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I used to hear my husband laughing hysterically everytime he went to bathroom. He was reading this book: Anthology of Jewish Humor… That’s why I made the quilt: to remember that going to the bathroom CAN be funny!

Here is the rest of the story:

I started creating this Mendel & Zelda quilt waaay back in 1992, though I didn’t finish it until 2002. The story is copied from Anthology of Jewish Humor and handwritten on the quilt. Pictures are from The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco. Edges of the couples were finished with puff paint done by my son’s friend’s mother, a professional “yarmulka” artist (she decorated Jewish little boy’s skullcaps). I spent $10 for her steady hand, beautiful work and no headache for me!

And in case you were curious about my husband and my sense of humor, here is an exerpt from the book: 😉 enjoy!

What is a landlord? A bore! He asks you one question all the time-rent! What is rent? A fine you pay for being poor.  What is poverty? Dirt-on the surface. What is riches? More dirt-under the surface. Everybody wants money. Money! What is money? A disease we like to catch but not spread.

“Did you marry me or hire me?” asked Zelde.
“I stole you, now I have to pay the penalty.”
What is love? A conquest. What is marriage? An inquest. Don’t worry, your father was no fool. He made believe he didn’t see us run away. We felt romantic and he got off cheap.

What is romance? Soap bubbles. They look nice, but taste rotten. What’s a woman’s tongue? A little dog’s tail.  It wags too much! What is a dowry? Every man’s price.

Thank G-d I’ve been busy with work, so haven’t been able to post much… But, when my daughter was in town recently she made me take lots of pictures of quilts I have done over the years- so here is the start of it. These are two quilts I made during my obsession phase with cows- don’t worry that phase is long over! 🙂 (I won’t mention that I’m in to King Kong now, though!)

"Home Home on the Range" I made it in 1994, but didn't get the binding done until '95- procrastination: the name of the game!

I Never Saw A Purple Cow (1992)

I’ve posted pictures of my Holocaust Quilt before (original holocaust quilt post), but it means so much to me that I want all the new readers to have a look at it too. This special quilt will be the kick-off of my monthly raffle- this month the prize is a $5 gift card to my store, Sew Materialistic or a $5 coupon off your next purchase online @ www.sewmaterialistic.com. In order to enter please post a comment, “like” the page, and suggest our Facebook page to a friend.
Thank you for looking and Good Luck!

The front of my Holocaust Quilt

Back of my Holocaust Quilt

When I finished the holocaust quilt, and put in the last stitch, I sat back and announced that I finally finished my life’s work. my youngest daughter was sitting there and said quite innocently, “I thought we were your life’s work!”

How true, they all are, and I thank G-d for them everyday. But this quilt is important to me, too, because it tells the story of my mother’s family during the Holocaust. As a religious Jew, who lost most of my family during that time, the naysayers (deniers, revisionists etc) hit a very sensitive cord in me.

How could someone say it all never happened when just from one family so many perished? But the point of the quilt is not about the loss but, rather, how many of us survive today to prove that we are still here and the master race is no longer. (read more about the Holocaust quilt).

I’ve been making more postcards for this trading group I joined- “Trading Fabric Post Cards”- a group of 25 people who from all over the world who has to also send out 25 postcards. There is no fee and no rules. If you would like to sign up, just google quilted postcard trading group. I still have these in my possession (past the due date) bec. big cities are quite uncooperative in hand stamping… If the fabric postcards were to go through the machine it can be damaged. By me, they charge .44 cents, then .20 cent fee, then $1 for each handstamp!
As an aside, Sew Materialistic offers free postcard workshops, where everyone just sits and sew postcards- lots of fun!

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

My daughter, Blima, made this lap quilt as a wedding gift for her best friend. Her friend loves flowers and hearts, so Blima used every flower and heart fabric she could find. It is a positive/negative quilt. If you want more info about how to make it, you can email Blima at info@sew-materialistic.com.

