Monday, February 24, 2014

ASQA : Post # 3 : Block # 2 & 8

Here are my next two blocks.
Block # 2 & 8 for the Among the Stars Quilt Along.

These involve much more piecing. And there are a lot many points to match!

This is so not my regular style of quilting.

But since its just 2 blocks at a time, I am actually enjoying it!

Here's block # 2

 And block # 8

Here are all the blocks completed so far.

I really love the low volume look of this quilt. It is so different from my normal colorful work!
I have a lot of scraps left after making this one. I will surely make another quilt from it!

Here's the schedule again
February 10 : Cutting Instructions
February 17 : Block 1 & 7
 February 24 : Block 2 & 8 ----> This is today
March 03 : Block 3 & 9
March 10 : Block 4 & 10
March 17 : Block 5 & 11
March 24 : Block 6 & 12
March 31 : Putting the Quilt top together
April 7 : Finishing
April 14 : Show off!!!

The pattern is available in both PDF format and print format from Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time


Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASQA : Post # 2 : Blocks 1 & 7

Here's my first two blocks.
Block number 1 & 7 for the Among the Stars Quilt Along (ASQA)

I did deviate from the directions and made the hourglass blocks without cutting up the squares into triangles as instructed in the pattern. I used the shortcut method of fast hourglass blocks.

Here's my block # 1

and here's my block # 2

I'm VERY bad at doing precision piecing, so this one was a bit of a challenge! But I'm happy with my blocks!!! 

Dont they look like happy blocks?

Looking forward to making the next ones!!!

Here's the schedule again
February 10 : Cutting Instructions
February 17 : Block 1 & 7  -----> Thats today
February 24 : Block 2 & 8
March 03 : Block 3 & 9
March 10 : Block 4 & 10
March 17 : Block 5 & 11
March 24 : Block 6 & 12
March 31 : Putting the Quilt top together
April 7 : Finishing
April 14 : Show off!!!

The pattern is available in both PDF format and print format from Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time


Monday, February 10, 2014

ASQA : Post # 1 : Cutting Instructions

Hiya all!

Finally, here's the first post on the ASQA!

Cutting Instructions.

Assuming that you guys already have the pattern and have since then bought the fabric you need, you are ready to cut into the wonderful fabric.

I have chosen to make my quilt with a Low Volume Color Scheme. I combined the Moda Low Volume FQ bundle with a few other fabrics that blended into it and made up this lovely bundle!

First cut up the fabric as required for each block. And sort into bundles.

After that take a bundle at a time and cut up pieces for the blocks as per the instructions in the pattern.

 Since we will be making HSTs from the 2 - 7/8" square pieces, I cut them into 3" square pieces. I will be squaring up the HSTs after they're done so it should be okay.

I used those plastic filing folders to hold the pieces of the blocks together. I put a sheet of white paper in it and put pieces for two blocks on either side of that sheet.

I use one of the metal rings that we use to organize index cards to hold all the 6 folders together...

Now you're ready to start putting together the blocks.

Ready for the next set of instructions?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ASQA Take 2

I'm getting my act together for the Among the Stars Quilt Along
And here's the revised schedule 

Here's the revised schedule!!!
February 10 : Cutting Instructions
February 17 : Block 1 & 7
February 24 : Block 2 & 8
March 03 : Block 3 & 9
March 10 : Block 4 & 10
March 17 : Block 5 & 11
March 24 : Block 6 & 12
March 31 : Putting the Quilt top together
April 7 : Finishing
April 14 : Show off!!!

I am going to make sure that I do not miss a single post this time, so when I'm writing it, I've already finished Blocks 3&9!!!

Looking forward to having a blast!!!


Friday, January 31, 2014

The Transparent Window

 I am a member of a group "Art Quilts Around the World". Every 2 months we have a challenge and we make A3 sized quilts for the same.

This time the challenge was Art Nouveau

I loved this challenge the moment it was announced!!! 

It took me back to 1999 when I was in the Third year of my Bachelor of Architecture course and studied it in History of Architecture! It was my favorite subject - because I always scored well in it, or maybe I scored well because I loved it! No idea!
But this challenge took me back to my Sir Banister Fletcher  textbook - the big fat book of History of Architecture - that I loved so much that I stopped borrowing it from the college library and went and bought my own copy! I remember it was about 1400 rupees (About  32 USD at the time) My allowance was about 2500 rupees a month, so it was a huge investment!

But I loved it! It felt like a storybook! Filled with the most awesome images!!! 

I remember the feature that most interested me in the Art Nouveau period was the lovely stained glass windows! I imagined light filtering through them, taking the color of the glass and creating a story of its own!!! It all came back to me in a moment!!!

And so I decided the bring that quality to my quilt!!! 

Here's my Art Nouveau Quilt!

The Transparent Window!!!

I used my thread scraps to make the 'glass' in the center!!! 

And you know whats the best part???

