Friday, 17 October 2014

Happy Birthday !

Another bloggy birthday and I am still around ! Niice ! Not very regular at posting, but then I don't beat myself up over it. I'm glad I have a blog and my very own space to rant or rave, depending on the mood :-)

No quilty post today. Just wanted to wish myself a happy birthday before I sit down with a nice glass of Christmas wine (What? Its not Christmas yet?!) and watch 'House' on TV. I kinda like him :-).

Cheers !

Thursday, 16 October 2014

GOOTRing the Bees

Best thing about Project GOOTR is that it will allow me to finish off some UFOs too. The small ones at least. So here are GOOTR project no.s 4 and 5, which also happen to be long pending Bee Blocks for my quilting group, 'Desi Quilters'.

GOOTR project #4 - The DQ web block for Caroline

 

GOOTR project #5 - Random riot block for Varsha
 
 
 
We have had two bees so far in our group and while on the subject, I might as well show you the other blocks that I have made for the queen bees over the last year. Or was it the year before ?! 0_0
 
Here are my 'Bee Desi' blocks:
 
Modern block for Vidya1
 
Also for Vidya1
 
And one more...got totally carried away by the 'modern' theme
 
 
Polaroid blocks for Brinda
 
Sailing boats for Nirmala
 
Twin stars for Elvira
 
Scrappy Strings n 4 patch for Sandhya
 
Mod mosaic for Madhu
 
Tumbling blocks for Medha
 
Ohio star for Sandhya2
 
Scrappy rainbow for Shalini
 
And of course, the two that you have already seen before, but which I shall still go ahead and post here to complete the set, coz I have just a wee bit of OCD.
 
Zingy for Veena
 
And Drunk love for Vidya2
 
That's it for now. Will show you the 'Sunny Bee' blocks another day. Soon. Until then, stay happy !

(OMG...I also have some pending 'Star of Africa' Bee blocks to complete. Soon. Soon.)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Quilted Pouch Making Workshop

Bangalore is becoming a second home of sorts what with lot of my quilta-sistahs based in Bangalore ! Had a fun workshop at 'Bloom & Grow' thanks to the lovely owner of the studio, Carol. This time we did a basic workshop on quilted pouch making. And had a blast, as usual ! Need proof? Take a look at the agenda...



There was some serious sewing. And some serious fun.







Some beautiful pouches were made. Proof's in the pudding..er.. pics..















There's a happy me with a happy bunch of quilters/pouch makers. Hopefully I have infected them enough to want to  come back for an advanced pouch making session sometime soon ! :-)



Happy quilting !

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Stitch in the ditch aka rut

Passionate about something
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Build a business around your passion
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The business of keeping the business floating leaves you with no time for your passion
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 And before long, you are stuck in a rut !

Happens.

So I decide to get myself out of the rut I find myself in, inch by inch. Want to try out something new every day. Or at least every other day. Something tiny maybe, but something that I haven't done before or have been wanting to try for a long time. Something that won't demand huge chunks of my time. Or attention. So, kicking off PROJECT GOOTR (Get Out Of The Rut).. !

GOOTR Project #1 - Brocade clutches



Wanted to try those handles. Perfect project for the handles, but not a small enough project. I need to choose wisely :-).


GOOTR Project #2 - Fabric coil basket.







A quick, easy and satisfying project. A few friends have asked for a tute, so I see more baskets in the near future.


GOOTR Project #3 - Lines & Love







Always been fascinated with optical illusions and wanted to try my hand at a simple one. Also wanted to try this sort of binding for the longest of time. Not very happy with either. Oh well, another GOOTR project for another day :-)


 Happy GOOTRing everyone !



 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hellooo, people of the World ! I am participating in the “Around the World Blog Hop” that's been going around and have been tagged by the absolutely wonderful Carol, the Happy Turtle. She is one of the earliest bloggers from India who stepped into blogosphere and, in fact, has a second blog dedicated to quilting in India, called, well, 'Quilting in India'.

The Blog Hop needs me to answer a few questions and if text bores you, please feel free to skip straight to the much more interesting pics :-)

1. What am I working on? 

Since I JUST finished this adorable quilt for a friend's 6 year old son who is a huge Lego fan, I guess I am working on 'putting up the pics on the blog' ! Surely, that counts :-)






The center panel is resized and adapted from the tute by 'Designed by Mom'.



The backing fabric was perfect for a li'l boy, with monsters, dinos and motorbikes.



The young man looks pretty happy I'd say :-)




I am working on the awesome and challenging MMDQ (Madhu Mathur-Desi Quilters) BoM and here's my first block.



Whilst I gather the courage to start the second one, in the meantime, I hope to make companion placemats to this lovely commissioned Christmas Table Runner. (pattern inspiration - Pinterest)






Maybe this year I will have some Christmas Tree Skirts ready for the store, 'The Square Inch'. The Studio, meanwhile, has been busy hosting Sewing, Quilting, Pouch Making and Zentangle Workshops.






And I have been busy hopping between cities holding demos and impromptu sew-ins.








Oh, forgot...we need to move on to question #2 !

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Having a Bernina showroom with a creative centre attached makes my work kinda different. I now look forward to learning from the great masters and in turn enjoy helping other quilters find their wings.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

 'coz I don't know any better and the day I do, I'll write/create better.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Starts with a germ of an idea..usually a nagging, irritating one. And it won't go away until I start chopping fabric. Sometimes I do a rough sketch to do the math but its mostly improv. I let it take me where it wants to. Sometimes its absolute genius and sometimes, pure stupidity.

So, thanks for visiting. My turn to tag two other bloggers. Do visit their blogs and you'l be happy you did. Trust me.

Tagging the lovely and multi-talented Madhu who blogs at 'Betukbandi', and, the very dynamic and very creative Shruti who blogs at 13 Woodhouse Road.

Both ladies are extremely skilled sewists and can turn a mere thought into fabric art.

Happy blog hopping !


Monday, 22 September 2014

Sun Bonnet Sew

Sun Bonnet Sew, in my studio 'The Square Inch :-)



Well, personally I've never had a thing for Sun Bonnet Sue and was pretty sure I'd never ever make one. But then the Universe has a way of teaching you lessons you don't wanna learn ! So, in walks a client with a half finished hand-appliqued Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt, passed on to her by her mother.



The appliques were all done individually and then the blocks hand sewn on to commercial quilted fabric. She asked if I could finish it as a wall hanging and with the Navrathris almost here, she wanted to use it as a back drop to her Puja Golu.



We didn't have much time to give it some pizzazz, so just sashed it with some printed fabric, added some cornerstones, bound it and attached a hanging sleeve.























Hope I have just justice to the beautiful hand applique and turned a mom's UFO into a treasured heirloom for the daughter.

This one is my favourite. Oh wait, I thought I didn't have a thing for them ! Oh well, who can resist them, I guess. Lesson learnt ! :-).




 




















Am guessing the li'l dollies will complement the Golu Dolls quite nicely. Hoping.