Tuesday 26 February 2013

Saturday 23 February 2013

Nima's Foundation Piecing QAL - Gallery

Whoa! Thats some serious eye candy from Nima. Nima, who blogs at 'Made to treasure' did this amazing QAL for DQ on Foundation Piecing:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Here are pics of some completed projects and WIPs from grateful DQs..








Thank you Nima!

Friday 22 February 2013

Sunny Bee Manju's Rose block

Manju has chosen to raise the bar even higher with her 'Rose' block. Have fun folks !

The Sun and the Rose by

Thursday 21 February 2013

250th Member Milestone - Giveaway !

We are 250 strong!!

As always, DQ is here to announce a very 'heartfelt' giveaway to celebrate hitting the 250 member milestone. Please help me welcome our giveaway sponsor - Indian Yards.

Indian Yards is into bespoke quilts. At Indian Yards, quilts are very special.  Every order is painstaking made with a lot of care and tons of love. The best of cottons is sourced as per client requirement. Every pattern is meticulously designed. Quilted with impeccable sewing skills into a piece of art. Tuck your children in bed under an Indian Yards quilt and see them smile to sleep.
Indian Yards will be giving a treat to one lucky winner from the valentine range of goodies. Please go the link here and check them out. To win an item of your choice, here's what you need to do:

1.Hit the 'follow' button on the DQ blog
2.Hit 'like' on Indian Yards' Facebook Page and leave a comment for the product you like. (In case it is sold out, a suitable replacement will be provided)
3.Leave a comment here telling us you have done the above
4.Make sure you leave us a name and email id in case you are a no-reply comment/blogger

Indian yard blogs at :  www.indianyards@blogspot.com

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Bernina Creative Center

( We, at DQ, are pleased to have with us today, Mr.Ajay Gupta of Bernina India)

BERNINA India is proud to announce the opening of their most modern BERNINA showroom and the BERNINA Creative Center in Mumbai situated at :
Company Showroom and BERNINA Creative Center
A - 101 / 102 , First Floor ,
Eversun - DLH Junction ,
Sahakar Nagar ,
J.P.Road ,
Andheri (West)
Mumbai - 400053
Tel  : +91 22 2674 9218
Fax : +91 22 2674 3426
Mob: +91 98 202 13400
Contact Person : Mr.Ajay Gupta
E Mail : lnind@vsnl.net
Now , sewing - quilting and embroidery enthusiasts can source everything under one roof , from machines to accessories , sales and service , all sewing - quilting and embroidery notions and accessories are now available for you from the BERNINA Creative Center , be it needles , finger guards , bias makers , rulers , mats , rotary cutters or blades or special marking pen , etc , etc. Not to forget batting and fabrics ( fabrics are being added soon ). The best of polyster , pure egyptian cotton and mettalic threads for use in sewing - quilting - embroidery are also available. Last but not the least the courses and education which are being offered in our most modern Creative Center where you all are invited to share your knowledge or conduct classes or be a part of classes which shall soon be announced from time to time.
We look forward to seeing you soon in our Creative Center and shall be very happy to assist you.
Kind regards
Ajay Gupta

Monday 18 February 2013

DQ Jan'13 Challenge - Winner

Of the 7 awesome entries to the very tough Jan'13 Challenge, the 3 entries that were voted finalists were


And the winning entry is...(drumroll)..entry no.5.. The Hippy Happy Quilt by DQ Madhu ! Hats off to her for such a fabulous creation. You can read all about the process on her blog 'Betukbandi'.

Madhu wins these fabulous goodies from Bernina India

1.'Mettler' - ' Made in Germany ' Polysheen Thread Box containing 8 mix spools from


2.'BERNINA' - "Inspiration" magazine full of creative ideas for the passionate sewer, quilter and embroiderer - 1 recent issue - also from Bernina

3. A gift voucher of Rs.500 from Quilts of Love

Congratulations Madhu ! We look forward to seeing many more of your creations.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Sunny Bee Medha's Happily Tumbling Blocks

Hello everyone,

This month is my turn to be the queen bee! First of all let me start off by saying I'm glad I got introduced to this group by my friend Veena [a big 'thank you' to her]......cuz ive learnt soo many things here. I always look forward to learning new stuff now-n-then and I've always enjoyed stitching but had never tried quilting up until now... thanks to DQ n its members who are so talented and are an inspiration 

Ok now getting to 'THE SUNNY BEE' of this month, my block is the TUMBLING BLOCK also known as baby block. The theme, the Sun, for me, it means a vibrant, colourful, bright  and cheerful..This  tumbling block  is a depiction of that. I saw this pattern when i was cleaning up some old stuff and found this magazine i had 21 years ago. Since i know more about quilting now than i knew then, i was intrigued by this simple yet its eye catching pattern.

Here's a link to the 'how to' of the quilt http://how-to-quilt.com/articles/1121-tumbling-blocks.php

The colors to be used:
BLACK is a must and should be the upper diamond
The other two colors of youur choice but should be of the similar hue, just different shades, for eg:hot pink and baby pink and black..the lighter shade diamond facing left and the darker shade facing right.
Material :100% cotton
color:only block colors,no prints.
Two isosceles triangles with a common base, with angle of 60 degrees. width of each diamond=2.5''+0.5 seam allowance.heres a picture below.
the size of the whole block would come to about 14'' length, width 12''.

