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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: Pcat
Date: 04-17-2007, 09:43 PM (1 of 11)
I've been reading the discussion board for a few weeks, finally figured out how to join in (just cuz I spend a lot of time on the Internet doesn't mean I know what I'm doing! LOL) I live in the Dallas area, married 27 years, mom of 2 grown daughters (one married, one in college) and work two jobs. I've been sewing since I was 8 yrs old and still love it. Looking forward to meeting the rest of this group. :USA:
User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: Tom Land
Date: 04-17-2007, 11:28 PM (2 of 11)
Welcome PCAT. That's cute saying you're near Dallas. I think Plano is bigger than Arkansas' largest city.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: Pcat
Date: 04-18-2007, 12:13 AM (3 of 11)
You're probably right, but your state has all the scenery! My sister lives in Bella Vista and I am in awe of all the trees and hills on my drives up there. Plano is only attractive if you like traffic and cement. :bg:
User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: temom
Date: 04-18-2007, 09:26 AM (4 of 11)
Welcome, Pcat. What do you like to sew, and how do you find the time with 2 jobs?
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Pcat
Date: 04-18-2007, 09:38 AM (5 of 11)
Thanks for asking! Well, my part-time job is working for Hancock Fabrics, so I am surrounded by fabric, new ideas and people who love to sew (yes, I know H.F. is in bankruptcy, but my store is staying open - for now). My kids are grown, so I tend to hide away in my sewing room in the evenings. My favorite sewing projects are anything I can do start-to-finish in one or two days (like scrubs for work, comfy pants to wear at home, embroidery projects, home dec stuff). Occasionally I'll do a "big project" like a prom dress. This month I got paid to make a fancy-dress costume for a friend -- but it took a week to make and I was sick of the fabric by the time I was done~! :sick:

How 'bout you?
User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: temom
Date: 04-18-2007, 10:01 AM (6 of 11)
Since my kids are not grown, my daughter is the main recipient of my projects. She is 6 years old, and is light as a feather. She loves fabric, and the 2 of us in the fabric store is a hoot. She thinks I am the best seamstress in the whole wide world, although I'm a newbie with one whole year under my belt. We walked into the store one day and there was a huge cardboard poster of a bride in a wedding gown. She oohed and aaahed and this is the conversation:
DD: "Look mom, you can make that!".
Me: No, I can't. Mom does not have the skills to do anything like that."
Lady behind me: "Sure you can."
Me: "Maybe in twenty years."
Lady behind me: "That will be just about right!"

Anyway, I've just tried my hand at pleated curtains (it helps if you know what you are doing before you do it), and a valance (still don't have a plan for that).
I've had a lot of fun sewing baby blankets, bibs, and spit cloths out of flannel, and I love making useful things like rice bags and eye pillows.

My latest 2 projects in the works is a dress for DD from a 1956 pattern that someone gave me, and this outfit:
I haven't cut the material yet, but I'm hoping to do that today.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Pcat
Date: 04-18-2007, 10:19 AM (7 of 11)
that outfit will be adorable. I LOVED making my daughters' clothes when they were little. And that lady was right ... by the time DD is ready for the wedding dress, you'll be ready to make it!
User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: lendube
Date: 04-18-2007, 01:21 PM (8 of 11)
Welcome, Pcat.

Happy to have you join us. You'll fit right in.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: cshortsew
Date: 04-18-2007, 06:14 PM (9 of 11)
Hello Pcat. Both of my daughters are grown too, but I have an adorable 8 month old granddaughter to sew for now.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: esrun3
Date: 04-21-2007, 02:07 PM (10 of 11)
Welcome Pcat! My kids are grown too and I sew mostly for my 4 grandchildren but still sneak in quilting time and outfits for my dd at times.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: vickki
Date: 04-21-2007, 06:12 PM (11 of 11)
Welcome Pcat,glad you could join us.:Canada:
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
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