Friday, February 26, 2010

grandpa's cane


grandpa's cane
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Guess who ate Thai food & loved it. This little 15 month year old boy! He also had a good check-up complete with 3 shots. He is still short & chubby with a big head. As a matter of fact many of his clothes are being donated because we can get them over his head.

That is o.k. on the drive down to the Mid-Atlantic quilt show yesterday, we stopped at the outlets & got him some new clothes.

Back to the Thai food. In an unassuming strip mall near our Hampton, VA hotel we found a great Thai restaurant. So nice considering that for the 4+ years that I have been attending this show we have had Pizza Hut & the like for meals...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

playing with fabric


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I'm just playing with fabric.
I actually sewed some obligation pieces yesterday. It felt kind of weird to be at the sewing machine....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

RIP

Rest in Peace Grandma
September 23, 1922 - February 21, 2010
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Mary Grace Pasciak


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Rest in Peace Grandma.
September 23, 1922 - February 21, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to me...
Wedding posts can be found back here. (Little bit of a major - Mid-Atlantic - quilt show too - more of that landed in March.) Yes, I have been blogging longer than I have been married...

BTW Next week on Thursday & Friday we are going to Mid-Atlantic again. :o) Last year, I had a nursing infant (& had a hard time finding a place to feed him) this year I have a new walker!

Baby Shoe shopping here we come!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sleeping "hard"


Sleeping "hard"
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

When I saw that he had not kicked off the blanket, I had to get a photo. (He just rolled over - hence the flushed cheeks/sweaty hair.)

This was back on Tuesday. I had to leave work early, my poor guy was just not himself, refused a nap & lunch. I managed to get a Doctor's appointment - he has an ear infection again. (But before we got to the Doctor's office, we ran a couple errands (almost out of cat food) during which time, his demeanor improved greatly. YAY. (I even called him a big ole faker...)

By the time we got home after the doctor's appointment & the wait for his prescription, he was totally zonking out.

I could have posted this same photo yesterday as well. - but yesterday's phot would have included his hoodie! He was so tired that he barely roused as I took him out of his car seat. So I just laid him down, covered him up & watched as he zonked out once again.

(No, I did not sew anything - whole lot of waiting/running around yesterday. But I did cut some more fabrics. I need to count those J, A, & O prints again - I might have 60 of each - the magic number.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hiding Baby


Hiding Baby
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
One of our favorite games. This one was started by me. I would put that blanket over his head like a ghost & he would pull it off. Now he plays the whole game by himself.

We are going to see a dermatologist today, but I dropped him off so that maybe after I get the car inspection done, I can sew a bit.

BTW as I reviewed this video before posting it, my girl cat was entranced! (I am actually surprised that there are not extraneous letters, symbols, & numbers on this post.)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Hi"


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Please excuse me while I wipe that tear from my eye.

Over the long weekend, I managed to not do any sewing. (Sears Automotive zapped my energy...) I did do some cutting... I got a couple more "O" prints - Thanks again!

After doing our taxes, we went to see my grandmother, she is in a nursing home & not doing very well. She says, "What do you expect from an 87 year old?"

Watching the Olympics - while ignoring the binding... (I am watching on DVR & fast forwarding too much to be able to stitch as well - current excuse.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

SNOW!


SNOW!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I wonder if he is playing in the snow with his father today? I took this photo on Saturday when the snow was still deep & fluffy. He was o.k. with it until some snow got on his face.

I forgot to mention that I tried a new recipe for dinner last night (using only what we had on hand no less) & it was pretty good.

A1 Beef Stew (I got the recipe from http://www.5dollardinners.com/)
took me forever to find the link, but here it is:
http://www.5dollardinners.com/2009/10/a1-beef-stew-2.html
Once again, I was fairly faithful to the recipe. (I had a 10 oz. bottle of storebrand A1, so I shook & shook until I thought I had enough & I used apple cider vinegar instead of the variety called for & used the "rest" which was far closer to 1 TBSP.)