Positive/Negative Flower and Heart Quilt

I was busy doing my own quilting on the porch of my daughter’s summer home, when my curious grandkids asked what I was doing. Then they of course wanted to make a quilt, too! CB ,who is 8 yrs old, free formed the quilt and did it all herself, except for the stitching and bling (she cut out the pieces with Wonder Under and ironed it down). L, who is 6 yrs old, drew a picture of what he wanted on a paper, then traced it on the Wonder Under. He picked his own fabrics which I helped him cut out,  he did the placements and I did the stitching.

L’s quilt
CB’s quilt

I took the quilts home to finish quilting in Brooklyn and kept getting phone calls when I was going to be done.  They get them back within the week…

Didn’t they do a great job?!

The recycler has struck again!  This time it’s a shirt she made for Tully out of one of her old ones.  I still can’t figure out how she did the sizing, but I guess if there is a will there is a way.  And he’s so cute it doesn’t matter what he has on anyway… I’m an unbiased granma you realize 😉

Repurposed Shirt

“A shirt I made for T. out of a shirt of mine that I hardly ever wore. I copied the basic shape from a shirt of his, though since I cut it a wee bit too short I had to add the “onsie” bit to it. Now the problem is that the white from the onsie shows up over his pants when he moves too much, so I made him a belt and hopefully that will do the trick.”

Repurposed Shirt Collar

“My next mistake, though it ended up giving more character to the shirt, was that I cut the collar too short for the neck hole… I had to add the piece with the button that you see. But I do like the way it came out! However, life would be so much easier with out having to constantly fix mistakes! Do it right the first time!!”

Repurposed Shirt- Modeled

My daughter is the original recycler- this is a project she made from an old recycled denim skirt:

Denim Skirt Bag Front

“This is the bag I made out of the top of a denim skirt that needed to be desperately thrown out. I had cut it off the skirt a few years ago and only now finally made s/t with it, so I was a bit limited with the size and all.”

Denim Skirt Bag Back

“All the outside pockets can be used; the back one I use for my cell phone. The handle is nylon webbing attached to a padded strap from a laptop bag- but covered with cotton velvet and topstitched with a decorative stitch (I only have about 4 of them on my machine :-/)”

Denim Skirt Bag Inside

“Inside I used a loose weave cotton (I had bought for a wrap, but didn’t work out) lined with a waterproof nylon fabric for the four pockets- all different sizes, two with velcro closures. The top closure is with two size #5 zippers, opening from the center, so the fly of the skirt/bag can still be opened 🙂 (for no other reason, except I thought it would be cool!)”

Reinventing denim clothing is very popular and I hope you readers out there will share one of your projects, too!!

Original Quilt Postcard post.

Here’s really even more:

Flower Postcard Quilt

Flower Postcard Quilt

US Postcard Quilt

US Postcard Quilt

Original Quilt Postcard post.

Here’s even more:

I Love NY Postcard Quilt

I Love NY Postcard Quilt

Central Park Postcard Quilt

Central Park Postcard Quilt

Brooklyn Bridge Postcard Quilt

Brooklyn Bridge Postcard Quilt

Coney Island Postcard Quilt

Coney Island Postcard Quilt

Ladybug Postcard Quilt

Ladybug Postcard Quilt

Original Quilt Postcard post.

Here’s more:

Postcard Quilt 3

Postcard Quilt 4

Postcard Quilt 5

I was awed and inspired by an exhibit I went to in Morristown NJ.  I went with a group of ladies and we were treated to a private showing by Jack Walsh, the proud owner of all the quilts.  He is a collector of contemporary quilts and it was an eye opener.  The exhibit made me want to dabble more in contemporary quilting.  I think I’m off to a good start with the post cards I started making and sending out.  I’m having so much fun!  Check them out!

Quilt Postcard 1

Quilt Postcard 2More to come!

Sorry for the delay, and it’s been a while, but here are more stuff from our Vermont Quilting Trip!

Our group in Woodstock where we all picked up some very cool fabric.

The Quilting Gang

The Quilting Gang

One of the many covered bridges in Vermont.

