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Where are all the old friends from this forum?  Well, I don't really mean all - I appreciate those who've stayed active on Gatherings, and the new names, too.  But I do miss the frequent, sometimes more than once-daily, participation of so many regulars we used to have BTC (before the change).  I loved that you could get on the forum, and in just a few minutes, new questions/comments/replies would be flying, as you were reading.  Now  when you look at the list of recent topics with the time of posting and the times of replies, you see very few that were posted on this same day!  - Most have dates of weeks ago, not hours  or minutes ago.  Wow, what a difference!  It makes me sad.

Just wondering - is there another sewing forum, one which perhaps uses the more user-friendly format we were once blessed with here - where those old friends are now posting/browsing/visiting?  I know a bunch of people who were regulars on the Over the Fence have gone somewhere else, but I haven't "shopped around" yet for another site.  Any tips?

Joan 

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Kilting (post #32746, reply #26 of 71)

Joan,

Kilts are supposed to be handsewn--otherwise the stitching shows.  A kilted skirt or "kiltie" is often machine sewn.  I have the the book "The Art of Kiltmaking" that explains step by step how to make one..  I have a DD starting Highland Dancing--her first competion is May 8th.  I started this ages ago and keep picking at it.  I'll post it when it's done.  I made the velvet vest last year--now that was HECK!  I'll take wool over velvet any day!  She's almost outgrown the vest already, even though I made it extra big.

I've only been sewing about 4 years now, so I guess if you prorate my UFO's I'm still up there!  My imagination outstrips my ability and time.

Jane

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Kilt sewing (post #32746, reply #27 of 71)

"My imagination outstrips my ability and time."  What an apt expression of the plight of most of us who sew!

Interesting about the kilt sewing.  I'm afraid if I hand-sewed one, the stitches would show much more than machine-stitches.  And about the velvet - many years ago I made a velvet dress and jacket for myself - I was young enough to think I could do anything - and though it turned out well enough for me to be proud of wearing it, I remember the process was a nightmare.  I didn't have a needle-board to press the seams, and had to re-cut a piece of the jacket after putting the iron to it and leaving a nice shiny imprint in the nap of the velvet.  I haven't sewn on velvet since then.  Velveteen, yes, but it's not really an adequate substitute, is it?

It's wonderful you can tackle these projects for your DD.  She'll treasure the memories of it.  Good luck to her in the upcoming competition.

Joan 

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Kilt sewing (post #32746, reply #28 of 71)

Thanks Joan,  I hope the little monster does appreciate it!  She thinks my sewing is wonderful--which always perks me up.  They're so sweet when they're little and then they turn into teenagers.  My 16 y.o. DD is not so appreciative sometimes.

My handstitching is pretty ghastly.  The book I mentioned has pages and pages of kilting error photos.  After reading that I have visions of pleat nazis checking out my poor handiwork!  I've ripped some of those pleats out at least 3X.  At least I'm not paying hundreds of $$ for even crappier work.  It's not a garment that can be made quickly or cheaply.  I just figured she's little, only a beginner and I can improve as I make larger ones.  I can go around at Highland Games and be a pleat nazi as well now.

The vest was made of 100% cotton velvet.  I hand basted it to Tailor's Pride hair canvas.  I used a fluffly towel for pressing.  It went together alright, but it slid like mad (even with a walking foot) when I had to sew the front boning in.  The boning is sewn through the velvet and canvas on each side of the front and then metallic braid has to be sewn through it as well.  The basque points are on the bias, so one side went wonky.  I was told after that I should have hung it first.  The lining was really miserable too.  No amount of basting and pinning helped.  I tried with Ambience, ripped it out and switched to quilting cotton.  Of course she went and grew, so she looks a bit stuffed in it now.  I think the DD will do alright.  She's competed in jazz and ballet groups for years, but this is the first time she'll be solo.  It's a pity velvet is so miserable to sew--it's such beautiful fabric.

