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Yes you heard it right! Finally the First Ever India Quilt Festival is going to be held in Chennai on 25- 27 January 2019!! Make sure to check out the WEBSITE and LIKE THE PAGE on Facebook to get the first update! 

Theme : Dance of The Peacock 

Alright, here is the detail from the website:

1.  Traditional Quilts
Quilts made using traditional quilting methods and designs from India or rest of the World. The quilts can be wholecloth, pieced, appliquéd, hand quilted, machine quilted or made using a combination of techniques

2.  Modern Quilts
Modern quilts are more contemporary in design and form. These include the use of bold colors and prints, minimalistic designs, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, non-traditional fabrics and embellishments. Can be wholecloth, pieced, appliquéd, hand quilted, machine quilted or a combination of techniques.

3.  Art/ Innovative Quilts
An art quilt is an original exploration of a concept or idea rather than the handing down of a ‘pattern’. It experiments with textile manipulation, colour, texture and/or a diversity of mixed media.  An Art Quilt often pushes quilt world boundaries.

4.  Novice Quilts
Quilts made by a beginner with less than 2 years of quilting experience as on January 25th, 2019. This can include all styles and construction methods including the ones covered in the above categories.

5.  Theme Quilts -  “Dance of the Peacock”

Any technique, style and method of construction can be used to create a quilt that showcases your personal interpretation of the theme. It could be a literal interpretation or it could be abstract or even impressionistic. It could be the colours or the joie-de-vivre of the magnificent creature. Let the theme speak to you and let your thoughts manifest into a quilt.


1.    The quilt must be completed in the 2 years leading up to the festival – which means it must be made after January 2017.
2.    Finished size for categories 1 to 4 [mentioned above]
o    The maximum FINISHED size – no more than 9 ft [ 108 inches] on any side
o    The minimum FINISHED size – no less than 2 ft [24 inches] on any side
3.    Theme quilt – The quilt has to necessarily conform to ANY of the following FINISHED sizes ONLY: 
o    4ft x 4ft
o    3ft x 3ft
o    4ft x 3ft or 3ft x 4ft
o    2ft x 4ft or 4ft x 2ft
4.    You can enter up to two quilts per category.

Quilts not meeting competition criteria can be entered for Exhibition alone.

Why the wait? Go and get busy !! Sew those stash you've been collecting through the years. It's time to show the world of your craft!

and if you need more quilting fabrics, you can always go HERE and HERE.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday Stash 09 - Kalamkari Fabrics


Kalamkari is an Indian heritage which in ancient days was made by drawing folktales (using pen =kalam) into a piece fabric. However in modern days, kalamkari mostly done by hand printing using pre-made wooden blocks. Thus, imperfections of colors and prints from the hand printing process are an added charms of all Indian block printed fabrics. 

Indian Dancers - Kalamkari Fabric

In the ancient times, kalamkari
 mostly depicted the episodes of Indian mythology, as  similar to the stained glasses of the Christian cathedrals. (source)

Indian Floral Kalamkari Print

In Modern times, many kalamkari designs are digitalized to create digital print kalamkari which is widely popular. However traditional method of block print using wooden block is still widely used. 

Buddha Print Kalamkari Mudcloth

Kalamkari specifically depicts epics such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata. However, in recent time, you will find kalamkari depicting Buddhist Art forms too, musical instruments, florals, animals and others. 

Elephant Peacock Kalamkari Mud cloth

Check out a couple of things you can make from this unique traditional Indian Fabrics. 

Travel Pouch 

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Quilted Tote by Kaarukriti

Yellow Travel Pouch 
Indian Elephant Pouch by Bhavana Designs at Etsy

Hippie Tote Bag by Bhavana Designs at Etsy
Aren't they gorgeous? 
The Kalamkari Fabrics are available at :

Handmade Bags, Totes and Pouches  available at :

Have a beautiful Sunday,

Scrappy Log Cabin - WIP


Last night I was catching up on Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Cam on Youtube. It's my fave "pick me up" channel. You know when you feel so low and uninspired. Today was one of those day. 

As I started watching, I took out my scrap bags which I sorted in colors. I picked up yellow bag and black & white one. 

I was thinking of doing the 100 days scrap vortex that is going on in Instagram based on Amanda's QAL in 2015.  I took out a couple of scraps, iron them and decided to do  log cabin block. Color and Black & White. I was not in the mood for random block.

I started with 2" centre piece and 1.25" strip. Since I was too lazy to cut the strips, I just went along and trimmed the strip to 1" after I sewed them together. That way I can work faster. 

Most of the scraps were from my bags and wallets project. And some from dresses and quilts I did a few years ago. Sometimes, I felt bad that I keep so many small scraps but I just could not throw them away. After I watched one of Bonnie's quilt cam episode where she said, one of the scrap she was sewing (that day) was from 28 years ago, I know I did the right thing!! That video made my day! LOL.

Anyway,  I love how the blocks turned out and thought of doing a couple more blocks using different colors, like red, blue, green, orange, etc. That would be fun, right? I think I'm going to go ahead and do 100 days of logcabin. What say?

How do I store my scrap? I use buckets that I got free from buying detergents. Yes they give buckets here in India :D. We get at least 3 buckets per month. So they come handy for me. Last week made covers for those buckets, based on bowl cover tutorials I found on YouTube. 

To make the pattern, all you need is the diameter of your bucket add roughly 3" and make a circle template based on that measurement. I followed THIS TUTORIAL . It's super duper easy! I keep my WIP projects in a clear resealable plastic bags and keep them in those buckets. Now I need to put label on them. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Until then,

Happy Sewing

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