Did I tell you that we lost electricity last week? Luckily it was on Friday & only lasted for 3-ish hours. I got off of work early on that Friday in anticipation of the snow storm & I started my chili fairly early, so when we lost electricity at 7, we were o.k. with a hot meal anyway. After dinner, I read by flashlight, Borderline by Nevada Barr & loved it.

Reading with Mommy.


Reading with Mommy.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I made it to work. But boy am I going to miss this guy. He is staying home with his daddy. The busses/subway are not operating in a manner that would allow mu husband to get to work. So we skipped the dropping off the baby for one day of daycare routine.

Jacob said, "Hi" to me on the phone.... :o) he has also started to take a few tentative steps, but he is still scared & when he is not in the mood, he crosses his legs so that you can not even get him to stand. (He might be taking snark lessons from the cat!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow day's are over


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Just in time for a holiday on Monday.

As of this typing, this little guy will probably be going to daycare tomorrow. With his mom returning to work. I go in 2 hours late, so I may even drive my husband to a subway station that is operating - assuming that he has to go to work tomorrow as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"F"


"F"
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Am I the only one who writes her "F's" the other way? I may have to use this in my mommy I SPY along with my other error prints. (I have two road sign prints that spell "yield" as "yeld.")

The elusive snow hold.


The elusive snow hold.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

While this photo was taken several days ago, it could have been taken today. It is currently snowing with blizzard conditions. & my son is wearing those pajamas again. :o)

I had tried to get this shot or one very similar since his first snow!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Crisis Averted


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I've gone through & culled my fabrics on several occasions. Including the cat prints. I am not sure why I kept this Y2K print. (I bought it after the millennium for a cat charm quilt - there is a piece of this in both of my cat charm quilts.)

Fast forward in time to the near past/almost present.

Then I had a dream about an X quilt - "X Marks the spot" & the Search for X prints began in ernest. At almost the same time, I revisited an I SPY quilt idea for my son, JACOB & Started to cut for that as well.

After I cut a piece from a cat print that fit the JACOB quilt mold (without being "just a cat.") I noticed that I had a big enough leftover of a pretty cool print, so I started to cut for a Cat ABC quilt. That should be no problem with my prints.

What things begin with a Z? Zipper - o.k. look at my sewing cat prints & see if you can find a zipper - nope. Zoo - no luck, Zeplin, no luck, etc. Then I thought ZERO - I just purchased a Numbers fat quarter for ONE - but it had babies, not cats... I did not have a numbers cat print...

& Then I saw it my Y2K/Millennium cat print - it used 2000 instead of Y2K or Millennium - that is also know as two-zero-zero-zero. Hence the title Crisis Averted. I now have all of my cat prints from Aquarium to Zero!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I SPY JACOB quilt


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
With many thanks to you, my friends, I have enough C & B prints - even too many. (I figure that I need 60 of each letter.) So I will be choosing 1 bird & 1 candy image, as an example of how I will cull them back to 60. Luckily I plan on making Charity quilts with my leftovers - & I am making a mommy I SPY (& A cat ABC quilt) quilt too.
I still have a stack of fabrics from which I will be cutting A, J & O images.

Snow Update


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This photo was taken several hours ago. The meteorologist just said that we've had 29" so far, and we are not done yet.

snowing


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
An action shot. We still have 12+ more hours of this to go. Averaging 1 inch an hour.

I couldn't be prouder.


I couldn't be prouder.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
I think he chose the hardest shape!

Happy


Happy
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
He really did say it, right?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

