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This afternoon, I will drop my beloved sewing machine off for her annual tune up. It's so hard to let her go for a week. I bought her (after much budget crunching) in December 1994, and over the years, we have become very good friends.
I have sat in front of her and stitched so, so many things...
- clothes for all four kids...overalls, dresses, shirts, quilted jackets
- Halloween costumes
- baby clothes for shower gifts
- costumes for dramas (both in-house and in the wider world)
- nightshirts for Batman
- prom dresses
- home goods...pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins, curtains
- tote bags, purses
- mended and patched...rips, tears, holes
- quilts...to welcome babies, to send loved ones off to college, to hang on walls, group quilts
- finished a quilt that was left unfinished by cancer
- art quilts
- memorial pieces and celebration pieces
- challenge quilts
- many, many pieces have left the house as gifts
- and some projects have landed in my fledgling etsy shop
- I have gone to her for comfort and retreat when the world seemed to be loosing it's mind.
- Many a plan has been hatched while quilting yards and yards of lines with her.
- I have found forgiveness for others and for myself under her watchful eye.
- I have worked through grief with her steady stitching as my comfort.
- I have worked in secret with her, behind closed doors, on many surprise gifts.
- Sometimes the only place I can find my voice is when she listens, without judgement.
- She and I have become dream weavers, and we share secret ambitions.
And so, as I send her off for her much deserved R&R, I say thank you, dear friend, for aging gracefully with me.