Some more goodies from last weekend’s shopping with my local quilting friend.

Dark blue shot cotton and traditional Indian block print fabric, hopefully to turn into a tote…

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Also picked up this lovely floral as the colours are soothing yet striking…

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Linking to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

This is my first Portrait Quilt based on an old picture of my mom and I am more than happy about the outcome. When I posted it on social media, people were unable to detect which was the photo and which the Portrait quilt! Couldn’t have asked for a better compliment than this one for my first portrait quilt🙂

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The method used is ‘reverse applique’ as used in the book About Face by Shruti Dandekar. You can find a copy of her book in Craftsy.

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I am totally floored by the book. Its amazing! the instructions are so clear that one can just read through, follow the steps and prepare amazing portrait quilts …
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to start off by making portrait quilts.
Also, I should note here that Shruti is an amazing teacher. She is always ready to clarify doubts. The book explains a white on black quilt and I was making the reverse. She was happy to guide me through and thanks to her guidance, my Portrait was ready on time to go home with mom🙂

Reverse applique, as a technique is just magical! The small cuts, the curves they all look like part of a Rorschach test and yet the final picture looks like a portait…I was simply amazed. Still trying to come out of the dazed state as the Portrait travels across India from its rocky Western shores to the calm and quiet, Eastern shores🙂

It was one of those occasional weekends when Prajakta of Green Leaf Quilts and I went shopping for some local fabric.

Fabric shopping

She had gone there to buy some fabric for totes and I had decided to do some window shopping…strictly no fabric buying until I get some sewing done(is what I had thought)!

But this is what I came home with …

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Enough grey print to make three totes with neon bright shot cotton lining!

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Novelty fabric in fish and aeroplanes…which I currently have no use for but who ever said no to lovely fabric!

That wasn’t all, some fabric also got added to the stash…that I am retaining to show you next weekend.

Linking to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles . Molli, just wanted you to know that I am totally addicted to your Sunday stash link up🙂

Recently I took part in a local Fat Quarter Swap. We were supposed to send out partners 4 FQs of fabric. My partner had specified her colours as purple and gold so I had a tough time trying to put together quilt grade fabric in purple(totally missing from my stash). I added two lavender FQs and two coordinated FQs of purple and blue.

Heather Ross Pouch swap

A little extra always makes someone happy so I put together a zippered pouch in Heather Ross- Mendocino. I love the way the Marsala pouch came in with matching pink zipper and some solid to cut the monotony. In the photograph, it however looks red…wonder whats with the morning sun today!

Heather Ross Pouch

Bought this lovely set of Fat Quarters from the TSala Studio in Bangalore.

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Recently I had the good fortune to attend a trunk show by Australian Quilter Jenny Bowker and was completely floored by her work. She gave us a quick hint on how to make her tile quilt. These FQs are for a tile quilt. lets see how it comes up and if I am able to make one.
A long weekend coming up around the Indian Independence Day so looking forward to some sewing.

I had the good fortune of meeting prize winning quilter Jenny Bowker during her recent Mumbai visit and attend her trunk show.

A lot to be learnt from her and her way of designing quilts. She has lived in the middle east and you can see a strong influence of that in her work along with the Australian influence. Of the 40 off quilts she had got along, each had a story to say, each had a technique to represent! Hers is a perfect combination of Modern and traditional art work. Yes, they aren’t just quilts. They are pure art work🙂

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This is a favourite. Love the tile looks. Plan to try one shortly. She was gracious enough to show us how it was made right after the trunk show🙂

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Such lovely use of colours, see how they blend.

This is such a lovely thing she showed us. For scraps that were left out and had large motifs, but not the complete picture, the picture has been completed using FMQ.

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I have been enriched by the experience and learnt so much more from this interaction in terms of techniques, skills and ideas. I have only been able to showcase a few snaps of her quilts…there were numerous; some I was too engrossed to click🙂

Jenny Bowker trunk show

Jenny Bowker trunk show

Two big takeaways have been how she impressed upon the importance of putting our patterns on Craftsy and how designer fabric, although expensive is worth every rupee you spend on them. Craftsy patterns are a lovely idea and if you are into designing, then its just waiting to be implemented as the Indian sewing crowd gets more net savvy and the newer generation takes up the joys of sewing. The second idea was of making projects using designer prints so our projects get the exposure they deserve as we carve out a niche for ourselves in the quilting world. This echoed very well with me as I have recently been trying some international designer fabric myself. The quality and feel is amazing. I still use a lot of Indian fabric as its readily available and way more affordable🙂 Planning a dozen pouches shortly in designer fabric !

I had the wonderful opportunity to test my first bag. The pattern is by my friend Rajyalakshmi of Home Maker Hustle

Here is the link to her Craftsy store:Craftsy Link

Here are the pics of my tester bag! The bag is easy with clear instructions. Its great for someone who has school going kids or people going to office that need to carry their lunch. Even someone like me, who runs away at the sight of making bags was comfortable making this roomy tiffin bag.

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Ultimate Lunch Bag

This is a very roomy bag to take lunch to school or office…or carry sandwiches and drink to the park for a quick picnic!

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The zipper closure keeps food safe and prevents them from falling out.

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The side bottle holders are my favourite.

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As we speak, my little one has claimed this lunch bag and taken it off to school to house his snacks…

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