Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What I am working on...

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Can you tell these all of the reds are not the same? Yes? Good. There not the same & there are several other reds in the blocks that still need to be pieced.

While I photographed this outside, I waited too long & lost the sun...

My Inspiration

City News Pattern Cover
Originally uploaded by cherry house quilts

There is a photo of this quilt in City Quilts by Cherri House
However in the book it is only a photograph... I did not know that there was a pattern available. I like the proportion of the "knot" on these bow ties bettern that mine...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Now I know my ABC's...

Now I know my ABC's...
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since my son can sing the ABC's - when he wants to, or when he is just "playing." I decided that it was high time to get going on this ABC quilt.
I bought this panel (& the pink one - that I have since given away) way back when I knew I was going to be a mommy, but wasn't pregnant... (I know horse before the cart...)
Last year - (about 13 months ago) I was asked to join a bee on flickr.
12 of us would do a block or two for the others once a month. I chose the first month, since I had the fabric ready & knew what I wanted done. This was a "use your scraps" bee, so I sent out 2 letters to each member & told them to make a "log cabin" (wonky, traditional - you choose) that ended up 12.5 inches & used only blue - or at least fabrics that read as blue - for my son. I got back a great mix of blocks, the person who did the S block, used novelty prints - snails, & sharks that were pieced within the blue logs = fun! (Only one set of blocks got back to me late - I was so worried - nothing says ABC quilt like one that is missing two letters!) By the end of my month, I still had 6 blocks to make myself so that I would have a 5x6 layout. & there they sat & sat & sat. & then my son started to sing the ABC's. So I pulled out the PIG (Project In a Grocery sack) & cut strips from the blues that I had pulled for my blocks. (& then the project waited while I cut my newspaper quilt, &, &, & - meanwhile I also sewed my block for the last participant & some other "stuff.") I also cut two squares of blue on white prints to be able to finish out the 30 blocks & maintain the "look."
So on Saturday, I got the itch to sew. I decided to sew on this project.

Have you tried to sew with a toddler?

I am glad that I have a Pfaff that can lock its stitch. He was so ready to "help."
He pushed the buttons, he turned the dial, he tried to lift the presser foot, he pushed the table...
Finally, I handed him a scrap - he handed it back, I handed it back, & again, & again, & again... Then he went to check on his cups & I sewed pedal to the metal! & then he came back & messed with the buttons & we passed the fabric back & forth. Then his father emerged & took him back to his bedroom - while I pressed & trimmed. Then he helped again & we passed fabric back & forth...
"Finally" bedtime arrived & then I was able to finish my blocks. At which point I decided to sew the top together as well. That wasn't in the original plan, but waiting until I felt like it wasn't the best plan either - apparently...
When I took the top back to show my husband, I verified the size would work with 2 pieces of yardage for the backing & pulled what I thought would work for the binding. Nothing in my stash was big enough or right enough for the border. So I packed it up & brought it to my mini-group meeting at a LQS so that I could use my gift cards to purchase the border. A nice bright medium blue was in my mind. Boy was that hard to find... I settled on the darker one in this photograph. My binding print did not play nicely with that border print, so I chose a piece of fabric for that too. Luckily my backing fabric will still work. & I think it is rather clever that I am using a print that has the Hebrew Aleph Bet on it for the backing of an ABC quilt!

Now to cut out the border strips & attach them to the top...

Midnight Cake

Midnight Cake
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Midnight Cake
Serves 16

This recipe uses mayonnaise in place of eggs and butter (or oil) and cocoa instead of chocolate; it doesn't require a mixer. For all these reasons, it's very easy to make. Avoid Dutch-processed cocoa powder here. Dust with confectioners' sugar to serve.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13- by 9-inch baking pan. Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into mayonnaise mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of water, until incorporated.

2. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. (Cake can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for 2 days.)

Everyone who has tried it, likes it.
I used whole wheat flour & pam instead of greasing & flouring
Chocolate flavor without being too sweet.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I know...

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
this much be mind-numbing & bordering on "mommyblogging" but...

Meanwhile at the ranch, I pieced 6 "wonky" log cabins & pieced them into a top this past weekend. & When we were at the LQS for sew-n-tell (my mini-group) I got the fabric for the border & binding. I did not have anything that was big enough - or right enough in my stash for the border & my binding from the stash did not work with and of hte border choices at the store. Mean while, the backing fabric - straight from stash.

So why are you watching a sure cute video? Because the photo of the quilt top is in my camera.

