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Sizun, I really like that cardigan of yours! Looks great. I was counting on sewing one like that, got a navy blue knit for that. But up to now I postponed the garment because I don't really know how to finish the front edge.  ???  I am very curious about how you finish the waterfall front?
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Chatter / Re: Cubital Tunnel (elbow) Surgery Anyone?
« Last post by grandrivergirl on Yesterday at 03:39:50 PM »
So glad to hear you're doing better!  Hope it continues to improve and you get back to doing the things you enjoy.


linda
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I have now reduced the price to $8.
Thanks,
Sandra
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Machine Sewing / Re: What method? Joining gusseted pillows
« Last post by sliderule on Yesterday at 03:22:33 PM »
One of my neighbors made a polyfill mattress topper.  I'm sorry I don't know where she bought the sheet of polyfill; I'm sure it was online somewhere.  It is about 2" thick.  She constructed it like an old-fashioned coverlet - made a cover that was seamed around the outside edges, inserted the polyfill, and then tied it at intervals of 4 to 6 inches to keep the filler from shifting.  It took a while, but that might be easier than sewing the pillows together.

Another possibility for connecting the pillows would be to sew strips of fabric to the pillows along the seams where the corded piping is stitched to the pillow cover.  You would then attach the next pillow to the other side of the strip.  It would work like the framing strips that connect the blocks in some quilts.  The idea is that the pilows would be close together (aiming for about a 1" spacing) but not touching.  I think that would work as well and be much easier to sew.   Remember that the pillows will squash down a little bit when you lie down on them.

This is a really interesting project.  Good luck, and please keep us posted.
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Just FYI, I used to cook a few days a month at a restaurant that supported a charitable organization, Chicken Marbella was one of our most requested recipes for special events. It is delicious. One of my friends who truly cannot cook her way out of a paperbag, mastered this recipe to the point that she served it each time we had dinner with them until it became a silly joke.  ;D
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Sewing Environment / Re: Annual September pimp up your sewing room! 2015
« Last post by Ann on Yesterday at 02:01:48 PM »
Let me see.....................We put the range hood for the kitchen stove in the sewing room until it can be installed.

I would love to get my room pimped before I leave at the end of Sept. I may only get the window valance off but hey, that would be progress. The basement apartment has taken most of my time. I have the bathroom left to scrub and paint and a kitchen to install. Then a good mopping and we can rent it. Once that happens, we get our life back.

Ann
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Chatter / Finally Got a Break
« Last post by Syndi on Yesterday at 01:33:08 PM »
I was not rehired at my last teaching job and was exhausted with this constant "reduction in force"- my last 3 teaching jobs ended this way.  This last one really did me in.  As many of you know, I took a job as a teaching assistant/first grade/ in class support-special education.  I took the job because it kept me in the loop and working- hoping that if a regular teaching job came up in the school or district, I'd have a foot in the door.  It did not turn out well.
My original post,  http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,24480.msg409177.html#msg409177, explains what happened, but the bottom line was that I experienced the awful backstabbing of my co-worker.  I still am troubled by this and keep questioning myself, "what did I do to have her, my principal and the director of special education, turn on me like that?"  Maybe nothing, but it happened in my last two placements (same district).  Perhaps in the first instance, I was overzealous, and the team teacher was stressed out with the beginning of the year, but the last one-- I just keep searching my soul to figure it out.
Anyway-- I finally found a maternity leave replacement in a HUGE district.  It's a perfect fit and the principal seems down to earth and I'm excited to work there.  She was encouraging about this leading to a full time position or other long term leave placements too- so all is good.  It's only a five month position, but I intend to give it my all. 
I obviously don't want to fall into the same situations I had in the past, where I was "attacked".  While babysitting my DGD I picked up a book on my DD's table- "How to Win Friends and Influence People".  Hmmm.  I'm going to get the book- heck it's a classic.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for forming professional relationships that are friendly, but keep me from the attacks I experienced in the past?
Syndi
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Chatter / Re: One thing you're thankful for today?
« Last post by L.M. on Yesterday at 01:01:19 PM »
catllar, I hope you'll contact an urgent care or emergency medical department that is open all hours and bring them your test results. I would not wait all weekend to find out the right thing to do for your leg. That's serious stuff.
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Fabulous jacket Patti!  You did a great job copying that design.  It looks really nice on you.

Jean
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There are a lot of great sounding recipes here!  I may need to try the Silver Palate one, Karen.  One thing to mention, and it's probably just me, but I tend to avoid eating chicken with bones in it when I'm using a paper plate on my lap.  It's too messy to make good finger food and carving it on my lap results in certain disaster.  I know chicken tastes much better cooked that way but I would probably (artfully) remove the bones before serving.

Mmm, Robyn, King Ranch Turkey Casserole!
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