Thursday, July 28, 2011

What I am up to right now!

I used the recipe on the back of the bag - with less butter & less sugar.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I changed out the cat charm quilt.

Did I tell you?

There are so many things that I would do differently if I did this again, but it is done. :o)

It was a BOM, that I modified - skipped some, doubled others...

Do you see the striped bass? rainbow trout?

Hey sistah - how do you like that border?

Friday, July 22, 2011

After the work party...

There was a party in my mail box! This is the tip of the iceberg! The prints are from the line Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller & I Love them!

Any idea on how to use them?

An earlier scene at the same party

DSCF4515 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

They had popsicles - so this outfit was soaked by the time we finished eating. (Explanation for the orange outfit in the next video.)

I love how he slowly crosses the shaky bridge. (He friend "Tulli" went back in the diaper bag after this play period. Tulli & some of the otehr playground apparatus did ntogo so well together...)

My work had a party...

My work had a party... a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

On the hottest day evah! This was part of the obstacle course, the players were supposed to quickly find the cat & toss it into a different bucket... Toddler intervention insued.

Why yes, those would be Mr. Potato Head's glasses.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Meercat a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

No words are necessary...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In a WIP/UFO bag. I wanted to sew & these strips were already cut.

Caveat: My husband spoke with the vet.

The blood tests show that he has skin allergies & a skin infection, so hopefully the antibiotic will work & get him feeling better real soon (or a second dose my help). I miss my "helper."

& I may need to start giving him baths with an antibacterial soap. Yay - cat+bath. (I have to see how much Petsmart charges to bathe a cat...)

The better of the two shots... With Grandpa.

With Grandpa - now you know where the looks come from. (The dirty looks of course!)

Monday, July 18, 2011


DSCF1364 by aviva_hadas
DSCF1364, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

It is probably not diabetes - no sugar in the urine. But there was bile in the urine which can be a liver problem & there were granules in the urine which can be a kidney problem. I'll know more tomorrow.

17July 11

17July 11 007 by aviva_hadas
17July 11 007, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Purrs needed

Please keep good thoughts for my little boy (old man cat, RB) I think based on some recent symptoms that he may have feline diabetes. I am going to take him to the vet next week. The poor boy already has allergies & is on a Rx diet... I may have to make tough decision...

(Meanwhile, Rhapsody has a couple episodes herself and as a consequence is on antibiotics - she had to strains of bacteria in her urine - blood tests ruled out kidney problems... She is under the bed as I type - unusual for her.)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Modeh Ani - a morning prayer. As recited by a blueberry eating toddler.

Roughly translated: I give thanks to the living God for returning my soul to me. Great is Your faithfulness.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hanukkah Bed Quilt

Hanukkah Bed Quilt by aviva_hadas
Hanukkah Bed Quilt, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one also has the cat flannel on the back.

J-A-C-O-B quilt completed!

This one also has the cat flannel on the back.

The binding.

The binding. by aviva_hadas
The binding., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

O.k. I had higher hopes for the results of using this as binding... It just looks like a stripe - which is fine, but the print is a zig zag, so... Either way the quilt is done & I am using it on my bed! Not unlike my cat charm quilts, I catch my self staring at the images...

This is the last of the 4 that I sent out for quilting (quite some time ago). & it is my personsl favorite. Heather Ross (the designer behind the Munki brand) is my favorite fabric designer. (She had 3 lines with freespirit & had doen work for Kokka & on Spoonflower.) All of her prints that I own will be in my Mommy I spy too. (Because the Mommy I spy contains personal favorites in addition to Adult images - like Tiffany Lamps.)

FYI Munki makes more that just pajamas & in addition to the poplin that I like, there are woven, flannel, & other weights/types of fabric that her images adorn.

closer view of the cat flannel & the quilting.

The back. Yes, that is the same cat flannel that is on the back of two of my other quilts.

Can you see the quilting?

Can you see the quilting? by aviva_hadas
Can you see the quilting?, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I call it e&l because they remind me of cursive letters & if it is e&l they don't all have to be the same size... Does anyone else remember practicing your cursive letters? The l had to go to the top line & the e had to go to the broken line.

detail shot.

