A new project has been completed and its time to blog about it πŸ™‚
I tried to make a set of quilted table mats for a friend. She wanted a pouch on each for fork and spoon as its meant for the kids. So I tried to make some table mats for the first time.

I had the perfect fabric for the mats…a beautiful melon print in two colourways , which I showed in Sunday Stash #25 just a couple of weeks back.

Yellow melon table mat

For the yellow print I used a matching yellow pocket for the cutlery and for the pink-red one a pick pocket. Originally, I wanted to make 3 in yellow and 3 in pink-red. But I ended up making 4 and 2 as teh yellows looked lovely and bright.

Red melon table mat

The set of 6 looked perfect. I might make a set for myself soon.

6 table mats

Soon I had the set made and packed for delivery πŸ™‚ with a handwritten note on care for teh product and thanking my friend for the opportunity to learn something new πŸ™‚

Table Mats

Size : Each 13″X18″ finished
Number: 6(4 yellow and 2 pink)
Fabric source: Pune market
batting: bag batting
Thread: local poly
Top stitch length: 3″
Difficulty level: Easy

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I participated in a recent local swap and gathered these as per my partner’s choice of colour. They look lovely together. Sent some in the swap as extras and used the rest in the mini Quilt.

Hoping my partner likes the loot and the project.

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Recently, I took part in a local swap. Let me, on the onset, say that I love swaps and especially, the mini quilt variety. I have a whole cupboard full of swap minis stacked up somewhere in the house…ok! ok! exaggeration alert…But I definitely have at least a drawer full of minis, all too precious to be ever used!

HST Polka Dot mini

This one came out of the blue…literally! partner wanted a combination of orange-green and blue and the swap was of HST(which I love) and polka dots(which I love as well) but not together…So what started as an easy mini quilt swap, when I got to making it, became a nightmare of sorts. To put in all the items together and decide a design, that would do justice to the various elements was no mean task.

HST Polka Dot mini

Am happy with the final outcome. The quilt top ended up looking like our National Flag, which was great but not the intended end result, so thats where I decided on adding the FMQ in blue with a blue binding…so all elements in, blended harmoniously and a cushion cover and Fat quarter of fabric to go with the mini.

HST Polka Dot mini

Quilt name: TAC HST polka Dot mini Quilt
Thread: 2810 Aurifil 28 weight for FMQ
FMQ: Alternating single and double swirls
Machine: bernina 550QE
Fabric: Indian local
Binding:2.5″ double, although I think 2.2.5 would have been tighter and better
Quilt Size:

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As the second half of the year begins, I gather some solids to make a Riley Blake pixelated rose. It will be a slow long project and has been on my agenda for a while. I was just waiting for an opportune time to take it up. Mid-year seems to be just the time, given one has half the year to go by and continuous Monsoon rain to keep one at home πŸ™‚

Sunday Stash

Looking forward to starting this and then take it to completion. Have no intention of adding to my pile of WIPs. With house interiors getting done in a big way, I may not be able to finish this by July end…but totally worth a try!

We do not get designer fabrics in India so teh solids are just locally sourced, but that never dampened my enthusiasm…raring to go !

Fabric source: Kausalya Pandit

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Made a set of two cushion covers as extras for my upcoming swaps. What I really like is that they are fast and look quite festive, more apt for an occassion like Diwali.

Indian Cushion

The colour and border make it look so very Indian. Originally I had just planned for the lace border but as I was flipping through my Quilting planner, I came across an FMQ design from June (week )…time to try !neat and nice πŸ™‚

Note to remember : Never use thin bag batting for FMQ. It sticks to the surface of the machine, is difficult to maneouvere and hence the FMQ tends to have kinks.

cushion cover

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This is the last set of fabrics for the first half of the year. A lovely set of 3 Fat Quarters from Kausalya Pandit from The Turquoise Paisley.

Sunday Stash Fat quarters

Along with it, bought a traditional silver leaf stand for paan(beetle leaf had as a digestive post a heavy Indian meal). It was Kausalya’s idea to use this as a bobbin stand. Love this new acquisition.

Silver bobbin stand

An impromptu plan over the weekend became a lovely rainy drive in the ghats. Awesome fun,food and quilty friends over the weekend πŸ™‚

chai with friends

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This turned out to be a bright and beautiful, 3D mini quilt.

3D Pinwheel Mini Quilt

When I placed the Mini Quilt next to my open window to click a snap, a few seasonal white flowers flew in through the open window to land on them. What a beautiful day! Overcast sky, hot tea, sweet smelling flowers from the apartment balcony and a completed Mini Quilt.

The 3D feel of the Pinwheels give the Mini-Quilt much needed character πŸ™‚ It also makes FMQ impossible and hence the ‘Stitch in the Ditch’ method for this one suits just fine. I like the look and feel of the quilt and that’s important as it is scheduled to travel across the seas to my #summerloveinvmqs partner. She likes bright colours πŸ™‚ so I cut into my favourite Alison Glass and made her this quilt. Hope she likes it…

The collage below is a summary of the process from fabric to mini-quilt πŸ™‚

3D Pinwheel Mini Quilt

A tutorial to the pinwheels is here πŸ™‚

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