Here is the mini quilt I will be taking you through today !

Hand Pieced Mini quilt

Hand Pieced Mini quilt

I love hand embroidery as much as I love English paper Piecing(EPP). A heartfelt thank you to @shoppershaz for giving me the opportunity to go back to hand quilting. EPP rather…
It is such a destressing and enjoyable feeling. Once I started making the squares and triangles, I just couldnt stop. The plan was to make one and I ended up with Three ferryswheel.

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But all was not well to begin with. Of course I knew what I wanted to make and remembered it was a tute from ‘I am a ginger Monkey’ …but to my utter surprise, she has stopped her blog and previous posts are unavailable. Went to craftsy where it was registered but the link was dead.After a bit of research, I realized its called a ferryswheel with EPP triangles and squares.

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That wasnt all. I had no clue how to EPP triangles and squares. Ended up sewing them like spider webs and all was messy. Also, started with solids as I originally planned to make it but they looked rather flat.My mini quilt swap partner loved bright colours. So I finally brought out my Alison Glass FQ bundle which I had received here from Shruti and since then I haven’t looked back.

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The squares were squared and the triangles triangled…then joined and sewed and done! I tried some colourful echo hand quilting around in matching colours and loved it even more .
Sooooo want to make one for myself now!

Linking it to WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts!

The Material Girls from Fb hosted a wallet swap last month and I made this wallet from tmg fabric. I have bought fabric from her at various occasions and have hardly ever been disappointed. So, when a swap was organized, I had to jump in.

The lovely swap mamas, Kausalya Pandit and Prajakta from Green Leaf Quilts did a tremendous job in sending out tutorials, helping the participants ensuring everything falls in place in a timely manner.

Fabric Wallet

Fabric Wallet

I attempted a wallet for the first time and I am glad with the outcome. Next time, I would like to add a stiffer interfacing and make the wallet a tad smaller so that credit cards have a snug fit. Also, my bias came out perfect at the third attempt. The first two attempts were with bias tape and it would just curl up. Then I finally tried straight cut binding and I was happy with the outcome.
To go with the wallet I made a Deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organised

Deluxe Pin cushion and wallet

Deluxe Pin cushion and wallet

A small addition to it was this Elle that I saw at Birch Fabric. My partner has a little one at home. Hope she likes it. With this, I will be sending my wallet partner a lip balm, some fabric and an Aurifil that I received from Shruti @13woodhouseroad during her last workshop.

Elephant softie

Elephant softie

Lots of learnings from the wallet, the pincushion and the fabric softie. Linking it to WIP wednesday and Lets get social.

This isn’t about buying new fabric. However, its adding to the stash none the less.

I had some long strips of varying width and length so I just collected all such random strips and trimmed them into one inch strips. They were in various colours so I sorted them into 3 wide categories…

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Checks….

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Neons…

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and other dots..

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Iron it in half lengthwise to form a longitudinal crease along the length of the fabric.
To make a continuous tape, join them at right angles to ensure they don’t bulk at the join…

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Roll and store for future use…

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I have been quilting for a while but I had never tried flying geese blocks…was always intimidated by the thought of them.

Alison Glass Flying Geese

Alison Glass Flying Geese

When the idea of making a mini quilt came up,the Alison Glass mini quilt swap on Instagram I decided to give it a try with the lovely Alison Glass fabric. The hand embroidered centre is flanked by flying geese on all sides.

Alison Glass hand embroidery

Alison Glass hand embroidery

And here is the finished mini!

Alison Glass mini quilt

Alison Glass mini quilt

My partner would love some goodies so I posted her some Indian Fabric and border, a frixion pen with zippers and a pouch along with the mini.

Alison Glass mini quilt swap

Alison Glass mini quilt swap

This trip to the fabric shop had just some ‘sanity check for the cupboard’ kind of fabric buying! No prints, just some regular solids in White and Turquoise and some regular thread that one buys for the sake of buying(I love that kind of fabric shopping ha ha ha) not knowing where to use them…

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

So addition to the stash consists of 10m of white to be used as backing fabric on quilts, a metre of turquoise to participate in the #bellaparade giveaway that my friend Shruti is organizing, some new neon machine threads and machine needles to try.

I must tell you that she is organizing and amazing giveaway which will run daily for over a month with huge giveaways…truckloads of Bella solids and Aurifil with some daily excitement to boost!! Go try for yourself and tell me if it doesn’t excite you :)

Quilt Size: 90″X110″
Fabric : Indian Rajasthani

Made this lovely large quilt over the weekend. The top is a simple design with a long centre strip of 42″ width, lined with 2 solid blue strips of 6″ wide and then flanked with again a small print of 42″ width cut lengthwise into two parts and joined on either side. Adjusted and trimmed to 90″. The length was 110″. The quilt top came together rather quickly, one morning the fabric was cut and the subsequent morning the top was stiched. The back however, wasn’t as easy to put together. The top band was in printed fabric(half and half) while the lower part was Blue solid. Indian solids are 36″ wide so by the time you remove the selvage and join it to make a quilt back, you get to 36″. So a bit of school arithmetic was put to use before I had a quilt back to match the top.

Peeping out of Ocean Blue

The real challenge however was to quilt a quilt this big in a small home sewing machine. I tried thread basting partially and pin basting for the rest. Later, completed the quilting with straight line quilting. And all through the two days that took me to complete the quilting and binding, I just kept thinking how large the quilt was.

When completed, I took a sigh of relief. And smiled to myself. This is the first time that I have finished such a large quilt. Small baby steps towards my goal of becoming an accomplished quilter :) Just that, this step wasn’t a small one by any stretch of my imagination…ha ha ha

I would say, the binding of the quilt was my greatest achievement.I got some good reviews from my quilting friends on this aspect. My earlier quilts have sometimes turned wavy or have pleats on account of inappropriate binding.So little note here on what I did to overcome my lacunae.

Ocean Blue Spread


Binding:

I took 2.5″ width of binding fabric in solid blue and cut it in strips that were as long as my fabric permitted. Then I took each strip, folded it in half lengthwise and ironed it to get a strip 1.25″ wide and as long as the fabric.Each additional length of 2.5″ strip was joined to the earlier one at right angles with right sides together so that the seam join doesn’t bulk up when the binding is spread out. I kept joining strips until I reached a length that cover the perimeter of the quilt, and then some more.

Perimeter= 2X(length+breadth)
Perimeter of Ocean Blue= 2X(110+90)=400″

Binding

So my binding strip was a little more than 400″, around 415″ would suffice for the mitered corners! Since I was machine binding the quilt, I joined my binding on the wrong side of the fabric aligning the open edges of the binding strip and the quilt. I sewed around with a .25″ seam allowance. Once the entire perimeter was done, I turned it over on the right side and held it down with pins to ensure it doesn’t stretch. Finally I sewed the top with a decorative strict in a contrast thread. If I had used a straight stitch, then I would have used a thread matching the binding fabric.

Hope the binding details are useful. Please drop me a line of you

This Sunday brought along some batting for me. I went to the amazing shop at Bandra called The Hab

I had actually taken the little one for a fun lunch outside and on our way back, we stopped at The Hab. What an amazing place to be. Wish I could spend some more time and look through the lovely collection of books there. Maybe some other time!

I got this batting(wow! it holds shape!) which comes in in 1meter cuts, just apt to make bags and pouches…
Get ready to see tonnes of pouches from tomorrow!

Batting for pouches

Batting for pouches

I also got a fat quarter of floral fabric!
Not very much like my choice, but would look lovely with some matching colourful zippers in pouches!!

Floral Fat Quarter

Floral Fat Quarter

Tagging it to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles!

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