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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-27-2007, 11:55 AM (1 of 31)
Seems it's time to ask.
What is everyone working on?
What was the last thing you finished -- or stuffed in the drawer to finish someday?
What's next?

I'm just getting ready to make a simple spring shirt.
I just finished a really simple kimono jacket out of this

And I'm thinking about a knitting bag for my daughter next.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 04-27-2007, 12:26 PM (2 of 31)
I just finished an oversized king size quilt and shams.
Getting ready to cut out some pj pants and my next project is a top just like the one Lennie made a few weeks back. Decided to try making some clothing items since I had only made home decor items and baby blankets so far.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
From: cshortsew
Date: 04-27-2007, 01:51 PM (3 of 31)
The last sewing item I finished was an outfit for my grandbaby. I have a dress and pinafore cut out for a friends toddler. But today I'm sitting on the sofa crocheting granny squares for a comfortghan and trying to get over a stomach virus.
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: judymo
Date: 04-27-2007, 02:05 PM (4 of 31)
I just finished a sun dress and a matching hat for my younger sister's grandaughter, that she is raising, the baby's name is Isabella and she almost two years old.
and I have finished two aprons for my older sister.

and now I am making a blouse for myself.

User: judymo
Member since: 03-19-2005
Total posts: 185
From: Reta J
Date: 04-27-2007, 02:32 PM (5 of 31)
Well, I have been working on purses, totes, etc. I have a booth at a local festival this summer for 1 day. So I have been sewing my inventory. This is the first time that I have attempted a show. Everyone kept telling me to do it, so I am going to give it a shot. I am having lots of fun putting different fabrics together with trims so that all purses are different. Wish me luck! lol I am a gonna need it. :up:
Sewing Forever
Housework Whenever
Reta J
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-27-2007, 02:36 PM (6 of 31)
The last thing I finished was a pile of burp cloths for DD's baby shower & 4 other people I know that are expecting babies or grandbabies. Before that I made sheets & curtains for my 2 new granddaughters (6 weeks left to go) that could be here any day.
I have fabric & a pattern McCall's 5145
to make myself a blouse. It has been sitting on my desk for over a week. Maybe this weekend?
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: LoveSewin
Date: 04-27-2007, 04:47 PM (7 of 31)
I just finished two gymnastic suits for my dd's. I sew alot, but have never attempted anything like this. I put the elastic on with my serger (have never done that!). They turned out pretty good.
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
Total posts: 103
From: mommydionne
Date: 04-27-2007, 04:48 PM (8 of 31)
well... I just finished a straight wool skirt with a circle ruffle at the hem and a silk blouse to go with, another blouse, princess seamed with little gold buttons and I have yet to cut the skirt to go with it (but it's a fall type outfit so I may put is away for a while), a bracelet length black jacket (unlined), and have on the cutting table... summer dresses :up: , I have a just cut out a slim dress of embroidered beige silk and a short jacket of a very similar silk but not embroidery (I managed to cut the lining for both out of a length of silk charmeuse I've had for about 2 years:re: ) I also have a beautiful embroidered linen for a dress and a graphic floral cotton that needs to be cut soon as well. It's going to rain all weekend here so I may as well sew..... I just love spring.......
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 04-27-2007, 05:26 PM (9 of 31)
I'm working on a quilt for dd's bed and I have to get cracking on her dress for her birthday party May 19th. It shouldn't take long to sew, but I dread cutting out all the pieces, there are sooo many!
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: lendube
Date: 04-27-2007, 05:30 PM (10 of 31)

Well, here's my latest. Just a cotton sundress but I like it. Comfy and cool. Today's in the upper 80's so it won't be long before it's hotter than that.

In the background you can see my quilt. It's just been a cat bed for weeks but I've hauled it out and am using my embroidery machine's quilt patterns to do the quilting. I am not enamored by the quilting. I think I started too big. Think I might like to try applique next.

Kim, great gym outfits. Beautiful girls!
Hope you feel better, Carol!
Nice fabric, Dorothy. Pretty blue.
Shelia and Jeanette, you will show us your finished projects, right?
Good APS (all-purpose shirt), Barb!
Good luck, Reta. It's fun to have a goal using your own creativity.
Judy, how fun to sew for a little girl with such a pretty name.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: dcloud
Date: 04-27-2007, 08:43 PM (11 of 31)
Ferret hammocks! :)
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Member since: 03-21-2007
Total posts: 72
From: momquilts
Date: 04-27-2007, 08:53 PM (12 of 31)
I am making a 60" x 60" baby quilt for a shower at school. I'm handquilting the last border then will apply the binding.

