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Learning Cathedral Windows

I've been wanting to learn cathedral windows block but too scare to start until Chumkie who blogs at My Favorite Things  started a QAL in Desi Quilter's. It looks so complicated in the beginning but with Chumkie's clear instruction and see other's result, finally I managed to do it and had LOTS of FUN making them. 

The First CW QAL is Orange Peel Method.  It  is a bit tricky because you have to make it as round as possible. I made  cushion cover  with two colors, polkadots red and solid white. 







The Second one is using Flying Geese Method, which I like. I decided to use my Indonesian batik in 4 different colors for the foundation, and polkadots (again) for the window panes. And here's the result:




For more pictures you can visit my album HERE and HERE

Now, I'm off to do the 3rd CW QAL..wish me luck ^_*

Happy Quilting






Tutorial: Let's make a headband

I love wearing this headband under my scarf. It holds my hair in place plus it's not slippery since it's made of cotton. This headband is very popular..even little girls love it, cos it's so comfortable to wear. 

Now, let's get down to business.

WHAT YOU NEED:

1. Rectangle fabric measuring 12" x 9"
2. Strip of fabric 2.5" x 11" 
3. 1/2" elastic : 5" 

HOW YOU DO IT:

1. Sew  0.5"  hem of the rectangle on both sides




2. Make a tube from the strip of fabric. Once the tube is ready, insert the elastic like the picture below:



3. Now, your covered elastic is ready. Put it in the middle of the rectangle (length wise) RIGHT side facing you. Pin in place



4. Make pleats and put it on top of the elastic with the edge/hem  ON TOP. Do the same with the other half.





5. Stitch in place. Double stitch if necessary.



6. Repeat STEPS 3, 4, 5 with the other side.

7. and YAY, you made it...now go and make few...it makes a nice gift too..;). Even my son loved it. He thought he looked like a rock star :P




I hope it's clear enough. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Happy Sewing ^_^







Celebrating Independence Day




In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


This is the way quilters celebrating Independence Day. And in my case, I have 2 Independence Day to celebrate, India and Indonesia. 

We at Desi Quilters are having August Challenge with the rules: (1)  Make a mini not bigger than 12"x12", using pieces not bigger than 1.5" finished (2) Colours to be used - saffron, white and green ONLY..Yes, the Indian Flag colours.

I was in the middle of busy Ramadan, but I just can't stay away from my sewing machine especially when I have this lovely block to try which I think will be perfect for the challenge. Yes, it's Great Granny from Bee in My Bonnet

So here's my entry for the August Challenge:

6.5" squares Coaster 



and the second one, today 17th August  is Indonesia's Independence Day. To celebrate it, today I first attempted making this coaster using foundation piecing. Which is TOUGH!! But I made it, though it's not as neat as I'd like it to be. The finish size is 4.5" squares. I should have tried something bigger than that -,-. 

So, here's the Red and White (Indonesian Flag colors) coaster:



Until then...Happy Quilting ^_^




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