Blueberry Park Quilt


Some months ago, I sunk a fortune on two FQ bundles of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman. For a long time I couldn’t bear to cut them up but finally I made one quilt with some of the blue green fabric. More on this quilt in a separate post later.SmallIMG_5858

My One Monthly Goal for March is to make a quilt top or finished quilt from the red-yellow bundle. Linking One Monthly Goal from Elm Street Quilts.One Monthly Goal

Purple Magnolias

Purple is my favorite color and I’ve been hoarding so many purple batiks. I decided to use them in Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery. Since I was late getting started on the mystery, Cheryl  had already revealed the pattern by the time I got started. So this was technically an un-mystery for me.

HSTs: The pattern calls for eight 2″ half-squared triangles (HSTs) per block. I decided to use a single fabric for all the HSTs. When I’m mass producing HSTs, I like to use Triangles in a roll but I didn’t have any 2″ HST rolls handy. I found these triangle foundation paper at a site called that work very well. You can print the templates on regular printer paper. You can make 18 2″ HSTs per page. This went very fast and made some really accurate blocks. Peeling the paper off the blocks was most boring though.

I was going to make Cheryl’s suggested layout but at the end decided on a square in a square layout. This will give me an opportunity to create a secondary design while quilting. This goes to the bottom of my pile of un-quilted tops and will not be quilted anytime soon.

It was a cold and windy day in Houston, Texas when we took it out for a picture but here’s another pic I like with the reflection in the pool. ModMagnolia1

Linking Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery page and one monthly goal finish page and Crazy mom quilts’ finish it up Friday

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Magnolia mystery in purple


Cheryl hosted the Magnolia mystery last year. I picked out my fabric early on but did not get the time to follow along during the mystery. I started all over again after the reveal. Changed my fabric to purples (all from my scrap bag) and green and pink on a white background. Her reveal parade deadline is Feb 15th. Not sure if I will be done for that but I hope to be done making the top by the end of the month. Linking to One Monthly Goal.

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Hrudaya Kamalam: Lotus of the heart


Kolam (in Tamil) and Rangoli (in Hindi, Kannada) is an Indian art form in which patterns are created on the floor using rice flour, chalk or chalk powder, colored powders, flower petals or rice paste. Kolams are drawn in front of the house, in the courtyard, in living rooms, prayer rooms, in the kitchen next to the stove, along doorways, everywhere. There are hundreds of traditional designs, and everyone and their neighbor is constantly coming with new variations. Kolam was part of my upbringing. We made simple, quick ones every  morning outside the front door and made ridiculously complicated ones for occasions like Deepavali (festival of lights) or Navaratri.  Google kolam for a million hits and a million designs. Also try rangoli for slightly different designs. Also try pulli kolam for dot-based designs.

7404038560_573e936006_oNow back to quilting. I made a Celtic quilt (the green and yellow) a long time ago and my mother said it looked like Hrudaya Kamalam –  a very special Kolam for Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Hrudaya Kamalam translates to lotus of the heart. Hrudaya kamalam is a sacred design, usually drawn in a place of worship – at the temple or in the prayer room at home. People do not step on this kolam while it is generally OK to walk over other kolams.

Here’s a short lesson on drawing the Hrudaya Kamalam. It starts with a pattern of 8 lines radiating around a point. Each line has 5 dots spaced equally – the dots are numbered 1 to 5 starting from the innermost, going outward. This kolam is a continuous design drawn as a single line joining the dots in the following repeating pattern – 1-3-5-2-4 – until all dots are covered. As you can see in the picture, after a few cycles, it looks like overlapping petals of a lotus. The petals can be rounded as in my quilt or pointy.


This quilt came about in another special way. It was September 2008 and hurricane Ike made landfall near Houston. In the aftermath of the hurricane, we lost power for a couple of days. We had nothing to do – no TV, no internet and no cooking either (we had an electric stove). My in-laws were visiting us and helped me pick out the fabric, and helped me draw the pattern on the background. I finished the quilt a few weeks later and gifted it to my in-laws as a token to remember their Houston visit and hurricane Ike. It’s about 48″ X 48″ and has sleeves in the back for hanging.


