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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Pink Posies 1

As promised in my previous post, here's a look at 'Pink Posies 1'. Of course it didn't have a numeral at the end of its name then !

Size 48"x60"













Nice? Glad those orphan pinwheels found a place :-).

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Pink Posies - 2

This is totally dumb. I just named my latest quilt Pink Posies 2. Yes, there was a Pink Posies 1 and I am JUST realizing that I never got around to posting the pics on the blog ! Shame on me ! Will do it tomorrow.

Anyway, a dear friend of mine was going though my quilt pics on Facebook and decided she wanted something like Pink Posies 1 for her daughter and asked me if I could make her one. Well, yes and no. I like trying out different techniques and styles and try to make no two quilts alike. So using that one (pic tomorrow, promise) as an inspiration, I made this one as I wanted to try out my brand new Dresden Ruler.





Four flowers, a couple of buds, a couple of pretty butterflies, some swaying blades of grass and its a perfect quilt for a li'l girl.







Love the texture created by the FMQed grass..











Diagonally pieced back to incorporate the princess fabric that my friend loved. A word of advice for those wanting to attempt a diagonal pieced back - DON'T. It gave me such a hard time !

Appliqued the li'l darling's name on the back.




Even put my label there! First time :-)



Here it is in all its glory in my studio. Love love love !

Monday, 5 May 2014

Slice of Life

This was my entry to India's first big quilt competition. Didn't win any ribbon, but I figure my quilt already had an abundance of them :-)

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Name of the Quilt : Slice of Life

Size : 36"x36"

A quilt tells a story :

Mine. Yours. His. Hers. Everybody's. Anybody's.
One. From Time immemorial. Sharing sister atoms from the Big Bang itself.
And yet all different. No two alike. Unique. Special.
Countless factors working in our favour, all conspiring, colluding, weaving together to make happen this moment.
This very moment.
The Now. Exists just for me. Exists just for you. Or him or her.
Our own peculiar Now.
All creation, tirelessly working, pulsating, pounding, intertwining, just to bring me this moment.
Powerful. Fragile. Precious. This slice of life.
Chaotic. Beautiful. Ephemeral. This slice of Life.


The making of the Quilt :

Hi, I am Tina and have been quilting on and off for 3 years now. I often get asked this question, "How did you become a quilter?", and looking back I see how seemingly unrelated and insignificant individual moments have brought me to where I am today. I have always been fascinated with The Chaos Theory and how even a tiny, almost imperceptible change somewhere can set in motion a chain of events, a unique sequence of events, that will, over time, result in a totally and unrecognizably different scenario. Remember the butterfly effect? Who knows when my butterfly flapped its wings.. was it when a distant aunt brought back a rotary cutter and mat from USA when neither I nor she had a clue what it was (and kept it in storage for almost a decade!!); was it when a chance houseguest, a friend of a friend, and I visited a bookstore to kill some time and she, out of gratitude asked to buy me a book and the one book that was lying open had a pic of a quilt on a mat; or was it as far back as my teens when mom thought I should get a high profile job instead of messing with craft and being a natural rebel, were the seeds of my 'this particular future' sown then?

When Husqvarna Viking India announced the topic 'A quilt tells a story', I knew I wanted to incorporate all of this and have my quilt tell my story. Then I also realized its not my story alone. Everybody is where they are and who they are due to stuff that goes back ages. And yet its uniquely mine. I also decided to go philosophical and just as you don't get to choose your cards but play with whatever Life deals you, I decided to work with whatever I had at hand at that moment. So came together, this unique mix of colours and textures and widths and lengths of ribbons, fabric and thread. Just like Life. There are even some dark clouds and silver linings if you look. The design itself grew organically and from one great haphazard heap of likely sequences, my ribbons bore themselves out to this particular one, weaving together beautifully and harmoniously, synchronising perfectly, creating the fabric of life, creating this slice of Life.









So, what do you think? :-)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Square Inch

So here it is..THE SQUARE INCH unveiled..!



Would love to give you a tour of my showroom-studio, a place exclusively for the needle-and-thread-crafter.



The centerpiece is, of course, the fabulous BERNINA display. We stock the entire range of Bernette and Bernina machines and accessories.



And the large workshop area where we regularly conduct workshops and classes on sewing, quilting, embroidery, crochet, tatting, etc. This space is perfect for live demos and product training. For those visiting from out of town, we provide comfortable homestay facilities. We also welcome other art and craft teachers to use this space for their workshops.





We provide the awesome BERNINA 3 series machines for our sewing and quilting workshops and the studio is fully equipped to handle international workshops of upto 16 in a batch.





Whats a studio without stuff to play with, right? So we made sure there was plenty of that. We stock everything that a needle/thread/fabric enthusiast would want.. Fabric by the meter, Precuts, Anchor embroidery threads, Quilting threads, Knitting yarns, Pony needles and hooks, Rulers, Self-Healing Mats, Fusibles, Aida, Patterns, Notions, Rotary Cutters, Quilt hangars, Stitch kits, etc., etc. AND we ship !















Yes, we have batting too !



Love these small touches that bring life to this beautiful space..















Love the festive lights and LOVE my wall grid..





The blue curtained space you see through the doorway is my personal office and workspace. Will show you around there in the next post.

My gratitude to my family for putting up with my crankiness while the studio was being set up in 12 days flat; to BERNINA for believing in me; to my friends who gave me their strength, support and shoulders. My heartfelt thanks to my friend and awesome designer Shailaja Unni, who helped me turn bricks and mortar to a place that is THE SQUARE INCH, a place full of positivity, good cheer and creative vibes.

So, drop in some time, folks. Find us on Facebook or drop me a mail at the.square.inch@gmail.com.