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Hobby to conducting an international event, one quilt piece at a time..

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

She started a hobby a decade back and today she is one of the core team behind the India International Quilt Festival! In this episode, we meet Tina Katwal, who discovered quilting by chance and later went on set up a quilting related store and a design studio. And no, she didn’t stop with that…

This is Part 1 of a 2 part conversation with Tina. We chat about the first ever India International Quilting festival held in Chennai in 2019 and then she shares her journey with us. And yes, of course, she tells us what quilting is, clarifies some of the misconceptions around quilting and tells us how each of us can start to quilt..

Listen on ..

What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.

And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

What's in this episode:

Tina starts with how she is enjoying her new found empty nester status and what this means for her. She then introduces us to quilting - what quilting is, the history of quilting and how is has evolved from being just a utilitarian item designed to reuse every bit of fabric, to craft to its current status as an art form.

She dispels misconception around having lot of time as a prerequisite to quilting - she says 15 minutes of me time is all you need and it is therapeutic.

She then shares her own journey of choosing to be a Stay at Home mom, starting to make her own garments and then chancing upon quilting. But then, she moved on to using Facebook as a tool, searching for and finding a community of quilters and later started her own community called desiquilters on Facebook.

And then started her own Design Studio for quilting as well as a retail store. But then, she didn’t stop with that. She, along with a few friends decided to do something bigger.. And what exactly is that ?

Yes, this is just Part 1..stay tuned for Part 2.

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