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Diane replied on Thu, May 23 2013 5:29 PM

My Nana taught me to sew at age 13 when I went to Connecticut to visit her one summer.  I was the best dressed at school that year. (my opinion) LOL  I thank her every day.  I then taught my sister how to sew a dress.  She did well.  She got the basics in only 3 days!

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Stephanie replied on Thu, May 23 2013 7:58 PM

My mom taught me in second grade. It was so much fun for me. I made pillows at first, and then a girlfriends mom made doll clothes and gave me some fabrics and tiny trims and once I learned to gather I taught myself to make Barbie clothes. My great grandmother and aunts quilted, and on a visit at 17 I learned to quilt. I so admired their work. They and the ladies at church would always do a white whole cloth hand quilted quilt whenever the members got married.    

So how's everybody doing today? I've been busy doing chores and researching for my purse and collecting some goodies today. I'm trying to get a full picture of where I'm going with this so when I do the tutorial I'm not just winging my way through. Time is drawing near to have the block part fashioned.

Have to tuck in early. We're working 1/2 day tomorrow and going to the movies to see MUD. I can't wait. Haven't been to the theatre in a long time. That'll be a nice way to start off the weekend.

Guess that's about it for me. Hope everyone has a nice evening.... 

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Erin replied on Thu, May 23 2013 8:47 PM

No quilters in my family. My grammy crocheted and my grandpa was a woodworker, that was the artistic extent in my family.  In the 9th grade I took Home Ec and made a shirt, a pillow and a teddy bear. I passed the class with A=+ but never really sewed again until in my 20s and I made a valance or two  Last May, after my cancer treatments were over and I was starting to get back to normal I decided I wanted to make quilts for my family members.  I bought a sewing machine, some fabric and thread and made 3 Turning Twenty quilts. I then started making table runners and place mats to practice the quilting part.  I am still learning but trying different techniques.  I am going to make Cupcake some sun dresses for this summer and try clothes making too.

 

Today we watched youtube videos on ow to make ribbon-work flowers and  made a couple embellishments.  One of my friends called me and found satin bedding and some dresses at a thrift store that I can use in crazy quilts. I will get the stuff Saturday, hope it is usable!  She said all she wants is a primitive table runner out of homespun fabrics; I have ton of it because two of my DIL's love Prim----win win! :)

Well, heading to bed shortly, Cupcake goes home tomorrow and I ant get some sew time in with her before she leaves.  I usually have her Thursday afternoon - Sunday evening but the next couple weeks will be different because of my birthday and some other things going on.  

Good night

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Linny t replied on Thu, May 23 2013 10:46 PM

Stephanie, I'm looking forward to your methodical approach to disassembling and remaking this purse.  I got my frame yesterday.  They sent the wrong color.  I ordered gunmetal, but they sent brass.  I'm going to use it anyways because I don't want to fuss with sending it back and waiting.  I just have to adjust the colors in my mental image to match brass.  Worse things can happen, right?

Erin, your time with Cupcake makes my heart smile.  My sister just recently finished her chemo for lung cancer.  Its some tough stuff.  How cool that you dove into quilting, starting from scratch with a new machine and all.  Making 3 quilts right off the bat is really something.  You're really progressing fast with the CQ, I see.  When I read you'll make sun dresses for Cupcake it reminded me of doing that for my 2 daughters.  I've loved sewing all my life.  

So, Happy Birthday!  What day is it on?  Got anything fun planned?    

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Linny t replied on Thu, May 23 2013 10:48 PM

Diane:

My Nana taught me to sew at age 13 when I went to Connecticut to visit her one summer.  I was the best dressed at school that year. (my opinion) LOL  I thank her every day.  I then taught my sister how to sew a dress.  She did well.  She got the basics in only 3 days!

Diane, I thought I was the best dressed when I made my first dress, too.  It's fun remembering those days.

 How are you feeling?   Better, I hope.