My husband and I are going on a trip in Sept., so I'd like to get some clothes made for that--we'll see!

We had a lovely little snowstorm yesterday--the highways were closed, power poles downed and we sat in the dark all day.  Getting a little tired of this.  We had snow on April 14, including a blizzard to the east of us.  They sat in the dark then, so I guess it was our turn.

Jane

 

Josefly's picture

Kilt book (post #32746, reply #30 of 71)

I'm going to see if I can find the book you mentioned at our library.  You make it sound quite interesting; I'd love to see the photos of incorrect hand stitches.

The velvet vest really does sound problematic, with the boning and metallic braid.  I'll bet it's beautiful, though.

Snow?  Wow.  It has been a very long winter, hasn't it?  Ours was unusually cold, too, but the biggest problem in April has been that all the flowering trees and shrubs that were delayed by the cold, suddenly bloomed all at the same time.  Our pines and oaks began releasing their pollen in great wafts of yellow dust  - it looked like smog.  Mostly gone now, though, and everything is green and fresh-looking.  I swept our patio off today, though - big mats of the oak pollen pods had accumulated, and by the time I finished, I was sneezing mightily.  I prefer the pollen problem to snow, though!

Keep us posted on your September wardrobe project. 

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More snow!!!!! (post #32746, reply #37 of 71)

Joan,

I AM SO SICK OF WINTER!!  We started with -20 C weather and snow on Canadian Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in Oct.), had a wild blizzard the first week of Dec.  Probably 40-50 cm with that one.  It took days to dig out of that one and now in April and May we've had 3 big snowstorms.  In between was mild--but I'd appreciate getting winter during WINTER.  We had another storm this week and it's still snowing.  It's right around freezing so it's snow, slush and rain with howling winds depending on were you are and the time.  Dozens of power poles were blown down last Thurs.  Some rural farms had no power for 87 hours.  The stress of not knowing if you can travel or if your staff can make it in to work is killing me.  That's my rant for the day.  Everyone in south-central and southern Alberta feel free to rant too!

As for the kilt--I'm not sure I'll make it, but I do have a loaner in case.   I will say that this has really improved the speed and quality of my handsewing.  I have to baste the pleats in place and start the tailoring on the inside back.  Tailor's Pride is pad stitched to the back of the pleats and then covered with a lining.  I'm learning a lot of new stitches with this.  One good thing--my DD grew an inch plus since I started in early March, so I don't have to hem the thing now (6 yards of hemming).  Yayyy. It'll be slightly long, but I'll hike it up under her vest with suspenders.

Looking forward to heat and sunshine,

Jane

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Holy cow! (post #32746, reply #38 of 71)

Jane, I can not imagine having a snowstorm in May.  Good Grief, and bless your hardy Northern soul!  :>)  We are expected to have temps in the 90's this weekend - where did spring go?  If you want to come this far south, we'll share our heat and sunshine with you, but you might not like the humidity!  Not to rub it in too much, but I've spent several lovely hours working in my back yard today.  In a short time, though, it'll be too hot and too mosquito-infested to be out in the yard, and I'll be wishing I were in Alberta.  There has already been a case of West Nile Virus reported in our state - very early for that.

Your daughter certainly IS growing fast.  Very cooperative of her to do it before you hemmed the kilt.  I guess she must be getting excited about the Highland Dancing competition?

I am actually going to start a sewing project today - I have a batik cotton I want to make some Bermuda shorts from, and I have to first make a muslin to fit myself.  It's going to be like starting at the beginning for me, since it's been so long since I've made pants for myself.

