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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: MaryW
Date: 05-17-2007, 10:46 AM (1 of 5)
Good morning one and all and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers. I hope you will enjoy the newsletter and our site.

I am announcing a new winner for the Petite Plus Pattern jean jacket. This is done when the original winner has not replied to her congratulatory announcement.

Our new winner is......Sancin. Congratulations on winning this pattern from
Please email me privately with your name and mailing address so I may send your prize out.

I have two winners this week. Two lovely people posted on the Sewing for Children forum and were randomly chosen. The winners are Bridesmom and cshortsew.

Congratulations to you both. You will love the newest
Ottobre pattern magazine with 40 patterns all multi sized for kids. Please visit their website for more information and freebies.

Please email me privately with your name and mailing address so I can send out your prizes as well.
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You didn't think I would go without mentioning a brand new contest did you. Here it is.

Post on how sewing has enriched and improved your life. It can be a significant happening or a generality on how you enjoy the process. Think of what sewing means to you and how it has affected your personality, job, whatever.

Post under General Sewing forum only. Take your time and explain your thinking. Post once only. This challenge is open to anyone in U.S. or Canada.

The prize is a lovely gift basket full of goodies from one of our members. Karebear has generously agreed to provide the prize from
Karen has been a loyal member for a number of years now.

I will give this challenge a two week run. I will start a new topic titled Sewing Can Affect You. Beginning today and running thru until May 31/07 Good luck to you all.

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That is it for this week, I hope everyone joins in on our latest challenge. I am off to cut out a pair of capris. My house looks like disaster struck and it is going to stay like that until I am finished. Until next week, stay well, have fun and happy sewing everyone.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Wild_Irish_Rose
Date: 05-17-2007, 11:18 AM (2 of 5)
Sewing has really enriched my life, since I was 12 years old. First, being the youngest child and cousin, I ended up with all the used clothing. I quickly taught myself to sew, so that I could use the fabric from these clothes, and re-design garments to make them into something not worn by everyone else first.
Then, as a young , divorced mom, I found myself needing extra income besides my salary from work. I started to sew my own clothes, and the childrens, then started to sew for others for extra income, when they saw what I made. In a few years, I started to teach others to sew, which made a very nice income, and soon became a full time income, doing a job I truly loved.
Now, as a retired grandma, I have the pleasure of teaching a grandaughter and her friends to sew, along with a few other ladies, for still more part time income.
I love to sew and quilt, and love what it has given me over the years in enjoyment, relaxation, satisfaction, and much needed added income.:up:
User: Wild_Irish_Rose
Member since: 03-17-2006
Total posts: 1
From: IsabelleB
Date: 05-17-2007, 11:23 AM (3 of 5)
Congrats to the winners!
And good luck to the Canadian and American members on the new challenge :up:
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
From: bluegown
Date: 05-17-2007, 06:22 PM (4 of 5)
I care for a lifelong friend who has had several strokes & needs someone within hollering distance most of the time. I have to drive for him now and get groceries etc. Sometimes I find myself becoming very frustrated having to repeat sometime several times (he is quite deaf & hearing aids don't help) or I just start something per housekeeping & he calls me -often for something very unimportant (but important to him). Just those sort of things so when he gets to concentrating on his scroll saw work, I slip upstairs to sew. Sometimes it'll be for less than an hour, but it is an hour of relaxation and mental ease for me. He amazes me with his scroll saw work & something that would take an able person just a few hours may take him all week. He does intricate things since he can't make things that have to be put together with nails or glue as his hands don't always cooperate to hold them. His work is always beautiful & awes a lot of people. So while he does his "thing", I get that time to do my "thing", sewing.
User: bluegown
Member since: 11-22-2005
Total posts: 3
From: thedolphinlady
Date: 05-18-2007, 08:01 AM (5 of 5)
I never really started to sew until I had a crisis in my life. I lost my job, I lost my friends, I lost my way. I became very reclusive. I first started a longarm quilting business, but it was too much for me--I couldn't seem to make enough to sustain my business: But I bought lots and lots of fabric and supplies. And therin lies the ressurection of my love for sewing. I already had umteen patterns, and I found a place where I got patterns for $1 a piece. Wow! Thread, Fabric, Patterns, and now a body double.

I was never very good at sewing. I knew the basics, but not the intregal part of the craft. One day I made a new friend from my quilting days. She is much older than me and has the wisdom that I lacked.

I'm sure God put her there. She was a sewing teacher for many years and started teaching me the sewing techniques that I desperately needed. She is patient, loving, kind, and a terrific teacher. She is my best friend.

Since than, I have made so many clothes, and quilts, and embroidery, and applique articles. But clothes now are my focus. For Christmas I made my husband 5 double quilted flannel shirts for the cold Maine Winters.

I made 7 quilts for my family members for Xmas. I have begun to truly learn the art of fitting clothes on my body. Wow!!! Thanks to my friend Jo, and the "How to get a perfect body fit' from several books.

I am not a recluse anymore. lol--I find treasures at yard sales, sewing machines and such. I go out in my new clothes. Proudly. I feel like I have finally found my niche in life.

I guess thats more about me that I have shared in a long time, but it is sewing from my heart.:smile: :smile: :smile:
User: thedolphinlady
Member since: 02-14-2007
Total posts: 33
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