Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roseate Spoonbill (With Jacob)

We went to the zoo yesterday. It was a bit chilly, but too bad overall. We did head straight for Amazonia, since it has a rainforest environment that is warm by nature.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I know I have been "chatty" here today, but...

I have another question for you.

Using a 2.5 inch grid, what ratio would you use for a capital "L"?

While I am at it, if you could verify the numbers for cutting that would be great too.

I am thinking that the ratio is 3:2. So I would need one 2.5 inch square & one 2.5 x 6.5 rectangle for each "L". (2.5 x 4.5 for the background - so that the 2.5 inch square added to the 2.5 x 6.5 rectangle, would make a bigger rectangle.)

Yes, the 1/4 inch seam allowance still stumps me regularly.

I'm planning a baby quilt & prefer to do a lot - if not all - of the cutting up front - so knowing the numbers helps. (& this is why I normally use a pattern.)

Right?

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

That's more like it for my cat.

That's more like it for my cat.

Big boy bed quilt.

Big boy bed quilt. by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Big boy bed quilt., a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Big boy bed quilt.

Big boy bed - it's a hit!

Big boy bed - it's a hit!

Yep, that's my cat. She "never" goes under a quilt... She's a topper.

Yep, that's my cat. She "never" goes under a quilt... She's a topper.

The back of Oh boy!

The back of Oh boy! by aviva_hadas (Amy)
The back of Oh boy!, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

The back of Oh boy!

Oh boy! Detail shot

Oh boy! Detail shot by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Oh boy! Detail shot, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Oh boy! Detail shot

Oh boy!

Oh boy! by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Oh boy!, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Oh boy!

The back.

The back. by aviva_hadas (Amy)
The back., a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

The back.

The way that print is supposed to look...

The way that print is supposed to look...

On Target.

On Target. by aviva_hadas (Amy)
On Target., a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

On Target.

Supervising the building of the big boy bed.

Supervising the building of the big boy bed.

Passover cookies

To see what my cookies look like, click on these two links Nut balls & Walnut Meringues.

Nut balls

1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 yolk

grind the nuts finely. Mix in sugar and egg, cover with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for 2 hours.

roll into the size of small walnuts, coat in confectioners sugar. You're supposed to place them in tiny paper thingies, but I don't have any, so I put them on parchment paper and bake for 14 minutes or so at 375. The cookies are ready when they crack on top and are golden brown (though I can't see the color through the sugar, so I just wait till they crack a little). They'll look soft, but they're ready. Leave them in the oven, open the oven door, and let them cool in the cooling oven.

WALNUT MERINGUES 

8 ounces chopped walnuts (2 1/2 cups) 
2 cups confectioners' sugar 
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 
4 large egg whites

Directions

  1. Make the meringues: Raise oven temperature to 375 degrees. Pulse walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor until nuts are finely ground.
  2. With a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold walnut mixture into whites in 2 additions.
  3. Using 2 teaspoons, scoop small rounds of dough on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until deep gold, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on a wire rack. (Meringues can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Krinkly out of the dryer kitties.

Krinkly out of the dryer kitties.

Searching for chametz. Passover is almost here.

Searching for chametz. Passover is almost here.

Advice

So one of the Scrap Vomit quilts that have planned is for my son. It will be mostly an I SPY (I've been fussy cutting smaller novelties). I say "mostly" because if necessary I will add other prints. & hey even polka dots are circles & stripes are lines...

While digging through my fabrics, I found an ABC print where the letters were small enough & spaced wide enough for cutting for this project.

Here is what I am going to spell out.

"Made with love by Amy Sheib for Jacob." (there are only so many letters - so Mommy would not work, nor would adding a second Sheib.)

Should I place them next to each other? Like Made (picture of a cat) by (Picture of an elephant) etc.?

Or just have the letters in order but spaced out, more like a puzzle? (There are 30 letters & 35 blocks...So that would be 1 letter in most of the blocks. Heck with his being short/young/twin size bed, I might make his quilt 5 x 6...)

Advice? Which way would you do it? (With the diamonds, I am kind of worried that right next to each other might not work... or might not work well. & I kind of don't like how the letters look right next to each other in a field of scrappiness. - They all cam from one black on white piece of fabric.)

