Saturday 23 March 2013

Sunny Bee Gayathri's Dresden Sun

This month's Sunny Bee is Gayathri who has chosen the Dresden Sun as her block.

Sunday 17 March 2013

DQ Feb '13 Challenge - Winner

We have the results of the Feb '13 Challenge and the winning entry is JAN01, made by Aliya.

Congrats Aliya, you win a gift voucher of Rs.1500 from Bernina India, redeemable at the Bernina Creative Center and a gift voucher of Rs.500 from Quilts of Love, redeemable against fabric, workshops or custom quilts.

Congrats all participants..ALL the entries were fabulous and thank you for participating. Don't you just looove the love ?

Thursday 14 March 2013

250th member milestone giveaway - Winner

....aaaand we have a winner ! Here's our very own Sunita, of Indian Yards, telling you who it is...

Dear DQ Gang,
It has been a real privilege to be a part of DQ for several months now. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway and for leaving encouraging comments. No matter how big or old you get, appreciation always touches ones heart. I encourage new bees to participate and learn as much as possible and take one small step at a time. I started my quilting journey with DQ and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Lots of love and happy quilting now and always. The giveaway winner is Vani Roy, an accomplished quilter herself. Hope the patchwork cushion with black hearts always makes you smile. 


Sunita Suhas
Indian Yards
Ph. 91-9663144494

Monday 11 March 2013

Vani's Faux Chenille QAL - Part 1

The Desi connection brings Vani (Vanita) to DQ, all the way from Australia. A warm and lovely person, she has been wowing us with her enthusiasm and creations ever since she joined. She blogs at 'Quiltey Quips' and also has a business website, Vanita's Quilting Services. When DQ asked for volunteers for QALs, Vani, unhesitatingly and cheerfully put her hand up. She makes Faux Chenille sound so easy with her clear, step-by-step QAL.
Vani's Chenille QAL - Introduction by

Sunday 10 March 2013

DQ Feb'13 Challenge - entries

The DQ Feb '13 challenge required participants to make a quilted item which incorporated 'pieced heart(s)'. Here are the fabulous entries.










Serious eye-candy indeed !

The DQs have voted and the three finalists are

Shall be back soon with the winner's name. Until then, drool on!

Saturday 2 March 2013

Bee Desi With Sandhya Srinivasan

Queen Bee for the month of March is the awesome quilter Sandhya Srinivasan. Over to her......

Hello ladies
I have chosen the Ohio Star Block , pattern given by Amy Gibson in Craftsy

Ohio Star Block Pattern

                        5½" (14 cm) or one fat quarter background fabric  - off-white solid colour
                        5½“ (14 cm) or one fat quarter solid colour orange/red/maroon poplin fabric. No prints please.
Colour fabric (star)
                        Cut one 4½" (11.4cm) square (for the center)
                        Cut two 5½" (14cm) squares (for the points
Background fabric
                        Cut four 4½" (11.4cm) squares (for the corners)
                        Cut two 5½" (14cm) squares

This pattern uses just one of several methods for making quarter square triangles. Each method has pros and cons and, since preferences do range from one person to the next, feel free to construct your quarter square triangles via a different method if you would like.

1.      From the 5 ½ “  (14 cm) background squares, create 4 quarter square triangles as follows:
·         Layer each background square on top of a 5 ½ “   (14 cm) colour square, right sides together and pin.  
·         Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the two background squares.
·         For each pair, stitch a scant ¼" (6 mm) seam on both sides of the drawn line. Cut along the line and press the units open with the seam allowance toward the darker fabric. You’ll have four half square triangle (HST) units at this point.
·         Using a ruler and rotary cutter, on the wrong side of each of these HST units, make two unit by cutting a diagonal line corner to corner, perpendicular to the seam.
·         Switch halves and pair up units, right sides together. Make sure your coordinating fabrics are opposite one another and the center seams are “nested." (Feel with your fingers to make sure there's no bump.)
·         For each pair, pin at both sides of the center intersection. Stitch a scant ¼" (6mm) seam on both sides of the drawn line.
·         Press open and trim these units to 4½" (11.4 cm).
2.      Lay out all the squares and units, using the block illustration as a guide.
3.      Join each row, using a scant ¼ " (6 mm) seam.
4.      Press the seam allowances away from the quarter square triangles.
5.      Nest and pin all of the matching seams between rows. Now stitch the rows together using a scant ¼ " (6 mm) seam.
6.      Press. Double check that the block is 12 ½ " (31.8 cm) square and trim if necessary.