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Learning by Doing

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will. 
 ~Vernon Howard



I finished my 2nd quilt this month! yay!! it's something that I was afraid to do. I can't imagine how to quilt in my home sewing machine. I watched lots of you tube tutorial and became more scared ..LOL. Then I just started doing it. And by my second quilt, I can say I manage well, no wonky stitches at the back.

I call this happy quilt because of the colors. I thought I will make a baby quilt with the fabric but ended up make another single quilt. The size is 60x70" 

So, here's what I learned:

1. Using this Micro Stitch is really help to hold the quilt together. I won this on one giveaway some 3 years ago !!..



2. Using fleece as a batting is easier than poly-batting, because the fleece doesn't move much/not slippery.




3. I'm rolling  up the sandwich while tacking it. I find this easier and once finish I have a nice roll, ready to quilt. I quilt NOT from the middle like one tutorial I read. I started from the side. Maybe this is not the right way, but I managed fine with this method.



and 

4. scrappy binding is always a choice. It gives a happier look, I guess..;)



So, here's my happy quilt sitting on the swing:D



I used polkadots at the back. It was a bedsheet actually :). It's difficult to find a wider fabric here, so instead I go for bedsheet which works out cheaper and easier plus I'll get a matching pillow covers ;)

One more look :D

Until then....happy sewing


Being Patient


The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.


Patchwork -and sewing in general- thought me about patience. You simply can not rush or the result will not be to your satisfaction. Believe me, I have done several mistakes in the past. It's not easy. Sometimes I just can not wait to see how it will unfold...how things will  be...but then, like Bon Jovi said in one of his songs "Good things come to those who wait" ..:)

This is what I'm doing now:


That's the lay out of my happy quilt :-)...and now I'm still tugging, pulling and squashing....


Hopefully my spondylitis will compromise now.

Until then....happy sewing


Tutorial: Whirlwind Heart


“For pleasure has no relish unless we share it.” 


In my previous post, I mentioned about the block I made for Friendship Quilt. I really enjoyed making that block . The idea I took from Australian Quilting magazine but I did some alteration in size and used pinwheel instead of plain squares and HST . 

Here I try to make a little tutorial which I hope will help if you want to make one.
The finish block is 12" x 12" 

Since I'm not good with words, I prefer to show you  with  picture. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email me.

So here we go, the first step is  making the pinwheel. 



Second is  making the HST  and cutting the squares:



and now you're ready to arrange and sew the blocks :


I hope this help if you want to make the whirlwind heart :)

Happy Sewing ^_^


Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

We got an invitation to visit one of our friend's new resort in Pobitara. It's in the outskirt of Guwahati, around 1.5 hrs. Pobitara is Wildlife sanctuary for Elephants and One Horn Rhino, besides the world famous Kaziranga, this is one of the option for people to spend their weekends with nature.





We enjoyed the jungle safari on a jeep, hoping to see the famous one horn Rhino. And after 30 minutes inside the jungle, we got to see around 6 huge rhinos. Too bad I only got my mobile cam, so I can't take a good click. 


Spend sometimes in this natural beauty, always can lift up my spirit..
Have a beautiful Sunday






Practice makes perfect


"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly"


I came across Susan's blog through one of FB group fro patchwork and quilting. You must read her blog. She shares her grandmother's diary while sharing one block each day. Each block is  interesting as the story itself.

This from her earlier post . Today I decided to try one of her block, when I was having my afternoon chai. Hopefully I'll be able to make more, there are few blocks which I'm eager to try.
This one may not be perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out. 

Until then...happy sewing ^_^
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Overcoming your fear


"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' 
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. "
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~


I've been too scared to start making a big quilt, until the other day. It seems so hard to do the quilting part on my home machine. I had this king size polyester batting I brought from Indonesia 1.5 years ago. And it was sitting pretty in my wall cupboard waiting to be covered. Finally, the other day I completed one, a very simple design. I did a couple of unpicking, tagging and pulling and almost gave up cos there's always one part which gone wonky at the back. Then my IMQG friend, Tina, told me to "never look back" and I gain my confidence back. It took me two days to complete the quilting part (yay!)




I used scrappy binding there


for the back, I used cheery orange cotton fabric which was supposed to be for salwar kameez (Indian dress). It has continues Indian batik pattern. 


Now, can I say I graduated to the big quilting now? :D. I still need to finish my 36 patch QAL  :-/


One more shot, inspired my Shruti 


until then...Happy Sewing



Warm and Cold and your heart :)

This winter, it blows warm and cold. One day the temperature will dip as low as 10C and the next day it will be 21C. Well, for me, who grew up in tropical friendly weather Indonesia, to be in 10C is like living in a igloo. The kids are laughing at me, cos I'm bundled up in heaps of clothes plus woolen cap.

I told you in previous post, that I love pinwheel. So now it's done. I don't know why I love working with triangles, I found it very challenging. This pinwheel was supposed to be my second entry for the Indian MQG January's Challenge, but then I couldn't resist the baby blue and pink. I don't know whether it's still qualified as a WARM? what do you think? 

Pinwheel table runner

Another one I finished today is my 3rd Quilt Block for my Friendship Quilt. I call it "whirlwind love". The original plan was to collect enough blocks to make mini quilt for wall hanging. But I hope, other participants will make at least 3 blocks so it will be a bigger quilt. 

whirlwind love

This one I made based on quilt I saw in magazine. It was just one part of the big quilt. I took the design and instead of plain square at the top left I put pinwheel (again!) there and in the bottom right. It gives quite a effect, doesn't it? It's quite challenging this one, since the mag didn't give the measurement, so I have to count it my self to make it into 12" squares. Hopefully I can make a simple tutorial later on...meanwhile now my mind is onto finishing my almost-forgotten Quilt Along #shame on me#

Until then, Happy Crafting ~_~ 

Looking Back

Looking back to the year 2011, here  are few collages of what crafts I have completed in 2011.
I may say I had quite a busy days last year. This year, I want to be more serious on doing patcwork and quilting. Didn't I told you that I have joined the Indian Modern Quilt Guild? *yay*...I'm very excited to learn and share with like-minded people. And so far it's been very exciting & enlightning, if I may say..


I bought few felt when I went home in 2010 and start trying doing felt craft when I don't do anything else.

and at times I love making small dresses for my niece or my friend's daughter or make few stuff for my friends:)

or try making other things. I used to love making bag and pouches and I still do have few patterns which I wanted to try making. Hopefully this year I will be able to make them :)




Happy Crafting ^_^

I love maple leaves

I always love autumn colors and the January challenge of India MQG is making stuff (patchwork) with WARM SOLID  colors. I was chatting with Mbak Hany and told her about the challenge and she showed me one of her new stash. It was pretty fabric with autumn leaves. That what really hit me. I started browsing and found one tutorial on maple leaf block from Country Lane Quilts. Based on that I made this mini quilt.


as a table top

Burnt Orange at the back


 a touch of green to show the life of a maple leaf from green to orange..though I'm not sure if it's gone through Red phase ;) 

once more 



Working with solid colors is quite fun. To mix and match the  color is quite a challenge it self. I think in the end, your quilt shows your moods :)

Until then...Happy Crafting :)