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Never a day goes by when I am not holding a needle in my hand - sometimes crochet, sometimes tapestry or just a regular sewing needle!. Quilting is a fairly new love. I have finished two quilts and am doing another with Craftsy BOM. Hexagons are now my obsession.
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quilting, paper piecing, hand quilting, embroidery, other

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Help with an old Janome L 392

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 6:46am 7 Comments

 I have borrowed a Janome from a friend as my machine has gone for servicing. The Janome is an old machine with no manual and the friend has inherited it from her mother-in-law. She has no clue about the machine's features either. If anyone is familiar with old models of Janome can you enlighten me on these two points?

1. On the dial for stitch length there is a marking  with a + and a - on either side of 'ss'. What setting is this for.

2. Is it possible to do free motion…


The story of my quilts.

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 12:00am 12 Comments

I should have started quilting at least fifteen years ago instead of just three years back. My sister who was visiting me from US and who knew I had inclinations towards crafting and sewing gifted me with booklets and books about piecing and quilting. I did peruse them but most of the stuff was Greek and Latin to me. It all seemed so difficult and I was sure I was not cut out to cut so many little pieces. I zeroed in on the crochet pattern and household sewing books she gave me and learnt to…


Week Two and a few days

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 9:00am 8 Comments

I have done a few more hexagons and some flowers as I go into the third week. Keeping score is a part of encouraging myself to keep at it especially as there is always enough stuff happening to distract me from this project. I am doing Craftsy' BOM and was caught up with this months' block. Also there are two other members here who have decided to take out their own gfg's and have a go at finishing them. So we have decided to share our progress.…


Grand mother's flower garden

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 4:49am 16 Comments

 I fell in love with the gfg ever since I saw a link in the BOM I am doing with Craftsy. Heaxagons and EPP were one month's block. The 'to do or not to do" dilemma lasted for a month or two. Too many people were talking about how they have been doing it for two/three years. And of course a big problem for me was the access to fabric. I looked through my wardrobe to see which ones I could turn into scraps. And dithered. Finally I got my hands on some floral fabrics thanks to a warm-hearted…


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At 2:09am on November 10, 2013, Marianne said…

Good morning, I am sorry your sister is not comfortable with English weather, do tell her to purchase pure wool to wear, she will find it more comfortable.  If you want to mail me away from this group I am happy to receive it.  Mhill4@gmail.com

What a coincidence you living so close to the Chan d ys

I will have to learn how to put on my pictures, bye for now

At 9:16am on November 9, 2013, Marianne said…

Hello Sobana,  I understand what you say about being slow, I am also not very quick, also I am involved in a charity that takes a lot of my time, and at the moment seems to be so busy.  Well, as you try to cool down, we try to heat up, its now coming into winter, so fires on and heating turned up.  I dont mind our winters, its a very healthy climate, although some, may not agree, the secret is to wear the correct clothing, and wool is important, synthetic materials are just not warm.  We have had a lot of snow over the past three years, so not sure what will happen this year, but the autumn colours have been wonderful.  I have been finishing some Christmas gifts, table runners, table mats and an advent calender also some small Christmas cushions, I would love to do something for myself now, but I have always got so much enjoyment giving things with love.  We have friends who come from Kerala, do you live near to that place.  We live in the North of UK North Yorkshire, its quite beautiful, take care and look forward to hearing from you and hope it cools down a little for you. Regards 

At 9:01am on November 4, 2013, Amy | Columbus, OH said…

Thanks for your kind comment, Sobana.  Your encouragement is very meaningful and I will press on!  I always appreciate your sharing projects and insights.  Have a wonderful week!

At 3:08pm on November 2, 2013, Michelle K said…


Hi. Just wondering how you are doing and how the GFG is coming.  I wondered if you saw my post about the new/old way to make hexis.  I figured it might be a great way for you since you have a hard time getting the papers,  and this way would let you make hexis of any size.  I think my friend told me that what ever finished size you want, you make the circle that you start with twice as big.  Anyway e-mail me and I will explain if you want me to.  

At 3:15pm on October 6, 2013, Marianne said…

Hello so ban!

You have done so well, hand quilting, you must be so much quicker than me.  I enjoy hand quilting, but also do machine quilting too.  I have just been putting together a strip of blocks to go across the bottom of the single beds in the guest room, they are looking rather nice, need to finish the borders.

I see you grow mangoes, my husband used to grow lots of strawberries, but, changed direction with growing.  What is your climate like in your part of India.  Look forward to heAring from you sometime.

Marianne in UK

At 5:09am on October 16, 2012, Annie Zipser said…

Hi Sobana,

The pattern for the baby quilt is a very easy one.  It's an adaption of what I call puzzle piece that a friend did for a guild quilt.  It's basically a 9 square but the 2 outer sides are all the same color and made as one long piece rather than 3 small ones.  The trick comes in laying it out as you have to decide on layout before you do any sewing (the colors have to match the ones next to it in order to form the "outie" parts of the puzzle piece).  The first block has the long pieces vertical and the second block has them horizontal.

At 8:24pm on September 30, 2012, Shannon/UT said…

I love your pictures, thanks for sharing.

At 1:13pm on September 29, 2012, Cindy said…

Not at all, Sobana. Share them with whomever you like. The first ones are quotes from someone else. The last I wrote after loosing a dear friend recently. I am also sending you a friend request to add you to my list and I to yours if you would like. I look forward to getting to know you better.  Your needle work is fabulous. After seeing your Grandmother's Garden blocks in progress, I just may have to find mine and get to working on them again. My Grandmother started them back in the 1930's or so. It will be a treasure when finished. Take care.

At 9:31pm on August 4, 2012, Amanda Best said…

I think your idea of updating our progress is a good one! I have one small flower done in purple and the white border around it is nearly complete. I am also in a rush to finish some hand applique blocks for a group project, so I really need to get those finished so I can concentrate on my hexagons more! Good luck to you!

At 11:31pm on August 3, 2012, Amanda Best said…

I am trying to get started on my Grandmother's Flower Garden, but I won't be able to keep up with you, Sobana! You must stitch very fast! I am slow at all handwork, but I enjoy it so much!


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