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I am an awesome:
Love to sew
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At 10:26am on June 30, 2009, Maire Machens said…
Hi, we had a great time visiting, can't remember if I told you our new great grandson was 10 lbs 3 oz! He seems like a good content baby & granddaughter is doing well after the c-section. Now I'm working on a quilt for 11 yr old grandson.
Have fun with your visitors, spoil the babies,
Maire
At 10:05am on June 30, 2009, Anna Story said…
Maire,How was your trip and the baby?My twins will be here tomorrow,a weelk early and I am glad.I am putting my sewing on hold after today.I will be working and I want to spend as much time with my son as I can.He is now going to Iraq instead of Afghanistan.I have bought all of the stuff I need for the neck coolers.I will start them after Sam leaves on the 22 of July.Today I am finishing up burp cloths for here at my place.All the ones I made I sent to Florida and they are bringing them back and leaving at the other grandparents house.I also made reusable wipes to have here.We are ready for the twins now,we have 2 baby beds up and 30 baby bottles,as they go thru at least 20 a day.
At 10:20am on June 22, 2009, Anna Story said…
I made a way that it looks a lot better and it is easy for me.All ends are covered and won't ravel and that is the important part.I just finished making a bandana bib and it looks awesome.That is the first one I have ever made of those and they are quick and easy.I will be making a lot more of those.Thank you for being patience with me and my silly questions.I was taught if you know something ask anyway if it sounds funny to you.
At 6:18am on June 22, 2009, Anna Story said…
The good Lord knows what is going on and we will have the twins ,their Mother and big sister here around us for the next year.We have 7 grandchildren and none of them live very close to us.Both kids and their families will be here the week-end of July 17-19.We are having a big family get together here at our place with my husband's family before Sam leaves July 24.I am the only one left in my family ,so that's why it is only his family and our daughter-in-law's parents and her brothers will be here also.We have invited a few of our close neighbors.We will have between 70-75 people here if they all show up.
Do you know how to miter corners on baby blankets?I am trying tot make some blankets or maybe you would call them sheets.My dauhgter-in-law asked me if I could make some receiving blankets out of an old sheet so they wouldn't be so hot on the boys.I have them cut out and have one sewn together,but the corners are to bulky.The ones I made before are made with 2 pieces of material and I turned them out the right way and top stitched them.I've found some places on line, but they don't sense to me.I am kind ofnew to this stuff,as when I sewed before I only made clothes for myself and my daughter.I have my kids bringing me old T-shirts of their kids,so I can make each grandchild a pillow out of their own T-shirt for Christmas.Sometime I have to start sewing quilt blocks together for my son-in-law's quilt.He asked for a quilt and I have never made one.I found a BIG box of quilt blocks already cut out at the Goodwill for $15.,so I bought it.That kept me from having to cut them all out,plus people told me Isaved money also.
At 9:35pm on June 21, 2009, Anna Story said…
We have not seen the twins yet and they will be 4 weeks old Wed.They live in Deland,Florida and they will be here July 6 or 7.My boss wouldn't let me off work to go there for a few days,but she has made it known to everyone she is taking a week off when her grandbaby is born.That is sometime are July 4.You have a safe trip and enjoy the new baby.
Ann
At 8:38pm on June 21, 2009, Anna Story said…
Maire,I am so sorry I had your name wrong.Please for give me.You are a very sweet lady to take so much time explaining things to me and you explain them where the make sense to me and I understand them also. I haven't gotten started yet and you have helped me so much.My sewing machine had not been used in about 20 years except for mending things,until about 5 months when we found out our son and his wife were expecting twins.Then I started making burp cloths,recieving blankets,crib sheets and then my daughter -in-law said she wanted to use reusable wipes,so I made 200 of them out of flannel sheets I bought at Thrift Stores and yard sales.It's amazing what you can make out of things you have around when you don't have a material place close by.I have even used curtains to make bibs and twin sheets to make the crib sheets.The old saying is"You do what you have to do."My husband is laid off from his job and he got his last unemployment check this week.He can not find a job and I know it is because of his age. He will 62 in Nov.Now we will have only my check until he can sign up for and start drawing his social security.Money may become tight for a little while,but I will get started on the cooling ties one way or another.
At 8:34pm on June 21, 2009, Maire Machens said…
I just went to the Joann's & Hanock's website to see if they do have the tea dyed muslin on their web stores. No luck but I know both stores carry it as a stock fabric in their stores. You might have luck calling them directly. The name of the fabric on the bolt end is "tea dyed muslin"
At the Joann's site I did find "Country classic cotton solid, expedition khaki" on sale for $2.09/yd, that would also work.
As a fabric/sewing addicted person-LOL_I would suggest that you sign up on the Joann.com site and the Hancockfabrics.com site, you'll receive their sale flyers/coupons/specials thru email & can order at their web site, it would save you much time/gas, etc if you have to drive a couple of hours. I love Hancock's but they left PA several years ago, I do find some good sales on their website though.
Maire
At 5:58pm on June 21, 2009, Anna Story said…
Marie,thank you so very much for you help.I really do appreaciate it.I live in a small town and all of the Wal Marts around us done away with their material.The nearest JoAnn Fabrics is a couple of hours away.I guess I'll have to make the drive to get the material.How many ties can you get out of a yard?I was told you can get the crystas at Wal Mart in lawn and garden.Is this true or do you know?Thank you,Marie and I may be asking more questions.I saw on one the web sites you could use some different colors as long as it was 100% cotton and you washed it first.Have you heard this? I don't want to do anything wrong.How much is the material at JoAnn's?You are the greatest to have made so many ties for our troops.Please keep up the great work.
 
 
 

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