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From: MaryW
Date: 11-28-2004, 11:39 AM (1 of 69)
Whad did you accomplish while the site was down? Did you sew any gifts?
I made 3 pr. pj's for grandkids, finished up a T shirt from Jalie and I still have to do my jacket and 2 more pj sets for adults.
MaryW
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From: Hogmami
Date: 11-28-2004, 01:12 PM (2 of 69)
I finished quilted jacket that I took a class for and took care of my mother. So didn't have lots of time to sew. But I missed everyone. And am glad everyone is back.
Carolyn
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From: HeatherL
Date: 11-28-2004, 01:23 PM (3 of 69)
...what am I NOT working on! :nah:

While the site was down, I made a tote bag, three outfits for my niece's American Girl doll, a nursing nightgown, and three pairs of pj pants. I still have to put the waistbands in the pants.

Next I'll be cutting out a toddler nightgown, another doll outfit, two hand puppets, at least one skirt, a robe, two kids' hats, and an aloha shirt. I also have an infant overalls/jacket set that is about half done that I need to finish.

If I have time, I'll also be doing two pairs of funky boxer shorts, another skirt, and a fleece pullover.

Damn. I think I'll end up sewing more between Nov 1 and Christmas than I did the rest of the year, mending included!!
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-28-2004, 04:29 PM (4 of 69)
Well, mainly I moved. But, I made a dress, and finished up a quilt.
Next, I'm working on doll clothes for my neice for Christmas. After that I'm making some maternity clothes, I'm tired of the same few shirts.

Heather do normal 18" patterns work for American Girl dolls? That's what I'm making.

Ticia
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-28-2004, 04:32 PM (5 of 69)
Ticia, how are you feeling?
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-28-2004, 04:36 PM (6 of 69)
Doing much better, finally keeping food down, which is a nice change. Now, I'm just so huge, I can't imagine what I'm going to look like when the babies actually come.
I'm so glad to get the website back up. It was getting kind of lonely.

Ticia
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 11-28-2004, 07:29 PM (7 of 69)
How many babies?
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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-28-2004, 07:46 PM (8 of 69)
I made some doll clothes, a shirt, some curtains for the kitchen (very simple I let the fabric do the talking -- one window is all tomatoes and the other is garlic). I just got back from New York. I did not go near the garment district and bought absolutely no fabric -- saving for Xmas gifts. We saw the Rockettes -- very cool.
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-28-2004, 11:06 PM (9 of 69)
TWO- actually, I just realized, you guys don't know. I found out while the site was down, that I'm having boys.
I've finally started getting excited about the concept of two boys when I started actually finding some really cute and fun boy stuff (the day or so after I found out I was at a craft show here, and there was all of this adorable girl stuff, and nothing, and I do mean NOTHING for boys, the closest thing to something for a boy was a very generic and boring blue blanket).
But, yesterday I was in this ridiculously overpriced store that had all sorts of adorable boy stuff. They had a whole frog thing going, including a bib that had embroidered on it "bugs are vegetables too," with some frog eyes on it, so they were somewhat stuffed. So, finally seeing some kind of cute boy thing, REALLY helped.
So, now I'm starting to get excited about my boys and what I'm going to sew for them. I just bought a ton of flannel fabric at the Joanne's sale this weekend, and am planning on using it to make a bunch of cloth blocks for stacking and such. If anyone has any fun suggestions of other things I could make, I would love it.

Ticia
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 11-29-2004, 12:37 AM (10 of 69)
Congrat's on the boys Ticia, I had 3 boys myself and it is hard finding cute things for them. Keep looking mine didn't go naked for sure. Hugs Susie
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From: HeatherL
Date: 11-29-2004, 08:35 AM (11 of 69)
Hi Ticia...

First of all, yes...an American Girl doll is a standard 18". I mostly use patterns from Butterick and McCall's...they have "contemporary" wardrobe items for the dolls, which means EASY. It's much quicker to stitch together a sundress or a pair of elastic-waist slacks than a fancy-schmancy Pollyanna type dress with all of the trim!