Covered Bridge on our Quilting Trip to Vermont

Covered Bridge on our Quilting Trip to Vermont

A quilt show in a trunk.  This is the background story:  while at the Shelburne, Madi became friendly with a perfect stranger who also happened to be a quilter!   She took us to see the covered bridge and than showed us the quilts she had in her trunk because she was having a one woman show!

One Woman Quilti Show in Vermont

One Woman Quilti Show in Vermont

One of the beautiful quilts at the “Covered Bridge Show”

Covered Bridge Show in Vermont

Covered Bridge Show in Vermont

(I wrote this last week, but I didn’t post it)

I just came back from a great two day trip to the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont.  We went for and saw the famous Dear Jane quilt and were suitably impressed with it in person.
Dear Jane Quilt

Dear Jane Quilt

Of course, what is a quilt trip without going to quilt shops. We went to Woodstock Quilt Supply and had Bob all to ourselves. It’s a very modern quilt shop with many Kaffe Fasset and Kona Bay fabrics. Tala Quilt Shop in Vermont was another stop and how different this was! Very quaint with overflowing shelves of Reproduction fabrics, Moda and Batiks.

Vermont has a thing about Mooses and they were everywhere. Unfortunately  we couldn’t stop to take pictures of all of them, but this is me with the “Covered Bridge Moose”.

Vermont Moose on Quilting Trip

Vermont Moose on Quilting Trip

I absolutely love Laura Wasilowski’s song about the tomb of the unkown sewer, so I took a picture of one in front of the Shelbourne museum.

Vermont Sewer (Laura Wasilowski) on Quilting Trip

Vermont Sewer (Laura Wasilowski) on Quilting Trip

The group photo is of Claudia, Joyce and Madi in the Tala Quilt Shop. You can see how crowded the shelves are. Glad to be home but already planning our next trip.

Quilting Trip Group Photo

Quilting Trip Group Photo

Here is a better picture of my daughter’s chupa that I made.

CHUPPAH QUILT

CHUPPAH QUILT

Hi.  I haven’t written much in too long, sorry.

I have been busy trying to work on a lap quilt for my daughter.  She said that her house feels too dark and depressing (this after a trip to sunny Florida) because she has decorated in dark colors.  I used the ricky tims kaleidescope method and made her the begining of the quilt.  I really enjoy this pattern and have used it for my newly married daughter’s chupa [wedding canopy].  I got stuck when I had to do the borders, but I’ve solved this lingering problem and hope to work on it this week.  Going to post a picture when im finished, but here is the center:

Ricky Trim Kaleidoscope Quilt

Ricky Tims Kaleidoscope Quilt

My daughter sent me a picture of her husband using the “Moby Wrap” with her son.  I guess it’s a unisex wrap with that neutral black color.  No excuses dads!

Unisex Moby Wrap

Unisex Moby Wrap

This was my daughter’s project.

To make a wrap-around baby carrier (like a Moby Wrap):

  1. Cut approximately Five (5) yards of a slightly stretchy fabric 45″- 60″ wide that also “breathes” (eg cotton knit).
  2. Cut in half the long way; making two wraps.
  3. Fold in half the short way.
  4. Iron on or sew an applique to indicate the center for when you are ready to use it.
  5. The two ends should taper off to be points for an easier tie, so cut a triangle off each.

And that’s all folks!

Moby Wrap: Make it Yourself

Moby Wrap: Make it Yourself

Here is the picture of the quilt I created for my daughter’s Chupa.  It was part of the “ceiling” of the Chupa.

Quilt for Chupa

Quilt for Chupa

The wedding finally came and passed (more on that another time).  Below is a picture of my daughter in the wedding dress I made!  Yay!

Wedding Dress (My Daughter also!)

Wedding Dress (My Daughter also!)

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on my Holocaust Quilt.   Thank you.  It’s a very precious project to me.

When I finished the holocaust quilt, and put in the last stitch, I sat back and announced that I finally finished my life’s work. my youngest daughter was sitting there and said quite innocently, “I thought we were your life’s work!”

