Friday, November 30, 2012

Know thy Machine : Post # 32 : Carrie

Today we have a very special guest to talk about her very special machine!

  Carrie from Such Designs

She is one inspirational woman! She's come a long way from splatter painting T-shirts on her back porch at Alabama to designing sewing patterns for her company SUCH Designs LLC.

She has a machine I bet EVERY ONE of you would love to own!

Hop over to her blog to see if you like its features and if it is within your limit!

Today's question

Where did Sonalee buy her sewing machine?

1. She won it at the IMQG HV Meet!
2. Ebay
3. She was given the machine as a Birthday present by her Husband!

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Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd December  2012 at 10.00 am IST.
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Know thy Machine : Post # 31 : Sonalee

Our guest today is Sonalee from Creative Instincts...

A fellow IMQG member, I never realized how we became friends... 

She was one of the people who won sewing machines at the Husqvarna Viking meet! I'm looking forward to read what she has to say about her E10!

Hop over to her blog to read about her machine!

Todays Question : Why did Janice have to buy the Janome 1860?

1. Because it was her dream machine
2. Because the movers dropped her Singer and she had the insurance money to buy a new machine
3. Because she wanted to!

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Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd December  2012 at 10.00 am IST.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Know thy Machine : Post # 30 : Janice

Today's guest is Janice from Better off Thread

She is a Pennsylvania Dutch girl living on the Left Coast. Modern Quilter, MFA in Costume Design, mommy to six tiny monsters (only 2 are human) and lover of all that is '80's.

Hop over to her blog to read about her sewing machine...

Today's question:

What feature on my machine does Melissa's mom come over to use?
1. Free Motion Quilting
2. Embroidery
3. Buttonhole

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Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd December  2012 at 10.00 am IST.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Know thy Machine : Post # 29 : Melissa

Today's guest is Melissa from Tension Issues

I loved her blogger header image so much, that I had to put it in place of her own photo!

Totally apt for her blog name!

I have known her for a while on FB... She has made some beautiful quilts... She has even made some Farmers Wife blocks! I have a special admiration for quilters who do those and the Dear Jane too!

Hop over to her blog to read more about her machine...

Coming to the question of the day

How many Christmas trees has Leona embroidered as gifts?

1. 6
2. 5
3. 12

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Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd December  2012 at 10.00 am IST.


Know thy Machine : Week # 5 : Winner

The winner for Week # 5 is


Congratulations Carla, your Gift Certificate will be emailed to you shortly.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in another blog hop!

The Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

I was originally scheduled last week, but while I was away I realized that the pictures I had inserted were not uploading!

I finally got around clicking more pictures of my pillow today!

I love the pattern by Jill Finley,
But I decided I'd modify it to make it into a Diwali Pillow since I'm from India!

So here's my Diwali themed Holiday Lane Pillow!

Can you see all the lovely ladies in all the windows!

I have lanterns and fireworks!

I modified the size of the pillow and the styles of the houses too, because (1) I did not have a pillow insert of that size and (2) because I wanted to make it more Indian!...

Here are the details

House # 1 : Check the shingles and the lantern! I'm in love with this lantern and the 3d effect!

This is House # 2
I love the doily style lantern...

This is the small house round the corner!

Look at the lantern!

Here's a look at the quilting!

The stars!

And the colorful fireworks!

I really loved making this Pillow...

Thank you Jill Finley for the wonderful pattern...

And thank you Madamm Samm & Pauline for organizing it!

Here are the other stops for today..

From This to That ( not up yet)

Dont forget to say Hi to all the lovely ladies!


IMQG Sewing Summit!

 This week was totally fun!

First I spent some quality time with my parents at our home... :)

Highlights of the trip :

1) I found a few old papers in the garage that made me nostalgic!

2) I visited my neighbors, I sure am going to miss them. I'll visit them again, but I'll miss being able to call out from the balcony across the road!

3) I realized that not all people are what they seem to be. The ones you have considered to be your well wishers might have some selfish motive in their minds and those who you thought would not let an opportunity pass to throw you over, might actually come forward and help you!

4) I did not call my childhood friend and even fought with her when she did... Sorry Soups, I hope you do not remember our fight when we talk again (like you usually do). You are the one person I can rely on and come back to when I need a shoulder for support... Even though I might not say it often, I immensely love you and appreciate the fact that we've been friends for as long as I can remember!

