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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Creating A Family Heirloom

Our friend Cheryl decided that she wanted to make something special for her daughter's 40th birthday.  This wall hanging is meant to illustrate many of the aspects of her daughter's family life.  Cheryl used applique to cut out and attach the various elements.  See how many of the elements you can identify -- sefer torah, puzzle pieces, and much much more! 

Congratulations to Cheryl on creating such a beautiful heirloom!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Touring with Madeleine

Last week, I went to visit my Bedouin women friends at Desert Embroidery in Laquiya, in the northern Negev.  These are the women who make the stunning embroidery that I integrate into my "coexistence quilts". 

I drove down together with Madeleine Lavine, a well-known and well-regarded tour guide. It was her first visit to the Desert Embroidery shop in Laquiya.  Take a look at her write-up of our visit, which she posted on her blog entitled Touring with Madeleine.   There is even a photo of me talking with Na'ama Elsana'a, the director of the non-profit organization for the empowerment of Bedouin women, which runs the Desert Embroidery shop.  According to Madeleine, I was practicing some of my elementary Arabic when she took this picture!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cheering up your home on a cold winter day!

During the last few days, we have been under siege here in Jerusalem, while a minor storm raged outside.  While cooped up at home, I made this set of four placemats and matching table runner as a gift for my son-in-law's parents who are celebrating two major life cycle events!  May they have much nachas and good health!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's a new year!  May it bring joy and blessings to all of our quilting friends!  It's a rainy day here in Jerusalem and I am looking forward to a cozy day with one of my quilting friends who is coming over to plan her new project!

Take a look at this recent baby quilt, filled with butterflies!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Place mats

We made these placemats for our friends who are celebrating their 45th anniversary!  Mazel tov!

Here is a close-up on one of the placemats!  They are a matching set, but each one is different!

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Couch Quilt

I had an idea to take two small pieces of Bedouin embroidery and integrate them together into this couch quilt.  These embroidered elements are from the Center for Bedouin Embroidery, located in Laqiya in the northern Negev. 

As you can see, I used the building blocks as a central motif, together with complementary fabrics. 

These coexistence quilts give me great satisfaction, especially in these difficult times as there is so much tension between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wall Hangings by Rachel Hubers

I went to the Jerusalem Theater the other evening for a concert, and found an amazing exhibit of quilted wall hangings by Rachel Hubers.

I chose to share two of the exhibited works -- one is a stunning floral piece and the other is an impressive desert landscape.

By the way, we enjoyed the concert too!