How true, they all are, and I thank G-d for them everyday. But this quilt is important to me, too, because it tells the story of my mother’s family during the Holocaust. As a religious Jew, who lost most of my family during that time, the naysayers (deniers, revisionists etc) hit a very sensitive cord in me.

How could someone say it all never happened when just from one family so many perished? But the point of the quilt is not about the loss but, rather, how many of us survive today to prove that we are still here and the master race is no longer.

Front of my Holocaust Quilt

Front of my Holocaust Quilt

The back of my Holocaust Quilt

The back of my Holocaust Quilt

The quilt represents my family’s struggle and triumph. The back of the quilt shows the darkness, on the bottom, with the names of those who were killed and then it blends to the light, on top, with the names who survived, and their children, grand-children and great grand-children.

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“The Old Stomping Ground” by Linda

“I lived in lower Manhattan when I first came to NY.  I quilted the most travelled route I took in those days between the Lower East Side, where I lived, and the World Trade Center where I worked.  (Ii never took the bus).”

2009 Challenge Quilt The Old Stomping Grounds (NYC)

2009 Challenge Quilt The Old Stomping Grounds (NYC)

“New York Mosaic” by Susan
“The first thing that struck me when I moved to NY from the Midwest, almost 30 years ago, was the non-stop motion everywhere, the lack of patience and the need for everyone behind me to be somewhere else five minutes ago, if not esterday.  To me, NY is a true mosaic, not a melting pot, with each person a unique part of the whole.  This quilt is based on the subway tile station mosaic motifs, trying to incorporate motion, people, landmarks, traffic and some of the many things NY is know for: finance, communication, entertainment, food, etc.”
2009 Challenge Quilt New York Mosaic

2009 Challenge Quilt New York Mosaic

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“Convergence” By Joyce

“I was inspired by the convergence of the people, cars, trains that form New York City.”

2009 Challenge Quilt Convergence

2009 Challenge Quilt Convergence

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“Quilt Show Grid Lock” By Malke

This is mine so there is no voting on this one.

“By air, land and sea we can find a quiilt shop anywhere. And we do! Malke”

Quilt Show Grid Lock 2009 Challenge Quilt

Quilt Show Grid Lock 2009 Challenge Quilt

“All On Time” By Zmira
“I employed a variation of the log cabin block.  My husband and I enjoy traveling to our favorite spots in the 5 boroughs by subway.  “All On Time” was sewn in honor of an artist who was forced by the Great Depression to give up his scholorship to Pratt Institute to work as a NYC motorman. He later came out of retirement to work at a menial job to pay for the tuition of his daughter as a dance major in NYU so that she could fullfill her dream.”
2009 Challege Quilt "All On Time"

2009 Challege Quilt "All On Time"

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“The Maze” By Merri
“Out path starts at the hospital [the bottom subway map starts at a hospital] and ends at the cemetery [the top subway map is the cemetery]. Along the way our loved ones watch over us.”
The Maze 2009 Challenge Quilt

The Maze 2009 Challenge Quilt

“A Wild Ride on the Subway” By Ellen

“‘ A Wild Ride on the Subway’ fits with the theme of transportation that I have been working on.  From boats to taxis to Volkswagons, getting around NYC can be an adventure!  Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, I have been painting for over 35 years.  Over the past five years, I have been experimenting with fiber art, finding it to be freeing and fun. where as my paintings are formal, my quilts are whimsical and playful.”
Challenge Quilt - A Wild Ride on the Subway

Challenge Quilt - A Wild Ride on the Subway

“Sweet Dreams” By Madi
“Some people count sheep to help them fall asleep, I count trains.  It works for me since I live a stones-throw from the Q Train that helps lull me to sleep.”
"Sweet Dreams" 2009 Challenge Quilt

"Sweet Dreams" 2009 Challenge Quilt

“People on the Moon” By Sarah
“People in NY, with it’s great history and diverse cultures, are all on the moon.  Both residents and tourist alike using different means of travel.  Buses, trains, cars and trucks moving over the grand bridges.  Through tunnels, up and down our streets, sometimes at great speed I might add.  Let us not forget the boats that travel in and out of our vast waterways and harbors. We have it all for people on the moon.”
"People on the Moon" By Sarah

