The Quilter: Quilting with Malke

I wear glasses to see anything, without them, the world is not rosey but blurry.  Tuesday night I fell asleep in my lounge chair eating popcorn and listening to a book.  I always listen to books from the library when I’m quilting because, besides my kids, they are my loves.

Wednesday morning I got up and couldn’t find my glasses anywhere.   I even called my husband to come home because he could see while I could only feel.  No luck.  I went to work with a very old pair with a very old prescription which made it very hard to read.

I was going to make an appointment to the eye doctor for a new prescription and then new glasses when my husband called me up that he opened a bag of popcorn I had put away in the morning and my glasses were in the bag.  I must have fallen asleep and threw off my glasses that landed in the popcorn bag that I sealed in the morning because I didn’t see my glasses.  They smelled good-popcorny.

My favorite new product is “Quilter’s Home” which is a really fun magazine geared for quilters but not, necessarily, only patterns.  I read it from cover to cover. try it and get addicted just like me!

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

I know it’s been a while since I posted.  I’ve been crazy busy but we just finished loading on a whole new batch of quilting fabrics on our site.  Enjoy and tell a friend!

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.

Tools that I haven’t mentioned because you all knew about them and I think are great:

Iron Safe: Our best on-line seller, covers the sole plate of the iron with a Teflon cover that makes it safe to iron on anything without the shine or scorch.

Tailor Tacker is a neat little gadget that is used in dressmaking but works just as well in quilting to accurately mark your quarter seam corners.

120 Inch Tape Measures are simply great for measuring larger quilts accurately.  When I was trying to measure the chupa quilt I had to keep on flipping my 60″ and coming up with different numbers.  I now have a 120″.

We’ve been very busy with alot of happy occasions in the past month. my daughter-in-law had a boy, her third. my daughter had her first baby, a boy.  For us that meant 2 circumcisions. one was in Lakewood NJ and one in Cleveland Ohio. we also had Passover which is always a well attended affair in my house.  My son in highland park made a bar mitzvah for his second son and that was a weekend affair.  My daughter came in from Argentina and we are happily busy with her.  Tomorrow night we are having an affair for redeeming the first born. on may 13 my daughter is getting married. Oh what fun!!!!  But exhausting.

If given the choice between sewing [even with a deadline, my daughters dress] or quilting, there is’nt much of a toss up.  But since I have to justify quilting instead of sewing, I got involved into making a chupa for her.  A chupa is a covering that jewish brides and grooms have over their heads during the ceremony.  I wanted to try the Ricky Tims kaleidescope.  It came out beautiful!  I gave it to our longarm quilter to finish and now its full-time on the bridal gown!

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I’ve been working on my daughters dress.  The train, which is the focal point of the gown, is finished but now I have to figure out how to attach it to the skirt.  I have some organza flowers from the train that I think I will use; pictures to come. I used one pattern for the bodice and another for the sleeves and they are not going together that great, so that’s the project for tonight.

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.

All the live ballots, absentee ballots, oversea ballots, hanging chad ballots and all other ballots have been counted and we have a winner to the 2009 Challenge Quilt Contest!

Madi #4 Sweet Dreams!

Runnerup is Susan #9 “New York Mosaic

Thank you to all of you who voted in my quilting store and online and thank you to ALL of the entries!  They were all fantastic!

Please reference this post about the Challenge Quilt Voting.

A number of people have contacted us regarding the poll not working.  I have put up a new poll so please vote again!   Although this is highly unusual we hope the Florida Supreme Court will uphold our decision.  Hanging chads will not be counted.

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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

Update on the wedding dress: The hardest part for me is making the first muslin fit.  Thank G-d that’s finished and I’ve made the lining ready for Yehudis’s wedding dress.  Today I cut into the fabric!

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I just wanted to let you know if you are in the NYC area you can come view the quilts live.

We are located at 1131 McDonald Ave Brooklyn New York.  The Ave I Subway Station is right on the corner, the “F” Train stops there.

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“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

We had a Challenge Quilt.  I will be posting a couple of  entries a day.  At the end of the postings I will create a poll.  Being that this is a combination of in-store and online voting we will combine the two votes to come up with the winner.  The winner get’s a cash prize, all the glory and media interviews!

The quilt needed to have two fabrics (I will post them soon), finished back and front with quilt batting and binding and can’t be more than 24 by 24 inches.   One of the fabrics was a subway map and the other fabric had lots of people on it, hence the NYC connection.  I will also post the explanations from the contestants.

