Friday, November 23, 2012

Not Your Grandmother's Judaica Quilt

My mother was in charge of putting together a huge charity luncheon for the Sisterhood organization of her synagogue. Part of the charity luncheon was the donations that people could buy raffle tickets to bid for. Early on, she requested that I make a Jewish themed quilt for her luncheon. This is what I made. 

It is an adaptation from one of the patterns in Not Your Grandmothers Log Cabin by Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic and Sara Nephew.

This book is wonderful! It not only has perfect instructions, it even has impeccable pressing directions so all of your points match up exactly perfectly right. Go ahead..zoom in! Check out my points...they are spectacular!

The way I got the perfect points was to use her tools. The Corner Cut was essential. I know some people are good at offsetting those 60 degree angles but not me..I need those "dog ears" cut off! That's how I kept all my measurements and points exact.

I also used the rest of her tools...I find them so helpful for these 60 degree log cabin patterns...and they are so beautiful. I used the 10 inch Clearview Triangle to make my cuts...I originally had the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler but it has a weird half inch extra that means more calculation in my head and for a couple extra dollars I knew I would rather just have the ruler do the exact measurements for me. I used the Cutting Edge under the ruler to make my cuts much quicker than a piece of tape under the ruler or eyeing it each time...and with log cabin you are making tons of tiny strips. 

The last tool I used was the Sewing Edge...but only because I had it. It is extremely helpful but my marking on my Bernina is very exact and I would have survived without it...but since I already owned them...I definitely used them. Makes less worrying necessary...I just run the pieces along the sewing edge and then they are all the exact measurements and fit perfectly.

Star of David backing fabric

Lastly, I made a quilt label on my embroidery machine. I used Embird to digitize the label and hand sewed it on the back after completion. I know a lot of people pay a LOT for embroidery software, but if you are looking for an option on a budget, check out Embird. I can do everything on Embird my friend can do with her Artista software. I use the Font Engine almost every time I digitize something. Embird can do every single thing...and there are tons of groups out there to support using the software and help you use it. There are also a lot of tutorials. If you want more information about it let me know.

quilt label designed with Embird and done on my embroidery machine
If you are interested in purchasing any of the items I talked about above, please use the links below! Marci Baker, owner of Alicia's Attic also has several you tube videos with all her quilting secrets...they are so informative and fun to check them out!



  1. What a beautiful quilt, and a generous contribution! I hope it raised (or will raise?) a lot of money!

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