"People on the Moon" By Sarah

“Our Day in Central Park” By Perri

“I stared at the challenge fabrics for a long time. Central Park was conveniently in the center of my piece of subway map so it gave me focus, after rejecting the idea of cutting out tiny words from the map and finding fabric to symbolize many NYC destinations.  The quilt became an exercise in fabric scraps and wonder under.”
"Our Day in Central Park" Challenge Quilt

"Our Day in Central Park" Challenge Quilt

“NY State of Mind”

“Our energy, our style of always being on the go and our unique attitudes make us true New Yorkers. that’s why I love every minute of my “NY State of Mind””

"NY State of Mind" Challenge Quilt

"NY State of Mind" Challenge Quilt

A little help from G-d, friends, and family– I belong to a quilt group called “Quilters of the night kitchen.”  We challenged ourselves to exchange a baggie of scraps and use them in a quilt.  This was my interpretation.  I love them all and I added the hand holding the last block (on the bottom right) to emphasize how I need everyone for their support.  This quilt is not bound, but is on stretcher bars, it is quilted, however.

Breast Cancer Quilt: The Support Quilt

Breast Cancer Quilt: The Support Quilt

Bernie Siegel, I Hear You – I read a lot of inspirational books to help me through a very hard time.  Bernie Siegel
inspired me to visualize attacking my cancer cells.  I found the bulls eye fabric and I knew exactly what I would do.  The only thing is that maybe my cancer cells came out a little too cute.

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

Exposed” came about when I was going through my gazzilionth procedure (when I had breast cancer), this one was an X-ray and I noticed 2 containers, one marked exposed and another marked  unexposed, for the films.  As I lay there, I was thinking that going through any kind of medical treatments makes you feel just that- exposed.  I asked the technician if I could have the film and thats what how i made the lettering.

This is the first in my “Breast Cancer Series”

Breast Cancer Quilt (EXPOSED)

Breast Cancer Quilt (EXPOSED)

This is a quilt made by a student here (at Sew Materialistic), Chava. This was her first quilt. She said “It’s a lot of fun and I love quilting”. The pattern is Kensington Kaleidoscope.

Quilt from a Student Kensington Kaleidoscope

Quilt from a Student Kensington Kaleidoscope

When I first saw the title of the challenge it brought to mind the story of the woman on a plane.  She flushed the toilet while still sitting down and needed the help of ground crew to get her out of the toilet.  Such an unlikely story…but the truth. I felt the need to translate it into fabric.  The name of the quilt is “Help! I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”.  Obviously, she needs a “Helping Hand”.   🙂

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt

You Are What You Eat Quilt

You Are What You Eat Quilt

A mix of biology, food and insight.  “Hope everything works itself out!”

Chupa

Posted on: February 9, 2009

A relative asked me to make a banner to hang in the front of her chupah (by the wedding ceremony). the hebrew words mean:

“Praise G-d because He is good, because His Kindness is forever.”

Chupa - Hupa

Chupa - Hupa

Attached is picture of the tallis bag my daughter made for her husband. It was supposed to be his wedding present, but she is quite happy that she finally was able to give it to him by his second b-day that she knows him!!

It is the monogram from their wedding (eagle= adler in german). It is made by piece-work with ultrasuede and embroidered with variegated and metallic coats & clark thread. The bag is brown velvet and lined with vinyl-like fabric.

Tallis Bag

Tallis Bag

A challenge quilt that is 24″x24″. We had to use a robot fabric. I used the robots in descending size order (that I altered and photo transfered by myself) because I wanted the look of them coming to earth, that’s why the quilt is called “Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts”.

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts Quilt

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts Quilt

A question often asked at Sew Materialistic is: “Do you only sell craft fabrics?” Obviously, you can make whatever you want with cotton fabrics.

My daughter made this crib set as a gift because she doesnt like quilting but likes personalized gifts.

These titles are my own inventions.  I guess it’s like art, you see what you see.

