This heirloom quality handmade patchwork Hebrew Alphabet Picture Quilt is not just for babies. It would make a beautiful gift for any member of the family. For the little ones, the colorful, illustrated blocks wculd introduce them to the alphabet of their ancestors. For adults, it could be a wall hanging used as a conversation piece in the home. For seniors, it could provide a connection to home that they may be missing if they are in a residential care facility. For a family member who has had a stroke, the alphabet and pictures could provide good exercise for their recovering brains. Recently, one of my quilts was passed from its original owner down to her soon-to-be-born great granddaughter. What a beautiful linking of the generations!
Consider the advantages of exposing your baby to a second language early in life. Perhaps your little one will stand a better chance of being admitted to his/her first choice college or will land a prestigious overseas job. Hebrew is a language rich with history and this Handmade Hebrew Alphabet Quilt could help your child to start learning early.
Each block in the Hebrew Alphabet Quilt has a colorful letter and a cheerful picture of an item starting with that letter. For letters with variations to them, both forms are represented in embroidery alongside the picture. The non-letter blocks have hearts lovingly appliqued inside them. The layout of the items and letters in the field is very important. There must be a balance of colors, and the placement of the pictures should create a sense of movement where the eye is constantly drawn to the next block.
The Hebrew Alphabet Quilt is bordered with a a vibrant, Chanukah (Hanukkah) themed fabric. The border fabric has festive images of Chanukah Gelt, brightly wrapped gifts, menorahs, dradles and a nighttime scene of Old Jerusalem in reds, blues, greens oranges and pinks. With this quilt, you can celebrate the Festival of Lights at any time of the year. The border of the quilt is hand quilted in a twisted rope design. The organic shape of the rope helps to balance the geometric shape of the alphabet blocks. The binding for the quilt is made of the same fabric as the border.
Creating one of these quilts is extremely labor intensive from creating the blocks to drawing the border lines to hand appliqueing and hand embroidering the blocks to finally hand quilting it. To create each block, paper pattern pieces must be designed and made for each picture and letter as well as for each layer of color in each block. Different fabrics are then basted to the each piece of paper, and stitching lines marked on them. After sewing each of these basted pieces to the background fabric, the basting is pulled out, the paper is removed, and the block is embroidered. After all of the blocks are appliqued and embroidered, the top of the quilt is layered over batting and backing. It is basted, then hand quilted together. After that, it is trimmed, and the raw edges are stitched by hand. The binding is sewn on the front by machine and on the back by hand. Each of these quilts takes several months to create.
The batting used is a soft cotton. Cotton batting has a wonderful drape and is very cozy to curl up under. Cotton is also a renewable resource.
This quilt is entirely an original design. It is hand appliqued, hand embroidered and hand quilted. It measures 39 1/2" x 39 1/2" (100.33 cm x 100.33 cm). The quilt is not pre-washed. When you do launder it, it will develop that lovely, crinkled look that quilts have.
Made in USA
Hebrew Alphabet Picture Quilt, Handmade
Size: 39.5" x 39.5" (100.33 cm x 100.33 cm)
Materials: Shell: 100% cotton
Batting: 100% cotton
To clean: Machine wash cold water. Mild detergent. No bleach. Hang dry or tumble dry low. No iron.
PA residents must add 6% Sales Tax.