Secondly, many congratulations on the boys! My little guy just turned one, and my best suggestion for sewing is overalls. Find a pattern you like...once you have the basic garment down, you can adapt it like crazy--make it into shorts, add nifty pockets, etc. For the early years, making it in a cotton knit blend works best...it's nice and soft and "gives", unlike a stiff denim or canvas. And use button closures rather than those traditional snap-and-slide doohickeys--those are a recipe for angst! :dave:

A non-clothing idea for your little ones is a texture block. I made a simple 5" cube, with each panel a different fabric...satin, faux fur, corduroy, etc. When my son was a tiny thing, he just loved it!
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-29-2004, 08:47 AM (12 of 69)
Thanks for the congratulations.
I am so glad to hear that the American Girl dolls take the normal 18" clothes, because otherwise I was going to have to start figuring out something else, and I did not think that was going to be fun.

Hmmm...... overalls..... I love overalls and wear them all the time now, I'll have to start looking to see what I can find as far as a good overall pattern.

Ticia
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From: mommydionne
Date: 11-29-2004, 10:39 AM (13 of 69)
boy stuff is always hard to find, I like the boy patterns in the Burda mags, kinda Gapish without the price tag. Boy #3 is arriving tomorrow in our house (just got the call about coming in for an induction yahoo!!) I have one daughter and there is soooo much girl stuff out there. Have you checked out Sew and Go Kids (it's a book) has lots of basic patterns in it you can change around.
Oh yeah what have I been working on... xmas pj's, two quicky tied flannel quilts (for baby and the 2 year old), finally got the living and dining room curtains finished :bg:
have fun with the maternity clothes, I'm going to sell mine next week at the local consignment shop!!
Jeanette
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-29-2004, 10:50 AM (14 of 69)
I'll have to look that book up, I haven't had much chance to look at too much stuff. The first trimester was spent throwing up and then after that we were moving, and now I'm desperately trying to get Christmas stuff done.
I was watching the Room by Room Christmas special (mainly on fast forward, since I didn't like a lot of their ideas), but they had an idea for making a garland with mittens and twine, and I was just thinking how that would look so cute on my banister in our new house....... Just add that to the huge list of things I would like to do......

Ticia
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From: foreversewing
Date: 11-29-2004, 06:09 PM (15 of 69)
I made a "leather" jacket from a pattern I have had for about ten years. It came out fantastic. I double top stitched all the seams which made it look even more like leather. If you don't stare and examine it. It is a soft "leather", love shoulder pad so it has full jacket raglan pads. I am going to make a skirt and pants to go with the jacket. I am going to be sooo CUTE. I also made a blouse to match a suit I have. I have just started making clothes for my self again. Sewing for everone else.
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-29-2004, 06:22 PM (16 of 69)
Did you hear Julia had twins. Hazel and Finnius (sp) healthy as can be. :up:
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-29-2004, 07:45 PM (17 of 69)
I knew she was pregnant, but had not heard that she delivered. That's exciting. Did you hear how much they weighed and all that other stuff?

Ticia
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From: CatholicMum
Date: 11-29-2004, 11:19 PM (18 of 69)
I've made 3 little girl nighties, 2 little girl flannel pjs, 1 pair of sleep-pants, 1 pair of sweatpants, 4 sets of 6 placemats and napkins, 2 aprons, an oven mitt, 6 potholders, and a St. Lucia Day costume.

Currently I'm working on flannel pjs for me (2 pair) and some flannel bibs for baby gifts (1 niece just had a baby, another is due in Jan)
Linda
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-29-2004, 11:35 PM (19 of 69)
I made a border print denimn skirt for DD(13). & a shirt for niece's bday. I cut out 2 shirts for DGS's but ran out of time. I hope to sew again on Wed. since it is a day off of school & I don't have any meetings.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 11-29-2004, 11:42 PM (20 of 69)
Poor babies, How would you like to be in kindergarden and have to learn how to spell that name. Phinnaeus Walter Moder and Hazel Patricia Moder.

