Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mawlynnong and living root bridge

Finally I got to visit the famous Mawlynnong - the cleanest village in Asia - which is in our neighboring State of Meghalaya. I've seen many few post doing around on facebook.
so, last Diwali holiday we - finally - went  to Mawlynnong in East Khasi Hills 

Mawlynnong is 3 hours drive from Shillong. The long winding road with spectacular  view is well worth it. 

It was a clear sunny day when we went


you will see few house (huts?) after a long stretch of empty land


it's like a never ending road


with blue and green  silhouette of hills


there are few small towns in between. 



And finally we saw the sign


And after 3 hours, this is what you find in the deepest East Khasi Hills

A clean village with not a single drop of leave on it's pathways



and the bluest sky 


Bamboo bridge sky view


where you can see Bangladesh land from the top


and the next STOP is Natural Living Root Bridge 

going RIGHT or going down - you choose :D

narrow stones pathway leading down to the bridge


Apparently there are few bridges like this one. Few of them are in Cheerapunji 


 can't get enough of this natural beauty


 going back up 

More Photos are HERE

and if you want to read more stories, you can read Mike Marlowe Blog where he wrote in details about his trip


Until then

Have a nice day


Friday, October 24, 2014

WIP update

Which part of quilting is your favorite?
I love the piecing part
 putting together small fabrics into something bigger is really exciting


and playing with them in my "small" DIY design wall is so much fun



the mug rug I made as trial I gift it to my sons' piano teacher
as a thank you gift
The Big R has recently passed his 1st grade Trinity Exam with 80% marks 
He did well, in spite of him having school exam at the same time

So, I made another one for the QAL, but got carried away =,=
the size is too big!


I think I'm going to go with 9" block finished size
I got all the strips ready


Meanwhile, I finished piecing half of this quilt
another 3 sets (12 blocks) to piece
that will have to wait until I'm back from the holiday


I'm trying to get organized here
besides the small quilt projects 
I'm trying to piece at least 2-3 blocks of the bigger projects

I guess doing several projects together has its own excitement
but when it comes to quilting it
that's another story
I have 3 tops which ready to quilt 
and I don't know when I'm going to pick them up

meanwhile, if you're looking for some bundles to cheer you up
I just added Fat Eighth and Charm Packs in the shop today



Until then

Happy Quilting


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lots of brightness

I've been making mug rugs and coasters for the past 2 days


I love making mug rug and coasters
mostly, I made for gift and for home

I love using these folded coasters as candle mats


the handmade candle I bought from one lady I met when I was having local craft show

And who doesn't love mug rug? 


I used a lot of mug rug. Some of them are gift 

 I have one in my room which I use to cover my mini chest drawer
one next to my laptop as mouse pad
One I use as a mat to put my study lamp


Now, I started listing them in the SHOP


 I'll be making a lot more 
since I love gifting them to my customers too
and they always love it


once more shot of the mug rug
the denim blue fabric is shot cotton or we call it handloom here in India

Ah, nothing like India when it comes to fabrics
unique prints and vibrant colors
even after 12 years, I still go mad whenever I visited fabric market


I have 7 mug rugs but only listed 6 of them
 I'll be keeping one
since the same fabric is no longer available

Until then

Happy Quilting



Monday, October 20, 2014

My Bundles of Joy




Yup, I've been busy pulling, ironing, folding and cutting fabrics to make fabric bundles for my Etsy Shop

I've been putting this off for several months since too busy doing lots of things *wink*


There are Fat Quarters, Fat Eighth, and Charm Packs at the moment


Believe me, running your own Online Shop is no joke. Right, you can work on your own time, no boss, wearing your Pj with messy hair bla bla bla
B.U.T
It is a L.O.T of work 


starting from purchasing the fabrics, ironing, carefully cutting, folding, storing, taking good pics, editing, listing until send it to customers. Since it's one woman show, sometimes it's frustrating. 


And when you do sell handmade like I do, there are more works. 
since I am doing the role of CEO right up to the packaging and cleaning lady ;). Luckily the hubby is willing to be my delivery guy {love u, hun}



Well, that's a little bit of behind the scene stories.
All those pretty pics of fabrics and handmade stuff you see in ETSY shops  have been made for you with a lot of LOVE and CARE. 


Until then,
Happy Quilting


Thursday, October 16, 2014

No rocket science


I've been posting wallets on my Facebook Page and a lot of people ask how did I do my binding. Well, it's quite easy, basically like binding a quilt. I used to use single fold binding but now I find using a DOUBLE FOLD bias binding is easier. About how to make continues bias binding, I talked about it in this POST.

I cut the binding fabric 1.5" wide or 1.75" wide if the wallet is thick to make 1" (++) binding. Using double fold binding makes it easy for you to maintain an even width binding. 
Second tip is always  neaten/straighten the edges before attach the binding. That really makes a difference.

Here, I will just show you how I do it ^_^. Insha Allah next time I'll make a better tutorial.


For wallet, I always machine stitch the inside and then turn it around and hand stitch (slip stitch) on the outside. I find that neater.

See, it's super easy
all you need is a little practice and patience ;)

Anyway,
I've been wanted to try quilt as you go and happened to see post  by Jera at Quilting in the rain  in Instagram.  She has this QAYGmademodern QAL in her blog. It's based on her book of the same title.
I downloaded the digital copy in my kindle and get down to work. 
it's so FUN and I feel silly, cos when I saw few tutorials on youtube I was kind of afraid hesitant to try 0_0


and in less then an hour (from cutting to hand-sewn the binding) I got this little mug rug done


now, we can have tea or coffee  in style


See, it's  no rocket science

I have cut more strips to join the Quilt Along
it's just started
so run along and let's have fun

Happy Quilting