Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Did you get yours?

Did you get yours? by aviva_hadas
Did you get yours?, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Did I tell ya'll that I got mine?

Just a random cat quilt photo

DSCF4738 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4738, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

that I hope I have not shared before...

(I think there were about 40 differently colored threads in the fur...)

close-up

DSCF4739 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4739, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The doctor is in...

DSCF5136 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5136, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Ahem, he stuffs as many goodies as possible into that bag. old cell phones (plural) cat toys, rubber duckies, Mr. Potatohead's glasses, & the stuff that came in the bag.

At day care, he carries a differnt bag, that is also stuffed with goodies. (Oh & he transitioned to the 3 year old room - what happened to my baby?)

Monday, August 29, 2011

He's addicted...


DSCF5144 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I have 3 brands on my shelf.
He has to have a minimum of two. (I stop him at two because he only has two lips.)
He climbed up to my shelf to help himself...

Wait a minute, I need to get some lip balm... (There is always one at the ready or I get twitchy.)

Top in progress

DSCF5142 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5142, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

It is officially easier to move a cat than a toddler...

Yes, those are Mr. Potatohead's glasses.

top in progress

DSCF5141 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5141, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Well I finished this top & then realized that it is too long. Seriously.
So I removed 4 rows & while it wasn't "too narrow" it could "take" an extra column or two - so I took apart the rows & am in the process of turning them into columns.
I had pieced the back previously, so I knew how much real estate I had to work with. (roughly 108 x 120 - minus some space for the long armer.)
This is pretty much the look that I was going for - light.

(Oh & for the record, the photo depicts 2 sections out of 8 - each section composed of 4 rows, each of which is composed of 16 columns.)

The piecing is random, the pattern is by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr of Funquilts & is in their book, The Modern Quilt Workshop. I would never hesitate to suggest adding that one to your quilt book library.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Softly Spoken (Pattern called Plain Spoken by Funquilts in their book)

He helps with the mundane chores too. (& miracle of miracles, I remembered to stop pinning in time!)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My little helper.

My little helper. by aviva_hadas
My little helper., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

We are surviving Irene. We still have electricity & so far it just feels like a rain storm.

Husband went to CVS earlier - he was not alone. :o)

Which is just as well, because I was not alone as I sewed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Turtle lover


DSCF4913 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one loves turtles. (But I may have said that before.)

Turtle lover


DSCF4898 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one loves turtles!

bird call


DSCF4923 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I tried & tried & tried to capture this & then I did & failed to share it earlier. :o(

Did I share this?


DSCF4944 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

There was an apparent school group watching this, they made such a noise, that we went in the out door to see what was happening.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yes, my little sleeper is holding onto "Bunny."

I don't see him in this state often. I am at the office before he wakes most days, & on the weekends, he is "up" when we enter his room.

The gray "friend" under the kitty book is his stuffed cat. (The one that is always "there." The kitty stays in the car when we got into a restaurant & the kitty stays in his backpack at school... But the kitty gets his teeth brushed first.)

The flash did not wake him... (& I got a second shot after this one.) But the mommy kisses did.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meat Sauce, It's What's for dinner.

2 lb. ground meat (I use turkey)
2 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes (I use Muir Glen)
16 oz. can tomato sauce (I use Muir Glen)
2 Tbsp. mixed italian spices
salt & pepper to taste. (I don't add any, I add crushed pepper flakes at the table to my own)

brown meat & onions, add garlic once the meat is no longer pink & the onions are soft. Add the tomatoes & spices, stir & simmer on low heat. (Until heated through or as long as you wish) serve over your favorite pasta. Freeze the leftovers.

working from home

IMAG0049.jpg by aviva_hadas
IMAG0049.jpg, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Working from home today - & I have help.

No, not a direct result of the earthquake. (Thanks again to all who checked in on us) They let us out at 2:30 - I get off at 2:30 anyway. Yes, I have that kind of luck.

At about 5, we had a brown out, by 9:30 we lost all of out electricity. So no hot water in the a.m., so no going into the office. (Electric & hot water have been restored, but...)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From our trip to the Aquarium

DSCF4948 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4948, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

He was in the Australian exhibit...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oatmeal Toffee Chip

Oatmeal Toffee Chip by aviva_hadas
Oatmeal Toffee Chip, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I baked these on Friday for my sew-n-tell meeting on Sunday. Between noshing over the weekend, sew-n-tell & lunches this week, they are all gone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pets on Quilts Parade

SewCalGal is hosting this one.

(I am such a joiner - for this one I blame Hetty.)

