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From: Melanie T
Date: 05-12-2006, 11:26 AM (1 of 9)
Last night and this morning I am on a cutting marathan. I get lots more sewing done when I have projects lined up that I can just grab and sew on for a few minutes at a time, especially with all of the little people around here.

My tally:
-2 knit nursing shirts from "easy sewing the kwik sew way." I just cut a cover panel for the front of the shirt and cut a slit in the front for nursing access that the panel goes over.
-1 knit sling to match a shirt
-2 preemie sleepers from the scraps of the shirts (only thing that would fit, if my baby isn't early I will donate to the special care unit where I spent some time with my first son)
-1 straight nursing jumper out of embroidery suede like material. I bought it Wednesday and paid to much, so I decided to use it instead of stash it. Elizabeth Lee Designs 205 (one of my favorite patterns)

todo once I have the house clean:

-2 more shirts
-1 ellaroo type baby carrying wrap from decorator cotton that I bought yesterday
-1 mei tai baby carrier from the green piece of decorator cotton
-1 maya wrap type baby sling from the mei tai scraps
-1 rayon nursing dress, stash material, ELD 204 (another favorite pattern)

These projects should keep me busy long after baby comes (Due June 19) unless it keeps raining.

Have a great day,
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: DorothyL
Date: 05-12-2006, 02:29 PM (2 of 9)
One thing I never do is have a cutting marathon.
I cut what I have to when I have to.
I hate it. Too hard on the back. If I didn't have a good table and a rotary cutter I would probably not be able to sew at all.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: esrun3
Date: 05-12-2006, 05:05 PM (3 of 9)
Melanie, you are busy girl! I do the marathon thing too but I don't have rainy days to convince me to do it. I hate cutting stuff out so much and would rather sew that I get a lot more done if I only punish myself once in a while and then I can concentrate on the fun part. It's hard on the back but worth it to be able to sit down and know I can complete several items in a day rather than having to cut each outfit separately.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: MJAY
Date: 05-13-2006, 10:34 AM (4 of 9)
I too do cutting marathons, but for different reasons! I recently retired, but had a fast paced, stress filled postion which I loved, but at times I would get too tightly "wound up"

I found that if I spent an hour or two in my private basement cutting room, cutting and organizing several projects it calmed me down and gave me a new outlook, ready to tackle the world again.

Being retired has brought a new source of a different kind of stress. My dear husband has been retired for about 6 years, and when I wasn't looking, he became very much in charge of the household! We had some tense moments when I did things my way, and not his way..yikes!! So down I went and did some designing, drafting and rotary cutting for a quilt or wall hanging all while counting to ten!. When done, I was cool, we were both ready to talk and we now enjoy our time together so much more!! Not to say that we both still need our space and opinions!

Sewing is so rewarding!! MJAY
User: MJAY
Member since: 11-18-2005
Total posts: 4
From: bridesmom
Date: 05-14-2006, 04:56 PM (5 of 9)
I do cutting marathons as well, then I sew and sew and sew. I find that some evenings i am too tired to sew and know that if I do, I am going to regret it big time. So I cut and cut and cut. Then they all go into the basket by the machine with the pattern for the sewing marathon.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: Mariellen
Date: 05-21-2006, 10:21 PM (6 of 9)
Gee, with all the rain here in MA I should have enough cut to last till my granddaughter is 16..she is 18 months now. LOLSeriously, what I do is I cut and mark a lot of patterns, put the fabric and the pattern in a baggie and add any extra items needed...elastic, trim, zipper, buttons, etc etc. Then when I sit down to sew, everything is right there so I don't need to stop and go find something. This has made my sewing life much easier.
If I had known that grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first!!
User: Mariellen
Member since: 02-16-2006
Total posts: 58
From: MartySews
Date: 05-22-2006, 03:48 PM (7 of 9)
Sunday afternoons are great to have a cuting marathon. I still try to follow the old sewing myth that if you sew on Sunday, you'll rip out seams until Judgement Day. Therefore, Sundays are good for cutting out fabric. I like to put my projects in X-LG zip lock bags. However, I always forget where I have put them since I don't have a sewing room. One of these days ....
Happy Stitching!
Marty :up:
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
From: Mariellen
Date: 05-22-2006, 03:56 PM (8 of 9)
Gee, I never heard that saying before. Seems I have to rip something out whether I sew on Sunday or any other day.
We are in the process of turning a spare bedroom in our home into a sewing/quilting room!!! Finally I can stop using my dining room table for sewing and my laundry room for storage. Just have to figure out the best way to sort out my fabrics. They are in individual ziplocs and each one is labeled how many yards, washing instruction, etc etc. But that will come with time I guess.
Have a great day everyone and keep those sewing machines humming matter what day it is!!! :smile: :smile:
If I had known that grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first!!
User: Mariellen
Member since: 02-16-2006
Total posts: 58
From: pinkroses
Date: 05-22-2006, 07:26 PM (9 of 9)
I like to sew and quilt. My favorite things to make often is aprons and skirts out of cotton, ( I wear these in the summertime) My mother-ln-law loves aprons I will have to make her one.
I can't stand up very long ;my feet get numb; but I get maybe 2 sets of skirts to sew and when I cut my pieces for my quilts out. I have to set down. I have a table that I brought from QVC, it is adjustable to my right hight. Pinkroses
I know I have a guradian angel watching over me. I am very gratefull. PINKROSES
User: pinkroses
Member since: 11-30-2005
Total posts: 64
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