Joan 

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Looking forward to a warm weekend. (post #32746, reply #49 of 71)

Well, I've survived a hellish weekend.  Last week I was on-call, so I didn't get a whole lot of sleep.  My poor 10 y.o. had to travel with her school choir to Edmonton to sing in the provincial music festival and turn around and drive back.  She left at 05:00 Friday and returned at 01:00 Saturday.  Then she had to be at her Highland Dancing competion at 08:30.  I was so sleep deprived, that I ended up with a stomach bug and really sick all weekend.  We went to the competition--her first.  I didn't finish the kilt.  She flubbed one of the steps on the Fling and was clean on the Sword dance.  She was a bit disappointed, but I'll enter her in another one later.  She'll do better if she's rested and we're all less stressed.  Then I went home and slept all weekend. 

Now I have to get her through her dance (jazz/ballet) recital this weekend!  Why do mothers get sucked into this?  It's supposed to be 23C (low 70'sF) and sunny this next weekend--I can hardly wait.  I can live without humidity though.  I grew up in Ontario--well aquainted with 100% humidty and various bloodsucking insects.

I'd be interested to hear how your Bermuda shorts go.  I have to start making pants at some point and the fitting terrifies me.  I love Batik, I have some destined to be made into a girl's dress.  Back to the kilt, now that I feel better.

Jane

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Glad you got some sleep and (post #32746, reply #52 of 71)

Glad you got some sleep and are feeling better now.  The end of the school year seems to bring all the recitals and concerts, along with all the stress that comes with that, doesn't it?   My kids are grown now, but I remember that I welcomed the summer break as much as they did.  

The 70 degree temps you expect this weekend should be welcome.  Whew!  It's about time!  Friday was too hot for us, for this time of year, but it cooled off a lot so that by Sunday, we had our heat back on in the house.  A little strange for May.

I didn't get to start my Bermuda shorts project - company "dropped in", and then I got busy with other things through the weekend.  Hopefully I'll get started this week, but I'm getting ready for another houseguest - who'll occupy my sewing room - so I'm not sure when I'll start it.  Procrastinating again.

Joan

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Please finish your kilt (post #32746, reply #53 of 71)

Hi Jane

I have been following your kilt saga. I hope you know that as well as making a kilt you are making memories.

I have just finished reading the Outlander series of books (for the second time) and am in love with everything Scottish.  I did think I might have to make something out of tartan myself but have satisfied my Scottish  craving by following your thread.

Hope you post a photo - UFO is OK if you are sick of it.

Marika

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Thanks Marika, I WILL get (post #32746, reply #64 of 71)

Thanks Marika,

I WILL get the kilt done-smile-  I'm over the hump--the pleating is done.  And I will post when I'm done.  My mom was a highlander--a 7th generation Canadian that only spoke Gaelic until she started school.  Sadly she lost her ability to speak it as an adult.  She's gone now and I really miss her.  She was an amazing English smocker. She would've been so thrilled to have a grandaughter do Highland Dancing.  My DD reminds me that she IS watching her dance from heaven! and, yes I'll post the finished kilt.

I've heard the Outlander series is quite good.  If my life ever settles down, I'll have to read them.

Jane

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Jane, I hear you.  I live in (post #32746, reply #40 of 71)

Jane, I hear you.  I live in Calgary.  DH and grandson tried to head north on April 29th.  About 40 mins north had to turn around because of whiteouts, icy hwy.  Got stuck on overpass as tires caught edge.  Kind person helped pull them out.  Made a second attempt on May 3rd.  Stayed in Edmonton overnight then caught in blizzard conditions on the 4th getting back south again.

I TOO AM SICK OF COLD, SNOW.   It is  not too bad today, just cold but no snow.  I want spring with green grass and leaves on trees.

Sounds like you are having a good time sewing a kilt.  Should be too warm to be sewing kilts at this time of year but sadly it isn't is it?

Heather

Heather in Calgary
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Hi Heather, That Highway 2 (post #32746, reply #50 of 71)

Hi Heather,

That Highway 2 Airdrie to Red Deer stretch is miserable.  I'm glad to hear you're OK.  We had dozens of power poles down, so that's an ongoing thing.  It's warming up a bit, but it's REALLY wet.  We'll have to take a scythe to the grass if it gets much higher.  If I do a half decent job on this kilt, I might tackle making myself a kilted skirt later on.  It uses half the material and isn't as densely pleated.

