Monday, April 30, 2007
All her patterns and books need to be sorted out, threads, fabrics books and notions etc.,
I hope to get stuck into some of this tomorrow seeing as how my machine fixer man came today and took away three of my machines for service and check ups. so I will take a (small) break from sewing in order to sort all this stuff out.
We have a quilting meeting tomorrow night and maybe I will take some of the stuff along there and see if the girls want anything.
Her machines and quilting cotton fabrics I will keep and hopefully some time in the summer I will teach her granddaughter how to quilt. It will be her batmitzvah in August and I think this will just be something she will enjoy, especially using her beloved grandmothers machine and fabics. I am sure we will have a good time together doing this.
It was back to the card table this afternoon, together with my card playing friends. We play Kalooki every Monday afternoon, something different to do other than spend ALL my time in the studio, I must admit, I enjoy the break. Next Monday I think it will my turn to host the cards and make something good for tea.
That's it for today,
bye for now.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Today is a sad day for my friend Keren. It was her beloved dog Perach's last day. I found this picture of us having a great time in the snow, this was something new for me being an "African" we had a good laugh and Perach got cold paws.
I too have treasured memories of life with Perach, when she came and slept on my feet or snuggled with me on the couch Shabbat afternoon reading quilting magazines (what else could we do) sitting on the bench in the middle of the night outside Beit Ha Noah on Ahuza street. watching her as a pup in Kochav Yair. I felt for you and Noam and the family all day today knowing what you were going through having been through this with our beloved "kitty". But it is such a relief when it is over and we know our pets are out of their misery and pain.
Enjoy her memories.
I have been sewing like crazy today, managed to complete 36 stars and 60 triangle fill ins for the center of the chuppah. need only 34 more fill ins for the outer edge of the center, when it is all in place I will take a picture and post it up.
Tomorrow we play cards again monday Kalookie has been on hold for awhile due to some of us travelling girls, now we are all home for a while so we can get a few weeks worth in.
That's all for today
Till next time.
Bye or now
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
As usual, we had our Israeli dinner here at home with just a few friends over for the Shwarma/flalfel/pita party and some good hearty patriotic singing followed by watermelon, icecream and chocolate cake, I forgot to even take my camera up to take pics but you can imagine it anyway.
Picnic braai (barbeque for the non South Africans) with more friends and of course more Israeli songs. But for us as a group of friends this is also a very sad as recently one of our very dear beloved friends died after living in a coma for about 18 months, he had the sweetest voice that anyone could imagine being a chazan(cantor) and a lover of music and Israel in general, as his wife and our beloved Pam said " a light has been taken out of this world, we will sorely miss it" This was a day that he loved best of all as most of us do, so it will be a day that we miss him most of all too.
So as you can imagine not much got done in the studio.
Now I am working on the Chuppah for our shul, so one of these days I will post a picture of "what's on the design wall" when it is closer to being something more than just bits n pieces. And of course I want to complete those lovely flowers as well, so - till next time
Bye for now.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Ok here is a new picture of me with my beloved DH Nuts, this one is for you K hope you like it. Most of the time I am the one behind the camera not infront of it and I am always with someone else.This you realize has taken me about an hour to get to where its at. I keep pushing the wrong buttons, closing it when It should stay open, losing the pictures to somewhere else, now I seem to have put a few pictures in a place I can easily get to so I will try and download some more for this blog. In the meantime I am not having much success with this it just doesn't seem to want to do what I tell it to, so, I will save this as a draft and do it again when I have calmed down and not so frustrated with this. OK with a little help from Russ n Anna finally got this picture in. Keren... enjoy. this is a great picture of the both of us with lots of fun memories to go with it. Just a few more tips n hints and hopefully soon I will be able to do this on my own.
Managed to complete my flowers, but it is getting late and I have to go everything ready for Shabbat with a littlehelp from Russ n Anna.
Bye for now
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
This morning at our Shul here we had a small ceremony which we have every year. We have guests who speak about their survival during the war. This year we had two young kids who have just retruned from a visit to poland on the anual "March of the living" of which I have been on in 1988. We have a couple of young boys who play their violins beautifully to music related to the ceremony. and we invite 6 people to each light a candle in memory of family lost during the war. One of our members is very active in trying to locate the whereabouts of Raul Wallenberg a famous man for assisting Jews during this terrible time. and, as always completing the ceremony with Hatikvah. at 10.00am there is a siren that peals out across the whole of Israel for about 2 minutes and the whole country comes to a standstill, cars, busses people in the street or whever they happen to be stop, get out of their vehicle and stand silently, head bowed in rememberance. this is a very moving sight to see and experience, it always evokes emotion.
All or most TV coverage is on or about people who have lived through this experiance and films sho like "Sophies Choice" Schindlers List" and others. People telling their personal stories and historical footage. the rest of the TV here is closed for the whole day. except for the news channels.
Other than that I have finally found a new project to do. A very pretty applique floral "Stained glass" effect using very large floral print fabrics and cut out, iron on applique on a black background. So far I have completed the first part and now all my 20 blocks are ready for stitching. This is from a kit called "Diane's Garden" by "Details by Diane" I bought it in Houston at the last Quilt festival in November last year by justf or such a time as when I had nothing else planned to do urgently. So, now I will spend less time on the computer.
That's all for now
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I have been at this computer all day and not managed to do a stitch of sewing, maybe because I am inbetween projects right now and need to buckle down and start something new, although there are always the UFO's to complete.
Would love to hear from fellow quilters/teddy bear makers from around the world, so do pop in and say Hi, I am very friendly
Bye for now
This is my very first posting and the beginning of my blog pages. I hope along the way you will enjoy the things I do and the places we go. I will continue to upgrade as and when something is in the process. I have a few things that are WIP and a commission to make a Chuppah for our Shul as they are in the process of writing a new Sefer Torah and have commissionedme to make the chuppah for Next year Simchat Torah. I am quite excited by this and have some wonderful ideas, it is now a matter of chosing the right one and getting the process off the ground.
I have 2 very lovely special gifts also in progress one is a special gift for a special sister in law, and the otheris a wedding gift for a special nephew and his lovely new bride. Both reside in Sydney Australia. The tops are completed but I am just not physically able to quilt these quilts the normal way on a regular home sewing machine any more, so I will take them with me to Australia where we will be going in May for a batmitzvah and have organised to have them quilted there, Until such time as I can use my very own quilting machine (wish list) I will only update their pictures when they are complete.
That's all for this my very first blog page.
Till next time