Sunday, July 26, 2015

An extraordinary quilt

This has to rate as the toughest and of course the loveliest of the quilts I have tried to make. Right now I have done only the blocks and have to make it into a quilt top and then of course quilt it. But happy right now to have got to this stage. Especially as I know no one else has done as much. Many have lagged behind or given up or never tried. So I do have reason to feel on top of the world.  And of course not to forget that at last I would have a quilt for myself.
I set this as my target for ALYOF and managed to finish it all but for the last block. I am out of the background material and will be getting it in the next couple of days. Will finish it definitely before the month ends.
 Tagging it for ALYOF at Sewbittersweet designs

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Madhu's blocks and my quilt!

I did have a lot of finished projects the last four months and all of them lovely but somehow kept missing linking it to A Year of lovely finishes. Thankfully remembered it this month. July is going to be my 'me month'. I am going to work on my quilt. I plan to finish setting all my MMDQ blocks into squares and also finish the ones I am yet to do. Making a quilt top now that would be wonderful but am not setting that as a target. Here are some of the blocks. Paper pieced, designed by fellow quilter Madhu Mathur - you can find the free patterns here -

Linking this up with ALYOF

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Promises to keep

It's time to redeem my pledge to myself - to finish that bag promised long ago to my niece and to also complete the task I set for myself this month - my goal for the 'Year of lovely finishes' but looks like I may have left it too late! I have the fabric all cut out and even the interfacing fused but cannot progress as there is a power outage here. No power since morning and it is late evening now with no signs that it will be restored. I am hoping that I can sew tonight and finish it and perhaps using the fact that I live in the East to get it linked.
 And yes I managed it. Thank God it is Pacific time for the linky party or I would have not made it. Made a silly mistake and had to go for the seam rippeṛ Sewing at midnight is not my thing and next time i am finishing a week ahead to avoid this kind of mess-up.

Linking it with AYOLF at Sew BitterSweet Designs

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Feb goals for A lovely Year of Finishes

 Keeping a target really worked last month though I messed up n posting the link at SewbitterSweeṭ Well this month I do have a lot of projects going on but there is one that I have to do for my niece - a library bag and a pair of pencil poucheṣ That will be the target. My niece has a penchant for owls and so I have got this lovely fabric for the bag.
Hoping to finish and link it by the end of the month in a year of lovely finisheṣ

Friday, January 30, 2015

Springtime quilt

This one has been in the making for a while. I had to put it away couple of times to accommodate other quilts and projects and also because my sewing machine had minor fits of tantrums when asked to do a lot of FMQ. Well I am not one to give up easily and after multiple changes of needles and thread and freshly wound bobbins, It is all done.

Linking this with 'a year of lovely finisheṣ Hope I can do it the next 11 months too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A year of lovely finishes

A year of lovely finishes
Now that is a great thing to aim for and a little nudge is always welcome when one sets a goal like that.
My Button
So  I aim to link up with so many others aiming to do the same. My target for January is to finish the tulip quilt that I am doing for my niece. I still have to do a bag and couple of pencil pouches for her but maybe that can be my target for the next month. 
I have done quite a bit of the fmq and the panels for the top and bottom are also ready. Hoping to finish it fully by the end of the month.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Colouring up my life

A sunny day after a lot of gloomy cold and overcast days! And since I was out of yellow and blue fabric, I decided to take a break from sewing and paint some fabrics. I dont have easy access to buying fabric and painting them is a wonderful way out for me. Fun too as i love dabbling with colours though I am no artisṭ A fellow quilter asked for tips on painting and here I go. I have learnt all that I know from those generous souls out there who have shared tutorials. Deborah Hare's Quilt routes was the best and I have not yet done justice her diffeent methods. So without much ado here is my pictorial tute.

I use a wooden board covered with a plastic sheet measuring about 15" by 17".  The size was governed by the availability. Bigger ones are difficult to handle but it does mean that the fabrics I paint are necessarily small.

That is the plastic sheet discoloured after many layers of fabrics were placed on it and painteḍ . Which gave me an idea. I decided to top the plastic with a piece of white fabric and mop up the excess painṭ. This is what became of the white fabric.

My go to brush is the big one. I can quickly smear paint all over the fabric with this one. The paint I use is acrylic meant for fabric though I would love to try the silk paint. Sadly I have not been able to lay my hands on it. The process itself is very simple. All one needs to do is to dilute the acrylic paint a little as too much of it could make the fabric stiff. and then spread it all over the fabric. To facilitate the spreading, I spray some water or wet the fabric. The whole thing,board and fabric are left out in the sun to dry. Once dry it has to be heat set by ironing and then given a wash before it is ready for use.  To get a different look everytime  add things like little objects with definite shapes or plain old leaves and flowers and layer the paint. And you end up with gorgeous fabrics.
 This one was with four shades of colour - three blues and an emerald green alternating. After spreading the paint I just scrunched up the fabric (All right I lie.Too much of a Virgo to scruncḥ I did fold it up) and left it like that for a while and then sun-dried iṭ
  This was a lovely blue Cerulean I think, which I darkened with Ultramarine and then liberally scattered salt all over it. I usually go with crystal salt but today added a spoonful of powdered salt too. Lovely effect I think. the yellow below also has some salt just the crystal ones thougḥ Here after spreading the plain yellow I added a bit of red to darken the yellow. It turned out to be too much of red. Keeping aside the bulk of it I used a touch here and there to get this effect.

 The excess reddish/orange paint I mopped up with a piece of fabric.And that too looks lovely when dried.
 Some gulmohar leaves, a flower or two of Vinca rosea add to the design element. Just press them gently onto the damp fabric before putting them out in the sun.
 This one had a clover leaf and a bigger one that was heart shaped. I keep trying out all sorts of leaves. An experiment with flower petals is on the cardṣ
This one was following the layers method outlined by Deborah Hare. I used three four colours and scrunched the fabric to get this. Looks like the evening sky on some days with the red and dark streaks.
Some of these fabrics have not been made with anything in mind while some are for the quilt blocks I am currently working on. I have to admit I am tempted to buy all the shades of paint available and try them out!. perhaps I will too.