The Art of the Scribe: A Paper Foundation Pieced Aleph Bet Based on principles of Torah calligraphy, this elegant paper foundation pieced aleph-bet quilt makes a wonderful gift for a b'nai mitzvah, a graduate, or for anyone who loves Hebrew and Torah. The 34-page download includes paper foundation patterns for all 22 basic Hebrew letter forms, plus the five final consonants, and two symbols.
This is not for beginners - you must understand and have experience with paper foundation piecing , as well as quilting. There are general instructions for turning the letters into the sampler quilt at right; and, for using the letters to spell out words, names and/or phrases (the two 'Shalom' wallhangings below are examples of what can be done with these letters.)
Block size: 5". Sampler quilt finished size: 38"x 28 1/2". Ebook (pdf download only) is priced at $8.95. For experienced quilters and foundation-piecers only.
Above, quilter Batya Mendel used these letters to make this 'Shalom' wallhanging using 'oriental' fabrics. She added her own origami crane. Right, quilter Wayne Rhodes made two aleph bet quilts, with different borders. Click for a full view.
The Uncommon Yarmulke This 90-page fully illustrated workbook is a complete course in yarmulke-making for beginning to advanced sewers and fabriholics! More information is here.
Yarmulkegami: E-Z Paper Fold Jewish Art Hats shows you how. to turn paper into kippot. Paper crafters, mixed media artists, scrapbookers, recyclers, rubber stampers, b'nai mitzvahs, people planning weddings, and people who just want to have fun will enjoy making the kippot, plus celebration-related scrap projects in this 18 page booklet: It is available as a PDF download for only $5.95. Click here for more information.
Log Cabin Challah Cover This challah cover (or wallhanging) depicts challot, flowers, and words from the "hamotzi" blessing. The 18" x 18" cover is constructed using the easy traditional principles of building log cabin quilt blocks, as well as fusible applique, and optional beaded embellishment. An ideal project for a beginning quilter, each step is fully illustrated and explained, in 31 pages. A fat-quarter friendly pattern. You must be comfortable using a zig-zag sewing machine to create this pattern (hand sewing not recommended). Ebooklet is priced at $8.95 (PDF download only.) Click here for more information.
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Whole Wheat Challah Cover! (approx. 15" x 18 3/4")Got a fat quarter? Paint? An x-acto knife? This challah cover is a fairly simple stencilling project. (It can also be turned into an applique project.) Print the stencil onto paper, cardstock, or freezer paper; cut out the shapes with an x-acto knife; paint in all the openings. Then, you can just hem the edges and be done! Or, add batting and a backing, and quilt it. Read about the process on the Shabbat page. (The stencils on that page have been consolidated into one).
By the way, I call it a "whole" wheat cover because it depicts the entire wheat plant! It also includes the last section of the prayer said over bread, the 'Ha-motzi', in Hebrew and English.
Epattern is available for $8.95, for PDF download only.
When you purchase this pattern, you will receive three pdf files:
The 5-page main directions, which you should read first..
A 'regular size' pdf of the pattern, to print onto four letter-size pages, using your home printer. (You will have to tape the four pages together.)
A 'large format' pattern, which prints onto extra-wide printers (at least 14" wide x 18 1/2" long.) If you don't have a large- format printer at home, you might want to bring the file to a copy shop to print this file out onto one oversized page.
In the main directions, there's a miniature (8 1/2" x 11") version of the pattern which can be printed directly onto fabric, and then 'colored' in with crayons and/or paints. Making the mini-challah covers is a great project for children, in or out of Hebrew school!
The pattern also includes ideas for variations, like sun-sensitive paints, bleach discharge, and resist, to create the design.
The Bukharan Pillbox Art Kippah This 19-page fully illustrated booklet shows you how to make a creative Bukharan style kippah. (This style of hat is also known as a smoking cap or a pillbox hat). There are three sizes, from children's to adult's extra large. Ideas and directions for optional quilting and embellishment are included in the directions. Read more about this pattern on the Bukharan hat page. Epattern is $8.95 (for PDF download only).