Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paint Chip Challenge Quilt

Seattle MQG is organizing a Paint Chip Mini Quilt Challenge where each one of us was given a paint chip and we had to come up with an 18" x 18" mini quilt. I was fortunate to get two paint chips and this was my fabric pull. I could not believe it that I had all these fabrics in my stash. #sewmystash2015 for the win.

Then using a nifty new iPad app, that I have been extensively using lately, I drew up an initial design. 

And this is what it looked like once I was done.

I found the back far more interesting than the front.

Since the front was very busy I decided to use a simple wavy stitch on my Bernina (stitch #4) for the quilting. It's barely visible on the lighter fabric.

I am looking forward to turning this in next month and seeing what the collective display of all the quilts looks like. Will post a pic when that exhibit goes up at Drygoods Design in June.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pink, Pink aaaannnnnddd Purple!!!

I last made a quilt for my niece when she was just a few months old. One of my early works, that too a rag quilt. What was I thinking! I decided it was time I make a real quilt for her fourth birthday. Yes, she is an April Fool's baby! Anyway now that it's been gifted I can blog about it. Not that she would read this but nevertheless, I waited.

To start with I wanted to pick colors of her choice so I asked her: 'Anya, what are your favorite colors?', to which her response was: (loudly) Pink.....(run in a circle)...(softly) pink...(run in a circle again, this time with hands waving in the air) ......aaaannnnnddddd Purple!!!!(stamp feet and come to a halt). So pink and purple it was! :)

I scoured my stash for all sorts of pinks and purples and paired them with some low volume fabrics. I picked this great pattern called 'Cloud Song' from Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Ricketson. I adore all her books and always wanted to make something from them. I picked the pattern because I thought it was apt considering she is a Seattle baby.

The raindrops and cloud applique add an adorable whimsy to the quilt. I especially like the little fox faces in the raindrops. This is the only piece of Tula Pink fabric I own and love how it matches both the green and pink in the quilt. It was meant to be! Small details like this make me happy. :)

Since the top is quite busy, I wanted the quilting to blend with the background and quilted it with a simple meandering stitch. 

For the back I used Amy Butler flannel which I had bought a while back. It will provide some added warmth on chilly Seattle nights. It is extremely soft and snuggly. The roses make the quilt even more girly.

The binding is one of my favorite fabrics from Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt. I don't have much of it left, but I am sure there will be others. I try not to get too attached to fabric. There always will be new fabric to fill it's place.

Overall I love how the quilt turned out.  I know it will be loved and used for years to come. Perfect for a little girl and can't beat the fact that all of the fabrics are from my stash. #sewmystash2015 for the win!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Quilty Care Package

Recently I lost my trusty quilt appreciating side kick. I cannot count the hours of companionship as she sat by my side while I sewed.  I will miss her ever so dearly. Here is a picture of her from the first day we got her. She hid inside the pillow cover in the guest bedroom. 

When my mom heard about the news she mailed me a package with all kinds of sewing knick knacks to cheer me up. Most of these things belonged to my grand mother which were passed down to her.

First up this awesome piece of hand embroidered skirt. It is chunky mirror embroidery on a very sturdy canvas like fabric, similar to upholstery weight. I guess back in the day they made outfits based on what would resist the wear and tear of daily life.

This is what it looks like at the back.

There were pieces of some awesome hand woven lace. The colors are just so vibrant. I think these were salvaged off some old sarees.

A box full of sewing thread on wooden spools. I don't think the thread is usable anymore but the colors are to die for. I think they would make great display items in my sewing room.

There was a box full of sewing/tapestry needles of all shapes and sizes. Some odd looking ones that I had no idea what they could be used for. Of the lot what really caught my eye was this package of medical needles for suturing. I guess stitching up a gash was just another household sewing activity or they worked great as embroidery/tapestry needles! 

Last but not the least a bag full of hand carved wooden templates for block printing fabric. These actually belonged to my great great grandmother. So they are probably more than a hundred years old. They are still in decent condition and would love to give them a try.

There were a ton of fabric pieces from old sarees of which this one was my favorite. I just love the color and the gold block print on the fabric. This fabric is still in good condition, most of the other pieces are falling apart. I probably have to do something to preserve them from further damage.

Well the package was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I have some artifacts from my family's sewing past.

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