HD went to Chennai and brought home some amazing quilting fabric.

The condition: to make a quilt for his friend’s cute ‘lil 3 year old daughter, Akshaya. What a deal ha ha…like I ever said no to making quilts!!

That’s a perfect win-win situation :)

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I saw the library project on this blog
and decided to participate. I loved the idea. But when I looked closer I realized that it was a project for 2014 and the time to participate was long gone. So I intend to start a quilt from the list of quilt books I have with me, my own version of The Library Project and see how far it takes me in the path of new learning . Maybe one quilt top per month is a lot to tackle…Jan and Feb are gone, so somehow, somewhere I will need to buckle up and run to the finish line.

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As of now, let me just be smug about starting the journey! I will be attempting the quilt ‘Scattered’ by Allison Harris(Blog: Cluck Cluck Sew) from the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. I will be using a charm pack of assorted dots and a background fabric other than white.

I have been raring to go since my friend, Kausalya made a similar bed cover using layer cakes. I liked it so much I wanted to make one right then :)

Paper piecing is fun. I love the fact that the points align perfectly and the seams look crisp.
Attempted letters for the first time and they turned out well.This mini quilt is for a giveaway on a quilty fb page I am the admin and creator for. The month’s theme is love owing to Valentine’s day. A monthly giveaway is due and I wanted to sew something apt for the purpose.I feel this mini quilt will turn out to be smart and lovable :)

Mini quilt

The tutorial is from what kelbysews posted on sewmamasew.I am happy with the outcome…now for some innovative quilting on it and it will be ready by month end for the winner.

Tips for paper piecing: Check check check before cutting and sewing. And then, check again. Iron at every step, but that I guess goes without saying with anything while you quilt…

Lucknow is the chikankari capital of India and I have been wanting to visit the city for a very long time.Family moving to Lucknow just gave me the right opportunity to pay the seat of nawabs a visit.So last Saturday, the kid and I set off on a journey to discover nawabi culture and tehjeeb. We boarded the flight from mumbai and en-route ordered all that there was in the menu to order, and then, some more…People around must have thought it was our first interaction with airline food, but then people don’t know the amount of kiddie fun that mom and kiddo can have on a flight.

cherry tree
Welcomed by the local cherry tree…ha ha nah! just lovely flowers in the backyard.

Once in Lucknow, we just spent time lazying around, playing, chatting with mom and sis and enjoying the hospitality. On the first day didi(elder sister) took us to Dastarkhwan for dinner, a Lonely Planet suggestion and a restaurant of repute in the city. The little munchkin never stopped mentioning it all through the trip(and later)…and wanted to go there for dinner everyday. Now, what can make a mom happier than a place where the kid enjoys the food( kebabs and roomali roti included), is taken care of(so I get some leisure time) and is pampered by his grandmom. So we went to Dastarkhwan as often as possible (read that as’Everyday’ :) ), with a trip to Ameenabad and Tundey Kebab as well.

Dastarkhwan

Tundey Kababi

The crew at Tundey kabab when asked to click a snap was more comfortable with the advanced iphones than we were:)
India going digital!

But it was not just a food trail, we discovered nawabi culture at the Bara and Chota Imambara, the Bhool Bhulaiya(labyrinth), the remnants at Residency-a living tale of The Revolt of 1857, the chowk where traditional chikankari workers hand embroider and sell their wares and other places…That, of which we had read in school books came alive. Some pictures below:

Bara imambara and the walls of the labyrinth

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Chota Imambara

Chota Imambara

I loved the Hazratganj area and the way all shops are standardized in black and white. The eye keeps searching for familiar colours in the logos one is so used to—say the banks or retail stores and multiple shopping options for the wonderful chikankari.

Banks with standardized B&W Logo

Banks with standardized B&W Logo

No holiday is complete without some fabric shopping and quilt inspiration. Got some fabric from ccccccccc, hand embroideery inspiration from this beautiful bedspread and hand quilted kasuthi quilt on a fence somewhere in Lucknow.

Makhan lal Ganeriwal

Makhan lal Ganeriwal

Hand embroidery

Hand embroidery


hand quilting

hand quilting

Two yards of blue printed cotton and half a yard of colourful Indian fabric from Lucknow. Yet to decide on how/where to use it.

Indian cottons from Lucknow

Found a local shop that sells quality solids. Bought them in primary colours to test out the quality…dark blue with grey to use as neutrals. Slowly and steadily moving towards coloured quilts and trying to use colours other than white as background.

Solids

Solids

No shopping is complete without some fabric love!

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Absolutely love the bug and dragonfly fabric on the right.

I participated in a tote swap this January and Yes, sent my partner the Blue tote I blogged about a while back along with two coasters and a pouch.

TMG swap sent

What I received was a lovely bright tote, a pouch and 4 books!! I was floored…my partner made the cut!

TMG swap received

I started with Sudha Murthy’s Old Man and his God, which she had shared with me from her own collection. The book consists of a series of short stories, incidents rather in simple English and is quite entertaining. Whats nice about the book is that it moves fast, has the social message of philanthropy prevalent throughout the book but doesn’t get preachy. Her myraid experiences collected through her travels is collated in this book.
A quick good read, I must say!

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