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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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Finished Summer Solstice Quilt!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally I took my own sweet time to finish the quilt top I made at Melissa’s Quilt Along.
I blogged here for the finished quilt top.

For the background, I wanted to use a beautiful bird and butterfly fabric. But that was used in my son’s quilt and I had a small remnant of it. I ended up using a 6 yard fabric bought from JoAnn 2 years ago (to use as a background fabric but never used it). This was the time to use that fabric. Also, I wanted my quilting to show-off to feel myself better.  I used up all the remaining drunkard path (curved) blocks. My son wanted to be I asked him to come up with a design and here it is (the center row). I love his creativity when it comes to the color schemes. I used some of the printed fabrics to fill the gaps.

To have the wide enough backing, I used the remnants of my birds and butterflies fabric too.

When it came to threads, I couldn’t use red, which was coordinating with the top but was looking very bad over the light backing fabric. So I had to go with the milder multicolored thread. Which made me to be extra careful with the quilting. This is the second quilt I did using FMQ in My Juki TL 2010.


I wanted to participate in Melissa’s Quilt Along parade. So I hurriedly did stipples quilting all over.  I did get some sharp corners here and there, whenever my shoulders,face turned stiff, which was quite often ;-). Somehow I wanted to fancify (pretend its a real word ;-)) the borders. So I did some ugly swirls on the sides. Somehow they didn’t convince me and I ripped off all those quilting. Then decided not to participate in the parade.  Finally did the rain drop patterns- called choker pattern in the beads world – to the borders.

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Here is my pretty lady (hanging 90″x 90″ wide)quilted and bound :-). She is ready to be washed and used in my bedroom :-)).

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I badly needed my husband and some sunshine for the photo session. Unfortunately both were unavailable ;-). Hence not so good quality pictures.

Here is the “little man Behind (literally) the Quilt”, my 8 year old-always a big helper :-). And the little one (3 yr old) is going to the preschool 3 half days and hopefully more sewing time for me :-).

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Thank you for stopping by and you have a wonderful weekend :-).



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Quilt Along Step-3

Hello there,

Finally got some time to blog.  As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I am participating in a  quilt along hosted by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  Our step -3 of the summer Solstice Quilt Along is Half Square Triangles.

I was dreaded of half Square triangles after my last project of Big star quilt, which had lots of half square triangles. At that time, I learnt that half square triangles are not that fun if you don’t have proper tools. I had only two rulers  at the time (6″ x 24″ and 2″x 14″). It was a hassle to square up those 5″ blocks. At that time I decided that I would never start a new project without proper tools.

This time, having 91/2″ square ruler (Omnigrid) made my job much much easier. I finished trimming 216 blocks in 2 afternoons. I don’t remember how many times I thanked myself for buying that ruler :-)).  (By the way, I got it at 50% clearance at Walmart!!!).


Well…We have only one more set of blocks to finish this quilt. Can’t wait to do Drunkards Path blocks, which will be posted this week on Thursday in Melissa’s blog. Hopefully, it will be challenging. If you are interested in this quilt along, please visit her blog – happy quilting here.

Thank you for dropping by. I will be back with more new posts about my son’s finished quilt and a quilt show at Ann Arbor-Michigan. Until then be good 🙂


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Summer Dress

Summer is almost over here in Michigan and I had the urge to sew a summer dress for my little princess !!!!!!. I hope you understand that we all go crazy once in a while….its my turn now ;-).

I have a designer friend, who is preparing for her ramp show. Looking at her beautiful, awesome dresses I thought of sewing some dress. I have a handy model, who is ready to wear whatever I sew for her :-).

I went through this list of Melissa’s 30 days of summer dresses tutorials and found a simple pattern from “Stitched by Crystal“, which I could easily follow with the materials I had.

I picked some beautiful yet modern fabrics from my stash, which I got from “intrepid thread” a while  ago. I won a gift card for this shop at Happy Quilting Melissa’s QAL. Here is the picture of one of the bundles of fat quarters I picked from the shop. Their service and communication is awesome. Fabrics are exactly as shown… Julie(owner of the shop) is awesome to deal with.


I selected three fabrics for the dress and here is the picture of the finished dress.


Here is the picture of the dress with its rightful owner….and the big brother, who wanted to be a part of the picture too :-).

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She was running around with the dress quite comfortably. hopefully this will fit until next summer :-). If not I will definitely alter it :-). Thank You Crystal for the beautiful pattern :-).

Yesterday was Lord Ganesha Festival for Indians. We celebrated it in a simple way, yet kids had fun!!!!!!!.  May Lord Ganesha blesses and brings good luck to everyone out there :-).

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We will be moving to a new home this month end and lots to pack and prepare. So no sewing for almost for a month(hopefully I can resist from touching my machine). ….Will meet you in my next post…till then be good :-).



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