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It was the 1st of April and we quilters in Mumbai decided to meet up. No April fools day but yes a lot of fooling around.
Here you see a picture of the entire group, sans me…I am the official photographer as I jokingly put it ๐Ÿ˜‰
I am there of course, just behind the camera.

Quilt Meet

Hema volunteered to host us and had the most amazing spread ready for us, not just in terms of quilts but food as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Hema with her latest Quilt

Hema’s quilt

Hema and Usha’s other quilts

Above pics show her other quilts…what a treat for the eyes.

Amazing stories flowed in one after the other, be it the initial days of making quilt tops and getting quilted them by a tailor to not knowing the name of the blocks to having only books for reference before the omnipresent Google era.

Geeta’s splendid sampler

Admiring the splendid sampler

Saira’s work:

Saira’s Show and tell

Saira’s amazing sling bag…

Saira’s Dizzy Daisy Quilt top…

And finally my Tula pink Sampler Quilt top…

My Tula Pink Sampler Quilt

A day full of Quilt speak and motivation galore…

The final set of 10 blocks is here ๐Ÿ™‚
I am so happy to have completed the project in a disciplined and timely manner. And 100 days is not a short period…to do something daily and posting it on Instagram, with people all around the world, commenting and keeping everybody motivated has been an amazing learning and enriching experience.

Tula Pink Sampler Quilt

Tula Pink Sampler Quilt

Now looking forward to putting them all together and making the quilt top ๐Ÿ™‚

Aha! So the journey which started with a single step is almost coming to an end…the penultimate set of blocks are ready! But I am having withdrawl symptoms. I have been used to the regular schedule of making and posting a block everyday so it seems like 10-days down the line I will be starting into nothingness.

Am also excited to see the end result when I can display all my 100 blocks in their Ombre setting. Hoping it all falls in place.

Simple math tells me that the 100 blocks are taking me somewhere close to a week of non stop sewing. Phew! thats a lot of time…just tht its broken down into smaller chunks of 30-45 mins on a daily basis and hence the quilt blocks are getting completed on time. A slow, focused,sustained, discipline over the last 90(soon to be 100) days.

Tula Pink Ombre Blocks 81-90

Tula Pink Ombre Blocks 81-90

Its a lovely feeling to be progressing at the desired pace!

A block a day seems to be working till date and I have the last ‘Score to meet’ after this set. It has been a fun journey and I have learnt so much along the way. Be it precision cutting or careful sewing…be it trimming, pressing at every step or being cognizant of the seams, everything has been a learning.
Starting from the unintentional wonky blocks to the bright looking, perfectly square blocks now, much has been achieved and much remains.

I am really looking forward to the completed quilt. Although, at this stage, am not sure whether I want to add sashing or not!

Tula Pink Sampler Quilt Blocks

Tula Pink Sampler Quilt Blocks

I will just complete the blocks as per the desired dates and then decide on the Quilt layout.

This set of 10 blocks was a rather late-night kind of set; 6 out of 10 were sewn after the work day was over. With the online community showering as much love and affection as they did in the earlier blocks, this set also got completed as per schedule with a sew and post each day!

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Half the journey is over. 50 blocks completed! Now for the next 50…

This is my first sampler quilt and it feels great to be moving ahead steadily as per schedule.

The third set of 10 blocks in the Tula Pink Sampler Quilt Along went off without a hitch: No last minute running around, no late night rushing…almost BAU, planned kind of sewing which is very unsettling for me as I am not a plan and execute kind of quilter.

You can see how I got into this in the first post and how it progressed along. block #21-30 here

Tula Pink Sampler

Tula Pink Sampler

I was almost getting tired of the same fabrics going in round so made a block in just grey and white and then two more in a bright printed canvas(with a reindeer).

Tula Pink Sampler

Tula Pink Sampler

block-39

These turned out bright and different ๐Ÿ™‚

This is an Ombre quilt and hence I need to get more blocks that fall in the extremes.

“Now, of my threescore and ten,
Thirty will not come again,” – Modified AE Housman(The Cherry Tree)

The 21-30 set went off without much ado! No major events…

Tula Pink 21-30 blocks

Tula Pink 21-30 blocks

I have learnt to be mindful of my seams and that has made all the difference…the block looks more regular and uniform in size,shape and orientation!
Since this is going to be an Ombre quilt, I need to incorporate more white and grey in my blocks.

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