5) Bournvita tastes better than Tea! Thanks Kausalya for that!

6) I always knew I could get up early even if I sleep late, now I know I can sleep in late (11ish) even when I go to bed early (8ish) - A whooping 15 hours!

As much as I wished, I could not make it home for Diwali but I sure got to witness some fireworks... :)

The next few days were filled with quilty kind of fun!

Thursday was filled with a shopping trip with Kausalya! It was awesome! We found some cute prints for bargain prices! Our loot includes a Deli Print, Some Red Busses, Cats, Eiffel Tower and some lovely polka dots!

We spent the evening at another friend, Kalindi's house where we talked about quilting and quilting and quilting!

Friday was the day that I woke up with butterflies in my stomach...

It was day # 1 of the IMQG Sewing Summit and I was conducting a class!

I have taught people before, but not a class of 8 students!

But it turned out to be fun. It was extremely well organized by Kausalya...

Here are the photos of my workshop

Day # 1

Kausalya recently celebrated her birthday and I gifted her the One Block Wonder Quilt that I made! That is one happy recepient!

The ladies busy working...

Sneha with her layout...

Ruby with hers...

Mrs Shinde with hers...


Ushatai... The seniormost member of the group!

Me & Kalindi...

Evening snacktime was celebrated with some yummy cupcakes made by Riddhi...

Thats Riddhi...

And these are the delicious cupcakes! The finished it about 10 mins flat! We decided to call them guilt-free cupcakes!

Day # 2

Day 2 was filled with action and a lot of fun... School girl giggling fun!

We had giveaways every hour... People won gifts for using a red thread in their machine, for wearing new sandals (keepign the price tag on), wearing most number of bangles, and a lot more things!

Here are some of the winners!

Mrs Sammanwar winning for the red hread in the bobbin...

Mrs Shinde for the new sandals...

Riddhi for wearing exactly 5 ornaments!

Ruby for being popular!

Ushatai for wearing more than 4 bangles!

But it wasn't just all play and no work... Everybody tried their hand at FMQ...

Ushatai was pretty confident by the end of Day 2!

Kausalya was whirring away!!!

Mrs Shinde did an awesome job for a first timer...

And here's the magic that they all created...

We made the 16" x 16" pieces into Cushion Covers!

We also created blocks for a super project for IMQG!

I really enjoyed myself! :)

Know thy Machine : Post # 28 : Leona

Welcome to the 6th and final week of Know Thy Machine!

This week we have some awesome guests listed out for you all

Here's the list
On Monday, 26th November : Leona from Tír na nÓg Studio 
On Tuesday, 27th November : Melissa from Tension Issues
On Wednesday, 28th November : Janice from Better of Thread
On Thursday, 29th November, Sonalee from Creative Instincts
On Friday, 30th November, Carrie from Such Designs
 and finally on Saturday, 1st December, Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road

I'm sure you're all going to have a wonderful time this week too! Sad that it will come to and end, but I know I'll have another blast some time soon! :)

Today's guest is Leona from Tír na nÓg Studio 

I really love the reason she named her business so...

"Tír na nÓg is a wonderful story from Irish mythology, it is a place of eternal youth and beauty where time stand still, no one grows old or gets sick, flowers bloom perpetually, there is no sorrow or pain and where love is eternal. I loved this story growing up and imagined Tír na nÓg to be like heaven. When in the creative process of making a quilt, I can get so engrossed that it does seem like time stands still and all the cares and troubles of the world are no longer present – my little slice of heaven on earth!"

Leona's quilting journey started 5 years ago when she went to local quilt store and was just awestruck with the quilts on the walls and the fabric, especially batik. Within a few days she had a new sewing machine, signed up for a beginners quilt class and her obsession with quilting took off. By the end of the 4 week quilt class she upgraded my sewing machine to one with more bells and whistles and before the first year was over she had her own long arm as she wanted to be able to create quilts from start to finish herself!

Hop over to her blog to read what she has to say about her machine...

Today's Question:

Have you made a cover for your machine? Tell us about it, did you use a pattern or made it yourself or just winged it!

Leave a comment with the answer ON THIS POST.

Winner will be drawn on Monday 3rd December  2012 at 10.00 am IST.