A Baby Quilt (?)

I started this baby quilt, believing I would finish it in four hours! But it took me all of four days 😦

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Desi Quilters, my virtual quilting group decided to donate fifty quilts through A Hundred Hands, a Bangalore based charity. I have been busy with a lot of things on the home front, so thought to give it a miss, till we started running short of the target! I decided I’d do a quick baby quilt in a pattern I’ve always loved, using soft blended fabrics. I cut some 6″ strips in 3 fabrics.
and in no time, the blocks were ready…
And the quilt top too!
That is when things started going wrong! No idea how it happened, but I broke the bobbin winder! And so I was stuck.
Out came my mother in law’s hand cranked Singer .

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I decided to omit the batting, and added a simple solid green backing, catching up the the layers with stitch in the ditch on alternate blocks.
So here is the final ‘dohar’ ( literally ‘two layers’) – nice to snuggle into on a rainy Bangalore night!
Hope the little one who receives it stays warm and loved, always!

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Quilt for a Little Girl – pictures of the making: Land

Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt

I have blogged about the number quilt I designed and made for my grand niece here. The quilt is divided into three panels, land, water and air. I had no access to any patterns with measurements, so I designed the quilt and the blocks on graph paper. I  made the ‘blocks and sewed them on to a flannel background, joining and quilting them as I went along!

The land panel came up first – with`one’ house’ and `two’ trees
The little lace curtains on the door and window are unstitched on one edge. I used satin ribbon for the tree trunk and that brown panel at the bottom of the house. The green of the trees was a favourite saree – one that I bought with my first salary. And the green of the grass is my mother’s frayed saree.

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1-house-2-trees

The next came in the six flowers – not only are these disproportionately huge, they were tough to handle and not too neat! 😦 As a beginner quilter, I had no idea you could spray starch fabric to make it easier to cut and sew pieces.

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Here are the three cats with their 3-D tails.

Quilted cat 1
Quilted cat 1

Don’t you love his little red bow?! He does not look happy despite the fact that his background is a saree from my trousseau! And he himself ( as also the house) came from a saree blouse piece.

Quilted Cat 2
Quilted Cat 2

The Navy Cat – not very happy too! And that when I made him from the scraps of my favorite navy silk salwar and gave him this lovely braided tail!

Quilted Cat 3
Quilted Cat 3

I loved the background fabric of Mr. Marmalade Cat ( well loved silk kurta) and wanted to use it elsewhere too – but it frayed enormously.

So the three ungrateful and oversized cats found their way next to the house.

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I shall write about how I made the sea and the sky panels in another blogpost!

Quilt for a little girl

I designed and made this little quilt for my little grand niece.

It is a number / counting quilt – also a land, sea, air quilt – made with silks and satins and oodles of love. Anyone is free to copy it in any which way they like.