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Cherrypops | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi all, I am an Australian full-time mum. I have recently subscribed to Threads Magazine. I can sew, cross stitch and am starting mini quilts. I will enjoy reading the comments in this forum and no doubt will have questions of my own. Cp




  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Good for you, you are so blessed to be able to stay home and raise your own child!  Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Mary

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    blondie2sew | | #2

    Hi Cherrypops,

    I am also a stay home mom with a lot of things to do.

    I too have a beautiful 5 year old Daughter who is in Kindergarten this year and loving every minute of it!!

    I also have a 10 year old Daughter who is in 5th grade.

    I love sewing that is my passion and both my daughters are taking up the interest in it as well.

    I am very involved in their school, This year I am the PTA Secretary (by default, wasn't planning on it but the other gal moved. So I am filling this position for the year) I work in both the classrooms, I am considered the Popcorn lady (we have a munchie day every Friday as a special treat for the kids) and I am also the Chairperson for our School Savings banking Day. The kids get to have their own account through one of our banks and they come once a week to deposit their money and also get prizes for being a consistent banker so that is a neat program we get to do.

    So as you see exciting times will be ahead of you when school hits!!
    Even though exhausting at times I love every minute of it and my girls love having me around so as for now I am taking advantage of that!!

    So with that said Welcome and I am excited to see you around. The more ideas the better I say


  3. flossie | | #3

    Girls, your comments bring back fond memories of being a young mum and helping at kinder and school. My children were (and still are) quick to volunteer my services to "help". My youngest daughter was born when my son was in kinder and daughter no 1 was in grade 2 and she grew up in the classroom - she had so many big brothers and sisters looking after her. I helped make quilts, teddybears, costumes, a Chinese dragon etc over the years. They are now 27, 25 and 20. The youngest has just finished a performing arts degree and I was still there helping out making costumes!

    I wish you both many happy years of "helping"

    Kind regards,


    (Melbourne, Australia)

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    blondie2sew | | #4

    How Wonderful,

    I haven't yet sewn for any school projects but that is something I might just have to look into especially with my oldest soon to be in Jr High

    I know our schools are different somewhat in the USA aren't they?

    We have elementary school and then Jr High (or middle school) then High School.

    I have to say I love love love Australia, Never been, But I know I will get there on Holiday one of these years. My Husband has been several times as he is in the USAF and I have been jealous every time. I keep telling him I need to stow away in his suit case. He has been to Sydney. I don't think he has been anywhere else. He mostly goes to New Zealand (I know you don't want to hear that ha ha ha) Christchurch to be exact. They fly down to the South pole supporting the research station there.(please forgive me if I don't say a bit more however I know I have to be really careful on what I say over the web. About my husbands job and sometimes where he is at and such.) Safety for him and us as a family. But this I knew I could share.

    So please I may ask some questions on how you mean things I am hoping you won't find that offense since your expressions are a bit different then ours.

    Enjoy your little man as I know you are!! I still can't believe my first one is 10, just the other day I actually thought wow look at her. I still saw her as 5 like my other daughter is now.

    And to even imagine 20 and up. I know my time will be there fast.

    Enjoy your day today

    1. SewistKitty | | #5

      I am a former nursery school teacher and kindergarten teacher. I say,
      "Bravo" to the parents that help out in the schools. Your children appreciate it as well as the other children in the classrooms. Most teachers are very appreciate having parents help do every day tasks, special projects, etc. In my last years as a kindergarten teacher I had two parents who learned to help the children "cook" (in small groups and
      with close supervision). Neither parent had done this before at home but both started doing it with their own children. Other parents helped in many other ways. Bless the parents who help in the schools.

  5. bonkers | | #6

    Hi Cherrypops, I am a grandmother from an Indiana farm in the American Midwest. We live several miles from a city big enough to have much selection in sewing supplies. Only a small JoAnnes Fabrics store. Do you have many places to shop where you live? Also, I just got my computer in June and have been teaching myself how to use it from books! This is my first time in a discussion group. I am really enjoying all the letters and responses. Bonkers is my cats name, I picked it because he  `s usually all mixed up too!! Regards ,  Bonkers


  6. user-217847 | | #7

    hello there and welcome to the forum. I have only been here a short while, myself you to will love it, these ladies are a joy and so talented.


     Newcastle NSW

  7. AmberE | | #8

    Hi Cherrypops---glad to see you working the boards!

    1. Cherrypops | | #9

      Many thanks Amber..I had forgotten about my very first posting...I have made quite a few since then. I am having a fabulous time within Gatherings.

      ... I may be in the Machine Embroidery Thread in the near future, as I will be purchasing yet another machine and will be asking for tips and hints with all things embroidery.