Jane

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Hey Jane You following me (post #32746, reply #51 of 71)

Hey Jane

You following me around??  LOL  I was born in MB but grew up in Ont with the humidity too.  Been in AB though since 1966 so am used to the dry too.  However, would love the warmth.  Can't even think about annual plants or even going to the garden centers with the weather so nasty.  I keep watching for the warmer temps and see it is going to be warming this week.....  Yah.

If you get the kilt done try and post a photo if possible.  Would be good to see.

Yep, parents nowadays seem even more sleep deprived than when I was raising my kids years ago.  (they are now 42 and 39). However, now there are grandchildren.

Heather in Calgary

Heather in Calgary
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Kilt (post #32746, reply #63 of 71)

Hello Jane, nice to hear from you.  I have been following your progress on this project from day one.  Way to go girl!  Keep on going!  I know this will be worth every stitch and drop of sweat you put into it!  Can only improve as you go along, as practise makes perfect.  Hope your weather has improved!  Our crops are almost all in already, and we are waiting for warmer weather and the rain that always seems to come mid May, lol.    :}  Cathy

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Kilt (post #32746, reply #65 of 71)

Thanks Cathy,

I need the encouragement!  I've gotten through the dance recitals on the weekend and a clarinet recital for the older DD last night.  The end is in sight--2 Highland dancing recitals and 1 vocal recital and it's over for a year.  The kilt is easier than the rest of my life!  I cleaned out my sewing room on the weekend, so my life's more organized.  I'll get the kilt done and then I'll have to make or buy a larger velvet vest--the horror the horror.  I could barely close the hooks on it at the May competition.  She's got to stop growing!  Her blouse is too small now as well.

It's been gorgeous lately--sunny and warm.  It's supposed to rain on the long weekend though.

Jane

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hello everyone..i am new to (post #32746, reply #71 of 71)

hello everyone..i am new to this forum..nice discussion.i think i am late to join this forum..kindly guide me...

Teaf5's picture

We're lost and confused (post #32746, reply #29 of 71)

I'm not visiting other forums; I just have a hard time finding anything on this one any more!

I, too, miss the old forum; I'm about to start making my dd's wedding dress, and I'm panicked that I won't have that nearly-instant good advice at hand anymore!

Josefly's picture

Ooh, a wedding dress... (post #32746, reply #31 of 71)

I'm so glad to see you're still here.  Your contributions here have always been so helpful.  I know - it's so hard to browse, and there just isn't the participation on this forum that there used to be, so you can't be as sure of getting useful replies as quickly as we once could.  Still, it appears from some of the answers I've received in this topic that some old faithfuls are checking in, but not posting.  So maybe a question from you would be addressed by some of those who would otherwise just lurk.  

I've found that if I don't log in, I don't get the info about new messages added to the lists, and I don't get the option to click on the word "new" to take me directly to those recent posts.  And, I'm still encountering some peculiarities with the system - e.g., my log-in seems to be lost under certain conditions, making it impossible to post.  Very frustrating. 

I'm sure your dd's wedding dress will be beautiful.  Please share your progress with us.  When is the wedding planned?

Joan

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Dear Teaf - I hear you on (post #32746, reply #32 of 71)

Dear Teaf -

I hear you on the hard time!

Please, come back (when you get to that point) and edit your post, above, to include the "thread crumb" to your new topic about the wedding dress (that's the line in white type, right below the header - I think it'll show up as a clickable link to your new topic). At the least, then, those who are getting email notice of new posts Here, will know where to look for that one.  We'll do what we can to help!