Wow everyone is sewing and my machine is in the shop!! AGAIN IT's the pits.
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From: mamagoose
Date: 12-09-2004, 12:51 AM (21 of 69)
Motherinlaw,
Moder isn't a common name and is my maiden name. My grandfathers also had Walter as first and middle names. Could we be related??? They had landed in central Ohio, but I don't know have genealogy info. I just know that there was still a German bible in the family.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-09-2004, 10:10 AM (22 of 69)
Mama,

Hey!!!! we could be in the company of a famous person here and not know it. LOL I don't keep up with the current movie people, is her hubby in the business or is he just a regular guy? Wouldn't that be funny if you were related to them. Let me know if you research it and find out you are "Third cousin removed by marriage" or something like that. And just remember you knew US when.

Is it cold up there? It's suppose to get chilly here starting today. I hope so I hate shopping for Christmas when it's "shorts and tanks" weather out.
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From: Magot
Date: 12-09-2004, 10:20 AM (23 of 69)
Site was "down" for me for ages - you'll laugh but I am just finishing up 2 Superwomen capes in blue and purple lurex. These are for a friend of mine who has bought up 4 fantastic kids and is known as Wonder Wendy and her side kick Lizzie aka Super Silly (smallest child couldn't pronounce Lizzie and always called her Silly) These 2 amazing ladies are in Croatia at the moment with Operation Christmas Child giving away Christmas shoeboxes and spreading the love. I have apliqued WW on one and SS on the other in silver lurex. It's a hoot!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-09-2004, 10:39 AM (24 of 69)
Jan, so you're spreading your Christmas cheer also. I sure wish we lived closer, We could get into some trouble. Full of mischief. You have a great sense of humor. Hugs.

I got my new machine!!!! It's wonderful. It does everything except get my coffee. LOL :monkey:
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-09-2004, 10:42 AM (25 of 69)
Jan,
Glad to see you finally got to join us again. We missed you!


As for what I am working on. I set myself a goal on December 1st to have at least 25 things sewn by Christmas. I am working assembly line like. I spent the first few days tracing and cutting patterns, while the fabric was washing. Then I ironed it all hung it on hangers. I just started cutting on Tuesday. I plan to be done with that on Friday. I must say that cutting moves a lot faster now that I have a cutting table with mat and a rotary cutter. I will take the weekend off and go see a movie with the kids. Then start sewing on Monday. I have to finish everything for the older kids by next Friday since they start Winter Break then and I want everything for them to be suprises.
I am making:
PJ's for four kids.
Dress for daughter #2
Blouse and Skirt for daughter#1
Shirt, tie and pants for sons #1 & #2
gym shorts for husband
and parachutes for husbands model rockets.
If I get all that sewn and still have time I will make more pants and shirts for all the little ones.
Wish me luck! I think I am gonna need it.
Gina
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Pfaff 2040
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From: Magot
Date: 12-09-2004, 11:33 AM (26 of 69)
Wooh! Gina that is impressive!
Susie you need to yell "Ray, get the coffee on!" see - it works :bg:
have fun dudes and dudettes!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-09-2004, 12:20 PM (27 of 69)
Jan,

Mr Moore is not getting anything these days except his PJ's on when he gets home in the evenings. He started a new job with a new company Monday and he's getting up at 3:00AM which he did on the other job, but now he can't come home early by 1:00PM, like before. Now he's having to travel 85 miles one way. After January all the work will be in town so hopefully it will change for him but for now I have to get my own coffee. My poor baby, as tired as he was Tuesday evening he still helped me uncrate by new machine and crawled under the desk and hooped everything up for me. I guess I'll keep'em.

