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Chutz
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I try to make a new topic when I see a new person's post buried in a thread somewhere but I do appologize that I don't get to all of them. This morning I found a new member...terrisews. Here's her first post. I'll let you all welcome her.

Chutz

Wow, I can relate as to how devastating this DD can be. I have had a small sewing business for many years that I have had to fold up due to back pain, but I still sewed for my daughters and grands. Now, I can barely do any sewing at all, maybe an outfit every 2 weeks or so. Nothing compared to my 20 a week norm. I miss that creative outlet, I miss that time alone, and I miss being productive. It's a hard disease.

Terri in TN
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Chutz
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi terri!

I too had to give up a business. Had a plant nursery for many years and sadly had to let it go. Last summer I had to give up teaching per doctor's orders. BUT!... I am also an avid sewer. Not to the extent you were but I am a quilter these days. Once in a while I make something wearable, mostly for the kids or grandkids, but I always have quilts going. In fact, today is a 'all quilting' day. turn I can understand that it's very hard for you to cut back on the sewing you have done, but can you possibly do quilting? I love applique on my quilts and I can sit quietly when I need to and work on that too. Just a thought...

Hugs,
Chutzie
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terrisews
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Chutzie and new family,

I love to meet a fellow seamstresses!  We are a dieing art.  I am a quilter wanna be. Well a piecer wanna be.  I have made about 10 quilts for the house and grands also pre fibro I made 49 that were sent to Uzbekistan for a missionary trip.  Really easy - made on serger, pieced and quilted at the same time.  I piece on the machine.  I send things out to be quilted, can't lug that much fabric through the machine and with the arthritis and connective tissue disease, my hands won't hand stitch.  I even sew pearl buttons on by machine!  This has been a better week, 3 shorts outfits with machine embroidery, cooked every night and did 5 loads of laundry, even changed the sheets on the bed.  Believe me, that last one took quite a few spoons. 

I have a very understanding family, I don't have a perfect house anymore, but I help my dds and nieces and nephews with all their college courses.  I really enjoy that.  My true passions lie in loving my family, cooking and sewing.  I guess the house isn't that important after all.

Terri in TN 


Chutz
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   Posted 4/24/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Terri!

I am in awe of all you accomplish! Your family is vary lucky and I do hope they realize what a great wife, mom and grandma they have. Many years ago...more than I care to count...I stitched a sampler that I still have on my wall. It reads:

Scrubbing and cleaning can wait til tomorrow,
For children grow up, much to our sorrow.
So quiet down cob webs and dust go to sleep,
For I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

I hate that the house isn't always in order but oh well. It seems so many fibromites are perfectionists and over-achievers that we easily run ourselves into the ground without fibro. So when this disorder hits we are in dire straits! I too love working with the grandkids and their schoolwork. Oldest is about to go to college and is living with us. His mom is next door but since there are 4 other children including a new baby and her fiance', we have more room so we acquired a 6'2" walking food inhaler!...lol He's a sweet guy and his goal is to be a Medivac pilot. He wants to fly helicopters to save people's lives. Going to be a long haul since he's an Asperger kid but he's got this genius brain coupled with no logic much of the time. Makes for a challenge.

I like to make lap size quilts most of the time and did invest in a Grace Pinnacle frame finally. Not up to speed as of yet but I hope it will make it so I can move up to bigger ones. I have the frame set 1/2 size but as soon as the addition get done <sigh> then I'll be able to add the other 1/2 and stretch it out to king size. Getting eager for that. I've seen hundreds of lightly used, or bought and never used, frames on the market lately. Folks need cash and are letting them go if you, or anyone else, are interested. It's one way we can still keep on quilting even tho the hands don't work so well any more.

If you ever want to chat sewing/quilting feel free to email me. Just click the little envelope that's lit up under my name over there <-----, or you can email me: chutz at chutz dot org. Or anyone else who wants to gab quilting feel free to join in.

OK, I'm babbling way too much. Back to my sewing machine!
Chutzie
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puppylover
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Terri. I'm always glad to meet another person who sews.  I use to make everything, jackets, coats, even swimming suits.  Now my eyes are not so good, my shoulders and neck hurt, and I always have major pain in my 'sits bone area'.  But I just got all of my sewing stuff out of storage.  We recently moved here and I had to make room for my stuff.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  I have my serger here now, and all my neat accessories.  You know what I mean.  All those little gadgets.  I have a huge magnifying glass on a stand to help me thread my machine and to make sure I don't sew my fingers nono   I won't be able to make anything too complicated but I have a book that shows you how to easily fit pants.  I use to make all of mine.  Now I want something with a comfortable waist, so I'm going to give it a try.

Sorry you had to give up your business.  Fibro is a real pain in the rear, in the neck, well heck, it's a pain almost everywhere wink   Glad you have joined us.  This is a wonderful group of people with lots of caring and info.

 

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Chutz
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   Posted 4/24/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Puppylover!

I just noticed your sig line...about Goldens! Our 'girl' is a golden and she's a doll. Next month she'll be 12 and she's still bouncing and playing with the grandkids...just not as often or lively as she used to. But then neither am I...lol
Here's a link to a photo of her...and you'd never guess her name... <drum roll>.... Chutney!...lol or Chutz for short.

Chutzie

http://gallery.heyhubby.us/main.php?g2_itemId=123&g2_GALLERYSid=be578ece38c1bbef0e0acde4018bef3e

ps...I know you can get sewing again. if you need encouragement any time just email me and I'll be right there. ;-)
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puppylover
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Chutz, golden lover am I!!  Maggie is #3 although we have also had a black lab and shepherd mixes.  She is almost 2 and I hope to use her as a pet therapy dog when she is a little older.  My last golden was with us when I was taking care of my mom for 6 years.  When mom had to go into a nursing home after the final crippling fall I took my golden to visit her since she was a family pet.  I saw how much the residents appreciated my sweetie--so I hope to do this as volunteer work.  My Maggie already has been through lots of training but still has that wonderful young golden exuberance.  I think by the time she is 3 she will be ready for her job. I do love all dogs, but goldens have a special place in my heart.

P.S.  I'm not too much of a teckie.  I tried to see your pup but could'nt figure out how to do it blush

Puppylover



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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/25/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello fellow sewers!!

I am an avid sewer, well not so much since my fibro worsened in the last four years. Years ago I set up my own sewing business and made formals and wedding gowns. Oh I do love alencen lace!!! I love satin, ribbons, taffeta and to some extent silk, but to tell you the truth I'm not big on silks. My daughter loves silk however, so I do sew with it.

I have two granddaughters, and my sewing is limited to them these days, although I really have to get around to making myself some church clothes. I have the material and lots and lots of patterns too

I am lucky enough to have my own sewing room, my own embroidery/ sewing machine ( Viking Designer 1 plus the Rose machine) and my serger(Viking). I have my cutting table set up in there and my tv. I am all set, but this fibro doesn't let me sew like I used to. I miss it.

I have made quite a few quilts in my time, but they are sewing machine quilts. I only hand sew the binding on the edges.

Nice chatting with all you ladies.

Happy sewing and quilting!!

Lindaloo

PS Forgot to welcome Terrisews.  Welcome aboard !! As you can see there are a lot of us who have fibro and also love sewing, but there are a lot more people on here who are fighting the good fight and will serve as a source of support for you.  I, for one, am looking forward to getting to know you.

God bless


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Post Edited (Lindaloo) : 4/25/2009 4:58:40 AM (GMT-6)

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