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Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

August 27, 2014
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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and what better way to approach the upcoming month than to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge! It all started when Blaine Austin, CEO of Allbrands and John Douthat, President of Allbrands challenged Eileen Roche to the Ice Bucket Challenge for the Be the Difference Foundation, an organization dedicated...

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My Friend Helen Gardner

August 23, 2014
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My Friend Helen Gardner

Normally, on Saturday, I write about software but this week, I’d like to share some thoughts about my business partner’s wife, Helen Gardner. I’ve known Helen for over 15 years and have always admired her. She was a smart businesswoman, loving wife and mother but when faced with a terminal diagnosis of ovarian cancer,...

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Behind the Scenes of Volume 88 Sept/Oct 2014

August 20, 2014
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Behind the Scenes of the September/October 2014 issue What an exciting day we had lined up: Beautiful projects, a beautiful model and of course—Denise was on hand with her miniatures…. Designs Editor, Eileen Roche and Steve Woods review the photos to be sure we have the right shot. We loved this twin set from...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Assigning Thread Colors, Part I

January 27, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: Assigning Thread Colors, Part I

Many of you expressed an interest in learning how to assign thread colors to the needles.  I’ll share how I do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m self-taught – I’ve never had a lesson on a multi-needle machine. For quite some time, my only exposure to the multi-needle machines was at...

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Embroidered Infinity Scarf

September 4, 2013
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A huge shout out of gratitude to all of our Blog tour stops –Peas in a Pod, Riley Blake Designs, Nancy Zieman, We all Sew, Stitched by Crystal and Totally Stitching. The Be the Difference Foundation is honored to have all of these talented women participate in the drive to spread the awareness of...

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Momma’s Embroidered Do-Rag

August 28, 2013
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  It’s Kick-off Day for the Love my Scarf Blog Tour!  September is not only National Sewing Month but it’s also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so join us in making scarves for cancer patients. Our goal is to collect 10,000 scarves – that’s a lot of scarves so we’re going to need your help....

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It’s Cold in Those Chemo Centers

May 22, 2013
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When you have a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer, it leaves many of us feeling helpless – what can you do to support them? Nancy Zieman and I decided to each create a bag stuffed with helpful items that we’d give to someone in treatment for cancer. The bags are a perfect...

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We’re So Proud!

May 8, 2013
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Toot, toot!  Beep, beep! A special digital issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery is free for you – just click here to access. You’ll find projects, free embroidery designs, videos from our sponsors and access to leading companies in the embroidery industry. Wondering what’s inside? It’s packed with educational material for newbies, intermediate and advanced...

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You Made a Difference!

February 20, 2013
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A few weeks ago I brought to your attention a charity that is dear to my heart, the Be The Difference Foundation. I asked you to sponsor me as a participant in the Be the Difference Wheel for Life Bike Rally. And wow – how you rallied! Be the Difference received over $2000 in...

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Be The Difference

January 16, 2013
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It saddened me beyond words when I learned that Helen Gardner, my friend, my peer, my fashion icon and the wife of my business partner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I spend most of my days with her family members in our office and see her occasionally but her presence in our building is...

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