The first time I saw this wall quilt, I thought it was impossible; never even wanted to attempt it. My painting skills are limited to just sketching…ha ha

However, Shruti convinced me that this was doable and was a worthy skill to have. I am glad I agreed. The workshop was over the long weekend, so Prajakta from Green leaf quilts and I decided to drive down and stay at our friends place, Kausalya. The workshop was at her studio, KaPa.What a gracious host!

Abstract portrait quilt

So one sunny Friday morning at 6am, we set out on a drive of 150 odd km to KaPa studio to join other quilters and learn how to make an Abstract Portrait quilt. To be frank, at this point, we were just going off on a short holiday, wasn’t sure what the final quilt would look like, if it ever got completed.

We reached there by about 9:30am and shortly after started the workshop. The studio is absolutely state of the art with Bernina sewing machines around and she had stocked the fridge with cold water and drinks, snacks etc. The studio has nice white walls, wide windows for natural light to seep in and absolutely every quilting notion one needs in a workshop.

Day1

We started with trying out the portrait technique on paper, mine looked disastrous …
Then in the afternoon, after a lovely sumptuous lunch, we started our work on our quilts. At the end of Day1, this is how it looked …

Day1_full

Day 2 started with face shading and coloured fabric, understanding the direction of light on our picture, eyes, placement of warm and cool colours…then wonderful lunch and back to the desk. In the fternoon, we basted and quilted the piece.A full two day workshop and a lot of hard work!
But every minute was worth it:)

Abstract portrait

While we were at it, she also taught us a new binding method. The teacher was awesome. That what I like about her–he will challenge your skill level and make you do wonderfully difficult quilts. As far as mine is concerned, I am still wondering if I was the one who made it.

entire group with completed quilts

Here is hers and me with mine next to it. Not bad for a first attempt. Although hers looks much better and cleaner.

me and mine

me and mine

Some more Indian prints. I just love the vibrancy of these pieces of fabric and the sheer variety that exists here in India.

No plan to use them yet …

SS15_IndianFabric

Linking it to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

So how far will you go for your Guru?

My quilting teacher/mentor/Guru is awesome! Actually, she has always been awesome, in quilting and in-person:)
She is Shruti from 13WoodhouseRoad.
I just keep realizing more of her awesomeness by each passing day(that sounds like a line from Kung Fu Panda!! ha ha call that ‘a kid at home’ and ‘too many kiddie movies’:)

Handmade Style by Noodlehead

Handmade Style by Noodlehead

I have been eyeing this book for the Market Bag that I want to sew for her. I am glad I bought the book, it has a lot of interesting projects.

Market Bag from Handmade Style book

Market Bag from Handmade Style book

But first off would be the Market Bag:)

 

tagging it to Sunday Stash at MolliSparkles.

I love my quilting friends, they are the best!
When I said I did not understand 2 ply wool, they got me the wool, a shiny crochet hook and even storage boxes. How cool is that:)

To go with it, they got me some ombre solid cottons and some silks in grey, black and maroon, a personalised scissors pouch, ribbons…Oh! all these goodies:)

SS13_Wool

Linking to Molli Sparkles and Mary Emmens

An easy DIY pouch tutorial…

This takes more time to read the tutorial than to sew it:) Its that quick and easy!

Step1: Take one top(preferably quilted fabric) and one lining fabric each of size 13.5″X7″
In case you do not want a quilted top, interface the top fabric with batting or just hold it together and treat as a single sheet with the top fabric.
Cut the top and lining fabric into half breadth wise so you get 4 pieces, each 6.75″X7″

Pouch_1

Step2: Now arrange one sheet of lining fabric facing up, then zipper facing up and quilted fabric facing down, all along their 7″ edge.
Take a zipper at least one inch longer than the width of the pouch, here 7″ raw.

Pouch_2

Here you can see the 3 layers pinned together in place and ready for sewing.

Pouch_3

Step3: Now sew on the pinned line using a zipper foot. If you don’t have a zipper foot, carefully stitch using a normal foot. Turn and needle press the outer and inner fabric along the stitch length. Top stitch as shown below.

Pouch_4

Step 4: Now do the same thing for the other side along the free edge of the zipper. Lining fabric facing up, zipper facing up and top fabric facing down.

Pouch_5

Step5:Align and pin. Sew into place using a zipper foot, turn, finger press and top stitch as shown in Pic below.

Pouch_6

Step 5: Open up the sides along the zipper pouch, i.e. just lay the piece flat with the lining down to see where you are.

Pouch_7

Hold the lining sides together and top fabric sides together and lay on the surface as shown below.Pin all around. Make sure you half open the Zip at this point.

Pouch_8

Step 6: Sew all around starting from the pouch bottom on the lining fabric ensuring you keep at least a two inch opening to turn the pouch out. Double stitch if necessary.

Pouch_9

Now turn the pouch inside out through the opening at the base of the purse and hand stitch the opening.Snip the corners in case you want them to look crisp and turn well . Give the pouch a good iron. Mine isnt ironed yet.

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A metre of red and white polka dots which I had bought during my year end trip home and some coloured zippers…

Polka dots and zippers

Polka dots and zippers

These polka dots will most possibly become a baby pinwheel quilt as part of a Quilt along on India Quilt Guild. Are you aware, India Quilt Guild is a facebook page curated by me for all the lovely people in India who want to Quilt and sew:)

The zippers will go into coloured pouches for gifts and maybe a bag if I ever get brave enough to try one.

Linking to Sunday stash at Molli Sparkles and Charm about you.

Aha! it was the world quilting Day and I had planned to do some major quilting related activity…but I really didn’t quilt, I just went ahead and bought this beauty from the Bernina Creative Center(BCC) in Mumbai.

Swiss wonder comes home

Swiss wonder comes home

Its way above my league and am still trying to accept the fact that this Swiss marvel is actually in my house:)

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

My little one inaugurated it and Usha, from BCC graciously took the pains to explain the machine details to me over 3 hours! This is still too much technology for me and I will slowly try my hand at it!

As of now I am just over the moon:)

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