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Jadyn's Quilt8 Votes - [34.78%]
Caitlyn's Quilt7 Votes - [30.43%]
Shelly's Quilt8 Votes - [34.78%]

nawma
Posted 2008-08-16 12:27 PM (#12601)
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Ok Ladies here is the poll for the Little Divas in Training!!!! I think we should all give these girls a big round of applause as they have all done excellent work on their quilts!!! I am so proud that my little pattern has served as a vehicle to get these little ones started on their quilting careers. I know their Moms/Grandmothers are all extremely proud as well. Who knows maybe next summer we'll have another challenge for these young quilters and in the mean time I hope they all have time to work with their mentors to further their training to be the next Quilting Divas of the quilting community!!!!

Congratulations to Shelly, Jadyn, and Caitlynn for their dedication to this challenge. Your quilts are all fabulous and each of you deserves the praise of the entire Snug Society!!!

Connie





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Gerda
Posted 2008-08-16 4:24 PM (#12605 - in reply to #12601)
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OK this is an impossible task!! :) I just might have to go "eenie, meenie, minie, moe"!

Good job, girls - keep it up!!

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Posted 2008-08-16 9:12 PM (#12606 - in reply to #12601)
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Gerda ... you are right ... this is an impossible task. Those quilts are all so beautiful, how are we to chose?

Great work, Caitlynn, Jadyn and Shelly!
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Posted 2008-08-17 1:28 AM (#12607 - in reply to #12606)
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Oh my, oh my, oh my, what if there is a three way tie???

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Posted 2008-08-17 5:08 AM (#12608 - in reply to #12607)
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Girls your work is amazing, what talented young ladies you are indeed      

Well done to you all :)

 

Jacqui 

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Nola
Posted 2008-08-17 7:58 AM (#12609 - in reply to #12608)
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I hope I'm not over-stepping here, but since there are only 3 girls in this challenge, what about "consolation prizes" for the two who don't win (unless there's a tie!)?  Maybe a set of fat quarters for the two who don't win???   

In Mini-4-H some people complain "what's the point of this?  everyone gets a ribbon. even tho' some kids are more advanced than others!"!  Well, it's done that way so none of the kids get discouraged.  If the Mini-4-H kids follow the instructions and complete the project, they all get a rainbow ribbon.  There's no real competition at that level - it's just mainly to teach the kids to read their instruction booklets, follow the instructions and complete the project to the best of their abilities.  The real competition doesn't start until the kids are in regular 4-H.  Otherwise, a lot of the kids would get discouraged and give up.

Jess, you can reprimand me if I'm interferring here, but I just thought maybe a consolation prize for the two who don't win in the voting would encourage these little girls to keep on quilting, since in my opinion, they're all winners!!! 

Nola

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Posted 2008-08-17 8:45 AM (#12610 - in reply to #12601)
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Congratulations girls, you ALL did a marvelous job! Regardless of who wins, remember that you should all be proud of your accomplishment!!
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Posted 2008-08-17 1:51 PM (#12613 - in reply to #12610)
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Haha, Nola!! Great minds think alike. I had posted on the Good Afternoon thread yesterday that I had something in mind for the two runner ups. So, no worries! Everyone is a winner here!!

And of course you are not overstepping your bounds Nola, I love suggestions and ideas!

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Posted 2008-08-17 2:11 PM (#12614 - in reply to #12613)
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Great, Jess!  I didn't want to butt in, but being involved with Scouts and 4-H over the years, I have several times seen younger kids get so discouraged and disappointed when they didn't win.  With 4-H, by the time the kids are in the regular clubs they are around 8 or 9 years old and old enough to handle disappointments, but with the little kids, it's so easy to destroy their self-esteem.  I remember one little boy who was in my son's Scout troup - his pinewood derby car didn't place in the derby and he was just a basket-case.  It was probably partly because he had no father to encourage him - but it still just hurt my heart to see a little one lose interest in something because they became discouraged.  Another case involved a judge for a 4-H project - this was "open judging" where the kids could be there and watch and listen to the judge.  This "JERK" was judging the kids' photography projects and was unbelieveably crude - making comments like, "Well, I don't know WHAT that is supposed to be!"  Constructive criticism is fine, but not derogatory comments!  I just wanted to shake that insensitive idiot!  Why hurt a child unnecessarily!! 

