Username Post: Anybody else sewing??        (Topic#1578871)
catzscrapper
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Just wondering who else is doing any sewing projects lately. I made a new friend online who has a business that works to help animal shelters and donates toys, catnip, treats various items for cats and kittens. she prefers only to do this for cats but also loves dogs. I make catnip toys for her to donate ans so that is what I have been working on...intill I run out of cotton scraps any way. it is fun ans since I grow my own catnip it is easy to do and fun for me to keep me from getting into trouble!
Also working on:
Making my own flannel PJ's for when Winter starts!
repairing our work clothes (patching mostly)
making fabric gift bags for the local charities to sell.
making snowmen wall hangings to sell at Holiday bazaars.

So, what are the other seamstresses creating or repairing or wanting to sew when you have a few minutes to do so?? Just thought I would ask because I like to know what else is out there in the creative sewing world


 
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  • Tivi on 07-24-12 05:17 AM
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I don't have too many "small" sewing projects. I just finished the nursery for my newest DGD - all Bambi. Still need to make a few more burp cloths for her. I have a king size Log Cabin quilt that I need to finish before Christmas.

I've looking at a few of the pillowcase projects and might start making those, just to clear out my stash.

Seaexplore has been working on a quiet book for her daughter. Those look fun!


 
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I've been BFF's with my sewing machine this summer.

I've made a pleated crib skirt, a pleated/nonpleated full/queen bed skirt, crib chew rail, curtain tie backs. All for my DD's room.

Right now I'm making a quiet book for DD. I've been using vinyl. Love the stuff! I have found that the key tomsewing with it is sewing tape. It sticks it really well and doesn't gum up the machine! No more binder clips trying to hold the layers together.


 
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Quiet book is d.o.n.e.

http://seaexplore.blogspot.com/2012/08/allys-quiet-b ook...


 
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I NEED to be! Christmas is coming....


 
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I have two quilt's waiting to be quilted and both my and my sister's machines crapped out!!!!

I now have to decide if I get them serviced for $$ or just wait and ask SANTA for a new GOOD machine for x-mas!!!

And I really want to start an iPhone hanging charge case and a quiet book for my ds but....


 
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  • meela on 10-21-12 05:55 PM
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I have been sewing like mad when I get a free 30 minutes, and have enjoyed every second. I love to sew, and for the past few years haven't had much time to do so. I still don't have much time, but am squeezing it in anyway. Happy stitching everybody!


 
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LOL!! Meela you sound like me and my Guy gets all annoyed because I have to layout everything so I can sew pieces in order. I got some of the coolest patterns from a friend who makes them and have been working on some Woodsman dolls. I am having so much fun but it is a little slow going till I get the hang of it. I want to sell some after I make the first one to look like my Guy. But when there are a few minutes I am running upstairs to work on the pieces. I just LOVE sewing


 
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Hi! I'm working on a blue jean quilt. I think it will be a little more difficult then the first one I sewed but it will be worth it!


 
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I'm getting ready for my yearly Bonnie Hunter mystery that I wait all year for...I just finished basting my Son's denim quilt & I just finished hand quilting my Patriotic quilt....I need to baste my Split 9 Patch, so I can put it on my frame [it's a small floor one] .... I'm having a friend of mine baste my mystery from last year measuring 120" x 120"...that will probably take me years to hand quilt..Ha....Then I have my forever project, which everyone has, it's a yo-yo quilt, or coverlet I should say...then I have 5 BOM's I'm working on...very, very busy. Not enough time in the day especially when I'm on this darn computer! Ha..


 
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Is there anyone out there still quilting/sewing? I am working on a quilt along I am hosting on my blog...small quilts and lots of fun....here is the link if your interested...just started and you can join in at anytime!

http://huckleberrystitche s.blogspot.com


 
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Hi Tildagirl,
Yes I am still sewing! Not into quilting as much as repairing clothes. Not any $ to replace so I am pretty good at patching knees, buns and elbows and making dog and cat toys too. Gotta keep the critters happy or they will get wild in the house. Can't wait till my catnip comes back in the Spring, I am almost out!

I also need to finish a hat for the kid who bags at the grocery. I make some and he saw it and asked if he could get one. Sure why not I said! I know he doesn't have $ to pay but it's worth the smile to just gift it!!!

So Happy Sewing to All, and to All a Good Day!


 
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I've been sewing up a storm. Quilts for new babies, crowns for princesses, zip bags for odds and ends, chapstick holders, and most recently eye patches for my daughter's preschool valentines party.


 
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I just finished a single bed quilt for my granddaughter using on point blocks and have the topper done for one grandson. It has Friendshop Stars and some nine patches in it. I need to find backing fabric for it before it is quilted.

