Sunday, June 12, 2016

Laptop sleeve

Again I took so long to sew a project on my Finish-A-Long list. But I sewed a bunch of coasters, key wristlets and Holiday banners. Today I did finish the laptop sleeve (FAL#4). Originally I sew it a couple of months ago and turned out a little too tight to get the laptop in and out.  Its for my daughter and both of us loved the fabric we chose for this project. So had to rip it all out and added borders to make it bigger.  
Front of the sleeve
Back of the sleeve

Finished with Zipper

Friday, April 15, 2016

Q2 Finish-A-Long goals.

I cannot believe I have not posted anything since January and my Q1 Finish-A-Long in not even half done. I finished two projects from my list but didn't write a post on them or post pictures even. I messed up on my tunic project and need to figure out how to make it wearable. Hopefully Q2 will be different and productive. Here is my list for Q2 some carried over from Q1:

1. Border added, backing selected, need to quilt and bind 

2. Need to embroider motivational quote & finish edges.

3. Need to add a border, choose backing, quilt and bind.

4. Laptop sleeve- front, back and lining materials
5. Cozy for kitchen-aid mixer - 
Not sure what fabric to use. I am thinking may be a solid fabric with applique on it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ironing board cover

I followed this tutorial to make the ironing board cover with this  clothespin fabric. Before I realized I had this fabric I made one with a upholster weight fabric I had lying around. I also used insulbright as padding. Now the padding is sandwiched between the fabrics and gives a nice surface to iron and as an added bonus its double sided.
The top cover with elastic inside a bias binding channel.
The first cover using upholstery weight fabric. the edges are folded to make channel for a tie. I used selvages as tie.

Insulbright layer between the fabrics, sewn to the bottom fabric.  Ignore the date here, I went ahead and changed it on the camera. 

You can see both the fabrics here and my little ones feet. I still need to figure out how to change the time setting to normal clock hour and not railway time.

Linking up with SewFreshQuilts

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Finish Along Q1 goals

These are my goals for the 2016 Finish Along Quarter 1. I have already started on 3 quilts in November and December to get a head start on all my New Year projects. I am so glad I did that because I was sick for the first week of January and these quilts actually kept my spirits and hopes up. As soon as I get my energy back I am hoping to finish these quilts and at least get half of the other projects on my list.

Finish Along Quarter One Goals:

1. HST baby quilt

2. Another HST baby quilt

3. Baby quilt 3

4. Embroidery project. 

5. Garment, probably a tunic

6. Another tunic perhaps

7. Churidar Kameez for daughter

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ground Beef and Spinach rice

1 lb ground beef
1 pack fresh or frozen spinach
3 cups basmati rice
1 medium size onion sliced fine
2 tomatoes chopped
1 two inch stick cinnamon
3 cloves
1 black cardamom or 3 green cardamoms
1 table spoon grated or pureed ginger
1 teaspoon grated or pureed garlic
fresh cilantro to garnish.
3 tablespoon oil

Boil the rice in plenty of salted water and cook till its 3/4 done. strain it and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan big enough to hold 3 cups cooked rice.
Add the cinnamon, clove and cardamom and saute for a minute.
Add the sliced onions and saute till golden brown.
Add in the ginger and garlic and tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes disintegrate.
Add the ground beef and salt. Saute till the beef gets cooked and any liquids from the beef is absorbed.
Meanwhile microwave the frozen spinach for 2 minutes and squeeze out the water.
Add it to the pan and mix well with the beef.
 Now add the rice and gently mix. Cover the pan and cook for 10 min in low flame.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

Goals for 2016

I have so many quilts that I wanted to do in 2015 that didn't get done. At the same time I am ending the year with just one UFO. So for this year my goal is to focus on making a lot of quilts in smaller sizes mostly baby, toddler and art quilts/ Here are my quilting and quilting related goals for 2015:


  1. Herringbone quilt
  2. Circles quilt
  3. Bias binding applique quilt- stained glass style
  4. A red heart quilt 
  5. Open an Etsy store to sell quilts and like items
  6.  Cozies for kitchen appliances
  7. an ironing board cover
  8. Learn about pattern making via Meadow Mist Designs's pattern writing series.
  9. blog regularly
  10. Participate in atleast 3 linky parties regularly.
  11. more art quilts and wall hangings.

I am more confident now than ever before to get this list completed.. Linking it up with Quilting Jetgirl