Friday, June 20, 2014

On the needles and in the mail


Here's my progress on the second Hitofude cardigan I'm making. I first wrote about it last month in this post. I'm linking today's post to Judy L.'s On the Needles. (Maybe someone has some advice on how to photograph really, really dark knitting?)


In that same post, I wrote about the Block Lotto. Well, I won again! Envelopes with blue bar blocks keep coming in the mail. When they're all here, I'm going to lay them out and take a picture to post.

Have a good weekend!

Debbie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quilt Meeting


Last week, I went to the monthly meeting of the Hebrew speaking Jerusalem quilt group I belong to. I tend to go about once every few months.

I didn't bring anything to show. I could've brought my finished cardigan, but was too lazy to take anything with me. I spent the meeting taking pictures of the projects of others.

First, I snapped a bunch of photos of some of the lovely work on our hostess Elana's walls.






Here is a quilt that Chassida made in memory of her mother. That's a picture of her and her two sisters. The white strips in the crazy style blocks on the side are text that Chasida enlarged and printed on fabric from letters that her mother wrote. Chassida said that it was very comforting for her when she finished this wall hanging.



This is one of Elana's works in progress. She drafts her own blocks for foundation paper piecing.



Here is another WIP of Elana's. It's a background for another wall hanging with poppies as in the one above with the blue background.




This is another one of Chasida's wall hangings. I guess I'd better start writing things down, because I don't remember the story behind this one.



Ora worked on this quilt for about 10 years. She was hand quilting the white spaces and ran out of steam, so Elana finished it for her by machine.


From a class that Yehudit took on embroidery, she is continuing with this applique/embroidery project. It includes beads, sequins and shisha mirrors!



Enjoy!

Debbie

Friday, May 23, 2014

Part 2 - Quilt Exhibit in Jerusalem


As promised, more quilts from the Quilt Exhibit in Jerusalem. As usual, click on the image to enlarge.

Shoshi Rimer















































































































 















Have a great weekend,

Debbie

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Quilt Exhibit in Jerusalem


Last Thursday, I went with a local new quilter friend to an exhibit of the Israel Quilters Association taking place now at the Jerusalem Theater.

The theme is "My Color Palette" and it runs until mid June. It is being taken down in the morning of June 15.

Shoshi Mossery took first place with her quilt 'Between the suns',
Rachel Steiner took second place with her quilt 'Circles and colors'
Batia Eichenholz took third place with her quilt 'Falling leaves'.

Does anyone notice that they all have similar color combos? There were two judges. The curator and a non-textile Israeli artist.

I did not enter a quilt into the exhibit, but lots of my friends have quilts there! Here is just a sampling of some that caught my eye.

Click on images to enlarge.











































More tomorrow!

Enjoy!

Debbie










Friday, May 16, 2014

It's time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!


Many thanks to Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side for gathering hundreds of quilters together to show some of their favorite quilts all in one place. Click on the logo above for a list of all the participating quilting bloggers.

I made this miniature about six years ago. I have never shown any photos of it because I thought I might enter it into some shows. I did enter it into a national show in the U.S., but it wasn't accepted. And then I just forgot about it. 

I searched for a block to fit my idea for a small space in my living room/dining room area and found it in a Carol Doak book. It's Block #094 in 300 Paper-pieced Quilt Blocks by Carol Doak.

The shiny fabrics are that cotton lame that became slightly popular about 10 years ago. It didn't last too long. I haven't seen it in a while. The beads are Swarovski crystals.

This miniature quilt is 14-1/2" x 8-1/2". Click on the image to enlarge and see details.
 



Here are links to my posts in the past Blogger's Quilt Festivals:

Spring 2009

Fall 2009

Spring 2010

Fall 2010

Spring 2011

Fall 2013

Enjoy!

Debbie

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Catching up? - Some patchwork and some knitting


When you're so behind in blogging, do you catch up? Do you continue where you left off? Start again? Act as if you haven't been missing?

I've been faithfully reading everyone's blogs in my blog reader and even commenting sometimes, not just on giveaways. But, I just haven't had what it takes to be in the mood to write posts. I think about them all the time, what I would write, but am lazy and procrastinate.

We were in the U.S. for two weeks in March and we had a chance to go to the NJ Quilt Show. It's always a wonderful experience for me, because I only have the opportunity to go to a real quilt show once every few years. I took a bunch of photos and will check and see if there are any you might be interested in. Also spent a fair amount of money on miscellaneous quilting supplies and fabric and even yarn.

I haven't done much quilting, but I have been taking time to partially satisfy my fabric and sewing fix by making blocks for the monthly Block Lotto. Sophie is the best facilitator and has been doing it for so many years. She always writes the easiest instructions that help to make the blocks in minimum time.

For January, I made these Chevron blocks. I wasn't so crazy about the colors to work with, but whenever you put together something like this, it always looks good. I didn't win, as usual.


 In February, I made these 'bead' blocks. Sophie used my color choice, my favorite color combo of yellows, oranges, and maroon. 



And, I won! For the first time in almost four years of playing, I finally won. It was so much fun getting all that mail with all those blocks. I still haven't had a chance to do anything with them yet, but I've got some ideas. 

For March, I made one block. They're larger than usual blocks. I wasn't crazy about it, so I donated it, with no chance to win. When you donate, your chance goes to someone else who is either a newbie or hasn't won in a long time.



For April, I made these Triangles in a Square blocks. I love all the bright colors.



This month's block, Diagonal Bars, was very simple and easy. But, I only had time for four. It will be a great design with many together, so wish me luck!



I've been spending a lot of time knitting lately. The last thing I finished was this Hitofude cardigan. I was attracted to the pattern after Wendy Johnson posted hers finished on her blog. It's a Ravelry download and there's a Ravelry forum discussing the pattern, with hints and help and progress. I sure needed the help. Everyone else asked just the questions I needed. I had to read some things over and over again before I understood each step. It's a beautiful pattern, but for me complicated. A challenge that I very much enjoyed. So much so that I've started a second one!

Here's my first Hitofude:


It's made from stash yarn only. An off-white lace weight yarn mixed with a bit thicker metallic gold  yarn, Columbia Minerva Camelot (discontinued.) Before I got to the second part, I could see I wasn't going to have enough of the metallic for the whole garment. So I started using a different metallic, unidentified, and alternated the two of them. 

But, then I ran out of both! I couldn't find anything appropriate in the stash, so I had to go buy something else, in some hole in the wall fabric and yarn shop in Brooklyn. Aunt Lydia's Metallic 10. I ran out of that, too! So, I did the ribbing with the white yarn and a thin gold thread. I'm not happy about the way the ribbing is laying, so I'm thinking about turning it under like a hem. What do you think? Has anyone ever done that?

Here's my second Hitofude, so far:


I'm working with Vanna's Glamour in Garnet that I bought when I was at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on our trip to the states. I bought it with the intention of using it for a Hitofude, but I decided to extend the sleeves and make it longer and to make the bottom longer, so, of course, I don't have enough. I ordered some more and it's now sitting in New Jersey waiting for my mother to send it to me. I hope I get it before I run out! That white strip is a provisional cast on.

That's all for the meantime. I'm hoping to participate in Amy Ellis' Blogger's Quilt Festival, so I hope you come back in a few days to see my post for that. If I get to write it, that is!! :)

http://amyscreativeside.com/bloggers-quilt-festival/



Enjoy!

Debbie