Not meaning that anyone on this Forum would do that!!!  I just think since all three of these girls worked so hard on their tops that they all should get some kind of award!  BTW, Shelly and Jadyn - Caitlynn says, "Great job on your quilts, and she wishes you lived around here so she could get acquainted with you!"

Hugs,

Nola



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Posted 2008-08-17 2:49 PM (#12616 - in reply to #12614)
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Oh a little Diva retreat, wouldn't that be fun!!!! Mothers and daughters, grandmas and grandaughters, aunts and nieces....

I agree completely Nola. The exciting thing for the first prize is that the winner will get to choose her 3 yards of fabric from the store. The 2nd and 3rd prizes will be a surprise, but I think the girls will be very pleased!!

For me, I am astounded at the beautiful quilts these girls made. All three of them look like they put them together so well - points matching, pattern right on. It is amazing to see (also) the difference in fabric choices. One monochromatic, one busy blending combinations, and one high contrast. I love seeing the emerging quilter in each of these divas. Someday soon I will need to have their autographs on their own patterns!!

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Posted 2008-08-17 3:02 PM (#12621 - in reply to #12614)
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Nola,
What a caring soul you are.

Shelly says to both girls " Your quilts are so nice, Jadyn yours is so bright and Caitlynn, I really like the purples you picked. I wish I could meet both of you too."

Shelly is already planing her next quilt, but this time she wants to try hand piecing. It should be fun.

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Posted 2008-08-17 4:29 PM (#12624 - in reply to #12621)
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Jess, a little quilting Divas' retreat would really be a blast!  Becca, I'm going to see if Caitie would be interested in hand piecing too.  Right now she's anxiously awaiting the start of school - tomorrow's the big day!  She'll be in first grade!  Little sis Lauren will be in 2nd year Pre-School. 

This summer Caitie decided she wanted to learn to knit so I got some yarn and needles out, but her little hands just couldn't seem to hold the needles right or keep the tension on the yarn - then we tried crochet, but that didn't work either.  Her birthday is coming up in Sept. and her uncle got her a set of those knitting rings and some yarn.  I think maybe she'll be able to use that a little easier.  She's really interested in anything crafty or artistic.  And she loves family history and genealogy - reminds me a lot of myself at that age.  She's the quieter one of the two girls.  Of course, Lauren is only 4 but she's much more dramatic - definitely destined to be the "class clown"! 

I have a nice sewing machine that I found at a yard sale this summer - only paid $3 for it and it's like new, so I've told Caitie she can have it for her own.  She'll probably keep it out here at my house since her Mom is usually too busy to help her much with sewing.  I'm thinking of getting some fabric for her to make a Rail Fence quilt - they're simple enough for her to do - and will help her with her 1/4" seams - that was her big problem with her challenge quilt - I did quite a bit of ripping for her as she'd let the fabric drift, then yell, "Oh Grandma - I messed up again!"  So I'd rip it and she'd sew it again!  Maybe she could make a Rail Fence quilt in pinks for Lauren for Christmas - I'll suggest that to her!  I'm hoping her Baby Steps quilt comes back from the quilter soon as Caitie wants to enter it in the Fall Quilt Show here in Decatur.  They have a kids' division, and I think she'll enjoy participating in it.

Nola



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Posted 2008-08-17 5:58 PM (#12630 - in reply to #12624)
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All the little Quilting Divas need to be congratulated as their quilts are absolutely stunning as I'm sure are those of the other girls who were unable to complete theirs on time. 

I have always wanted my daughter, Becky to follow my footsteps and be crafty (as in sewing etc before anyone says anything!! lol) but she has never wanted to until just recently as she is wanting to do Art and Textiles at University.  This has made me so happy - so nice to be able to share my knowledge with her and also for both of us to learn new techniques etc together.  It's important to keep the traditions going.  There are too many girls out there that don't know how to sew or cook and I find that sad - ok off my soapbox now!

 

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Posted 2008-08-17 6:39 PM (#12631 - in reply to #12601)
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I fully agree, Milica! I won the arguments with my hubby when our daughter went to high school, and later when our son went. I insisted she take auto mechanics at least for one year, to learn to look after a vehicle, and our son took home economics to learn how to cook/bake and basic sewing. Hubby didn't think it was necessary for our son, but I said it wouldn't hurt him. I still use the apron he made! And he has tried some interesting recipes! It really ought to be brought back to the schools.

