Monday, July 16, 2012

July Ten Buck BOM Blocks

Just in case you are doing the Ten Buck BOM and need a visual on the completed blocks  for July, here they are:
(pardon the clarity, we had to blow up the photos)

Heart of the Home

Paper Piecing with Tammie!
Beautiful Heart of the Home Pillow (or wall hanging, or quilt block)
[Class will be added to the schedule today!  Stop by or call to sign up!]

Monday, July 9, 2012

Health Food Shopping at your Quilt Shop

We all know that fabric is a healthy addiction - no doubt it s cheaper than therapy!  Creative, warm and interesting people walk through the doors each and every day.  I learn something every day from the people I meet.

Last week I had the pleasure of a conversation with a customer buying muslin to make nut milk bags.  True to my curious nature, I had to know about this.  She and her daughter make home made nut milks from almonds and others.  The muslin is used to make strainer bags.  [I have replaced my cow's milk with almond milk in cereal for a while now and love it.]  With a high powered blender it seems easy (and certainly seems better than drinking it out of a box).  I found directions and the photo above from

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Crafty Travel Stops - Israel!

As many of you know, 'the cat was away' last month on vacation - and it wouldn't be have been a good vacation for me without a crafty diversion or two along the way.  On our trip to Israel, we made it a point to add some stops along the way that didn't include climbing in and on tanks, trenches and tunnels.  The city of Tsfat, birthplace of Kabbalah and frequent destination of Madonna, is an artist community in the Northern part of the country.  Cobblestone streets  were lined with artists in their galleries interspersed with synagogues and small restaurants.  Ancient history and new creativity.  Loved it!   Most memorable was my visit to Canaan Gallery - a weaving studio and gallery!
You can imagine my delight at walking in to racks of colorful fibers!  They had several looms set up with different types of weaving!  One was set up with textured fibers warped to become a blanket, shawl or wall hanging.
Textured, hand woven pieces lined shelves and walls.  The owner took the time to show me many of her beautiful pieces (the boys were less than enthusiastic.)
In addition to the colorful, mixed media pieces, they hand wove silken talit, the jewish prayer shawls.  It was so interesting, not to mention mesmerizing, to watch the fine fabric grow as the fine weft fibers shuttled to and fro.  I could have spent days in this town, talking with the friendly artists and sampling the delicious smelling food (we had some yemenite bread and snacks - yum!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012