Sunday, June 24, 2012

Checkups All Around

I traveled today to pickup my recent sewing machines from service.  I found a person on ebay about an hour away that services older sewing machines for minimal cost.  I am so happy I decided to meet in a public place and drop off the machines a couple weeks ago.  I was almost ready to throw away the brother machine that did not work.  There was something that was just too appealing to me to throw it away.  Thus, the search for the service work.  It was a simple fix and now the machine does beautiful even stitches.  The repairman said he didn't think the machine was ever used.  I would have to agree with him since the tags were still on the machine.  What a keepsake beauty now!

I also asked him to clean up the Singer Red Eye treadle machine and get it to sew again.  He gave a good cleaning but told me it will need a lot of work to clean up that 91 years of grime.  I'll continue the job.  I'm working on the nickel pieces to see if I can shine them up.  But, the treadle machine now does some great stitches as well.  Now, the trick is finishing up the cleanup, refinishing the cabinet, and replacing the machine in the cabinet.  Lots to do and I'm not in a huge hurry.

Now that the machines have had checkups, now it's time for DH and me.  DH has his 6 month checkup on Tuesday.  After some doctors rescheduled his checkups, we are left with trying to attend 4 different appts on one the same day.  This is great because it's only 1 day away from work but we are not sure they will all work out.  We travel about 1.5 hours away but it's worth it to visit John's Hopkins.  Of course, each alternating appt is at different ends of the hospital complex.  Radiation follow up one side, ENT the other side, back over to speech and finish back over on the other side with oncology.  But, we continue to count our blessings that he is in the remission phase so we don't mind the appts.  We are keeping our fingers crossed but will be surprised they are all on time and everything runs smoothly.  Finally, follow-ups for me are the end of the week. Thankfully, just your everyday normal checkup for me.  Appts for everyone in one week.. whew...

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beautiful Messages

I started sorting through this year's batch of Breast Cancer blocks received.  I had asked for two packets without a lot of embellishments this years so that I could use the mid arm to add a quilted design to the quilt this year.  I have 8 of the breast cancer ribbon blocks left over from last year when I changed their size at the last minute.  So, I have my corner blocks finished!  Yeah!   I only have to create 8 more embroidered blocks for each quilt to be able to achieve the layout I have in mind. 

Here are some of the beautiful messages from the first packet.

Here's the layout I think I'm going to go for this year.  The darker blocks will be where I will add embroidered blocks.  However, it won't end up looking like this since there are so many different colors of blocks.  Many shades of pink and several greens.  The center white is reserved for the Ford Cares logo.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's That Time, The Quilt for the Cure

This will be my 4th year to participate in the Quilt for the Cure cause in sewing together blocks gathered from the race for a cure race in Pittsburgh PA.  Here's where you can learn more about the process!  

Also, if you can help assemble a quilt from the blocks submitted, here are instructions on how you can join in and volunteer to assemble the quilts.  If you do volunteer, let me know.  I'd love to see how yours turn out as well.

This is my favorite project each year because it has a deadline that I never let pass.  I don't set the projects aside and "do them later".  No procrastination here and I consider myself blessed to be able to read the special messages on each square.

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