Wow!!! Gina, Did you find a new day in the week to finish all that stuff or should Jan make you a cape. That is impressive!!!!
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-09-2004, 12:46 PM (28 of 69)
Susie,
Just cause I set the goal doesn't mean I'll meet it. I work best under pressure. If I don't give myself deadlines I find that I never get it done.
I am notoriously waiting until the week before Christmas to start everything and then sewing into the wee hours of the morning on Christmas. That makes for quite a difficult Christmas day. So this year I made a plan and am trying to stick to it.
Gina
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Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
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From: brimmhere
Date: 12-09-2004, 01:23 PM (29 of 69)
ive made alot in the last month trying to get ready for christmas! 3 pillow sets, a lap quilt, a chair throw, wallhanging, some pillow cases and just finished a quilted grandmother fan pillow today! havent decided if i want to keep it for myself or give it to someone hehe
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From: brimmhere
Date: 12-09-2004, 01:24 PM (30 of 69)
i cant seem to post pictures on here says there to big and im not sure how to down size them. here is the link to my web site and u can see the grandmother fan i just completed today. not to best of quality picture took a quick snap shot with the web cam!

http://www.geocities.com/brimmhere/quilts.html
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From: Magot
Date: 12-09-2004, 02:02 PM (31 of 69)
The cushion is lovely, the old fabrics give it real charm.

C'mon Susie - Gina can whip up a cape in a coffee break! Hope Mr Moore survives December sane - that's a lot of work. Tony only drives 13 miles to Cambridge and it takes 55 minutes because of the volume of traffic. There are a lot of us crammed on this little island.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-09-2004, 05:25 PM (32 of 69)
My circle adapted a family to help for Christmas, so I'm making the 2 year old twins PJ's and the older brother a sweat shirt and a T-shirt.. This , along with 18 or 24 tip towel baby bibs with Christmas decorations already on them for the Christmas Bureau will be the most of mine before Christmas.. Oh yes, I got all 3 grands comforters, and sheets for Christmas, and the pillowcases were not on sale, so I bought an extra sheet to make pillowcases.. $2.00 as opposed to $7.50.. :love: :love:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-09-2004, 10:18 PM (33 of 69)
Well I thought I'd get lots done tonight I started the day early after a long night. ~~~~~~~~~ 3:00AM again last night. But as it would be my Grandson sang again tonight at school for the Christmas Chorus performance and I found out at 5:30PM this afternoon and it was for 7:45PM. I'm just getting home and will start as soon as I get off this computer posting this thread. Whewwwww Will I make it till Christmas? Of Course I will but what condition I will be in by then is anybodys guess. LOL Chee~r~i~o. :coffee: :nah:
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From: plrlegal
Date: 12-10-2004, 03:19 PM (34 of 69)
Hallejuah!!!! I am through sewing costumes!!!! Choir and drama cast are all costumed and ready, I hope and I'm totally exhausted. I don't think I even want to set foot in my sewing room for a few days. :sick:

Patsy
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From: sewingnonie
Date: 12-10-2004, 04:26 PM (35 of 69)
Putting the finishing touches on the Christmas sewing. Had to stop in the middle of everything to knit a new blanket,as my dgd favorite blanket bit the dust. It wasn't on the list of things to be done so has slowed me down some. I am sewing pillowcases for the kids,since you can find all their favorite characters printed on fabric,it is a quick and easy project for last minute gifts.

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From: pucktricks
Date: 12-10-2004, 04:48 PM (36 of 69)
Well, here's the second try. Just finished my Christmas sewing for niece.
Here's the pictures:

Emma's doll clothes (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pucktricks6802/album?.dir=/9819&.src=ph)

Ticia
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From: dyna
Date: 12-10-2004, 07:09 PM (37 of 69)
I'm working on a fleece house coat for my daughter. It has kittens all over it and I'm putting pink and white pom poms around the collar and cuffs. Very cute for a 10 year old girly girl. :dave:
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From: pucktricks
Date: 12-10-2004, 11:40 PM (38 of 69)
Oh and my next two projects are:
1. actually getting the rest of my sewing room unpacked from moving (before guests come to stay for Christmas and it becomes a guest bedroom), and maybe getting it somewhat organized.

2. maternity clothes. I'm rather tired of wearing the same few shirts, and at some point I'll need some pants that I can wear.

Ticia
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-11-2004, 09:29 AM (39 of 69)
Christmas sewing is 12 placemats with matching napkins, an apron, machine embroidered bath towels for family members. Have finished all but 3 bath towels (breaking 5 needles along the way) and have cut out 8 of the placemats and napkins. Hope to get them done today on the serger. Still have to cut out the other 4 placemats and napkins plus the apron.

Then if time permits, I'll make myself a new dress out of a burgundy peachskin to wear to Christmas Eve worship services. We will have a quiet Christmas with just DH, teenage DD and myself. They will sleep to nearly noon and then we will open packages, talk on the phone, eat and relax for the remainder of the day. I will do any cooking the day before so I just have to heat and serve. We mainly stay in our pajamas on Christmas Day. :wink:
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Marty
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-17-2004, 11:31 PM (40 of 69)
Well I met and exceeded my goal. I am putting the finishing touches on 12 parachutes for my husbands rockets. I finished pajama pants for all four kids matching top for eldest daughter, a skirt for daughter #1 a dress for daughter#2, pants for son #1 and two pair of pants each for daughter #2 and son #2 and five fabric bags made from scraps to wrap the presents in. Still need to make hubby's shorts, daughter #1's blouse and some shirts and ties for my little guys. Maybe I might even have time to make myself a dress ha,ha!!!:bg:
Gina
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Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-18-2004, 12:19 AM (41 of 69)
WOW Gina you have been busy.

I'm on sweatshirt # 40 I think. I quit counting at 30 something. I still have bags to make for the candles for the ladies at weight watchers and I have some purses to make and I'm done. Then I have the cooking to do. YEAHHHHHH there goes Weight Watchers. Next week is a new week. I've lost 44 pounds so far since May 29th so I can spluge one week don't you think. LOL
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From: dyna
Date: 12-18-2004, 12:38 AM (42 of 69)
Gina & Susie

Wow :shock: I can't believe how much stuff you two have been sewing!!! I'll be lucky if I get the boxers for my son and the boa scarf for my daughter made before Christmas. I just finished the housecoat for my daughter and have been busy buying Christmas presents for everyone on my list. I definately need more time.

Merry Christmas,
Janice
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-18-2004, 07:12 AM (43 of 69)
I agree Janice, I think we need an extra month just before Christmas every year added to the calendar so we sewer and craft people can have time to put all the things together we need to for Christmas, don't you think that would work. :nah: Of course next year like all the other years I'm going to start early.................again. Yeah Right ............I still say they need to give us that extra month stuck in there. We can call it Sewtember. Of course you know I could start early next year but a new month sounds better to me. :monkey: :bolt:
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From: Magot
Date: 12-18-2004, 07:49 AM (44 of 69)
With the sweatshirts you're turning out Suzie you could open a shop! I can see your old man has been away working. I thought your machine had died a death or is this the new one? Nice pics by the way, the sisters one is real cute.
Sewtember 'eh? I need Knitober.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: DorothyL
Date: 12-18-2004, 09:19 AM (45 of 69)
I woke up this morning feeling so proud of myself. You guys kinda dimmed that one. I guess I just move slower than other people.
Still I'm doing pretty darn good -- for me. I made my niece a poncho, my nephew a quillow and have three fleece scarfs for my girls and my youngest's boy friend to finish today. All my shopping is done and I'm going to beat deadlines at work.
The tree is in the back of the truck and my youngest daughter will be here Tuesday to wrap gifts. She does such a good job. Last year I even made her wrap her own.
Now if I could just feel a little Christmassy. Maybe after Wednesday when I am done with work for the week (knock wood).
Dorothy
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-18-2004, 11:43 AM (46 of 69)
Now I feel bad. :bluesad: You should be proud of yourself. I am proud of you!
I would not have gotten so much done if it weren't for the fact that I have sewn most of these things before so I could just cut and sew. All the clothing I have sewn so far is from Kwik Sew so even though the sizes are different they all follow the same instructions. Makes for good speed not having to check what seam allowance you need and how much hem and elastic casing you need.
I agree we need a new month. I need one before Easter too 'cause I try to sew a lot for the kids then too.
Gina
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Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
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From: Magot
Date: 12-18-2004, 01:44 PM (47 of 69)
Just had to knock up an emergency Partlet ( a bit like a medievil dicky) for Daughter who has returned from Uni today and is running off to a reenactment tomorrow! phew. back to knitting for a friends baby to be - so nice to knit something SMALL! Have a quilt to make for said child as well.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-18-2004, 10:04 PM (48 of 69)
With the sweatshirts you're turning out Suzie you could open a shop! I can see your old man has been away working. I thought your machine had died a death or is this the new one? Nice pics by the way, the sisters one is real cute.
Sewtember 'eh? I need Knitober.