use it up


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Once upon a time ago, I swapped some fabric for some Heather Ross prints. This & others came from Pajamas (poplin & two are cotton sateen). So the piece was funkily shaped & small. For these, I first took a 5 inch square for my I SPY quilt. I then had to decide what to do with the remains. (Honestly for quite a few fabrics when the remains are under 5 inches square - I toss them.) I then saw Ashley's quilt & I knew exactly how I would use them. So I trimmed them square-ish. Her quilt used 12 prints. So I got going first by buying a dozen Kona solid fat quarters. I sewed them up like mad & then realized that my blocks would not end up 12 inches square... So I decided to do a square 16 block quilt thinking that that would solve my size problem - mind you I had NO idea what size I wanted - just bigger than it was appearign to be. So I got to choose 4 more Kona Solids. (& I was absolutely giddy when I saw Kona Charcoal - my sashing color choice was in stock.) This is a "burgundy." I finished sewing my blocks yesterday afternoon, but I was not ready to tackle the sashing... By the end of the day, I thought a bit more on the size of this now square quilt & figured that it would end up 50 inches square - roughly... Not quite long enough. So I took another trip into my quilting cottons & found 4 more that did not make the last cut "too much white" & decided to make them work. Lucky for me I had recently bought Kona half yards for my Hope Valley quilt - so I had 4 different fabrics that actually "worked" for this quilt too! I cut for the blocks, but I did not sew them.... That is where this Improvisationally pieced quilt is now... So while the "Log Cabin" variation is not very improvisational & the fact that I blog lifted it negates much of the improvisation any way - I do keep changing the size as I go....

Snow day recap

Early in the morning. Wake up & see this. :o) (Coupled with the beginnings of a head cold sinus thingy = snow day.) Started some laundry.
Send Daddy to work & Jacob to day care (bad Mommy, I know, but @ $350 a week he deserves to play.)
Decide to SEW!
New Message properly supervised of course.
Working... On this.
An improvisationally (even if the improvisation is minimal) pieced project designed to use smidgens of my much treasured Heather Ross prints. The idea is 100% based on this set of quilts by Ashley at Film in the Fridge. (I asked & got her permission to blog lift that idea - she only asked for credit & here it is.) More on this quilt later...
Moved some laundry around. Set up my cutting/pressing area.
DSC09479 Captured an icicle.
Ran to the store to get a new snow shovel. Our Condo takes care of the walks, stairs & road, but you are on your own when it comes to digging out your car & we broke our shovel 2 or 3 snows ago. They are forcasting in excess of a foot of new snow on Friday/Saturday.
DSC09484 Caught a couple of napping kitties. RB had been there for over an hour when I left for the store. He only moved when I added some more laundry to Mt. Clothesmore.
DSC09485 Started a pot of Alton Brown's Curried Pea Soup (I substituted olive oil for the butter & I don't measure mush so I probably had more onions... I did measure the curry powder because I am apparently light handed...) & it was a HIT! (I am so proud of myself for not adding celery & garam masala - I always want to tweak.)
DSC09486 I then cut & cut & cut. First I cut U & Y prints as part of a swap, then J, A, C, O, & B prints for the Jacob I SPY quilt, then I decided to do a cat themed ABC quilt, so I cut for that as well. & Because I was cutting, I cut for my mini group's I SPY swap too. (I also cut for a charity I SPY - I want to make 6 charity quilts this year.)
I then went out to pick-up the baby from day care - my iciclyes had all melted by this time...
DSC09488 He loved the soup too!
How does a baby eat soup?
a. with gusto.
b. very carefully.
c. very messily.
d. on whole wheat toast cubes.
e. all of the above.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Still there...


Still there...
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

He is still there. Although he is now completely in the shape of a ball! (I think I have the smudge cleaned off of the camera phone lens....)

Taken with the camera phone...


New Message
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I am playing hookie with my sewing machine. (We got about 4 inches of new snow, but it is not a "snow day.")

I am ready to add the sashing to a pile of blocks that are all similar to this.

Each center is different & each Kona solid is different, but each print is by Heather Ross & is first framed in Kona Snow, then framed in a solid. I then trimmed each block to 9 inches and added another Kona Snow frame.

I do have to venture out for a new snow shovel - ours broke.

I am going to make curried pea soup for dinner. YUM.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

In honor of Groundhog's Day


In honor of Groundhog's Day
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I had to search & search for a photo with shadows...

I don't know what Phil will say, but we are already forcasted for a couple more winter events this week!

(Can I please have a snow day?)

In quilty news, I sewed yesterday! 2 blocks for my Bee & 4 partial blocks for me!

Way back in 2009


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Early December to be exact, someone asked about my quilt ladder...
It was made by D.W.R. Custom Woodworking out of New Britain, PA.
www.dwrwood.com or www.handworks.com