Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Truer words have never been spoken.

Hubby knows me wellp by Samelia's Mum
Hubby knows me wellp, a photo by Samelia's Mum on Flickr.

I did a fair bit of sewing over the long weekend - all things considered!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Another group quilt.

DSCF6978.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6978.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Mine is on the top row - not photographed well. (My second is on the back - designers prerogative - who knew that started "pr?.)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dreidel sugar cookie - the only one that did not spread out into a circle.

My recipe is apparently too soft.
Care to share your recipe?

I did a tray with sugar - a bit of nostalgia on my part. (I had 6 colors.)

The rest are waiting for Jacob to decorate. I ended up making circles - since the rest spread into circles anyway.

group quilt

DSCF6974.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6974.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Another group quilt that I participated in. Can you guess which block is mine?

Moment from Mommyhood:
(Back story, we call "boogers" "yuckies.")

Jacob: "I like yuckies."
Mommy: "Why?"
Jacob: "They taste like me."
Mommy: stunned silence.

Second scenario (not as gross.)
After having been given a bag of treats for Hanukkah.

I gave Jacob one cookie (He had already eaten a donut.)
I said, "You can have one."
Jacob said, "Just one."
I said, "Yes."
Jacob said, "Not two?"
I said, "Not two."
After he finished the first one he took a second one & said, "Just one."

(Apparently I meant, One at a time. His father hid them while we walked away.)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

DSCF6979.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6979.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I'm not sure how I got that effect, but I like it!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah

DSCF4679 by aviva_hadas
DSCF4679, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This is a close-up shot from a quilt that I saw in Hershey last year.

I would have posted a photograph of our festivities, but we had a meltdown.
First over apple juice. Then over candle colors (the box has white, blue, orange, & yellow - we chose blue & orange - then he wanted yellow, but it was too late...) Then over not being able to blow them out.
Then over sour cream. I like my latkes with sour cream, Jacob does not. (apple sauce is another traditional option - I served that too.)
Then over having to finish his latke before having his donut... (It's all about the miracle of light brought by oil - so we eat fried foods.)
Luckily we have 7 nights!

Monday, December 19, 2011

a first

DSCF6966.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6966.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Why yes, he is peeling his own Cutie, while pressing the foot thingy to keep the trash can open, so that the peels can go into the trash can - while holding his toy cat!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Softly Spoken

An attempt at a whole shot. (Rainy outside.) I am terribly pleased with the overall effect. :o) The pattern is Plain Spoken by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr in their book: The Modern Quilt Workshop. Pieced by me. Quilted by Linda Sue in Michigan - if you want her contact info, let me know. She always does a great job.
I call this Softly Spoken because I mixed in prints, where the original pattern uses only solids.

If I had to guess, it is king size. I used 9 yards of flannel on the back. (100 in. x 120 in.)
The backing - 8 yards of cats & 1 of polka dots - I still have no idea why I only bought 8 yards of the cats. I only buy flannel for backing (6 or 9 yards). 8 yards of the cats, 1 of the polka dot. I have no idea why I only bought 8 yards. I only buy flannel for quilt backs & in that vein I buy 6 or 9 yards.
Originally the binding was going to be that red metro circles... The binding - I was going to use that red circle print... In the end I preferred the neutral strip with the top & the back.
Cats & Stars - once upon a time ago all of my quilts had one or the other - all of them! Once upon a time ago, all of my quilts had either cats or stars (Judaica) in them - all of them. So much so that when I would send quilt out to JudyL. for quilting, her son would look for them.
Cat tested... Cat tested!
I was hugely inspired by a couple quilts on flickr by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts &
Malka of Stitchindye.
Windmill pillow cover Malka Dubrawsky's Windmill pillow cover.
Tiffany Quilt Rita's Tiffany Quilt.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My boy cat loves a shopping bag!

Does yours? I use them to drop my snips in while I am cutting - he smooshes them down for me. And he is so stubborn that if it is a marathon cutting session, then he will be covered with fresh cuttings by the time he leaves as well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

My little girl (old lady cat) was there to help while I cut fabric.

& I wouldn't have it any other way.

(I need to remember this photo the next time I am not in the mood to sew. Wait a minute - I still haven't actually sewed...)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

It's Friday!

DSCF6753.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6753.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

& I've felt fairly grouchy & tired like this all week. (Mamaratzi attacks. "No camera.") I've thought about sewing, but I have never made it past the thinking part...

(Yes, my MIL's sofa is WHITE!)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Japanese elephants & cars

Japanese elephants & cars by aviva_hadas
Japanese elephants & cars, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

I am so loving small scale prints like these!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

No the sexiest mail, but it is just want I needed for my UFO

Now to cut, then to pair up with the balck & white prints then to sew. (Sounds simple, right.)

Sunday, December 04, 2011


DSCF6879.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6879.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Any guesses where we spent the day? (Reciprocation for quilt show attendance is your clue.)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Holidays have begun...

My husband's work party was Friday night & they had a couple people hired to entertain the kids. Jacob is in general a sidelines guy - preferring to watch & wait.

But he too had fun!
He can pay attention with the best of them (older kids.) He wasn't the youngest, but the average age was about 7. (So my husband keeps getting to go to the party for a couple more years - at least.)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

In case you were wondering...

DSCF6772.JPG by aviva_hadas
DSCF6772.JPG, a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

this is what JOY looks like. (The ballons were at the Bat Mitzvah that we attended the night before - as was that sparkly hat.)