I guess you can probably guess which way I am going to go, huh? (I'd still like to read your POV.)

Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Lying down quilted kitty.

Lying down quilted kitty.

Standing up quilted kitty.

Standing up quilted kitty.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peek at the new quilt.

Peek at the new quilt.

Matzah in the house. (& a new quilt.)

Matzah in the house. (& a new quilt.)

Spring Quilt

Spring Quilt by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Spring Quilt, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Yes, we did have snow last night.
Yes, you have seen this photo before, If' you've been around these parts since 2008.

I purchased a kit, so this quilt looks like the one in the book (sorry don't recall which Kaffe Fassett book.) If I had not purchased the kit & did this on my own with these fabrics, I would have had more orange moon dot - less green & the center big block would have been the pink geranium print...

Once upon a time ago, I wanted to make a quilt for each season. This is Spring.

Winter is on my wall now - blue snowy cat print with scrappy browns.

The summer quilt that I made I ended up donating.

My fall quilt is a very long simmering UFO...

I'm posting this because yesterday was the first day of Spring not that the weather is especially spring like...

It snowed last night/this morning. This is what's left after my commute.

It snowed last night/this morning. This is what's left after my commute.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I guess I should stop saying I never win anything... Thanks.

I guess I should stop saying I never win anything... Thanks.

That settles it. More 4 year old labeling.

That settles it. More 4 year old labeling.

Another winner from the quilt show

DSCF9106 by aviva_hadas (Amy)
DSCF9106, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

This one won Best Hand Workmanship.

After all of that Google Reader drama yesterday, I needed a bit of quilty...

(I'm going to a sewing day on Saturday & Sunday - can't wait.)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

WTF! What reader do you use?

WTF! What reader do you use?

Happy Pi day

Whether you are making pie charts, chicken pot pie, meat pies, fruit pies, Ritz mock apple pie, Libby's tomato pie, bean pie, raisin pie, nut pies, cream pies, or just thinking about useing or when you last used the mathematical pi 3.14, Happy PI day to ya.

Did I miss any Pie types?

Here is my recipe for Ritz Mock Apple Pie
Pastry for two-crust 9-inch pie
36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1 3/4 cups crumbs)
1 3/4 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Grated peel of one lemon
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in prepared crust; set aside.
Heat water, sugar and cream of tartar to a boil in saucepan over high heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and peel; cool.
Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with margarine or butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie. Trim, seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.
Bake at 425°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool completely.
 
Funny thing, I can't remember the last time I had a Ritz cracker let alone this pie... (But it is still in ye olde e-mail recipe file. Which means that I typed it in at one point in time...)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

another from the quilt show

DSCF9098 by aviva_hadas (Amy)
DSCF9098, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

I love a scrappy quilt & this one just looks so doable...

Monday, March 11, 2013

quilt at MId-Atlantic

DSCF9058 by aviva_hadas (Amy)
DSCF9058, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

With that red hair & blue eyes, this reminded me a little bit of Jacob.

Not that Jacob has played with frogs - yet.

Best Wall Quilt

DSCF9220 by aviva_hadas (Amy)
DSCF9220, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

At Mid-Atlantic

& why not with that flowing red hair.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Best in Show

DSCF9290 by aviva_hadas (Amy)
DSCF9290, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

at Mid-Atlantic.

Some closer shots in my flickr. By. C Wiggins, I always like her quilts & quilting.

Friday, March 08, 2013

The quilt fairy sent me a box

The quilt fairy sent me a box

Same photo, different day

The piece that looks like graph paper with numbers is architectures, a fabric line by Carolyn Friedlander.

I intend to cut most of this into 2.5 x 2.5 or 3.5 x 3.5 squares for a couple different scrappy quilts that I have planned/in progress.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

5 x 500 m row

5 x 500 m row by aviva_hadas (Amy)
5 x 500 m row, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

5 x 500 m row

An Ikea Cart

Untitled by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Untitled, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

As a family, we build this yesterday & only had one temper flare up.

It is advertised for the kitchen, but I have only seen them for sewing rooms in flickr.

I was not quick enough to fill it up & mine now has sewing & toys.

& boy oh boy does that little boy love this shopping cart.