Friday, December 30, 2011

Bloggers Choice Fat Quarter Bundle!!!



All those who regularly visit Fat Quarter Shop must know that they have this Bloggers Choice Fat Quarter Bundles! Well, Quokka Quilts  is hosting a competition... You get to make your own bundle! And the winner gets a Half Yard bundle of  the selected fabrics!!! Whoa!

Here's my pick...

Shruti's choice FQ Bundle!!!

I went for the Pastel Palette as against my usual choice of brights... And I did it deliberately... I love the look of this together... And I feel it will make a great gender neutral quilt for a baby... :)

I am preparing for an exhibition of my quilts in March-April... I am expecting to complete about 25-30 quilts by then... This would make a lovely bundle to make some of them...



The fabrics are (From Left to Right)
Top Row

1. Bella Solids Silver



2. Bella Solids Robin's Egg 





3. Bella Solids Sunshine



4. Shades of Grey Ragg Tagg 



5. Tuxedo Collection Gray Ta Dots 



Row 2
6. Tutti Frutti Green Gingham 



7. Surf Time Sky Blue Hibiscus Flowers 



8.Paparazzi Gray Circles and Dots



9. Paparazzi Gray Tonal Wandering Florals 



10. Palladium Gray Gridlock 







Row 3
11. Mimosa Yellow Mumsy





12. Me and My Sister Favorites Purple Rick Rack





13. Garden Rose Collection Bluebell Damask Flourish 





14. Crazy Daisy Orange Crazy Daisy 



15. Amelia Cotton Plentiful Pink Stripe 







Do you like what I selected??? Want to try your hand at it? Go here and link your selection!!!


Cheers!!!

Christmas and New Year!!!

We do not celebrate Christmas here, but this year it was special...

My friend was out of station for a reunion and her daughter came over to spend the day with us! We decided to bake a cake! I mean, the kids did everything, I just helped them...

And here's our very special Christmas Cake!!!


New year brings a lot of aspirations to my mind... I haven't really made that many new year resolutions and I dont think I have stuck to even one of them... But this year I have made 6 R's for the 3 H's...

Confusing is it?

First let me tell you what the 3 H's are

First is Home! Of course!!!

Second - Health! I really feel I need to look after it...

And the third is Hobby (well, only because Passion does not start with an H ;))

So what are the 6 R's - 6 Rules for each of them in the new year!!!

So here are my 6 R's for the 3 H's

HOME

1. Make bed the moment it is empty! I have already started working on that one!



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2. Do at least one load of laundry per day! So that you do not have to tackle a whole mountain of it!

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3. Clean clutter around the PC every time you get up! So that you have space to work!



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4. Put out fresh towels EVERY night before you sleep! I love the smell of fresh towels, so why not make it a rule so that you enjoy it!

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5. Clean Kitchen Sink and Wash Basins before you sleep! So that you wake up to a clean sink! Try it, it really makes your day!



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6. Learn 2 new recipes to cook every month! That'll make me a better cook and will keep DH happy too!

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Now, HEALTH

1. Brush twice a day. I must confess, I'm really bad at brushing my teeth at night... I usually remember it after I'm in bed, and then I hate dragging myself to the basin to do it...

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2. Exercise for 40 mins a day - minimum. That'll help me loose some weight. For weekends - go for long walks...

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3. Do not eat oil except on weekends. You can translate that you stick to the diet plan you've made!

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4. Wake up at 6, Sleep at 10!  Get your beauty sleep, baby!

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5. Drink 10 glasses of water a day!  I do need to remind myself about that!

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6. The sixth one, I'd rather keep to myself.

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HOBBY

1. Make a to-do list for every month (by the 26th of the previous month) and every week (by Friday) and strike off everything at least in 1.5 weeks! My effort at getting organized.

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2. Make a minimum of 3 quilts a month. Increasing my productivity.







3. Make at least 1 small object every week. Again, increasing productivity.




4. Dedicate 2.5 hrs to sewing every day. I cannot do #2 and #3 if I do not do this.



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5. Dedicate 1.5 hrs to internet everyday. I cannot neglect you guys either, can I?

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6. Host one blog event every quarter... In the first quarter it is the ABC of Quilting... For the next I have a quilt-along planned! :)




 Whoa!!!

There it is... A set of 18 rules for myself... Let us see how I do with it...



Wish me luck!!!


And wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Travelogue... my attempt at orderly randomness!



Something about this fabric called to me and I had to order a half yard cut from my favorite Fat Quarter Shop to make sure that I was right. :) I can see myself ordering the entire collection in the near future...



It even has a cute selvedge! I might just buy a half or one yard bundle to get hold of the selvedges! (I'm not that crazy about them, but you have got to see this one yourself!)

So I started off with being random! You might not believe, but its hard to be random... I could not yet go crazy and stuck to just random sized blocks and random placement...

I cut random rectangles from the feature fabric :
Now We're Going Places White Cars, Scooters, & Bikes


I used the pink and orange dots from my Urbanista (I have just been arranging and re-arranging them untill now, never really had the heart to chop into them!)





I framed the rectangles with white first and then with either a pink or orange solid with a tiny bit of the dots thrown in randomly!

I then placed these and added white fabric around it to make 3 12.5" wide strips about 36" wide!

Ta-da.... Here's Travelogue - my first step towards the Random journey!


I really liked the colors here... Not in my league, but nevertheless! 


I quilted it with the method that Elizabeth has described here.


For the backing, I pulled out a lovely pink flannel that I had bought on etsy some time back!


This would be a perfect gift for a little girl!


I so loved making this!


I hope you love it too... Will be listing it in my etsy store shortly. I am dealing with some paypal issues at the moment. As soon as they are done, my store will go live!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winners and I'm on FQ again!



So without further stretching it I have the winners of my giveaway...

Winner #  1 Who got it right the first time, is Katy, the maker of my wonderful little elephant Toto!

Katy, since you guessed it right the first time, you get to choose which bundle you want...

After her the winner of the next two bundles are

Helen TX and Happy Me

Congratulations, girls, email me your addresses ASAP and your fabric will be on its way!

Moving on to other news, I made it to the FQ blog today!!!

I have written a tutorial to make those yummy samosa wristlets!



Go ahead! Have fun!

Cheers
Shruti