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Did I mention about the 2 Pronged Pins?  Fantastic to make sure that your seams are in the right place without having to fidget with the seam allowances.
Quilters Suction Cup that makes it more secure when holding down your rulers so they don’t move while you’re cutting.
Fabric Glue that you use as a temporary adhesive so that you don’t need to use pins to hold down the binding when you sew your binding by hand.

I’ve gotten some emails asking for an update of my original post, so here goes:

Yehudis (my daughter) has decided on the style and then presented me with the sketch assuming I would firgure it out.  She wants a “corset look” from under her bust to below the waist with princess line for the skirt.  We are now up to the point of deciding if we should either put in a bust dart or gather.  I made the muslin and put in the boning so that she could see what it will look like.  I’m not concerned about the skirt because she just wants it very full and simple.  We bought a Vera Wang embroidered winter white silk.  The train is what will make the dress because it is the most interesting part, but I’m very far from that point.

Please share your thoughts!

A few people contacted me and asked how I got the photo on the fabric for the Exposed Breast Cancer Quilt.  Since I do a lot of photo transfers, I use special fabric bubble jet ink and treat the fabric myself.  The actual xrays is fabric that I carried at the time.  I now have another similar one but not the exact same.  As an aside, I now also sell prepared photo transfer fabric from June Tailor by the piece at $3 each.

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

I’m sure, by now, all of you out there know that Coats n Clark has changed their thread line.  Not only physically in look but also the thread.  The only colors available in all purpose thread, that is cotton covered polyester, is the large black and white.  They now make two all purpose in 125 yards and 250 yards, these are both polyester covered polyester.  An all purpose 100% mercerized cotton with 225 yards.  Machine quilting 100% mercerized cotton with 350 yards.  Hand quilting 100% glaze finish cotton with 350 yards.

All the cotton threads are from Egypt.  Coats n Clark also continued their specialty threads that vary from store to store because we can now customize our stock.

My youngest daughter became engaged this week so I will be busy preparing for her wedding.  She plans on getting married May 13, 2009.  That doesn’t leave me a lot of time to make her dress!  It started with my oldest daughter, she is a phenomenal sewer and wanted to make her own dress but I heard it was bad luck so we made a deal that I would make her’s and she would make mine.

Little did I know that that would snowball into a tradition and I am now on my fifth wedding gown (only they don’t reciprocate and make my dress!).  She bought her material and designed her dress and now I’m going to have to figure out how to make it.  I can sew but I’m not a professional and do not know how to drape sew.  I will try to write about my progress and would happily accept advice.

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

The challenge, for the previous challenge quilt, was to use the two red fabrics. The theme was “Helping Hands” because the fat quarters were hand stamped by women in Africa and this was a fund-raising project. If you are a QuiltShow member, you can see more challenge quilts online at http://www.thequiltshow.com

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

I went to a museum in NY that I absolutely loved.  The Museum of Art and Design (MAD).  The current exhibit is phenomenal.  Very inspiring.  There also is a quilt there not to be missed.

I was laying out a back for a quilt and thought I would tell you about the new way I tape down the back.  I used to use packing tape because it was wide enough and strong enough to hold the fabric taut.

The problem was the residue on my table when I pulled off the tape and that it is not reusable.  I accidentally used medical tape that I found in the house and it has become my new best friend.  It is wide, reusable if it is rolled back on the roll, leaves no residue, and sticks strongly to the fabric and table.

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

We (Sew Materialistic that is) have just added many quilting fabrics.  We have over 700 different types of quilting fabrics online.   Come visit and bring a friend!

Here is the direct link to the latest Quilting Challenge. Please let me know your thoughts and contact me if you would like more information.

Challenge Quilt Fabric

Challenge Quilt Fabric

I discovered that I enjoy doing journal quilts. I never did traditional quilts per se.  My quilts have to have some humor to them or tell a story.  I started joining small challenges just so I could do that.  The formats are usually small and there are very few restrictions.  You are given a challenge fabric and a time limit.  Both those work well for me.  At Sew Materialistic we are also having a challenge, if you would like to know more about it, please email me.

I went to California for a wedding.  It was beautiful and I have started making a quilt with the monogram of the invitation in the center.  I’ll start posting pictures as I work.  I haven’t decided how big it will be but I’m sure it will let me know.

Hello Fellow Quilters,

If you have an interesting quilting site or blog please feel free to contact me so I can share it with the rest of us.  And no, I’m not a Marxist.

My daughter reminded me that the fabric she used for the crib set is from my store. As you can probably guess, my children like “shopping” in my store.

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

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