Saturday, March 4, 2023

My Checkered Past

If I could be doing anything quilty, it would be improv piecing.  It is like taking a journey. "Come hither ye fabric scraps; together we will travel and see where we end up." 

Here is the Island Batik Challenge for March. It reads 

"March brings a free month for you to determine your own project of any size, using any theme and any technique!! This is an opportunity for you to express your creativity without guidelines. Have fun!"

And I did have fun. See how the bits and pieces grew.

Starting Point

And then there were two


Coming Together

Getting Closer - Are we there yet?

May be we'll go just a bit farther

It is fun to juggle the varied sizes and watch the quilt top come together.  Usually we end up bigger than we envisioned - unexpected twists and turns and scenic routes, you know. A few tweaks, some trimming and some inserts later, we were done. 

Two more seams to a Completed Top

I used Aurifil Thread for piecing (50 wt)  and quilting (40 wt.) I used 80/12 Microtex Schmetz Needle for both piecing and quilting. All the Island Batik fabric scraps work beautifully with the Island Batik Solid White background. A black border was added and I chose black binding. I chose Hobbs Cotton Wool Blend batting. Quilted using my walking foot. 

Hobbs Batting

I completed the quilt shortly before my trip to Atlanta for Quiltcon. Naturally I packed the quilt with me. Remember we journey together - my fabric and I.  Here is my quilt - My Checkered Past enjoying the beautiful city of Atlanta.

Poolside at the Hotel in downtown Atlanta

Just Peachy :-)

Making Ends Meet

Of Course, I remembered the label!

Pieced Backing (using discarded blocks from another quilt)

The Geometrics!

Enough of the hotel. Let's go sightseeing. 

At the Martin Luther King Center

At the Yolanda King Center for Performing Arts

Just love this picture - looking ahead together

Meditating at the Oakland Cemetery. We come and go but life goes on forever

So tired after a long day!

Tomorrow is another day!

I spent one day at Quiltcon and although I took many quilt pictures, the best part is meeting and reconnecting with people.  You can find all the quilt pictures on Instagram at #Quiltcon2023.  Here are the hugs I exchanged :-)

With Nann (With Strings Attached), Anna and Mell

On our way to Quiltcon

With Anja (Anja Quilts)

It was a high point of my visit when a reader of mine recognized me.  Here I am beaming with happiness with Barbara from Philadelphia. Hope you will read/see this.

With Barbara

Quilters of Indian origin - Sujata Shah and Vasudha Govindan

I didn't plan this picture. I was meeting Vasudha and then we saw Sujata and we had to take a picture.  I think I need a jacket before I go to Quiltcon next time. It was the uniform, apparently.

With Stephanie from Hobbs

It was so nice to meet with Stephanie. Stephanie also manages the Hobbs IG account and we already know each other from Island Batik ambassador program, where Hobbs Batting is the industry partner.

Atlanta is beautiful - art and inspiration are everywhere. We were also lucky - absolutely gorgeous weather.  Here are a few more picture s from my trip.

Near the King Street MARTA Station

Such a great image!!!

Rock Paper Scissors - Street Art near Midtown MARTA Station

In full bloom :-)

Piedmont Park Lake

The Dogwood Sculpture in Piedmont Park

Wall Art

Cats Rule, I think.

Don't miss the reflection in the puddle

I am not sure what the artist is trying to say but I am sure it is a struggle between love and money. 

So long Atlanta. Home sweet home!

Angela has announced the color for March. It is certainly a nod to the St. Patricks Day :-)
Here is my fabric pull. 

Island Batik Greens for RSC

I will be sharing with Angela's and all my other favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar.  As usual, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I will close my eyes and pretend that we met at a Quilt Show and you said sweet (or savory) things about My Checkered Past :-)


  1. I love your quilt! It's so vibrant! I'm sure it had a wonderful time in Atlanta.

  2. Love your bright and cheerful scrappy quilt! Looks like a fun time together with friends in Atlanta.

  3. Lots of colorful scraps sewn together like that make the best quilts! Looks like you had a wonderful time at QuiltCon and exploring Atlanta. Thanks for sharing all the fun!

  4. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the picture of Piedmont Park Lake -- so tranquil. And also that beautiful picture of MLK, Jr in contemplation. Great trip!

