A Milestone of Sorts!

I am going to get more than just a bit boastful today! My blog just reached 100000 all-time views from 35000 visitors from around 110 countries, a few of which I barely knew even existed! 

When this blog started off four years ago,  I did not know if anyone was going to read it. It had no agenda, except a need to share with the world my thoughts and musings and the things I enjoy doing. At that time, that included poetry, painting, embroidery and quilting, in no particular order. I am being told now to make an exclusively quilting blog, but I am not so sure. Agreed, in these years, quilting has taken over much of my life and the blog has come to reflect more and more of this. Yet, it remains to me a medium of sharing with you all that I create –  ‘This and That…Some Rhyme, Not All Reason’!

May I thank all of you who visit my blog and stay awhile, perhaps just to look around or download a few patterns which you like! Nothing gives me a greater high than seeing how you interpreted my designs. So, I would love it if you also shared your thoughts with me here and pictures of what you make using these patterns on my facebook page. 

So, good morning from India, may you have a wonderful day! 

A Memory Unlived

 

A tinkle of an anklet?

 

Haven’t I met you before,

From across a closed door?

In a dream,

Kind of forgotten?

In a verse still to be written?

In a note

Not yet sung?

In a word that hung

On my lips, unsaid

Or patiently sat

In a book I haven’t read?

In the footsteps

That tread

In a memory unlived?

In the smoke of a fire

Which never was lit?

In a scent that faded

Ere I even smelt it?

In a touch so soft

Only my heart

Ever felt it?

In a cloud

That sailed unseen?

In a sigh, unsighed

Of what-could-have-been?

I haven’t met you, are you sure?

In a life never lived before?

 

Note: There is something hauntingly romantic about old ruins. And when these are situated in a village which is supposed to be the ‘most haunted place in India’, one’s imagination runs wild. A memory – glimpse of a veil, a whiff of a scent, a touch of the breeze – the birth of a poem, dedicated to Bhangarh, a small village in Alwar District in Rajasthan.

Discovering Lost Treasure

I go on a Diwali cleaning spree and take several trips down Memory Lane…

I had an amazing day today and I didn’t even touch my quilting.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is just around the corner and we decided, as a part of the annual cleaning spree, to finally have a look at the five large cartons and trunks of what we thought were old official papers to be sent for pulping. And look at what I found hidden there for the last fifteen years since they were packed!

First, a folder cover I embroidered at the age of twelve ( it was really filthy and has gone into the wash), but it was not the ugly folder that was important. In a pocket in that folder was a picture of my daughter, when she was just ten days old! How precious is that!?! We also discovered a bunch of these photographs taken on a holiday to South India, travelling from Delhi. I don’t remember seeing these, ever. We probably got a transfer out of Delhi immediately thereafter; these were packed and the wooden box never opened till today.


That photograph right on top has a story, which I love to tell. We were boating on this beautiful lake in Ooty when, right in the centre of the lake (probably right here), my husband, Rajeev, dropped something into the water. We later discovered that it was the key to the main door of our flat back home. As we landed home late in the evening when no locksmith was available, he had to break the door open with a kick (or several). You can imagine how effective this tale is in shutting him up when he is being particularly nasty about my carelessness, which is actually just the natural preoccupation of a creative mind. Or so I would like him to believe!

I also found my collection of Georgette Heyers, about 20 of them! I have since replaced a few, as I thought they were lost forever! My dozen or so volumes from the Pelican series on Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Psychiatry, which I had scrimped and saved to buy when doing my Masters and also believed were lost… Freud, R.D.Laing, Durkheim…do you suppose a library would want them?

I also found the book I had written for children when I was still in college and which was published in 1979 by the Children’s Book Trust, New Delhi. I had won the National Award for the Best Children’s Literature in English for this and I didn’t even have a copy!

(India) National Award for Best Children's Literature in English 1979
The great Shankar wanted to illustrate this himself, but fell ill.

I discovered a whole lot of letters and cards, including one drawn by a cousin when he was 7 years old. We lost him to a road accident some years ago, 3 weeks before he was to be married. Several letters – some from when we were in school together – from someone who was my best friend for forty plus years, but does not wish to talk to me now.

