Ordered these lovely cute fat quarters online. Yet to decide their fate :)

Cute fabric fat quarters

Two more fat quarters from The Material Girl on Facebook….love those elephants :)

Fat quarters

The India Quilt Guild on facebook had a mini quilt competition and the theme was ‘traditional’. I wanted to make something using Indian traditional fabric from Eastern and Western India.

The cycle of life

From the west, I chose a white fabric that has black warli print on it. Warli is a tribal artfrm from Maharastra. From the East, I chose 2 Sambalpuri fabric from Orissa in Earth Brown and Black with the same print. Since the fabric is woven using mercerised yarn it wouldn’t hold ironing. I had a tough time making it lie flat and even.

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The pattern of the mini quilt if Januaryblock from Lady Harvantine. Its the first pattern I have bought online and absolutely loved it. Plan to make at least one more quilt from it, but will definitely use a fabric that holds shape more conveniently.

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I see that my binding has improved significantly from the earlier versions. Practice makes perfect :)

Tips and Learning: While curve piecing, pins are ones best friend. Also, when working on a large curve as you are sewing on the bias, it makes more sense to start at the centre and go all the way to one end, then start from the centre again on the other side and sew towards the other end.

What the kid learnt: He learnt about circles and rings and curves. he isn’t old enough to know segments or area or perimeter but was glad to see the secondary rings falling into place.

My second attempt in my own Library Project would be a portrait quilt from the Ebook ABOUT face by Shruti Dandekar.I have been wanting to make a quilt from the book since it was first published .

I am yet to decide whose Portrait to try first :)

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Linking it to A Lovely year of finishes!
A Lovely Year of Finishes

I am on cloud nine. I am so happy to have completed this project( at least the quilt top).

Scattered near the bedroom window!

Scattered near the bedroom window!

It took a lot of effort and time to gather, Scattered :) but I am glad I took the challenge and finished it. It looks awesome to me… Ha ha ha maybe because I made it. Thinking the blue background adds beauty to the assorted dot charm squares.

Gathered on the sofa :)

Gathered on the sofa :)

I changed the placement a bit and extended the pattern to make it 84″x72″. Now to move on to the next project…

A collection of 7 fabrics in Black and white(the one on top left and bottom right are the same). Each of them is a little more than a fat quarter and I plan to make some lovely Zebras and elephants which Lorna has posted in her Blog, along with the tutes.

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Wanted to make some quick and easy Easter treats for my friends and I chanced upon this easy tutorial on Bunny treat bags at Sewcanshe. Whats more, they use charm squares(which I adore). After I made the first one, I got so addicted that I made a full half dozen.

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The only change to the tutorial was in terms of matching hand sewn buttonhole and ribbons. I am going to put some chocolates/colourful candies into them with an engraved marble book mark each that I had brought from Lucknow last month but was waiting for a good treat bag to put them in.

Easter bunny treat bags

A little tip: Since the turning case for the drawstring through which the ribbon passes is very narrow, suggest you ensure the sides of the bag when you turn to sew the pipe face the direction in which the ribbon would enter the tube, else there would be resistance while threading the ribbon.

What the kid learns!
Kid learnt about Easter traditions, bunnies and Easter eggs and gets a goodie bag with treats for his school :)

I love HSTs and then I love charm squares. That need not be mentioned again. You guys know it by now! I have said it a hundred times and more, then again, just one more time… :)

I am participating in 2 mug rug swaps and wanted to send my partners some really colourful, spring type mug rugs. While I was browsing through Pinterest, I chanced upon these lovely pinwheels and wanted to make a few. The only challenge being, mine had to be 5″ square. As an experiment I cut all my fabric in 5″ square.

Fabric Requirement for one Mug Rug:
2 charm squares in printed fabric(mine has flowers)
2 charm squares in a single solid(mine are in magenta)
4 charm squares in a neutral solid colour for the base
10 X 10″ batting (I used flannel)
10 X 10″ backing in a solid colour

Process
1. Start by placing one solid charm square on a printed one, right sides together.
2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of fabric.
3. Sew 2 parallel lines on either side of the diagonal line at a distance of 0.25″ and cut on the diagonal line.
4. Press fabric on wrong side, with extra fabric folding onto darker side fabric. Trim the little dog ears at the end.
5. Similarly make all the 4 HSTs.Turn at the diagonal and press the triangle .

Here are the lovely colourful HSTs. I am making 4 mug rugs in different colours and hence the bunch of candies :)

Pinwheel 1

6. Take a neutral charm square(right side up) and align the folded triangle on it such that the corners align. Fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle and pin.
7. Do this will all 4 HSTs and neutral fabric. Arrange and check.
8. You can arrange to get a right facing or left facing pinwheel as per requirement(yellow is facing left in the snap below)
9. Join the squares.I typically align the seams in opposite direction to ensure the points align well and there is no bulk at the joints.

Pinwheel 2

10. Prepare the mug rug will lining the top, batting and lower fabric.I lined the pinwheels with a little running stitch in Perle 8 (red) so its contrasting for some and matching with the solid fabric in others. So I get variety and see how each one looks.
11. While pinning, ensure your pins are away from the Pinwheel as they help hold the batting and rear fabric. Also, it doesn’t interfere with your embroidery. Take the border of the Pinwheel as a guide and complete the embroidery ensuring its through all the 3 layers as its the only quilting that the mug rug will have.

Pinwheel 3

Pinwheel 4

Bind and complete the mug rug!!
I tried double binding with 1.5″ straight bias, wanted it to be narrow and tight when folded.

Hope you like the tutorial. Please drop me a line so I can hop over and see if you make a few of them.The idea is to document for self, as I tend to forget the process and not to reinvent the wheel :)

What the kid learns!!
My little one learnt about pinwheels, made some origami paper pinwheels while I sewed my mug rugs and we a read a bit about windmills in general.We went through some holiday snaps when we had spotted windmills during our journey.
With each project I try to ensure that he learns something as well :)

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