& No, we don't always eat in the nude, just when the lid on the sippy cup falls off & drenches the baby. Yes, it is always something!

He knows where they are

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

That corner in the foreground is the back corner of our condo. & you can sort of see the grade on the side... To accomodate the trash room & to give us a bedroom that is above ground, we have to go up some stairs to enter through the front & yet the sliding glass door in the back is almost flush with the patio.

That is the long way to say wether we leave through the front or back (in this case) he goes straight for the horses. Even when we are leaving to go to the car...

I had taken him out to get a pretty picture in his nice clothes... He would not stand still.

Someone really likes the rocking horses

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
I'm not sure who....

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
I made toffee oatmeal cookies this morning while my husband was feeding Jacob. Every time I used the mixer, he would turn around. So cute!

(I used the recipe on the Heath Toffee bits bag & they were good.)

This afternoon, I am going to make a chocolate cake that is hand stirred, so it will be less exciting. (But the recipe uses mayonnaise instead of eggs & oil, so that could make for some excitement.)

Friday, July 16, 2010

My excitement for the day

A minor earthquake shook residents awake in the DC area early Friday.
The quake hit at 5:04 a.m. EDT and had a magnitude of 3.6.
The quake was centered in the Rockville, Md., according to a physicist with U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday (Sorry for the multiple posts, Flickr had the hiccoughs)

New Message
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

If you have been reading here, you know that I want to make a checkerboard quilt using my CW reproduction & shirtings. I have roughly 75 or each & am aiming for queen without a border. (older post: here - the light pinks have been switched out for dark pinks.)

Earlier, I asked about how to piece it? Strata (The plural of stratum) of 6 - to make 36 patch blocks, strips of 2 to make 4 patch blocks, or individual squares.

For a while I was going to do 4 patches... Turns out I prefer to cut the individual squares - they tend to be truer (cut more accurately) & I tend to sew the shorter seams more accurately.

So on Saturday (along with other items of minutiae), I cut strips from all of my fabrics. On Sunday, I started to sub cut the Shirtings & that is what you can see in this image taken with my camera phone at pretty close to 5 a.m. this morning.

I have included the medium lights for "interest" but I only included 1 strip from each of those designs, from the lighter lights, I included two strips from each. I plan to pull randomly as I sew, but I will not hesitate to put a medium back if it is pulled with a cheddar or chrome yellow. Meanwhile, I think that they with play nicely with the Navy & other dark prints.

Thanks again to my friends in the blog-o-sphere who have sent & who plan to send supplementary pieces - to round out my selection.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

smiles really are contagious!

smiles really are contagious!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

(Is today Wednesday - this is supposed to by my Wordless Wednesday - those Monday Holidays have me all outa whack!)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

horror movie in the making

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
So we went for a walk this past weekend. Our neighbors, the geese, are brazen - maybe even more so than the cats that I live with who will take chicken from the baby with out hesitation - grumble...

Jacob saw the geese & as we got closer, the geese did not act like they were going to let any bipedal mammals infringe on their dinner.

So we took Jacob out thinking that he might venture a bit closer. (He had already been cursed out by a goose when she was laying on her clutch in the Spring, so Jacob has a healthy fear of those big ole birds.)

After witnessing the goose on goose violence (One goose honked, and plucked a feather out of another - for some invisible infraction. Kind of like getting in trouble when you sister stole the cookie, but your parents had no idea who was to blame.) doubt that he will be going near them again. & We crossed the street to head home rather than returning the way we went...

No toddlers were injured in the making of this video & I am pretty sure that the goose has gotten over her pulcking as well.

Design wall Monday (On Tuesday - a holiday will do that to you)

My reds... (63 sets for a 9x7 layout = perfect!)
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

My reds... (63 sets for a 9x7 layout = perfect!)

I did some sewing on a couple of different things this past weekend, but I also pulled these back out with the black & whites. & put them together so that I will not end up with all light black on whites with the dark reds & vice versa. & I realized that I need to cut 3 more black & white pairs. But I hope to start sewing these into bow ties soon. :o)

He pulled this out of thin air

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
& be still my beating heart. (I had the video camera in his face until & after I caught this on film.)

It gets good half way through this 1 minute movie.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Did you guess?

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Last Sunday, in addition to riding up to the top of the Washingotn Monument, we went to the Smithsonian Folklife festival.

On Saturday, we went to a Civil War Commemoration.

Busy? Yes, but we don't have anything "planned" for this weekend. so it balances out.