Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I read this somewhere & all I can say is wow.

"Only about 1-2% of the readers of any given post will comment. In other words, 98-99% of readers simply don't leave comments."

& I am going to do my best to be part of the 1-2%...

My father has been scanning old photos this one is circa 1979/80

My father has been scanning old photos this one is circa 1979/80
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Salt Mine Berchtesgaden?

My mother, my sister & I.

My father has been scanning old photos this one is circa 1979/80

My father has been scanning old photos this one is circa 1979/80
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Europe, possibly Austria...

Monday, December 27, 2010

So I sewed

(YAY - I met my goal.) I am now sewing during nap time or as was the case yesterday when the boys went out. Yes, it was cold, but they rode the bus to the mall & walked home. Tiny fingers refused to wear gloves... But we all had chicken soup for lunch. (Then he took a nap, so I had 2 blocks of time.)

While they were out & I was sewing, I had a snoopervisor:
Big helper aka snoopervisor.

& she slept on the job:
She slept

FYI My snoopervisor hates scissors:

But he likes to "hide"

He was found not to long after

He was actually in there for a few hours before he got found...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

most of my rows. (This is now a top.)

most of my rows. (This is now a top.)
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This was shot before I had all of my rows sewn together. I was trying to figure out why most of them were 6 rows & then there was a row of 4. The first row I sewed together had 8. Uh oh.

Also most of the centers are 9 inches square, but this quilt grew as the number of novelties increased, so there is a row of 8 inch squares - I made the gray "sashing" a little wider to compensate...

There are some wobbly bits, but it is a rather square top. & that is a good thing. (The end result is 6 x 7 - you can only see about 5 x 6 in this photo, oh yeah, there was the row of 8 off to the side & the row of 4 when I was trying to find the missing two blocks...)

Now to put a border on Jacob's ABC quilt.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The "block"

The "block"
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This photo was taken in March. I am not 100% sure why it too so long for me to finish the blocks, but as of yesterday, all 42 blocks are done. My goal is to have a quilt top done this weekend.

I guess part of the reason is that this quilt kept growing. I started out with X & they got hold of several more & then several more - added to the few that I had in my stash previously. All of the solids are different.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate.

Friday, December 24, 2010

up & down

up & down
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

At the beginning of our cruise, Jacob was terrified of the open elevators. Somewhere in the middle he fell in love with them. One day while daddy was waiting in the guest services line, Mommy & Jacob rode "Up & Down" over & over. & Every time we walked within eye shot of the elevators, Jacob would exclaim, "Up & Down."

(This photo also shows evidence of his first experience with face painting.)

Vicki W. dyed the shirt. :o)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Posting this one under

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Why not?

He likes it

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The cats are also probably the official reason why I like taupes...


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I also finished this top recently. Those are all Japanese Woven Taupes. I wanted a dark quilt - ummm All I can say is that some of those lighter prints "HAD" to be included & Boy does a dark dark make a medium look light...

(In this photo, the bottom right corner of the quilt was my "goal." Oh well, it still works & I still used that fabric.)

I am going to have a bulls eye quilted onto each square.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is obviously a "K", but this is how I want the J-A-C-O-B quilted. With a "J" over the "J" images. (You will see the JACOB quilt top in the next post.)

My friend made this ABC quilt.

The J-A-C-O-B quilt

The J-A-C-O-B quilt
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The JACOB quilt is a top. A very big top. My goal was twin... At least it does not hang down on the other side as well. & my border plans are officially scrapped. I will back it with a rainbow colored cat flannel (I have a full bolt.) I am considering a multi/rainbow print for the binding - but I am also thinking black for the binding.

I know how I want it quilted. Each "J" image/square will have a "J" quilted on it. Etc.

I've looked & looked & have not found any uh-oh's, but every time I see that 30's print that has bicycles & jump ropes - I see the bicycles first & think that it is an uh-oh.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Our ship had to make a U-Turn to get into the berth correctly, so we got to see quite a bit of this lovely scene. You might be able to tell that the ocean (on the left) is quite rough, so it was not "warm" then again I was able to wear a t-shirt & it was December 1, 2010.

Meanwhile, when I left you this morning, I mentioned something about sewing. Several hours (a break for breakfast at the crepe place & a nice nap) later & the J-A-C-O-B quilt is a top! & a very big top while we are at it! My estimate 80x100 - maybe even 90 x 110. (I was aiming for twin...)

