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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-11-2007, 12:19 PM (1 of 31)
So what is everyone working on?
What was the last thing you finished?
What's next?
Any photos?

I'm working on a very fine jacket.
Just finished my bathmat and will soon start a set of place mats and napkins for my daughter.

User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: beachgirl
Date: 03-11-2007, 01:10 PM (2 of 31)
The last thing I made was new lined drapes for the living room. Now I need to start making some baby stuff for a nice friends shower to go along with what I will buy for her. Getting all my ducks in a row so to speak right now. I've just rearranged the sewing room ( again ). At least the baby stuff will be more fun to make than the drapes were.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: temom
Date: 03-11-2007, 01:11 PM (3 of 31)
I'm making drapes for the living room. I'm amazed at my ability to mess them up. I am getting quite good at ripping out those seams!
The last thing I made was a long sleeve t-shirt from the quick sew book. It was too big, but I thought it might be, as I was "downsizing". Also, the stretch had more than required, so it seems to grow, but it does make a cozy pj top. I do like the quick sew book, and the directions are fantastic!
The next thing I'm making will be either something for my daughter (Spring has sprung here, and her lighter clothes are too small), or the charity quilts that need to be done by the end of the month.
Sorry, no pics. If the drapes don't have holes in them from ripping out seams, I'll consider taking pics, provided that don't look horrid.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Magot
Date: 03-11-2007, 01:51 PM (4 of 31)
I am doing these things - and believe me it is taking some time! I have got about 1/2 way through the quilting - hard to find time to do it when packing.
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: lendube
Date: 03-11-2007, 02:23 PM (5 of 31)
Oh yeah, packing, Jan. I've missed seeing you around here. :bluesmile

I just finished a stretchy 3/4 sleeve wrap around top. Turned out fine. Not too exciting though.

I also did several embroidery projects for a new baby, the fire dept.

I recently finished 3 more aprons for the girls at the neighborhood Italian restaurant.

I finished a camo fleece robe for my "one day" grandson.

I am currently working on my huge first quilt and my table runner from the same fabrics.

Future plans include a short robe for me. Some tops for myself and dd, and who knows?

Got the cutest sewing motif fleece at JoAnn's. It'll make a cute short robe, I think, among other things.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: vickki
Date: 03-11-2007, 02:40 PM (6 of 31)
I just finished pj's for my gs.My son has purchased a summer home so we are in the process of decorating it.I have a quilt almost finished and the fabric for 2 sets of curtains for the bedrooms.....Vic
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
From: plrlegal
Date: 03-11-2007, 04:07 PM (7 of 31)
2 receiving blankets; hooded towel and baby wash cloths to match (I embroidered on the hood of the towel); 2 adult bibs to send to the lady that takes care of my mom; been working on my lavendar fan quilt in bewtween; today I have to do another hooded bath towel and baby wash cloths and I'm almost finished with a pink and white afaghan. I"m with one of the other posters, babies are overwhelming my sewing room right now. I've also got to get started on a 3 piece suit for Easter Sunday.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: Hogmami
Date: 03-11-2007, 04:36 PM (8 of 31)
Let me see if I can remember what I have got done

12 receiving blankets
3 quilts (Pig quilt picture is all ready on a post)
nursing pillow
pig pillow
5 crib sheets
3 burp clothes
baby yellow aftgan
1 pink fleece blanket
Still to make a baby sling, 2 fleece blankets and a book.
Working on red and white quilts block swap quilt.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: Debby215
Date: 03-11-2007, 08:47 PM (9 of 31)
Well let me see, where to begin. I just finished a quilt top for DD, out of fossil fern fabrics, working on my first applique project, an Easter wallhanging. I am currently taking out the hems on 4 pair of pants for future DIL. I am getting ready to assemble some quiltblocks left behind by the grandmother of a friend at Church. She wanted me to try and make a table runner, I will post pictures when I get a minute. Will probably be shopping for fabric for DGD Easter dress soon...Sounds like enough to keep me busy for a quite a while huh?:nc:
So much fabric....... So little time!!
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Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: paroper
Date: 03-11-2007, 09:23 PM (10 of 31)
I'm in the process of finishing up 14-15 (haven't yet decided about one of them) sets of banners for the church. They are made in 3's with side banners to compliment the center banner. They are embroidered and hung with tab tops on two curtain rods. This is because I made a set of 3 from a Nancy Zimmerman/Amazing Designs Collection for church year before this and gave it to the church this year. They decided that since the rods were difficult to hang, they would like to have a set for each month of the year. Anyway, most of them are done, I need to finish 4 sets, and start 2 more and I'll be done for the year (maybe).

In the middle of this I've got night gowns cut out for my DGD and I'm making a Hermosa shirt and Redondo skirt, and an Easter outfit.

Hopefully, before Easter I'll also get some communion cloths made.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: Sews4kate
Date: 03-11-2007, 09:51 PM (11 of 31)
Lets see, I just finished appliqueing a onsie for a baby boy. also made dd a tshirt dress for St. Patty's day

I am almost finished with a Redondo skirt for dd, I just have to figure out how to do the curved hem :bang:

I am also working on a quilt for dd's bed, I've only been working on it for 2 years:re: but, the top is done, I just have to quilt it.

I am going to do a Daisy Kingdom dress for either Easter of her birthday in May.

I also have a few other summer outfits planned if I ever finish the other projects.

Maybe I'll even think of something to make for ds, but then I'd have to change my username to Sews4kate&wyatt:bg:
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: PaulineG
Date: 03-11-2007, 11:08 PM (12 of 31)
I'm about to start on a wrap and evening bag for myself to wear to my SILs wedding. I've been putting it off because I'm nervous about sewing embroidered organza but there are only a few days to go so I really need to start this afternoon. So of course I'm on the computer "researching" now.

I've got 4 tshirts to do for my son's Billy Cart Grand Prix (I've made most of one but am really surprised and disappointed in the pattern sizing). When they're finished I've decided to use an iron on transfer (is there anything I should watch out for?) to put their team logo on the front. I was going to do applique but time is running out and the boy's expectations are very high so I decided to let them put a design on the computer and we'll use that.

I've done a fair bit of hand sewn patchwork but I've mucked up my RSI (only ever had it from knitting and typing before) so I've had to put that aside. And another handsewn patchwork thingy I've done (I think it will be a wall hanging) I've finished the handwork and am ready to move onto appliquing the designs onto blocks and putting the blocks together.

Tons of projects running through my mind but I can't start any of the fun ones until I've got the others done. And not really a sewing project but I'm going to knuckle down and start taking and posting photos of my projects. I always feel guilty because I love seeing everyone elses photos so it's only fair for me to share too. Oh well - better go and start some sewing now.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-12-2007, 01:35 AM (13 of 31)
Love everyone's work. The baby things are really cute Sews4Kate.

And Jan my favorite color is red so you can send that quilt when it's finished this way. gggggg

Beach sent me a pic of her drapes and they are super nice. Very pretty. She's braver than me she lined them. :up: Way to go Beach.

I have so many irons in the fire and nothing finished. I did get around to making another pillow case that I messed up the name on at Christmas. The child called me and reminded me I misspelled his name so I promised I'd make him another one by the weekend. I delivered it this evening to him.

I missed the St Patty Day parade in Chalmette today, that's the first one I missed since they started having them about 6 years ago. You all remember the parade where I got all the cabbage, carrots, and veggies they throw down off the floats. I called my son who lives down there and he was firing up a pot on his porch to cook his loot he caught today. He's having over friends for a big picnic tonight. Oh I miss all that good times.

I have about 5 quilt tops finished now I have to quilt them. Other than that I've been cleaning up my sewing room and regrouping my stash. Making room for more. :nah:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: IsabelleB
Date: 03-12-2007, 03:29 AM (14 of 31)
The gorgeous weather we've been having in Paris inspired me to start sewing my spring wardrobe.
I started with a little black dress, which I havent photographed yet. :nervous: It's New Look 6643 and turned out much cuter than on the picture, IMO!

Then I made a top:

Yesterday, I made a lilac satin nightie (New Look 6443), but couldn't take a good picture by artificial light. :re:

I'm almost done with a vintage 1964 dress, which you can see here ( (it still needs hemming).

Now I plan to make two wrap dresses... McCall 5314 in a woven fabric, and a Burda one, in a knit. In one case the fabric is ready but the pattern hasn't arrived yet, in the other the pattern is traced out and I'm waiting for the fabric. :re:

I also plan on embellishing a few onesies.
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
From: lendube
Date: 03-12-2007, 11:21 AM (15 of 31)
What you've made is terrific, Isabelle. I think the vintage dress is wonderful. Since you asked, IMO it should be shorter, just below knee, especially since you mentioned that you (like me) are "vertically challenged". And I'm also guessing that you have gorgeous legs (unlike me!) :bluewink:

Now you absolutely must wear a stiff petticoat with the dress! :wink: Just kidding but that's what it's designed for. I do remember wearing those for dress up although I was but 8 in 1964. :bg:

Good job!

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: SheliaHC
Date: 03-12-2007, 11:28 AM (16 of 31)
I'm working on a king size quilt, actually it's an oversized king size quilt because I want to use it as a comforter for my bed. Finished the pillow shams this weekend. I have the material to make a baby blanket but I don't have to finish that until the middle of May. I also bought a pattern for a teddy bear but I haven't picked out fabric for that yet.

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Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 03-12-2007, 01:51 PM (17 of 31)
I'm just making a big mess. We're putting a floor down in my sewing room (eventually) so my room is now spread all over the house. :sad:
User: GreenDragonLady
Member since: 07-29-2004
Total posts: 495
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 03-12-2007, 04:49 PM (18 of 31)
I'm still in the middle of cutting out the vest I was supposed to make for my mom's birthday in January... But I promised myself I would make myself a new skirt as a reward for losing some weight recently (just a little, a lot left to go). So, I'm not sure if I'll try to finish the vest first or start the skirt. We'll see. The vest is already so late as it is...what's the rush? :re: - the new home for Sew What's New
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Total posts: 222
From: vickki
Date: 03-12-2007, 05:14 PM (19 of 31)
Great work everyone!!!!!
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Total posts: 374
From: bridesmom
Date: 03-12-2007, 08:14 PM (20 of 31)
Isabelle, you look like Audrey Hepburn in that little red dress! How cute!! I just finished my daughters wedding quilt and a quilted jacket (see general quilting for pics). Made some uniforms on Sat and fought my way through them. I hate making them, they always turn out so baggy and ugly, but they are for work and really who cares anyhow. I usually end up with bleach on the pants in the first week somehow. Now I am making some twirl skirts for the GD and then some spring pants and tops for me. Lately its been sewing for me and for me and for me, about time I think.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 03-12-2007, 09:10 PM (21 of 31)
I am making 22 bags for the easter egg hunt @ DD's. I was making them all out of Easter prints but when DGS(5yo) saw them he said they were for girls so he went through my stash & picked out boy fabric with skateboards & sports themes. I have the girl ones done except attaching the handles. I hope to do the boy ones tomorrow after my meeting.
Then I will start one baby presents for DD's baby shower. I am excited about having twins but it would make life easier if I only had 1 to sew for at a time. Hopefully I can get a lot done over spring break which is the first week of April. The shower is on the 14th of April with another on the 15th.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-13-2007, 01:26 AM (22 of 31)
Barb sounds like what I get around here. I think I'm doing good and they come in and I find out it's all wrong~!!!!! Good luck

Isabelle your top is precious. Nice fit too. :up:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: IsabelleB
Date: 03-13-2007, 08:07 AM (23 of 31)
I love seeing and hearing about what everyone is working on. Very motivating. Wow, the variety!

Thank you for the compliments about my sewing! I have learned so much from our boards.
Bridesmom, nothing could please me better than having someone telling I look like Audrey Hepburn. I'm not sure that's true, but she's my favourite actress! :smile:

Lennie, thank you for the advice. I'll definitely shorten it to the knee, or just below. :smile:
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
From: Ann Made
Date: 03-13-2007, 10:37 AM (24 of 31)
Isabelle, what a beautiful dress. I would not add any more detail to it as it looks so elegant this way. I would shorten it to just below the knee and wear it proudly.

I have been sewing barrel racing shirts for sale. I am just about finished the third one but am waiting for rhinestones to come. I have to continue making these as we are getting ready to sell at a couple of big barrel racings in our area.

Learning is a journey, not a race.
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Total posts: 67
From: breezy2560
Date: 03-20-2007, 06:04 AM (25 of 31)
I told my husband that we needed to hurry up and finish working on the house so that I can start sewing. We have a bathroom floor to tile and a dining room to paint, repair a patio door and install hardwood floors in...then WE'RE DONE!!!!

Isabelle, the dress is beautiful, so is the top. My daughter would love both of those!!! I have a lot of vintage patterns that my mom gave me...I truly treasure them. My daughter has inherited the love of vintage clothes. She loves Valentino. Her prom dress 3 years ago was a version of the dress that Julia Roberts wore to the Oscars. It excites me to know that taste and decorum are still in vogue.

I have so many projects to do, I need to sit down and make out a priority list. Since we have remodeled our house and moved my mother to a new home, I have mounds of window treatments and duvets to make. My daughter is going to a conference as a representative of her college to make a presentation about her research work that she is carrying out. She needs new clothes for that. She is home on spring break this week, so I'm going to start with her. My next outfit is something to wear to a May outdoor wedding. Dress is casual, I have some really nice fabric, think it is linen...not sure. See post in fabrics. I have fabric for pajamas, cute little skirts and pillows for DD. All kinds of fabrics for jackets and any and all new clothes for myself, too.

Please hurry and take time off DH so we can finish house!!! I have a new sewing room and no time to use it!!! :whacky:

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Member since: 11-11-2006
Total posts: 26
From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 03-20-2007, 09:33 AM (26 of 31)

This is what i've been working on and finally completed it yesterday.
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Total posts: 133
From: paroper
Date: 03-20-2007, 09:37 AM (27 of 31)
Here are a couple of the banner sets I have done for the church. These two were done from some designs from Embroidery LIbrary (plus the built in fonts of my machine) so I took pictures to see if they would post them (don't know if they will qualify or not)...

By the way, all the fabric is the is the flash that made the difference in they way they look.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-20-2007, 11:55 PM (28 of 31)
Those are beautiful Pam.

Addicted to Sewing, That little outfit is precious. I love all the little girlie stuff. It's so much fun making them.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: smessier
Date: 03-21-2007, 09:18 AM (29 of 31)
Wow! You've all been so busy...and creative!

Great job on those church banners, Pam.

Isabelle, I just love your dress. It's elegant but fun. Great combination.

I've made some nightgowns for myself in wicking fabric. I'm 'of a certain age' and sweat A LOT at night! Rather than pay exhorbitant amounts for pj's that I find look made for older women (I'm a grandma, but I don't want to look like a GREAT grandma!), I made some simple chemise gowns. They're comfy and suit my personality better than the ones for sale.

Next, I'll make some pants for my little granddaughter, and then try to tackle some tops for myself and hope I can do a better job of fitting them!

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Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: xavierarmadillo
Date: 03-23-2007, 05:32 PM (30 of 31)
I really wish I could find someone in the Traverse city area to sew some pants for me.
User: xavierarmadillo
Member since: 03-23-2007
Total posts: 7
From: LadySloPokes
Date: 03-25-2007, 07:56 AM (31 of 31)
:up: Everyone has been so busy and made so many great and beautiful things!

Pam, the banners for your church are exquisite! I love the colors and the trimmings on them, and the verse is very nice!

Isabelle, your vintage dress turned out perfectly. I agree with everyone else that hemming it to the knee would be the perfect length for it. You don't know how old it's just made me feel...I was 10 in 1964 :sick: The other patterns you've made are just too darling too, plus you have the perfect figure and size to wear those styles very well!!

I can't wait to get home from work tonight and see the pics some of you have on photobucket-the computer geeks in our IT dept have that site blocked so I can't view any pics...but I will!!

My current projects include trimming up a piece of checkerboard cotton remnant for DD's kitchen table; a very small quilt (kit) for DD for her living room; new rod pocket curtains for the playroom for my DGS; and I'm dying to get started on a lined jacket and skirt for myself with Simplicity #4146 in the Threads Collection here. ( I'm making View D for the jacket, already have the fabric for all of it, the thread, zipper, buttons, just need to find about a week of free time to get it done! :bang:
LadySlo...yes am I, but hey, I'm gettin' there! Are you sure it's supposed to look like this?! Proud owner of Singer Quantum Decor 7322 & Singer Quantum Futura CE 200.. "A balanced diet is having chocolate in both hands!"
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