Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back back!

Phew. I'm so happy to be back to cutting and pressing. :) Finally the house is now livable and usable. My stuff is still packed away... I guess I'll only get my workroom in January... its ok though. Learning to quilt out of a suitcase.

I had some rail fence blocks left over from Aaria's quilt and thought I'd use them to make another baby quilt. Have to add some white sashing. So put my plain white fabric in the washing machine along with others and now have to wait for it to dry before I cut.

Then I also found the left over polka dotted fabric from the same quilt and thought why not make a lovely baby coverlet with it. So I've cut up 3 1/2 inch squares and need to wait for the white fabric to dry to start sewing.

(Deep Sigh)

It's so good to be doing this again.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

And another friend who quilts!

This is fantastic! A friend wrote to me about a warehouse in Lucknow that has amazing fabric! And I find out that she quilts!!!! I can't explain how happy that makes me. Now I need to find out if she blogs too. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

I've got space

I'm really excited about this. A room, with a separate entrance in my mothers house will be all mine come January. So I'll actually have a studio! I'm thrilled!

I can't do too much to it right away but the idea of having a space of my own just to quilt is fantastic! Can't wait!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A little depressed

I think I'm getting a little depressed 'coz I can't work on any quilts right now. :( This house painting thing takes forever. I'm afraid to just get anything started anywhere with all the dust and besides... there really is no space! I was supposed to pack away the fabric in a closet I have appropriated in my mum's house... maybe I should just do that. Some connection.

I really need to hand sew. At least practice some stitches.

Man I feel down... :(

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Painted House

My mum's house is being painted - which is where I work. Everything there is in a mess! There's no way I'm going to be able to do much quilting there till the painting is done. I finished off Aaria's quilt in our small apartment but it was not easy on my back. I don't have an ironing board and have to iron on the floor and the small table would barely just accommodate the sewing machine. So I even cut on the floor which was not easy. So... a bit of a break in the quilting which is disappointing since I wanted to do more stuff for Christmas and I have a commissioned quilt on hand too!

In the meantime, I'm knitting. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

I finished my very first quilt today!

5th November 2010

I finished my very first quilt - for a lovely little girl called Aaria.
I'm really happy to see it all done.
And I am more aware than ever of how much better I need to get. This is the first time I quilted through and did the binding so the work is not as good as I'd like it to be. But then again, it is my first quilt. I'll get better.

For now, I am mighty pleased :)

It's a simple rail fence pattern.

Did the back with this lovely Peppa-Pig fabric that's really soft and very sweet.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Need a quilting foot

I've been furiously cutting and sewing a quilt for Aaria - my friends 8 month old daughter who's down on vacation. I wanted to give it to her before she left. So worked on the quilt top till my back hurt, cut the backing (from a nice Peppa Pig print) and the batting (working with two layers of muslin) and was all set to quilt it (for the very first time in my life!) and realized that the sewing machine has a darning plate but no darning foot!
I had asked the showroom for a quilting foot earlier but they said they didn't have it and so I thought I would have to use the darning foot and for some reason did not think that it was not provided. So with my realizing this on the weekend and today being a state holiday I have to go hunting tomorrow.
Then I thought I'd just do a stich-in-the-ditch with the all-purpose foot which was turning out ok except that now I've run out of thread! Grrrr. Anyway, tomorrow will try and get the foot (my friend Lois says they have it but just don't know it yet :) I need to carry my manual with them and show them what I want) and more yellow thread. I can't wait for it to get done!
I must admit though that I almost gave up home with it. I thought a blue thread would look nice but it did not so I switched to yellow and now have to rip out some blue... :( so I got a little tired and dejected.
Then my friend calls in the evening and they have a change of plan. They are only leaving on the weekend so that gives me plenty of time to finish it before they leave. Yaay! He seemed pretty touched that I had started something for his daughter... so I should finish it!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fabric Fabric Fabric! :)

Sooooo excited. Went to Okalipuram today with my friend Lois and bought so much fabric. I'm soooo happy! They have great stuff and lovely prints too! Gosh I'm so excited. Another friend had told me about this place but we couldn't make the trip together. I was all set to take those directions and go on my own today but it was really great to go with Lois. Just good to have someone whose done it before and to chat with and get an opinion on what to buy. I'm so happy! :) Thank you Lois!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fabric Hunting

So I went searching for fabric yesterday. Two friends have two markets where they normally buy but I wanted to check out the rates at good old commercial street just so I'd have an idea of what expensive fabric would be. I got some cotton nursery print at Ravi's Arts and Crafts for Rs. 60 a metre. Also bought fine muslin for Rs.35 a metre.

On Ibrahim Sahib Street the cotton is Rs. 140 a metre, but with a width of 60 inches. They had some pleasing prints.

I hope I'll be able to find something nice at these other places. Both ladies swear that its better and cheaper. Making a trip there this week if my friend can find the time from her three children. :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sewing Machines

We stopped by a tailors in Keylong to send a parcel home. You have to get it packed at a tailors before you take it to the post office. However, DO NOT send parcels by India Post - you'll be robbed like we were. I bought some lovely fabric from the tailor, a silk that the women there use to make waistcoats out of, and it was stolen, along with all the gifts for our family. Anyway, the tailor's shop had all these old machines.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Log Cabin Quilt in Progress

I had cut up fabric for a log cabin quite before I left for my trip. As I got closer to home all I could think of was sewing it. I didn't want to do anything else, kept my phone off for two days, didn't want to deal with work and life and all the regular things I had to do... but I did want to sew! Ah...I'm so happy to be doing this. :)
Played around with the blocks for a bit to see what patterns would emerge. Here's one. I need to make two more blocks.
And another...

