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Some more goodies from last weekend’s shopping with my local quilting friend.

Dark blue shot cotton and traditional Indian block print fabric, hopefully to turn into a tote…

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Also picked up this lovely floral as the colours are soothing yet striking…

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Linking to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

Recently I took part in a local Fat Quarter Swap. We were supposed to send out partners 4 FQs of fabric. My partner had specified her colours as purple and gold so I had a tough time trying to put together quilt grade fabric in purple(totally missing from my stash). I added two lavender FQs and two coordinated FQs of purple and blue.

Heather Ross Pouch swap

A little extra always makes someone happy so I put together a zippered pouch in Heather Ross- Mendocino. I love the way the Marsala pouch came in with matching pink zipper and some solid to cut the monotony. In the photograph, it however looks red…wonder whats with the morning sun today!

Heather Ross Pouch

I had the good fortune of meeting prize winning quilter Jenny Bowker during her recent Mumbai visit and attend her trunk show.

A lot to be learnt from her and her way of designing quilts. She has lived in the middle east and you can see a strong influence of that in her work along with the Australian influence. Of the 40 off quilts she had got along, each had a story to say, each had a technique to represent! Hers is a perfect combination of Modern and traditional art work. Yes, they aren’t just quilts. They are pure art work🙂

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This is a favourite. Love the tile looks. Plan to try one shortly. She was gracious enough to show us how it was made right after the trunk show🙂

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Such lovely use of colours, see how they blend.

This is such a lovely thing she showed us. For scraps that were left out and had large motifs, but not the complete picture, the picture has been completed using FMQ.

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I have been enriched by the experience and learnt so much more from this interaction in terms of techniques, skills and ideas. I have only been able to showcase a few snaps of her quilts…there were numerous; some I was too engrossed to click🙂

Jenny Bowker trunk show

Jenny Bowker trunk show

Two big takeaways have been how she impressed upon the importance of putting our patterns on Craftsy and how designer fabric, although expensive is worth every rupee you spend on them. Craftsy patterns are a lovely idea and if you are into designing, then its just waiting to be implemented as the Indian sewing crowd gets more net savvy and the newer generation takes up the joys of sewing. The second idea was of making projects using designer prints so our projects get the exposure they deserve as we carve out a niche for ourselves in the quilting world. This echoed very well with me as I have recently been trying some international designer fabric myself. The quality and feel is amazing. I still use a lot of Indian fabric as its readily available and way more affordable🙂 Planning a dozen pouches shortly in designer fabric !

My lunch buddy, Arushi had a baby girl and I decided to make an ombre Pinwheel quilt for her little one.

The challenge was to finish it in a quick couple of days so we could go visit her and give the little one her gift.

Pink Pinwheel quilt

Pink Pinwheel quilt

Am glad this came together in record time🙂 looking better than what I had anticipated .

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The quick completion of the top motivated me to try some FMQ on the quilt…some pink satin FMQ on the borders and white satin across the quilt.

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The quilt has now been gifted and hopefully the ‘lil one grown up to love it🙂

Quilt Size: 40″X60″
Fabric: Some bella solids and local Indian Poplin
Thread: Calypso satin in Pink and white
Quilt Name: Pink Ombre Pinwheel Quilt

Wanting to experiment with local linen I bought half yard each of two varieties of violet linen from a local shop. Neither felt like linen when I got home. From the fray of the fabric, they seem like some mixed blend.
Now I must try a project to see if they actually are sew-worthy !

The one yard of red is primarily to bind my June blue chevron quilt…

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

Linking this to Sunday Stash at MolliSparkles

A mid year review seems a great idea to collate half a year’s worth of work and to take stock of how far one has progressed towards one’s quilting destination. Here I must say, although cliched, but the journey is as enriching and fun filled as the destination🙂

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As I look back, its a moment of pride and satisfaction to note the following for H1-2016 in brief:

    1. A landmark in the history of my quilting career came when I decided to buy the Bernina 550QE on World Quilting Day and I have been smiling happily on the quilting front since then!

    2. Won an award for the Bernina Lunch bag contest; whats more; this was the first lunch bag I ever made. Call it beginners luck😉

    3. Swaps participated and sent goodies to new friends in teh quilting world:

    –First, a mini heart quilt in March for Belinda at @Bellacoconut on IG
    –Second, a clutch and other things for Cindy at @Grans_quilty_creation on IG

    4. Made a Herringbone quilt top for my friend Shruti from an MSQC tutorial and gifted it to her . I love Jenny’s easy to follow tutorials. I plan to make a lot more later…

    5. There has been a lot of paper piecing, be it cupcakes for a quilt or lunch bag or alphabet spool testing for Kristy from @Kristycreates on IG…learnt immensely along the way!

    6. A special mention for my first table runner and first drunkar’d path blocks. It was for a swap at a quilters’ meet(Mumbai Desi Quilters) in Mumbai

    7. I wrote a tutorial for a zippered pouch that helps my newbie quilting friends a lot when tehy want to try out zippers for the first time.

    8. Made a playmat for a friend and neighbour and a baby quilt for another. Total bliss🙂

    9. Took a workshop to learn Abstract Portrait quilting and increasing my arty skillset. It adors my living room wall now🙂

    10. Started a Tula Pink sampler quilt. Got to make only 2 blocks from the book but am not really worried about it as I will be joining a quilt along from August and starting the project afreash

I am happy to inform my readers that I won third prize for the lunch bag I submitted to the Bernina Lunch bag contest.

Bernina award

Bernina award

I am feeling on top of the world. Its such a big morale booster🙂

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