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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Promise Only You Can Make and Keep - And A Giveaway

October is quickly coming to a close.  Did you make a promise to yourself?  Did you fulfill your promise?  Or, are you wondering what in the world SewCalGal is talking about?

I'm sure you are aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We see a lot more pink! Some wear pink clothes.  There are displays of pink ribbons.  And we see quilts pieced in pink and white, sometimes using a pink ribbon block.    Did the campaign work?  Did you make a promise to yourself to get current on your mammogram?  Did you fulfill that promise?  And, did you encourage your girlfriends, your sisters, your daughters, your aunts, and your mother/MIL to join you in this promise?   As I truly care about you, I hope if you are not current with your mammogram you will schedule one today.

Do you know if you don't have insurance that will cover a mammogram, or any form of treatment for breast cancer, for those that live in the United States all you need to do is call your nearest Susan G. Komen For The Cure office (1-877-GO-KOMEN or 1-877-465-6636) and they will arrange for you to get a mammogram or treatment, in your area, as needed for free (they'll pick up the cost).

I also take this opportunity to recognize Kathy Gordon (Kwilty Pleasures) and the James Stitching Sisters effort for making pink ribbon quilts that are given to breast cancer patients going thru treatments at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  I had left over pink ribbon blocks, from similar quilts, that local quilting friends had helped me make for a similar project in my hometown.  When I learned Kathy was actively working to make quilts for breast cancer patients I sent her my UFO blocks and am absolutely delighted she was able to put them to such good use.  I'm sure when they are finished they will give good quilty hugs and comfort to those fighting breast cancer.

..Pink Ribbon Quilt #1.
By chance if you have UFO blocks or fabric that could work in making a quilt to be given to a patient being treated for breast cancer, Kathy's group of quilters would certainly appreciate such donations.  Email me, if you want her contact info.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

I used Marjorie Busby's ribbon machine embroidery design and my AccuQuilt die to stitch out a beautiful ribbon on a light pink neck scarf.  Marjorie's designs stitch out beautifully and the collection comes with multiple design files.  The entire collection of four designs is only $3, making it an excellent value and a fun and fast project.
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I also added the applique' underneath so you don't see stablizer on the back side of this scarf.  For those that do machine embroidery if this doesn't make sense to you, let me know if you'd like me to write a simple tutorial on how to do this.

If you would like to win this embroidered scarf, please leave me a comment telling me you've Made the Promise to yourself and if you are current (or not) on your mammograms.  And, of course, if you are not current, I do hope you'll take time to schedule your mammogram soon!

This giveaway is open to followers all over the world. I will randomly select a winner on November 5th and send them an email, as well as update this post to announce the winner.

**** Update - winner announced ****

Congratulations to lucky #9 - Bev.

An email has been sent to Bev to let her know she won!

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22 comments:

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Thanks sew much for posting about the importance of mammograms and sharing the work done by the James Stitichung Sisters. Think Pink and "Fight like A Girl".

Fiesta said...

Not only have I scheduled my mammogram for this year but I also made a quilt which I donated to our school relay for life fundraiser. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely scarf.

Wivi said...

Thank you for the chance to win the lovely scarf. Many of my friends are treated for brest cancer and this could be a nice gift for one of them.

Patti said...

I had last week & unfortunately, since I've not done it in a decade, there's no way to judge the irregularity they found as being there normally. So now I have to go thru the process of finding out.

The Slow Quilter said...

This a most informative post, and I agree that we should have regular mammograms. My girlfriend and breast cancer and she is a 2 yr. survivor. The scarf is lovely thank you for a change to win

Raewyn said...

The scarf is beautiful and the warning is wise. Yes I am up-to-date... we have a good system here and I actually got nagged by the Dr's receptionist until I got it done!

Josie McRazie said...

I am a few years away from my first. But I tell you I lost a Grandmother to breast cancer. And I have a cousin who is currently going through treatment. I would love to win the scarf for RuthAnn!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thanks for the giveaway...I go every two years for mine

Bev said...

I'm a survivor of 27 years and yes, I had my mammo this month! My cancer was found on my first mammogram, so I can tell you how important it is to have one! Thanks for the post and the beautiful scarf.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Thank you for sharing this important information! How wonderful that the Koman Foundation supplies mamograms and treatment to those that need it. I have not yet tried the ribbon block but once I do I will make extras to send in. Your scarf is lovely and I'd be honored to wear it. Oh and my appointment is next month.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Annette Schultz said...

Thanks for putting it out there to remind us all to look after ourselves by getting a mammogram.
I'm booked in for next week :0)..
that's when the boobies will look like this - - in the good old boobie vice grip. I find if you go in relaxed it is not sew bad
take care
in stitches

Barb said...

No need to count me in your awesome giveaway...love the blocks....

Beth said...

I am diligent in obtaining my mammograms, and am very thankful that I've always had insurance to cover them. Thank you for spreading the word about the ways the Susan G. Komen Foundation can help other women get their mammograms as well. In the last year, two women I love have been diagnosed with breast cancer following routine mammograms. Because of their early detection and treatment, their prognoses are wonderful--mammograms save lives.

emeggs said...

I would like to win this beautiful scarf.I've done my mammograms in last summer and I also sew heart pillows for patients. Just in time I count 1000 pillows!
Erika

Kay said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. We should never forget how important is it to have this quick and easy test done. I had my first done last year and will have them regularly now on schedule. Beautiful giveaway too, I have a friend that would love this.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

ozone3 said...

Thank you so much for the reminder of such an important issue!!

I'm currently scheduled for my next mammogram. Been doing them EVERY YEAR for the last 11 years. Luckily, I don't have breast cancer that runs in my family, but I want to make sure I'm around a long time for my husband!!

Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful scarf.

Vicki H said...

I volunteer with several women who are breast cancer survivors, so I also know the importance of mammograms. Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely scarf.

kbo said...

October is when I do my Annual visit with my Dr and every February I schedule my mammogram because I love myself.

Lisa said...

I would love to win the scarf for my mom who is a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR!! I am up to date with my mamogram and I have it done yearly without fail!

SIMPLESEW said...

I am current and have a promise.. also I think I have some words that say quotes about cancer I would donate.. send me your email.. the one in the blog didnt work.. I will look too..

Tammy said...

I am current and wad diagnosed with breast cancer in April. And am undergoing the process of reconstruction at this point. Mammograms truly save lives. Ladies I can't stress how important it is to have our exams each year. At 43 I never thought I would have breast cancer. But then again at 31 my baby sister never thought she would have it either and at 22 my niece never thought she would have stage 4 ovarian cancer.. Ladies don't overlook those Pap smears either. They are all important. Gynocologic cancers are on the rise.

Julie said...

I have a mammogram scheduled for this month..my mom is a breast cancer survivor hope I am not too late to enter :)
thansk
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