What sewing or crafting project are you doing now?

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I'll start by saying I'm working on some flannel nightgowns for myself. Then there is the inevitable patching. After that, I have to make some curtains for the living room. So what is everyone doing right now?

-- Ardie/WI (ardie54965@hotmail.com), January 21, 2002


Right now I'm not working on any craft or sewing projects. Spending too much time on the computer! Really, I'm a little burnt out on the sewing and crafting from last year and am taking a break now looking for something to motivate and inspire me. I sold my wares at several local craft fairs throughout the past year and made almost all the gifts we gave for Christmas. I do have a set of 6 bookmarks on my loom that I'm trying to finish in time for our Guild meeting Wednesday night. I am spending time cleaning out and organizing my work room and looking through my material, yarn, books and magazines for some new ideas. I've also got a 4 year old who was very good and patient while I worked on my projects, so it's his turn for some attention.

-- rose marie wild (wintersongfarm@yahoo.com), January 21, 2002.

I'm finishing up a pair of socks for a nephews b-day, then have to start another pair for my sisters. After that it's time to tackle the slip covers for my two sofas and chairs. I've been talking about that for two years! I always have a knitting project going. Lynelle

-- Lynelle (x2ldp@aol.com), January 21, 2002.

I am waiting for my nephew to remove the rest of his furniture from my garage/multipurpose room so I can set up my sewing machine again! (it will eventually be a game room for hubby, but until he finishes it off and makes my sewing room he has to share!)

I have some material for pillows for the boys' room with dalmations and fire trucks on it, and some Peter-Rabbit printed flannel for a doll blanket and pillow set for my great-niece. I also have some black velvet that I bought to make some pajama-style pants for me that is just crying out to be used!

He better hurry, or I'm going to set his stuff out in the driveway!

-- Christine in OK (cljford@mmcable.com), January 21, 2002.

I am working on a blue-jean and flannel quilt/blanket. I am just going to knot it. It is going to be heavy.

-- Melissa (me@home.net), January 21, 2002.

I'm almost done with a sweater I'm knitting, and am dying to start the next one. For you knitters out there, I just discovered a software program called Sweater Wizard and Stitch and Motif Maker, and they're are absolutely great! I also want to redo my bedroom, and I'm starting to eyeball different fabrics for a quilt for the bed.

-- CJ (cjtinkle@getgoin.net), January 21, 2002.

Just finishing a sweater here also. Did several pairs of socks for Christmas and a scarf. I had not knitted in years and years and all of sudden got started again. Don't know why I stopped...lol.

I am looking for a new project next. Something differant. I would love to learn that pergamano from a previous post. If anyone knows where to find a site on it, please post it. Thinking also maybe scrapbooking. Looks like fun and have photos in boxes up the ying yang that needs something done with them.

-- Karen (moutains_mama2@hotmail.com), January 21, 2002.

I'm in the middle of a polar fleece jacket, but I burned myself out sewing two weekends ago, so haven't gotten back to it. I made curtains for my DS's room on Saturday and put half the jacket together by Sunday afternoon. Too much sewing in one weekend! Next projects - valances for the blinds in the masterbedroom and dining room.

-- Lisa in WI (llehman16nospam@hotmail.com), January 22, 2002.

I'm kind of taking a break after all the holiday crafting! But I do have a brown denim vest cut out and ready to sew for my lil' cowboy son. Next he wants chaps!

-- Jean (schiszik@tbcnet.com), January 22, 2002.

Well, I'm new to sewing so I'm taking it very slow...next month I start a sewing class on how to make a polar fleece jacket for my 5 year old daughter. I'm really looking forward to that. Even though it's not crafting or sewing, I made my first batch of beef jerky yesterday and it actually turned out really well.

-- claudia in NY (cooleyville@aol.com), January 22, 2002.

Yesterday I finished a quilted purse-I'm quite pleased how it turned out-Lots of pockets!

I have two knitted scarf projects going.

I'm crocheting a afghan for my sister for Next christmas-I cant crochet for very long-probably carpel tunnel or some thing.

I have a grandmothers flower garden (paper piecing) project going- this is also a long term project.

I'm thinking of doing some "quilt in a day" type quilts for my kids rooms, but havn't started them yet.

-- Kelly(KY) (homearts2002@yahoo.com), January 22, 2002.

I am currently starting my first quilt. I am making a log cabin quilt. It will be for the back of my sofa (those nap time coverups) I am looking forward to seeing progress on it as I am just starting.

I am also working on the plans for a birthday gift for my DIL. I am making her makeup brushed with polymer clay handles. You used wooden handled, natural brisle brushes. Cover with the method of your choice and you have a wonderful personal gift.

