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Thread: National Sewing Month

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    I decide that I had done enough projects for everyone else and since this was Nat'l Sewing month decided to complete a UFO that has been in the closet for over 8 years. It is a wall hanging that is made up of 2 pieces of fabric scraps from a lady who worked at a bed spread factory. Its the sunshine and shadows pattern. One side is a swirly abstract print with gold thread in it and the other is a polished cotton in black. This may be a bit heavy for a big quilt but they are fine for this little wall quilt. It looked awful too! I couldn't believe that I did it! I started off by ripping off the 2 borders and squaring it up. Added a strip of a gold oriental print and a nice red from Moda's "tis the Season" I got the new borders on last night and spray basted it this morning. Hope to have a picture of it by this weekend. I just decided that it was my turn. I still have lots of projects for others that need atention, but am taking a break from all that and giving myself a present.

    Now I am off my soap box and back to work work. If you know what I mean--the kind other people pay you to do.
    Great! You should take this time for yourself. You could definitely use a break as hard as you work! I can't wait to see the wallhanging.

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    Thanks! Well as I said the points don't all point but because of the colors it doesn't show from a distance. That's all I care about. I think I will put it on the wall behind the bed.

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    Vicky~
    Congrats on taking time for you!
    I'm with Heather--make sure to post pics...

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    Yes Ma'am

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    :D

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    Well, here is one of my challenges completed. I had many other things planned and decided to make this at the spur of the moment. It is a fabric wreath made from little squares of fabric stuffed and sewn. I love these! This is the first one I have made, and I gave it to my grandma, she loved it by the way. So, this pic is of it hanging on her wall.

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    That is so cute!

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    My brain isn't functioning anymore. That's really nice. Great work!! (not just "cute") :roll:

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    That is so pretty, I bet you made grama smile from ear to ear :D :D :D

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    Yep...I sure did! :D

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    Neato! I learn something new everyday on this obard! Good job, great idea :!: :thumbup:

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    I have also been helping my grandma sew again. This is a woman who used to spend her days sewing and quilting making gorgeous quilts out of next to nothing..or so it seemed. I used to think I'd love to be able to sew and quilt like her someday. She was the one who taught me to sew, propped me right up on her lap and let me take the reigns...lol
    My grandma has Alzheimer's disease, she is in the Dimentia stage right now and progressing at a steady rate, even though she is on medicine. She hasn't sewn, let alone quilted for years because she isn't able. Her short term memory is gone, she can seldom remember things that recently happened but usually she can't. I spend Monday afternoon and evening with her and within 3 hours after leaving, she didn't even remember I was there. However, about an hour after that she did remember I was there. So, you never know with her. The whole point of telling this story was to say that I am teaching her to sew again. I took old clothes down to make a scarecrow to stuff with leaves. It just has minimal sewing, but it is sewing. We sewed the legs and sleeves and button holes shut. Then, we made the scarecrow head (it looks more like a snowman b/c it is white, but we're working on that...lol). Then we sewed the buttons on for the eyes and sewed the head and neck to the shirt. Grandma really enjoyed this. We aren't quite done yet, so when we are, I'll post pictures of him. Grandma kept saying oh, Heather, it's been years since I've sewn. I really appreciate you taking the time do this for me.
    I never thought that I would be helping her relearn to sew...the woman who made me the sewer and quilter I am today....

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    Heather, thats a wonderful story about your Granny. I have a friend that
    has Alzheimers, she is still functioning on her own, but she does forget
    a lot of things now.
    We went to Joann's yesterday to get her a stamped cross stitch for her
    to do. Have tried to get her interested in quilting, but she just isn't. She
    used to do hand quilting of wall hanging panels, so will keep trying to
    motivate her. :D :D

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    Oh my goodness, you do not know how much this has touched me, you are a very special woman to take the time with your busy schedule and spend it with your grandma. I lost my grandma when I was 21 but the memories of her teaching me to embroider are the ones I remember most. Although her memories are fading, I am sure that you sitting and sewing with her brings a smile to her face when she passes by that scarecrow and thinks about the two of you working on it together.

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    :cry: :cry: I told you before, Livetoteach, how I admired you for helping with your grandma's care.......you just made your halo a lot shinier!

