On my sewing table today.

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Sometimes, all you need is something really simple.

I had this bunch of colourful fabric lying with me for years. I kept racking my brains on what to make with it. After spending hours and hours on Pinterest, (not that I mind it. :D) I finally decided to go super simple with this.

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So I got my mat and rotary cutter out and cut up the fabric into strips. I started joining them up together and realised that they looked like a riot of colours, which was beautiful, yet chaotic.

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Nah, I needed to balance the chaos there. So I got some white out, cut it up into strips and added them in between.

 

I like what it looks like now.

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I am happy with this simple and bright quilt top. Some baby is gonna be really happy under this.

Now to decide on the more difficult bit of the backing and the quilting.

I shall update you on that soon.

Stay well. Do visit my store for more.

 

 

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Happy New Year

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Happy 2018!

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I am super excited for 2018. Yay!

I have crazy lot of expectation from this year. Life is gonna change! Yes!

I quit my day job to become a full time quilter. Many said that I was crazy to do that. They said I would regret it. They said it is okay to have hobbies, but then there is life…

And then there were few who said they were happy for me. That they believed in me. Thank You very much! I needed that confidence from you.

Well, I have started with a website. It is very basic and I will keep improvising it as we go. But it is a start. A place we’re people can go look what I have. They can communicate with me through it.

So do click here to check it out. I need feedback, people. Do tell me how can I make it better. Do tell me if you like it.

Thank you again. You will see way more of me here. I promise.

Till then, Good bye. Have a great year! 🤗🤗🤗

 

Baby quilts

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The first quilt I made for my baby

Comforted is the baby, that sleeps under a handmade quilt. We have heard that so often. And I love making baby quilts. Not only because they are cuter but they are easier to make on my home machine.

But I haven’t made any for a long time. More because I was busy making other things. Aprons primarily. Yes, suddenly too many apron orders have come in my way. But that will be another post.

I really need to start making some quilts. Some real cute fabric has come my way and some pretty designs are running in my head too. So yay! here is to more baby quilts! 😀

But, Till I make some new or finish the WIPs, let me just share a couple that I made.

Let me start with the ‘Go Bananas’ Quilt. The bananas fabric was a find of the hubby. Yeah. He is sweetheart that way. He goes fabric shopping for me. ❤

The yellow with white doilies is a favourite fabric. It is one I use super sparingly. And I loved how the red binding gave it a lovely pop!

 

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The ‘Go Bananas” quilt

Someone pointed out about how the hearts were… erm… naughtily placed on the bananas. 😐

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I went for straight line quilting on this one. It just seemed to go the best.

And for the backing I used a lovely pink, block printed, Indian fabric from my stash.

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Yeah. This was one happy crazy quilt. I mean, really, dont those bananas bring a smile to you?!

The other one I made some time back was this ‘Into the sea’ quilt. This had to be special because an old school friend whom I hadn’t met since school just pinged me on Facebook one day and asked me for a baby quilt. God bless Facebook for connecting old lost friends.

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Sail boats and sharks!

You know, it is amazing how quilting changes the look of a quilt. Here, take a look at this when it wasn’t quilted.

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Boring, right? Oh so boring!

I quilted pebbles and waves on the orange patches. I love how they turned out. Pebbles is my favourite kind of quilting. And the look totally changed. It is like magic. It is crazy what you can do with just some needle and thread.  And that is why I say, quilting is the best thing ever invented!

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Again, the red binding livens it up. I love a contrasting bright binding.

Both these quilts were made with 100% cotton fabric and cotton batting

The babies that used them were a happy lot, I have been told, and nothing makes me more happy than that!

So, have you made anything lately? I would love to see it. Do share the link to you work in the comments for me and others to go have a look. You can check some of mine here.

Till then bye… Some, to-be-made, baby quilts are waiting for me. ❤

I did a workshop! I taught!

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Okay! Before anything else, I am sorry that I was not around here for a looooooong time. You can totally kick me in the butt for that. I really have no excuse except that I was procrastinating being super lazy. 😦

 

Yeah. It has been really long. But the thing is I have also been making life changing decisions along with being lazy. And I have decided to take my creative bit seriously now.

A great chance came along with an invitation to conduct a workshop. This was by the lovely Prerna from Media Connect. I freaked out but I took it up. Because sometime in life we just need to face our fears. And I sure am glad I did.

