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Sun-Printed Fern Fabric: A Taste of Summer in the Fall

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 22, 2013

Sun-printed fabric with ferns

I had to share this stunning piece of fabric made by Pam of Gingerbread Snowflakes. Pam’s blog is a delicious compendium of crafts, recipes, and gorgeous photography. A few months ago, she created sun-printed fabrics with ferns from her front garden. I have plenty of sun but no ferns or sun-printing supplies. Pam has ferns and Pebeo Setacolor Transparent paints. Eventually the sun made an appearance in her part of the world (yes, even in Oregon) and she created this beautiful fabric. I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to do with it but I love the jewel tones and graceful ferny design. Thanks so much, Pam!

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Fabric Shopping

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 14, 2011


When I was photographing Gail’s quilts, Gail suggested we meet at Bad Ratz (Ratz Fabrics). She works at Pardes, above the store. I can’t imagine being a quilter and working in the same building as a big fabric store! Great will-power and self-control.

I ended up buying a rotary cutter, a ruler (I already have a cutting mat), eleven cotton prints (1/2 meter each, 30 NIS/m), 1/2 m. of heatproof fabric for “platter” cover liners, and 1.5 m. linen for table napkins (I got a discount on the linen, normally 48 NIS/m).

I know I said that I don’t need a new hobby, but it isn’t really a new hobby. I started my first quilt (machine-pieced, hand-quilted) when I was 15 and finished it six years later. I also machine-quilted two small projects (portfolio cover and a cover for my Chicago Manual of Style, which had matching handles and an inkle-band bookmark). This would be a great way to use up my fabric stash. I could cover up some of the appliances on my kitchen counter, make bags to hold my lenses, etc. “Platter” covers make great gifts. You see the logic behind this? 🙂

Bad Ratz is in the building with Pardes and a Mazda dealership, on Pierre Koenig street in Jerusalem. They have a nice range of cotton prints from good mills in the US and UK, for 30 NIS/m. They also sell upholstery, evening-wear fabrics, linen, flannel, and a limited selection of quilt batting (Gail thinks the quality at Pissot is better, so keep that in mind).

The Israel Quilters Association (IQA, Hebrew site) is holding its annual retreat with classes and workshops at the Bayit veGan Guesthouse on Pisgat Street in Jerusalem, July 5-6, 2011. Non-members are allowed into the vendors’ hall, where Pissot and The Quilt Center (from Bustan haGalil) will have goods for sale. Hey, it wouldn’t hurt just to look, right? And to keep Gail company, of course.

Bad Ratz is accessible from the left side of the building, when you are standing on Pierre Koenig (address is Pierre Koenig 29, close to the new mall). It covers three store fronts and is quite a large store.

Bad Ratz (Ratz Fabric)

The bolt of DMC fabric leaning against the thread case is 14-count Aida. The rolls on the left are flannels (30 NIS/m). In the center one of the signs says, “Ultrasuede – 120 NIS/m”.

Bad Ratz (Ratz Fabric)

In the bottom photo you can see the corner with the cotton prints. The small display case in the center holds several models of Olfa rotary cutters, rulers, and packs of spare blades. That’s useful to know because apparently it’s not easy finding Olfa products outside quilting shops.

Bad Ratz (Ratz Fabric)

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Gail’s Quilts

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 13, 2011

Gail's Quilts

I’ve known Gail for years. She was our downstairs neighbour when we moved to Maale Adumim 17 years ago. Gail moved out of the neighbourhood for a few years, then returned recently and bought a house. I didn’t know she was an avid quilter until she posted a request for worn towels on our local chat list. When I asked her what she was doing with the towels, she told me that she makes quilted platter covers (“platters” are the electric warming trays on which we heat our food on Shabbat). She also makes lovely baby quilts and wall hangings. I went over the other day to photograph some of her quilts and we made a tentative date to go to Pissot together (because I really need another hobby, right?!).

Gail has been quilting for about four years. She got hooked by a friend in Memphis, TN, who took her to a local quilting group. Some of her quilts are based on kits but she tries to add something original, like beads and unusual quilting designs. She does the piecing and quilting on a lightweight Brother portable sewing machine.

Here is a wall hanging for her daughter Ilana: The orange and brown prints are stunning against the pale blue wall.

Gail's Quilts

This closeup shot shows the tiny flower beads that she sewed on the dresses.

Gail's Quilts

The crib quilts usually started out as kits. She machine quilts them with a darning foot, often in meandering patterns.

Gail's Quilts

Anyone remember Dick and Jane and Spot? This block quilt is based on prints from the old reading series. A quilting template of tissue paper is still attached to this quilt in progress.

Gail's Quilts

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Embroidery Preparation

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 23, 2009

I took a couple shots of the preparations for the Lady and the Unicorn embroidery.

The first photo shows the fabric (21×29 inches) in the process of being marked into a 10×10-stitch grid with thread. The finished size of the piece will be 18×23 inches.

Gridding fabric

Sorting the floss on the table with the leaf extended was my husband’s idea. I didn’t count the total number of skeins but it’s over 150. It took me about two hours to cut 18″ pieces and sort them into 153 little bags according to colour combo and symbol.

I’m missing three skeins. DARN. But I’ll still be able to start the embroidery. I have to remember to pick up the missing colours fairly soon.

Sorting floss

Next: ironing the fabric and stretching it in the scroll frame. My frame is only 21 inches wide, so I am going to fold the overlap underneath. I hope it doesn’t affect the tension too much. If the center is too lose, I’ll either roll a dish towel between the layers or look into buying dowels to extend my frame width.


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