      ...Thanks again for overseeing the different discussions

      Cp(northern beaches Sydney Australia)

      Edited 2/4/2007 1:37 am by Cherrypops

      1. fabricholic | | #10

        Hi Cherrypops,I read your profile and I would like to know what the magazine Shop Till You Drop has in it. It sounds interesting.Marcy

      2. AmberE | | #11

        That's great! I would love to know what the interest is in machine embroidery in our Threads audience--

        1. Teaf5 | | #12

          Interest in machine embroidery?  Absolutely none!  It's fascinating what the machines can produce and the possibilities for creativity, but I don't have much desire to wear or have embroidered items, so it seems a very expensive and impractical hobby.

          1. AmberE | | #13

            Good to know!

          2. Susannah | | #15


            I would like to agree with the other comment about machine embroidery - very little interest here!  There are a number of specialised publications on this (at least in Australia), with a lot of detail, should I ever branch out into this area.  I would not like to see the quality of the current content of Threads diluted with too many machine embroidery articles (that might end up being too superficial for the real machine embroidery enthusiasts anyway).

            In some of my back issues of threads there were articles on using inbuilt fancy stitches (and even some of the not so fancy ones) for embroidery.  I enjoyed these, and they seemed to be more creative than the idea of scanning in a predetermined picture.



            Edited 1/22/2007 5:26 pm ET by Susannah

            Edited 1/24/2007 5:19 pm ET by Susannah

          3. AmberE | | #19


        2. midnitesewer | | #16

          I would like to see some articles on machine embroidery. They could cover equipment as well as technique. I'm sure that there Threads could find folks that are using ME in innovative and creative ways to write articles. Does anyone remember the fabulous "peacock " dress that was featured in Pfaff ads for the 7570? The embroidery made that dress stunning.

          Edited 1/24/2007 4:14 pm ET by midnitesewer

          1. AmberE | | #20

            I think that you'll love an inspiring article we have in upcoming 130 by Kayla Kennington...

        3. Josefly | | #17

          I also am not interested in machine embroidery, if votes are being counted.

  8. AmberE | | #14

    We do address machine embroidery on a regular basis, particularly in the embellishments column

  9. Cherrypops | | #18

    Hi all,

    This a follow up to my first 'introductory' post.

    I enjoyed my christmas and new years with my family. Thank you to those ladies who wished me well and yes hubby drove safely and stuck to the speed limit while driving on the Australian Roads.

    I took my notebook/laptop with me so I could keep up to speed with what has been happening here. Showed my mum-in-law the site and she thought it was a great idea and has gained new ideas from you all. I don't think she will sign up however. She has so much on her plate at the moment.

    As i couldn't take my sewer with me, I did make a start on a cross stitch for my g/f.

    I asked my m-i-l to knit some of Jean Greenhowe's dolls for me. I am waiting on one more then I will post a photo. Mum has done a fantastic job. I don't knit/crochet.

    I will concentrate on sewing garments for myself this year. I received the Threads/Simplicity Pattern 4084 in the mail. I hope to make this for June/ July/August our cooler months.

    Yes, as some of you are aware, I am interested in Machine Embroidery, (my interest is towards placing designs on garments not home decor). I may not try 'Heirloom' myself but I admire those who do take the time and produce such beautiful work.

    Time permitting, I may make myself an embroidered shawl/evening wrap. I have a wedding to attend, I have my dress, and I feel a lovely chiffon shawl embroidered with lace designs would really give my plain dress a boost. Now to choose design!!!!

    I look forward to seeing future editions of Threads, and will keep an eye out for the Embellishment Column. Thanks Amber for making me aware of this regular feature of the magazine. A few others here are also interested in ME. We would like new suggestions and ideas too.

    I have enjoyed being part of this community. Thanks to all who welcomed me last year. I have a very busy time ahead, but will pop in when I can to catch up.

    Have a wonderful 2007 everyone.

    Kind regards, Cp(sydney australia)


    Edited 2/4/2007 1:38 am by Cherrypops

    1. AmberE | | #21

      I think you'll also appreciate Kayla Kennington's upcoming article in issue 130. :-)

      1. Cherrypops | | #23

        Thanks for the name drop. I viewed her website, love the fantasia jacket, and have ordered a Threads backissue containing her work.

        Yesterday I posted my first pictures on gatherings. "Bean Bags" which i should have titled Bean Bag Cushions for Kids. Language difference between America and Australia. When you have time please take a peek. Third posting is a picture of my 5yr old son sitting in one.

        Cheers, Anna-maree



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      blondie2sew | | #22

      Welcome home from HolidayI too have been popping in here or there seems lifes been really busy tooI can't wait to hear and see more of your work sounds exciting!Connie

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