Gift


A proud moment when I finally completed my quilt and gifted it to my sister, 2 days after her birthday and a year+a month after her first anniversary :)
A quilt was scheduled for her wedding but I never could muster enough courage to attempt a large quilt.This is the first full-size quilt that I have attempted and successfully completed. Am so proud of it. Herez my lovely sis and the little one modelling the quilt at her house beside the beach :)

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And a thumbs up to a lot more on the anvil !!

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Last evening a friend, Kausalya made a wonderful pouch with ribbon embroidery. I absolutely loved the pouch she made and on being appreciated she set me up for a healthy challenge: If I made a bag in a day then the pouch would be mine :)
I pounced at the opportunity but what could I possibly make in a day!!

First was of course, a choice of fabric and I decided to use the red fabric that I had won in another challenge from her. Very appropriate for the occasion…

Mosaic Tile A

Then the bag construction per se…

Recently I seem to be obsessing over the quilt block from the Mosaic Block Quilt along. First I made this quilt top, then I made some cushions from the left over quilt blocks and in the same week I tried some more cushions(more on that later!) and now a tote :)

Its made of basic blocks of 8X8″ in red and 8X4″ with 15.5X4″ of grey.

Mosaic Tile B

The bright red is just right for the Valentine’s week!

Mosaic Tile C

The bag is hand quilted with running stitch in Anchor Perl 8- Red and quilted with thin batting which I bought from another friend Shanaz for the quilt top…

Linking it to the Mosaic quilt Along !

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Why do I call them winter coasters? Because, they are made of wool…summers are so hot here, I would possibly faint at the mention of wool :)

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I will be undertaking the daunting task of starting an afghan, a real full sized afghan.This is the first time I am attempting a large crochet project. And, knowing my love for double crochet, call it a near obsession, I found myself the retro circle tutorial at the Three beans in a pod absolutely beautiful.

I tried a few coasters just to get a hang of the pattern before I jump head long into the afghan project(with a little variation, of course)…absolutely love the fact that all DCs from row 2 to 5 are in the back loop. It leaves a lovely ridge on top that makes the whirls of Dc stand out in concentric rings :)

Round 1: A magic circle
Round 2: Chain 3, marking the 1st DC(double crochet) and then 11 more. Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =12 stitches

Round 3: Chain 3, marking the 1st double crochet, 1 DC in the same stitch, continue with 2 DC in each of the base chains. Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain. Total =24 stitches

Round 4: Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in same chain.2 DC in the next,continuing with 2 DC in every alternate chain, and 1 in every alternate(so 1DC,2 DC, 1DC,2DC…). Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =36 stitches

This is where my pattern deviates from that of Adele:

Round 5:Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in same chain.2 DC in the next,continuing with 2 DC in every alternate chain and 1 in every alternate(so 1DC,2 DC, 1DC,2DC…).Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =52 stitches
Change colour here.

Round 6:Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in each chain after this and continue till last chain in the ring.Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =52 stitches

Linking this to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric addict!

Recently friends have been moving out from town and making me feel miserable as I pull myself together to sew them some goodies. However, recently a new one moved in to town. She, of course, came in and then became a friend.
Recently she had a house warming party and I made these quick coordinated polka dotted hot pads. She loved them and so did I.

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I realized I have been bitten by the crochet bug yet again when I tried making several versions of crochet hexagon flowers. When I searched for free tutorials on the net, I changed upon many colourful versions of the African Hexagon flower. But I wanted something that was simple and exotic.

By no way I am saying I don’t like the African Hexagon flower, ‘coz that’s going to be my next project but currently Red Heart LW3284 caught my fancy. Even after trying multiple attempts I couldn’t get it right…gave up unhappily knowing that the pattern possibly had a misprint.

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But I gave up just the pattern, not the idea. Soon I stumbled upon the Crochet hexagon Throw again from Red Heart. the flower turned out beautiful, somewhat 3 dimensional and absolutely adorable…I just didn’t have 5 coloured wool to go for it. Went to The HAB too to pick up some wool. But that being a Thursday, they were closed .
Pattern 2 also had to be discarded for lack of availability of raw materials. I almost make it sound like a brick and mortar project :( just a lot more colourful and desirable !

Here are the first two attempts :

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Third time lucky and I got a youtube video from Super crochet mom. The pattern is simple and something I could make using just double crochet stitches, I love them …they are my favourite stitches from the lot and whats more, they make beautiful looking hexagon flower.

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The target now is to complete 20 of these in 30 days.
Adding to my my target for August:
A Lovely Year of Finishes

However sad it may sound or make me feel, a friend has actually stepped out of town…not just for a weekend or a week but an entire year. Our families would hang out together every weekend when she was around and we really enjoyed their company. As a quick farewell gift I made a small pouch for a pair of silver earrings that I had bought for her during my last trip home.

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Its a rather simple drawstring jewellery pouch and I would like to put up a tutorial soon.

Linking it to WIP Wednesday !
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Its been an amazing valentine’s Day this year!

I have been the lucky recipient of two gorgeous gifts and they are each very special and beautiful. They mean so much to me. I am on cloud nine or should I just say, I am on
a-cloud
i-cloud !

Yes you guessed it right. HD got me an i-phone 5.

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Equally special is my other gift that I won for being the first to complete this house block at the IMQG(India Modern Quilt Guild) Facebook page. Kausalya sent me 5 bright and beautiful pieces of fabric along with the cutest button box I have ever seen—full of goodies ! Thanks Kausalya.

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I love the colours in the mug rug/hot pad(am yet to decide if its a mug rug or a hot pad). The yellow, I think, looks lovely in the afternoon sun and the hexagon flower is one from my collection that would have made it to the grandmother’s flower garden quilt.

I quilted the background first, with batting and backing…a new technique for me and am glad the lines turned out all parallel to each other. The flower was the last to get added, completing it with a white border…wanted the border to be subtle so the flower would stand out, not the border !

This makes me feel how the simple paper pieced hexagon flower can be so versatile. So am back to my paper piecing of white hexagons to complete the grandmother’s flower garden quilt. It required almost 600 white hexies and I am around 100 at present.

Connecting to Sew Modern Monday !

Its Dusshera today and we decided on a potluck party with friends… actually neighbours, but they are also our closest friends in town. we usually hang out with them.We were supposed to make only rice and mutton curry by lunch time. And I was the sous chef for the day at home. So after waking up kid and doing the housework and breakfast and all (the other regular routine stuff that had to be done by me as house help was on her day off), I settled down for the lunch preparation…thankfully it turned out well.

Lunch got slightly late as we weren’t ready by 1pm but it turned out to be a lovely small party at our neighbour’s place with a relaxed lunch followed by a looongish chat and tea and then driving down to South Mumbai to have ice cream at Naturals…then staying back at NCPA for some ‘time by the sea’ and snaps. We were just testing the new camera and the snaps turned out.
Finally we called it a day and settled down to a movie at home. Dead tired but a day well spent…felt like HOLIDAY !!

This is truly a WIP…a pinwheel hot pad in pink and blue which was to be completed by lunch as I intended to gift it to my neighbour as we were going to her place for lunch. But I don’t know bias binding…hence its yet unfinished. First thing tomorrow morning, learn to make bias binding…

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Lovely kitchen towels with triple hexagons in contrasting colours. Although the sides are not stitched yet, I wish to complete them at the earliest and send them as gifts to family members.

Owing to the beginning of the festive season here, one of them has embroidered stars.

Kitchen Towels

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