After that I have a king-sized quilt that is half finished. I have until mid-June to get it done for my future D-I-L's bridal shower. Luckily its just diagonal lines and a checkerboard flower block. Don't think it will be finished without the help of my quilt group at church.
User: momquilts
Member since: 02-02-2000
Total posts: 46
From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-27-2007, 10:59 PM (13 of 31)
I finished a skirt this morning, to match DD's little dress. Tonight I mended her doll's broken arm, and tomorrow I'm going to try to fashion suspenders for another doll's pants b/c his pants keep falling down!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-28-2007, 11:08 AM (14 of 31)
I got my blouse cut out last night. I have a party to go to in a few minutes for great nieces first communion (missed the church part). Then I can come home & spend the rest of the day on whatever I feel like doing. I am torn between sewing & gardening. Maybe I can fit some of each in.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: tiny
Date: 04-28-2007, 11:20 AM (15 of 31)
Hand-quilting a 40"x44" baby quilt. Anyone get the Fons & Porter magazine? It's the Asian Harmony pattern from Mar/Apr 07- except I'm using 'regular' blue and green fabric instead of ethnic-themes.

Also doing physical therapy to (not with) my Yorkie, who had surgery 2 weeks ago, and trying to plant my garden, and stay ahead of my Schnoodle, who likes to dig.
User: tiny
Member since: 04-22-2001
Total posts: 8
From: bridesmom
Date: 04-28-2007, 04:04 PM (16 of 31)
Just finished a bunch of stuff for my 5 yr old GD. Have matching shirts for DH and 4 yr old GS to do, plus 3 dresses for oldest daughter for summer weddings. So much for stuff for me!! Got asked to make a curtain for a restaurant, which is almost finished, woohoo! money in the bank!! Worked on a pair of capris with some fabric that was given to me about 4 years ago when a friends daughter went to Africa, started sewing them and realized the fabric was rotting in places, so, in the garbage it went. Now it has me wondering if I need to be checking all the fabric it was around, though I think it was because areas had been bleached to provide the pattern.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: vickki
Date: 04-28-2007, 07:05 PM (17 of 31)
Just finished a Quilt as you go Amish Quilt for my son.I have the top of a table runner finished just have to assemble it for a shower gift...and I need to assemble a stain-glass Cardinal and do the free motion sewing on it..
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
From: h2ofitchef
Date: 04-28-2007, 07:39 PM (18 of 31)
I just made 3 pj shorts for me from a old RTW pair of shorts I cut apart for the pattern. I'm now working on recreating a traditional Korean TaeKwonDo suit and recreating that is much harder! I also found some $2/yard fabric at Hobby Lobby this afternoon for a summer blouse for me (jeans and t's get boring all summer).
Thanks for asking!

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Member since: 09-28-2006
Total posts: 14
From: sable
Date: 04-29-2007, 04:02 AM (19 of 31)
I've just finished 3 woollen singlets for DS and am about to do the binding on my first ever quilt for my other DS. It's a dinosaur quilt, fairly basic and has taught me a lot!
After this is done I have to make DH 2 pairs of trousers, 1 for work and 1 for home.
User: sable
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 76
From: grandma C
Date: 04-29-2007, 08:42 AM (20 of 31)
I've been restyling a denim skirt that DGD outgrew. Nuttin much else.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 04-29-2007, 12:28 PM (21 of 31)
Just finished 2 pairs of winter pj's ( one with princesses on them of course!).
Also a pair or purple-cammo cargo pants, a long sleeve Tee, a jumper and a pair of denim ladybug jeans. All for my daughter. And I have just cut out a zip up hoody that I am a bit wary about sewing. But I'll get back to it after my holidays.
Massive sewing sessions all week-end, coz hubby was too sick to annoy me!!! As you can tell, I am not a very sympathetic wife :love: And it is pretty mean of me seeing it's our 13th wedding anniversary tomorrow.
Glad to hear that everyone else had been busy sewing too.:up:
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: smessier
Date: 04-29-2007, 01:30 PM (22 of 31)
Wow! Something must be in the air...everyone has been so busy.:up:

Love those gym suits, and the girls are adorable. Aren't kids the most fun to sew for?

