Dreamcatcher at Dusk, My Quilts, Patchwork of my life, Round the Year quilt

The Dreamcatcher at Dusk – IQA “A World of Beauty” Judged Show 2018 Finalist!

Woohoo! The Dreamcatcher is going to Houston, Texas and am I excited, or what!

I am on a vacation at the most gorgeous place, where I have no pics of the quilt to share with you. So I will share a pic of this lovely little lily pool here, instead!

Best of luck to all the finalists!

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The Quilts of Love -II

I finished three more scrap quilts that I was making for the little girls of the Faith Aalingan in Jaipur! Such a warm, caring place it is! Do visit their website to see if you would like to help them in any way? Meanwhile, here are my quilts which found their new home and new owners today!

All are ‘bagged’ with 1.5 kilograms of carded cotton wool and big-stitch hand-quilted in the traditional North Indian ‘lihaaf‘ or ‘razai‘ style. The thickness of the quilt makes elaborate quilting difficult but provides adequate warmth in the cold season, in the absence of central heating.

Quilt #7/2018

This 48″ x 72″ quilt is made up of nine-patches, arranged around a square embroidered on my Husqavarna Topaz 20 – the only bit of embroidery I have done on the machine!

Quilt #8/ 2018

A four-patch quilt, finishing at 48″ x 72″. All the squares finish at 4″ just like in the other two quilts.

Quilt #9/ 2018

Four-patches in oranges and reds were sashed and cornerstoned to make this 56″ x 80″ quilt.

It is already too warm to use these thick quilts in Jaipur. I was planning to make one more quilt for these special recipients, but have postponed it till the next winters, while I get back to my various unfinished projects!

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The Quilts of Love…

Five of my ‘sharing’ quilts are done! They all go to little girls who are very, very special. I will tell you more about them and perhaps even share their stories and pictures, once I have the requisite permission. Meanwhile, here are the quilts, the latest first! They are all bagged, stuffed with carded cottonwool and quilted by a traditional ‘tagai wala‘ – quilt maker. This kind of quilt is called a lihaaf  or razai in this part of the world.

You can read more about traditional North Indian quilts and quilt makers here!

Quilt#5/2018 Riddhi’s Quilt

I always wanted to make the Granny Square block but never got around to it! Here is a giant one, made with 9″ square pieces and framed in a chevron border made with alternating HSTs.

The giant granny square in the centre finishes at 36″!
That pretty print is from a strip of fabric left over from a kurta I stitched for myself more than thirty years ago!

Quilt#4/2018 Sonali’s Quilt

…the one with the giant pinwheels. Again, I used fabric left over from dress-making!

Pink and green pinwheels, so perfect for a six-year old little girl!
I love the cuddly look the quilting gives it.

Quilt#3/2018 Annu’s quilt

This was the only one for which I cut up new fabric from my stash…
How pretty that soft mint green backing is!

is now with its owner! I already showed you pics of the top made with the double Disappearing Nine-Patch block. Here it is, all quilted!

Quilt#2 Mahima’s Quilt –

You have seen pictures of this quilt top too! I backed it with an old Ikat dupatta (stole) and the tagaiwala did the rest! Four year old Mahima absolutely loved it! I do wish I had made it slightly bigger, though!

An ikat dupatta from more than twenty years ago makes up the backing of this second finish of the year!
Fabric from my first ever quilt, made in 2008!

Quilt#1/2018 Siddhi’s Quilt

It made my day, week, month, year to see the happy surprise on the youngest child, Siddhi’s face, when she received her quilt! For me? she asked delightedly! This one is also backed with an Ikat dupatta.

Orphan blocks from my second ever quilt, also started in 2008!
For the backing, another ikat dupatta, so intricately hand-woven.

So those are the first five quilts! One is at the tagaiwala’s. I had planned to make a total of seven quilts originally. But I don’t wish to leave out any of the remaining four girls. So I need  now to decide how to use the scraps in my stash to make those extra quilts! Perhaps I will cut up an old saree?

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Double Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt Top

This is the third of my giving-away quilt tops.

I wanted something which would come up quickly and use up some hand block- printed muslin lying around in my stash for years. The squares were cut at 16″ from the 44″ wide fabric, leaving a strip of just over 10″ ( after removing the selvedge) along the length. The solid blue is cambric.

The four-patch was made to ‘disappear’ twice over in making this block! The first cuts were at 2.75″ on either side of the centre seams. After rotating the strips and stitching them back together ( you can check on YouTube – there are plenty of great videos explaining how it is done) I went a step further.

