Hi there! I'm Prarthana Inglis. I've always enjoyed expressing myself through creative channels be it knitting, crochet, sketching, sewing or quilting. Quilting is my most recent obsession! I learnt to sew and embroider some basic things as a child from my mother, aunt and grandmother, but nothing as elaborate as making a quilt! A friend and colleague introduced me to quilting for the first time back in 2011; she showed me some basic blocks and I made a few cushion covers with those. I started my FIRST quilt project in 2012; I didn't have a sewing machine so it took forever! But as I was going through a break-up and some major changes in my life at the time, it helped me process. I call it my "Quilt of Singleness". Once the top was finished, I brought it with me from India to grad school in the US. I basted it and started hand-quitling it but it didn't get finished till I was back in India after finishing grad school in 2017. By then I was hooked! I started a bigger project in 2018, but even this was slow going as I was hand-sewing. I didn't know any sewing short-cuts so everything took forever!
After the world went into lockdown in 2020, I finally bit the bullet and learnt to use an old treadle sewing machine that was in a centre run by my family. Things definitely sped up after that. I did eventually move on to an electric machine, and tried my hand at all sorts of quilted projects. I absolutely love quilting! It is the perfect combination of precision and creativity that I have come to enjoy. Somewhere along the line I realized that I was happiest when I was creating new things for others to try as well. I've tried my hand at designing quilts and writing instructions for others to follow. This is another aspect of quilting I'm really enjoying!
I founded this blog in 2020, when I discovered others interested in learning from my creative journey or just appreciating the process. It's called Cece's Quilts and Things after my grandmother whose middle name "Cecelia" I share. Across the globe, quilting is often a skill passed on from mothers and grandmothers to their daughters and granddaughters. And although this is not a skill I picked up from my grandmother, she was the one who encouraged creative pursuits from a young age. I hope it is a legacy I can pass on. Quilting has followed my from Mussoorie, India to Atlanta, USA, then to New Delhi, India and now to Brisbane, Australia. It has now developed from a blog to a small business, as I have explored writing quilt patterns, and making quilted items for others to purchase. I hope to continue to grow this in the years to come. It is now an integral part of my story and I absolutely love it! I invite you to explore my site, learn about my passions, and explore what excites and interests you as well.