I also pieced the worlds most expensive quilt top together as well. (& I am a bit "meh" about it. The mediums are awfully light & I wanted a dark quilt...)

Photos tomorrow, I hope. (I am bringing them both to sew-n-tell to press the long seams.)

Also I baked a pumpkin cranberry bread for sew-n-tell.

"We" fed the Lorikeets

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

My husband was waiting for his Bahamian friend to join us at the zoo, so Jacob & I went in first so as not to miss the keet feeding. They eat apples! (There are more photos in flickr where I have a bird feeding & I am taking a picture myself. & There are some where the bird is feeding, I am taking the picture myself & I am trying to get Jacob to look at me feeding the bird while taking a picture myself.)

The bird man was rather unimpressed. (The brown pelicans that he saw the day before & the crows that we saw yesterday, now that is another story.)

It is 5:18 a.m. & all is quiet, so I am going to go sew now. :o)

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Sorry about the sunspots in this photo. I I had known, I would have taken a giant step back... (More photos like this on flickr. Jacob loved the Marching Flamingoes.)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I know I shared this yesterday, but I need an exercise in, "How many words/images can you find? If you see anything else, please chime in.
I'll start with the ones that made me use them in this quilt.
Top row: Jack-o-lantern, Atlantic Ocean, cherries, Ohio, book
alternates for the Jack-o-lantern piece: pumpkin, witch, tombstone, cat, outline, vine, carving
alternates for the Atlantic ocean: Just on how this fabric is cut, part of Africa & Madascar are showing, but you can also see Alaska/Bearing Sea - so you can also see part of Russia
I can only add stems & red to the cherries piece
Alternates for Ohio: football, airplane, Lake Erie, Lansing, Michigan
Alternates for book: "L"ittle & all of those characters...

Now for the all cat row (You knew I had to do one of those, right?)
Cat with Jonquil, Cat with Apples, Cat with Chopsticks, Cat in Outerspace, Cat in the Bath.
Alternates, daffodil, daisy, sushi, Japanese, eating, UFO, spaceship, planets, tub, towel, rubber ducky, brush

Japan, Avocado, Cars, Owl, Boy
Alternates: Geisha, kimono, (Does that cart have a name? the gate?), pit, skin, flesh, specific types of cars: truck, jeep, smart, RV, Police, cactus, desert, saguaro, prickly pear, mountain, child/children

Jacks, Airplanes, Camera, Otter, Blueberries
Alternates: tic-tac-toe, checkers/chess, cards, bingo, scrabble, pick-up sticks, pencil, die

(I wish I had found more than a fq of this one... No I don't, I am using & culling! Which reminds me, if you see something that you could use or just want shout, if I have it, I can share.)

back to the list of alternates: types of airplanes: Pace, Standard, Rocket, Stinger, Plane instead of "airplane"
Tiger, jungle, safari, danger, (The image came from a zoo panel, so zoo in a pinch.) tree, pond (also in a pinch.)

I guess the otter is in pond, or lake, or stream, water
Ican't add much to the blueberries.

last row: Jalapeno hot sauce (I know because it says so on the label.) Arithmetic/Apple/A, crown, Octopus/O, Boombox

Alternates: hot sauce, jars, "1", "Uno", "Hot", "Flame", "Gecko", flames, sauce, flip-top bottle, book, ink, jump rope (Hey that cat print is a goody - I & J - whoo hoo!) mouse, bow, "C", "A", "T", "S", paper, chalk, easel, gems, pearls (I can't describe the crown any further...)
O & Octopus covers the next one, unless you get into the suckers on the arms, or point out the eight arms.
Which leave us with boombox and cassette tapes. The boombox has an antenna, speakers, cassette deck, radio, dials, nobs & buttons. As a final stretch, the cassette tape has a label.

That was fun. I partially did this to help a friend who is new to the I SPY game and has a hard time seeing the trees for the forest...

Also I'd like to thank those of you who swapped with me or gifted to me charms to help make this quilt possible. I remember purchasing 18 of the 25 on this block, but many are from gifts & swaps. better than that, I know that several of these are no longer in my stash!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My inspiration

I spy quilt
Originally uploaded by kate @ swim, bike, quilt!

Yes, I got permission to share this photo on my blog. This is my inspiration for the red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple sashing.

