Friday, November 26, 2010

Hi, Its friday again... And here's my favorite thing for this week!!!
 
Remember the wonderful trip I went on with my family last month???
 
 

Yeah, We had gone to Goa!!! Thats me and my hubby's favorite holiday destination... Why didn't we go there last week??? That was because I was already up north (about 150 kms) and Goa is to the south (about 450 kms)...

But, wait... Today while Aadi and I were waiting for his school rickshaw (yeah, he goes to school by an auto rickshaw) Rohit's Best Friend came along with his wife and kids to say bye as they were going to Goa for the weekend...

Aadi declared that he wanted to go too... And Rohit said - Pack our bags we are going to Goa!!! Now, I'm a little confused if he's really serious or not... I do hope he is... LOL... The last trip was a disaster and he just didn't get to enjoy at all... So here I am waiting for him to come for lunch and tell me if he's serious... And if he is... I will see you guys on Monday!!!

Thats another of my favorite thing - DH's unpredictability!!! But I'll leave that for another Friday...

That was my Favorite Thing this Friday, whats yours??? Pop over to Quilting in my Pyjamas and share it...

Cheers!!!
 
 
 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Grrr!!! \:-[ I hate when this happens...

Sometimes my machines just wants to act up... Everything was going fine... I am at block 11/16 for the Small Leaves Quilt for my client... I'm done with pasting the leaves on all the blocks and they look so pretty!!!
So my dear little Bernette decides its time to make me a little bit angry... So she starts skipping some of the zig-zag stitches... I change the needle, change the bobbin, clean her a**, oil her and start working again... Wow! Oh so smooth...

Block no 13/16 and she starts skipping again... I redo my routine thinking the glue must have been the culprit... But this time, she wont be buttered by me... :( And she continues her skipping...

And my leaves start looking like this...
When my dear Bernette acts up

Oh, I hate this so much... Can anyone tell me what I should do???

OK, I'll bribe you... Give me a trick that works and you can win a FE of each of these delicious fabrics... What do you say??? Are you game???

The five sweets...




Happy Thanksgiving!!!

First A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!


It has been a hectic week on the sewing front... What with all the swap deadlines and my first commissioned quilt!!! It was fun to choose the fabric, the pattern... And its a gift for a bride on her wedding day from her parents!!!

I'm using Elizabeth Hartman's Little Leaves pattern from her book The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker...


I'm just changing the block sizes a little bit to make it from just the one Dream On Charm Pack that I have...

The background will be a pale yellow! I hope to get it ready by tomorrow night...

Meanwhile, I did finish a lot of stuff on my swap front...


Scrappy Hoop

The first was my hoop for the Scrappy Hoop Swap... The posting of this was a huge story. I had packed it to send as soon as I was back from my trip... I was not well so I asked DH to take it to the PO for me... He did!!! (So sweet)... Fast Forward to Sunday morning... I was sorting through my scraps and imagine my horror when I found this beauty peeking from under the pile of scraps!!! I was just short of fainting...


So here's the story... In my hurry I had packed away a trial hoop that I was working on! It has absolutely stupid embroidery on it that I'm so embarrased to show anyone... I sent away my final hoop immediately, but I'm just nervos about what my partner will say when she gets the first one...


This one's made from the same pattern that I'm using for the quilt and I've used leftover petals for it too... Dream On!!!


My next finish is for my Mug Rug Swap...
My Star Mug Rug!!!


This is a Star Mug Rug that I made... I know I signed up for a non-christmas mug rug, but I just cannot help but send this one...


This little girls' going a long way...


Next, I've made another cute Mug Rug with the exact pattern that I made mine!!! This little girl's going a long way!!!


Any guesses what it is???




And this is something else thats going to accompany the two Mug Rugs... Any guesses what it is???


I also found a bunch of fabulous fabric at my local market... Perfect with co-ordinated solids for another HST project... Mayble I'll use them for my PTS4 pillow!
My fabulous finds at the local market...


The five sweets...


Aren't they gorgeous... And you know what I got them just for 0.8$ a yard!!! Now you're loving them even more!!! LOL


I received a lot many things while I was busy...
First up... My Potholder Pass Swap...
This one came from Mary - 13insanepenguins! I loved her name!!!
Its a work of art... And even the ornaments that she made...


PP5 received...


PP5 received : detail

See the details of the Potholder!!! OMG!! It makes what I made look really silly...


Next, I received the two quilts that Valentina had sent to me for the Spread the Cheer Project... They are a piece of art themselves and I'll show them off in a special post...


STC quilts by Valentina

She also sent this lovely fabric ' just for me'... How nice!!! Thank you so much Val!!!


Fabrics from Valentina


Next came my Mini QT Swap House from Krista... Its so beautiful and the fabric is yummy too!!!
Mini QT Swap

Next came a wonderful package with the most apt mug rugs for my kitchen and my sewing room!!! With another lovely bundle of fabrics!!! Yummy!! She also included a small package for Aadi... Crayons and some stickers... She's such a sweet partner!!!
Mug Rug received from Spiced Coffee

So, what are you up to this week???
I am waiting for my postman to bring me this
 
Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby
 
So that I can get started with some projects to welcome my neice/nephew into the family... My brother's wife (Ashutosh's) is due in two weeks!!! I cannot wait, I've already made a few things, but will show them to you along with snaps of the lovely kiddo!!!
 
Cheers!!!



Monday, November 22, 2010

From the Fat Quarter Shop

I am so happy that the FQS team agreed to do a guest post for my readers... I do not think they need an introduction... But for those who need it, they are one of the best run fabric shops that you can find online... So without wasting your time any more, I'll take you straight to the Fat Quarter Shop to hear what news they have got for my readers!

Cheers!!!