Thank you all!
May many more bee's swarm up this place ;)
Happy sewing!

- Medha

Wednesday 13 February 2013

DQ Jan'13 Challenge - Finalists

The DQ Jan'13 Challenge which required TEXT to be part of the design, was a tough one and sought to push DQs out of their comfort zone a bit. Also, the format was brand new and the entries were made anonymously (we love that word!). Feast your eyes on the entries..

Jan01A - Reverse applique wall hanging 16.5"x12"

Jan02A - Something cheerful for the sewing room 16"x16"


Jan03A - paper pieced and appliqued wall piece for the sewing room - 12"x16"

Jan05A - The Hip- happy quilt!' 27"X 30"
It is inspired by hippie art...and is the quilter's impression of what a hippie, who happens to be a passionate quilter, would come up with! It has foundation paper piecing, free piecing, turned appliqué, raw edged appliqué, fused appliqué, chenille. The quilting is done using a walking foot , by the qayg method...

Jan06A - Snip,Sew, Smile 18"x18"

Jan07A - Quilt your ♥ out - 14-1/2" x 14-1/2" reverse applique, hand and machine.

Of the 7 amazing entries, DQs have voted for 3 finalists:

We will be back soon with the name of the winner after collating the points. Until then, happy quilting !

Tuesday 12 February 2013

100th post giveaway - Winner !

We'd announced a giveaway to celebrate our 100th post on the Desi Quilters Blog. The sponsors of the giveaway, Indusgully, have picked a lucky winner from among the entries through the random number generator and the lucky DQ is Madhu Mathur !

Congrats Madhu ! Happy quilting!

Thank you Indusgully. It was an honour to have you aboard.

Friday 8 February 2013

Nima's Foundation Piecing QAL - Part 3

So we come to the last and final part of Nima's Foundation Pieced QAL. The previous parts can be found here:

Part 1
Part 2

Do take a printout of the border templates.

Border templates 

Have fun people. Do finish up and send us pics of your awesome pieces to be featured in the QAL gallery soon. mail to desiquilters@gmail.com.

Thursday 7 February 2013

Bee Desi with Madhu

Hi ladies! I have decided on Elizabeth Hartman's mod mosaic block for my Bee Desi bee in Feb 2013!

She has mentioned that for quilting bees, I just need to provide a link to her block tute, should not enclose PDF files etc.

The colours are to be blues, greys majorly, (with a dash of lime green or torquoise if someone does not have enough scraps) and with white sashing.

The size could be 11 to 15".

The link is here http://www.ohfransson.com/files/mod-mosaic-quilt-blocks.pdf

Sunday 3 February 2013

100th post and a Giveaway !

On 22nd June'12 we published our first blogpost and its already the 100th today !

Friday, 22 June 2012

Namaste and Welcome!

Welcome to our Desi World. A place where we share lives, forge friendships, and oh, quilt. We are a group of happy people, here because of our connections...quilty connections, desi connections.

We hope you find this a fun place to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Or just chat.

So come on in and make yourself at home. Bring your quilts, grab a coffee, share some gyan and maybe pick up a tip or two.

Namaste  _/\_

To mark this milestone and celebrate it in true desi style, we are happy to announce a special giveaway by Indusgully !

"Indusgully is an art, photography, and quilt shop. We are based in Ahmedabad / Bangalore. We hope to showcase our Indian sensibilities of color and beauty through our work.
Our quilts promise two things: top-notch quality and vibrant color. Made with 100% cotton backing and 100% cotton wadding, each Indusgully quilt is unique and original. Contrast and chunks of saturated color define our style.
We showcase our quilts at:
Connect with us through our facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/indusgully/ "

Indusgully is offering this amazing book as a giveaway...

...and for a chance to make it yours, here's what you gotta do:

1.Join the Desi Quilters
2.'Follow' the DQ blog
3.'Like' the Indusgully page on FB
4.Leave us a comment here saying you've done the above

So what're waiting for? Say cheers!

Saturday 2 February 2013

DQ Feb'13 Challenge

There are two kinds of folks - absolute romantics and closet romantics. (Nope, there ARE NO OTHER kind) And with Valentines day around the corner, it'd be grossly unfair to not have a sappy theme for the challenge :-)

So brace yourself for some love peeps, for here are the Feb challenge rules:

1.Make a quilted item of any size, incorporating 'heart(s)' in the design

2.The said 'heart(s)' SHOULD BE PIECED. Any style is acceptable.

3.Mail 3 clear and sharp photos shot in good light, of the front, the back, and a CLOSE UP OF THE PIECING to desiquiters@gmail.com.

4.Deadline for submission is 27th Feb'13 midnight. IST.

And the prizes?

-Gift voucher of Rs.1500 from Bernina India, redemable against purchases of sewing, quilting, patchwork notions, thread, etc. from the 'Bernina Creative Center' (BCC) or Bernina or Bernette machines or accessories


-Gift voucher of Rs.500 from Quilts of Love

Love is so in the air !!