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    Fun with one of the granddaughters

    Miss Em, as we call her, is six years old and readily admits to me that she has figured out that she can roll her puppy-dog eyes at me and get just about anything she wants. She is subtle and calculating - but that is not a bad thing.
    She has been begging for a special "Nana Day" because she planned a sewing project and didn't get to finish it last week. So yesterday afternoon I invited her over. Her project was to make a toy cell phone for her baby sister. She was making it out of felt and had cut the pieces last week. She also had picked out special buttons to add for the keypad.
    I offered to help her but she insisted she could do it all. And she did. She seated herself in front of one of my Singer 99s and threaded the machine (albeit she had to have assistance when it came to pushing that thread through a size 10 slot in the needle). She planned out her method of attack, sewed pieces together, did some hand sewing, even sewed buttons . . . which some men can't do . . .
    At one point, as I was busy in another part of the room, I heard her say "Oh, no!" When I asked her what happened she told me she'd sewn all four sides together and not left a space to stuff the cell phone. I started over to show her how to pick out some stitching and she said, "There, that will work." She'd picked up her scissors and trimmed off one of the small sides. Quick thinking.
    What a fun day. I have a couple pictures to share. It was very difficult to get one of her with her finished project as she kept giving me some very fake and cheeky smiles.
    Emily making 'cell phone' (Small).JPGProud of her project (Small).JPG
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    what a cutie. I can't wait till mine are old enough to sew with
    Patrice

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      #3
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      Way to go, Miss Em! That's adorable!

      Isn't sewing with the kids fun? I've been working my 9-year old (who's almost got the fabric bug as bad as I do), and she's been making clothes for her American Girl. Now I have her piecing potholders, so I can practice stippling.
      Come by and see what I'm up to on my blog...
      Summer Lee Quilts

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        #4
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        What fun. My GD's are too young also. Right now I'm trying to get my 29 year old DD to get interested in sewing, especially window treatments. She's very impatient though and I think if she has the least bit of trouble with her machine, she'll just throw up her hands and spit out a few expletives and quit. Really regret not teaching her when she was younger. Maybe I'll have a second chance with my little ones.
        Lisa

        "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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          #5
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          Aww - isn't she cute!!! Love her project! Can't wait to see the next one.

          Hugs,
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          What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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            #6
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            As I used to say to the kids at school, she makes my heart smile.

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              #7
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              Sandy and SummerK, aren't you the lucky ones!
              There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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                #8
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                what a great project!!!
                Michele

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                  #9
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                  You're a lucky grandmother... and your granddaughter is lucky in her grandmother!!!

                  I hope one of my grandchildren expresses an interest in sewing and/or quilting...
                  You know you've had too much coffee when you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.




                  The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe... or how I learned to quilt on the internet!

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                    #10
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                    Great job Miss Em! Keep going with the projects! Thanks for sharing the pics Sandy.
                    Shelia

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                      #11
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                      Sandy this is so lovely, sewing with grandchildren gives so much pleasure. I had a sad situation on Friday while sewing with my 10 year old grandson, the thread bunched up at the edge of the fabric as it can do when the fabric doesn't feed under cleanly and I wasn't close enough to to prevent what followed and he didn't know enough to stop trying to sew...he knows now. The needle hit the thread knot and has thrown the timing out so that now the top thread loops the bobbin hook incorrectly, jams and breaks. No big deal and very fixable but he is feeling bad that he 'broke' my sewing machine and that he couldn't finish his project before he goes home.

                      This Sandy is why you need all those sewing machines. I am digging my old Globe out of the cupboard and having it serviced so this won't happen again. It's a very old mechanical machine but they still sew beautifully.
                      Last edited by Dragonfly; January 15, 2011, 06:25 PM. Reason: spelling
                      Lynn

                      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                        #12
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                        Lynn - I sure hope you have convinced your grandson that things happen and he is not responsible. Children have such a way of internalizing things when they think they've done something wrong. My oldest granddaughter (she's the one who was so scared of a sewing machine that we'll probably never get her to sew another stitch) has a way of apologizing for EVERYTHING - whether she was responsible or not. In her case I often think that's her way of compensating for things that she 'thinks' she may get in trouble for . . . she used to cry wolf all the time . . .

                        If only those same children could witness some of the things I've fouled up in my lifetime . . .
                        Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                        it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                        "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                          #13
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                          Hi Sandy, yes I think he is Ok with it but has pestered right to when I took him home about when he can come back to finish his work. Seems we did a good job on the timing, it had to be totally reset and the machine was about due for it's service as well so I had it all done. Sadly this cost me a few dollars but now it is good for some time. A good thing too since I have just been asked to do a new jellyroll quilt design for a workshop in March, last thing I need is a machine that isn't working well.
                          Lynn

                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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