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Hi, introducing myself

KittyKat77 | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Just saying “Hi” to the forum here.

I’ve been lurking off and on for a while. My mom (Becky-book) told me about this forum. She taught me to sew when I was little, and still helps out when I get the sewing bug. I am the oldest DD who was given the gorgeous quilt for Christmas.

My oldest daughter is 7, and hopefully soon she will be ready to give sewing a try!



  1. fabricholic | | #1

    Hi Kat,Welcome. Your mom is awesome, but I guess you know that already. I know you are happy about receiving the quilt. Hope you will post pictures of your sewing projects. We love photos around here.Marcy

  2. stitchintime | | #2

    Welcome aboard,

     The quilt is beautiful. Use it in the best of health. We love having your mother around here - she's extremely helpful - and look forward to chatting with you as well. The enthusiasm for sewing around here is infectious so maybe you'll catch the sewing bug more often.

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    Becky-book | | #3

    Dear Kat,

    Thanks for speaking up; but feel free to 'lurk'; I know how busy you are these days.



    1. KittyKat77 | | #4

      Hi Mom,Oh, you can be sure I'll be doing more "lurking" than posting! What are you doing on the computer? Don't you have quilt squares waiting? LOL! Kidding of course. Love you!K

    2. Susannah | | #6

      Nice to see the mother/daughter bond over sewing!

      By the way, I noticed that you signed off as "Mum", not "Mom".  The latter is what I ususally associate with the USA, but the former is more english or australian?  Or was it just a typo?


      (in Tasmania)

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        Becky-book | | #9

        I have always thought of "Mum" as a British thing.  My husband's grandmother (who came over on the boat) was referred to as "Mum".  Then one of my granddaughters heard her mommy calling me mom and it came out of her mouth as Mum.  This helped distinguish me from the OTHER grandm. called Granny (her choice) so it stuck.  It also helps one  DSIL who kept calling me Mrs. Kelley... I do not want their son to call me that! and his MOM lives close by so he is uncomfortable calling me mom.


        1. JanF | | #10

          U R correct - yes it is an English word - Mum. Probably harking back to the days of the Raj in India - i think a shortened version of Memsab (not sure how to spell this!)which is what the English ladies were called. It could also have developed from when we had loads of servants (those of us who could afford them) and the Lady of the House was called Ma'am (madam) and slowly shortened.
          However i call my Mum it and my girls call me by Mum too.
          Much better than Mother dear!

          1. Susannah | | #11

            Yep, an English word, with pretty much universal application in Australia (and I think New Zealand as well).  While it is an English expression, I don't think it is used throughout England.  My mother, who is english and came out to Australia as a "war bride" after marrying an Australian RAAF pilot, used to refer to her mother as "Mam".  My mother was from Lancashire, and I think that "Mam" rather than "Mum" might be used a bit in the northern counties of England.

            Still, whatever we call them, our mothers are pretty special! (especially if they taught us to sew!)


            Edited 1/24/2007 5:13 pm ET by Susannah

          2. JanF | | #12

            Where I live - just over the border in Wales - a lot of people say Mam - a derivation from the Welsh lingo - and of course Lancs is only 40 mins away from me.
            All of us "oop noo..rth" as people say!
            Good to chat!
            Whereabouts in Aus are you?
            Ive got good friends in Brisbane - she teaches down there and was teaching in Lancs - before she met her husband - N Z'ldr - who was over here playing rugby for Wigan (early 70's there were a lot of Aussie's etc over here! - probably still are - but probably "down South in the smoke" of London these days!)

          3. Susannah | | #13

            hi Jan

            I live in Tasmania.  My brother and I visited my grandmother in Widnes (which is in cheshire now, but was in lancashire when my mother was growing up) ages ago (about twenty five years ago!) and we drove through a bit of north wales near the border (Rhyl, Prestatyn and thereabouts).  We spent most of our time in the northern areas, and our accents were often mistaken for cockneys.  Tasmanians tend to not have quite such a broad Australian accent as, say, people from Sydney.



          4. JanF | | #14

            Hi Susannah - Yes I live just over the border and sometimes travel over the Runcorn/Widnes bridge to go to 1 of my favourite place - IKEA store!
            My brother lives just outside Prestatyn.
            What is the weather like at the mo in Tas?
            here we are just recovering from 1st. real fall of snow - so of course the whole country gone to the dogs and discussions in parliament about why we cant handle the snow!!!
            No doubt u r in the middle of a heatwave?

          5. Susannah | | #16


            It is late summer here, Tasmania has fairly mild but changeable weather.  Being the most southern state, it is generally colder here than the rest of Australia.  Last week I was on holidays, camping at the beach.  The weather was in the low 20s most days (celcius, not fahrenheit!) which was pleasant, and mild overnight.  Because Tasmania is small, we have what is sometimes called a maritime climate, (even inland) and we are very much at the mercy of the "roaring forties".  We also have relatively mild winters - snow on the highlands, but very rarely in the lower areas where most of us live.  Mt Wellington, which is right behind the capital city of Hobart, often has a dusting of snow during winter, but it only rarely comes down to the higher suburbs.  I live in one of those higher suburbs, (400 metres above sea level) and we usually only get one or two days a year of snow.  We have a lot of cold, frosty days in winter, with brilliant sunshine.  Very cheerful, even if there isn't a lot of warmth!  Hobart is also the second driest captial city in Australia - but we seem to get small amounts of rain a lot of the time!



          6. thehat | | #17

            the turm was used to honor the Queen and to keep her first in their mind everyday  Mum was a turm they used to say when they spoke of  the lady of the house  and when they would pour tea at three in the  after noon [ I will be mum ] and pour the tea, the head of the state

  4. AmberE | | #5

    Hi from the editor at Threads---welcome aboard!

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      blondie2sew | | #7

      Just wanted to say welcome as well...And I love doing alot of lurking myself!! I know you have already seen a wealth of wonderful info and laughter around here. Just remember you can always chime into a thread here or there!! Welcome Connie

  5. user-51823 | | #8

    your mom is awesome! welcome!

  6. Cherrypops | | #15

    Morning KittyKat, (9am sydney australia time).

    You sure have a wonderful and talented mum. I have learnt so much from reading her posts and viewing her photos. No doubt you also have gained her sewing knowledge.

    I know you will have a great time here. Great to hear from you.

    I took my 5yr old son to a craft show. He was quite happy to sit at, and feed the fabric through the sewing machines with the ladies!...he's a real charmer. I may have a future designer on my hands!

    I do hope your daughter takes a shine to sewing.


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