Yes!!! It is TRANSPARENT!!! I layered the thread nests between two layers of Tulle and quilted it!!! I used a foundation paper which I removed after the 'quilt' was done!!! 

I am so happy that my experiment worked the way I wanted it to!!! 

Do you like this???

Do hop onto the blog to see the other wonderful entries out there!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bank Wallet : Tutorial

One of my new year resolutions for 2014 is to have more tutorials on my blog. I have been seriously lacking that part before.

Here's my first one.

Also one is to manage my money better! I want to visit USA in February next year - that's only 12 months away!!! - and I need to start saving up for it!!! Wow!

I was visiting my bank the other day and every time i needed anything I had to hunt for it from my huge bag! I needed something to organize my 'bank stuff'. My Cheque Book, Pass Book, My Debit Card(s) and the thousands of ATM and shopping receipts I need to keep!

I looked for it, but was not satisfied by what I found.

The I had a light bulb moment and today morning made a rough sketch of what I wanted!

50 minutes later, the first prototype was ready!!!

I used my favorite Noteworthy Print on the outside. And a local brown print similar to sketch for the pockets.

I loved the result. And then decided to make another one and write a tutorial for it.

So here's the tutorial.

What you will need :
Fabric (of course!)
Outer Fabric : Fat Quarter
Pocket Fabric : Fat Eight
Lining Fabric : Fat Quarter

Apart from this you will also need light weight interfacing equivalent to a Fat Quarter. I recommend Pellon Shape Flex (SF - 101) or Pellon 520 Deco Fuse. For those in India who cannot get hold of either of these, you can use what is locally available and known as 'press canvas'.

You will also need a 2" piece of elastic (I use those girls elastic bands! I get them at the local departmental store for 0.50$ for 10!!!) and a button!

Cutting Instructions

Please take care while cutting directional prints. The dimensions listed here are Width x Height. Make sure all pieces are aligned in the same direction before cutting.

From the Outer Fabric

From the Outer Fabric cut:
O1 - ONE piece: 10” x 11”
O2 - TWO pieces: 10” x 5”

From the Pocket Fabric cut:
P3 - ONE piece: 10” x 2”
P4 - ONE piece: 10” x 3.5”
P5 - ONE piece: 7.5” x 5”

From the Lining Fabric cut:
L1 - ONE piece: 10” x 11”
L2 - TWO pieces: 10” x 5”
L3 - ONE piece: 10” x 2”
L4 - ONE piece: 10” x 3.5”
L5 - ONE piece: 7.5” x 5”

From the Lightweight Interfacing cut:
I1 - ONE piece: 10” x 11”
I2 - TWO pieces: 10” x 5”
I3 - ONE piece: 10” x 2”
I4 - ONE piece: 10” x 3.5”
I5 - ONE piece: 7.5” x 5”


  Pair all the Lightweight Interfacing pieces with their respective Pocket and Outer Fabric pieces and iron them on.
 Now place the Interface Fused Pocket Pieces with their respective Lining Pieces RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and stitch as under:
a.       For P3 stitch along the TOP edge
b.      For P4 stitch along the TOP edge
c.       For P5 stitch along the LEFT edge

Turn over the pieces WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and press. Top stitch along the edges that we stitched in the previous step.

 Align the bottom edges of P1 & P2 pieces  as shown and stitch vertically at the center to make the two credit card pockets.

My favorite way is to just fold the smaller pocket in half vertically and finger press the crease. This then becomes the guideline for you to stitch on.

1.       Place the Pocket pieces on top of the two Outer Fabric Pieces O2 as shown.

1.       Place the Lining Pieces RIGHT SIDE DOWN and pin as shown.

Stitch along the pinned edges.  And turn them WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. Lay the Lining Piece L1 right side up and lay the two pocket pieces as shown.

Place the piece of elastic folded at the BOTTOM CENTER and baste in place.

Lay the Outer Fabric Piece RIGHT SIDE DOWN  followed by the batting (if chosen) and pin along all four edges. Stitch along the four edges keeping a 2.5” wide opening on one side.

Clip corners and turn inside out and top stitch along the four edges. I use the Height Compensation Tool that came with my Bernina 330 to stitch over the thick edges.

I found that I got the best results when I used the Aurifil 28 wt Cotton Mako Thread and a size 90/14 Top stitching needle. I used the same thread in the bobbin too. I tried using the regular 50 wt thread for the first one I made, but I felt that the 28 wt made sewing through the multiple layers easier and the finish smoother!

Attach the button on the outer side top. Your Bank Wallet is ready


And it fits all your bank needs perfectly!!!

It took me barely 50 minutes to make the second one too! So I am guessing it can be termed as a 1 hour project!!!

Do you like it? Will you be making one for yourself? Or will you be making it as a gift for someone? 
Dont forget to leave a comment and tell me if you make one, I'll be happy to put it up on my blog!