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Posted 2008-08-17 10:11 PM (#12636 - in reply to #12631)
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I agree too!  Every woman should know how to make basic repairs such as changing a flat tire, replacing a broken radiator hose, etc.  They also should know how to do simple home repairs.  And every guy ought to at least know how to fix a simple meal, sew on a button, patch a pair of pants, etc.  I never took classes in school, but always had my nose in whatever dad was doing, and learned to change a plug on a lamp, rewire a switch, work on my car, install a new glass in a broken window, replace a torn screen in a door, etc. just by watching Dad.  Mom taught my brother basic cooking and sewing.  These things definitely need to be taught in school.  The schools stress higher math and science which is all well and good, but not everyone is cut out for a career in those things.  My son was dumber than a box of rocks in school, but he's a whiz at figuring out how to repair things, working on vehicles, etc.  That's mostly what he does at his job, and while it doesn't pay the greatest, at least he's happy and doing something productive.  Where would this world be without people who know how to work with their hands!!!

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Posted 2008-08-18 5:52 AM (#12637 - in reply to #12636)
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When I was at school some 30-32 yrs ago we had separate subjects: Needlework, Cookery, Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing which was fantastic and everyone was encouraged to do what they wanted, ie some boys took cookery and some girls did woodwork and tech drawing.  These days the schools in the UK do Design Technology which gives them 6 weeks on each subject, cookery, textiles, design tech, resistant materials etc.  When it was Becky's time to do textiles she only had 30mins using a sewing machine as there were only 6 machines in the class and some of them weren't working.  I was so disgusted and complained but to no avail and this is what put Becky off for some time.  Fortunately, both James and Becky are good cooks and they both make beautiful bread, pizzas, cakes etc and are more than able to feed themselves.

I  believe in encouraging youngsters to try different things as they never know what they will have to face in future years.

The young divas quilts are fantastic and I would love to see more of their work.

 

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Posted 2008-08-18 11:18 AM (#12646 - in reply to #12637)
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Wonderful discussion ladies!! I too believe that every child should learn to succeed at something very early in their lives. I think if a little girl has mechanical talents then teach her to use those talents and soon she will spread her wings and learn other things. I watch the Food Network a lot late at night after the house is quiet and I don't have to tell you ladies that many of our top chefs are men. We are seeing more and more men work their way into the quilting world as well. The old notions of what is men's work and what is women's work are long gone by the wayside as they should be.

Our Little Quilting Divas have not only learned something about quilting with this challenge but they have also learned about managing their time and meeting a deadline. This challenge accomplished so much for these fabulous young ladies and they will have their quilts for many years to come to remember those lessons and enjoy the rewards of completing a project that can not only be beautiful, but useful as well.

Each of these girls including the ones that were unable to complete their projects on time are winners here at the Q&N!!! Thanks Jess for providing prizes for our runners up!!!

Connie

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Posted 2008-08-18 12:05 PM (#12647 - in reply to #12646)
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I completely agree, Connie!  We are friends with a couple gals - one especially is really "into" cars and mechanical things.  Until they moved a month ago, it was nothing to go out to the garage and find Lisa and our son, John, with their butts sticking out from under the hood of a truck, or lying on the creeper underneath Lisa's jeep!  They's discuss the merits of various types of motors into the wee hours of the night! 

As a kid growing up, I was the dispair of my Mom - she didn't think I'd ever learn to cook!  I much preferred to be outside mowing the lawn, mucking out the barn, etc.  I did learn to sew and quilt at a young age, but this was mostly things I did in the winter when there weren't any lawns to mow!  I did finally get to where I'd help Mom in the kitchen, but never actually cooked an entire meal by myself until I got married - but now I love to cook!

I personally feel that the more versatile a person is the better, whether it's a man or woman.  Years ago when I worked for a lawyer, we often had a sad case of an elderly lady who'd just lost her husband, and the poor thing often didn't even know how to write a check, let alone make any simple repairs, start a lawn mower, etc.  And my grandpa was one man who'd have starved to death if my grandma had died first.  He couldn't even boil water without burning it!

Nola

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Posted 2008-08-18 2:02 PM (#12651 - in reply to #12647)
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Oh man, I need Billy to go to the UK and take the cookery class.... harumph.
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Posted 2008-08-21 2:40 PM (#12794 - in reply to #12651)
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Wow this is a tight race ladies!!! Our Little Divas have all done such a fabulous job and it definitely shows in the votes. Just a few more days to get your votes in ladies!!!

