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    Excited for my daughter

    My daughter is 9 years old & has spina bifida. She had her 20th surgery this past summer. She's a trooper & an amazing girl who inspires me daily. She has started coming to quilt-related places with me lately & has a neat eye for color. She has quite a stash of FQ's. We're starting a lap quilt for her - we'll do it together. I am saving-up to get a machine with a push-button start & stop, but that has to wait a little while longer. She does operate the foot control while I sew things that we're doing together. I absolutely love to make yo-yos. I don't use a maker, just do them. She's expressed an interest in yo-yos & I know that her fine motor skills aren't quite what they need to be in order to make a free-hand yo-yo just yet. I was at my LQS yesterday & really looked over the yo-yo makers closely. I decided that she can be successful with them. Guess what??? She was!!! She was so proud of herself when we popped that yo-yo out of the plastic frame & she watched as she pulled the thread tight & a perfect yo-yo appeared. She had designed a fabric postcard for a lady in our church who is good friends with her. I stitched it onto the postcard & she was all smiles when she mailed that card this morning with the yo-yo that she made HERSELF! Hooray. I'm on a mission to find a needle-threader that she can operate next. That way she can be even more independent. She's in a wheelchair all the time & so many parts of life are challenging for her that I want to be sure that sewing is FUN & not a challenge. Better cut a few circles today - she just might be making lots more!

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    SWEET! So happy to share in your excitement and your daughters achievement!

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    Wow 20 surgeries, she really is a trooper. I'm so glad you've found something that makes yo yo's easier for her. Have you seen the recipe for making chocolate cake in a mug on QB. My daughter got quite a kick out of that and did it all in the cup herself.

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    Cool Congrats to your Daughter and you!

    I enjoyed reading your post. It is very inspiring and uplifting. Tell your daughter that I am very proud of her and making postcards for someone is fabulous; everyone gets a smile and happiness when they get a personalized postcard. Thank you for sharing.
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    What a great story!!! She is soo lucky to have a mom like you who treats her "normally" and encourages her to do tasks even though they are difficult. She already knows life is hard since she has gone through sooo many surgeries!! God bless her!!! Sending you a pm Thanks for sharing story. a Great Inspiration for all!!! cheryl
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    What a wonderful accomplishment. I can imagine how thrilling the discovery of new things she can do either with or without you can be. Not all 9 year olds would even be interested. Sounds like she likes challenges and conquering them.








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    That is an amazing story. I'm so glad you are looking for things to help her succeed at quilting. It will boost her self esteem. Good for both of you, 9 is a good age to start. We need more quilters.
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    What an inspiring story. I made a small yo yo top when I was a young girl. I still have it and a whole bunch of circles I cut out back then..once in a while I get it out and look at all the old 50's fabrics in it. I am so glad she found this way to be creative. Bless you for finding this way for her to express herself.
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    Your daughter is an inspiration to all disabled people, young or old. She has the right can do attitude, instead of can't do. What a great girl she is, and so are you, because she probably gets the can do attitude from her parents.

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    There are so many things that can be made with yo-yos so have her make a bunch! You can then make a floral wallhanging for her room - (1) use whatever size paper or fabric background you want, (2) have her run a bead of glue in various places (stems aren't straight so that's good), (3) cover the stems with thin cut pieces of green fabric (cut on the bias so they bend) or use bias tape or rickrack, (4) put the yo-yos on top and around the stems. Voila! A beautiful garden. You can "bind" it by glueing the bias tape or rickrack around the edges (or regular binding if you used fabric) or put it in a frame and hang it. Enjoy the fun with your sweetheart of a daughter!

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    What a trooper!! I don't know what your budget is but here is one that has good ratings.

    http://www.sewingmachineoutlet.com/singer4166.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz0Q8DqAa0Y
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Hooray for both your daughter and YOU...you are both to be commended...It is so much nicer to focus your energy on the things a person CAN do rather than the ones they can't...congrats on having a great daughter and your daughter is luck to have you as her Mom...Naomi
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    aww, that is fantastic. She sure sounds like a special angel. Don't forget to show us pictures of her special creations so we can leave some love.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    What a lovely idea. This is really right up her alley. I can't wait for her to get a small bundle of yo-yos made so we can make this. She will REALLY have fun with this idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    There are so many things that can be made with yo-yos so have her make a bunch! You can then make a floral wallhanging for her room - (1) use whatever size paper or fabric background you want, (2) have her run a bead of glue in various places (stems aren't straight so that's good), (3) cover the stems with thin cut pieces of green fabric (cut on the bias so they bend) or use bias tape or rickrack, (4) put the yo-yos on top and around the stems. Voila! A beautiful garden. You can "bind" it by glueing the bias tape or rickrack around the edges (or regular binding if you used fabric) or put it in a frame and hang it. Enjoy the fun with your sweetheart of a daughter!

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    I will definitely post photos when we get something made. I am always humbled at the outpouring of support she receives through quilters. She loves to dance & we will continue to pursue that as long as it's still fun for her. She seems to really beam when she's done making something with fabric. Her self-esteem isn't terrible, but I think it could be better. I will share all of your love with her when she gets home from school. Thank you all! I tried to post a link to her dance recital photos from last year, but it doesn't seem to work. If you'd like to see my girl, PM me & I can share the link there.

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    What an inspiration you both are. I hope some of the people who complained about the change of QB read this.
    You and your girl are truly courageous. I hope you are able to find the things you need to keep encouraging your daughter.
    Angels on both of you.

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    Wow, another quilter in the making. You Go Girl!
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    Atta girl! That's wonderful!

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    Thank you for sharing. I'm excited for her.

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    Way to go!!! You both are quit an inspiration. Keep up the good work and post pics when you can!!!

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    Good for her. I have seen yo-yo Xmas trees, wine carriers, bags, as well as quilts. Here are some websites: http://quilting.about.com/od/piecing...oyoquilts.htm; http://www.ehow.com/how_2100684_make-yoyo-angels.html

    Check thrift shops, ebay, etc - you may be able to find an inexpensive machine.

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    I'm sending up a cheer from Washington state. Tell her "Good Job". This is going to be a wonderful adventure as the two of you make quilts together.
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    Wonderful story. God has given you a beautiful blessing. I'm sure many people are touched by her.

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    Thank you for sharing. I would love to meet and quilt a while with your precious daughter. What fun and memories you two are making in addition to the yo-yo's and quilts. Give her a little hug from the board. Linda

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    You have an incredible daughter. You should be proud of her AND yourself for the self confidence that you are instilling in her. She will always strive to be as independent as possible and you are giving her the tools to that.

    Bless you both.

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