Tutti-Frutti & TGIFF

I’m super excited to host TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s finished Friday) this week. Please click on the link at the bottom of this post and share your finishes and WIPs.

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I’d like to share my recent finish – Tutti-Frutti. Years ago I got a jelly roll of a batik line called Gelato by Timeless Treasures. My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was tutti-frutti. It has a light fruity flavor with bits of candied fruit called tutti-frutti. This fabric line of pinks and golds reminds me of tutti-frutti ice cream.

DSCN9218I made a small quilt for a mini quilt exchange some years ago but the rest of the jelly roll sat in a shoe box once again waiting for that perfect pattern to show up.

The perfect pattern was a non-pattern. I attached each 40″ strip to about 30″ strip of white background on both ends. I cut each the strip in half at with different lengths to give a random look. It took me for ever to work out the placement of the strips to get a random but balanced look that I was happy with.IMG_1102

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TGIFF: Please link your finishes here.

This link will take you to another page with the linkup where you can add your link and see others’ links. My blog host (wordpress.com) does not allow embedded scripts, hence the external page that hosts the linkup.

Rainbow Stars

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Meet Rainbow Stars – made from a scrumptious fat quarter bundle of True Colors by Tula Pink. I was hoarding this bundle of fabric for many months, waiting for the the perfect pattern/idea to strike. This is also special because it is my first ever commissioned quilt. My college friend Rupa in Australia asked me to make a quilt for her friend. She looked over my quilts and a few on Pinterest and said she wanted something modern with bright colors.

IMG_1065I had just got myself a Tri-recs ruler and put it to work. Tri-recs makes it super easy to make isosceles triangles that fit into squares. They almost look like equilateral triangles but they are not – the base angle is about 63.5 degrees.

I simple laid them out to make interlocking stars, keeping like colors together. The top went together quite quickly.

I quilted three curvy lines inside each triangle and an echo line around the triangles. This left a nice hexagon inside each triangle. I had fun coming up with a different design for each hexagon.

I used some dot-to-dot designs to emphasize the hexagon in some or modify the hexagon in others.

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I quilted some swirls and feathers and paisleys in the negative space on top and bottom.

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Size: 60″ X 70″
Fabric: True Colors by Tula Pink, Kona cotton silver

Linking to all the usual linky parties:
Friday:
Can I get a whoop whoop
Finished or not Friday
TGIFF @ DevotedQuilter
Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom quilts

Monday:
Main Crush Monday @ Cookingup Quilts
Tuesday:
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Wednesday:
Midween Makers @ QuiltFabrication

Wedding bells

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This quilt is a major milestone in my free-motion quilting journey. The quilting is inspired by this Angela Walters video where she quilts a bear quilt for Tula Pink. She does a variety of  dense designs for the background, some medium-scale wavy lines for the bears and some large feathers going in and out behind the bear blocks.

small_IMG_0791I quilted simple wavy lines in the colored diamonds, some tight border designs in the area between the diamonds and a few large feathers to the right and the bottom in the wide negative space.

I already blogged about the quilt top here where I called it stalactites. I’m renaming it to wedding bells. It reminds me of beautiful, festive Indian weddings with colorful and fragrant flower garlands decorating the hall, and men and women milling around in colorful Indian attire.

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This is my second entry to The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative side. My first entry is Magic Triangles.

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Linking Blogger’s quilt festival and all the usual linky parties.
Main Crush Monday
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social

Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF hosted this week by What a Hoot
Finished or not Friday
Friday Fotofun @ PoweredByQuilting

Magic Triangles

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My whole family comes out for a photo session. My husband Srini and younger son Vedul patiently holding while my older son Anshul is behind the camera.

This is my first entry for the Blogger’s quilt festival hosted every year by Amy Ellis of http://www.amyscreativeside.com.

My dad turned 80 last year and what does a quilter give to someone who has been a huge part of her life? A quilt, of course. My dad is a true engineer who sees beauty in the laws of physics, and who sees engineering as a way of life. He has always challenged me to learn and understand the world around me. I grew up with questions like how does this toy work, or how can we fix this leaky hose, or let’s build a light for your bicycle. At work he designed test beds for aircraft engines, and at home he rebuilt and fixed an old antique car. My sister and I were his (often unwilling) assistants. We learned quickly to never mix up metric and British units, and to look at a nut/bolt and estimate what size wrench to use. It does come in handy – I can easily tell if my seam allowance is anything but a 1/4 inch 🙂

For his birthday, I felt compelled to try something new and to learn something new, which in turn changed the rest of my quilting journey. This is my very first quilt on my mid-arm machine (Block RockiT 15 from kathyquilts.com). The best thing about making a quilt for my dad is that I know he will love it no matter how good or bad it turns out. He loves it because I made it.

IMG_1036I started with a pattern I picked up at the quilt festival last year, called Mezzanine, by Ruth Ann Berry from quiltersclinic.com. I changed the sizes and layout to make it bigger. The “3D” triangles are called Penrose triangles, arguably the best known impossible figure. Impossible figures are optical illusions – 2D drawings that the brain interprets as 3D but on further study, you realize such a 3D object is physically impossible. The mathematician Roger Penrose as well as the artist M. C. Escher made these intriguing concept  popular.

I gathered a number of light, medium, dark fabric from my stash and auditioned them against a grey background. The best method to audition values is to take a picture and view it in black & white. I quilted some airplanes and clouds on the top and some interlocking gears near the bottom. I also quilted every motif I knew. The ruler work was not perfect – chipped off a corner of the rulers and broke a couple of needles (very scary!), the spirals are a bit flat but over all it is not bad for a first FMQ quilt. My dad and mom say they discover new hidden figures everyday.

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Fabric: Various light, medium, dark from my stash.
Background: Kona coal (and probably something else – I noticed the slightly different shades of grey only when taking the pictures)

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Linking Blogger’s quilt festival and all the usual linky parties.
Main Crush Monday
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social
Needle and Thread Thursday

Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF hosted this week by What a Hoot
Finished or not Friday
Friday Fotofun @ PoweredByQuilting