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I went for a meet with local Quilty folks and the host explained how she cuts up her scraps into manageable pieces and keeps before she moves on to the next project. While I could never maintain the discipline, I got the idea of making basic 9 patches from it with a white centre.

My scrap bag was bursting from the seams and this seemed a pretty good idea…

9 patch block

I started making them two a day making sure to have variety in each 9 patch block. If I encountered a slightly larger piece of fabric, then I would cut up a few more squares and keep for future blocks. Each time variety became a challenge, I just ironed and cut a few more from the scrap bag. And so it went for about 2 weeks untilI had a neat pile of about 25 blocks.

This is a perfectly aimless project when I can just make two blocks a day to either get back my sewing mojo or fit a little schedule before I dash out to my day job in the morning and stack them away. No idea of converting it into a quilt as of now.

9 patch block

Adding a few solids to the stash …these are about a metre each.

Sunday Stash 21

and a secret project underway. If its a success, will put it up here in a while ๐Ÿ™‚

My ‘Sunday Stash’ posts work as markers for self, I get to see on my blog how much work has been completed(more like how many new WIPs started) between the last ‘Sunday Stash’ and this. Sometimes, its just a realization that I have sewn items or tried out new things but just forgot to post them here on the blog. These then become delayed posts and crop up here and there…
then life continues again amidst all the anarchy ๐Ÿ™‚

This is one such post where the fabric was bought a while back but I couldn’t post it prior. Love the blue-magenta combination. In India magenta is called ‘rani colour’ or the colour of the Queen, and, rightly so…super rich and awesome.

Linking it to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

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…

When I saw the Dizzy Daisy tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company I leapt up with joy. It looked so beautiful and so easy, a perfect project far a spring break. This is also a time when my dad-in-law’s birthday is around the corner so it would make a good quilt for my in-laws.

Here are some work in progress snaps and tips as I go along!

Dizzy Daisy Quilt

Dizzy Daisy Quilt

A few tips:

Tip1: Be cognizant of the seams and nest them. I thought it was a good idea to iron them outwards in each petal, although I usually prefer ironing to the dark side.

Tip2: Be cognizant of the direction of the petal tips. See if you want all your flowers to go clockwise or all anti-clockwise or a mix of both.

Tip3. If you are not a beginner sewists and bordering on an intermediate, then you can just eyeball the 2.5″ squares and sew across the diagonal, it just saves a lot of time(Kausalya’s tip).

42 blocks ==> 42×4 petals with 3 squares each are 504 small squares.

Tip4. When you iron them after cutting the triangles out, iron them on the wrong side of the charm square. One press sets the stitches and the second press ensures that the block stays flat. Since the triangles are sewn on the bias, best to iron them from the rear so the blocks stay flat and do not wrinkle.

Hope the tips help you, especially members of the India Quilt Guild Group on Facebook that are doing the Quilt Along with me.

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This is a mini quilt that I made for a swap #wordswap2017 , the first swap of the year. Last year I took a break from swaps- both international and national(well! almost) and this year am back to the scene but have become very picky given the paucity of time.

Wordswap2017

I tried mixing the black&whites to get a textured look background and the pinks go from dark to light in the background. My swap partner is someone from far far away and the last time I had someone from the country I had to send to, it took ages and no tracking was updated. Hopefully over time, I will get the knack of mixing colours appropriately.

Wordswap2017

Hope its better this time and she receives it on time. The word ‘Love’ is something my partner had requested for.

Quilt Name: EPP Wordswap2017 mini quilt
Thread: Aurifil red, lovely Egyptian Mako cotton thread
Quilt Size: 12โ€ณ X 28โ€ณ
Fabric: Alison Glass and local Indian black and white prints print
Batting: 180 gsm cotton batting
Binding: 2.5โ€ณ double machine binding
Quilting : Straight Line Quilting

I received this lovely mini from my partner in Germany.

Wordswap2017

Since these swaps work in a round robin fashion, I send to one quilting partner(cant revel until she receives it) and I received from the wonderful Kirstn(@diestoeckeline on Instagram) from Germany. This mini now adors my centre table in the living room so guests coming in can see how wonderfully talented my Quilting friends are from across the globe.

Linking it to Finish it up Friday at Crazy mom’s quilt!

Edited later:

Aaaaaand my partner Ashlee Poulin(@cupcakeandstitches) in Canada has received my mini quilt! yeah yeah…this is a pic from her she put up on IG.

Mini Quilt

Time to buy some zippers and then make some zippered pouches ๐Ÿ˜Š
Four dozen of multicoloured zippers are just the way to begin a relaxed weekend…

Get ready to see a lot of zippered pouches…do you want tutorials for all the zippered pouches I make?

2017 Sunday Stash 8

2017 Sunday Stash 8

Tagging this to Sunday Stash will Molly Sparkles

This is the sixth week of the Garden Snail Quilt Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along Gnomengel and thankfully I have been able to catch up. Next week, there is travel planned on my itinerary so there could be a break again. But so far so good…all 6 snails are ready in 6 rainbow colours!
One remains yet!

violet-snail

indigo-snail

Learning from 1&2: The grey is too light and the snail body doesn’t stand out against the white backdrop.

blue-snail

green-snail

Learning from 2&3: The grey is fine and stands out against the white background but the material is polyster. Firstly, its difficult to sew and then it shrinks under and iron!

yellow-snail

orange-snail

These are better but the wonky blocks need to improve.

Linking this to Sew Fresh Quilts.

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