Gift


These are not new. Although they look branch new, they were gifted to me by my mom last November when we were on a family holiday in Connoor and Ooty.

Sunday Stash 27

Sunday Stash 27

I totally loved the pair of scissors and promptly started using it. But had almost forgotten the rest of the goodies.Today when she is coming to visit me, I suddenly remembered the goody bag tucked somewhere in my stash cupboard. I had no recollection of the set of coloured eye chenile needles. I will promptly start using them…they are so super cute !

Linking to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles

This is why I love quilt meets and workshops. Look at the lovely goodies my friends gave me: designer fabric, lovely Indian prints in pink and peach and cut strips for a tote!

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

That wasn’t all; this is a tote gifted to me by my friend and Tote Guru, Kausalya at whose Studio KaPa we had the the workshop. Almost all of this fabric has been gifted to me to try out totes!

Now I really don’t have an excuse to shy away from making a tote:)

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

Linking to Sunday Stash at MolliSparkles!

Quilt dimension: 40″X50″
Binding: 2″ double binding
Fabric: printed fabric sent by a quilting friend , yellow and white from the stash, hand dyed binding fabric
Purpose: Gift for sis’ friend who recently had a baby girl

The quilt top was complete a long time back and was waiting in my cupboard to be quilted and bound.This Saturday I found time to quilt it with butterflies and bind it with a hand dyed yellow poplin.

Butterfly quilt

Butterfly quilt

Here it lies on my sofa in all its splendour!

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I like the pop of yellow in between and the fact that I could use the printed fabric productively. Its not my kind of modern, but I wanted to test if I could convert it into something beautiful and quilty!

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I was looking for an easy FMQ design to cover up the white sashing and the butterflies just seemed so apt:) Am glad how they turned out and the way the yellow quilting complements the yellow blocks…initially, I wanted to try a darker shade of yellow so taht it shows on the white but later decided to go with the thread that matches the fabric. I am glad I did, as a chrome or ochre quilting would have looked out of place.

Yellow butterflies

Yellow butterflies

Note: A simple fabric can be elevated using a pop of colour and appropriate quilting …

Happy with the August finish:) and a perfect quilt for a little one to brighten up her rainy day !!

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:)

Returned from the Quilting weekend to find this lovely book waiting for me, a gift from DH:)

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This quilt top is modeled after the Mod Chevron baby Quilt by Rashida Coleman Hale. Keeping to the tradition of adding a little ‘me’ into everything I do, the quilt top has been made using a layer cake of 10×10″ pieces. So each quilt block is achieved by joining the HSTs and measures around 9.5″ square.

The quilt is composed of 6×8 quilt blocks and would measure around 60×80 when completed.

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What is really cool about the quilt top is that it uses fabric from my stash:) Not a single piece is bought from the store and I am really really happy about it.

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Here the quilt top lies on my balcony railing. With the rain clouds on the horizon, its impossible to get a bright snap outside.

Linking it to WIP Wednesday and Lets be social and Anything goes Monday!

A proud moment when I finally completed my quilt and gifted it to my sister, 2 days after her birthday and a year+a month after her first anniversary:)
A quilt was scheduled for her wedding but I never could muster enough courage to attempt a large quilt.This is the first full-size quilt that I have attempted and successfully completed. Am so proud of it. Herez my lovely sis and the little one modelling the quilt at her house beside the beach:)

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And a thumbs up to a lot more on the anvil !!

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