Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Homework - only almost 4!

Homework - only almost 4! by aviva_hadas
Homework - only almost 4!, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I'm back to work (for 2 days - this is my short week) so him working seems appropriate...

Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Quilt?

DSCF8659 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8659, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I guess this looks like a Hurricane quilt, right?
We were spared the worst of it. Did not even lose electricity.

You know why? Because I made a pot of chili. If I had not been so prepared then we would have been scrambling in the dark to find something to eat.

Monday, October 29, 2012


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

This is my version of the quilt that I showed yesterday.

I cut a bunch of scraps today so far.

Now we are getting ready for the storm...

Sunday, October 28, 2012


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

Does anyone remember my version? It's nice to go to a quilt show/flickr/pinterest & say, "I've done that" instead of "I want to do that."

(This one combines Japanese Taupes with CW reproductions. Mine used only Taupes. The pattern was in a magazine many many years ago.)

P.S. It is true, you can kill a lot of time on Pinterest!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quilt Show & today's doings

DSCF8664 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8664, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Love how colorful this is & I have been a fan of the "pattern" for a while...

Today I am going to make Cincy Chili - they are forecasting a bad storm, since we have a gas stove, this can be heated if we loose electricity.

Tonight I am going to a 40th Birthday Party - by myself! :o) (We won't mention that her quilt has been a UFO for far too long...)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simple yet effective

Simple yet effective by aviva_hadas
Simple yet effective, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This completely fits with my plan/idea to make quilts that use 2.5 inch squares. I know the idea isn't new or novel, but it is simple & effective! (next post has a close-up.)


close-up by aviva_hadas
close-up, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

& a closer view of those blocks.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Scenes from a quilt show

DSCF8681 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8681, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

AKA another way that I will not be organizing my scraps. :o) Though once again, I love the effect.

Besidae, the way my scraps are settling, I'd start by just having half the quilt blue!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

At hime on a Wednesday in Pajamas... What can be going on?

Strep Throat - another first. Luckily he is taking his medicine without fighting & his mood is fairly jovial.

I probably feel worse than him - still. (I tend to feel better by the afternoon, but the overnight is wretched.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homework - only almost 4

Homework - only almost 4 by aviva_hadas
Homework - only almost 4, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I still feel cruddy - I was fine yesterday afternoon, but I was literally up all night coughing & tossing & turning. I got my first wink of shut eye at about 5:00.

With that said, I was fine to "help" with homework.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another quilt from Sew-n-Tell

I feel rotten, so this is going to be a post & go posting...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cat ABC quilt

DSCF8686 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8686, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

My friend made a cat ABC quilt - she got a lot of those prints from me while I was culling this summer. :o) I think she chose a really nice inner & outer border today during our sew-n-tell meeting.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


DSCF7764.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF7764.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

He's acting like a bear this morning so this photo is very appropriate.

Quilt show take me away.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Scraps in my scrap bin! by aviva_hadas
Scraps in my scrap bin!, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Old photo - I know.

I ended up sorting into two piles - oldies & newbies + kitties/novelties.

The cake came out - just need to photograph it & copy the recipe down...

Quilt show tomorrow.

Sew-n-Tell (my mini-group) on Sunday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Since it is fall...

DSCF7574.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF7574.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

& I haven't quite started to sort my scraps yet...

There is a local quilt show this weekend - hopefully I will be inspired to take a few photos & then I can download them & the ones that are on my camera now...

I also plan on makeing an "All in 1 holiday" bundt cake tomorrow. With any luck I will post the recipe with a photograph then.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

work with me a minute here...

DSCF8051 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8051, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Assuming that all of these were just 2.5 inch squares (& a rainbow rather than neutral - the question is based on value) would you sort & piece them thusly?

I love the novelties here & there & the fact that they are of higher contrast that the prints that surround them, makes them pop...

But I keep thinking that the sorting would be agonizing. Taken from the lady who's only goal was to sort her scraps into 4 piles, cats, novelties, oldies & newbies.

Pickled radishes - fail. & I eat my salads with just vinegar & oil... I think maybe the honey gave an odd flavor profile & maybe I should have used the rice wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar - without even thinking about the lack of salt in my brine...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Burgoyne Surrounded

DSCF8067 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8067, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Is this usually 2 colors or 3? Are the "rings" ever say "red" to go with the blue & white as shown here?

Also anyone out there a pickler? (The refrigerator kind.)

I forgot to add salt to my brine for pickled radishes last night (My helper was enthralled with the honey & "what is vinegar?") will they turn out?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Party Venue - check

DSCF8561 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8561, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Someone is almost 4!
We are having his party early there is just too much going on with everyone to try to have a Thanksgiving party. He had previously been invited to a birthday at this location (& others) so when he wanted balloons, we choose this one. (You see that he loved the car - all of the kids did. He also liked the bounce houses - especially once momma joined in on the fun aka showed him how to do it.)

Yesterday at the Fire Station open house they had a bounce house - guess who decided not to go in it... But last week he did bounce at the pumpkin patch... So by the time the party rolls around it will be anyones guess as to how much participation there will be from the birthday boy.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Please tell me that I am not the only one.

I have plans for the scraps & want to work with them before the primary project!

Seriously, I am so ready to cut 2.5 inch squares for my "scrap" quilts...

Meanwhile, I am about to start sorting my already cut scraps into cats, novelties, oldies, & newbies. :o)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

National Apple Harvest Festival

DSCF5466 by aviva_hadas
DSCF5466, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

We went here again today. Today we saw this peeler in action! The hot fresh chunky cinnamon apple sauce was still yummy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scraps in my scrap bin!

