Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tu B'Shevat

Tu B'Shevat
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since the holiday ended at sundown, I am a late. At any rate as we got 5 to 6 inches of snow accumulation (we were forecasted to get a dusting to 1 inch the last I heard) it was Tu B'Shevat. (& my birthday - thanks for the well wishes.) Which technically is the 15th day of the Hebrew Month of Shevat also known as the Jewish Arbor Day.
There are few customs or observances related to this holiday. One custom is to eat a new fruit on this day, or to eat from the Seven Species (shivat haminim) described in the Bible as being abundant in the land of Israel. The Shivat Haminim are: wheat, barley, grapes (vines), figs, pomegranates, olives and dates (honey) (Deut. 8:8). Planting trees or collecting money to plant a tree is also a Tu B'Shevat custom. In the coming years, Jacob will plant parsley seeds on Tu B' Shevat so that we can harvest it for our Passover Seder. This year, we went to a Tu B'Shevat party at our synagogue & read the Tu B'Shevat book that you can see in the picture.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

snacks anyone?

DSC09448 (The size 18 month birthday shirt that may not make it to 18 months...)
DSC09449 Keifer - much better.
And don't you dare offer to try to help. I don't need any help!
Belly Button belly button. :o)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A boy & his toy

If you have heard of Flat Stanley, please forgive me. This toy is called Flat Stanley, but he is not a "Flat Stanley." (It is just flat & has a face & I have a son so a boy's name seemed appropriate & so the name Flat Stanley stuck.)

DSC09456 Flat Stanley got you! (He usually tears the toy off of his head - not unlike a winter hat or his hooded towel - as soon as it lands, but he was more playful so we played with Flat Stanley for a while.)
DSC09452 (He also "helped" fold that laundry!)
DSC09454 "Mommy, Are you done yet?"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010


My birthday is at the end of the week on the 30th. But I got my big gift early...
My Birthday Present (Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.) Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics. My husband ordered this & it arrived on Friday. On Saturday, my GF was in town & we went to a local fabric shop where I got several Kona Solids to go with these.
Hope Valley with Kona Solids
This is the pattern that I plan to make with these fabrics:
DSC09424 I am not sure if I will mix the solids in the center & forgo a border - or use the solids to make a plus border - where there isn't really a line of demarkation between the body & border. (I am leaning towards plan 2.)
That pattern can be found in this book:
What are you going to do with that fabric? Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Road.
Mommies Big Helper! I think he likes my idea.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

At Daddy's Office.

At Daddy's Office.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

We are a one car family. Most of the time, my husband takes the subway (metro) & bus. But last night he had to work late so we went into DC to pick him up. (After rush hour the metro & busses run less often so it makes commuting hard.) The little guy had fun walking around the furniture. (He also had fun ringing the bell which was put away by the time I took this photo.)

He had a far better day at day care yesterday. He used problem solving - a toy was blocking the oven door so that he could not slam it shut. He moved it out of the way and returned to slamming. :o)

Friday, January 22, 2010

A scene from day care

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

(Before the paint job.) That oven door bites... He really like the kitchen, but I think that he likes things in general that are his height...

He is a brute though - he will use his weight to push the smaller babies out of the way of the kitchen (or the piano). This does not make a momma happy... He is starting to push too... Another thing that does not make his momma happy... Argh, raising a baby/child/young man was supposed to be easy. (right?)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This is just the tip of the iceberg

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

You are looking 2 of 4 stacks of I pulled fabrics from my own stash for the JACOB quilt.

I know it looks like a lot, but I have been collecting (buying/trading/begging/gifted) for several years. Many of those have been used in a quilt (Or there are charms cut from them waiting to become quilts) already. Most of them are fat quarters & smaller.

I guess my next step should be to make piles for J, A, C, O, & B fabrics. You see when I did my first sort, looked quickly & if I saw something that would work, I pulled it - so I may have 5 or 6 sets of curtains in that pile. I I will later choose the best curtain for the quilt.

(I need to go to my Aussie fabric pile & look for ostrich & outback fabrics...)

Anyone have any Oriole (Either the actual bird or the baseball team) fabric?

Again, if anyone is working on a similar novelty quilt, don't hesitate to ask - I may be able to help... (I know my GF wants a piece of my Opossum fabric!)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Raise your hand if this sounds familiar...

You check out a book (magazine) from the Library (or you borrow it from a friend) & while you like it fine, you are not impressed enough to buy it. Or one pattern really tickles your fancy, but others you barely notice.


You see a quilt or SEVERAL using "X" pattern (Or a pattern that is very similar.)

Well that happened to me & I will now expound on one specific event.

My husband is friendly with the inter-library loan gal where he works (at a Law School). I'm not sure when I made the connection, but I had him borrow EVERY Kaffe Fassett book on quilting. I perused & swooned over many patterns. (I even made a quilt!)

