Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Slowly But Surely

Slowly but surely- that seems to be how I get projects done. It seems to me that it often takes way longer than it should, but I'll get there eventually. This little baby blanket I'm working on should be going a lot faster than it is; the blocks themselves work up really fast. It just seems I never really have the time to work on them. I think it's approximately 25% done. Here's hoping I'll get a strong burst of motivation and have it done in time for my new niece!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts an annual fundraiser and awareness raising event, the Light the Night walk. This year's Lexington, KY walk included over 1,500 people. It was pretty amazing to see all those lighted balloons and hear the hope and joy in people's voices. My team, mentioned in a previous post, managed to raise over $1,500 all told, in just under a month. We managed to contribute the equivalent of a modest monthly income to this organization, and that gives me hope. This event has bolstered my faith in humanity, and reminded me of the generosity and good will of the people around me. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to the Society for all they do, and especially to the donors for making their activities possible.

The whole reason I participated in this event is an amazing friend of mine, Emma. Emma was diagnosed with a pretty rare form of leukemia earlier this summer. Luckily, her treatment is going well. I have to say, when Emma first had to go into the hospital, I was really scared for her. The circumstances which sent her to the hospital were frightening enough, and then there was a period of time where they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. It was nerve-wracking enough for those of us who care for her; I can't even imagine what it must have been like for her. After the doctors found out what was going on, everything seemed to get a little easier- they knew what was wrong, they could treat it. It would take some time, but they could treat it. I'm hoping that everything goes perfectly with her upcoming marrow transplant, and that she can get back to her vibrant, vivacious self as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hi-Hem, Hi-Hem, It's off to work I, uh......

Well, here is your proof. I am, in fact, alive.

Who'd'a  thunk it, since my last post was in early August. But here I am all flush with ideas. Just today I was speaking with a friend about some new curtains she is lusting after, which happen to cost way more than I could ever conscionably spend on a window covering. When I suggested that she sew her own,  she brought up the extensive amounts of cutting, pressing, hemming, and ruffling she would need to do. I admit, it does sound like a pretty daunting task if you have to hem dozens of strips of fabric to add pretty little ruffles, and you haven't been informed that there are presser feet that will do it for you. So, I informed her. Needless to say, my friend was pleased as punch, and I'm glad that I could help make her sewing a little easier.

If you have never seen or heard of a hemming foot before, they look a little like a torture device. Really, they do. There is a corkscrew-shaped piece that folds your raw edge as the fabric feeds through, so you can make a straight, even hem almost without effort. After coming off of this corkscrew, the fabric slips under the flat part of the foot, which holds it in place for the needle. If you have to make fairly narrow hems on any light- to medium-weight fabric, purchasing one of these for your machine is definitely worth it.

Photo courtesy of Kim Love.

Ms. Love's photo makes me want to purchase a pretty linen and make my own napkins! What are your favorite sewing machine attachments?