Sunday Stash

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This weekend I had the rare opportunity to go shopping with some lovely quilting friends.

I bought some bright neons.The fabric is nice and thick…apt for bags or pouches.

Bright neons

Bought some baby prints which I plan to sash and convert into quick baby quilts. Too many lovely babies have been born to friends and family this month and I am lagging behind in gifting them with snuggly quilts. Although its summer here, babies always need quilts while sleeping in air conditioned rooms :)

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And then some smart prints…not sure what I will convert them into…but some modern piecing and newly learnt FMQ does seem like a viable option now :)

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A bed cover named ‘The Winding Rainbow’

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This has been a super quick finish…
Technically its just the pieced top that is completed but I am happy none the less :)

The Top is 82″ X 102″
That’s big enough to cover a king size bed and have a slight fall on the sides.

It took me a Sunday(one full Sunday of no cooking, cleaning and eating out and only sewing ) along with two quick sessions on weekday mornings(Monday and Tuesday) to cut the jelly roll strips and sew together the Rainbow quilt top. This has boosted up my confidence in taking up and tackling large projects. It started off when my friend, Kausalya, helping me put together an assorted bundle of dots in 8.5″…100 pieces in all in 8 colours…the 7 VIBGYOR colours with black.

Winding Rainbow

Then came the thought of how to put together the quilt top. I had seen ‘falling charms’ while making my prior blue project at the Missouri Star Quilt Company and I thought it would be a good idea to try a modified version with larger blocks. As the sashing continues to be at 2.5″, the pre-cuts are at 8.5″ and hence the entire look of the quilt top is very different. The staggered rainbow looks bright and beautiful ….very spring and summery!

The moment she saw a snap of the quilt top, she said she would have named it the ‘Winding Rainbow’! I took the clue and named it such :)

Now to some backing and quilting before gifting it away!!

The Indian mini quilt

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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.

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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.

Portrait Quilt: About Faces

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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