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    QuilterMomOf3, relatively new to here...

    My name is Elena, I'm 23, and I live in Lemoore, CA, USA.
    I'm a stay-at-home mom (of a 3 1/2-year old boy, 2 1/2-year old girl, and 2 1/2 month old girl), quilter, and seamstress. I've been married for almost 4 years to the most
    awesome man!


    I started my 1st quilt in 2008. It is still in the process of being pieced because it is a "kitchen sink" quilt and uses orphan blocks.
    I've been quilting since then. I have recently begun learning how to foundation paper piece.


    I consider myself to be a relatively advanced quilter.


    I consider myself as the following: Quilter, Textile Artisan, Seamstress, painter (with Aunt Martha's paint pens...)


    if you have any other questions, please PM me!!

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    Hi Elena, and welcome aboard! My goodness - you certainly have your hands full with the three little ones. I think it's great that you still make time for yourself to do the things you love. I know you'll enjoy this board immensely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    Hi Elena, and welcome aboard! My goodness - you certainly have your hands full with the three little ones. I think it's great that you still make time for yourself to do the things you love. I know you'll enjoy this board immensely!

    Actually, I LOVE this board already!!

    Everyone here is SO helpful & generous!!
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
    Nancy in western NY

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    Howdy and welcome, from Texas!
    Neesie


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    When my kids were little like that the only thing I tried to piece together was my sanity! Kudos to you!

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    A big welcome from the SHO-ME state - Missouri. Don't think that I would be getting much sewing/quilting done with three babies!
    Nikki in MO

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    Hi Elena, welcome from northern California! You will enjoy it here! You sound like a very busy lady! I'm glad you are finding time for things you enjoy doing for yourself.
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    Well, our oldest (son) is learning to read, and is content to trace his letters on paper or the iPad and sound out the words. Our middle (daughter) is usually content playing in her "size appropriate" toy kitchen, making food for all her toys...dolls, dogs, bears, doesn't seem to matter to her that species...lol

    Our youngest (daughter) can hold up her head & for a little bit each day gets some "tummy time". She's going through a growth spurt right now, so she eats ALOT of breastmilk, then passes out for 4-6 hours...

    The 2 oldest have separate rooms, and each have a tv & DVD player mounted in their rooms, so I can just put in a Sesame Street show or any movie, any they either become enthralled, or kinda watch it while they play.

    Which, in turn, gives me some "mommy/sewing time".

    Also, my husband works swing shift, so he's at work from 4:30pm-1am, which means by the time we get back home & put kids back in bed, it's about 2am. I can't seem to sleep past 7am most days... He gets up @ 10am, we hang out for a bit, eat breakfast together (he cooks), then he does homework or plays video games while I go do something crafty for a bit...

    The kids get up @ noon (baby girl gets fed, changed, held, whenever she wants/needs it...), eat breakfast, go read for a bit, color, whatever...they are VERY self-reliant for the most part. Our middle is still in pull-ups, but both she and our oldest can get outta their pants to go to the "potty".

    Anyways, typically, hubby hangs out with, plays with, & watches them until we take him to work @ 4pm, then we come home, they eat lunch, nap time (which usually lasts 4 hours or so), and then that's the "sacred" Mommy/sewing time again...

    I feed, change, and swaddle our youngest, then give her a pacifier & strap her into her swing. She then sleeps for typically 4-6 hours.

    I chain machine piece. I hand quilt, cause I LOVE the puffy, old fashioned look, and HATE the puckers that ALWAYS seem to accompany machine quilting...I have dedicated sewing area in our large dining room, where my sewing stuff can remain out and unhindered. My kids know the rules & unless I'm in my sewing chair, and invite them in, they stay outta the craft area.

    They have lacing cards they're learning to sew with.

    I think most hand sewing/piecing is done in cars, or in public, where you can't have a machine...
    I personally have a LOT of tiny triangles, cause I had a bunch of small squares, then, admittedly stupidly, cut them in half...I've tried machine piecing them, but to no avail...

    I'm the youngest member (just turned 23 last Tuesday) of the Valley Oak Quilt Guild. We meet once/month.
    http://www.valleyoakqg.org/
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Hi from Ohio!
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