    I so wish my granny had lived on to see here great grandchildren. I lost her when I was 19, it broke my heart. She had the best belly laugh in the world!

    Sharon

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    You are a real sweetheart, even if she doesn't always remember you w ill

    These will be precious memories to bring out when you need them. :D

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    ButterCream...was the toy sewing machine you found at the yard sale a miniture Singer? cause I still have mine. Its older than dirt...but it still works...by battery, electricity (if I can find the adapter), or in desperate times when the lights went out it has a little hand crank. My mother paid $25 for it. It was an incentive gift when she bought her new Singer (which she still has and it still works like new) from Montgomery Wards. I had already been sewing on her old black Singer (so old it didn't have backstitch) for a couple years, but that Christmas I was absolutely thrilled beyond belief. Not only did I get my very own singer...but I got one of my dad's boot boxes (huge box!) filled with hand sewn Barbie clothes and a new Barbie to wear them. Mom even used some fabric from a khaki colored pair of elephant bell bottoms (remember those?) that she had cut off my sister's and made an identical pair for my new Barbie. It was the best Christmas ever and my most memorable one. I was all of 6 years old. Yeah, I can honestly say sewing with your mom makes for lasting, memories!! I've started my 6 yr old hand sewing, making simple drawstring bags, but she's not quite ready for machine sewing yet. You'll know when yours is ready...and she love every moment she spends sewing with you. Even if its straight stitch hand sewing!! I keep Alicia, my 4 yr old, busy with a simple weaving loom (the over under over under kind) while Jazz and I sew. She does have some plastic needles that I let her "sew" on plastic canvas with too. Maybe that would keep your younger one happy and feeling involved too.

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    Heather, I know what you mean about your grandmother's short term memory. My aunt is not quite that bad but her memory is fading and even though no one has said what the problem is, we all know tha it is the same as your grandmother. That was the main reason tha I put the labl on the pansy quilt. Not for people to look and see who made it but more for her bebefit so that she will remember and know how much I care about her. You are fortunate to be close by and to be able to spend time with her. My aunt lives 1,000 miles away and I only see her once a year or so`. I have wonderful memories of this visit and that will have to do until I can see her again.Hats off to you for spending time with her.

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    Vicki, 1,000 miles is quite a ways away. I don't know what I would do if she lived that far away from me. I am sure you treasure those memories. I know what you mean about the label, that would be so nice for her. Does any of your family members live close to her? If it is starting to look like Dimentia or Alzheimer's Disease, medicine can greatly slow the progression down. I am not at all preaching to you, I just know that without grandma being on these medicines she would progress very quickly.

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    MOstf my family lives in the same town as my aunt including my Mom and their only brother and one othe sister that is about 15 years or so younger. I say younger because she is in her early 70's or just turned 70 whereas my aunt and my mom and her brother are all in their 80's. I have 3 sisters and a brother that live there also. I am the black sheep living in NC and it bugs my mom to no end. We have been here 20 years and have no plans to move back to Louisiana, but she can't accept that. I like it here and when I etire we will move to the wesern part of the state. thats why I did the label. AS far as medicine, no one really talks about what ails her let alone what medication she is taking. Her son goes over there every morning and every eveing to give her her medicine. Very sad but very touching also. I had a wonderful visit with her over Labor Day and probably won't see her till next October. I can't afford to fly over ore often and I doubt that her kids would let her come here.

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    Well, I finally remembered to take my camera so here are a few pictures of the scarecrow that my grandma and I made. It is still hard for me to believe I am teaching her how to sew...well helping her re-learn to sew. She doesn't remember how but when I watch her sewing, she knows it, you can tell by the way her hands work but her brain is telling her she doesn't. I wish I would have had my camera the day we were sewing.

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    Here are a few more pictures that I took down at Grandma's today...Sorry, I know it is off topic but I had to add them. LOL.

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    I love these flowers (Cannies spelling?) They didn't look as good today as they did the other day
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    Thank you for sharing your pictures, your grama looks like she was enjoying your visit! :D

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    :wink: :wink: Lets make October National Quilting Month, shouldv'e thought of that before now!!!!!! Mmmmmmmm might be a gooood idea, I've had quilt block lately!!!!!

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    Well...actually March is National Quilting Month. We could always designate October as the "extended" version of March haha or a different category. lol.

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