I have started a Churn Dash quilt for another granddaughter and need to get a raggy quilt done for a new baby granddaughter. I have the fabrics, just need the time!

Catzscrapper, how do you make your dog toys? I am paying out each time my Maltese/Silky terrier chews a store bought one up!



 
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I learned to sew a long time ago out of necessity, I'm constantly having to repair my uniform. I do not, however, have any creative sewing projects at the moment. Does anyone have any ideas?


 
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I'm working on a postage stamp quilt, well actually two of them. One is for myself and the other is for my grandmother. Both are hand stitched and will be hand quilted. For a quilt to be considered a "postage stamp" quilt, each individual square has to be 2 inches or smaller. Mine start out as 1.5" squares and end up as 3/4 inch squares when stitched due to seam allowance. The plus of these quilts is that anything goes, so any scrap fabric can be used.


 
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Oh, my, Ali L, that is quite a project!


 
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Today, I finished the strip on the bottom of 4 curtain panels that I accidentally shrunk, repaired 2 pair of DH's work shorts that he ripped holes in, and fixed a captain America costume for dd's school. I still have baby alive diapers to make. Then I can start on another quilt.


 
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Tiffany, you were very productive. What kind of quilt will you make?

Tomorrow i am going to make a raw edge applique Minion cushion cover. I finished my DGD's quilt top and it is in at the quilter's, so I should get it back tomorrow too. Then I can hand bind it.

After that I am starting 3 x Avenger's themed quilts (mainly all about Ironman) for three of my grandsons!


 
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I have to put my postage stamp quilts on hold as I've...oh dear, run out of fabric scraps! But it will be ok in the long run I suppose.

Yesterday I repaired a pair of my husband's shorts that he often wears around town. Somehow the seam in the crotch and inner legs began to come out. And well...I just couldn't have him going around town embarrassing himself . He was amazed that my hand stitching looked like machine stitching. I do have a sewing machine, but can't use it because I don't have a table strong enough to support it and the fabric that I put through it. My DH was SUPOSSED to have gotten me a dining room table when we took out the center island in the kitchen, but no....he got two arcade machines instead! I have an arcade machine sitting in the middle of my kitchen!! We won't discuss how many times I make "comments" about it. Now I've resorted to using it to sit loaves of bread on. That SO annoys him

I do have two comforters to sew for Christmas presents. I'm wanting to get one made for each of my boys. The one for my oldest son will be easy, just stitching on the top and back cover to the inside "blanket". But for my youngest son, I've got to scrap quilt his. I'm almost positive that I've now officially saved up enough old camo fabric and clothing to make the quilt. And if not, then I'll stitch some green around the edges to make up the difference.

I've also got to sit down and repair my personal "blankie". I made a full size comforter/quilt about 14 years ago out of necessity. We had endured a house fire earlier that year and all my bedding, etc. got burned. Well, my grandmother meant well and she sent me a box of blankets. Unfortunately, the material they were made out of always made me itch. So, since the house we moved into didn't have the best insulation, and during the hardest part of winter we learned from the gas company that our furnace was "faulty" and couldn't be safely used...I made 3 quilts. One for each bed in my house. The boys quilts were toddler bed sized, so they have long been outgrown and sadly got lost in a tornado. But the one I made for my bed, I used the top of an old duvet cover, one itchy (but warm) blanket and an old brown sheet. That "blankie" has bundled my kids after a tornado, kept them warm on my sofa when they had the flu, has been used as a playmat by them as they were growing up, was used by my late FIL when he would be "freezing" after coming home from dialysis treatments, and has been my "snuggle" blanket when I'm not feeling well. In fact, in 2014 after I ended up at the ER with some cardiac symptom and got sent home heavily medicated, my BOYS got that "blankie" out of my closet and covered me up with it when I fell asleep on the sofa. When I woke up, I asked them how I got covered up and they said, "You needed to rest mom so we got your favorite blanket". WOW...amazing for boys who were 13 and 14 at the time. But sadly, now it's falling apart. The fabric is coming apart at the seams, so I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with it. Probably quilt over it in the long run. But in the mean time, I've got to stitch it back together.


 
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Go Ali! That's lots of sewing!

The quilt I'm going to make will be for my son who is arriving in March. I'm thinking of using a half square triangle herringbone pattern. It will probably be gray and turquoise with some lime in it with a gray binding. Don't have the fabric yet.

I also have a few large beanbags I need to make to get the beans I have stored in my craft room/office that I share with my husband out of there! We can barely walk in that room between his music stuff (6 guitars, keyboard, mixer, a few computers), his house plan stuff (computer, printer, large format plotter) and my disaster of a mess (fabric, boxes, Christmas presents I've started stashing, bean bags pellets, paper, dies, cutters, ********). I REALLLY need to get in there and clean instead of craft! Lol. We all know that isn't going to happen!