I just finished a simple nightgown for my dgd with a ruffle around the edge of the neck and the bottom hem. She loves it! But then, she loves everything I make for her...she's only 2. :smile:

I've cut out 6 summer dresses for my two neices and my is a simple, sleeveless a-line and the other is a peasant dress. The fabrics are a cotton/linen/poly blend is apricot and the other bright pink. Both have embroidery on them. I'll start on them as soon as I'm finished re-styling an old hippie style, circle wrap skirt that I found in a thrift shop. I love the pattern but it's much too long and far too tight around the waist. :shock: :shock: :shock: So I've removed the waist band, cut off several inches on top, and now have to decide how I want the waist band applied. I love how this skirt drapes, so I'm hoping I do a good job on it!

Lennie, that sundress you made is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Do you mind sharing what pattern you used? It's really pretty.

Take care, Everyone.
User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: MaryW
Date: 04-29-2007, 01:34 PM (23 of 31)
Pants. I made a muslin today and should start the real thing next week I hope.
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From: lendube
Date: 04-29-2007, 01:44 PM (24 of 31)
HI Sandy,

Thanks for the compliment. I'm very happy with the dress and wore it to lunch with my dd yesterday for my birthday.

It's Simplicity 4220 view B. It was fun to make. The skirt hangs very nicely and has a flattering center panel. I'm going to make the capri's and the tunic (no sleeves) out of a gauzey something or other, the skirt and another dress before long.

Our weather gets mighty hot around here and these seems like cool, loose fitting, flattering styles. :up:

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From: LoveSewin
Date: 04-29-2007, 08:51 PM (25 of 31)
Thank you for the compliments on the gymsuits. I love posts like these, because I read what everyone is working on and it inspires me to keep plugging away on projects. Looking forward to checking out more pictures of completed projects!
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
Total posts: 103
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:45 AM (26 of 31)
Wow where should I start. I just finished my quilt, have another one started for Grandson # 2, I also made a 6 hour quilt at my sewing guild meeting and made some chenille pot holders at our meeting this week. I have the pattern sitting out ready to go with the fabric for my Granddaughters dresses. I have to make three of them for Paige, Trinatte and Emily (my little piggie).
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.
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From: smessier
Date: 04-30-2007, 11:58 AM (27 of 31)
Thank you, Lennie. I'm going to pick that pattern up this week. I just love it!

I think the capris and tunic would look great in a gauzey type fabric. I think I may use something like that for the dress, too!

Take care,
User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: grandma C
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:50 PM (28 of 31)
You ladies are so inspiring with all the industriousness. I better get crakin' on my sewing and off the computer.

Great outfits. Beautiful children. Wonderfull planned projects.

Belinda/Grandma C
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-30-2007, 03:35 PM (29 of 31)
I just love seeing pictures of everyone's work! As for me..well, I had been working on a green dress with white polka dots..but then I found out (after I had cut it all out) that the fabric was going to shrink considerably. I bought more fabric, but I'm rather frustrated with the whole thing.

I'm trying something hopefully a little bit simpler for the time being -- Butterick 4443 (, the V-neck, sleeveless one. I have a cheap cotton print I'm using to make a practice dress. If that works out ok, I'll make the real thing out of some light yellow linen I picked up the other day. I'm hoping to wear it to a friend's wedding at the end of May. - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: luv2sew
Date: 04-30-2007, 07:28 PM (30 of 31)
Hello Everyone,

The girls are beautiful and look very nice in their outfits. The dress looks so cool and comfortable. Congrats on jobs well done.

I just finished a denim and flannel "Memory" quilt for my oldest son with squares embroidered, highlighting some areas in his life. Hemmed nine pair of pants for another son, knitting a hat for my daughter to give to a friend who is expecting her first child, making a hat for myself using a pattern from Wild Ginger which is embroidered with birds and butterflies on the band. I made a book bag for my DGD for her birthday, 5/1 and will shorten some draperies for my DIL tonight. I have two quilt tops that have been put on hold but will get back on them soon. I am also having fun using the left over strips to make 10 inch blocks for a quilt.

I love retirement!! :up:
An act of kindness is never wasted!!
User: luv2sew
Member since: 05-21-2004
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From: Longblades
Date: 05-01-2007, 08:42 AM (31 of 31)
I have a wedding to attend on May 26, second for her, third for him, boat cruise wedding. Not sure if the dress I'm making is appropriate for a possibly very chilly evening boat cruise. Cut the pieces out a few days ago and started sewing last night. And found a grouping of tiny black grease dots on one cut out piece. I'm so lucky, the dirty spot is enclosed in a dart. Whew, brow wipe.
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