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Diane replied on Fri, May 24 2013 12:27 AM

A couple of days ago I moved my air purifier into my bedroom where I spend most of my time.  It' has helped tremendously.  I am feeling much better from my hay fever.

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Erin replied on Fri, May 24 2013 5:10 AM

My birthday is next Saturday, June 1.   I collect Fiestaware dishes so I am planning a trip to the factory in Newell WV, where they make them and picking up some newly released pieces/colors.  It's almost 4 hours one way so that will take a whole day.  I also want to go to Nelsonville Ohio to the "Nelsonville Quilt Company".   It's about an hour away but they have a fabulous shop with almost 3000 bolts of fabric!  That will take a day as well...LOL     I am also hoping to to pick up an antique cabinet for dining room and a cabinet with doors for my sewing room.     So, nothing extravagant, but what I want. Oh, and of course my family will take me to dinner.   DH and I will run up to Columbus Ohio to Scioto Downs and check out the casino.  They sent me $50 "birthday bucks" to spend so why not try my luck? DH will watch the horses race, my BIL has two horses he races up there.  Funny how the 43rd birthday differs from the 21st...LOL    If I didn't get to do any of that stuff, I would still be really blessed just to see another birthday and spend it with my 3 sons and Cupcake. ♥          

I hope your sister is recovering quickly from the lung cancer. Chemo wasn't too bad for me, I took chemo pills for six weeks and only had two infusions. The radiation however sucked! The burns I ended up with were horrible and I have permanent scars from it!   I had colon cancer and they were able to remove the tumor without removing any of the colon an no colostomy bag.  My lasting side effects are neuropathy, early menopause and excessive weight gain.  

 

I can't wait to see the purses you are making, I know they will be beautiful!   

Well, I am back to bed for a little while to warm up.  Several days of 90 degrees days and 70 degree morning...today it is 49 and high of 70.....crazy Ohio weather...geesh!!! LOL 

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Erin:
crazy Ohio weather...geesh!!! LOL 

I am in Wv, Pennsboro, half way between Parkersburg and Clarksburg. I remember my mother saying my dad, her and I lived in Newel when I was a baby, but I have never been there since I am grown.  Your weather sounds exactly like our weather today.   Jo

 

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Erin replied on Fri, May 24 2013 9:28 AM

Norma Jo- We're fairly close.  I'm in south eastern Ohio, near Athens and only a couple hours from Parkersburg. 

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Stephanie replied on Fri, May 24 2013 7:44 PM

Hi Ladies,

Just got In. Long day, but fun too. We went to see the movie and stopped by Home Depot for some essentials to continue on with a fence around the back yard. Naturally we picked up a roll of fencing that had no tag. It took 30 minutes for someone to finally answer the cashiers call. Ridiculous, but it paid off. We got 10 percent off and he threw in one of those scrunchy lightweight hoses that have been advertised for free. All in all a $35.00 savings. We popped into a neat store. They had the prettiest wholecloth quilted bedspread for $30.00. I bought one in an aqua color. I think it will be refreshing  for summer.

Linny,

Too bad they sent brass instead of gunmetal on your frame. I have a feeling this won't end up being the only purse we make, don't you? I'm hoping to get that tutorial done by Sunday. Hopefully it won't take all day to do that fence. We have half the posts in already. Life's best laid plans for having a relaxing project weekend....

Diane,

I'm glad you're feeling better. I've been struggling with allergies myself. Lots of pollen since the rains. I tried the mucinex stuff and it holds things at bay without the drowsy head. Pricey though. Anythings better than not being able to breathe and having that hatchet in the head headache.

Erin,

Your birthday plans sound wonderful. Hope you find everything you are looking for. Spent my first 25 years living in Ohio. The gray days got to me. SAD personality. Gray=depression. My sister is still there. Looking forward to seeing some of your ribbonwork practices. It's very rewarding to see that ribbon taking shapes. It's all about the tension in making those beautiful flowers. God bless you for being a survivor of colon cancer and being able to have it treated with such great results. I hope he continues to bless you.

