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I love it when a cloudy day appears in the middle of summer. On one such day I stepped out to buy myself some hobby goodies; a dozen zippers came home with me. A set of coloured zippers to lift up my spirit further calling out to be converted to swing projects (other than pouches, of course!)

SS21 coloured zippers

SS21 coloured zippers

Whats not to love in this candy coloured zipper set:)

Tagging to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles

Some more goodies from my quilting friends! Oh! How I love them and the fabric they bring me. Couple of these are odd cuts from from a workshop I attended last autumn and they have made it to my cupboard now…

Trust my fabric obsessed friends to run away with all remaining scraps after the workshop. How I love fighting with them for fabric:) only to be later returned with extra fabric ha ha ha

SS14_random cuts

Linking it to Mollisparkles for Sunday Stash!

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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!

The first time I saw this wall quilt, I thought it was impossible; never even wanted to attempt it. My painting skills are limited to just sketching…ha ha

However, Shruti convinced me that this was doable and was a worthy skill to have. I am glad I agreed. The workshop was over the long weekend, so Prajakta from Green leaf quilts and I decided to drive down and stay at our friends place, Kausalya. The workshop was at her studio, KaPa.What a gracious host!

Abstract portrait quilt

So one sunny Friday morning at 6am, we set out on a drive of 150 odd km to KaPa studio to join other quilters and learn how to make an Abstract Portrait quilt. To be frank, at this point, we were just going off on a short holiday, wasn’t sure what the final quilt would look like, if it ever got completed.

We reached there by about 9:30am and shortly after started the workshop. The studio is absolutely state of the art with Bernina sewing machines around and she had stocked the fridge with cold water and drinks, snacks etc. The studio has nice white walls, wide windows for natural light to seep in and absolutely every quilting notion one needs in a workshop.

Day1

We started with trying out the portrait technique on paper, mine looked disastrous …
Then in the afternoon, after a lovely sumptuous lunch, we started our work on our quilts. At the end of Day1, this is how it looked …

Day1_full

Day 2 started with face shading and coloured fabric, understanding the direction of light on our picture, eyes, placement of warm and cool colours…then wonderful lunch and back to the desk. In the fternoon, we basted and quilted the piece.A full two day workshop and a lot of hard work!
But every minute was worth it:)

Abstract portrait

While we were at it, she also taught us a new binding method. The teacher was awesome. That what I like about her–he will challenge your skill level and make you do wonderfully difficult quilts. As far as mine is concerned, I am still wondering if I was the one who made it.

entire group with completed quilts

Here is hers and me with mine next to it. Not bad for a first attempt. Although hers looks much better and cleaner.

me and mine

me and mine

Some more Indian prints. I just love the vibrancy of these pieces of fabric and the sheer variety that exists here in India.

No plan to use them yet …

SS15_IndianFabric

Linking it to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

I love my quilting friends, they are the best!
When I said I did not understand 2 ply wool, they got me the wool, a shiny crochet hook and even storage boxes. How cool is that:)

To go with it, they got me some ombre solid cottons and some silks in grey, black and maroon, a personalised scissors pouch, ribbons…Oh! all these goodies:)

SS13_Wool

Linking to Molli Sparkles and Mary Emmens

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