Pat.... you're surely a saint! I have patterns waiting on me for a barbie size doll, with all the trims and scraps. My fingers just ache thinking about those tiny seams and snaps..lol. I did buy a serger, so am wanting to test it out on seams to see if it makes it any easier. I could sew baby doll size easier, I suppose, but Bella isn't really into dolls for some reason. The few she has spend more time tucked away into a toy chest. She just turned 4, but prefers her stuffed unicorn to babies.
Am sure those lucky girls and boys will love the gifts!
I find that because of the method used to sew the clothes, the Barbie clothes aren't much more difficult. The fit is more exact. Between my sister & I we have 3 different kinds of sergers. My old Juki is by FAR the easier to do curved seams on.
I haven't sewn anything smaller than baby clothes for Bella for many years.. I'll have to cut a pattern out and see how it comes out. It'll come back to me, I'm sure, but will be much slower than it was back in the 70s...lol
Hubby says I'm too independent for my own good, since I have a very hard time asking for help for anything.. Mom always said "If you want it done, do it yourself", and it's hard to get out of that routine. So either I do what I need to, or it just waits until I get around to it..
I'm finding if I don't ask for help when I need it, that Norm will get upset with me. Don't want that at any cost so I sit and ask.
Good to see you Kathy and that you have found us again. I am planning on sending notes to all who sewed with us after the first of the year to invite them here. I need to get some threads straightened out before then....
My adult son Kevin, who lives with us, has friends over most Sundays. They play board games etc. Lately when I have wanted help like taking all the boxes of decorations out of the shed, or moving the washer, throwing a the branches I cut into the garbage cans, I ask the guys "who needs good karma" and I get a volunteer or two! Nice group of men and I enjoy having them over. I don't understand why more of their families don't host but oh well! Lucky me, I get them every week, and they are certainly no hardship! They take turns bringing dinner, or order in dinner. they always include Ben & I. Kevin sets up and cleans up so I enjoy his gatherings.
My sons allergies prevent me from asking them for outside help. Last thing any of us need is for an asthma attack etc so that is NOT help I can ask for.
When I have a charity project that doesn't take a lot of skilled help, I have been known to set portions of it out on the break room table at work with instructions and let anyone who feels inclined to help.
Pat: that's a great idea to get help at work for those unskilled areas. I'm no longer working,
but for those who are, this will be a huge help. I guess it could work at church, too, or other
gatherings where help may be needed. Clever!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace
Barb, thanks for these forums! I surely do appreciate the friendship, as we all had some really good swaps and quilt chatter! I'm hoping more will follow here, as all the threads on the other site don't show any updates or activity. At least on my end.... The last one I was on was Betty's, and they were talking about the Christmas swap, but everything I had tagged as Watched is either dead or ?? Not sure exactly what the problem is, as the quilt threads are freebies or at least they used to be. Anyway, just doing one place to congregate is fine with me. Too many forums to keep track of and I get confused when the sites start making changes!
unless someone starts a new thread somewhere that I haven't seen (since I haven't been on for awhile), I try to make sure they're bookmarked, Watched, or any other way I can keep track of them. At one point, I had like a dozen or so to keep up on at the other site and quite a few here! Then when all the commotion started over on the old site, new threads were started and I got lost.. I read on ATP awhile back that some of the admins had combined some of the forums and maybe that's where they went..
since I dumped my subscription, I'm thinking that's why I can't find anything. All the forums/pages I had under 'bookmarked', 'watching' etc. were cleared out of my Account and shows no updates since the October threads. I know Betty has hers going because she had a Christmas craft swap started. The Sewing/Quilting forums are not marked as a paid subscription only, so I'm not sure what's going on exactly. I can afford to pay for a subscription, I just don't feel that I need to at this point. There was another site that was mentioned at one time to move to,(not ATP) but I can't remember what it was. I thought it was another one that Dave was running.. Oh well, as long as you all are here, there's no point in jumping back and forth!
I'm thinking I need to go thru all my stash and pull out the leftover 2 1/2" strips and put together some lap size jelly roll quilts. I'm not sure if my brother is going to continue his indoor yard sale next Spring or not. I wanted to embroider my denim leftovers and make totes and such for him to sell, but I guess I'll just hold onto them until he figures out what to do. OR have my own yard sale, which I've done once in my lifetime.... lol