by parkermom 29 Jan 2019

As many of you probably did, I was a sewer before I was an embroiderer. Today, I sewed this bathrobe for my granddaughter. Sewing seems to be my therapy, as it settles my mind and soothes my worries. While I was sewing, I didn't think one time about the weather, or politics, or illnesses of loved ones, or any other worry. I hope all of you have a activity that soothes your mind and spirit.


by asterixsew Moderator 30 Jan 2019

Creating something new by sewing, knitting or embroidering takes one away from what is going on about one. What a little cutie you have to appreciate and wear whatever you make for her.

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Jan 2019

PS love the bathrobe too

parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

It really does distract me from whatever is gnawing at me. Thanks.

by lbrow 30 Jan 2019

How precious she is and glad sewing is therapeutic for you.

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

She is precious, even though right now she is sharing the stomach virus with us.

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by cfidl edited 30 Jan 2019

Ironing works for me. I wish it didn't. Sewing helps too. I got through the mending pile and hope to embroider today. Did you do the dress? It is amazing! Love the robe also!

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

No, I didn't make the dress-it was purchased from Amazon for her Halloween costume. She trick-or-treated at the local firehouse (which she loved loved loved) and my sister's house. But it is big enough for her to play dress up in for a while to come. The robe was a free pattern online, and the flannel was from deep within my sewing room.

by dragonflyer 30 Jan 2019

Lovely little lady and beautiful robe.

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

Thank you. She is such a joy. Learning to be kind and take turns. When her mama has tears from missing her husband (he's passed away almost 8 months ago), she pats her mama's hand and says "It'll be ok Mama". Can't put a price on a child learning to care. The robe is flannel from my sewing room and went together so well.

by sebsews 30 Jan 2019

She is so beautifully adorable! I loved making grandkids bathrobes and simple things. Now they are all grown and want the money instead of a handmade item. Love the robe too! You are right on sewing is relaxing to me too. I have lots of flannel, maybe I should make some robes.

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

This was a free pattern online. Actually, I had to subscribe to a newsletter and gain access to the pattern and it was so quick and easy. I didn't have Riley with me to figure out where to put pockets, which would make it even cuter.

by jrob Moderator 30 Jan 2019

She's a beautiful child and the robe is very professional looking.

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

Thank you to both. She is such a joy to me. The robe is made from flannel, and the pattern was free online. It was very simple sewing,and went together very quickly.

by sewdeb 30 Jan 2019

She is precious and the robe is lovely! I, too prefer sewing and quilting over embroidery. It's sort of like the old saying about gardening -"the more help you get with a garden, the less it is yours" same when the embroidery machine is doing all the work.

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

I think I love the feeling of the fabric and just lining things up. I scoured the internet for a robe pattern, and was first going to try to make it from a big bath towel but I couldn't find just what I wanted. So flannel it was. Riley is such a joy to me--she wants her mom to dial the phone and then she calls me and I just melt.

by mops Moderator 30 Jan 2019

Sweet girl and lovely dress.
The most relaxing for me is knitting, crochet, hand embroidery, and strangely enough digitising, followed by sewing and last comes machine embroidery. Nice as it is to see the machine do the work and lovely as the result may be, I feel the machine's servant not its master.
I just finished knitting a sweater with a 10 stitch repeat and counted in Hebrew as I could not easily remember the numbers but after all those repeats I finally got it; then for fun counted in six other languages ( glad those did not give any problems). That sweater was done in no time at all - or at least it seemed like that as my mind was fully focused on counting.

jrob by jrob 30 Jan 2019

That's impressive! I have to take of my socks to do 10 in a row.This little piggy went to market,etc.

lbrow by lbrow 30 Jan 2019

Martine , you are amazing. Seems the older I get the longer it takes my brain to figure out new things. Love you lady

parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

I love to crochet, but I am not good at it. I have such difficulty turning a corner, and also keeping the same tension on the yarn. My sister and my older daughter can do beautiful things crocheting, but I can't even make a dishrag! Then, to top it off, I'm left-handed and all the videos I have seen are for right-handers. I can only speak English, and can count in Spanish but that's it. I envy your language skills and all your creative skills. You are so talented.

by vickiannette 30 Jan 2019

beautiful little lady to sew for. Yep, I get a bit edgy and bad tempered if I can't sew!!

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parkermom by parkermom 01 Feb 2019

It seems to help me to think through a problem by thinking about the project and letting my subconscious mind go to work on the problem. (Funny--I almost typed in "unconscious" mind, which I think might be more accurate)

by graceandham 29 Jan 2019

Who couldn't love that sweet face. The little robe is precious. Yes, machine embroidery is very relaxing for me, especially the planning part. However, FSL and small appliques are only for days where I'm already chilled out. If I want to catch something on tv, knitting helps me relax, so I listen to tv, rather than watch.

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parkermom by parkermom 29 Jan 2019

I like to keep my hands busy while watching tv, so I don't really watch. I listen also, just like you. My sister crochets and listens.

by toogie 29 Jan 2019

Sewing relaxes me too, especially free motion quilting. Some people say sewing makes them nervous. I'm just the opposite. I guess it's just like anything else, you have to love what you're doing.
Beautiful grandchild and the robe you made her is very pretty.

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parkermom by parkermom 29 Jan 2019

Thank you. She's my only grandchild and I get to take care of her one day each week. It makes me so tired, but so happy and grateful to get to spend time with her.