Thursday, November 17

Stitch along and Crazy quilt block for July.

 These are the pages for July. Flamingos we don't have or get to see in the Nilgiris but I have memories of seeing flamingos in Tanzania.
The Crazy quilt block for July. The fabric with red and gold on the right is from my wedding saree. A beautiful red kanjivaram saree my mother bought for me because she knows I love red.The purple fabric with the embroidered floral motif is a from of traditional Indian embroidery called Kasuti.
Time is racing ahead. The year is coming to an end. This year has been a year in transition - transition between living in an urban area and moving to a rural place, transitioning and using up most of my stock of materials and thread which I acquired while living in Bangalore and looking to my natural surroundings for the materials for my work going forward.
This fabric book will be one which has elements from both worlds. The cross stitch motifs most months with the exception of flamingos are from the world I currently inhabit. We have bears, our pet cat Pepper,our doggie Blackie. it's uncanny how much like their colouring the motifs in the pattern are. I didn't change the colours so that they resemble our pets.
 The crazy quilt blocks are made with fabrics and embellishments from my stash which I acquired while living in Bangalore.
Miles to go before this year ends.

Monday, October 24

Crazy Quilting and Cross stitching

It's almost a month since I posted on this blog.
A month of cross stitching and crazy quilting. Below are the fruits of my labour.
 CQ block for May.

Crazy quilt block for June.
That's the CQ block and cross stitch pattern for June as they would appear, side by side in the final book.

Friday, September 23

May and June - Joyful World stitch along

 May and June patterns in the Joyful World stitch along are now complete.
Almost all the animals featured are part of the environment I live in. I love this bear. My attempts at bee keeping have ended with the bees buzzing off and leaving me with an empty hive. My neighbour has about five hives and has been visited by a bear!

Sunday, September 11

Rust and Roses

Rust and Roses is a cotton silk scarf. Rust dyed and pale lilac scarf further embellished with embroidery. 
Part of a small collection of rust dyed and embroidered cotton silk scarves.

Wednesday, August 24

April - Joyful World Stitch along

 It's almost the end of August and I've just completed the pattern for April.
Here's the crazy quilt block and the stitch along pattern for April.

Two weeks and no signs of Socks.
My next project is to start drawing the flowers, birds and insects which I see on a daily basis here in the Nilgiris. I'm hoping to create a colouring book.

Monday, August 15


This is Socks our handsome and lovable moggy.
Socks has been missing since last Sunday night.7th August. It's been a week and I'm getting a bit worried.
I've been told they can wander off in search of a mate and that they come back, but a week? we also live in jungle country to make matters worse.
I've been reading on the net that some tom cats can wander 10 miles and come back after months.
I call out to Socks and hope he's safe and well and will get back once he's done with sowing wild oats.
I miss the warmth of his soft cuddly body curled up on my lap and the little depression between  the two pillows on our bed  lies vacant. It was his favourite spot to nap during the day.
Come home Socks.

Do you have Tom cats who've gone walk about? How long was it before your pet came back?

Thursday, August 4

Give your Dreams Wings to Fly

Give your Dreams Wings to Fly. A flag book.
The back cover.
The flags are pigeon feathers which I collected during my morning walks in Bangalore.  
Another view.
I hope you recognise opportunities to give your dreams wings to fly.

It's been a busy week with guests at Welaro.