Hi JO.

Robin, Miss you.

Darlene, Are you out there lurking?

Have a great evening everyone. I think I'm due for an early night. Been up and at 'em since 4am and I'm whipped!  

   

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Linny t replied on Sat, May 25 2013 6:38 AM

God morning all.

Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  It was a good day, but I was so tired at night I just fell asleep.  Must have needed it.

Nate graduated from pre-k yesterday morning.  They did a whole ceremony with cap & gown.  I went with Audra.  It was so precious.  afterwards they had a cook out with bouncy houses and the whole 9.  Too much fun watching those little lights. 

Afterwards I went to the new Hobby Lobby we have here in town.  Such a great store.  Spent too much, lol.  I got Barb a gift card so she can shop once she gets all settled.  Her b-day is Monday.  Tomorrow her DD is having a party/cook out for her, I think I told you all.  Her son flew in from Illinois yesterday and made her very happy.  

Stephanie, how was the movie?  Your aqua whole cloth quilt sounds so pretty.  Aqua is such a "clean" color.  I think you're right about not making only 1 purse.  I didn't get a chance to do anything with mine yesterday.  Today is the day.  I'll think about you putting up your fence.  At least it's supposed to be low humidity.  Amazing how much that helps when it's in the 80's.  

Robin, how's it going?

Darlene, hope you're busy with shows and selling tons.  

Hi, Jo.  How's everything going for you?

Diane, glad you're feeling better.  Sounds like a good idea with the air purifier made your life better.  How is your work quilt coming along?

Erin, sorry you had to go through all that, but glad to hear the outcome was that good.  It sounds like you are going to have a really great birthday.  Hope you post some pics of your finds and I hope you win triple your spending back at the casino.  It's great that you have your sons and your little Cupcake to help you celebrate.  

Lillie, just in case you can see this post, hope you're having fun in Italy.  

Today I'm going to make the dish I'm taking to the party.  I haven't really decided what I'm bringing, so I suppose I need to watch some food TV programs for inspiration, lol.  Probably some kind of macaroni salad.  Also, I'm going to get the pattern for my purse figured out.  The frame is 5 1/2" wide but when it opens it's larger than I thought it would be because it opens all the way.  Guess I'd better get moving.  I just don't feel all that great today, like I'm fighting something.  It would make sense with all the sleeping I did.  Maybe once I get moving around I'll feel better.

Hope everyone has a really great Saturday. 

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Stephanie replied on Sat, May 25 2013 7:37 AM

Linny t:
I'm going to get the pattern for my purse figured out.  The frame is 5 1/2" wide but when it opens it's larger than I thought it would be because it opens all the way.  Guess I'd better get moving.

I hope you check back before you start. I p.m.'d a couple of pic's that may be helpful for you to get started.

You have started the holiday with a zeal. Congrat's to Nate on his pre k graduation. So cute at that age! Good to hear Barb's son made it down for the move, and to celebrate her birthday! Hope all of you have a great time at the cook out. I used to love to cook all the dishes. Now it seems cooking has blown right out of my mind. Still love to eat though. LOL

Wish we had a Hobby Lobby here. I go online to their site sometimes, and they have so much! Michaels and Joanns here have shifted so much into the silk flower and decor stuff they're not near as inspiring as they used to be. Barb will be happy to get a gift certificate to keep her crafting going.

Linny t:
Stephanie, how was the movie?
 

It was really good. Different than anything I have ever seen, and so much to appreciate about it. It was based on people along tha Arkansas river, and if I were to give you my impression of it, it would be about a young boy learning about love. I particularly liked the fact that they kept these people real. They lived on the river on boats. Their furninshings meager, poor, and they didn't have everyone all looking like movie stars in perfect houses. Matthew McConaughey was dirty looking just like a man on the run hiding out on an island should look. Even Reese Witherspoon looked skanky and real, most of the time sporting a bruise on her face from abuse. I'm not going to go into the details about the movie itself. Wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone. Would I see it again. Yes! It would be one to watch several times for me.

