Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sue's private quilt exhibit

Sue and I try to meet weekly to chat about this and that, though naturally quilting is the main focus. It is lovely to exchange ideas and discuss trends. We intended to visit a quilt exhibition in Jerusalem, but mistook the opening hours. However, I was not disappointed because Susan willingly showed off her own collection in her home.

It was truly wonderful to see the quilts she had made. I would have loved to see all of them, but being the generous person she is, most had been given away as gifts. She is such a lovely person.

Have an inspirational day!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


North of Tel Aviv is an old ancient Roman ruin called Caesaria; originally Roman that is. At the entrance are remnants from the Crusaders. 

After the arch, one sees the ruins after the Romans. Below is a former quai from Herodes' era. Imagine the ramp in the center as a stair case and the grass below as water where the boats would dock.

Most of the ruins in this area were pretty run down, but there were some fine pieces that were salvaged.

And just beyond the clearing is this lovely Ottoman construction.

Three civilizations together, if you exclude the present one of gift shops etc.

And just beyond that is the Mediterranean Sea. How spectacular! I never tire of gazing upon that lovely stretch of turquoise.

Gazing further down the shore is the hippodrome and the amphitheatre. The Romans really knew how to live.... at least the rich male ones did.

There was a bath house with lovely tiled mosaics, which I would have loved to share with you but then my camera's battery called it quits. We went on to see the aquaducts that supplied water to this extravagance, which was right on a sandy beach where the kids had a wonderful time being splashed by lovely warm waves.

Have a sunny day!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tokyo subway map quilt blocks 8-14

These have been finished for some time, but I did not get my act together to take pictures until now. I won't bother showing the individual blocks as they seem rather boring on their own, but rather give you an update of the blocks so far.

More than half way done. Hopefully there is an end to this subway tunnel.

Have an adventurous day!


Monday, May 21, 2012

West Jerusalem town center

My husband has been looking for a hat for the approaching hot weather and so far no luck. We decided to give the center of West Jerusalem a try.

Perhaps you already know that Jerusalem is divided in two: East is predominantly Arab Palestinian and West is predominantly Jewish Israeli. Between the two is the Old Town which is divided into four, but then that is another story to be told on another occasion.

Isn't this view of Jerusalem as the centre of the world interesting? The mural is a replica of a map made in the 1500's just after America was "discovered" by Colombus.

The center of West Jerusalem looks very much like any Mediterranean European city with a pedestrian zone, cafés, shops and a tram line going through it all. It has definitely a secular feel, in contrast to the Old Town and the nearby religious communities.

The past few times we have visited the area, young people (most often boys) are dancing about promoting different causes. Unfortunately I have no idea which ones as I have yet to get an explanation in English about them yet. Rather odd, since I have come across very many English speakers since I arrived here, which makes my stay thankfully easy.

A little off the centre's main road Jaffa Street, is a Russian Church that is absolutely lovely for which pictures will follow in another post.

On our walk home we passed a lovely area that was built during the British period. The church above was built in 1832 where services were in Arabic but has been taken over by a British congregation, if I am not mistaken.

Just across the street were two lovely villas which had lovely blooming gardens.

Below is an Israeli Ministry that has used old glorious buildings for their offices, located on the edge of a Jewish Orthodox community.

Picture taking is frowned upon by this said community. There are even signs stating their discontent at being observed as curiosities, which is an understandable attitude. I always try my best to respect this wish, but I realized later that I unintentionally captured a gentleman clad in Jewish Orthodox garb waiting for the bus. It is a bit difficult to avoid this situation as this particular group is rather visible in most of the parts I visit. One must try to be diplomatic and sensitive when one lives in such a religious city.

Have a splendid day!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Peasant blouse and pants

In contrast to my son, my daughter is quite the messy child. While my boy could wear the same clothes for a week without a stain to be seen, my little girl's clothes do not last a morning! With all these small child motif fabrics I have, I thought I would continue making some play garments for her. I have hardly ever sewn any clothing, so this is a good exercise in learning the logic of clothing construction and piecing.

For this peasant blouse, I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby, but to be frank I did not get the hang of it. In the end it did fit, though it could have been a bit larger across the chest. It will probably be OK for the Summer. Instead of having elastic around the collar, a ribbon of the sleeve fabric was used.

A simple outline of existing pants were used for the bottoms and adding a little extra trim on the bottom.

This set was intended for pre-school, where the dark background will hopefully camouflage the messes my little girl makes.

Have an inspirational day!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Another summer hat for my little girl

I am a bit embarassed, because a little while after blogging about my first attempt at hat-making, I discovered the hat was just a tad too small for my daughter. However, I was willing to swallow my pride and make a new one using another pattern and post the results. This time I used the tutorial on Sew Much Ado.

Indeed it was very bucket-like as I could not see my little one's face once she put it on, but I simply folded up the edge in the back and it fit her perfectly. I guess that means that the sun will not bother her too much, which is advantageous in our climate.

Again, the hat is reversible.

My son requested one for himself but making it look like a fire helmet. I'll certainly give it a try.

Naturally, super big brother had to get in on the action and took off with his sister's new hat to mommy's sewing corner. No smooth get-away here though.

Have a playful day!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Superman with a capital J

My three year old son has discovered super heroes and has been running around with a towel fluttering on his back. Yesterday he requested a real cape and I just happened to come across a great tutorial at Skirt As Top. The super garment could be attached with velcro, meaning no adult assistance required for putting it on.

The monogram idea makes the cape so personalized.

Luckily I had some lining fabric that matched pretty well with the rest of the cape.

A quick pose ...

... before flying off!

Have a breezy day!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dome on the Rock

Though I have visited this site once in 1994, I have yet to do so since we arrived here in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock, the third holiest place for the Muslims, is unfortunately partially restricted due to security reasons since 2000. As a non-muslim, one can walk around on the grounds on non-holy days, but not enter the mosque itself where it is said Mohammed flew to heaven, unless one has certain connections. Luckily my husband had such connections and could go see the interior of the mosque for himself.

View of Mount of Olives

Dome on the Rock

What I admire especially with mosques are the multitude of geometric designs as muslims are forbidden to use human imagery in such holy places. Are not the shapes inspirational for quilters as well?

Al-Aqsa Mosque where Mohammed is said to have landed prior to going to heaven

A very well-known photo

No one can refute the splendor of this monument, a true landmark in Jerusalem.

The plateau upon which the two mosques are placed is the size of several football fields and is a place for socializing and relaxation. I think I will follow these ladies' example and take a break.

Have a relaxing day!