Friday, November 15, 2019

Rough & Tumble

In summer I was working on a scrap vortex quilt.  

Scrappy Goodness

Green chair fabric came from Mell

Wonkiness Galore

Finished Flimsy

Pieced Backing

Turquoise Binding

Here is the finished quilt. I named it - "Rough & Tumble"
Bright & Happy

Does it have a story?
Hmmm... it has poem :-)

I dived into my pile of scraps - old and new
long strips, odd shapes and pieces askew
There were some cute scraps from Mell
I chased after them as they tried to escape and fell 
Some fabrics scream and others just mumble
But they all fit happily in this Rough & Tumble

Art Imitates Nature 

Rough & Tumble finished at 43" by 45".  After the photoshoot, the quilt was put away.
Who will get it? Where will it go? I did not know.
Other quilts (Socorro Foundation Quilts) and other blogposts (Kinda Brave) took priority.


Pieced Backing

Time passed.

Welcome Display at the Delhi Airport

Last month I traveled to India to celebrate Diwali (the festival of lights) with my mom and brother.
One day we visited my cousin sister, who lives about an hour away. Her daughter-in-law had recently given birth to an adorable baby boy, named Harsh (meaning happiness). I held him and enjoyed the new baby smell till it was time for us to leave.

My cousin is a grandma and that means I am a grandma too. Yes, the baby will address me by the same title as he does my cousin.

In the car ride back home, I chided (gently) my mom.  Only if she had told me about the new baby, I could have brought a quilt. You know we have an abundance of quilts in my house. May be I should just carry a couple of quilts with me, whenever I travel to India again.

My Henna :-)

Rangoli at a Friend's House

With a Friend = Total Goofiness

Paneer Bhurji (Cooking for Mom)

Once I returned, I sent Rough & Tumble to India on its way to Harsh.
Rough & Tumble makes me very happy and I believe it is perfect gift for a boy whose name means happiness. There is lots of color and interesting things in the quilt which I hope will provide lots of visual stimulation for the baby.

Giraffe & Cat

Ninja Baby!!!

No-Stings Friendly Jellyfish 

And just one last look...
Makes me so Happy
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When Julie mentioned that she was changing her ironing board cover, I asked if I may get the discarded fabric. She agreed to send it to me.
But by the time the package got to me, it had magically acquired an additional 10+ yards of fabric.  Looks like the Christmas season has already begun. Thank you Julie!!!

Pre-Christmas Miracle

This is one of the fabrics in the package I received from Julie.  Oh I cannot cut it up soon enough to include it in the next scrap vortex quilt.

Cute Elephants

There may not be more grand babies in my future but rest assured that there will be plenty of scrap vortex quilts in my future. And if the past is any indication, when I make them (quilts), they (babies) will come!!!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Kinda Brave

What is an appropriate gift for a young woman who is celebrating her high school graduation, her 18th birthday and is on her way to a prestigious college?

Kinda Brave

A quilt, of course.

Pieced Backing

Did I mention that she did all this while she was fighting a debilitating disease with multiple doctor visits and hospital stays? And she also wrote a book about her experiences and published it too.

Kinda Chronic by Ashni Sethi

Meet Ashni. Better still read about her book here.

Ashni's Mom is my friend, Manveen.
I conspired with Ashni's parents in making this quilt.
Ashni likes dogs and loves the ocean. Her favorite colors are blue, gold and red.

Pattern Sketch

This was helpful, sure. But Ashni's quilt needed to be more, much more than just a compilation of her favorite things. She needs to covered with love, support, good wishes and blessings from her friends and family as she celebrated her book, and embarked on her journey to college - a whole new chapter in her already challenging life.


The pattern was easy. I chose Scrap Happy by Amanda Jean Nyberg.
Of course I had all the fabrics.

Backing Fabrics

I had all the ingredients for the body of the quilt.
I just needed to infuse it with soul.

The opportunity came at Ashni's birthday party.  I arrived at the party armed with freezer paper rectangles, a traveling iron, felt blanket, archival pens, and background fabric rectangles. I bullied (urged, cajoled and encouraged) the attendees to write messages of love, encouragement, support and best wishes for Ashni.

From Grandma

I roped in two guests to help with peeling and re-attaching the freezer paper to the background fabrics. The pens were a bit tricky for non-quilting folk and not everyone stayed in the center of the rectangles.

From Auntie

I was conspicuous as I flitted from one guest to another, asking them to retrace their letters so that the ink was dark enough, leave room for seam allowances, and are you done with the pen?
But there was no way Ashni could have known the full extent of the conspiracy.

From a friend

Some messages were simple birthday wishes, others celebrated Ashni's accomplishments, and others promised her love and support. Some were simple, others were funny and some were deeply touching. I am glad to have been part of the journey.

Quilting in process

Ready to Bind

Zebra binding

Almost done

Here are some pictures showing the completed quilt.

Light & Shade - A metaphor for life?

So cool!!!

Fabric Rose?


Puppies YAY!!!

The messages are not visible at first glance, just like the adorable puppies are rather subtle.
But come closer and the warmth of the messages and the cuteness of the puppies will engulf you.

Love the red fabric
I had just enough red fabric left over from Enchanted Lake to border the puppy fabric to make this pieced backing.


Showing off the Label

Of course, I am showing off.  Just in case any of Ashni's friends from college want a personalized quilt, I want to make sure that they have no trouble finding me :-)  Just search for "Sew Preeti Quilts" and send me a message.

Rolled up

Sunshine and Puppies = Perfection

So many Good Wishes in a Bundle of Comfort

I gave the completed quilt to Manveen last month. She happily posed for some pictures.

You are hiding behind it.
Much better


I am told that Ashni LOVED her quilt. And here she is confirming it with a gentle smile.

Ashni with her quilt

As usual, I'd love to hear from you. I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar.