Met a wonderful online quilty friend, Rohini Juneja, in real life for the first time; braved the Mumbai rain and traveled 30km across town to meet her…but it was so worth it. We have known each other for over two years and I have bought fabric from her on numerous occasions…always been satisfied and overjoyed with the quality of fabric she supplies. She owns an online fabric store called The Artisan Collective! Go check it out …

Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash

This is some water resistant fabric for snack bags…its not readily available here so am glad that she is able to source it🙂

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Some fruit printed fabric…lovely colourful lemons for my ‘quilty partner in crime’Prajakta for tabel mats. She has been looking for it for a while now. While I am at it, will make a couple for my own table too🙂

Gifts! Lovely handmade gifts🙂

She got me this lovely pack of fabric and buttons. I clicked it on my dinning table, well! one point, that table cloth of mine is also from her online store🙂

Gifts

Gifts

Here is a pic of the pouch I made for Rohini in Mendocino by Heather Ross and some Japanese goodies as she loves Japan…and everything Japanese. She came along with her super cute kid, Kabir and awesomely elegant mom, Girija. The latter was my swap partner in the last FQ swap and I had sent her this Mendocino Heather Ross pouch( Again! cant seem to get over the range🙂 ). Also met Aarti, another quilter from Mumbai who work I greatly admire for her neatness )

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Linking it to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles…

I have wanted to do this Tula Pink sampler quilt since the time I got the book but the project never quite took off. I started with great gusto but somehow the enthusiasm just waned off after the first 4 blocks and the project stayed in abeyance for a couple of months. Well! 4 blocks out of 100, does not even qualify to be called a UFO.

Then came along @gnomeangel on Instagram and declared a sew along.
Just what I wanted.
Just what I needed.
The ask was that I commit my next 100 days to the project and post a block each day. You can find details to the link here on her blog!

Tula Pink Sampler -Block 1-10

Tula Pink Sampler -Block 1-10

So far so good. I completed 10 days and 10 blocks. There are amazing prizes to win every 10days🙂 lovely motivation and lovely set of blocks propping up in the IG feed everyday. I am making mine in white, grey and shades of blue much like the orange one made by Alison Gamm that I saw on Pinterest. All the fabric taht I use would be from my stash…no buying fabric for these blocks at all!

Some more goodies from last weekend’s shopping with my local quilting friend.

Dark blue shot cotton and traditional Indian block print fabric, hopefully to turn into a tote…

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Also picked up this lovely floral as the colours are soothing yet striking…

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Linking to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

This is my first Portrait Quilt based on an old picture of my mom and I am more than happy about the outcome. When I posted it on social media, people were unable to detect which was the photo and which the Portrait quilt! Couldn’t have asked for a better compliment than this one for my first portrait quilt🙂

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The method used is ‘reverse applique’ as used in the book About Face by Shruti Dandekar. You can find a copy of her book in Craftsy.

Portrait Quilt 1

I am totally floored by the book. Its amazing! the instructions are so clear that one can just read through, follow the steps and prepare amazing portrait quilts …
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to start off by making portrait quilts.
Also, I should note here that Shruti is an amazing teacher. She is always ready to clarify doubts. The book explains a white on black quilt and I was making the reverse. She was happy to guide me through and thanks to her guidance, my Portrait was ready on time to go home with mom🙂

Reverse applique, as a technique is just magical! The small cuts, the curves they all look like part of a Rorschach test and yet the final picture looks like a portait…I was simply amazed. Still trying to come out of the dazed state as the Portrait travels across India from its rocky Western shores to the calm and quiet, Eastern shores🙂

It was one of those occasional weekends when Prajakta of Green Leaf Quilts and I went shopping for some local fabric.

Fabric shopping

She had gone there to buy some fabric for totes and I had decided to do some window shopping…strictly no fabric buying until I get some sewing done(is what I had thought)!

But this is what I came home with …

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Enough grey print to make three totes with neon bright shot cotton lining!

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Novelty fabric in fish and aeroplanes…which I currently have no use for but who ever said no to lovely fabric!

That wasn’t all, some fabric also got added to the stash…that I am retaining to show you next weekend.

Linking to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles . Molli, just wanted you to know that I am totally addicted to your Sunday stash link up🙂

Recently I took part in a local Fat Quarter Swap. We were supposed to send out partners 4 FQs of fabric. My partner had specified her colours as purple and gold so I had a tough time trying to put together quilt grade fabric in purple(totally missing from my stash). I added two lavender FQs and two coordinated FQs of purple and blue.

Heather Ross Pouch swap

A little extra always makes someone happy so I put together a zippered pouch in Heather Ross- Mendocino. I love the way the Marsala pouch came in with matching pink zipper and some solid to cut the monotony. In the photograph, it however looks red…wonder whats with the morning sun today!

Heather Ross Pouch

Bought this lovely set of Fat Quarters from the TSala Studio in Bangalore.

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Recently I had the good fortune to attend a trunk show by Australian Quilter Jenny Bowker and was completely floored by her work. She gave us a quick hint on how to make her tile quilt. These FQs are for a tile quilt. lets see how it comes up and if I am able to make one.
A long weekend coming up around the Indian Independence Day so looking forward to some sewing.