My old man is now working out of town, my machine is back in tac for now but I have the new machine humming a pretty tune, "How Sweet It Is", and Yes I should open a shop, a sweat shop, LOL The sister sweat was one that I messed up so I had to imprevise. The design I used sew'ed out with the outline off the design by inch so I had to applique it over the first design to hide it. It came out cute and my sister got it today and loved it. I'm almost at the bottom of the pile now. Thank heaven!!!! I still have grocery shopping to do and some more Christmas shopping for little things for the kids, I have 5 pillows to make for the girls and some purses to finish. I'll have to send pic of those when they are finished. I wish I could post the pic on here for everyone to see. One day I'll learn how to make the pics small enough to post, ONE DAY.
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-22-2004, 12:34 AM (49 of 69)
Susie, sounds as if you've been very busy. I embroidered 10 bath towels to send as gifts plus some hand towels and pillowcases. That was in addition to making 12 placemats and napkins. My machines have had a work-out this past week and a half. Now, I have to finish wrapping the gifts and get them boxed and shipped. All Christmas gifts have to be shipped out of town to the family as there is no one nearby. Unfortunately, unless FedEx can get them to their destinations before Christmas, everyone will get their gifts late. As one of my sisters said, it just makes the holiday extended to have gifts coming in later. She's a sweetie. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
Marty :wink:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-22-2004, 01:25 AM (50 of 69)
Hey Marty, Sounds as if you have been working like a little elf yourself. I'm just about done. I have three more Sweats to do and I think I'm finished. All my gifts are for people in town. I haven't added up all the sweats I've done but they look forward to getting a new sweat from me every year now that I've got the embroidery machine. I made gift bags out of velvet napkins I got on sale last year after Christmas for .25 each. I bought every one I could find. I also got some stretchy rope like ribbon on sale for 1.25 a spool and tied it around the top to close the bag. Nice for under 10.00 with a pretty candle in the bag. My DIL told me they looked elegant. That was a nice thing for me to hear just about now. My nerves are frazzled with trying to get everything done on time. Now I have to still get the rest of my groceries. I got the turkey today and the ham. The meatballs and the little smokies I got at Sam's last week so now all I have to get is the fixin's. I'm make it. I still have 3 more days. LOL Merry Chirstmas to you all. In case I get bogged down and can't get back on the boards.
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-22-2004, 01:43 AM (51 of 69)
Susie,
I ended up using my Pfaff 7570 embroidery unit for the towels and pillowcases. I used my serger for the placemats and napkins. Even after a slow start and lots of needle breakage, I finished this much in 3 days. The 2 hand towels went for a brown bag auction. They sold for $20. That was fun party and the funds raised ($200) went to a needy family. It was the first party with friends that I was able to attend in almost 4 years. I was giddy with excitement over being able to go as I am mostly homebound these days. DH even bought me a two new outfits to wear. I do know that DH will have to shop for groceries before Christmas as my cupboard is bare withnot even a loaf of bread on hand. He will try to go on Thursday or Friday depending on the weather. Snow is forecasted for tomorrow night with freezing rain tonight. With no family within 500 miles, Christmas dinner will just be DH, DD and myself. I may let him do the cooking as DH loves to cook and does a great job. Works for me. Merry Christmas!
Marty :smile:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-23-2004, 12:56 AM (52 of 69)
Hey Marty are you snowed under literally? The weather here is getting bad also. LOL You sound like you had a busy season also. I'm through with all my projects. I didn't get to the pillows but after looking over all the things I had for the Grands the pillows would have made the girls have one too many then the boys so I cancelled them and I'll do them later just as a gift for the girls thing. Now it's off to the grocery in the morning and I'm dreading it with the crowds. I might wait and go in the wee morning hours and that way it won't be so bad. Our groceries stay open all night, two of them anyway. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe one. Hugs Susie
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-23-2004, 08:26 AM (53 of 69)
Yes, we have about 2 inches of ice on which there is about 3 inches of snow on top. Our wish for a White Christmas came true. It's not supposed to go above freezing before Sunday at the earliest. My cupboard is bare so DH will have to make a trip to the grocery for some supplies. I haven't even bought the items for Christmas dinner.