I cut strips 3″ wide at the top and bottom edges, swapped them and sewed them back to the block. I then cut 3″ strips on either side of the block, swapped those and sewed them back! This makes a 29″ final block. Three of those blocks make the centre panel and I made half blocks for the side panels, using the 10″ strip. I ended up with a quilt top 50″x 87″ after adding a 2″ strip as a border on the sides – seems to be a reasonable size for a young teenager.

Here is another look at the top on my ironing board. The blue is more of a turquoise actually, but my iPad just doesn’t seem to pick up the correct shade!

Tomorrow will be a busy day otherwise, so the next top comes up on Thursday! Happy quilting to all you folks too.

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The Season for Sharing…

It is the season for sharing and I turned my scraps and unlikely-to-be-ever-used stash into tops for baby quilts, for an orphanage supported by my favourite charitable organization.

Here is QuiltTop#1 in colours of the season. It was improvised using orphan rail fence blocks and other scraps from one of my first ever quilts.

The prints are all dabu hand block prints from a village near Jaipur…all except the green rail fence blocks and the white and gold strip, which are prints from Sanganer…

…and here is QuiltTop#2 – Indigo Love! Both quilts finish at 48″x 60″ which seems to be a good size. Again, all dabu prints, except the bright red triangles from Sanganer, hand printed with wooden blocks!

The pink/ red triangles were left over from a quilt where the blocks were set on point…

I plan to make at least three more tops over the next three days, not all of them baby quilts. I will not be quilting them myself. Instead, I will add a backing to make quilt bags to be stuffed thickly with carded cotton in the local market. The quilt-maker will be hand quilting them with big stitches. In the cold weather up North, where there is no winter heating, they should then be able to provide adequate warmth to some little children somewhere…

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Another Modern Quilt…

Modern Relish Cafeteria Line pattern modified – Quilt#2

Well, technically, it is the same quilt, but quilted differently. I told you how it started off as one large quilt, and ended up as two quilts! In fact, I quilted this one first, but the binding on the other one came first.

The brown band that drove me nuts!

This brown strip that used from my stash was thicker fabric than the rest used on the quilt. So every time I reached this band, the thread would break! You would appreciate that that was pretty horrible – I ended up stopping short of the band, skipping that area and continuing on the other side! I came back later to complete the brown band by walking foot! Which also meant I had several dozen pairs of threads to bury all along this strip on either side. In fact, I can still spot some threads which need to meet their end inside the batting, but I wanted to take these photos before the sun set!

Reminds me of children throwing stones in a pool!

I experimented with some straight line quilting to make my task a bit easier – you can see that on the coloured fabric.

Wasn’t such fun when being done, but I like the end result!

I have done a quilt before with a spiral, but that was a single huge spiral on a quilt as you go panel and I think I used a walking foot. This one was almost entirely done with the echo free motion quilting foot, so was quite something else. Over all, I am quite satisfied with the way it turned out!

For the backing, I found an interesting print in brownish greys, which went quite well with my main prints.

The printed backing in brownish grey.

I think the lovely lady for whom this quilt has been made should like it, don’t you?

Tomorrow I will show you what else I have been up to! So do check in.

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A Modern Quilt…

Finally completed one of two quilts in the making…both gifts, for two wonderfully generous girls.

Cafeteria Line pattern modified - one of two quilts meant as gifts.
A modern quilt for a lovely girl!

I planned, originally, to make a queen size, using the Cafeteria Line pattern by Modern Quilt Relish. However, I had only five fat quarters to work with, so I modified the pattern somewhat, adding the extra red bar . I was also not looking forward to working on a large quilt on my Husqavarna Viking, so thought I would quilt it in two halves and join them together. But then, had a brain wave! Two quilts are better than one, right?

The red and dark brown strip fabrics are from my stash.
I do love the quilting, don’t you?

I free motion quilted this one in a pattern similar to the original Modern Relish quilt, which I loved so much!

Marking the grid for the quilting was the most boring task imaginable!

I started by marking dots at 1″ intervals to form a grid to work on. That bored me so much, that I switched to a 2″ grid and eventually just drew perpendicular lines where I felt like!

The other quilt is quilted totally differently! Any guesses?

Since the point of my washable marker pencil kept breaking after every two lines, I switched to an ordinary lead pencil to draw the lines. Which means that I have to sit with an eraser tomorrow and scrub them all out! Not something I am looking forward too.

I did manage to find some pretty floral matching fabric for the backing in the local market, which softens the geometrical look of the quilt.

A pretty floral for the backing…

I hope the recipient of the quilt will love it as much as I loved making it for her!

Tomorrow, I plan to bind the other quilt. What is sewing at your end?