Connie

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Nola
Posted 2008-08-21 9:08 PM (#12806 - in reply to #12794)
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This is just too funny!!!!  Didn't Jess say something when the voting first started about maybe there'd be a 3-way tie!!!!!???  Actually, I think all three girls DESERVE to tie for first place!!!  They all did such fabulous jobs completing their quilts - all 3 are very different, but all beautiful!

Nola

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Posted 2008-08-22 6:26 PM (#12838 - in reply to #12806)
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A three way tie for first would be FABULOUS!!! And it looks like it may well happen. Just a little over 24 hours left to vote ladies!!!

Connie

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Nola
Posted 2008-08-25 1:40 PM (#12923 - in reply to #12838)
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How much longer is the voting open?

Nola

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Posted 2008-08-25 3:58 PM (#12924 - in reply to #12923)
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The voting is over for this challenge and we have a two way tie between Caitlynn and Shelly. Each of these girls can get on the Q&N shop and pick out three yards of fabric. Just indicate after you place your order that you will be paying by check and I will have Jess bill me for the fabric and the postage. Jess is going to send a consolation prize to Jadyn.

Congratulations Little Divas!!!!

Connie

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Nola
Posted 2008-08-25 4:37 PM (#12925 - in reply to #12924)
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Thanks, Connie!  Didn't mean to nag, but I knew Caitie would be here tonight and I may not see much of her the rest of the week.  Sure wish I could have figured out how to vote twice so I could have voted for Jadyn - was really hoping for a 3-way tie!!!  Hope you and Jess do another of the challenges again sometime. Caitie had a great time making her quilt.  Will let you know how she does in the kids' division at our Fall Quilt Show in Decatur.

Nola

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Posted 2008-08-25 6:12 PM (#12930 - in reply to #12601)
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Congratulations, girls!! You're all winners in MY book!! Keep up the super work!! Please keep us posted as to what you plan to make with your prizes!! :)

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Posted 2008-08-25 7:00 PM (#12936 - in reply to #12930)
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congrats, little quilt divas!  you EACH did a SUPERB job on your first quilt!! 

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Posted 2008-08-25 10:05 PM (#12949 - in reply to #12936)
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Caitie has picked her fabric - just like I guessed she'd do, she picked all purples!  She chose the Floragraphix Purple Butterlies, the Silver Metallic Plum Flurry, and the Jocelyn Tonal in Purple.  Don't have a clue yet as to what she's planning to make with them, but we'll come up with something, I'm sure! 

Thanks so much, Jess & Connie, for doing this for the girls!  I know it was an experience Caitie won't forget.  She had so much fun making her little quilt, and now she's waiting for it to come back from the quilter.  Bet she'll take it to school for "show & tell" too! 

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Posted 2008-08-26 8:39 AM (#12956 - in reply to #12601)
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CONGRATULATIONS SHELLY AND CAITLYN .


I think all three of you did a great job!!

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Posted 2008-08-26 1:01 PM (#12976 - in reply to #12956)
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Shelly Says " Congrats to Catilynn and Jayden" She is quite happy to have been part of this challange. Thank you Connie and Jess, for everything.

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Posted 2008-09-10 7:08 AM (#13676 - in reply to #12976)
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Just got Caitie's little quilt back from the quilter yesterday.  The lady who did the quilting is a PE teacher at Caitie's school.  She gave the quilt to Caitie during PE, and the class was disrupted because all the little first graders wanted to see it.  Now about half the little girls want to learn to quilt!  Even one of the boys was interested!  I'm off to the store today to find some fabric for the binding - didn't buy enough of the dark purple and I'm not sure they still have it - didn't see it last time I was there.  Purple is so hard to match, and if the color is off just a tad it looks awful, so I may have to settle for a plain white binding.  In any event, her quilt will be entered in the Fall Quilt Show here in Decatur next month, in the Kid's Division.

Nola

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Posted 2008-09-10 11:14 AM (#13687 - in reply to #13676)
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Nola that's wonderful news that you got Caitlynn's quilt back already. I know she was proud for her classmates to see her work. And it is wonderful that it stirred so much interest in our craft. I would love to teach a class of young ladies to quilt and will eventually work out something with the quilt store to do just that.

I've received notice from the Q&N that Caitlynn has ordered her fabric that is her prize. But Shelly has not ordered hers yet so Becca when you two get the chance get on the shop site and pick something out for that little Diva.