Linny t:
Your aqua whole cloth quilt sounds so pretty.  Aqua is such a "clean" color.  

Thank you. This is a whole new color for me. My walls are a dark purple, and even though I've seen mixes of purple, teals, magenta and yellow, I have always leaned to the magenta. The quilt has some really pretty detail in the stitching, and I can't believe it was the price it was.

Linny t:
I think you're right about not making only 1 purse.  I didn't get a chance to do anything with mine yesterday.  Today is the day.
 

Hope the pic's help in fashioning a pattern, and that you get to see them before you start.

The last thing I really want to do today is put up that fence. Especially in this heat. But we really do need to finish it. In the wee hours of taking the dogs out, the rotties have taken to wandering into the wooded lot and neighbors yard, and I can't see them with their black fur in the dark. No one is up and around, but I really don't want them wandering off. There are still bears around, and a lot of people that just leave their dogs outside to run around all the time. I'm over wandering around in my jammies at 4:30 in the morning trying to keep up with them.

Anyway, Hope you get to feeling better once you're up and around. And that you have a great time with your family today!

 

 

   

 

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Robin replied on Sat, May 25 2013 12:57 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm just getting in from the Car Wash we held this morning to raise money for the kids to go to Nationals.  We made a close to 300 dollars.  So not a bad mornings work.  I can't believe the end of the school year is taking so long to get here.  I am ready to be done.   Graduation is next week, so is baccalaureate and 8th grade open house.   Plus I have cupcake wars going on.  What was I thinking when I planned that.   We are still waiting for certification scores to come in and the wait is driving me crazy. 

I did start looking at fabrics and stuff for my purse.  Hope to get a start on it in the next few days.  

Also my paper work for the culinary class in Miami came in this week.  Looks pretty good .  A little intense but I had already figure it would be.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Stephanie replied on Sat, May 25 2013 5:34 PM

Hi Robin,

Good to hear from you. Happy to hear about the money you raised from the car wash. Sounds like a good amount. I can only imagine how ready you are for the year to end and start your vacation. It didn't even seem like you got one last year and nary a day off even this year with everything you've been involved in. Hope it goes by quickly for you. And best of luck with the certification scores.

I don't remember when you said you'll be going to Miami. Will it be during your vacation?

If you need more time than the first of June for your purse, just let us know. .

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Linny t replied on Sun, May 26 2013 8:14 AM

Stephanie:
I hope you check back before you start. I p.m.'d a couple of pic's that may be helpful for you to get started.
 Oh my goodness, it was a revelation.  Thank you so much for posting them.  I would have approached the whole thing in a different way and been sorely disappointed and frustrated without this.

Hope you got your fence done.  That's mighty hard work.  It'll be worth it to just know the doggies aren't getting into wild and dangerous territory.  I have a fenced yard and I'm so glad I do.  

Dark Purple walls, eh?  I wish I had your color courage for painting walls.  I always want something dramatic, but chicken out at the store when buying the paint.  I like aqua and purple together.  With the right accents it'll look great.  Just think "Sunset at the beach".    

Today is the party along with whatever Barb and her son have energy for with her old house.  Yesterday we all went there and tore into the remaining contents.  We got a lot done.  I've committed to taking her couch, chase  lounge and bed.  I don't know what I was thinking, lol.  I do need a new couch and hers is nice and "free", but no one will come take mine away on the holiday weekend.  Her son says we should just take it to Goodwill and drop it off.  I feel funny about that, but he assures me it's fine.  I don't know.  What have I gotten myself into?

I hope all of you enjoy your Memorial Day.  Anyone doing anything fun?

Linny T

 

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