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!

A few days back India completed its 65th Republic Day celebration and true to the colours I wanted to complete a project in saffron, white and green, some blue added… When I saw these lovely polka dotted hexies, Anjeanette’s hexie tables runner came to mind. I promptly got the hexies and started the project. But then, a long weekend and trip out of town didn’t do any good to the project(the tone sounds like  I am sulking but I love a holiday).

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This Saturday morning I sat down for some hand-sewing and completed the EPP hexies. Wanted a table runner with no holes so while I followed Anjeannet’s idea, ensured I took a whole cloth and fixed the hexie lace on top. It required so many pins, I almost died cursing myself for not making additional white hexies and attaching them in the rear.

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Here is the completed table topper.And like everything else in the house, needs a good press on a hot iron.What I would do differently the next time is that I would definitely add some batting,how, I still have no clue as turning around the hexies becomes extremely difficult. But this one, sure can do with a bit if loft.

I saw a lovely tutorial at 30 handmade days and fell in love instantly. She shows how to make cute heart coasters with a step by step tutorial. I made one just to try out the tutorial and it turned out pretty. Maybe a little too early for Valentine’s but then…

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The tote is done and ready for shipping. I am really proud to see how I have improved since the last one –the stitches are even and neat, the size is perfect, the bag is stiff as required. Overall am glad of how it turned out so soon it will leave for its new home :)

This was for a specific swap at a friend’s site whom I buy fabric from’ ‘The Material Girls’ on Facebook. I used a butterfly print from her with a copper sulphate colour solid and same colour polka dots for the inside. A hand embroidered monogram for the partner adors the front.

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Linking it to WIP Wednesday, Let’s be Social and a Lovely year of finishes. The HTML links are on the side bar.

The first tote from the tutorial is here! Maybe I would like it to be a ‘lil more stiff in the next one, so the interfacing would need to change. But overall, am happy with how this turned out…

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It was for a friend’s birthday and it has been delivered to her :)

Fabric used: orange solid for the lower half and local warli printed fabric for the Interfacing used is locally termed as dhoti canvas.

A new attempt starts somewhere…and here I start with a tote!!

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Happy New Year everybody!

As the new year rolls in, I feel excited to look back at what I have been able to achieve in 2014 and herald the New Year, 2015 with renewed energy, vigour and new quilting goals…

image source: Internet

image source: Internet

Here are they in a To-Do format so its easier to strike them off as the year progresses:

1.Make at least one quilt/sew item for myself
2.Sew more: as if that needed writing down :)
3.Write at least one pattern
4.Participate in at least one sew along and get dedicated to one project (ms multitasking needs to focus ;-) )
5.Participate in at least 4 swaps and get to know lovely ladies with sewing hobbies around the world
6.Make at least make 12 things from my Pinterest boards
7.Meet up more virtual friends in person
8.Host giveaways
9.Make at least one wearable item
10.Make at least one large quilt in the year.

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