I then saw this bundle of fabric & immediately decided that a fat quarter bundle of that fabric would be my birthday gift. Now to decide what to do with it... (I only knew that I wanted to use it all together - not sepatated into the 3 color families & I decided that I would be willing to mix in some Kona solids if necessary.)

I did not go to Flickr to search for a pattern - I got there regularly to see what people are up to & for general inspiration.

I had seen this quilt way back in 2007 & loved it. Since then I have seen this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, & this one. & thanks to Jackie I know that a pattern is in Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Road book. (& thanks to my husband I was able to get it through inter-library loan.)


I may use a pattern in a book that I actually own & make this quilt. My birthday is at the end of the month, so I have some time to think about it & do some more planning...

Bottom line, I guess you can tell that I want to do a tessalation quilt, right?

(Any opinions on a link heavy post? Do you like the links to quilt photos?)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Why can't I leave well enough alone?

Emphasis on "Why?" - (I think.)

So form last week, you know about my want of all things "X." (& I cut some X's out of my stash on Sunday during my sew-n-tell group meeting - yay me.)

But that got me to a more primal quilt - the JACOB quilt. (It will just be Jacob, not Jacob Henry as I considered for a while.)

So last night while I could have just been cutting/trimming "X's" I started to pull J's, A's, C's, O's, & B's.

O is an ornery letter...

But my brain is attacking this differently as well. My stack right now is HUGE - there are a lot of A, B, & C words - & I avoided "cat" for cat sake. Still I have cats with jewelery, apples, curtains, ottomans, & bread! (As a start.) (But I am thinking that I don't necessarilly want just the letter - differentiate it a bit.)

Oh well, I am using what I have & haveing fun.

(All donations of J, A, C, O, B & X words are being greatfully accepted. Especially J & O. Does anyone have a print of a "Jack in the box", a Juggler, Joker from a card deck, Jupiter - the planet, the kind of orange that you eat, oval, or octagon... Right now I am thinking 5 inch squares, but I may try to do an any size - trimming right down to the "B is for belt." I guess it depends on the sizes of the Alphabet panel pieces.)

Crazy Novelty Print Quilter
Mommy quilter with a crazy idea

Feel free to shout out for any letters that you may be searching for. I've got "C" covered!

A discussion on a quilt.

Well I finally know what to do with "that" grouping of fabric. What fabric might you ask - well at the end of the day it does not matter, any fabrics can work with this block. If you don't believe me, check out this flickr group or this group. Here is a tutorial, a Quiltville "pattern" with photos of oldies, and a Quilter's Cache pattern. I have always said that I like secondary patterns - I usually do the same block over & over without sashing instead of samplers - so I guess my like of this quilt should not be a suprise. Meanwhile, I tried hard not to jump onto this bandwagon... Why? Who the heck knows why? I am a dandylion & this fits my tendencies to a T - flitter from one thing to another just like that dandylion fluff being blown from here to there...

As you can see, the width variance can be great. As can the level of scrappiness. & If you are using scraps the width variance is probably even greater than if you are going to start from fat quarters like me...

O.K. now that I have that out of my system, I feel so much better.

(My fabric - you can see it for sale here some from "all" but mostly blue/green - I never quite got around to photographing mine, but mine mixes in some others that go with this as well. My background may just be WHITE - stark white.)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Loves his books!

Loves his books!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The other photo from my hiding baby. That book is "Have You Seen My Cat?" by Eric Carle. (A favorite of mine.)

Meanwhile, when I took that photograph if I had said, "Hi." He would have busted out with laughter. Last night & this morning on the other hand, I barely got a grin.

Yesterday he said, "buh bye." He does not quite mimic it - say it responsively - yet, but he said it close to the event & Ms. Luz (The cook at his daycare - aka his favorite person - that boy loves his pancakes & french toast & grilled cheese & mac & cheese) heard him. :O)

Thursday, January 14, 2010


as in X-ray
What's in Common? (Please notice the Rx pad too...)
as in 3 x 2 = 6
What's in Common?
as in xylophone
What's in Common? (I can't say that without out thinking about the They Might Be Giants song "Alphabet of Nations.")
as in the international sign of a kiss when paired with O (the international symbol of a hug) - XOX
What's in Common?
as in "What does a cat have to do with the letter X?"
What's in Common?
(I thought of the post after the photo shoot, so my "as in" theme has run out of punch.)
What's in Common? That tic-tac-toe game is my FAVORITE "X" print right ahead of those cats.
My final photo:
What's in Common?

Meanwhile, I have some of those prints in other colors & generic alphabet toss prints that I did not photograph & after my photo session, I found a charm of Taxi fabric where it spells out taXi & I found a lady doing cross stitch - we all abreviate that as X-stitch & you can see the X's :o) & Rhonda suggested "eXtra eXtra read all about it." Which made me think about my newpaper fabric - low & behold there is an article written by Cornish ReX, so that will be added to the mix too. & A couple people mentioned 6 - I have some numeral 6 pieces that may or may not make the cut - I'd rather those have siX written out since the letter X is not the first letter...

