Monday, September 27, 2010

This quilt

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

& the next one were hanging in the quilt shop where my mini-group "sew-n-tell" meets. (Seminole Sampler in Catonsville, MD) I have no idea why, but I love to see one pattern done differently (colorwise)...


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Friday, September 24, 2010


Thanks Cubbie, your letter to Daddy worked like a charm. :o)
4 panels are winging their way to your Mommy. 3 will be used whole as part of pieced backs & the other will be cut up & used in I SPY quilts. (& maybe even in my hexagon quilt...)

A note from a son to his father

Daddy I want.
ISO this toddler fabric
O.K. so Mommy really wants this to go on the back of this quilt that she made for me.
Now I know my ABC's...
I know, you are right, that would be great. (1 is good, 2 is better, 3 is best.)
It can be purchased at, just click here. $5.35 each, even you know that it can't get much cheaper than that!
Thanks Daddy.
From your son,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

If you stick around here long enough

you will realize that I am an idiot!

That list that I wanted to make is available for free from quite a few purveyors on novelty prints on the internet...

So the skeleton of the list would be:
farms/farm animals
zoo/wild animals
teddy bears/toys
vintage (not 30's)

Did I (we) miss anything?

Can you help me?

I am trying to develop a comprehensive list of novelty prints.
For example:
Space not limited to but including aliens, ufos, realistic space shuttle, cartoon yet realistic space items, Astronauts, animals in space, planets, stars, sun, constellations including those of the zodiac
Am I in over my head? Should I start with very generalized subjects? What are they? Do you wanna play?
I almost want to start a spreadsheet! (almost.)

Yes, I am working on an I SPY quilt - as always. I want to have 504 different images, so I thought that a list might help me see what I am missing...

(My I SPY does not have "solid red, etc. or polka dots - so in a pinch I could add those, but in a pinch I could also add a lot more cats!)

Oh yeah on that cat fabric subject, all of the cats in this quilt have to be doing something or with something, there are no plain cats.

5 inch squares - I am always accepting donations... (Extras are going into a charity quilt or two.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TATW from the Roadside sale

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Once upon a time ago (just after I learned about value & variety of prints) Made a green & purple - aka grape themed - trip around with world where the squares were cut at about 6 inches, the quilt is generous lap sized - it is square & not long enough for twin. My quilt was made 1 square at a time...
I then made a wall sized TATW using the 1 square at a time technique - more squares, but they are smaller.
& Then I took a class & learned a strip pieced technique & made a queen sized (still square) quilt.
So I think that TATW is out of my system, but I still like to look at them & occasionally think of a color combination/fabric selections to make another one... (Maybe after all of my UFO's are done.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another quilt from the roadside quilt sale

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

If anyone is interested, I can make the effort to get the telephone number for these quilts...

close up of the quilting

close up of the quilting
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Monday, September 20, 2010

Well add this to the Only in Maryland file.

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Background, not unlike you, I travel the same routes quite often. & at one spot, I have often seen a sign that sas "Quilts" & then a telephone number. This sign is on Maryland 97 in Howard County, near a county complex. I had never stopped nor had I jotted down the number...
Well yesterday after leaving my sew-n-tell meeting, I saw that there was actually a sale going on. So I stopped & asked if I could take pictures. After I got permission, here is one of the results.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tee Hee

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Does anyone "get" why I found this quilt to be completely hilarious?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Because 1 block is sometimes ENOUGH!

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is a common BAQ block. I have also seen a quilt or 2 that used this block over & over - VERY Effectively. One of my sew-n-tell buddies is doing this as a charm quilt - She was in a group that traded red & green charms for a year.

On another subject entirely:

This is why I distrust High Fructose Corn Syrup & Changing the name to Corn Sugar will not change my mind.
Sneaky science...

Meanwhile - I will still eat Pecan Pie - even though it is loaded with cory syrup! (Seriously, I expect HFCS to be in sweet stuff, but it is in ketchup, salad dressing & other savory stuff. You wanna know why? For the same reaon that you start a baby on veggies not fruit. Humans LOVE sugar.)

JB quilt

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

With Jinny's shop right close (& in a beautiful - aka posh - neighborhood) you are almost guaranteed to have a Jinny quilt in my local shows & the state fair was no exception.

My Jinny UFO is "this" close to be a giveaway... Stay tuned. (If I can find it & it still look intact...)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

crab quilt

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Another thing you can expect to find in Maryland - a crab quilt! :o) (I have/had a pattern for a crab made out of thangles. I used it in a round robin of sorts.) I have that crab boil fabric in my I SPY stash... Oh & that newsprint. :o)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Why yes, that is a new quilt & cooking question/story/recipe

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

& yes, you may have seen it. It was in a quilting magazine & I purchased the kit... Called My Guy, designed by funquilts.

Can you use prepared & powdered mustard interchangeably? I have a recipe that calls for prepared mustard, I want to know if I can use powdered mustard instead. (The liquid is not necessary as it is added to tomato sauce/vinegar/etc.)

Orange juice - Are you a fan? I'm not. I don't dislike it, but I have to force myself to drink it. Force may be a bit strong...
I don't usually use recipes that use orange juice either - after a 1/4 cup that in my opinion doesn't add any flavor, you are left with a half gallon... So I decided to try a cake that called for it & for a change, I decided to follow the recipe faithfully. (I even purchased a tube pan!) After purchasing the orange juice & tube pan, I ran to the liquor store for some vodka - screwdriver might help with the OJ - Since when is Vodka a "grain" alcohol? I had two choices for potato vodka - luckily one was $30 less than the other...
So I made the cake & it was GREAT. I found out about it from Floribunda ( who found it on smitten kitchen ( & it was good (I'm still not sure if the OJ is necessary - I'll try it without next time.) I was less than satisfied with out my regular apple cake came out of the bundt pan - the tube pan made me try this recipe - less nooks & crannies for the batter to get stuck in.

