Monday, October 27, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - ROYGBIV Quilts


Hi all!

All those who have come from Amy's blog and are meeting me for the first time, I'm Shruti and I am a quilter from India!!!

I fell in love with quilting 5 years back and have not looked back ever since!



My Entry to this category is not an actually colored quilt, but a quilt that depicts colors in a tactile manner!!!

The inspiration came from a book I was reading "Sisters" by Danielle Steele.
In that book one of the four sisters, a painter, looses her sight in an accident. The other 3 sisters decide to stay together in a single house to help her get back on her feet.

The part when the girl realizes that she cannot see any more prompted me to think what would an artist do without sight! It would be disastrous!

Even for us quilters, colors play a very important role. What would a quilt be without colors? And I mean ALL of it - the value, shade, etc. Not just one aspect of it.

Then I began thinking of what would colors mean to someone who has never 'seen'? How would a blind-at-birth person see them? How would they feel them?

That is when I decided to make a tactile quilt.

This quilt is what colors 'look' like to those who have never seen them.




The dots you see on the quilt are the names of colors written in Braille. From top to bottom : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet!

Can I tell you a secret? I forgot Indigo and realized it only when I finished quilting it.



I quilted it with almost straight lines using the BSR on Ross - My Bernina 710. I used Aurifil 50 wt White thread for 99% of the quilting, which is super dense (< 1/8th inch apart). I also quilted just 3 lines in each row with the colour I have written so that you can see which one is which!!!

Making this quilt was a wonderful process. It is a quilt that also prompted me to donate my eyes! I filled an online form with the EBAI (Eye Bank Association of India) and am awaiting my acceptance email!

I have put in more thoughts in the design of this quilt than any other that I have made. But in the end I'm very happy with my work!!!

Quilt Stats
Name : The White Rainbow
Size : 36" x 50"
Material used :
Fabric :White Bella Solid, a little bit of the rainbow fabric by Anne Kelly for the binding.
Thread : Aurifil 50 wt - white for most of the quilting. Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue and Violet for some.
Batting : Pellon Fusible Fleece for the dots and Cotton batting overall!
Technique : Trapunto
Experience : Heartwarming!

Do you like my white rainbow?

Go check out the other quilts in this category and nominate your favorite ones to win the Viewers Choice award!!! Just click on the link below to go to Amy's site!!!



AmysCreativeSide.com


Bloggers Quilt Festival - Modern quilt

Hi all!
All those who have come from Amy's blog and are meeting me for the first time, I'm Shruti and I am a quilter from India!!!

I fell in love with quilting 5 years back and have not looked back ever since!




Here's my entry for the "Modern" Category!

My Sassy Modern Quilt! What else!!!


This quilt is dedicated to all those who say Batiks cannot be used in modern quilts!!!
Now let them deny that this is a modern quilt!!!

Quilt Stats
Name : Sassy Batiks
Size : 50" x 57"
Material used : Fabric : Black Solid - local find, Batiks from The Square Inch
Thread : Aurifil Black 50 wt 
Pieced and quilted on Ross - my Bernina 710
Experience - "kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck, fantastic." (those who are not aware, its a quote by Rachel in Friends Season 2 - Episode 1)

Go check out the other quilts in this category and nominate your favorite ones to win the Viewers Choice award!!! Just click on the link below to go to Amy's site!!!


AmysCreativeSide.com


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sassy Batiks!!!

When people tell me you cannot do something, I'm always itching to prove them wrong!!!

So when I heard it too many times, that Batiks cannot be used in modern quilts, I decided to try to break that myth!!!

First thing, I ordered batiks from Tina, who apart from being the ONLY female Bernina Dealer also has a lovely shop-studio The Square Inch at Chennai!

Aren't these beauties just gorgeous???


Add to it amazing customer service and super fast delivery!!! Tina, you're a dream come true for me!!!



So after a lot of pondering about what I wanted to do, I got started! I knew I wanted to improv piece on a black background, but didn't know what I wanted it to look like!

Inspiration struck me when I was sleeping and I could not wait for it to be morning and go to my studio!!!

Here's my finished quilt!!!


I improv pieced the letters along with the black solid!!! It was super fun to make this one!


I quilted it densely with free motion straight lines! Thanks to my BSR, this was a breeze!!!  slightly less terrifying!


Me, Ross and Aurifil!!! Partners in crime!