This was a wonderful challenge and I look forward to next summer when we hope to have a new challenge for these young ladies to participate in.

Connie

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Posted 2008-09-11 6:49 AM (#13717 - in reply to #13687)
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Caitlynn was thrilled yesterday to receive a package from the Quilt and Needle!  I haven't seen the fabrics yet that she picked, but her Mom tells me they are lovely!  Thanks so much, Jess & Connie, for sponsoring this challenge, and Caitlynn will be looking forward to a new challenge next summer!  Maybe by then Lauren will be big enough to take part.

One of our LQS's had classes for kids a couple years ago.  Wonder if I could encourage them to do it again!!!  With most mom's working nowdays, it's tough for kids to learn sewing and other crafts.  A few years ago when I did rug weaving, I often set up the loom at festivals, and invariably there would be several kids asking to try weaving.  It was a great thrill for them to toss the shuttle through the warp, and beat it in tight with the beater bar.  Sad that many kids have no one to teach them the old crafts and skills.

Nola

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Posted 2010-10-08 7:46 AM (#51353 - in reply to #13717)
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My granddaughter was over this morning before she left for school.  She looked at a couple quilt sites with me, then asked, "Grandma, are they ever going to do another one of those challenges for kids?"  I told her I post and ask.

So - for Caitie and Lauren - are we ever going to do another "Little Quilting Diva Challenge"? 

Nola

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Posted 2010-11-07 2:25 PM (#52311 - in reply to #51353)
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I think it would be wonderful to do another one Nola. Is anyone else interested? I can change the challenge up a bit, so the girls can use more of their own creative instincts.

Nola, did you have a timeline in mind? Perhaps a challenge that is due at the end of Jan. or Feb.?

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Posted 2010-11-09 6:47 AM (#52429 - in reply to #52311)
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Good Morning, Jess! 

No, I really didn't have a timeline in mind, but I'm think maybe the end of Feb. or even March might work.  My Caitlynn asked me about it one day, wondered if you were ever going to do another challenge for kids.  She had so much fun with the first one.  She's older now - just turned 9 - and I'm letting her use the rotary cutter (with supervision), so now she'd be able to cut most of the pieces herself.

I think letting the kids use their own imagination and creativity a bit more would be wonderful. 

I guess maybe you should post a new "Challenge Poll" to see how much interest there is in doing this again, then take it from there.  I won't tell Caitie yet - don't want her to get all excited about it if there isn't enough interest in it. 

Nola

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Posted 2010-11-10 9:22 AM (#52463 - in reply to #12601)
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Sigh~ sorry to say, that is creative as my little gal is, she is NOT interested in quilting although she has expressed desires to make clothes!
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-11-10 9:31 PM (#52499 - in reply to #12601)
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Dorian - clothes is a good place to start! maybe she'll come back from the dark side later..... garments is where I started..... and it kept me in clothes all through high school and college. I used to make just about everything except underwear, blue jeans and sweaters....
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Nola
Posted 2010-11-11 6:32 AM (#52507 - in reply to #52499)
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Yeah, there's hope for her yet - I learned to sew by making pillowcases, then went on to a simple apron pattern, then to those full gathered skirts (remember the '50's???)!  From there I made blouses, dresses - just about all my clothes.  After I was married I even made a few pairs of blue jeans for hubby!  Now, I really don't care to sew clothes - maybe it's because the patterns are smaller nowadays and don't fit me as well as they used to - doesn't have a THING to do with me having gained lots of blubber!!!  LOL!  Seriously, I am planning on looking for a "Big Shirt" pattern - my fav. cordoroy shirt just hit the rag bag yesterday, and I simply have to replace it!  I lived in that shirt for the last 3 winters!  So warm over a turtleneck!  And I do make PJ's for the grandgirls.  But my #! love now is quilts!

Nola

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Dorian
Posted 2010-11-11 9:25 AM (#52513 - in reply to #12601)
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I am hoping that that is what will happen with Rachael. She went with me to Joann's the other day, and had a great time looking at all the fabric.
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-11-11 9:42 AM (#52514 - in reply to #12601)
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I've won state fairs with tailored coats and jackets..... but a few years back, I donated every piece of NON-cotton fabric to a friend that was starting an after school sewing club for kids.... the really nice pieces of wool I kept, but i'm not sure why... I don't have the heart to boil them for wool projects.

