Sunday, June 7, 2015

{Late Post} Another swap


Last March-April, there was (mini) round robin swap in my facebook quilting group Desi Quilting.
My partner,Prabha, sent me this pretty star block in blue, green and yellow. 

I'm not sure how I will extend the block. Since this is the first time I do this kind of swap, it made me quite nervous :P

Especially after seeing what others have done in the group.

At that time, then I remember one of Rita's (of RPQ) quilt. She made medallion with black and white. so why not trying using the black and white border, I thought. Afterall black and white is neutral colors, right? 

but instead of pure white, I decided to use the polkadots and love how it turned out. 
now on to the next one.

The deadline for submitting was nearing and I still could not decide what to to. A lot of "audition" going on 

Option #1


Option #2


Option #3


Option #4

fabric source : ETSY

This the time when understanding color theory in quilting  is very IMPORTANT. When you hit a wall, just open that color wheel and go from there.

I bought kindle version of Becky Goldsmith Book from Amazon
and love it. 


I just consult the color wheel, and decided what's best from my stash. 


here's the complete picture


I like the  overall look about it 
though I admit that I was using different weight of cotton there. It is one of the problem here in India, most cottons have different weight. 
it's very tricky, but hey..there's no rule in quilting rite?


That's all

Until then,

Happy Quilting


Saturday, June 6, 2015

It's better be late than never

When my bff was having her first baby I told her that I'll make a baby quilt for her. Well, finally I did it...2.5 years later @_@ 

Here it is : 

Pardon the graffiti on the swing..
that was the sons doing when they were on crafty mood. 


Actually I planned a different quilt and then decided to change it midway using completely different fabrics. This one sort of grow from 40" x 40" to 48" x 60" which is - I think - its great for 2 years old. 

I used this soft minty green fabric at the back. One of the reason why it took so long  was looking for the perfect backing. So, it was after my Shillong visit last April that I got this fabric. See, I truly believed that everything happens at its own time and place ;) 

 


I decided to do straight line quilting using mercerised variegated cotton but it kept breaking. It turned out the thread was old (2009 made) which I didn't check. Lesson learnt.  So, after struggling for few lines I decided to change the thread. Too bad, cos I love the color so much. Well, its not meant to be. 


Another thing was I NEED walking foot. I'm not (yet) comfortable with FMQ -ing big quilt and I love straight line quilting after browsing Pinterest. There's just so much you can do with straight line quilting. HERE is one that I love. And to do that I need the right tool. I'll be getting one soon, thanks to my dear friend who will get it for me ...yay!!  


It's packed and ready to send by Monday. 
Until then

Happy Quilting





Thursday, June 4, 2015

I love green!!

It's been raining for the last 2 weeks, though the weather become more tolerable but the lawn become muddy. Luckily the rain always comes at night, at least we get to see the sunshine during the day. And the flowers have gone bad to my MIL's dismay. But I love rainy season, cos even though it's humid at least the garden is greener. 


and who doesn't love green?


Yes, I finally completed this one. Simple table runner using charms and a slim blue border make it more charming.

The runner is available for grabs in my Etsy Shop


I love the feel of mulmul cotton in quilt. It's so soft. it's challenging to work with cos it's stretchy, maybe I should use more starch next time I work with mulmul.

So, that was last week, this week I've finished baby quilt for a friend, which 2 years overdue (ha!!)
I wanted to make the quilt when her baby was born but then you know....it's got delayed.

I washed and ironed it today and will take a proper pics tomorrow and hopefully will write a blog post about it.

if not, you can find my pics and mini stories in my Instagram, Facebook or Google+

Until then,

Happy Quilting








Sunday, April 5, 2015

What did I do?

I was busy finishing my quilt for the quilt competition organized by Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff and Handi Quilter India. I still can't post it here on my blog but if you're on facebook you can check the competition FACEBOOK PAGE.

So far 5 quilts are out on the page out of 15 participants and you'll LOVE  the unique, one of a kind, artistic quilt made by  Indian talented quilters from all around the world. I can guarantee that!! 

Every morning, I am eagerly waiting for the next quilt! My quilt was out on Facebook the first day and I was so nervous. It's afterall my first time! Just like any first time, all the nervousness, anxiety, finally died down and after reading Katie's post  I feel more at ease. 

so, this week, I practically just cleaning all the mess I created while doing the quilt




 open my ETSY shop again after I put it on vacation mode for few weeks and finished my #mainhoonna round robin #medallion #quilt swap blog for my Desi Quilters group on Facebook. 

I decided to make this one. I've seen this block doing around in IG and Pinterest and wanted to make one, finally I did it. yay!!
I follow the tutorial from Toni of Hosiere Tony. it's called skinny Churn dash. 


Originally I plan to do this Indian Meadow block. I saw someone made this beautiful block in Instagram but it turned out too big and I don't feel like altering any pattern that moment. So, this will be another orphan block ^_^. 



and then tried this one but not happy with the layout :P . This will go to my UFO bin. I love that Indian Ladies print and wanted to make something from that.



And since the boys decided to do regular jogging, today morning we went to Guwahati University to do a little jogging /brisk walk . It was  nice! This can be our weekly family exercise! I need to do that much at least!! I've been slacking for the last few months :( 






So, until next time

happy quilting


 






Thursday, March 12, 2015

Learning few things

FMQ is always a challenge to me. I never get it right no matter how much free tutorial I read/saw on the web. That's how I decided to these 2 kindle books. I find reading books give  more detail information and if I forget something I can easily go back to it :)

The book is quite informative with picture guidance and also easy small projects for beginners.




This book  is more thorough in a sense that it gives more detail illustration on fmq design, how to set your machine even if your machine does't have option to drop your feed dogs, etc.  She gives few samples of design for you to practice doodling in your pad. 

After reading the two books, I immediately got down to work. I took a blank paper and start practice doodling for few mins and then took out my scraps and started the real work ^___^

  

and I turned it into this double side mug rug

It is amazing how much information you can get if you only look.  I learned the other day that apparently I should put my come thread in line with the original thread holder. I used to put my come thread on the side and it always give so much problem that I put it aside. But I like the cotton come thread. So I look up on Google and found the information. 


so, what did you learn today?


Until then
Happy quilting