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    One for me and one for you

    There is a LQS here in my neck of the woods (matter of fact they were one of Better Homes & Gardens Quilt Maker Magazine 2016 shops of the year) that has a class on making umbrellas. I finally signed up to take this class this past spring with the gift certificate that my mom gave me for Christmas. On class day I had taken two fabrics with me, one a batik and the other a potential tablecloth my mom had bought for herself but it didn't quite fit her table. Out of frustration she handed me the material and said if you can ever come up with something for this fabric than go for it. That was two years prior to this umbrella class. On the day of the class I pulled out the tablecloth fabric. I thought meh, I can do it. Little did I realize that there would be some fussy cutting to make things match up. So naturally I was the slow poke in the class. But it was all worth it. Everything matched up as it should and believe it or not that tablecloth fabric made a pretty neat umbrella.

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    Now for the second half of this story. I love fall. But from August to late October my life is put into overdrive. I have a high schooler who is active in marching band as one of the flag/color guard girls. I work over 50 hours a week, and attend college part time.Plus I am also one if the photographers on the field during football season. A couple of weeks ago I had a massive migraine that a normal person could not withstand. The ER doctor asked me when do I stop being super woman. Since I really could not speak the thought ran through my head, "When God sends me the right man in my life Doc!"

    After that I cut back on the football games by attending the home games only. I felt bad missing out on my daughter's performances but she understood. Then as of late I have been feeling really burned out with my schooling so I played hooky with my homework last week. Maybe I shouldn't have but I am carrying high marks. I cleared my desk of all my school stuff and cracked out my sewing machine and I started to sew the all ready cut out umbrella panels that I had set aside for my daughter and myself. For mine I used the batik that I had taken with me in the spring to the umbrella class but did not use. For my daughter's umbrella I used a teal batik with a coordinating dragonfly batik.

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    It did feel really good to be able to sew even if it was for one day. Now the only thing I have left to do on these two is to well for one buy another frame for one umbrella. Hand stitch them and then water proof spray them.

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    Those are cute umbrellas.

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      Your umbrellas came out really nice.As far as being superwoman you need to remember you can't give from an empty cup.You need to take a break and decide what is really important to you and your life right now before you crash.
      :icon_wave:Joan

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        Those are lovely. I didn't know it's possible to hand make umbrellas.

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          They are all absolutely beautiful!

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            WOW something I would never have thought of. The tablecloth one is really pretty and you did an excellent job on them all. And yes, you can play hookie once in a while.
            Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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              Those are beatiful, I never heard of making them before.

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                They came out great....

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                  Those are wonderful! I didn't even think individual people made them - I've never seen the hardware at stores so I just thought they had to be made at factories. I really love the tablecloth one! They are all terrific! And yes, allow yourself a break once in while so you can continue on.
                  Cindy

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                    WOW the umbrellas are gorgeous! I love all of them. I have made many crazy items before that are not part of quilting but have never thought about making an umbrella.
                    Take care of YOU. You have the right to take care of yourself and to do it first.
                    Sue

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                      What gorgeous umbrella. They will really brighten up a rainy day.
                      Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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                        Where do you get the frames? My extended family would love these. Is there a pattern available?
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                          These are all awesome. As women, I think we often forget to take time for ourselves, and realize that it is necessary. Glad you took this time for you.

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                            Originally posted by LauraP View Post
                            Where do you get the frames? My extended family would love these. Is there a pattern available?
                            Yes. The frames and patterns can be found at Umbrella Joan http://umbrella-joan.myshopify.com/c...ons/all?page=1. She has the regular 48" umbrella, a child's umbrella and a doll (American Girl size) umbrellas.

                            To get it all done in one day it takes about four to six hours. And you will need a sewing machine that has a zigzag stitch and it is possible to use a serger.

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                              Those are so pretty! I had no idea you could actually make an umbrella! Just reading about your life makes me feel tired, you seriously need to find more time for yourself!! I get so crabby when every minute of every day I have to be somewhere or do something!!

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