Sunday, February 28, 2010

Avraham Mordechai Birthday Quilt

Today is Purim.  Three years ago today our little Avi was born.  When each of my grandchildren reach 3 years of age they get a birthday quilt for a regular size bed.
I made the rail fence and of course I ran out of one of the fabrics, so you'll notice a different design on the top and bottom.  It's amazing to me that my grandchildren all under the age of 11 notice the patterns, fabric, and the way they are quilted.  Everyone has a comment and most are positive.  The boys get their first hair cut on their 3rd birthday also, so off goes the long hair.  No more pony tails.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Shabbos Challah (Sabbath Bread)

Bryna, not only is a very talented quilter but she also enjoys baking.  Every erev Shabbos (Friday) I receive home made Challah rolls for Shabbos.  She knows that I think hers is the best in Betar Illit and this is my way of saying thank you for enhancing our Shabbos.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sampler Quilts

Last year Sara, Bryna and I started our sampler quilts.  Most of the designs came from Georgia Bonesteel's Lap Quilting book. Each week we picked a new pattern to do and we all used completely different fabrics.  Each quilt looks totally different.  This was a great learning experience for us.  They are all hand quilted and finished, finally.
This is Sara's

This is Bryna's

and this is mine!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Purim Meeting

Our meeting this week falls a week before our holiday of Purim.  We dress up in costumes (especially the kids) and we give gifts of food on this wonderful day. We always give gifts to the poor that are less fortunate than us.
This week we started with our weekly shiur (lecture) given by Rochel G, on the Torah. Not everyone made it into the picture, but here are most of us.  All smiles and ready to work.
Rina worked on her log cabin
Shifra brought along her Purim baskets that she is making. They will be filled with goodies. Aren't they cute?  Notice the quilted fish on the side! We hope Susan and Shifra will give us a class on making these soon.
Susan brought several gifts for a raffle but I was unable to get a picture.  Thank you so much for this lovely surprise for the ladies.
Sara worked on her log cabin which is almost finished.

Susan worked on her new quilt.  Next step will be the borders.
I just enjoy seeing what everyone is doing each week.

When the ladies were leaving they each received a little thread catcher full of goodies for Purim.  Some sewing items were included which are always appreciated. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Recycled Jeans/Denim Quilts

Over the past year or two, many of the Zahava Quilters have made denim quilts.  We've gotten most of the fabric for thrift shops, also called gemachs.  I'm amazed at how different each one is. Take a look!
Sara made these.

Shoshana made this.

Renee S made these.

Bryna made these.

Now here are mine -- Etty.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Naomi's Denim Toy Box

Last week when Naomi left she took some recycled jeans fabric, a pocket and some blue stripped fabric.  I had no idea what she had in mind to make with this.  Naomi seems to be full of surprises.  This week she brought back her finished project.  A toy box for her son to carry his toys in.  She even put in a zipper and a handle on the top. I have no idea where she got this idea but she seems to have a great imagination.  A picture is worth a thousand words.

Marti Michell templetes and Rulers

I just received the new Marti Michell Sashing Stars Set and the Universal Ruler.  I can't wait to start using them.  I'm happy with all their products that I have purchased.  The Ruler is metric and also uses inches.  This is very helpful when living in Israel.
Rena has just started her first log cabin and is using the special Marti Michell log cabin ruler.  So far, she is finding it easy to use.
They have catalogs available and if you want to contact them you may do so. Just scroll down on the left side and you will see their link. 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Great Find At The Trift Shop

You never know what you will find at your local thrift shop or gemach as we call it in Israel. I found this lovely double bed size medallion quilt. It probably was made in China but I don't care. I just can't believe someone was willing to give this up. I wasn't about to leave this quilt behind.  It has to be in the hands of someone that will appreciate it. I'll keep it or find a new home with someone that needs a quilt. Of course the price was outstanding!

Quilters Newsletter Magazine

Israeli quilters are a small group compared to many other countries but we are growing and making a mark in the quilting world.  We are featured in the latest issue of the Quilters Newsletter.  If you have an opportunity to read about our outstanding quilters here in Israel, please take the time.  It's well worth getting to know some of us

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pot Holder

Naomi finished her pot holder and is on to the next.  I'll be anxious to see what she comes up with.  She left with jean fabric and a pocket from old jeans and some blue and white striped fabric.  We collect old jeans for recycling and we always have a supply ready for use. Naomi is very creative and can work independently.  It's a pleasure to have her in our group