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‘London Roads’ Meets its Owner

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It was in the year 1999 my world came to an end or so I thought  when the baby birds flew out of the nest all grown up and  in search of wider skies.There  I was siting in an empty nest, dint know what  to do with my time. 

I had plenty of things to do too but nothing  held my interest for a long time.  That is when I heard  about this lady Jane and her  intention of starting a  quilt group,as it turned out be the first official quilt group of Kuwait and KTAA.  Textiles.painting, art work  were always  my hobby even before . But little did  I knew then, quilting  is going to be a hobby for life.

 As directed by Jane Ellis  McNaboe we started our very first group and  quilt . The terms like  1/4 inch,  rotary cutter , piecing ,sandwich(Oh no not from bread), basting,quilting  were not the words   in our dictionaries then. I can still hear her words of’ exact 1/4 inch seam allowance , not even a hairs breadth difference should be there when you piece’, still  ringing in my ears:)

 

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That is how my very first quilt , ‘The London roads’ was created in the year May 2000. It was all a  labour of love and the time came to label it . My  two sons, most dear to my heart  just out of house , I didn’t know  which one of them to give it  and then as a novel thought I labeled  it as a gift to my first grand child:) The label read as ‘London Roads, 18 fabrics in 5 colors, machine pieced and quilted, finished in May 2000 , Gift to my first grand child’.

 

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16 years later In April 2016  my  grandson Khajit is born  and my wait is over and  I could give him the quilt.

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This moment is so special to me as a quilter. It is even bigger than my winning best of shows or getting  several awards and ribbons  in the last 16 years.

I am still quilting, My  own original creation ‘Dragons and  Ladder’ functional  game quilt  created in 2006 tucked for Khajit’s cousin , yet to arrive, in future and to play together.

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 I   see  more  quilts to quilt,more people to inspire ,teach and  more dreams to achieve in the coming years.

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But for now I am happy that Quit of love ,The London roads, met  the owner our first grandchild.

 

 

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Central Park NYC & Me

Central Park NYC and Me

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Since my son started living in manhattan just a street  away from Central Park and   I could go there on my visits here, I am in love with this place. When ever I am here I go for  long strolls every day but never got tired of the park.

There is so much life in this place in terms of people,cultures,activity, nature, birds, painters,musicians, hockers , lovers and the list can go on and on. For me, I see a separate world  out there.

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Just yesterday I even shared with family this crazy thought of me going to hide in the bushes of central park for a night and spend the night there.
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I could get hundreds of events and images to inspire me in my art work,
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Yesterday I noticed all the birds flew very low level in the evening on their journey back home,all most bumping into my head.
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The water bodies,  boating,the trees , the cyclists , adults, kids, strollers  it is an amazing view and I will never get tired of it.
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Journal Quilts& Me

Theme Based  and Miniature Quilts

Journal quilts are not new to the rest of the quilting world and to  the international group.We  here  too had done few  theme based small group projects of different sizes over the years .

But some times as in life lots of things which you think as every day activity may not be so in some parts of the world.That is the story of Journal quilts in our group of local quilters.

But recently I have started developing a great liking to this miniature ,theme based ,art quilts.

locals  and new entries into  the quilt group consists  of   a few  excellent artists , and their artistic thinking is amazing ,but they are just beginners in art quilting or in quilting.   Their interest is to produce only utility quilts like big bed quilts. I wanted their artistic, imaginative side to come out and make them think out of the box.That is when I got the ladies to sign up for a Journal quilt group under the umbrella of our Q8quilters. It is a nice group with  few experts and  lots of novice together.

The most difficult thing was to make them accept to do this small A4 size quilts .We were fifteen in the group though many did not make it to the deadline we had enough pieces to exhibit and the feed back was great when they asked me what is the next topic:} Some of  the JQ’s  from here are  chosen and going to see light in a bigger size in another exhibition soon.

So there we are  as a group into Journal quilting and will keep going further.

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From Top Left-Amal,Wafa’a,Ann,Suhaila,Ranju,Shyamala,Najeeba,Nidha

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From top left-Najeeba,Shyamala,Suhaila,Wafa’a,Ann ,Ranju.

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From top left-Wafa’a, Najeeba,Ranju,Shyamala ,Suhaila,Ann

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Four elements -Air

From top Left -Ranju,Najeeba,Shyamala,Wafa’a,Suhaila and Ann.

It was interesting how each one approaches a theme and I felt our exposure and our environment influences our thoughts.

Artists statements

Wafa’a Ali Al-Kandari Earth-The beauty of the earth is depicted in paper piecing techniques Water-I used small pieces of fabric to show how the wonderful colors and life under the water Fire- I imagine the fire is like a horse and it is difficult to catch it when it is on the run. Air-Air has different mode .Some time calm and some time angry. I am trying to show that by quilting

Ann Dennis Global Warming. A day in the life of a tree. Earth,Water,Fire Air effects the tree in different ways

Suhaila Hussain Al Ateiyah The nature is all around us and we have to interact with positive way. A happy nature results in a happy body and soul. Earth,Water,Fire and Air pieces are depicted with using different quilt techniques and hand quilting.

Najeeba Hasan Earth- Earth means life for people, plants and animals Water-Water is calm reminds of travels and means of transport Fire- Fire is scary and not friendly Air- Air the life line of every one and it can be friendly or dangerous.