Since I had the OJ, I added some to my tsimmes too & that dish was none the less for the addition. (Though I make it without all the time without complaint as well.)
Tsimmes (my way)
In a large casserole, add the following ingredients roughly in the order written
sweet potatoes - peeled & cubed (quantities are a variable with this recipe - I used 2 large)
baby carrots - half of the smaller bag (Or peeled & chopped - 4ish big ones)
prunes - a hand full - maybe a cup
cinnamon - I am a liberal user of the cinnamon - keep shaking until it looks good
honey - drizzled liberally
OJ - 1/4 cup - totally optional
water - @ 1/2 cup
Stir it around & spread it out more or less evenly.
cover tightly with foil Bake 350 for 1 hour - or until the veggies are tender. (I added it to the oven with my chicken...)


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I guess with our proximity to Baltimore, one would expect to see several Baltimore Album Quilts & there were at least 3 at the state fair - unfortunately they were all folded & hung from the rafters. This one was judged to be the best.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Scotty Dogs

Scotty Dogs
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

O.K., I am not a huge fan of dogs. (In quilts, I would rather spend the time working on cats - specifically the applique project that has traveled to Australia, Israel, & the Caribbean.) & in real life I am o.k. with a visit, but I wouldn't want to live with one. (Except for when I think about the built in exercise = walks, but then I think about walks in the rain...)

With all of that said, if I had a swath of tartan plaid, I would be tempted to do something like this.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

State fair quilt

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

My favorite from the State Fair.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Labor Day weekend revisited (quilt related! Including some quilting by ME!)

Wow that was a Jam Packed weekend!
We recently realized that our little man could use a toddler sized table & chair for all of the important stuff that he does!
On Sunday, we checked out a couple stores & looked online (been looking for a while). We then went to Ikea & made our purchase. After which we went to the Maryland State Fair. DSCF0376 (Do you see that black & white NYB that I previously shared from the Montgomery County fair?)
On Monday, we decided to put the Ikea furniture together - real quick so that we could have the day to do other stuff. Har-dee-har-har. Well at least we did get it together & someone got to use it too!
Do you need this? Do you need this?
Helping Helping hands...
Success Those are soy-based crayon rocks. He used all of the colors & chose a different one ech time he went to get another piece.
DSCF0478 Used purple & red, choosing blue...
DSCF0490 The masterpiece!
We went to the playground
DSCF0463 The word that you don't hear, "done." Which is why it looks like he is trying to get off. 95% of the time, he'd rather push than ride this type of playground toy.
DSCF0451 & yet while on this toy you will hear "push."
DSCF0476 & Because it was hot & we played hard, we had some ice cream. (Free baby cones at Brusters!)
DSCF0506 Daddy & Jacob Lego'd while Mommy sewed!
DSCF0497 I actually started before lunch after coloring while the boys wet to get some mozzarella for the Caprese salad (I got some heirloom tomatoes at the fair's farmer's market booth.) My non-counting helper.
aside: I made the blocks awhile ago. I knew "about" how many I had - 63. But I counted 64. So I asked my counting helper to count them again. Different sewing strategies are required for an 8x8 layout as compared to 7x9...
Off & on between making lunch, playing, building, etc. I worked on this top. I first sewed pairs (Making sure not to sew two cats together & trying not to sew the same reds together.) then 4 patches, then 4x8, then I put two 4x8 units on my design floor DSCF0516
(Up to this moment I was going random with arbitrary reasons for choosing this pair over that to put together.) & decided that 8x8 was not going to be long enough. Simple enough to change that to a 7x9.
DSCF0517 Even with help from another non-counting helper.
DSCF0514 He learned all he needs to know about helping from this cat: DSCF0521 Although this old man cat was more interested in lounging than helping.
The more clever of you out there in the blog-o-sphere will have realized that this block is directional. & that it is not as simple as remove a row, remove a block & sew it to the other side to fix... Oh well, here it is after more unsewing that I wanted...
DSCF0523 The block placement is random & honestly, I doubt that it would have been any better if I had used a design wall. I have scrutinized & can not find any "If I had a design wall those would not be together" areas. YAY! In the second & third stage of assembly, I decided to purposely place some (most/all?) of the positive/negative prints together.

The 64th block was a cat print, but I don't miss it. There are about 15 cat prints - including the one that says, "When all else fails, pet the cat." & others that say, "meow."

In case you didn't know...

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

her comfort is paramount.

Laundry helpers

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Ummm, yeah, I wasn't ready to work on that anyway.

Friday, September 03, 2010


I am all fof Nostalgia - Just take a look at my son's toy bin....

But this that is just too much!

What, seriously, What is next? Rotary Dial Telephones? Good, my son has that toy - so he will know how to use it!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I'z been tireder

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

than this hoot owl looks!

Which is code for, "No, I did not stitch any on my bindings yesterday. Thanks for asking. Oh, wait a minute, noone is keeping me accountable..."

I did move the top priority quilt to my main "stitching on binding location" & I have my sewing box there as well - so one more excuse has been cleared out of the way...

Jacob & I are going out for dinner tonight - one more excuse eliminated...