Let me end this happy-nostalgic post with a few pages of the first ever school project, on ‘My Family’, done by my 6-year old!  We are all there, the Dad – standing in front of his brown Maruti car – who plays with him, the mother who cooks for him,  the uncle who comes back home late from the factory every day, tha aunt who is a lecturer, the sister who loves him, brother ( cousin) who loves to eat chhole-bhature, the grand mom who tells him stories ( I wonder why there is a cat on her saree?), the grandfather who writes letters…

His family – in the eyes of a six- year old!

By the way, we also found a letter of advice written by the same grandfather to my son when he had just entered medical school.

So these were some of the lost treasures I discovered today.  Tell me, how does one throw away these things?

Seasons in the Sun…

I am super excited to be sharing with you what has been keeping me away from the Round the Year BOM Quilt! It is my entry for the Husqvarna Viking India, PFAFF India & Handi Quilter India – Quilt Competition 2015 for Indian quilters from around the world!

The topic was The Joy of Flowers; it is amazing how different are the various interpretations of the theme! I do hope you will head to the Competition FACEBOOK PAGE  to see the awesome entries posted there so far. You can also see them on my Patchwork of My Life page. My entry is called `Seasons in the Sun’ … more can be revealed here only after the results are announced at the end of this month. However, if you want to see what I made last year, this is where you go!

Meanwhile, after relaxing for over a week to recover from a flurry of day and night quilting activity, I have started cutting the fabric for Block 15 of the quilt! I hope to have it up on 15th April. Any guesses as to which one it will be?

Before I sign off, I must share with you a picture of the beautiful place in the Himalayas, where I took a holiday!

A snow fed stream from the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas
A snow fed stream from the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas

Happy Quilting!

Remains of the Day

What is the minimum size of scraps you save?
What is the minimum size of scraps you save?

Block Ten is ready for assembly and Block Twelve is on its way. I am undecided about Block Eleven.
And I am still looking for block testers!

How is everybody else doing on their Round the Year quilts?

Caught Up with Dusk on Day Seventeen!

The last pending block, Lollipop Candy, is done! So here, finally, are all the eight blocks of the Dusk version, in one place…

The first eight blocks of the Dusk Round the Year Quilt
The first eight blocks of the Dusk Round the Year Quilt

…as seen from the other end of the table.

Eight more blocks to come!
Eight more blocks to come!

Here is a closer look at Block 6, Lollipop Candy, that I finished today. The original design had a deep blue centre. I am thinking now of a yellow.

What colour should the centre be?
What colour should the centre be?

I don’t know why I thought I had made four blocks from the Rainbow version – it seems only three are done!

 

Only three blocks done - the rest will have to wait for next year!
Only three blocks done – the rest will have to wait for next year!

Would you like to make your own Round the Year Quilt? You can access all the free patterns on this page. Why don’t you join us from January 1st? You can finish this BOM in 2015!

Today I have started working on Block Nine and will get back to you in the new year with a new block! Happy holidays to you all!

Block Parade on Day Fourteen

I have lots to share with you today…blocks made by other quilters,  members of my virtual quilting group, Desi Quilters. So without much ado, here we go! Here are the blocks Sobana made in the last two weeks; she now has only two more blocks to make to catch up with all her pending blocks!

Sobana Sundar's Card Trick
Sobana Sundar’s Card Trick
Sobana's Sapphire
Sobana’s Sapphire,,,
...and this is Sobana's Venus
…and this is Sobana’s Venus
The stunning Southward Bound by Sobana
The stunning Southward Bound by Sobana

Other Desi Quilters have also been catching up! Here is a look at their blocks.

Diptee's `gemstone' block
Diptee’s `gemstone’ block
Smita Prabhu's  Dahlia Round the Year Quilt
Smita Prabhu’s peach of a Dahlia

 

Tina Katwal Dahlia Round the Year Quilt
Tina Katwal’s transparent Ribbon Dahlia with a pixellated centre
Alka Goel Venus Round the Year Quilt
Alka Goel used solids to make her Venus shine!

Have you made any blocks during catch-up December? Why don’t you share your work on my facebook page Patchwork of my Life? The blocks are majorly foundation paper pieced and much easier to construct than what you may believe looking at them. So, if you have still not started on your blocks from the  Block of the Month Quilt `Round the Year’, you can head here for all the free patterns!