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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

Aha! it was the world quilting Day and I had planned to do some major quilting related activity…but I really didn’t quilt, I just went ahead and bought this beauty from the Bernina Creative Center(BCC) in Mumbai.

Swiss wonder comes home

Swiss wonder comes home

Its way above my league and am still trying to accept the fact that this Swiss marvel is actually in my house:)

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

My little one inaugurated it and Usha, from BCC graciously took the pains to explain the machine details to me over 3 hours! This is still too much technology for me and I will slowly try my hand at it!

As of now I am just over the moon:)

So this year Easter will be here shortly and I have yet again made a few bunny pouches like I made last year, which you can see here. Its almost becoming a tradition. This pair is a gift for an office friend.

Easter Pouches

Easter Pouches

Soon I will be making another gift pair for two lovely little girls!!

Tagging it to Lets be social

Some more Indian prints. These are primarily from Southern (kalamkaris) and Western India(daboo and other Rajastani and Gujrati hand dyed fabric). Since these are all vegetables dies, they run colour in the first wash…need to be treated before use.They are very soft to wear during the hot summer months in India and are usually sold as dress material locally. Since these are very small pieces, some just fat eighths, I will mix and match them with other fabric or use them to make a dozen pouches:)

Indian prints

Indian prints

Linking it to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles and A quarter inch from the edge, who is hosting it this week.

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