Quilt Stats
Name : Sassy Batiks
Size : 50" x 57"
Material used : Fabric : Black Solid - local find, Batiks from The Square Inch
Thread : Aurifil - what else!!!
Pieced and quilted on Ross - my Bernina 710
Experience - "kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck, fantastic." (those who are not aware, its a quote by Rachel in Friends Season 2 - Episode 1)


I'm dedicating this one to all those who say Batiks cannot be used in Modern Quilts!!!
Is this modern enough for you guys???

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketches... in thread...

Currently, I am working with a group of architects in my town to organize a state level convention. Being in touch with them means being in touch with architecture!!!

That inspired me to do a thread sketch. This is the first in a series I'm planning to make.

I have been allotted an exhibition space at the convention so this will surely go in there!!!


Also, little brother got me this from his recent USA trip!!! It is my belated Birthday gift! (Never mind that my birthday was more than 6 months back!!!)


Maybe I'll add a little bit of color to the sketches!!!

Cannot wait to try them out!!!




What are you working on right now? I'd love to hear!!!

Cheers!!!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam2

I once again worked with one fabulous pattern by Fat Quarter Shop.

This was supposed to go up on last Monday. But I received the fabric on Thursday evening! So I managed to make it in 2 days, while I was down with a stomach-ache.

I ordered the Kona Silent Film Roll-up to make this one.
I also threw in two strips of Botanics Tangerine Branches by Carolyn Friedlander to add a punch!


Here's my Jelly Roll Jam 2!!!


I used Aurifil 1104 (50 wt) to quilt it in my favorite paisley design...


I used a backing that I had bought from a fellow quilter Sudha Sekhar of Madras Motif a few days back.  Isn't it just PERFECT for the quilt? And it shows off my quilting too!

I used a light grey of Calypso in the bobbin and I'm so happy to say that it worked awesome with Aurifil!!! Not a single thread breakage!!! yay! Now my Aurifils will last me longer!!!


Are you admiring my SUPER NEAT stitches??? Thanks to the Bernina Stitch Regulator I am in love with FMQ even more!!!


Would you like to make this quilt too?

Here's a link to the free pattern. 

And if you need a video tutorial. You can find it here.

If you make one, please add a #jellyrolljam2 and a @fatquartershop tag to it! FQS will love to see what you make!!!

Cheers!!!



Getting to know me!!!

I have been tagged in a blog hop by Sharada. She is someone whom I have seen evolving as a crafter over the past few years. We have been following each others' blogs snce what seems like eternity. She is a pro at making anything with paper! She made Aadi's birthday caps and banner for me!!!

I am supposed to tell a few things about myself!

So sit back, take a cup of coffee and hear me talk!!!



Why do I quilt and blog???



Ever since, I discovered quilting, I have been consumed by it. I love the fact that I can do that as a Full Time Job rather than just a hobby.
I started blogging, honestly, because my little brother told me to. And also because I wanted a place where I could share my work with my family and friends. I could put up photos on facebook, but it did not give me the platform to say what went behind making that quilt!

My blog grew along with me. Gradually providing snippets of my life as well. But recently I have once again started focusing on my work here. somehow, talking about myself has taken a back seat!
 but I have always loved this platform where I could talk to my readers and provide them glimpses of whats going on in my life and my studio!

How does my quilting process work?

I have been asked this question so many times that I loose track!
My quilts usually start as one of the 100 sketches I draw - wither in my sketch book or anywhere else. 


 Once I have rummaged through all my stuff and found THE sketch, the process begins. I then raid my stash to find the perfect fabric. This is the part where my sewing room looks like its been hit by a tornado! A lot of fabric is on my table, a lot more is on the floor and very little is left on the shelves!



Then I start cutting! I have always loved my cutting mat by Cutting Edge and my Rotary cutter by Olfa. I use the ergonomic cutter and its better on my wrist than the normal cutter. It is $$ well spent.


After that I get to my sewing machine! Believe me, even though my work is called "Sewing" on a larger scale - I spend the minimum time of a project actually sewing it!



Putting the quilt top together is again, only a small part of the entire process. This is where the basic design of the quilt starts being visible.

Then comes the main part. The actual quilting! This is my favorite part!!! I love how quilting adds character to the quilt.  Quilting is what takes a quilt from here :


to here :

On an average, a baby quilt takes about 20 hours to complete and an art quilt like this one could take months!

My Style

I dont think I have a specific style! I have done work that is varying so much that I cannot pin my style!

I have done traditional quilts like the lone star quilt, but I'm sure you can see 'my' touch on it!