Oh, and I need to cut some iron on vinyl for a bag for my cousins daughter's birthday presents and get that bag done to get some of the mess out of the room.

At some point, I need to start on my 4 year olds preschool scrapbook that has to be turned in to her teacher in April. Oh, and my maternity book. AND finish the birth story in the 4 year olds book. Lol


 
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Wow, you have a lot going on Tiffany.

I share a bedroom with my DH, but we have both agreed that it is MY room and he only sleeps in there! As a result, his guitars, amps, effects pedals, etc. sit in our living room. His Bluray collection, and video game collection (aside from his two arcade machines...one of which needs a new monitor...that sit in...oh dear, my kitchen) also reside in my living room along with his laptop. We have agreed that he can take that space as I only use it for watching TV, and playing games. However, at times I do find it necessary to spread my crafty stuff out on the living room floor. Especially right now as I'm TRYING to declutter our bedroom.

I home school both of my boys, who are now 16 and 14 and have done so since birth actually. So there is always a "year book" in the making. However, a few years ago I decided that instead of making one "year book" per year I would make one massive book for each that covers the major parts of their lives from birth through graduation. Recently however, I have assigned them a "history" project of sorts. They are now responsible for making their own "year books". These are separate from the books I'm making. Their books are based on a project I was given by my 10th grade world history teacher in January 1995. The project was called "What is History?" and she told us that we had to make a book/binder thing that had different sections in it. In the first section, we had to put quotes, definitions, etc. about the word "History". In section 2, we had to put things about world events and news. In the 3rd section we had to put things about national events and news. In the 4th section we had to put things about state events and news. In the 5th section, we had to put things about news and events in our city or county. In the 6th section we had to put things pertaining to school events or news. In the 7th, and last section, we had to put things about ourselves. Each section had to have a minimum of 4 pages but could have more if we wished. We had an entire semester to complete the project. Well, 2 weeks after we got the assignment I ended up out of school for 99% of the rest of the semester because I was diagnosed with cancer. The teacher that assigned the project and taught my world history class became my home tutor with a program in my county known as "Home Bound" and it's for when students are unable to attend classes for an extended period of time due to medical reasons. I kept working on my project despite my illness, but confessed to the teacher that the school part was hard for me because I wasn't there. She helped me with that part by getting me copies of the school newspaper each time it came out and brining it to me. And she told me about different things that were going on at school. Well, my personal section grew by leaps and bounds because I filled it with papers on my chemo, a business card from my oncologist, a lock of my hair, and I put an odd newspaper clipping titled "Tresses are More Trouble Than They are Worth" or something like that. My aunt sent me the article and it was about a lady who lost all of her hair due to chemo and then fell in love with wigs, hats and turbans. Then, my classmates began sending me cards, notes and letters via the teacher so I made a separate folder for those. I used a pronged folder and put paper in it and put the cards, etc. in that. I then clipped that book to the back of my 3 ring binder and turned it all in for my project. She took it back to school and put it on display with all the other student's books. Students were then told to pick up a book other than their own and take it back to their desk, but to not open it. She then told me that she told the class to pick up the book and she said, "When I assigned you this project, I asked you the question of What is History and I told you what types of items to put in the books. Well, in your hands you are holding history because everything in those books is now in the past, thus it is history." She REALLY brought history to life. She brought me my book back and she told me, "Usually I keep everyone's assignments, but I'm not going to keep yours. Yours is too personal. I know you put things in your book that you would like to keep, so I'm giving yours back." I never got to look at anyone else's books, but that was alright. I still have pages from that book, but the book itself was badly damaged from a fire in my house in 2001. The fire department drenched EVERYTHING and marker ink ran, pages fell out, it was just a mess. The folder with the cards got lost when it fell out and most of the cards were no longer readable because of the water damage. Sadly, some of the cards and letters were from two girls who each died in separate car crashes during our Senior year. So, loosing those was not nice.

That project is what my boys year books have to be. But they are supposed to include journaling, etc. in theirs. Whether it's art journaling or whatever. The journaling part of their assignment is to make theirs "personal"...very personal. And when the books are done, my children will be able to HOLD history. Neither one of my boys currently have much of an appreciation of history, so I'm hoping that this will help. Also, I've changed the sections for theirs. Their sections are: Quotes and things about History, World events, National events, State events, City/county events, "School" stuff (aka things they want to keep such as writing assignments, projects, or just photos of them doing "school" stuff), Church events, Family events, and a personal section. Recently though, a relative of our made front page news...and NOT in a good way. I made a journal entry about it and posted it in my gallery.


 
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That.is.awesome! What a great project for the kids to do!


 
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