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Sewing our way thru winter.
lynnewill
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Date: 10/19/09 9:21 PM

The snow is already flying here in Northern Wisconsin, and I am wondering what fellow Wisconsinites do to bolster their sewing enthusiasm through the long winters. Do you shop all summer and sew all winter? Do you go on a sewing retreat? Take classes? What helps you stay inspired and motivated? What kind of sewing trips your trigger?

I have a wonderful dedicated sewing studio and I like to invite friends and family over for retreat weekends during the winter. In my sewing classes we sometimes will put on an old movie to inspire new idea's. And of course we could not survive without ordering and then sharing fabric we have purchased on line.

Would love to get to some an expo in a warm climate some year, any recommendations?

Hoping to hear from the soon to be snowbound

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Date: 10/19/09 10:09 PM

I would be at your studio with bells on. Love the Rhinelander area, and spent several summers and winters there when growing up.

In the past I would be making coats, x-county ski wear, knitting and crocheting. I miss "real winters". You have great x-country skiing and challenging downhill skiing (if you can ski on ice, you can ski anywhere) where you live and I am jealous! I never got into the ice-fishing, but had plenty of friends who did that too. Snowmobiling needs lots of specialty gear too...check out therainshed.com for lots of outdoor patterns, and I don't just mean apparel.

Here, in Missouri we get mostly ice, and can be out of electricity for several days at a time (the longest was 7) so we also heat with wood. One item I haven't made is a canvas wood carrier. My DH has also been asking for canvas covers for his generators which usually live in the garage.

One year our church got together and sewed and assembled banners for the entire next year...if you use these, this can save alot of $$ by making your own, and it is fun and creative. My mom lives in senior living and her sewing group repairs clothing for the residents of the nursing section. Animal shelters around here like to get blankets that can give a shelter animal a little more comfort.

Or you could do what the KC Pinheads do, (link on PR), we do learn sewing from the more experienced members, but for the most-part it is a socially-energizing group...we meet because we like each others company.

Wish you a lovely snowy winter! Julie

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Date: 10/24/09 8:07 PM

Well I have been trying to adopt your optimism for winter, but just don't like being cold, so outdoor sports are a misery, even with my heart rate up my fingers, toes and nose are begging for a time at the beach, not time in the snow.

It does help one focus on their sewing though, and I am sorry you are not still in Rhinelander we can always use sewing enthusiasts here.

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2011 yardage totals:
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Date: 10/30/09 2:52 PM

Dennis here in Madison. Sew, geocache & ham radio I do. Grew up in Brantwood back in the 60s, about 30 miles west of Rhinelander on hwy 8. Will be attending a sewing party in Madison next weekend including Friday catching up on my UFOs, mainly shirts and perhaps a baby quilt for giving away. Not married, a lifelong batchelor. Have a small apartment with half the living room as a sewing studio and the spillover into the bedroom.

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Date: 10/31/09 9:04 AM

Dennis, what is a sewing party? I'm guessing it's like a retreat. Is this just for friends or is it sponsored by a store?

I tend to do a little more quilting in winter. I get some sewing done plus I stay warm. The winds were horrible here last night. I imagine the snow will fly soon in the Fox Valley. I'll be headed for retreat during deer hunting weekend. I usually try to bring a couple of UFO's and a couple of new projects.

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Date: 10/31/09 9:29 AM

I really enjoy the Madison area and would like to get there more often. Gayfeathers is a favorite haunt, do you have other fabric stores to recommend in the area?

We lost power last night due to the winds. Out for over 12 hours which is pretty unusual and woke up to a snowy conditions. Think I will stay in the studio today and get some quilting and pattern work accomplished.

I have been thinking about making a shirt for my husband out of a nice wool gabardine.

Stay warm and dry

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work
2011 yardage totals:
purchase: 7.5
sewn: 26.75
28 projects in stash - 17 complete
3 in progress

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Date: 11/3/09 10:14 AM

The sun is shining today, which makes it seem warmer than it really is.
I am working on a new wardrobe, and hoping to travel to Mpls. and shop at SRHarris for some nice wools and knits before the snow.
The winters are spent sewing, knitting, crocheting and feeding the birds. I don't like to be cold, either!

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Date: 11/3/09 11:14 AM

i'm in milwaukee (whitefish bay, to be exact). it seems i've been sewing in spurts, as my boys are in various sports and take up a lot of my time (especially my gymnast son). also in winter it gets dark early, and i don't really like sewing at night. however, with my middle son out at the gym 3 nights a week, i bring my cutting board and fabrics and cut stuff out while he practices. they have nice long tables in the party room and i usually have the place pretty much to myself as classes are done by 7ish and we're there from 6-9.

i just finished halloween costumes, which is probably some of my favorite sewing. now to move on to making some christmas gifts.

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Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.
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Date: 11/3/09 11:18 AM

The Fabric Fairy online store just opened a retail space in Sun Prairie. They are a great resource for knits. If you are heading to Madison from the north, Nancy's Notions in Beaver Dam is another good place to stop.

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Date: 11/3/09 2:01 PM

The sewing party is a retreat. It is sponsored by the former owner (Rose Mary) of a sewing store (Walcott's) that went out of business. She still has classes, field trips and retreats. At this retreat is mainly quilters except for me, clothing. The retreat is at a motel in SE Madison for the weekend, Fri-Sun.

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Dennis
Sewing, ham radio, geocaching
Bernina Activa 220, Elna 745, Huskystar 224, Sears 234 Thread, Janome 712T, White 3300, DeLorme PN-40, Kenwood TS-480.

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