Road to Califronia Melting Pot Quilt

Road to Califronia Melting Pot Quilt

Another quilt from the show.  Every kids dream.

Road to California Treehouse Quilt

Road to California Treehouse Quilt

I went to a quilt show in Ontario California called “The Road to California.”  It is always held in January, which works out good for me because it’s my mother’s birthday, and she lived in LA.  This year I took a few pictures of some quilts that, I felt, stood out.  Here is the first oneThe Road to California Button Quilt

My personal pride and joy.  Lots of fun doing this one, and lots of years!  I’ve always been fascinated with the grandmother’s garden quilts but, I also know, I’m never going to sew all those little suckers together.

For years, I’ve been collecting bottle caps, the metal ones.  Whenever we would have family gatherings I would give the grandchildren the job of collecting for me (I don’t think we want to know what those little hands have been into).

When I finally had enough (but, like fabric, who ever has enough?) I separated them by color, drilled holes in them and put them on reinforced fabric with clear tie tacks.  The gg design shows through but, not being made of cute fabrics, it became my grandpa’s garden and guess what grows there? !?  You can’t see it in the picture but there are tassels made of wine corks, old keys, chicken wishbones, screws, cards, etc…  What grows in your grandpa’s garden? With the extra caps I made a frame for a mirror in my shop, I will try to send that picture soon.

Grandpa's Flower Garden Quilt (Beer blooms beautifully this time of year)

Grandpa's Flower Garden Quilt (Beer blooms beautifully this time of year)

Another challenge. the fabric is in the flags.  Another fascination of mine.  I even own all the appropriate figures!  Notice Dorothy in the balloon?  I did a lot of beading in this one too.  Funny story is that I finished the quilt and was so excited to do it within the deadline, when I finally read the rules (last of course) and I saw that it was too small and I had to figure out how to make it bigger, hence the border. mistakes CAN make your quilt look better, and bigger!

Do you have a similar story?

Farewell Dorothy Quilt (Wizard of Oz)

Farewell Dorothy Quilt (Wizard of Oz)

It's lonely at the top. (King Kong)

It's lonely at the top. (King Kong)

This was a challenge quilt with the challenge fabric being the figures in the front. I hated the fabric and didn’t want to participate but was talked into it. I tried to use as little as possible. I’ve had a fixation with King Kong ever since I saw the original (maybe I go for the strong silent type) so this is my homage to him. I also collect King Kong memorabilia. Don’t ask how many people think I’M weird! What do you collect?

A paper pieced quilt where all the centers are fods and the setting blocks are bugs.  It’s called “Guess who’s coming for dinner.”  Funny how you learn from every experience.  I learned from this quilt, which is only a small wall hanging, that I shouldnt be lazy about making a sleeve. it never hangs flat because it hangs just on the loops.
My faster way of putting in sleeves is to sew the sleeve and binding by machine at the same time and then go back and hand stitch the bottom of the sleeve the same time that i do the binding.  (Was that clear?)

Guess whose coming for dinner? Quilt

Guess whose coming for dinner? Quilt

(Original Post)

When I finished the holocaust quilt, and put in the last stitch, I sat back and announced that I finally finished my life’s work. my youngest daughter was sitting there and said quite innocently, “I thought we were your life’s work!”

How true, they all are, and I thank G-d for them everyday. But this quilt is important to me, too, because it tells the story of my mother’s family during the Holocaust. As a religious Jew, who lost most of my family during that time, the naysayers (deniers, revisionists etc) hit a very sensitive cord in me.

How could someone say it all never happened when just from one family so many perished? But the point of the quilt is not about the loss but, rather, how many of us survive today to prove that we are still here and the master race is no longer.

Front of my Holocaust Quilt
Front of my Holocaust Quilt
The back of my Holocaust Quilt
The back of my Holocaust Quilt

The quilt represents my family’s struggle and triumph. The back of the quilt shows the darkness, on the bottom, with the names of those who were killed and then it blends to the light, on top, with the names who survived, and their children, grand-children and great grand-children.


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