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I think a big part of the lost friendliness comes from the very different mechanics of the Left Column - no frame, and default:closed for the Discussions, instead of the old default:open. (I've mused at more length at HomeForumsGatheringsGeneral Discussion if you care... ; ) )

Bright Blessings, my friend!

Kharmin

edited to include "breadcrumb" - let's see if it works!  K

edited again: Hmmm, not quite what I had in mind. Let's try this one: Forum Transfer Status Update. Getting warmer...That's the name of the topic I posted in....  sigh!

One more time ~ here's my specific Subject line: Part of previously "user friendly" = Left Column / Frame? That should lead you directly to it!

Gee, glad I had a 45 minutes available to pfutz around with this - NOT! (sorry - snark hat OFF now)

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Great Good Sewing JuJu for your DD's dress - are you using a pattern, designing from scratch, or a combination?  Hugs, anyway! K

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I know I haven't been here (post #32746, reply #33 of 71)

I know I haven't been here for a while. Even now, I thought I was signed in but couldn't find a way to post so ended up signing in again. I have started feeling better but that made me busy and I didn't have the time I had before. I want to get back into visiting here to get my enthusiasm up!

I need to go finish making a skirt and a top that is cut out. I'm making it out of turquoise linen. My son gave me a gift certificate to Fashion Bug for Christmas and by the time I was able to get there (we had tons of snow this year) all they had out were spring cloths in turquoise, orange and melon. So I ended up with a couple tops that had turquoise in them but nothing to wear on the bottom. If I don't get the skirt finished soon, summer will have come and gone without being able to use these new tops. I was only going to make the skirt, but with some fancy arranging on the fabric I managed to get a top cut out by deciding to put a seam down the back. As I have made the top several times, I knew that should work.

Josefly's picture

Glad you're back! (post #32746, reply #34 of 71)

Gail, it's so good to hear you're feeling better, and that you're back to sewing, and back to Gatherings.  

The turquoise linen sounds wonderful for summer.  That's one of my favorite colors, and definitely a favorite fiber.  Are you going to line the linen, or does the skirt not need it? What pattern are you using?  

I have an  embroidered linen in my stash, ecru embroidery on black, and I'm thinking of a gored or simply flared skirt and, if I have enough fabric, a short-sleeved high-hip-length shell.  If not enough for the top, maybe there's enough to trim a top made from another fabric - though I look better with top and bottom alike.  It's one of those fabrics I found on sale - most of them are! - and just couldn't resist though I had no pattern in mind.  Any ideas?

Joan   

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Glad you're back (post #32746, reply #35 of 71)

Gailette,

I'm glad you're feeling better.  sounds like your'e getting some great projects finished!  Happy sewing!

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

Teaf5's picture

Still lost... (post #32746, reply #36 of 71)

Thanks for the encouraging words, but my dilemma continues; the "Reply to Post" button doesn't appear on the entries on the second page of this thread, and I didn't even realize that there WAS a second page until today, so I didn't realize anyone had responded to my lament. 

Unfortunately, I don't have an extra 45 minutes to figure out the breadcrumb feature, even if I understood what it does or how one might utilize it  (though I did read through the participants' explanations of it) much less take the hours or weeks necessary to understand the basic workings of this forum.  

I'd rather spend those minutes, hours, or weeks asking or answering questions about sewing rather than learning a non-intuitive navigation system unlike any other website I've ever seen.  I will check back occasionally but doubt that I will be able to contribute very much because I can't use many of the elements of the forum.

Josefly's picture

Yes, frustrating... (post #32746, reply #39 of 71)

Boy do I know how you feel.

The same thing happened to me, more than once, now.  This is clearly a bug, not just our inexperience or lack of technical know-how.  Makes you wonder how much this system was tested, if it was tested at all, before replacing the far-superior system Taunton had before.  I would love to find another forum which is like our beloved old Gatherings; sadly, it appears the best hope now is that at least the bugs will be fixed in this one. 