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The second stall to your left, that’s mine!

It was going to be a hand sewing workshop at a stall in a banquet full of stalls, and i had 20 minutes to teach. So I picked up the easiest thing to teach – patch-worked coasters.

The expected foot-fall for the event was 200 between the two days and I had to make kits for all. Which was crazy again because I was being lazy till like two weeks into the event and then I panicked.

The kits I made for the patchworked coasters workshop. This had some fabric bits to be patched, some batting and a back fabric. :) #quilting #sewing #patchwork #workshop #teacher #quiltkit #coasters #colours #happiness #cute #handmade #makersgonnamake

Ri, my little boy, stamped those flowers out for me. 🙂

But with a little help from SSM, Ri and my mother, I managed to make these cute kits.

Each of the kits had four 3 inch squares, a 5.5 inch fleece batting, and a 6 inch backing fabric.

I picked fleece batting because of the ease it would provide in hand sewing.

I was invited to do a workshop where I taught patchworked coasters. It was fun. :) #modernquilt #quiltsofinstagram #potholder #pouches #mugrug #cushioncovers #workshop #applique #artquilt #teacher #tablerunner #slingbag #quilting #sewing #sewingwithkids #handmade #happiness #makersgonnamake #fabric #fabricart #trianglepouch

Doesn’t that look like a bright and happy stall!

This is what my stall looked like. I placed a few things I had made and were in stock just to give everyone an idea about what I make.

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This felt good… everyone sewing together… Me just looking at everyone sewing… Letting out deep, happy sighs!

 

I had a very keen audience, eager to learn. I was happy to spread some sewing love. And many were happy to work on a craft they had never done before, or they had long forgotten after their school years.

That little boy made the best coaster.

I did get some good feedback which totally made my day. As well as boosted my confidence to a great new height.

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Love those happy faces.

It was a brilliant experience. And more than anything else, a huge learning for me.

Thanks to those who organised this and to those who took interest in learning this.

I plan to do a video tutorial for patchwork coasters soon so that anyone can come back and refer. I will try to upload it in my next post here. So come back.

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That is Ri and I at the end of the workshop. Ri is holding the coaster he made. 🙂

Till then, bye bye! Learn a new skill. Be creative. Have fun. ❤

Faux leather and Felt coasters – Tutorial

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DIY Bowtruckle – Tutorial

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So how many of you just loved Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? Awesome wasn’t it? I saw it twice and I want to see it again. And I am totally in love with Newt. ❤

So watching it twice and dreaming about it all the time, I just had to make at least one, ONE of the creatures, right? 😀

SO WE MADE OUR OWN PET BOWTRUCKLE! And ours is almost as cute as Pickett. 🙂

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And you can make one too because it is super simple.

All you need is a wire, glue gun, green colour. (I used acrylic) and green paper.

So first twist and turn the wires to get a branch shape that looks like it has two arms and 3-4 legs. (I made 5 because you can make your bowtruckle stand easily.)

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Don’t worry if the joins are a little wobbly because that will be taken care of once you smear it with glue from the glue gun.

Now get your glue gun in action and start covering it up with glue all over. Make it a little thick towards the top end to make a bowtruckle face.

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Once the glue is all dry, start painting it green. Or get your kid to do it like I did. Ri had fun painting this too.

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Once the paint dries up, cut two tiny leaf shapes from a green paper and glue it to the head.

Make two tiny black eyes with black colour or sharpies and you are done.

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Keep your bowtruckle in your pocket, or on the shelf.

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Or on your Christmas tree. Though this one doesn’t seem to like that much. 😀

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So go, you magical folks, go, make one today. And do let me know in the comments if you did make one. I would love to see the pictures. ❤

Halloween Origami Jack-o-lanterns

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This has become our favourite Halloween decor. And we cant wait, come October and we have to get these lights up.

So this ends up being a part of our Halloween/Durga Puja/Diwali decor.

Super easy to make and oh, so much fun!

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We take small square papers (orange or yellow) and fold them into origami balloons. I love fairy lights with origami balloons and use the often as home decor. You can see my post on them here. You can also find the tutorial to make this lovely lights there.

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We then draw the jack-o-lantern face on the balloons before blowing into them, and voila! we are done.

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Just as easy-peasy as that and looks lovely around your house.

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Go make some of you own. Have fun. Do share the link to the pictures in the comment below if you do make them. ❤

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