When we moved last year, I even cleaned out most of the zippers, and misc. notions. I only kept a little bit of elastic, the interfacings, all the buttons. I emptied out everything from the pattern drawer, except a bathrobe pattern, and some that were bags, and home dec type stuff like baby crib bumper pads.... anything clothing wise went out.

None of them fit anymore anyway.... (Nola... it's not just you, sweetie..... It's all the patterns' fault). Seriously, I used to be able to take a size 10 or 12, and knew exactly where it needed to be altered to fit me perfectly. then they went to the system of calling something "oversized", "fitted",, etc. and that just screwed it all up. the 12 fitted patterns were like the 10, and something that was a 12 oversized would fit a size 16 person. it was so frustrating to spend all that money on fabric and notions, and then not have it fit the way you wanted it to..... then... my body changed, so I really gave up. just threw in the towel... it was easier, faster, and cheaper to go buy a pair of slacks.... and hem them.

Quilt blocks... they are usually square, i can adjust the size.... and if i run out of fabric, I can make it scrappy!!!
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2010-11-11 10:24 AM (#52517 - in reply to #12601)
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Oh, so many of my sentiments have already been stated. My sewing started with the old treadle and simple clothes, all patterns Mom cut from newspaper and adjusted for style, etc. Thread choice was black or white. Then in grade 9 and 10 I joined 4-H sewing and my skills got refined. Until I had my second son I sewed almost 75% of my regular clothes but never did the undies. Flour sack bloomers from childhood days had something to do with that. My sewing machine was more an ornament than a used item from 1975 to 1992. That's when I had the opportunity to experience the rotary cutter and a quilting class. The only clothing I have made in recent years are simple fleece jackets and vests with no desire any more for any other clothing sewing. I agree the pattern sizing system did me in too. If I get petite slacks I don't even have to hem them. Quilting allows me to be creative the way no clothes making ever did. With the series of moves there is almost no evidence of anything but quilting left.
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Nola
Posted 2010-11-11 11:52 AM (#52521 - in reply to #52517)
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Denise, your post just gave me the courage to do what you did - get rid of all the "notions" - zippers, laces, hooks 'n eyes, etc.  - all that stuff that takes up so much room.  I'll keep a few little pieces of lace, in case the grands need it for something - and the heavy-duty zippers for DS & DH's coats and jackets.  I've already given away most of the "fancy" fabric - have kept the flannel, some cordoroy, and a piece or two of good wool - but the rest is GONE!  I used to make wedding dresses, bridesmaid's dresses, etc. and have LOTS of lace and trims - and it all takes up away too much room and the likelihood of ever using it is nil!  I'll donate it to Salvation Army or St. Vincent's - I'm sure someone who makes doll clothes or does crafts will snatch it right up!

Last time I tried to make myself an outfit, I bought a pattern in the size of ready-made clothes I wear - a 16 or 18 - it didn't fit - pants were too small, top was too big - I think that's when I officially gave up on making clothes for myself!  It's quilt blocks for me from now on!  And I'll buy my everyday going-to-the-barn-to-do-chores clothes at Salvation Army!  Why try to make something when I can buy men's shirts for $2 or less!  LOL!

Nola

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Jess
Posted 2010-11-13 12:32 PM (#52588 - in reply to #52521)
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Okay, I have an idea brewin'. Nola, don't let me forget. I want to post the challenge in the next week. Virtually poke me if I forget.
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Dorian
Posted 2010-11-13 5:11 PM (#52601 - in reply to #12601)
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Well, you Ladies have just confirmed it. I knew there were more reasons why NOT to make your own clothes, beside my reason "I just don't have the urge too." ROFL!! I'll stick with quilting/bag making any day. But I will help Rachael is that's what she wants to do. I made clothes in HS classes, but that is really all.

Anyone who has zippers they don't want, and would be good for bags of all sizes, I'll take 'em off your hands 

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Nola
Posted 2010-11-13 8:00 PM (#52607 - in reply to #52601)
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Dorian, I'll keep you in mind as I sort through stuff.  I'm sure there are zippers of all colors and sizes in some of my many totes!  And you're welcome to them.  The only ones I'll keep are the long heavy-duty ones for hooded sweatshirts. 

Jess, I'll do my best to remember to give you a poke in the next few days!  Anxious to see what you come up with!

Nola

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