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Growing up QAL – Hand Embroidery(April)

Hello there,

Hope you are enjoying the spring :-). I for sure enjoy the sight of  birds chirping, tulips blooming, trees slowly turning greener, different colors of the spring.

As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I am doing a QAL with Alida @

Our task for the month of April is Hand Embroidery. I grew up with my sisters doing hand embroidery. But that art never fascinated me. I never felt like giving it a try.

For the first time, I tried hand embroidery. I realized that there is an amazing world out there. I didn’t even know that we had to separate the strands of embroidery floss!!!! Thanks to Alida for this task. Even though I felt like this is too time consuming, I enjoyed trying different stitches. May be a smaller design will be helpful for beginners like me to avoid frustrations.

Here is my finished work :

Due to the space constraint, I reduced the picture size. If you want to zoom and see please feel free to visit our Flickr group.

Also, In my last months quilt along, I won a gift card of $40/- from Mad About Patchworks shop. Thanks to both Alida and Pam. Pam from the shop is very good at communication and shipment. Here is the fat quarter bundle (Wander bundle) and mini charm squares (Dessert Blooms) I ordered from her shop.

I am already dreaming of a design for a new baby quilt. We have a baby coming soon in the family. My brother-in Law and his wife are expecting the baby in less than 2 weeks and he/she will receive the quilt made by this fabric :-).

Hope you have wonderful weekend 🙂


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Illusion quilt block

Almost a year ago I came across some illusion pictures. First thing I wanted to do was to make an illusion quilt. There was this picture, which haunted me for a while. Picture of a vase/candle stand, created the illusion of 2 faces.

I wanted to avoid applique works and tried paper piecing, curved piecing…but none of them gave the look of applique work. But after almost a year, I ended up with the applique work.

Here is the front and back of the finished quilted block.

I ended up with a very small block of 11″x 9″. I might have done the block little bigger…but it looks good as it is for now… It will be a nice wall hanging.

Hope you will stare at the picture twice !!!!!!!!!

Have a great weekend :-).



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QAL March Blocks (Curved Piecing)

Hello there,

Hope spring is springing up everywhere :-). I am sharing my blocks made with Alida’s Quilt along blocks for the month of March.

Here is the block number one:

Here is the second block:

Hope you like these blocks as much as I do :-).

Happy Spring :-),


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QAL Traditional Piecing

As I have already mentioned in one of my previous posts, I joined the QAL hosted by Alida @

For the month of February, here is the first block I did: There was a small mistake and my block didn’t turn out right.


So I went back and re-did the block with the remaining extra fabric cuttings.

Here is the corrected block:


Here is the second block:


I used the modern fabrics from Intrepid thread.

Hope you had a wonderful week too :-).



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Fabric basket

Hello there,

I just wanted to share the fabric basket I made this week. I found so many tutorials for fabric baskets. Here is the one I made it from: 

The only change I made to this pattern is I added medium weight interfacing to the lining and Heavy weight sew-in interfacing to the exterior fabric.

I selected the same fabric for lining and exterior.


Here is the finished basket, which is 4.5″ in depth and 5.5″width. It will fit nicely into my IKEA dresser :-).

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Hope you had a fabulous week too :-).



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Safety Pin Quilt Block

Hello there,

Hope you are enjoying your winter. I just can’t wait to get rid off this winter. Its overwhelming with kids getting sick and can’t spend much time outside or in front of the machine.

Today I will share a fun mini quilt I did this week. I found this cute little safety pin block on craftsy and fell in love with it. HERE is the link for the free paper piecing pattern. Thanks to Kitty Wilkin @, who shared this amazing pattern.

At first, I wanted to make a bag using this block. But somehow I was in the mood to quilt and it was fun to do the free motion quilting after a a while. I finished, quilted and bound the block in less than 2 hours!!!!!!!! It did make me feel so relaxed and lighthearted :-).

I used a floral fabric from the same color combinations. Finshed size is 13″x10″


Isn’t it pretty????? It is already on the wall right in front of my sewing area. It will be a great inspiration for me :-).

Hope you are enjoying your creativity too:-).



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Raw Edge Applique – New QAL

Hello there,

Hope you are keeping yourself warm if you are in a colder region. If not, enjoy the warm weather and I am jealous of you :-). Can’t wait for 4 more months to get in to the summer.

I have joined a new QAL lead by Alida @ this new year. Our January’s 2 blocks were raw edge applique works. Here are my versions:



I learnt how to solve a 3×3 Rubik’s cube and doing a 1000 piece puzzle too :-)). Hope you are also stepping in to new adventures and have fun!!!!!



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Summer Dress in Winter!!!!!!!!!

Hello there,

Hope you celebrated your Christmas with your family and friends. My little one turned 4 on Christmas Day.


Few days before her birthday, she came with a purple fabric and demanded that she wanted a dress out of it. How could I say No for such a demand. I tried different combinations and ended up with pink and purple.

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For the first time ever, I created my own pattern and it turned out fabulous. I will be posting the tutorial very soon. Here is how the dress turned out:

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There she is:

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I sewed an Indian dress for myself too.

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Meanwhile, I had a sewing disaster too. I was suppose to sew a pant similar to leggings with a striped cotton fabric. The fabric came as a set with the above top. Since, it was supposed to cut on a bias edge, here is how it turned out to be :-)). A complete disaster!!!!!!!!.  I had to keep the fabrics separated for each leg while cutting.  No harms done… I will be wearing a plain white legging instead.


Hope your sewing adventures this year was amazing. My year was filled with lots of ups and downs. I am definitely trying to be a better person by leaving behind the negative past and carrying only the positive values with me.

I wish you a very happy new year filled with lots of happiness and peace. 



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Dress Making

Hello there,

Hope you are keeping yourself warm in this cold weather. We already had one snow day here in Michigan!!!!!!! As much as many of them like this season, I can’t wait to get through this. Hence to keep myself away from depression, I am making lots of adventures in the dressmaking area.

I am experimenting on Indian clothing (Long skirt with blouse) for my soon to be 4 years old daughter. I was very apprehensive about my skills, but they turned out pretty good. I will be sharing few of those here.

Skirt and Blouse (This was made from my saree):

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lining top for the blouse:

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Kurti top (up-cycled from my old top)


I also sewed pajama pants for both of my kids.


I will share some interesting projects soon.

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Hope you enjoy your winter till then ;-).