And another.
I think I'll go with the first one.

Great tutorial for a Tiny Ticker-Tape Quilt

I'm making a log cabin quilt and I goofed up on the measurements. Fortunately I cut extra and not less so when I realized this in the middle of cutting I decided to just go ahead. So now I have neat little rectangles from the excess on each strip and I have been saving them thinking I should do something with them.

A ticker-tape quilt would be just great and here's the tutorial for it on Sew, Mama, Sew!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Just something I saw on my trip to Himachal. It's basic block print. They were table cloths at Ibex hotel and restaurant, Jispa.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quilting workshop in Bangalore!

3 days Workshop on: The Art of Quilt making
Date: Oct 15th, 2010 to Oct 17th, 2010.
Time: 9-30 am - 4-30pm
Fees: Rs.2000.00
For students: Rs. 1500.00
Venue:  #117 Vakil Garden City, Near Talagattapura Police Station, Kanakpura Road, Bangalore
Contact: Savita Uday-9448223190/08026968117
Last date to enroll :  3rd Oct 2010
Pl Note: Participants will learn the traditional patch making stitches. Please bring old cotton cloths and (preferably bright colors). Kindly bring your lunch pack.
From Banashankari bus stand you can catch busses no 211,212,213 and 214 to reach the venue.
BUS STOP: Vajramuni  gate.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quilters in Bikaner

A friend of mine texts me in the middle of her trip to Bikaner, Rajasthan. I was in the village and the women on one family makes quilts. I thought of you, she says. Here is her only picture with the family and look at the quilts they are sitting on. Aren't they lovely! I need to make a trip sometime and meet these people.

Sumana's Caption on Facebook (posted with permission): Playing at a village called 4KPD at the residence of Waris Ali, a senior Ustad. 
To my right are his sons, Riyaz Ali and Ali Sher. The women of the family were incredibly talented and so warm !

Monday, August 30, 2010

Finally... and Indian Quilter who blogs! Yaay!

Found and Indian Quilter who blogs!!!! Shruti Dandekar. Check her out at 13 Woodhouse Road.

More Online Resources

Day Style Designs

Leah Day Quilting

Came by a fantastic blog today: 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Designs. Leah Day has been sharing a free motion quilting design everyday this year. Very cool. Must check out.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quilters - the musical

Excuse my ignorance but I really get excited with everything new I learn about quilting. . I was looking for a video on how to sew a log cabin block and stumbled videos of a    production of Quilters. See here and read about it here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

And another...

I was on Facebook and one of my friends posted that she was quilting!!! I'm so excited! She's on her very first quilt for her little boy. I'm so glad.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

Finally! My second quilt top. This has taken way too long. I haven't been sewing much over the past few weeks. I'm not too happy with the colors. Making do with what I have at home for now. I think I should have left the printed fabric out. But I didn't have too many options at the time. Anyway, you live and you learn I guess.


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Playful Backgrounds

Check this out! It's so great. I'm really so taken up by everything one can do with paper, fabric and color! Man... I wish I went to art school :(


Monday, July 26, 2010

Block Printing Workshop

I went to a block printing workshop at Julie Kagti's studio - Sutra. They had Anjali, a trained block printer, give us an introduction to block printing, to the dyes and blocks,and to the process itself. Then we each got to mess around with blocks, dyes, and paper and fabric. It was great fun and very simple but painstaking work - depending on what you wanted to achieve. Precision and repetition - that's what it takes. And if you're someone who gets bored really easy it might be challenging.


These were on butter paper. This is one small square block. After a while I get tired of doing the same thing. Also becuase we only had a few hours to do as much as possible.

Nidhi showed us how we can make stencils out of paper and print over. I cut out paper in different shapes and tried printing over.
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This was on fabric.

Block Printing

I was onto something with the stencils... but this didn't quite turn out the way I hoped. Maybe with a smaller and more compact block the stencil shape would be defined better.



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This was actually my first fabric attempt and I really like it.

Getting those corners right


There's a technique for working on the corners. It takes a little getting used to. As you can see, one is better than the other.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My very first quilt top

Here it is!!!! Yaaay! My very first quilt top!!!! I still have to quilt it but I'm so excited.


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I used some old clothes for this actually. A friend recognized some patches:). As I was cutting up the clothes I remembered friends who were associated with each piece. I realize now that most of the fabric was gifted to me (as clothes). The pink printed fabric was a kurti from Latha who I worked with at Visthar. The dark orange-yellow border was a kurta from Airy whose husband was in my class at SAIACS. The red fabric is from a kurta that Poori, next to whom I spent three years of college, gave me.

The orange fabric with the stripes I associate with Pari my close friend from the University of Hyderabad. It was not a gift but I bought it when I was with her. We used to visit the exhibitions at Hyderabad and we absolutely loved the cotton. I remember when we bought this we also bought a black fabric with silver and red lines.

So, four fabrics and four friends. Four fabrics and four different places and times in my life. I sent a prayer up for each of them and I feel blessed to have them in my life.

The quilt that wasn't

So I got out some old clothes and cut them up into 5 and a half inch sqaures and decided to begin my very first quilt. I did not plan. I was going for a scrappy look.


Then I placed a few of the pieces differently and I saw that the colors could work so much better. So I abandoned this project. And I learned that its a good thing to plan your quilt from the start.
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