I didn't finish my projects even though they were easy because I came down with an upper respiratory infection and it's put me to bed for now. I didn't even get all of my packages shipped. Oh well, one of my sisters told me that getting gifts after Christmas Day is great as it extends the holiday even longer. Said that her children always had something more to look forward to receiving. Aunt Marty is known for sending lots of gifts late. LOL!!!

Does Schewegman's still stay open 24/7? I remember from back in the early 70's (am dating myself here) that they were the only grocery store that I had ever heard of open on Sunday and late at night. Several of the stores here are open 24/7 so it's not a big deal anymore. However it was a big eye opener for me back then. I do miss the New Orleans area. My SIL who lives there said that she had a few snow flurries yesterday. She lives on the West Bank off of Gen DeGaulle Hwy.
Happy Stitching!
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From: wild800
Date: 12-23-2004, 10:17 AM (54 of 69)
Well, I didn't know the site was down...but I made elf costumes for two of the guys at work to wear on our Santa Visit, and a vest for Rudolph (me). They didn't come out exactly perfect one of the hats was too small and one pair of shoes was too big. I couldn't find an elf costume pattern, so I used the pattern from a devil costume for the top, and a pattern for drawstring pajama bottoms for the bottom. The shoe and hat patterns were down loaded off the internet and modified. Here is a link to our group photo:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/lakeriedog/december015.jpg
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From: smith972
Date: 12-23-2004, 11:01 AM (55 of 69)
It looks like you did a great job



jada
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From: wild800
Date: 12-23-2004, 11:17 AM (56 of 69)
Thanks. I am still working on learning to sew straight, and I had a heck of a time with the neck on the first one, it was too small and I had to make it bigger after the whole shirt was already done.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-23-2004, 12:40 PM (57 of 69)
Does Schewegman's still stay open 24/7? I remember from back in the early 70's (am dating myself here) that they were the only grocery store that I had ever heard of open on Sunday and late at night. Several of the stores here are open 24/7 so it's not a big deal anymore. However it was a big eye opener for me back then. I do miss the New Orleans area. My SIL who lives there said that she had a few snow flurries yesterday. She lives on the West Bank off of Gen DeGaulle Hwy.
Happy Stitching!
Marty :bolt:

Hey Marty,
Schwegmann's went belly up along with National Food Stores. They are a part of New Orleans past. Sav a Center and Winn Dixie are still here and bigger than ever. Sav A Center is really a Piggly Wiggly in disguise. And they stay open 24/7. Does your SIL sew? I go to a Sewing Center on the Westbank. Sew and Sew. Gen DeGaulle is not far from me as the crow flys. The ferry is just about mile from me and Gen DeGaulle is about 2 miles from the ferry landing on the other side of the river. That would be funny if I know of her from the sewing center. When I cross the river I feel like I'm in another world. I like going over there instead of Metairie. It's so crowded in Metairie. Have a good one and stay warm. Hope your respitory infection gets better. Merry Chirstmas.
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-23-2004, 12:59 PM (58 of 69)
Sorry to hear that Schewegman's is no longer there. It was a fun place to shop. My SIL used to sew when her DD was young. I don't think she does much anymore except mending. She and her hubby have several antique shops in MS so they stay busy keeping them stocked. Their business is called Strick's. I'll ask her about Sew and Sew when we talk on Christmas Day. It's been over 3 years since I've been down to visit the family. I have several aunts, an uncle and cousins that live on the West Bank. I can find my way around easily even though I've been gone for almost 34 years. I used to live on Camp Street near the Commander's Palace (the antique district) and Tulane. I sure miss New Orleans especially this time of the year. Nothing like steaming Hot Chocolate and Beingets in the French Market on a cold day. One of my favorite New Orleans memories. Happy Stitching!
Marty (on a trip down memory lane) :smile:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-23-2004, 02:42 PM (59 of 69)
Strick's wouldn't be in Hattiesburg would it? My hubby's family is from Hattiesburg. LOL I'll write more later I'm off to the grocery and pay bills. UGHHHHHH I hate the thought I fighting the stores.
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-23-2004, 05:08 PM (60 of 69)
We must be kin Susie as my mom's family is from Laurel. Hattiesburg happens to be one of my favorite places. I told DH that I would love to live there but he is a Memphian thru and thru. Strick's is in an Antique Mall in Picayune. I think there is also one in Waveland and Pontachula too. I've lost track of the locations. I have a lot of family in the MS Gulf Coast area. Now I'm feeling a bit homesick. Hugs,
Marty :smile:
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-23-2004, 07:26 PM (61 of 69)
Get well soon Marty. :bluesmile
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-24-2004, 08:30 AM (62 of 69)
I have to make one more stocking for a grandson, then one for the cat. :whacky:

I made huge red sacks to deliver our gifts to two other grandsons. they will be so excited. One is 7, the other is 8.
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-24-2004, 08:34 AM (63 of 69)
That's wonderful Mary. My machines are put away until after the holidays. DH will be on vacation next week and I'll want to focus my attention on him instead of sewing. I'll be back to sewing when he returns to work on the 4th of January. Merry Christmas to all.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 12-24-2004, 11:25 AM (64 of 69)
OH MY IT'S SNOWING HERE

Mary we got your white Christmas!!!! It's just a little sleet mixed with snow flurries but we'll take anything once in a while. The kids are excited. Even the big kids (the ones in their 30's) Merry Chirstmas to all of you. And stay safe and warm.
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From: Brenisback
Date: 12-24-2004, 03:49 PM (65 of 69)
Merry Christmas Everyone...and all the best in 2005... :angel:
Brenda

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From: smith972
Date: 12-24-2004, 06:31 PM (66 of 69)
i am almost done with all the xmas sewing...

Two pair of pants for my eldest son
Two dresses for my DD
Two pair of pants for my youngest son
One set of pj for all the kids

Two pillows with cowgirls (Dallas Cowboy) covers for my DH
tissue holders for DS and DD teachers, my female in-laws and my live in Nanny

All i have left is one more set of the three pjs to put together and i have enough fleece that i am also going to cut a scarf for my Nanny

Merry Xmas to all

Jada
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From: MartySews
Date: 12-24-2004, 07:11 PM (67 of 69)
Good for you Jada. You must have tried assembly line sewing to finish that much or had very few interruptions. Merry Christmas!
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From: smith972
Date: 12-24-2004, 07:42 PM (68 of 69)
Assembly line sewing is just what i had to do....now i need a break then i will finish the last set of pjs......

few interruptions...LOL..LOL...LOL

I must have said two million times over the past few days "go to your room and play" the kids have made it really hard to get the sewing done...
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From: boogalooz
Date: 12-26-2004, 02:47 AM (69 of 69)
I have been making diapers and baby clothes.

selling them on my diaper groups.

found a huge sale on micro fleece at the fabric store....

christine

(congrats on the boys!!)
Christine

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