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Scrappy Lap Quilt

scrappy quilt

I belong to a quilters group in Modein Israel that has a lovely tradition. A paper bag is passed around and we drop our scraps into the bag. Then the bag goes home with one of the members at the end of each meeting. The challenge is to make something unique from the scraps. I decided to make a scrappy quilt from the leftovers in the bag when it was my turn. I added the blue fabric for the sashing and back, but the rest was made exclusively from scraps. No two blocks are the same.
Dimensions: 52.5″ x 41″ / 132 cm x 104cm
So what do you say?
Would you like to join our challenge? Contact me. It’s great fun!

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Insulated Round Table Trivet for Hot Pots, Star Pattern

Insulated Quilted Trivet

Insulated Quilted Trivet

Great for travel gifts this summer: Brand new handmade, insulated, quilted trivets. They are lightweight and lovely and totally useful! What a thoughtful gift.

Beautiful star pattern trivet, made with special insulated batting to protect your table and counter top surface from heat and cold. This trivet is a functional and charming addition to your kitchen because it reflects the heat or cold away from your table.

Round star design. Made from three beautiful batik cotton fabrics. Matching binding. Fully washable. Lay trivet flat while air drying.

Each trivet is sold individually. Makes a lovely wedding gift when bought in matching sets (as shown in 3rd image).

Dimensions: 9 1/2″ / 24cm diameter

This is a sample of a set of trivets I made as a wedding gift. I will customize each piece according to your color specifications. Just let me know your color needs! You can write to me here if you are local or purchase your new trivets via my Etsy shop.

0 In Housewares/ Judaica

A new matzoh cover just in time for Passover

Dividing the Red Sea

Dividing the Red Sea

This Passover matzoh cover was inspired by a returning customer looking for a special addition to her Passover table. She asked me to make a cover presenting the dividing of the Red Sea.

I played with blue fabrics to evoke water. I used cheesecloth and loads of thread paint to make the water frothy. I threw in some Angelina fibers for fun and sparkle. I hand sewed small figures of fabric who crossed the revealed water bed. I think it came out well. My Red Sea parted.

The cover has 3 pockets for the 3 matzot. It is quilted and made of fine cotton fabrics and cotton flannel batting to give it a nice drape.

Dimensions:
14″ x 15″ / 36 cm x 38 cm

Hand washable only. Delicate.

Pockets for the matzoh

Pockets for the matzoh

Israelites are fleeing

Israelites are fleeing

Available for purchase via my Etsy shop.

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Cup cozies for all!

My girlfriend, Judy, asked me to make a cup cozy for every member of her family. What is a cup cozy you may ask? This version of a cozy is a cup sleeve that attaches with Velcro® around each cup to identify it, since each cozy is made from a different fabric. Judy has five kids, so this ideal solution is a practical alternative to the constant washing of cups.

Judy tells me: “The cozies are a big hit – I’m VERY happy they are being intensely used. Of course, no one chose the colors we had for them, but there have been no fights and it is working better than I had even hoped.”

This is what I came up with…

Cup cozies

Cup cozies on cups

These will soon be available on my Etsy shop. But if you are in a rush, contact me and you can select your colors right away!

3 In Housewares/ Judaica

Watercolor challah cover

My newest inspiration, with Chanukah on it’s way, is a Challah Cover made from a Watercolor Motif. I think it came out really lovely. I used 120 different 2″ squares to assemble this piece topped with gold lame candlesticks. I think it makes an elegant wedding gift or perhaps you are looking to perk up your own Shabbot table. Treat yourself to this unique, handmade intricate piece of art that is both functional and beautiful. In addition it is practical and is easily cared for.  You can also hang it on the wall if you don’t want to risk putting it on the table.

Watercolor motif challah cover

If you want to make one of these yourself contact me. I am now offering a class in Watercolor challah covers! The class will meet for 6 hours (3 sessions of 2 hours) and I will supply the materials. Contact me for additional details. 052-337-4078.
Learn the technique and make a matching table runner on your own.

Available at my Etsy shop.

2 In Housewares/ Judaica/ Landscapes/ Plants

More on landscapes

I needed a break from the landscape project, so I worked with fall-color maple leaves and made a mini-wall hanging.

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves. 14" x 12.5" 2009


I also made a watercolor challah cover in the meantime.
Watercolor challah cover / table centerpiece

Watercolor by Candle Light. 14.5" x 18" 2012

I went back to the landscape with new energy and ideas and here is a photo showing what it looks like after some thread painting has been applied. Keep in mind that this the sixth version of this landscape. Sometimes it requires a lot of stick-to-it-iveness to get the job done! Continue Reading →