  5. Cheerful quilt. I like the different size pieces and all the colors.

  6. A very fun scrappy quilt. You certainly fit a lot into your trip to Quilt Con. Looks like a lot of fun.

  7. What a fun quilt, and I love the name. It's perfect. I hope you come to QuiltCon in Raleigh next year so we can meet up!

  8. It was SO great to meet you last week! Your checkered quilt looks wonderful in each setting. The civic art is an inspiration.

  9. OMG! I love “My Checkered Past.” It’s an insanely fun quilt - and more traveled than me. LOL! QuiltCon looks like it was a blast. And all of the murals and other types of art (sculptures?) are fantastic and inspiring.

  10. Beautiful quilt, but I think I love the name even more! You're so creative. QuiltCon this year seems like it was bigger and better than years before, but maybe I'm just following enough people now? Anyways, I wish I had been there. Maybe next year? Thanks for sharing fun photos, particularly the non-quilty ones since there aren't many of those and seeing a new city is almost as much fun as quilts!

  11. Your quilts have more fun than most people! (Because they are so preeti?)

  12. love your checkered past quilt! QuiltCon looks like a fun and inspiring time!

  13. Oy my goodness! I LOVED how your checkered past quilt went sight seeing in Atlanta! What an experience! I hope you had at least as much fun as it did!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

  14. My Checkered Past is gorgeous! We were just speaking of one of those types of quilts in my small bee, but the improv version is so fun,too! What a great trip you had at QuiltCon. Seeing you and Mel, Anja and Vashuda - how wonderful! It looks like you have lots of great photos and inspiration galore to keep you insprired!

  15. I love how My Checkered Past came together! You both looked to have a wonderful time, and thank you for the fabulous pictures.

  16. Great scrappy quilt and a fun photo shoot!!

  17. Improv is so much fun to create, isn't it? This quilt top definitely was talking to you about how big it wanted to be, and it looks beautiful in all the photos out and about in Atlanta. Great use of the extra blocks for the backing, too!

  18. Lovely Finish Preeti. And thanks for the tour of Atlanta. Happy you shared your post with Oh Scrap!

  19. What about your checkered present? :) Such lovely pictures of a lovely quilt in your signature style. Happy new week!

  20. Your "Checkered Past"? Looks more like the beltway in DC, the freeways in California, or heavens forbid -- the freeways in Atlanta. They put California drivers to shame!
    So glad you had a great time at QuiltCon.

  21. Love the quilt. I was at QuiltCon but didn't take the time to see the city like you did. Thanks for the photos.

  22. How happy to be doing improv to use up your scraps! Such a fun way to meet the challenge this month. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  23. Looks like My Checkered Past and its owner had a fabulous time!! What a fun phot shoot for the quilt - and meeting all the cool people!! I LOVE it!!! So glad you enjoyed it!

  24. I had so much fun taking the pictures with you. And QuiltCon - and sightseeing. And I see you did not even but the most acrobatic in here ;) Your quilt so vibrant and yet with the white is not overwhelming. Love it! xo

  25. Oooooh, beautiful quilt! I wasn't at Atlanta, and unfortunately I didn't met you there, but I want to say sweet comments about your gorgeous, pretty, bright, fabulous quilt! I love it, and the scenery is amazing too :)
    Thank you so much for sharing and linking up, Preeti!

  26. I really love the variety of sizes and shapes of rectangle in that quilt. It's fabulous.

  27. I love the balance of structure and freedom in that quilt, and the gorgeous colors. And also the bright murals in Atlanta! Thank you for sharing those too.

  28. Geometrical turned out beautifully. It was especially interesting to see how you connected the various units together. I’m glad it’s visited so many places.
    What fun to see photos of you with Nann (whom I communicate with online and Sujata (a dear friend from California.) You had a great time at QuiltCon. Congrats. Ann at Fret Not

  29. What a great quilt! I'm so glad you were able to take it to QC. I was there myself, on a whirlwind trip, and will aim to go again. Should take a quilt with me too! :-)

  30. Fabulous!! Love your improv quilt and sharing in your quiltcon adventure.

  31. Preeti, this is awesome!! Though I don't do a lot of it, I really love the look of improv quilting!! Had I known you were at QuiltCon, I would have driven over to at least meet you! I'm only about 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta! Looks like you had a great time and saw some awesome sites as well!