Thursday, August 3, 2017

Window Seat Treatment

My experiment. I went to visit my daughter and her family in their new house. My son-in-law has an office in their house.  It has a window seat with beautiful pink cushions - which he doesn't think are the right look for his office! These are nice pillows, and they were moved up to a daughter's bedroom.

Almost as soon as I walked through the door he asked me if I could re-cover the foam cushion and make him some new pillows. Of course I had an idea of how to do it, but I wanted to make sure it looked professional. I searched tutorials on YouTube and found several. I watched them all. Some of them looked awful when they were done, so I didn't use those,  :)

Here it is all finished!

There is piping around the cushion and two of the pillows, and fringe around the other two pillows.

I have a son with an upholstery shop, I sent him a picture and he said he would hire me any time. I guess I won't ever need to starve!

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quilty Smile

Ah ha! So that's why he always holds my hand!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Sailboat Baby Quilts

Done and done!

Slightly different color schemes but same pattern. And thank you to my Amazing Quilting Friend for saving me! When I designed the pattern I didn't realize how hard it would be to get all those points to mach up, and she advised me to print out the foundation paper piecing from  EQ7, and that solved my frustration!

I leave to go back to the U S in less than two
weeks, and I am SO glad to have these done before I leave! I will quilt and bind them there, since they would take up way too much room in my suitcase if I took them home completed.

Now, I can't wait to have two new little grandsons this summer!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Sailboat Quilts

I have two grand babies coming this summer - and they are both boys! I've decided to make quilts with Sailboats on them, each with a slightly different color scheme. I made it to the only fabric store I have found that has a variety of quilting fabrics. The store is called Bad Ratz  :)  I went yesterday, and this is my haul.

I'm excited to get going on these quilts. My plan is to make both of the tops while I am here in Jerusalem, bring the tops home with me when I come to help with the babies, and then I will quilt them and snuggle them around those babies! Sounds like heaven, doesn't it?

Here is what I've worked up in my EQ7 program. I don't have a lot of choices when I color the blocks, so I'm counting on my fabric choices to make my quilts look more fun when they are finished.

I made a sailboat quilt for an older grandson a few years ago too - I must like sailboats!

I'll let you know how these turn out!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Losing brain cells

Even though I sewed for over 20 years on sewing machines that were pretty basic, it's surprising how quickly I have forgotten how to do the most basic things.

I love my Bernina 560, but my other machines have a few more bells and whistles. I have broken more needles on this machine in the last 6 months than I have in all my previous years sewing. All because I have become accustomed to machines that are smarter than I am. I am used to my machine preventing me from using a zig-zag stitch with a foot for a straight stitch! So basic - and yet I seem to have lost the ability - and Bernina feet are so wonderfully easy to change! What is my problem?

Am I the only handicapped in this way?

This is what I look like every time I break another needle...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Honor Grandma with Quilts!

I saw the most wonderful article! A family in Nebraska decided to gather all the quilts they could that Grandma had made and display them at her funeral!

Isn't that awesome? If you would like to read more about it, click HERE

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My first Crochet project!

I needed something to do, but I wouldn't be around my sewing machine. Hmmm. What to do? I also was missing home, where I knew they had waist-high snow, so I made some snowmen! Thanks to my daughter, Kristi, for making me a video to teach me how - and YouTube, I managed to make three of these babies. Lest you think that I purposely made 3 different sizes, let me assure you that they are all the same size, must be some optical illusion or something.

I suppose it could be that my stitches aren't all the same size. Oh well. Obviously I made them before Christmas, and took this picture, and forgot that I was going to post this...

Have a happy, even if snowy, day!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stitcher's Garden Blocks

I haven't talked about quilts on here for a long time - sorry! I have been chipping away at some blocks for my quilt. I thought I would just show some of the blocks I've made up to this point. They really are square, even the photos at an angle make them look skiwampus (love that word!).

I'm really going to love this quilt!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Marble Quilt Blocks!

Today we visited the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. My hubby makes friends with everyone, and one just happened to be able to take us on a special tour! We invited the other couples who live here to come along.

Here we are inside the Dome of the Rock!

We saw "the rock" and "the Well of Souls" and admired the intricate painting and designs all over the ceiling and walls. Absolutely gorgeous!

Then we went inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, and you know what I started thinking about?


Made out of marble...

but really inspiring,

don't you think?


And how about this? Wow. I think I'm going to be spending some time on my EQ7 program, seeing if I can get some of these figured out!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

You'll never believe this!

I have been able to do something I never imagined would be possible!

Let me tell you a little background. Our church group decided to be a Secret Santa for 3 families that live in Bethlehem.  I only heard about it about a week before they wanted everything ready to deliver, and I also heard that one of the families was expecting a baby, so I decided I would make a receiving blanket. I searched high and low for a fun print in flannel, and at my sixth stop I finally found some. Time was short, I didn't do anything fancy, but I did make a nice big, warm receiving blanket out of two pieces of heavy flannel.

I turned it in, and was recently told that they had their baby, a boy and they named him Jesus!

I made a blanket for a baby Jesus born in Bethlehem!!

I only wish I had known more in advance and made something nicer!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Chemistry of Sewing

Makes much more sense to me!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

OT: Egypt!

We got back from Egypt yesterday, and I decided to post about it on my blog because trying to email this many pictures does weird things...

We flew into Cairo, and of course we went to see the most famous pyramids in Giza. Cairo is a pretty crazy place. It has about 20 million people!! I'm a small town girl, really out of my element among all those city dwellers!

When we are in Egypt we don't drink anything but bottled water - we don't even brush our teeth with tap water, no ice in our drinks, careful of juice that might be diluted. We don't eat anything that hasn't been cooked, or that we haven't peeled ourselves - no fruit or salads. No lettuce or tomato on a hamburger. That is, unless you want to ruin your trip with serious stomach trouble! You really want to spend as little time as possible in their public bathrooms (eeew!).

Life seems a little more dangerous there... If you need a ride somewhere, there are all these vans driving around with the doors open. They have hand gestures that you do on the side of the street to let the drivers know where you want to go. If someone happens to be going that way they will stop and pick you up. Well, stop may be exaggerating, they kind of slow down and you jump in!

The traffic is CRAZY! Imagine if there were no lines on the roads to tell you where the lanes are -- they do have the lines, but everyone ignores them and they just fit as many cars on the road as they can. There are hardly any stop lights or intersections on the main streets. The road is divided in the middle. If you want to go somewhere on the opposite side of the street you have to drive past it until you get to the places made for you to turn around and get on the road going the other direction. Then you go back up the way you just came until you reach your destination. I think it probably really cuts down on accidents, since the stop lights are pretty much ignored anyway. They drive the way you walk through a crowd, if someone wants to drive across they just start nosing their way through until they get to the other side. They drive in such a different way, I'm sure they would have just as much trouble driving in the States as we would have driving there!

You really do see horses, donkeys or camels mixed in with the traffic fairly frequently, and buses and cars honk at them -- I worried that they would spook one of the animals and cause an accident, but the animals just ignore them and plod along!

Some parts of Cairo are not very beautiful. This was a common sight out the window of the bus. The city is so over crowded that some of the living conditions are quite poor. I think they don't have enough places to dispose of things, so trash really piles up in unused areas.

But there are amazing sights too! I can't wrap my brain around how old these things are. They were old when Abraham was here! The old Abraham, father of Isaac, Abraham - that Abraham!

This could have been a better picture if the camera angle had been different and you could see that the great pyramid of Giza is that big thing behind the sphinx. Oh well, maybe next semester...

I know I'm strange, but I really do enjoy shopping at the Khan al Khalili bazaar! It is crazy and busy and crawling with pick pockets and obnoxious shop keepers that want to get as much money out of you as they can. I can't explain why I think it is fun, there are such strange things there... All kinds of junk and a few treasures. Some of the shop keepers are hilarious. I was looking at purses in one shop and Roy decided to take my picture. When the shop keeper realized it, he wanted to pose for a picture and came up and put his arm around me. I looked at Roy and said sarcastically, "Thanks, Honey!". The shop keeper said, 'Hey, that's my name!", he turned to someone walking by and said, "What's my name?" The man looked surprised and said, "Your name is Hanni.". Ha ha!

We were surprised at how many people wanted to get their pictures taken with us. Strange. This family stopped us and asked if they could pose with us. What do they do with pictures of strangers? Put them on a blog like I just did?

We also went to Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. I really prefer Luxor to Cairo - it is a much smaller town. This is common as you drive along. We also saw women walking along with huge loads they were balancing on their heads. I really want to to know how they do that, it seems like it would be so great to carry something and have both your hands free!

Most of the men wear gallabias or galabeyas or many other spellings. I can see why this would be so much cooler than wearing pants!

Roy often takes pictures that are truly amazing! Here is a picture of the sunset over the Nile. I often felt like I needed to pinch myself to make sure we were really there.

I saved my best picture for last. I highly doubt I will ever see this again. We were driving down the road, and there was a a birthday party for some child, and there is a woman in a burka wearing a rainbow clown wig! I never thought that was a combination I would see! I wonder, would National Geographic pay money for this picture?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I still have room!

Well, then I'm doing a lot better than I thought! Let's go shopping :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Unusual Measuring Tape

I am really puzzled by this. I'm familiar with the metric system, and I'm American, so I have grown up using inches and feet for measurements. I bought a measuring tape the other day here in Jerusalem. I chatted away with the girl behind the sales counter, and bought several things there. She didn't offer me any information about this being "unusual".

What do you think?

I am SO glad I hadn't taken anyone's measurements before realizing something was really wrong! If I had taken my own measurements, of course, I would have been thrilled and wondered why my clothes weren't falling off me! Ha ha!

Any ideas to what unit of measurement that white measuring tape is meant for? It was ridiculously cheap -- I guess I know why!

Any clever ideas on what I should use this for, of course, I bought two of them since they were so cheap.   :)

Have a happy day!

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