Amal Sadek Earth- This is inspired by the desert in our region. I was reminded how hard it is to grow plants and trees in this part of the world.

Nida Khan Earth -Earth is a mixture of good and bad. Hate, war, can be overcome by kindness, love, prayer and lead to a peaceful earth.

Ranju GandhiEarth,Water,Fire ,Air are essential to life .Let us save our elements. Earth- Roots depicting the anchorage of life. Water –Our waters are so polluted that soon will be more plastic than fish in the seas Fire-Fires fueled by warming climate are increasing around the world and havoc in our forests Air- Air is vital for survival without it life would perish but pollution levels are raising and creating life threatening situations

Shyamala Rao I believe in positive thinking and believe the elements will respond positively. Earth- Holding roots deep in its soil the earth will help the trees grow bringing with it all life. The good earth is meant to do this and not to produce earthquakes. Water- It is the calm sea where the mermaids sing as they fetch pearls to the pearl divers .No more tsunami. Fire- The fire with all his grandeur and colors is cool within. Forest fires are not for him to create. Air- The cool breeze, the life line of all humans is colorful. Tornados and destruction is not the nature of air.

 

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Fusible Applique Basics

This method is also known as Raw edge Appliqué. In this method top fabric   is fused to the base fabric. A fusible web binds both the  top and base fabric by ironing. once the design is traced on the paper side of the  fusible web, cut it to the exact shape, iron it on to the chosen fabric and  peel off the  backing paper exposing the glue, iron it on to the base fabric.

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The most popular brand of fusible web is Heat N Bond available in quilt shops. This has a paper backing and easy to use.You can also buy the fusible web in roles called Vaseline  without paper  backing . The ones without backing can be used by placing them in between baking parchment. If you cannot get this webbing you can use a fabric glue or glue stick which may not be perfect but can work. A special iron is another added tool but normal iron can do the same task.

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Chose a design.

P1070917Choose a design and convert it  to line drawing.Number each of the pieces starting from outer edge to inner edge or left to right or vise versa.

P1070923Using a fabric carbon trace the pattern to the base fabric.You can use a fabric pencil to strengthen the lines.

P1070921Now make a reverse copy of the pattern  and trace it to the dull side of fusible web. Dull side is the paper side and the back of it is the fusible side with glue.

P1070926Choose your fabrics for appliqué

P1070975Cut out the shapes from the  traced  design on fusible web and iron it on to the  back side of the selected fabric.  Cut out all the  fused shapes with one side exact and other side a scant 1/4 inch eye measurement. The idea is to fit each piece like jigsaw puzzle.

P1070982Remove the backing paper, arrange all the pieces to recreate the design  on the base fabric and iron it on.

P1070990 Stitch around all the edges with straight stitch. If you don’t like the raw edge look you can statin stitch around the edges.Once the process of fusing and stitching is finished thread painting it with matching  thread is an option

P1080007Join the finished block to other pieces to create a table mat. Back it with batting and back fabric and quilt as desired.Bind with black fabric.

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Images To Quilts-Art quilts

I have started quilting  about 14 yeas ago, what still holds my interest is turning real photographs into quilted treasures.This is what I call as ‘Images to quilts’. Every ones life is full of memories.Some good some bad.Some you want to treasure some you want to forget.I am a person who likes to keep my memories alive for ever  by clicking photographs. If I can turn at least a few of them into an art work  nothing better than that for me. I love this workshop which I do as it helps me and my students to relive their memories turning  them into a  quilted treasure.

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Quilting Stress!

What is an Indian wedding with out pomp and show and months of preparations? That is exactly what kept me busy for last few months. My sons wedding.  Quilting was the least of my thoughts in last several months and now when all is settled  and with an addition to the family in the form  of a daughter in law, I am all mentally physically settled now and   yes! back into quilting.

A few months before I even had a thought of selling my sewing machines and umpteen loads of fabric , notions and every thing quilt related  to lead a more peaceful stress free life. But then I realized that there is no such thing as ‘stress free life’ unless I become another ‘Buddha’ and leave my    quilting empire and head to forest.

But then I realized I may need to make one more last quilt to cover my self in the forest,then there were a few students waiting, a competition just announced, a group of friends from the quilt club motivating, I realized  it is  less stress quilting than being enlightened.

So now  I am back into  the same rut of folding and unfolding fabric scarps ,cutting tiny squares and rectangles  and restitching them into one piece again, rewinding the unruly spools  of thread  that run marathons in my small studio,picking and unpicking the seems from two inch squares, ironing the fusible web  to later find out that the iron just transferred   the residue   to the  front of finished quilt ,making new designs and hoping no one will copy it  without giving me credit or no one would have thought of it  earlier than me, finding no time for exercise.

But I am not stressed! I am quilting.!

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Jamal

 

Jamal 2“Jamal”(Camel) is known as the ship of the desert. The quilt depicts an image from a photograph taken by myself of a camel ride in Palmyra Syria. The carved limestone structures standing on the sand show the example of Roman architecture. Tea dyed fabrics, hand and machine appliquéd, raw edge appliqué, thread painting,layering,embellished ,machine quilted and pieced.”
and used authentic Arabic
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Jamal won second place in Art quilt category  in the recently held Kuwait Textile Arts Annual exhibition.

 

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