Happy HAPPY happy!
(Thanks to those of you who are contributing to my madness!)

Hiding baby

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

While I was preraring dinner, my little guy wedged himslef between the wall and the Bassinet (AKA - stuffed animal/bookcase). I cam around the corner & did not see him, but his giggle quickly gave him away. He even looked up from his books long enough to give me a cheeky grin.

My commute

A major artery (the one that I take - on the local lanes thankfully) was completely shut down this morning. Please remember that I start work at 6:30, so I was in the thick of the snarl created by this accident.

I hope that everyone involved in this accident is safe & I hope that you too have a safe commute into work.

(I work right off of Montrose Road - the one effected.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Meanwhile today when he did not have grippy socks, he wanted to walk - slip sliding along. When I put grippy socks on - he kept sitting. Oh well.
Now he is fighting sleep - off for a quick nap before dinner.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My cats are Tonkinese

My cat's breed is one of Martha's favorite breeds. (Just sayin')
Rhapsody and RB

Keyboard Fabric

Keyboard Fabric
Originally uploaded by PurplePaisleyPatch

Has anyone seen this fabric (have it)? That would be perfect for my "X marks the spot." quilt.

Monday, January 11, 2010

"X" Marks the spot

This a question/answer post...
If you buy those alphabet panels, do you always make an alphabet quilt?

I have purchased SEVERAL. Too many for one boy, ahem.

Then I think that I would like to do a "Jacob" or even a "Jacob Henry" (Pretty clever of us not to repeat letters, huh.) quilt.

That would leave several letters left over - like "X" as an example. Which got my brain thinking the other day & got my fingers pulling fabrics from my stash.

I'd kind of like to make an "X Marks the Spot" quilt. I have pulled, Rx (written, not just the image), Xylophone, X-Ray, Lunch box (written, not just the image), etc. images from my novelty fabric stash. In addition to the "X" letter fabrics & the Alphabet panels.

Am I crazy & alone in this manner of quilty thought? Do you have any "X" fabrics that you can share? I'd love to get the word "fox", an "X" on a treasure map, "X" using sign language, & any other "novel" interpretations of the "X." If you just want to get in on a clever idea - I am collecting 5 inch squares - or 5 inch finished pieced/appliqued/embroidered blocks...

Maybe you can just leave a list of "X" items in my comments... Maybe if you yell out ____ I will then go to my stash & say, "YAY, this boat can be an 'x-boat.'" (Hey many a dinghy has been turned in to a yacht thusly.)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Catalympics II

New Message
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Rhapsody is in training too! (This was the first time that I saw her in the nest. & I was quite surprised not to see RB bullying her out of position!)

Meanwhile, I actually worked on that binding today. While I did, Jacob played with my metal pencil box - aka sewing box. He really liked my needle magnet. I think that that was his first time playing with a magnet. He had great fun.

His first hamburger aside from the bun did not go over as well...

Friday, January 08, 2010


I know that Cathi's cats Lester & Smudge & Martha's cat Poppet are in training for the catalympics, so here is RB training for "turning a quilt into a nest."
New Message

We'll not mention the fact that I should be working on the binding of said quilt... & the fact that the mostly black flannel is now quite gray...

Are your cats in training? Dogs? Do leave me a comment so I can come over to visit them.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

some one else's toys!

some one else's toys!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

A scene from our New Year's party. We lasted until 9:45 - woo hoo!

Jacob was one of the younger ones - but the gaps are pretty big - the older ones are a year older or more & the younger ones were 6 months old, so as always it was nice that the kids played nicely with Jacob. He was "nervous" since a couple of the oldest "kids" were rough housing & it was a new environment...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

in a metal box

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Am I the only one who has fond memories of those old metal boxes that Bandaids used to come in?

Ya know what else, I have strong memories of a metal saltines box - I would start to save UPC codes if I could get one of those boxes...

Even though I prefer the "generic" brand of whole wheat soda crackers over the national brand of my youth.

Chicken & mushroom soup may be on tonight's menu...

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Originally uploaded by laurensh

Does anyone have a pattern for this? I don't really want to use all squares if it is not necessary...

Or maybe my question should be, If the square is cut 2.5 inches square, what are the dimensions of the rectangles?

Any advice on placement - or is this totally a design wall quilt...

Monday, January 04, 2010

A scene from Day Care

Fw:New Message
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I suppose I would be remiss if I failed to mention the fact that my Husband's team won their game last night. Woo Hoo.

My poor son gets to suffer the consequences. Also by this photo, you can tell who dresses the child in the morning...

For those of you who are wondering, the water toy in the big baby room - its disabled. :o) (Jacob still likes to turn the knob.)

Uh oh

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Yes, Jacob say's "Uh oh." No idea where he learned that one. :o)