I have made some radically out of the box quilts too!


I have made portraits


And then some more


I have made some fiercely modern quilts


and some sensitive ones too...


If I had to sum up my style, I'd say rule breaking! I am a self taught quilter and I just cannot follow instructions! So I have broken many a rules when I made these quilts! And I'm so proud of them!!!

What am I working on?

Right now I have this riot of color that I'm calling Flamboyance on my machine!!!


I am loving it so much!!!


I have tagged Vibhuti Bhandarkar - a super-cool Mompreneur from Pune. I met Vibhitu recently through our awesome networking group Mompreneurs India. She is a multi-talented lady!!!

and Sonalee Suchismita a fellow quilter from India whom I've known since quite a long time! 

their blog posts will be up on 25th Aug!!! Be sure to check them out too!!!

Cheers!!!






Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fat Quarter Fizz!!!


Fat Quarter Shop is launching their new pattern today and I'm so excited to be a part of the event!!!

I was given my choice of a Fat Quarter Bundle to play with and I chose the Kristyne Czepuryk (Pretty by Hand)'s blogger's choice Fat quarter Bundle

It was a beautiful blend of pinks, greys and blues that were not too girly but rather chic and smart.



aren't they gorgeous?


Here's my finished quilt!!! I loved how easy it was to make this. and I do see myself making many more of these!



I made a baby version of it, with just 3 rows!


I made it entirely in one day - even stitching the binding!!! I just used a zig zag stitch over the fold to give it a neat finish!!!

Want to make it?

Here's the link to the pattern.

And here's a link to the video.

Having a video tutorial to learn from is SO convenient!!! It makes the pattern so easy to understand!!!

Have fun while you make yours!!!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Nail Polish Quilt ~~~ PLUS BONUS TUTORIAL!!!

I was really excited when Fat Quarter Shop asked me if i was interested in promoting their new Nail Polish Quilt Pattern.

Of course I was!

How could I not be?

It is such a cute pattern!!!

Here's the quilt i made from their pattern!


I have a hard time following patterns!!! But this one was fun! Not until I finished it did I realize I have made it a mirror image of what it should have been! Doesn't change it at all though!!!

The instructions were super easy to follow and FQS even has a video tutorial to help you!!!



Want to make your own?



Here's the pattern.

The  video tutorial.

If you want, they even have a kit for you in the shop!

Could i leave the Nail Polish Quilt alone???

No I had to have a Lipstick  Quilt along with it!


Here's what it looks like!!!


Don't they make an awesome pair?


Want to know how to make the lipstick?

so I made it and here's a little tutorial about how to make it!!!

Fabric Requirements:
From Caribbean fabric (SKU#9900-86) cut
A - 2 - 14.5" x 2.5"
B - 2 - 2.5" x 18.5"
C - 2 - 2" x 4.5"
D - 2- 1.5" x 2"
E - 2 - 3" x 6.5"
F - 2 - 4" x 6.5"
G - 1 - 4" x 3"

From the Black Fabric (SKU#9900-118)  cut
H - 1 - 4.5" x 5"
I - 1 - 3" x 5"

From the Grey Fabric (SKU#9900185) cut
J - 1 - 1.5" x 5"
K - 1 - 5" x 2"
L - 1 - 3.5" x 2"
M - 1 - 3.5" x 6.5"
N - 1 - 2" x 6.5"

From the White Fabric (SKU#9900-98) cut
O - 1 - 1.5" x 2"
P - 1 - 1.5" x 6.5"

From the Cayenne Fabric (SKU#9900-256) cut
Q - 1 - 2.5" x 6.5"
R - 1 - 1" x 6.5"

From the Tea Rose Fabric (SKU#9900-89) cut
S - 1 - 1.5" x 6.5"

Assembly

Assemble fabric units Q/S/R


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of Unit G as shown


Cut it 1/4" away from the marked line. Place it on top of the assembled Q/S/R unit as shown
Stitch along the marked diagonal. Cut away corner and press open.



Now attach units F to both sides of this assembled unit.


Now, assemble the E/M/P/N/E unit as shown.


And the D/K/O/L/D unit


And the C/H/J/I/C unit


Now put all these units together as shown


Now attach the two B units to both the long sides


And then attach the A units to the top and bottom.


Your mini quilt top is ready!



If you do make one, please email me the photos to shruti[at]13woodhouseroad[dot]com so that I can feature them on my Facebook Page or my blog!!!

Have fun!!!