-- Chris in PA (CLMngs@aol.com), January 22, 2002.

I am finishing up a 'couch' quilt for my sister made from old clothes. she already has the rag rug made from the seams. I tack my quilts. I was very disappointed with the material I bought for backing from Walmart - when I washed it to pre-shrink every bit of the color washed out and it shrunk twice what I expected.

am also making ragrug chair cushions, have 2 done.

-- carol (kanogisdi@yahoo.com), January 22, 2002.

Oh Boy, I've been bad.

Approximately 15 years ago, (yes, 15) I started a machine sewn reversible quilt in the log cabin pattern. One side is floral fabric, the other side is ginghams. I know that it's stored in a trunk in the spare bedroom. I have not touched it in about 10 years. Shame on me.

I began a cross stitch project of an old fashioned wash tub, wash board, clothesline & the like. It has been wrapped up in plastic since last winter. Shame on me again.

My mother tried to teach me how to knit (I only know crochet) and I began with a pair of wool socks. I think the toe is done. Shame once again.

Please don't think that I just start & never finish projects. I've actually finished 2 afgans, 2 quilts, and several cross stitch items. It seems that I just became overwhelmed with barn chores, gardening & my job.

I'd really like to finish the socks. My toes could use the warmth of the wool this winter.

-- Charleen in WNY (harperhill@eznet.net), January 22, 2002.

Hi Ardie---- I'm working on lamp shades for several different lamps--------

I'm always waorking on a ser of tea towels----so when ever I'm rideing in the car-- I work on them---

I'm working on needlepoint for some chair bottoms & also to put on footstools & a phone gossip bench seat----

I'm also doing hat pins & always have some form of beaded work going-- - It is fun hearing what everyone is doing----

-- Sonda (sgbruce@birch.net), January 22, 2002.

I'm trying to finish up a cross-stitch picture for our living room. It is more complicated than anything else I have tried in c-s. It is a bouquet of flowers in a blue enamel coffee pot and a clay pot of begonias on the floor of a front porch. I think it will look nice, but I think I'll stick with something a little simpler next time. Winter is the best time for me to stitch since my DH keeps me busy with outdoor projects during the warmer months.

-- Dena (ddew1962@earthlink.net), January 22, 2002.

Winter is the time I catch up on painting. I do decorative painting and have been doing furniture the past couple years. I go to garage sales as time permits and pick up pieces of furniture I can redo. Have several pieces for children ahead to do. Am going to begin a head and footboard found at a thrift shop soon. For the Nov. Boy's and Girl's Club auction am doing a chest that could be used for toys, etc. with a very detailed Humpty Dumpty design. Any other painters among the crafters? I have made dozens of "Bag Bags" in the past to hold plastic grocery bags to sell. A friend is making them now, and I paint the tie ons. If anyone would like the instructions for these, email me.

-- Duffy (hazelm@tenforward.com), January 25, 2002.

Hi everyone! Good to see you all here! I just finished a queen size quilt top and am now ready to start hand quilting it. I have never hand quilted. I've made tie quilts and machine quilted but this is the first hand quilt. Any hints, anyone? I hope I can have this finished by this time next year!!!

-- Barb in Ky. (bjconthefarm@yahoo.com), January 25, 2002.

I just this morning finished curtains for the living room, my very first real sewing project ever! Just bought my 1927 White Sewing Machine at an antique store, then had the fix-it guy get it up & running, and I've been sewing nearly every day since then. I do feel the "burn-out"approaching...glad to know I'm not the only one.

-- Shannon at Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary (gratacres@aol.com), January 28, 2002.

Hi there Adrie and Barb in Kentucky, First to Barb: Make shure you have very sharp SHARPS(quilting needles) and a really good LEATHER thimble. I have found it is very important to the future use of your hands to protect your finger tip with a good leather thimble. Have fun and remember "It's the joy in the journey not the speed of the trip".

I have so many projects going on right now it's unbelievable. I got my mothers craft gene and it's a dousie! I am currently making 2 twin reversable quilts.(they will be beautiful when they are done). An afghan(crocheted) for the back of my couch(1/2 done). A cross stich for my daughters room(not very far on that one). Two hand woven baskets that are almost completed. A ton of sewing ready to do and about 3 items that need finishing touches. Besides all of these I have a 8X10 craft room full of posibilities. Never a dull moment in my crafty brain. I also homeschool my two girls while my husband supports us by being a fruit farmer. God is good and live is full. God bless you today. Stacy in Michigan

-- Stacy Jo Parsons (dsparsons@lakeshore.net), January 29, 2002.

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