Recently I had an urge to make a charm square quilt. I was getting back to quilting after what seemed like ages and wanted to start from scratch. ’tis a totally different thing that I have never actually made a charm square quilt…so it wasn’t getting back or starting from scratch ๐Ÿ™‚ It was learning some new, at a beginner level, all over again!

And, whats better than one quilt? it indeed, is TWO ๐Ÿ™‚

Recently, I had chanced upon this free pattern and decided to made two of them similar in all respects…except that, one is made from Indian local fabric, self cut and sewn. The other is a pre cut charm square pack from Windham fabrics brought home from Quiltcon 2017.

Charm Square quilt top

Am happy with the outcome and Planning to complete and gift one to my little nephew-Piyush. He is the newest member in the family and his first New Year is right around the corner. Hoping this will be quilted and complete my then.
A couple of weekends to go ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am back after a loooong looong break….my house was under renovation and Yes, before you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚ I changed my sewing space and its a lot more magical now than before, with two full cupboards for storing my precious fabric!

Goes without saying, that the fabric buying continues…

Sunday Stash

These fabrics in the picture above are from an online store called Fabriclore. I love the ease of choosing fabric from the site…whats more, the fabric arrived neatly packed and in well in time for me to dream up new projects.

Happy to be back in the quilting space. Linking this to Sunday Stash by Molli Sparkles

Yardage for quilt backing…

I am slowly starting to pick up prints for my quilt backing. While I like printed quilt backs and envied my Quilty friends make a few, I have never been able to muster the courage to make one myself! I would rather just stick to a plain white or some other solid.

But heres a Thumbs Up to stepping out of my comfort zone ๐Ÿ™‚ I picked up this fabric, a white background with small pink flowers to back a pink triangle quilt.

Sunday Stash

Linking this to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles!

Here are two yards of fabric that my hubby brought back from Chennai a long time back. While one is a map print poplin cotton (with lettering in an East Asian language), the other one is kind of a holiday print canvas that reminds me of a rainforest.

Sunday Stash

Think it time to make my passport wallet and take a trip to an East Asian country.

Tagging this to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

This is my second applique quilt and the first with animals in them. This story started with my friend asking me last month to make her a toddler sized animal quilt. My first thought was to make it with animal panels, but one doesnt find them locally. So I had to think up an appliqued one. After browsing through Pinterest for days and yet not being able to locate one which was easy for an applique beginner, I decided to draw the animals myself.

Applique Quilt

I started looking at pictures from everywhere, especially from my little one’s colouring books and started drawing them with pencil and eraser after taping together A4 printer sheets from the home printer to make larger sheets.

A giraffe was the first to come by and then a monkey!

Soon followed by a lion, a crocodile and an elephant! The elephant is the only one that is in a non green background owing to the fact that the quilt was looking tooo green, much like a rain-forest. It just called out for a little pop of the sky ๐Ÿ™‚
Maybe just the color…

These are cut from paper interfacing, ironed onto fabric and cut from yardage keeping about 0.25″ extra along the borders. Here I had to be extra careful with the bodies of the animals as the process actually takes mirror images of all the forms and shapes.

Next started the arduous task of turning them back and hand sewing each part. Followed by machine sewing the applique on the quilt top.

And many nights later, the quilt top was ready. The quilting per se was easy to come by. I made a leaf-flower quilting design on the borders and base with different colours and designs for the bodies of the animals. The quilt looks better than I expected and I have got good reviews from quilty friends and family on this one.

Seems so worth it. Here it is in the kid’s play area ๐Ÿ™‚

Name: Animal Applique Quilt
Method: needle turn applique
FMQ:flower and leaf motif on the border and various others on the animal bodies
Thread: Calypso in neon and dark green
Size: 60″ X 40″

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Some cute vehicle print for kids. Totally love it…its perfectly quilt weight and would be a joy to sew with ๐Ÿ™‚
This promptly goes on to get added to the stash in the quilting fabric cupboard to be brought out when emergency strikes-those times when a baby quilt has to be produced overnight(well! almost overnight) and there is no time to make a pieced quilt. The print is bright and beautiful so no point cutting into it, unless its a fuzzy cut pattern and keeps the vehicles intact.

Indian Fabric

I ordered this from Prabha Mathew from Quiltaholics on Facebook. I am always happy with her professional packaging and timely service.

Linking this to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

A new project has been completed and its time to blog about it ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚ with a handwritten note on care for teh product and thanking my friend for the opportunity to learn something new ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Tagging this to SewFreshQuilts and CrazyMomQuilts.