For about an hour, until I realized I would have to pull out and look critically at all my Judaic work, some of which is new, and some which is close to 20 years old. Assessing old work is exciting and scary at the same time. Sometimes I say, "Hey, that one was pretty good!" And sometimes, it's a "Glug." (Similar to "Ugh," worse than "Meh," not as bad as "Argh".)
In this post, I'll show the non-Passover related quilts that I pulled for the show (the Passover ones are next week). First is a quilt that very few people have seen, for reasons that will become apparent in one second:
And speaking of lace, what are you supposed to do with green lace? When I started quilting, I bought every flea market embellishment I could find, without thinking it through. This green lace was probably intended for negligées or mermaid brassieres. I've only found this use for it:
People like this one, but I keep thinking "negligée".
Next, one of my paper-pieced Hebrew alphabet quilts.
That's 17 pieces for one letter, but who's counting? I was pretty proud of myself when I'd finished creating patterns for all 27 letters including five final consonants (which only appear at the end of words and are not in this quilt), plus a couple of symbols. (Commercial break: The pattern is available in my Etsy shop, or Judaiquilt page. For advanced paper piecers, only.)
Up next, another challah (Sabbath bread) cover, with the clouds containing the bread blessing. It's never been photographed.
Those five layer reverse-appliqué clouds were sooo labor intensive.
Etsy shop and Pattern page.)
It's octagonal (I photographed it on a black background). Those are prairie points around the edges. Each dreidel has one of the Hebrew letters from the dreidel game quilted into it.
For six days (i.e. the top six rows of cubes), we run back and forth like chickens. On the last day, we rest, take a deep breath, try to perceive the divine. (Or at least the yellow.)
The lettering is done with dishwasher gel and freezer paper templates. I ironed freezer paper letters to black fabric, then painted around them with the gel. Let it sit a few minutes, and then gradually rinsed it off, starting at the top, so the bottom would be the lightest area, exposed to bleach the longest. (Don't try this at home without using Bleach-stop or its ilk when you're done.)
Next, one of my wedding canopies (aka chuppah). "Seven sisters" is the name of this design in American quilt history, adding layers of meaning to six-pointed stars.
Corner detail, with the word "chai" (for "life") quilted in gold thread.
Next, my "nine of anything" menorah quilt, blogged a few years ago, here.
There's an ice cream menorah....
...an Elvis menorah...
These quilts will be at the Monrovia Jewish Federation office, here in Southern California, for three months, and they welcome visitors during their regular business hours.
Public service announcement: Are you interested in making and/or learning more about stitched Judaica? Find inspiration and like-minded people in the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, an international organization with chapters across the US and Canada, and independent members around the world. The Guild has a members'-only archives with hundreds of needlework patterns, ideas, and articles about Jewish art, tradition and culture.
We also have a Facebook page and Yahoo discussion group. And you don't have to be Jewish to join! Go to Pomegranateguild.org for more information! And consider coming to our 2017 Convention in Atlanta! You will make friends, and beautiful things, and soon be able to decorate your own hallways with your own Judaic art!