Scraps in my scrap bin! by aviva_hadas
Scraps in my scrap bin!, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I finished trimming the smaller cat scraps this afternoon & added them to the 2.5 inch squares bin.

I did not make it to the zoo - I over did it on a walk & shopping trip with my girlfriend yesterday... Seriously when you are walking out to an undetermined turn around point, how do you not over due it - you have to get back to the starting point... (& Aside from the blister, I didn't feel that bad on the trail...)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'm not an Emu!

I'm not an Emu! by aviva_hadas
I'm not an Emu!, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This guy/gal lives at the National Zoo. I don't remember what kind of bird it is, but I know it is not an Emu, because that was my guess. As of right now, we plan on going to the zoo again tomorrow - so maybe I will be able to identify it then. Depends on where we park & what my benevolent dictator wants to see. Since it is a free zoo, we don't feel the need to see everything when we go.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just another day at the zoo.

DSCF8608 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8608, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Since we live close enough & the price is right... (We are members - free parking with paid membership)

We go to the zoo often enough & we can go just to see the panda without guilt, tears, frustration, etc.

& Jacob's favorite "food" is a picnic - so we pack one of those too.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

On the Spider Web at Butler's Orchard

He was siging "Itsy Bitsy Spider" too darn cute for words I tell ya! Too cute! This climbing toy was a big hit, he played on it twice & then still did not want to get off when it was time to leave.

Quilt update:
I trimmed all of my Y2K charms yesterday & started to trim more small cat scraps. (Small under 5 inches square - roughly. Scraps - less that a fat quarter, but when you are dealing with 2.5 inch squares less than a fat quarter can be "too big.")

Monday, October 08, 2012


Pile-o-scraps by aviva_hadas
Pile-o-scraps, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

So I spent my holiday baking a pumpkin cake that turned out pretty bad (Rhonda this is your warning) but I am sure that my almost 4 year old will eat it anyway.

& cutting scraps. Not just any scraps mind you, but my Y2K (Raise your hand if you were quilting back then.) scraps. It just occurred to me that this albatross has been over my head for 13 years.

I was thinking that I would use them in my scrap vomit quilt, but there are so many Y2K (2000 +/-) pieces & I have so many other scraps - kitty scraps out the wazoo! That I might just make a postage stamp quilt using the golden oldies.

Back to the scrap vomit idea - since I have so many kitty scraps (already cut & un-cut larger scraps) that my scrap vomit quilt would be the hair ball version!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Happy Fall

Is it technically fall yet?

Every year we go to Butler's Orchard for their fall festival. The weather started out "iffy" yesterday but the skies cleared & we had a fun time.

What do you do to usher in fall?

(I'm about to look for a pumpkin cookie or cake recipe - that might be a fun thing to do with my little boy today.)

Friday, October 05, 2012

The cat fabric

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

These would be the cats from yesterdays post. The print cam in several color variations & had some full sized cats, etc.

I spent a good portion of the summer culling my fabric & some of those went on to have a better life in a quilt rather than a stash. This I pulled from my scrap bin - everything under a fq - especially if I have cut the 10.5 inch square for my scrappy backs.

(I knew I kept some - I thought I kept the full half yard that I purchased. Which made my search for the print comical.)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

2.5 inch squares idea?

DSCF8023 by aviva_hadas
DSCF8023, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.


I have that cat print & plan to fussy cut it thusly & use it just like this... I'll need to remember to use my other novelties sparingly so that the kitties shine. I can do that with just a postage stamp quilt - how many kitties would be too many?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Another Back

Back of Small World. by aviva_hadas
Back of Small World., a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one is for Small World that I also shared in the last couple weeks.
I made this back before (between) my 10.5 inch square decision.
(I was going to say revelation, but I know that Bonnie Hunter has been using 10.5 inch square for years.)
I actually think that I was:
1. being lazy - why cut & then sew - just sew them together.
2. most of these are not 10.5 inches wide...

They all appear light, but when shuffled about the rest of the taupes, they are more medium light & actually kind of hard to use - at least that is what i was saying to myself as I made the "use these on the back to use them up" pile.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A back...

This is the back to the stretched stars (Number the Stars) quilt that I showed in the last couple of weeks. More & more of my backs will be squares like this. I have been culling my fabric hoard & keeping a 10.5 inch strip for scraps & scrappy backs.

Scraps - yes, I am actively embracing quilting with scraps. (I still have some yardage, but...)

So I would like to pose a question on Blogtober 2nd...

What quilt/blocks can you make with 2.5 inch squares. (trimming some of them down is fine.)
I'll go first - sorry if you don't know what I mean by what I call it - if that is the case, let me know & I'll try to blog a photo of it.
1. Granny Square
2. Postage stamp
3. Scrap Vomit (Steps to the Altar)
4. 4-patch or 9-patch (& if you have enough 16-patch, etc.)
5. half square triangles - wonky & true
6. Stars - wonky & true
7. use them as sashing or border elements
8. use them pieced together as "pick up sticks" insterts (Slash & instert)

Now I need to make a flickr gallery showing some of these ideas to remind me.

Monday, October 01, 2012


30's full by aviva_hadas
30's full, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I almost let it slip by...

I'm going to try to blog everyday this month.

My theme will probably be a lot of restrospective, mish-mash, favorite pictures kind of deal... With a bit of whats going on now thrown in for good measure.

My great grandmother made this quilt & that little boy cat is no longer with us.