Thursday, December 18, 2014

Early Christmas

Although my home is not decorated completely, there is still lots of baking to do but it sure seems like Christmas arrived early this year!

Cultural Fusion Quilts is one of  the best books of the month of December in Crafts, Hobbies and Home on Amazon!!!

Yay! I am aware of how much I constantly talk about the book but I am filled with a great sense of pride. How can I resist sharing it all with you all who have been on this journey with me for past four years.

I spent last couple of days trying to take some good pictures of my quilts with things around my house. It has been fun unfolding and refolding these quilts. Photographing quilts is like an exercise in space designing. To find the perfect way to arrange and rearrange them and to wait for just the right light to enter through the windows - It's all very time consuming but lot of fun. I enjoy it as a part of blogging as much as sharing the stories of the quilts.

Soon after I came back from the market, Amy Butler had offered to share my book and photos on her fb page. Off course I said, ''Yes!'' After the blog tour ended, my focus was to take some pictures and send them off. Amy shared couple of those pictures on her fb page today. You can see them on Amy Butler Design fb page by clicking on the link below. 

Thank you Amy, for that lovely shout-out this morning! I am touched by your sincere and genuine, kind self!  

These days I pinch myself at least a few times a day. At times I think I will never come down from up above but not to worry, I have asked my husband to pull me down if I float away for too long.

Peppermint Pinwheels and Hourglass Quilt

Writing this book has taught me things I had never known how to do. Like saving a screen shot for instance or setting up a Paypal account on my blog. Just couple of days back, my book was at #1 on amazon's Hot New Release list in Quilts and Quilting. I showed it to my husband and we both were happy to have spotted that. Later that evening a friend suggested to take a picture. By the time I went back, it had slipped back to #2! I learned to save the screen shot. I guess it is never too late to learn new things, achieve your goals and dream of next best thing.

So this all may seem like bragging a bit but I am reserving the rights for now!

I am enjoying these moments and fruits of my labor with this book. I will be back on the earth soon.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Back in time!

In 1992, I started making soft sculptured dolls. This is a picture of a photograph. Someone was not happy being at the zoo that day!


1998, I used the leftover fabrics from my doll making business to make the first quilt top.
I blogged about it here.

Kavita is home for the break. I am eagerly waiting for the boys to arrive.

Have a wonderful Day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Katell's Mini Quilt and a new blog!

It kept me calm and happy while I stitched away.

Here is what I showed on the first day of the tour.

This is how it looks now, ready for its new home.

Between then and now it did receive lots of stitch-love. Just like my book did from all of you. Thank you for hopping from blog to blog and leaving comments. In fact, if you just found this blog, the tour is still on!

Doesn't that sound like a pop of bright spot on a grey day?

Visit these blogs if you haven't entered a comment for a chance to win my book Cultural Fusion Quilts.

Monday December 8 Malka Dubrawsky @ A Stitch in Dye

Tuesday December 9 Sherri Lynn Wood @ daintytime Open

Thursday December 11 Jake Finch @ Generation Q Open

Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused Open

Saturday December 13 Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott  Open

Sunday December 14 Lindsay Conner @ Craft Buds Open

Yesterday my husband and I listened to the podcast of my interview with Pat Sloan. This was my first time hearing myself. I must admit, I was nervous when I first started talking with Pat but she has such a great way of easing you into the conversation, I was right at home within first few minutes into the show.

If you would like to listen in, the direct link to the podcast is on the side bar of this blog.

And now the announcement for the new blog!

While I am still working out the details of the blog's appearance, Cultural Fusion Quilts is officially open for those who are inspired by this book and want to join the fun. If you would like to contribute, visit the blog and leave a comment.

Some of you have already shown interest and I request you to leave a comment again, even if it is in a word, YES. I will send you an invite.

Happy shopping, decorating and baking!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 13 Cultural Fusion Quilts Blog Tour

Today is the last day of the blog tour for my book. It has been fun, interesting and humbling experience to know the response to this book. I am not sure what was expecting but what I have seen and read so far around the blog world has been rewarding.
I am in the process of setting up the flickr page and a blog to share your quilts, Please make sure that you leave me a message and I will send you an invite to join the site.

Last stop is with Lindsay Conner, Designer and co author of the blog Lindsay Sews  and co author of the book Modern Bee. Lindsay has contributed to numerous magazines and publications. I am blown away by her accomplishments as a writer.

As I said earlier, it is the last stop of this fabulous tour so let's make it count. Go to Craft Buds for my interview with Lindsay Conner. It was great chance to talk about my design process and a quilter from Indian origin.

Batik Wax print from India
Interpretation of textures of mud-cloth

Wax print from India 

Leaving you with some of my inspirations today.

And the list of blogs accepting comments. Good Luck!

Monday December 8 Malka Dubrawsky @ A Stitch in Dye  Open

Tuesday December 9 Sherri Lynn Wood @ daintytime Open

Thursday December 11 Jake Finch @ Generation Q Open

Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused Open

Saturday December 13 Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott  open

Sunday December 14 Lindsay Conner @ Craft Buds TODAY

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day12 Cultural fusion Quilts Blog Tour

The Day12!
For my readers in Australia and other countries half way around the world, this day already begun a while ago. I am late!!!

I have been a huge fan of Janet Treen since the day I discovered her blog. Her quilts are absolutely amazing. She is a dear friend, an award winning designer and quilter and a great teacher on the blog. I have learned so many tricks by reading her blog.

One of the reasons for adding gentle curves to the cutting is to mimic applique patterns. The reverse applique coverlet I posted yesterday is a perfect example of tribal work done without templates and patterns can have variation in the final result. I think the technique in the book will free you up on so many things.

Be curious
Be bold
Be spontaneous
Be creative
Be intuitive.

When you choose design, patterns, fabrics and colors, try something new just for experimenting. Often times we are so stuck in our ways, we limit ourselves of possibilities. Cultural Fusion Quilts is filled with images of possibilities..I hope you explore more as you work on your own quilts and put your own twists and turns to the quilts.

Daffodil Dreams

This is my definition of balance in design, color, positive and negative space and composition. People ask me if my graphic design study comes in handy when I work with my fabrics and colors. I do have a lot to discuss about that but not today.

First you must have my book. Run over to Quiltsalott and read her post. Enter a comment to win a chance to win my book. If you are a U.S. resident, you will receive a hard copy and if you are an international visitor, you will receive an e-book.

If you missed any of the previous bloggers listed below, visit them too. There are accepting comments but more importantly, you will love their blogs.

Friday December 5 Rachaeldaisy @ Blue Mountain Daisy  Open
Monday December 8 Malka Dubrawsky @ A Stitch in Dye  Open

Tuesday December 9 Sherri Lynn Wood @ daintytime Open

Wednesday December10 Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville's Quips and Snips Open

Thursday December 11 Jake Finch @ Generation Q Open

Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused Open

Saturday December 13 Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott   Today

Sunday December 14 Lindsay Conner @ Lindsay Sews