I resolved this  particular "Second Page" problem rather simply, by re-setting the "Pagination" button, which appears immediately under the first message of each topic, to a higher number, thus allowing more messages per page, and circumventing the "second page" issue.  After making the change, you must also click on the "Save settings" or "Save changes" button - I forget exactly what it's called - which appears to the right of the "Pagination" button.  Of course, there's a trade-off - if you extend the page length, it takes longer....... and longer....... and longer...., to scroll back up to where the Discussions Topics are listed in the left column of the page.

Well, keep checking in.  Maybe the bugs will be worked out.  Meantime, have fun with the wedding dress.

Edited 5/6/10, 1:15 pm est:  Well, oddly enough, I just fiddled again with the Pagination button, resetting page-length to 30 messages, and re-creating a second page... and lo and behold, I can both edit and reply to posts on the second page AND my user name appears at the top left column - login not "forgotten" I guess.  Was the bug fixed, do you think?  Or just waiting to confuse me later.

Joan

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Wedding Dress (post #32746, reply #41 of 71)

Teaf,

Although I'm not a professional, I made my wedding dress (appliqued lace from my mama's dress over gold lame in my own design); a princess di clone for a family member and another vogue dress for a church friend.... all within two years of each other.  I was crazed at the time, learned a lot, and am living on the other side to tell the story!

Relax.  Take your time.  Do a muslin-- it really is worth it.  And have fun!  Despite the frustrations with the new system, we your core die hards, are still here on the site for the late night frustrations.

Good luck!

"Ceeaychelle"
Greet each day with Joy.  Embrace your blessings.

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Hi Joan and other Gatherings (post #32746, reply #42 of 71)

Hi Joan and other Gatherings members,

I've been away because of life issues that have filled my time and attention.(Ill daughter, husband lost job, grown children moving back home, etc, etc.) Coming back for the first time in many months, I shocked by all the changes. I, like many of you, was confused and annoyed by the non-intuitive nature of this new system, and especially by the computer-ese used in the explanations of the system and the FAQs. I still haven't figure out what a "breadcrumb" is. What the heck does that have to do with sewing? I also agree that the Recent Discussion menu that continually closes itself up is an aggravation.

That said, I've missed all of you, and listening in on, and sometimes participating in, the discussions of my favorite pastime. I've missed sharing ideas. I've missed the creativity and the companionship. I'm determined to overcome the difficulties of this new site, and I hope others will be too.

As for sewing, as life slowly calms down, I'm remaking the top of a dress my oldest daughter bought so it fits her properly (a whole new bodice of a patterned fabric to coordinate with the solid skirt), I'm sewing a dress for myself from Simplicity 2549, and have recently found fabric for a Vogue blouse 2850 (I'd been looking for more than a year for just the right fabric for this pattern.). As usual, I have way too many projects and not enough time to complete them all.

Sherry (SAAM)

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Have a Happy Mother's Day! (post #32746, reply #43 of 71)

Dear Sherry!

Glad to see you back, and Big Zen Hugs for all that you've been through lately! (For everybody else, too ~ there's lots of us here)

Bright Blessings (also NOT a zero-sum commoditiy!)

Kharmin

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Dear Kharmin, Thanks for (post #32746, reply #45 of 71)

Dear Kharmin,

Thanks for the welcome back, and for the Zen hugs. I think this past year has been one that's called for them for a lot of people. I'm looking forward to a better, more creative, more prosperous year.

Sherry (SAAM)

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Welcome back (post #32746, reply #44 of 71)

Glad to hear from you, and that you've found your way back to sewing and Gatherings after having a quite full plate, as it sounds.  I hope you'll share your sewing projects with us.  

Joan

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Dear Joan, It's good to be (post #32746, reply #46 of 71)

Dear Joan,

It's good to be back. I will definitely share my sewing projects. I'm hoping to spend the summer finishing several unfinished projects and, of course, starting many more.  :) 

Sherry (SAAM)