a donation quilt for a boy, so blue seemed "right." (& it was 30% off...)

Thanks for all of the advice, I knew I could count on you guys!

Now to work on cutting the sashing strips - I am not thrilled with that idea...

Then I will blow the dust off of another oldie, so that I can then work on a "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" quilt!

close-up I chose light blue


close-up I chose light blue
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I SPY coin quilt


I SPY coin quilt
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

My current project! An I Spy coin quilt.

I am now soliciting advice on a color for the sashing.

This will end up being a twin sized quilt... I want the one fabric to not only be the sashing but also the border. I am sure that I am not interested in black or white - I want something "unusual."
The next two posts show close-ups to help you choose a color... Or at least to show you some of my novelty prints.

The pieces are 2.5 x 5 inches & were going to be something else when they grew up, but they had a change in major & are now a coin quilt.

close-up I SPY Coin quilt


close-up I SPY Coin quilt
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Close-up I SPY Coin quilt


Close-up I SPY Coin quilt
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Guess what...


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Jacob now knows that we have kitties...

this one


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This quilt was part of the general store exhibit a the Poolesville museum that we visited on Saturday.

a couple more


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Here are a couple more quilts that were at the Poolesville museum, they are more than likely from the 30's. (I think they were for sale.)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The weekend that was

Before my boring 4th of July weekend...

We did some "staycationing." Heck we did not even leave our half of the county.
Yearly our county has a "Historic Montgomery" weekend, last weekend was it.

We visited 3 historic sites.
The Monocacy Aquaduct
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Poolesville, Maryland
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& the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum
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That was Saturday, on Sunday we went to a BBQ/Pot-luck, but we had to pass on the Frederick Keys baseball because we had a car problem (Which is now fixed & we were only charged a pinky, instead of the regular arm & a leg!)
Love from,
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As always, more photos on my flickr.