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linda, love the dolls . That is a lovely gesture for needy children.

Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis. The Spring Garden)
« Last post by SuziQz on Yesterday at 01:42:22 AM »
Laurie, I love big dogs, too, but as small as my yard is, I'm not sure one would fit.   ;) 

Hooray for a happy, excited Mitchell!

Maybe your kids should consider a Golden Retriever because they tend to be pretty mellow animals, big but not huge.  In other words, small enough to share Mitchell's bed, at least for now.

Jan, I'm glad that you had a nice trip. 

I was reading a novel in which one of the characters had a big mutt that he said was a cross between a Great Dane and a dinosaur.   ;D 

Linda, I think it would take me weeks to tie 600 knots.  I guess it is a good thing that I don't have to weave my own cloth.  I think I'd enjoy the actual weaving, but the set up would be a problem for my arthritic fingers. 

I haven't done any sewing in a while.  There are a few things I want to make as Christmas gifts - yikes, Christmas is just 2 months away!   I've been making jewelry lately, though.  I think I've finally found a way to organize all those supplies that will work well for me. 

Chatter / Re: Project Runway 2016
« Last post by sewsy on Yesterday at 01:35:20 AM »
I agree with you both. These designers seem to get along pretty well with one another. Kathryn, I am waiting to see how she does, but I'm thinking that Laurence should make the finalists list.
Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Re: Knitting V
« Last post by sewsy on Yesterday at 01:25:20 AM »
A handknit sweater and handsewn shirt combo--what a thoughtful gift, sewsy. Those men in your life are sure to be appreciative. I like the idea that you are making them cozy hugs that will last.  :)


P.S. I was in your neck of the woods for the past few weeks and succumbed to Haberman's Italian Knit sale. Oh my. I need to stay away from that place!  ;D

Kate, I got the sale email and deliberately turned a blind eye.  ;) Glad you got to go! I know you got some wonderful pieces.
Sewing Machines / Re: Pfaff CV Techniques Workbook
« Last post by Diane in WV on Yesterday at 12:52:09 AM »
I know this is an old folder, but my machine is the same one that Ann Rowley has, and I've never had a lesson on it, very upsetting. Yes, and it was expensive. I would love the workbook, but can't seem to get it.
Machine Embroidery / Re: Free Embroidery Designs 2015,2016
« Last post by Pina on Yesterday at 12:40:29 AM »
Designs in Machine Embroidery September/October 2016 - Download and Read Online Free - English | PDF | 84 pages | 44 MB.

Trick or treat Candy Cutie - The date says 2015,the links still work. ;)  Bat Candy Cutie pdf instructions ,the embroidery design download is in the first link. Other embroidery designs and projects here.

Several embroidery designs here and here. Pumpkins Project Instructions and Pattern.You can make them with or without the machine embroidery.The weather outside may not feel like fall, but that won't stop us from making it feel like fall on the inside.

Patterns and Instructions / Re: Jacket Buttonhole Placement
« Last post by sdBev on Yesterday at 12:18:17 AM »
...Bev,confession time,I always practice buttonholes too. And I do the top and bottom buttonholes last.  ;D...
LOL. I feel slightly superstitious but test and delay making the top and bottom works best for me.

Pina I've got both the buttonhole and pocket templates.  Love them and do beautiful work because of them but still do the test first.
Quilting / Re: Weighted blankets/lap pads or Therapy Weight Quilts
« Last post by Debbie S on Yesterday at 12:09:43 AM »
Linda, here is a link to weighted blankets that gives a good description of sizing and weight. The site also sells the pellets......but right now has the poly pellets on sale for 50% off.  You may want to compare them.  HTH
Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis. The Spring Garden)
« Last post by Laurie H on Yesterday at 12:05:22 AM »
Jan, I do love those big dogs.  Just my favorites.  So quirky.  I know, even the small ones are, but I'm partial to the big ones and I can't help it and I don't want to help it.  Sorry, Bud, but you know how I feel!

My new director didn't start today as I thought she would.  She had said she wanted to come today, so I thought she would, but there are so many things she needs to do before she can start, so I guess things didn't get done.  Should still be this week, though.

Today was Mitchell's first day at the public school where they moved.  He came home and told DD that this is the school he's been waiting for all his life.   ;D   He said he loved the math, the writing, his teacher and he really loved being able to ride the bus home.  DD said she was so thrilled to hear how happy and excited he was that she cried.  Even though he liked his preschool and the school he was just attending, he has never sounded as happy or excited as he did today.  I talked to him and he told me the same thing. 

I think it might be the structured nature of it, he has always responded well to a firm schedule, so maybe a nicely structured school is what he needs instead of one that allows more freedom. 

Jan, no snow.  It never got that cold.  We did have rain all weekend and even some rain today, but the temps stayed up in the 40s.  Too warm to snow.  I like snow, but I do not want snow just yet.  Far too early for that. 

Now that the kids have a house, they want a dog.  They are looking into a rescue and DD is willing to get almost anything, DSIL wants an adult, not a puppy.  Mitchell just wants a dog again.  It's been a couple of years since Wyatt passed away and they are all so ready for another dog.  Mitchell wants a dog to sleep on his bed and just be his friend.  DSIL wants a dog to be laid back and relaxed and I hope he's not looking for another Wyatt.  That might not happen.  DD just wants a dog.  She understands how each dog has a unique personality and no one can predict how laid back or energetic a dog will really be. 

Sewing Machines / Re: Janome 500e
« Last post by AnnaMc on October 24, 2016, 11:40:35 PM »
You've remembered correctly and sorry for not mentioning.   Fingers crossed Janome regs have been relaxed in the USA as well, it's so much easier for everyone....they should know we will drive to get a better price anyway, so why not publish it?  Where I used to live the dealer was a horrible person and continually put women down with demeaning and sexist 'jokes' which I refused to tolerate and why I used to drive elsewhere to purchase machines.  Quite often I would find a buyer's remorse sale online and have the seller ship the machine, this saved quite a lot of $$$ and I still look for these sales now when it's time to upgrade. 

Good luck in your search ;-)
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