Bisection

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I made this quilt out of a fat quarter bundle I picked up at JoAnn’s. This pattern – Bisection – is based on Orthogonal Recursive Bisection – a computer science algorithm used mainly to divide work among processors. My thesis from decades ago used this algorithm. I took several pictures when I was making this quilt. For this month’s goal, I want to do something I haven’t done before – write a pattern/tutorial for this quilt.

This baby quilt along with two others – the pink hexagons and one more in the works will be donated to Quilts for Kids once they are done. Linking One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
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Stalactites!

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IMG_2890I can’t believe I completed this quilt top in the month of March, with hours to spare! My One monthly goal for March was to complete a quilt top using a FQ bundle of Robert Kaufmann Blueberry Park collection by Karen Lewis. I wanted that perfect design for this fabric and I could not make up my mind till the middle of the month.IMG_0266

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I decided to just cut them up into equilateral triangles (my current favorite shape ūüôā

I tried different layouts from totally random to regular and symmetric. I finally settled somewhere in the middle.

I wanted to keep the gradation in the hue and value, going from dark on top to light at the bottom and going from pink on one end to yellow at the other end.

It’s a lovely day with bright sunshine and blue sky but the breeze makes it so hard to get a nice picture.

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Sew Fresh Quilts

Blueberry Park Quilt

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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

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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 www.quiltingandwhatnot.ca 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 quilts.¬†One Monthly Goal
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