Reason 1 On a finished I SPY.
DSC07219.JPG On an I SPY that just needs it's binding done. (Any volunteers?)
That is my UFO, not your cushion! On a UFO - yes it still is a UFO & I have no idea why.DSC09174.JPG On my French General Quilt.DSC08744.JPG On an all batik quilt. (I'm not into batiks anymore, so I can't say that very much.) Yes, he is a very patient cat, my son was 8 months old in that photo.
I hope there wasn't a photo limit... (I have more!)
It's been a while since I blogged in blogger - some funny mishaps happened on the way to "Publish Post" I'll leave them to your imagination.






fair quilt

DSCF5094 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5094, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I always like blue & yellow quilts. Always.

fair quilt

DSCF5090 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5090, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one is so sweet & subtle, I almost want to make one - remind me about my UFO pile before I start it...

fair quilt

DSCF5086 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5086, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Need an idea on how to use your stripes?

I have some stripes, but I am thinking about doing a different Kaffe inspired quilt with them.

fair quilts

DSCF5075 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5075, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I have several of those veggie cat patterns...

fair quilt

DSCF5047 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5047, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

One that can be described as more than fair... :o)

Just a scene from the fair.


DSCF5118 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This guy had a lot to say.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Guess what we did today.

DSCF5032 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5032, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

J is for Jellyfish


DSCF4980 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

At he daycare the do M is for Michael, etc. so Jacob was saying J is for Jacob, I replied, no its not J is for Jellyfish - so he says tat now when he sees a J. :o)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Just makes me smile.


DSCF4775 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

The quilt was a baby gift.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

fair quilt

DSCF4801 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4801, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

fair quilt

DSCF4809 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4809, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Tribute to the Battle of Gettysburg. If I did a Dear Jane style quilt, this would be the result...
(I'm not "into" samplers, so no worries about me starting a new project.)

fair quilt

DSCF4811 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4811, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

county fair

DSCF4815 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4815, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

My favorite quilt from the fair.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

quilt show

DSCF4593 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4593, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

One of the miniatures. This was hte first quilt that I looked at & I knew that I would like the show after seeing it.

This is also the lst of the quilt show quilt photos. (I will have fairly horrible fair quilt photos to share. Quilts are not displayed nicely at fairs & the one that we just went to had them behind plastic = horrible. Just in case anyone thought I was using that adjective to describe the quilts.)

quilt show

DSCF4596 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4596, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

One of the miniatures.

quilt show

DSCF4621 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4621, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

(I think this one did really well in Knoxville... I did not go to Knoxville, so that statement is reliant on my faulty memory.)

quilt show

DSCF4624 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4624, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

As you can see this one won a ribbon...

Ever since I started quilting some dozen or so years ago, I have wanted to piece a quilt & add an applique border.

More often than not recently, I have been eliminating borders instead... I guess I have to wait for the pendulum to swing back.

Bunny & Sheep


Bunny & Sheep a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Fair season is upon us...

Monday, August 08, 2011

v'shamru


v'shamru a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Roughly translated:
The children of Israel should keep the Sabbath
Observing the Sabbath throughout their generations

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Brownies

IMAG0024.jpg by aviva_hadas
IMAG0024.jpg, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

To go with the cinnamon ice cream that my husband had made for me. :o)

YUM

(Ina Garten's recipe.)

Friday, August 05, 2011

quilt show

DSCF4689 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4689, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one was made by one of my favorite quilters.

I made a set of her quilts... She has done others that are not in this set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aviva_hadas/sets/72157627214286519/with/2707518953/

quilt show

DSCF4655 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4655, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I like this one too - so much so that I took about 30 photos of it!

I think this link will take you to the set...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aviva_hadas/sets/72157627214274937/

Thursday, August 04, 2011

quilt show

DSCF4634 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4634, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

A detail shot from my favorite. (The red circles were appliqued. There were other clusters, not just these faces.)

quilt show

DSCF4632 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4632, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

the numbers involved in my favorite.

quilt show

DSCF4631 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4631, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Detail of the back of my favorite - couching & appliqueing over the quilting.

quilt show

DSCF4630 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4630, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

The center of my favorite

quilt show

DSCF4629 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4629, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one was my favorite.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

quilt show

DSCF4623 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4623, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Ya'll knew I went to a quilt show, right? Here is the Best in Show. I'll share more tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Cat bathing - not for the weak...

IMAG0018.jpg by aviva_hadas
IMAG0018.jpg, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

When he slipped, he got me real good. (I have a bandage on my wrist as a testament) On Thursday, I will wait for my husband to get home first. - 4 hands are better than two (Especially when one of those is manning the camera - yes, I am an idiot.)
The Rx shampoo has an ingredient that is supposed to help with his "scabs" - he has allergies & the "hives" on a cat are like scabs, that flake off - with the fur, so he is generally far from pretty.

(For the first month, we have to bathe him twice a week. You have ot let the shampoo set for 5 to 10 minutes...)

After I dried him off, he still came over to cuddle with me under my quilt...
(Does that mean I am forgiven?)

FYI If Thursday does not go so well, the vet will do the shampoo job for about $21... (That might end up being the best $21 spent...)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History by aviva_hadas
Museum of Natural History, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

We went to see the dinosaurs. (& My husband's friend from high school, who was in town for a rally.)

The museum was sensory overload for the toddler. So much to see so close.