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TJ Holland
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I am an awesome:
Mom of four. Sewing is in my genes. I don't get to sew as much as I would like, but always proud to be able to produce hand made items.
My sewing interests are:
garment, home decor, quilting
My sewing machine(s):
Singer.. In 1981 when purchased it was top of the line, one of the first computerized. Still works well for me.
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Yo-Yo Quilt

Posted on January 10, 2010 at 6:25pm 0 Comments

Loved your Yo-Yo quilt! How long did it take start to finish?
I made a purse covered in yo-yo's last year, entered it in some creative arts exhibits, and received lots of comments about it. The yo-yo's stirred interest in my FCE club (Family Community Education) .
from TJ in Tennessee

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Posted on July 31, 2008 at 11:36am 4 Comments

Hello. I just awhile ago found this site while trying to refresh my memory on inserting invisible zippers! (what a pain!). I was happy to find video instructions that were helpful.

Let me add that this is the first blog I have EVER posted! I am an old-fashioned girl, although I use the internet some, and utilize email, but I have been very wary of "putting myself out there". I am a very socialable person in person, but just wary of the internet. I have never met a seamstress that was ever… Continue

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At 1:08pm on December 13, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
This is such a busy time just by design. I certainly don't want to give up any of my family traditions. And it seems like we add a few new ones from time to time!
As for being busy...I too have much on my plate right now. There is no hope in getting it all done by Christmas. I have three projects that I must finish for Christmas, the rest will have too wait. I can actually work on one present after the 25th, as our daughter's family is going to Ohio for the Christmas Holiday. We will celebrate with them after the New Year. That works out rather nice as her husband's birthday is also in December, so we can separate the two celebrations alittle bit. We get to see them more that way. tee-hee
Good luck in finishing any projects that you need to get done for the holidays and in preparing in all the aspects of the holidays. As for me, it's going to be alittle sewing, a little baking, and a little celebrating. Have a great holiday season. Talk more later..maybe not until next year I'll see how busy I get!
At 11:41am on December 11, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
Thanks for the "old quilt" info. I will probably do the same thing. Cut it apart and than ponder & think of a new way to use the blocks. I don't get on the computer alot either. I am trying to get on it every couple of weeks, but you can see by the dates on my responses that I am not always able to do that. Posting photos isn't that hard...getting them onto your computer can be a feat unless they are on CDs already. then I think you can go right from the CD to this program. Check it out..How are your Christmas preparations going? I keep getting behind...Take care.
At 11:31am on December 11, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
Thankyou. We are very proud of our family, especially those little ones. It is so much fun to be a grandparent. Take care. Brenda
At 12:18pm on December 8, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
I had a great Thanksgiving...even though I had a cold the whole time. My sister and I went shopping for beads...which we made jewelry out of, shopping for fabric, patterns, ideas at a local quilt shop called "Rosebud's Cottage" in St. Paul...which will be used in future projects, went to a local chocolatier named Legacy Chocolates" in St. Paul to buy truffles...which we ate all weekend till the were gone. We spent Thanksgiving Day with family feasting, quilting, and celebrating...till we exhausted. We visited with two of our Aunts on our father's side of the family. We had an absolutely great time. I hope your holidays were even a fraction as much fun, cuz then you had a good time. Take care as now I must be off to work on Cristmas preparations. Presents yet to make, presents to buy, presents to wrap, decorations to go up, cookies to bake! Boy, it is going to be a very busy two weeks!!
At 12:13pm on December 8, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
Thanks for the comment. Your Mom's quilts sound fabulous. Passion usually equals gorgeous. You should post photos of her quilts... I would love to see them. Thanksgiving was a great holiday for me and I am now looking forward to Christmas. I am scrambling to get ready...but I'll get there.
At 9:04am on November 5, 2008, Brenda Bernard said…
Hello. Finally got back on-line and read your posting to me. We are all blessed with people in our lives that touch us in a very special way. Those people leave there inprint on us forever. Your mother has done just that...what a wonderful legacy. I recently received a well-woren quilt from my a girlfriend. Her mother passed away and in their cleaning out there are things that no one wants. She thought of me whan they were going to get rid of the quilt. I would like to do something with it...restore it or use parts of it in a new application. I need some input. I would hate to take it apart if it would devalue the hisstory of the quilts and its fabrics. But it is not usable or even really displayable the way it is. I think I need to take it to the local textile center or historical center and ask some questions. Do you have any ideas? Take care and have a great life. Till we talk again. Brenda
At 8:55am on August 10, 2008, TJ Holland said…
Thanks for writing back. Good luck on your Christmas quilt! It's fun to begin a project anew to gather fabrics, ideas, design, etc... I made a Christmas wall-hanging a couple of years ago to hang over my fireplace. It turned out well. I had made a pumpkin one the year before that & had so much fun with it, is why I did the Christmas one. Those are probably my best works so far. I finished a "postcard" quilt for my daughter (age 24 ) in the spring & I had started it 3 years ago! She had the idea to use a postcard for a template. I sewed short ends of the rectangles together & made long strips and then off set them,(kind of like a brick wall). I bordered the colorful postcards with muslin, in which I detailed a viney quilting pattern in. I entered it in our county FCE creative arts competition and it placed first. (Of course not many people entered... so little competition)
How old are your step-daughters? What do they like for you to sew for them? My 24 year old always loved the originality of me sewing for her, and her older sister-age 28 now- liked new dresses when she was little, but has never been "into" clothing and the heritage of sewing arts. I come from a long line of seamstresses and well remember my grandmothers, mom and aunts doing lots of sewing.
I did just finish 3 dresses for a wedding that took place last night. My daughter was one of the bridesmaids. It was a simple pattern, but interesting fabric, and I was overjoyed when my task was completed. Of course I waited too long & picked up making the third bridesmaid dress at almost last minute, so I was getting crunched for time. The wedding & girls were lovely though.
Guess I have "rattled" enough. Write again sometime.
At 8:45am on August 6, 2008, Janice Vineyard said…
Hello, I love to sew for my step daughters that live with me. And I used to sew for my daughter when she was younger. I do some quilting in fact I am starting one for a christmas gift for one of my girls. I think I will do a butterfly quilt. I too am a very social person and love to be around people but because of my health I spend much of my time at home. I have lupus and it does take its toll some days. But I love to sew and do enjoy making all kinds of things for my home and children.
Have a good day and write back again soon.
At 11:20am on July 31, 2008, utE zAl ocHen said…

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