4 by aviva_hadas
4, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

The label is there because many of the prints in this quilt are from salvaged pajamas of this brand. (The reason for the name of the quilt too.)

Munki in the Middle in the sun.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The binding fabric.

The binding fabric. by aviva_hadas
The binding fabric., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Yeah another completed quilt. This one is an ABC quilt in blue.
(I buy ABC panels. This one I saw in pink & in blue, I bought one of each before I ever get pregnant. I have since send the pink one off to be made into a quilt for a girl.)
I sent 2 letters off to 11 girls in an online Bee - it was tense for a month or two, but I love the result. My GF also did 2 blocks. So I did 6, including the two that bring this to a 5 x 6 (The panel had "Now I know... & Next time..." as two "blocks.) layout.
One of the backing fabrics is a print that shows the Hebrew "Alphabet" Aleph-Bet. I loved that juxtaposition, but I also loved being able to use a rather ugly print. (The other two backing fabris are also Judaic in design & "go with" the Aleph Bet print - because they were all made by Alexander Henry. (The one not showing here is a Hanukkah Print.)
Back to the "ugly" comment - at least it is not blue & yellow or blue & white - common themes in Judaic prints.
I had hoped to use what I had on hand to border this quilt, but what I had that was big enough did not work, so I shopped (with some help from my friends) for the borders during my monthly sew-n-tell meeting. (I like them o.k., I love that the quilt is done.)
The binding did come out of my stash, a Joann special & it feels like it. (I bought it because I went through a period when I purchased some (sometimes a lot) of every Judaic print that I found - to support & to promote the making of this niche product. I am happy to have been able to use the fabric.

the borders & binding.

the borders & binding. by aviva_hadas
the borders & binding., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Full view of the back.

Full view of the back. by aviva_hadas
Full view of the back., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

ABC's in blue.

ABC's in blue. by aviva_hadas
ABC's in blue., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The binding.

The binding. by aviva_hadas
The binding., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Another recent finish. This one got pieced into a top very quickly. I even made 2 doll quilts using the scraps. I had to piece it quickly, I chose a pattern where placement was everything. It got based fairly soon after being pieced. I then started to hand quilt. Once I got to where I could not scrunch & quilt - I quilt working on hand quilting it.

I think this was my first quilt that used all of a line of fabric without adding any other fabrics (well I did use Kona Snow for the centers & the back is a fabric by a different designer).

When I had a box of tops ready to send to my long armer, I shoved this in too. I decided that I'd rather have it done that waiting for me to hand quilt it. (& I was pleased as punch that after all of that I still had the binding fabric where I could find it.)

The back

The back by aviva_hadas
The back, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Freshcut in Courthouse Steps.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The binding fabric

The binding fabric by aviva_hadas
The binding fabric, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

For my "Newspaper" quilt called Today's News.

I used several solid reds & a lot of black & white prints with this as the binding. The backing is a cartoon print - fitting for a Newspaper quilt, right? The quilting is simple lines across - almost like that way small children follwo the text on a page when they read.

close up of the backing fabric.

The back

The back by aviva_hadas
The back, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.


Binding by aviva_hadas
Binding, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Today's News.

Today's News. by aviva_hadas
Today's News., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Friday, July 08, 2011


FABRIC by aviva_hadas
FABRIC, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

So we went to NY for the 4th of July holiday. (the wireless that I could access when from o.k. to no reception in no time flat, so I am just now catching up on blogging & flickring.)

This is the fabric that I got in NYC - the 2 New York centric fat quarters from City Quilter, the rest from Purl Soho! Yes, I am apparently a fan of dots... The ones on the bottom of the stack are KEI Honeycomb dots (I think I left a few of the KEI Honeycomb bolts uncut - they are pricey add a bit of NYC to that price...), & I almost let out an audible squeal when I saw them. The ones on the top were widely available not too long ago, but I only saw a few on equilter & a few here & there, so I was happy to add to what I already had. Quite the opposite of the KEI Honeycomb dots, those circes were very reasonably priced, especially for NYC. I even said so to the cutter & she was suprised - she usually hears the opposite. Which makes sense because they carry a lot of Liberty Lawn & that goes for about $34 a yard. (I have cut into most of it & I have sewn most of what I cut.)