Linking to Throwback Thursday at mmm! quilts where you show and tell a quilt from long ago…

Transparency in Silk

IMG_0185.jpgYvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jetgirl hosted a quilt along called Wayward transparency. Thank you, Yvonne, for this awesome pattern.

IMG_0130I picked up some silk fabric on my recent India trip and decided to use them for this quilt. The colors are not exactly light-medium-dark of the same color but they seem to work well together and give a transparency effect.

This is not my first time working with silk, so I knew this is not going to be easy. I used a lightweight interfacing (Heat’n Bond Non-Woven Lightweight Fusible Interfacing) to back the silk. With the interfacing, it has almost the same weight as quilting cotton. It was easy to cut and sew for the most part. However, with right sides together, the silk is more slippery and does not “stick” together as cotton does. I had to pin a lot during piecing as well as for matching seams.  Also, I had to remember to turn down the heat on the iron – use the silk setting or slightly warmer. I scorched a couple of HSTs initially but fortunately, I had enough fabric to make up for them. I love how this turned out.

The silk has directional color – the warp and weft threads are slightly different shades. This is quite common in Indian silks, especially saris. This is particularly apparent in the dark background fabric. Sometimes it looks like dark coffee brown (indoors) and sometimes dark cherry-purple (outdoors). I did not take this into account in the piecing. I’m amazed how different it looks from different angles. I’m not quilting this yet. Waiting on getting better with my skills on my new mid-arm quilting machine.

Linking up One monthly goal finished, Wayward transparency, Let’s Bee Social and Finish it up Friday at Crazy mom quiltsOne Monthly Goal
Wayward Transparency Quilt Along

Match the Following


Do you remember the match the following quizzes we did at school? Believe it or not, I loved them. I came across one again in a training I was doing for work this week. This quilt was inspired by the match the following quiz, only more colorful.

I started with a fat quarter of background fabric and some colorful 1″ wide scraps. I cut the background into three columns – the questions, the answers and the match lines. See my diagram. I cut along the lines one by one and sewed them back with the 1″ sashing. I marked my diagram on the wrong side of the fabric – so the quilt was a mirror image of what I wanted.


I used a really cool chemical compound fabric for the backing. When I saw it first I thought they were caffeine molecules but on further research, they appear to be the four nucleotides that make up the DNA – Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, Cytosine. That’s so cool!  I’m not sure which way I’m going to hang this quilt, so I made sleeves for all 4 corners. I used two layers of Warm & Natural cotton batting and quilted straight lines about 1″ apart.

This was a small, fast and original project I loved making. I’m planning on doing one more – this time drawing the schematic on the right side of the fabric and paying more attention to matching the seams, and taking more pictures on the way so I can write up a tutorial. This was also one of those spontaneous projects that takes hold of you and doesn’t let you rest till it’s done. Got the idea on Monday and picked out fabrics that evening, cut them up on Tuesday, pieced on Wednesday, quilted on  Thursday and added binding and this post on Friday. All this in the evenings after work.

Linking finish it up Friday, 1/26/18 at crazy mom quilts and TGIFF at mmmquilts


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Pink Hexagons


One weekend in the middle of another long and time-consuming project, I had this sudden urge to make hexagons. I had this pattern in my head using 2.5″ strips and 4.5″ strips that I wanted to try right away. IMG_0004I went through my stash and picked out several pink or almost-pink fabric that worked well together. After auditioning many backgrounds – white, off-white, a light grey, medium grey and black – I decided the medium grey worked best with the bright pinks. I cut up 2.5″ strips from most of the pinks and 4.5″ from the grey and some of the pink fabric. The top went together really fast.

This is only the second real quilt on my new mid-arm quilting machine. My control has gotten so much better. I quilted figure-8s of varying sizes in the grey areas. For most of the hexagons, I quilted loops along the outer channel and a point-to-point curved lines in the inner hexagon. As I got bored with that design, I tried some swirls, some meandering lines or a daisy fill. This still is not quite finished – needs a label and binding. I will come back and add a final pic whenever that’s done!




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