A new year calls for experimentaion with new designs, patterns and material! Here is a different material…some faux leather and some pure leather to try out in pouches and bags πŸ™‚

2017 Sunday Stash 2

2017 Sunday Stash 2

Those pencils also have some lovely sayings on them …

Purple: Creativity pride Enlightenment Mystery Nobility
Red: Love Courageous passionate Sensual Power
Orange: Energy Playful Stimulation Enthusiasm Warm

Lets see what comes up through 2017 πŸ™‚

Linking it to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles!

The first project of the New Year is actually a swap item. Am so happy am making something for someone else…While I cant reveal her name until she gets her goodies, she is someone I adore for her spirit and positive attitude πŸ™‚

Craft Apron

Craft Apron

I was looking for a quick project to make for the swap and this just fit the bill.
It took about an hour to complete it end-to-end! Of course the pieces were pre-cut:)

We have to send a dozen items to the partner as part of the swap. So here is a list of all of them :
1.Craft Apron from pattern by Shruti Dandekar
2.Judwa pouch by Kausalya Pandit
3. A Japanese sewing kit
4. A Japanese washi tape roll
5.A Japnese thin Frixion pen
6. Some wooden ‘handmade’ buttons

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7. Some wide ribbon
8. One iron-on design
9. A few chocolates

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10. 4 Fat Quarters of fcordiated fabric
11. one satin machine sewing Thread roll
12. One clover seam ripper
13. Two zippers(brown and red)
14: Flat tipped pins

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An assorted fun pack to put together!

Its a New Year and a new beginning πŸ™‚ What could be better that starting the year with a Planner and that too a Quilter’s Planner! Yeah Yeah Cheers to that!!

Quilters Planner

Quilters Planner

I was real lucky to win this year’s Planner in a giveaway from BerryBarndesigns during her Nov’16 giveaway.

I simply love Planners and am the kind that loves a mean never ending ‘To Do’ list. Hopefully the Planner for 2017 will keep me grounded to reality…and am looking forward to using it extensively through the year.

It comes with 12 amazing Quilt patterns and am raring to start a few right away! But first, lets complete the already overflowing UFO bin πŸ˜‰

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I love making New Year resolutions! Beginning of a new year seems like a completely new starting point to me…I can start all over again with new zeal and enthusiasm!
A new ‘To do’ list …with some items borrowed from last year and some new…
Oh! What joy…

Last year I made my list and linked to the post by Yvonee of Quilting Jetgirl. You can see the Goals of 2016 here and the progress here.

A brief list of what I Plan to accomplish in 2017:
1. Start Bullet journaling: I have been watching people make their bullet journals and its time for me to take the plunge
2. Complete one quilting item a month: say a quilt top or quilting a pre-completed top or the likes. Hence, a numerical target of completing at least 6 quilts through the year.
3. Over the years I have collected quilting journals and books. 2017 would be the year to start using them. What good are they just sitting on the shelf!
4. Sew at least one item for myself; maybe just a small pouch or bag or something but one item for sure that I can sew and use #selfishsewing
5. I will continue my habit of #sewsomethingeveryday . A lot gets done by just maintaining a disciplined approach.
6. Focus on getting more fit and healthy. This one stays in the list across the years.
7. Make some crochet projects…maybe some tatting as well…some needle work and the likes.
8. Learn at least one new skill related to the hobby.
9. Participate in at least one collaborative project
10. Try to publish a pattern
11. Submit at least one article/quilt work to a magazine.
12. Write a few tutorials on the blog.

Linking this to Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl!
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These traditional pieced elephants have been on my To Do list for long. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them on the blog SewFeshQuilts as part of her Quilt Along #ElephantParade. But life happens and I wasn’t able to make them then…I finally got the opportunity to make two of them for this baby quilt :).

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It was my little one’s idea to place them back to back. After the two were done, I added some whole cloth elephant fabric for the body of the quilt and I was done with the top. It is a gift quilt for my husband’s cousin who had a beautiful baby a month back. Am glad that it was over on time. Will be posting it shortly. I hope the baby grows up snuggling in the quilt and the parents love the gift πŸ™‚

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I would like to know how do people pack and post quilts?
The Indian Speed Post system mandates that they check the item at the post office so basically you have to carry an open item to the Post office and then get the contents checked before you post. Don’t get me wrong, I love their service and use it pretty often for small items but am not sure if the same is true for Quilts.

Quilt Name: Elephants on the run
Size: 40″ X 50″
Thread:Calypso from costs
Quilting: FMQ stippling and straight line quilting
Binding: 2.5″ double bind
Fabric: Indian

Linking it to WIP Wednesdays πŸ™‚
Looking forward to her Christmas new Quilt along!

A shopping trip again with my local quilting friend Prajakta, from Green leaf quilts. She has an uncanny ability of finding the most remote shops in the remotest of lanes and hunting for exotic quilting notions and material.

So here in the pic of what I bought on my trip around town…a Clover seam ripper, piercing tool to make holes for bag handles, a neon green zipper, flat head pins, some black iron-on interfacing to make dark coloured bags and some fusible fleece. The coloured pencils have some amazing sayings πŸ™‚ each reflecting the nature of the pencil colour πŸ™‚

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

Linking up to Sunday Stash by Molli Sparkles.

This is a whole cloth quilt, the kind that has been rare across my quilting career. While I lot of people start with whole cloth quilts, I didnt. I always try to push my boundaries trying to see if I can an additional quilting element to the quilt: be it a quilt block or applique or something else!
To be frank, I didn’t have much expectation from this when I set out to make it.

Hello Kitty Quilt

Hello Kitty Quilt

However, it turned out to be a stunner. I haven’t been able to do justice to it in terms of photography. It looks so beautiful in real life that my house help refused to part with it after it was complete…she is of the opinion that we should keep it and let my ‘lil one use an extra quilt along with his own …ha ha ha

Hello Kitty Quilt 2

Hello Kitty Quilt 2

Here is a close up of how it all came together and then…

Hello Kitty Quilt

Hello Kitty Quilt

a bit of the straight line quilting πŸ™‚

Quilt Name: Hello Kitty Yellow-Purple Quilt
Thread: Calypso by Coats, a lovely shiny thread meant for machine sewing
Quilt Size: 44″ X 60″
Fabric: local Indian Hello Kitty print
Batting: 180 gsm cotton batting
Binding: 2.5″ double machine binding
Quilting : Straight Line Quilting