(I can't look too closely at this quilt otherwise I start wanting "X" image, like those diaper/safety pins!)


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is the sashing for the next 12 blocks, I am framing each block with 1 color. Each color will be used twice. Love it when that works one nicely.

Feel free to ask any questions about the following blocks. I SPY's are my favorite & I can gush over each & every bit.

1 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Any guesses on what this represents?
Jar, aligator, cannon, orchestra, BBQ?
Ding! Ding!
I have been sewing on the JACOB quilt! I have written some anecdotes on each block/blog post, so without further introduction.

I am peeved that evertime I see that 30's bicycle print, I have to remind myslef that it also show Jump ropes as in J is for Jump ropes.

Outerspace, boy does that seem like a stretch - there you have it with the O's. which is why I love the Orchestra & Opera house prints in this block.

2 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This one is a fairly balanced block image wise. I actually tried hard to mix them up good on each block. But I like the arrow heads, ballerina, cardinal, Jupiter, candy, etc. on this particular block.

3 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

JETS - what can I say, that is my husband's favorite team - I probably "had" to include that piece.

meanwhile, I am so much happier when I see the Jello & Jewelery.

4 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Once I realized that I did not want to use letter prints to spell out JACOB in every block, I made the yellow row to show that J, A, & O would still be included, because of their difficulty level.

My long stretch on this block & perhaps the longest in the whole quilt - "Opie" the cat... Hey, there could be all C is for cats easily in this quilt! As it is in this block alone, you see a chef, Chevy cars, Coconuts, cupcakes & a cowboy!

5 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

After seeing someone elses ABC quilt, I searched on an internet purveyor's site to find the Jack-in-a-box... (I also traded & I raided the Mommy I Spy quilt to find the images in this quilt.) I got the Joker on that same shopping trip. (Guilt setting in...)

6 out of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Boy was I cutting it close (pun intended) when Getting JACOB out of that alphabet print. One of the ABC in one word problems.

Particularly happy with Juice & Jersey on this block - Onesie, not so much.

7 of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This bloclk is brought to you by J is for Jukebox, A is for abacus, C is for clown, O is for Optometrist & B is for bacon. (I know I am feeling guilty about that last one too.)

8 of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This one should explain the theme outright...

This one also shows 1 of 3 times where Jacks are shown to represent "J."

I am find of the Aquarium & Bunk beds on this one. Not so much the chicks, maily because they look like the birds.

9 of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I never knew that "A" would be a tough letter to find images for but in this block I am using Atlantic Ocean... (& apples) As a matter of fact, i think that A has the most repeated images. (I am pretty sure that apples show up 3 times & Arithmetic twice.) At least that cat image in the bottom row shows arithmetic & an apple - heck it even has an "A."

Favorite in this block: boombox. (I'll have to explain that one in the future, I am sure.)

10 of 11

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This one shows some of the deeper scrapes of the barrel. Atlantic Ocean as an "A" & Jewish Hallah as a "J." Antler is another tough one here, but overalls, bones & bicycle are good. I especially like how the bones show the x-rayed bones and the bone that the dog swallowed!

11 of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Here you can see how I used Alphabet prints without forming the whole name.

Favorites on this block: cheese & Jumping jack toy. The ones that are pushing the theory Cauldron & Orchid.

12 of 12

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since this is a grow with you (O.K. actually a scramble for those J & O images) quilt, my favorites on this block are Oboe & Jockey. The coyote/cactus double whammy wasn't bad either.
Other images here are Bouy's to divide the swim lanes, Conestoga/covered wagon, Arizona, cement mixer, beer steins, Chanukkah candles, & an alien.

A cat & his bow

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

nuff' said.

Action shot

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

"You went on vacation & all I got was this lousy bow?"

(You might also notice the totally unfazed girl as a blur walking right on by. You see, she is too big to be bothered with playing.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Banana Spider

Banana Spider
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Caveat, I was impressed with myself for being able to take this shot.

I am blogging because I have a glut of bananas & am soliciting idea for using them...

The story - I bought a bunch of green bananas & they are getting spots now while still being green. (They are ripe enough to eat.)

(Besides throwing them in the freezer...)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Loved the Towel Animals.

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This one started out life as an Elephant.

Misc. scene from the ship

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

You can tell that he knows that he is doing something that he should not be doing...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

this one

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

loved the water!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

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