 
Hello bloggers!
Quilt Market has past and, of course, everyone stepped it up from the year before!  This year Moda came up with some exciting new ways to present their fabrics –  how about Candy Bar Boxes in two new colorways!!  Fat Quarter Shop calls them Golden Caramel and Chocolate Almond. If you are not familiar with the Candy Bar boxes, which were introduced as a special last season, each box consists of four delicious candy bars (40 pieces of 2.5" x 5" fabric).  Each candy bar consists of some of Moda's top lines of the season! 
The Golden Caramel Candy Bar Box includes the following collections: 

 

The Chocolate Almond Candy Bar Box includes the following collections: 

 
And we are offering a Twin Pack with a special price.

 

If you are not sure how to use the Candy Bar Boxes we have a free pattern by Sandy Gervais on our website using the Candy Bars!

 

The big surprise this season is a chance to win a Golden Ticket in one of the Candy Bar Boxes!  Some of the Candy Bar Boxes have a Golden Ticket, which entitles you to a gift bag full of Moda "sweets" (with a retail value of $150.00)!  Each Golden Ticket winner gets put into a hat for a chance to win the Grand Prize - a red carpet grand tour of the one and only Moda Fabrics facility!  The Grand Prize includes not only the once in a lifetime change to tour Moda land, but also provides transportation and accommodations for the winner and a guest!  That's three glorious days and two nights in Dallas, Texas.  The Moda Bake Shop boxes will come shrink wrapped to prevent tampering.

So sign up today to reserve your Moda Candy Bar Boxes at the Fat Quarter Shop and hopefully you will win a trip to visit Moda!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Fat Quarter Shop Team
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fabric Swap

I promised you guys a post about all the fabulous fabric that I bought on my trip... Well here it is... Since I'll only be keeping half yards of each print myself, I am open for fabric swaps if anyone is interested... I'll put in the yardage I have under each snap - that is the yardage available for swap...
1 : This is a silk fabric with two different prints on each side. Its a 36" wide piece...

Available Yardage : 1 Yard

2 : This is a voile-like fabric... It is made of 6" strips of coordinating colors along the length of the fabric... It also has a border... I have it in two colorways...




Available yardage : 1 Yards each

3. This is a slighly thicker fabric - Pashmina kind. The weave can be seen and felt.


The core color is golden and it has a turquoise blue border...
Available yardage : 1 yard

4. Next I have these hand dyed fabrics in gorgeous colors... These are quilting weight pure cotton... The colors might bleed, so make sure to pre-wash them...


Available yardage : 2.5 yards each

5. These again are voile weight fabrics. The designs are great and I have it in two colorways...


Available yardage : 1.5 yards each

6. Next I have 3 beautiful Kalamkari fabrics. These are quilting weight, slightly rough textured... Organic dyed fabrics... They are block printed and hence the prints might not be uniform...





Available yardage : 0.5 yards each

7. I have 2 pieces of cream-red-blue cheater prints. These too have been hand-block-printed with organic dyes.


Available yardage : 0.5 yards each

8. Another set of voile-weight organic dyed, hand block printed cheater prints in neutral colors... I have these in two colorways...


Available yardage : 0.5 yards each

All the fabric, except those which have borders can also be swapped in FQs... Please email me along with photographs or links to fabric that you wish to swap for these and I'll get back to you...

Doesn't this pile look delicious???





Cheers!!!

Here are a few fabrics that I am looking for :
Domestic Diva
Zanzibar
Bliss
Fandango
Pure
Remix
Tailor Made
or any fun prints that you might have... I love bright colors and novelty prints...
We can also work out if you've got any Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, or FEs...



Friday, November 19, 2010

Favorite Things Friday

Today, I'm hopping in with Mrs P and telling you about my favorite things... Apart from the wonderful shopping trip i recently told you about...

While I was away, I received this in the mail :

It is my favorite quilting book so far... The instructions are just so clear and simple to understand... The look of the book is uncluttered... There are vital tips to make your work both easy and better... The basics have been explained in a manner, that could not have been better and the projects are awesome!!!



The first thing that I had noticed about Elizabeth Hartman's quilts when I came across her blog, was the accuracy of her quilts... The corners matched perfectly, the color balance was perfect and the quilting was uniform!



Her blog is also simple to navigate and searching for anything is really very easy... She has hosted 3 fabulous quilt alongs and has numerous free tutorials on her site...



I even bought the canasta quilts pattern from her a few months back... It has been a good buy, again with clear and crisp instructions...



When I knew she was writing a book, I really looked forward to it and expected her to deliver the same simplicity as her blog does and she sure didn't dissapoint me...

So all those who need to relearn the basics or just want to have some faboulous new patterns, do buy the book. It can also be a great gift for fellow quilters...

You can buy it here.

Thats The Practical Guide to Pachwork, my favorite, this Friday... Whats yours??? Join the hop and tell us...







Note : All the photographs in this post are from www.ohfransson.com

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Winners

Here are the winners of both my giveaways...

First is the Scraps winner

Mr. Random Number Generator has picked...



Congratulations to Ange who said
 "Love the Orange Candy Quilt..my fav for sure!"

And the winner of tha Chain Reaction Pattern from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew is



Congratulation trudys_person... I will forward your details to allison and she'll mail you the pattern directly...

I am doing much better today, just getting over the loads of housework that seems to have multiplied itself when I was away... Does anyone know where do ALL of my husband's handkerchiefs go when I'm out of town? Or HOW socks manage to change their colors??? I clearly remember putting 2 PAIRS of each - White, Brown, Black, Blue and Grey in his drawer before I left and now there's only ONE each of brown, white and grey in it!! I think i should install a cctv camera in my house so that I know where stuff goes!!!

Will get back to you when I have straightened everything out - tonite is the limit!!!

Cheers!!!