The little red bag

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I made a patchwork pouch after a very long time. I love making these for a simple reason that they are the best kind of scrap busters. And you can do something with there ones.

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A lovely lady told me that she wanted me to make a pouch but she wanted it to be not white and she wanted it to have handles.

And this one was born. I love patchwork get with Indian block prints. They just go so well with anything. Red is a favourite colour. And the handles, oh I had fun making those.

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It is amazing how every time I make something I learn something new.

What I also love is adding that bit of hand embroidered straight stitches. Does it not give the bad a character?

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Besides this life has been crazy yet brilliant. We have now adopted a lovely little pup who keeps me on my toes.

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She is now fast asleep and I shall make myself a good hot cup of coffee and get working on my next project.

In the meanwhile, hop in to my Shop and check out what else I have there.

See you soon .

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Book cover for a coffee lover.

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Remember my last post on the tea book cover. Well, immediately after I posted pictures of it, I got an order for another one. Except, this was for a coffee lover and not a tea lover like the earlier one.

Ah book lovers and their beverages! We know how strong that bond can be. Well I Pinterested (that should be a valid word considering the amount of time we craft crazy people spend on Pinterest.) and found some cute quotes about books and coffee. I sent them to this lovely lady and she picked this one up.

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She wanted it exactly like this, owl and all. Now I. Not too for with my drawing but I tried to copy it as close as possible. I would love to give credit to the original maker of this artwork, if only I knew who it was.

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So well, I tried to make it as close and possible and it turned out not too bad, right? I again added some pop with the hand sewn straight stitch embroidery and it was ready.

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Cute as a button.

You can find it up on my shop.

Till then, bye bye.

Book cover for a tea lover

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Who is a book lover here? You know if you are a bibliophile, you love things that are crazy yet bookish. I know this because I do too.

So it was not a surprise when I got an order for a book cover. The only instruction was that it had to be something that goes well with a book and a tea lover.

I immediately got googling quotes on tea and books and I found this lovely one by C. S. Lewis. Nothing could have been more apt.

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I also had this lovely fabric with tea cups that I fussy cut to appliqué on the cover. It already looked cute in my head and machine dear read my mind and made a beautiful job out of it.

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Yet something was missing and I knew what. It needed a little pop. And that is when I added a straight stitch embroidery border to it.

I also added a ribbon for a page mark. 🙂

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It looked perfect. I loved it and so did the lovely lady.

You can also check it out in my shop. Do visit.

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See you soon.

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.

 

 

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. ❤