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As I said two posts back, I’m planning to donate 40 baby quilts to an orphanage here in Sangli. I’d like to tell you all a little about the organisation…

This is an excerpt taken from the website of the organisation. You can read more about it here

Lighting the Lamp of Love – BSSK:

“All children are beautiful when they are loved”

Bertha ‘Grandma’ Holt

Look into the eyes of a helpless child and you see your whole world fall apart…. Hear the haunting cry of a baby and listen to your heart beating with pain. Touch the fingers of a newborn and hold on to all the humanity you can msuter… Here is the story of an organization called BSSK.

In 1979 an Institution of love was born in Pune, India, when Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK) was founded as an Indian Charitable Trust and registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act of 1950. The aim was to provide welfare services to families and children in need, irrespective of caste, creed, community or religion. This non-political, non-profit making organization is licensed as a “Fit Institution” by the Commissionerate of Women and Child Welfare, Maharashtra.

To secure the basic right of every child to family life, BSSK was established in Pune. October 21, 1979 marked the formal inauguration and beginning of BSSK from a rented stone bungalow on Koregaon Road.

In 1980 Educational sponsorship was initiated to help children from poor families thereby strengthening the family unit of the child. BSSK helps deserving students pursue their education for improving their future prospects, preventing school drop outs, and preventing destitution, child labour, institutionalization and delinquency.

In 1981 Indian adoptions took a leap forward with BSSK’s first child being adopted by an Indian family. Adoption process is based on rules, regulations and norms based on Guidelines, Court directives and experience of the agency. Every child has a right to have his/her own family. Adoption is one form of building a family.

The story of BSSK continues where abundant love works the magic of transformation, where care gives childhood another chance and where integrity makes it all worth while! Come, journey into a different world with us…

Founder Trustees:

Dr. (Late) (Mrs.) Banoo J. Coyaji

Mrs. Usha Modak
(Late) Mr. A. D. Gadkari


BSSK is headquartered in Pune (Maharashtra, India). We also have branches in Aurangabad, Sangli and Chiplun (Maharashtra).


This is an institute which I’ve been a part of in more than one ways. I was a member of the team that designed the building for the organisation. Also, through my MIL I’ve been sponsoring students here. But I was most deeply moved by the children here. I have seen premature babies brought here from dustbins around the city… people have left them near temples… Karna(the Sangli branch of BSSK) has provided them with a home to this children… I wish to provide them the warmth that every child deserves…

I once again appeal to all you generous hearts out there to help me in any way you can…

A few more things,
1. The organization will give me a certificate stating the donation that I’ll make, I’ll be scanning and sending them to all those who donate generously.

2. I’ll be making 42 quilts instead of 40. I’ll get the orphanage children to pick 2 names from amongst those who donate who will win the giveaway on the day of Diwali – November 5

3. Donations shall not include Cash

4. You can donate anything of the following

Fabric (Scraps are welcome)
Batting (Scraps are welcome)
Blocks that you’ve stowed away
Incomplete works
Binding strips left over
Anything else that you can find relevant

5. If you’re interested in sending full made quilts you’re more than welcome.

6. Please mail me for any queries.

7. Join the Flickr Pool for this charity, I’m calling it Spread the Cheer!!!

Thank you all!!!


Baby Quilts for the Orphanage

Hello All,
I’m doing my first charity quilting. I’m gifting the local orphanage baby quilts with the names of the babies appliqued on them. These are really tiny babies, say about 2-6 months old (I hate to think why their parents would give them up). So the quilts will be about 36″ x 36″
I wanted to ask you all if you would donate anything for it… Blocks, spare binding, fabric, spare batting… absolutely anything…. You can even make lovely labels for them… There will be about 40 quilts to make… The names will be the last ones to be appliqued… And since they want them to be done in Marathi (our local language) I cannot ask you all to help me there…
The target is diwali (somewhere around november) for the completion of these quilts…

If you’re interested, please leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll contact you right away!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

I’m back!!!

It has been a tiring week! First was the issue with the internet connection back at my mother’s place. And I came back home on Monday only to find my PC not working either!! When it came back from the service center (which by the way is run by my dear husband) we realized that the broadband connection was not working.

It took 2 days for the engineer just to create a short-cut for it. And that was when we realized we had lost the username and password!! Wow!!!

After another 2 days of searching for it in vain. I ultimately decided to try it myself. I deleted all the “new connections” that the engineer had made and restarted the PC! And guess what!!! It started running absolutely smoothly…


So all of you must be wondering why aren’t there any updates about my products. Well Shruti’s – the ‘up’cycle shop is having a vacation! We’ll reopen on the 1st of June… Till then enjoy my quilting!!!

World Earth Day!

So what is that one thing you plan to change that will help make Earth a better place?

Today I pledge “I will not waste electricity in my house. No unnecessary gadgets will be running. Lights of unoccupied rooms will be turned off. Chargers of different items will not be removed from the appliances and switches left off.  The computer or the modem will be switched off after use.”

Go ahead. Do your bit.

What you like me to make?

I have been making a lot of things that have had a special appeal to me. Is there anything that you’ve liked? Mail me a snap of it and I’ll try to make it. Or simply make suggestions of things you’d like me to play at.
The possibilities are endless. I’m waiting for your responses.
Thanks for dropping by. The rising visitor count keeps me going!!! (Though I’d appreciate a few orders too)

My sewing room wish list

Here are a few things I just loved and would like to make a part of my sewing room. So all those wonderful friends that I have, feel free to gift these to me anytime you want… (my birthday’s just too far to wait ;)… )

1.  A smart cutting table.

This one is just beautiful and functional!

2. A wall full of designer fabrics!!!

Amy Butler, Micheal Miller, Heather Bailey, Jennifer Pagenelli, Robert Kauffman… the list goes on and on…

This one’s a beautiful way to display the fabrics…

3. A wonderful thread storage solution!

Elizabth has a wonderful one here!

4. A lovely & bright sewing room!!!

I have been searching the net for inspirations and have shortlisted the following 4 room for the look that they give…

The first is of Alicia Paulson. Its a bit girly for my usual style… but isn’t sewing a bit girly too???

Second is that of Heather. I love the fabric circles. They’re so chic and so easy too…

The third is that of Chaletgirl. Its amazing. Again its a perfectly girlish room. But…

And finally the fourth, it belongs to Rebekah

OMG! I love the white chair!!! And the color combo…

Last but not the least… I’d surely like to buy this one!!!

And yeah all of you, who’re thinking why would you gift me anything from all these… just wish me luck that i can buy these myself! Nothing can make anyone happier than seeing their dreams come true!

My new Bernette!!!

Finally! After waiting for 3 months to buy a new machine, I’m finally making a down payment for my beautiful Bernette E56! Untill now I was using a machine that was made in 1953 which belonged to my grand father…

The E56 is a great machine. And I’m absolutely happy with the treatment extended to my by the company. So Bernette its gotta be!

Thats my new baby!

I guess that will mean I’ll be doing a lot of new projects that my old machine could not handle… Way to go guys… There’ll be much more news here in the next few days…