Out of This World BOM Block Five: Astronauts
Pat’s theme this year, 'Out of This World!' is touching on all kind of topics associated with space, each month is a fun surprise!
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Pat Sloan About This Month's Block - Astronauts make the world go round!
There are all types of Astronauts, with all types of interests. I have two examples, the first being Astronaut Karen Nyberg who has quilting as her hobby. She took quilting into space and did a video on it! But wait there’s more!
When Astronaut Nyberg set out to prepare for this mission she took her quilting along. NASA also arranged with Quilts Inc to partner for a project to have quilt makers create star blocks. Then in October during the Quilt Festival, Karen gave a talk and all the finished quilts were displayed. I have the video of part of her talk in my article.
I was lucky enough to see a media alert that she was about to land back on earth and that they were taking requests to interview Karen about her mission. Guess what I did! I sent in my info and I was lucky enough to be able to interview Karen by phone. You can listen to my interview at my website and watch the videos (see the link below to my site).
Click here to learn more about Karen Nyberg. Fun fact - Karen became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. She started her space career in 1991 and spent a total of 180 days in space for missions in 2008 and 2013. Karen was a Mission Specialist on STS-124 and a Flight Engineer on Soyuz TMA-09M.
Right after I had decided on the space theme, I came across an interesting article about one of the band members from ‘Queen’.
Band member Brian May, besides being an amazing guitarist in an incredible band, is also an astrophysicist.
There are so many types of jobs and roles to make all the space things happen. Brian was invited to be a participating scientist in the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto and deep space. Can you imagine how excited he must have been to get that call?
In 2005 Brian May received a PhD in astrophysics from the Imperial College of London. He is also a co-founder of the awareness campaign Asteroid Day. And Asteroid 52665 is named after him.
I found this article with a video of his song inspired by the project, take a look!
Words from our Astronauts and our Quote of the Month
I’m very inspired each time I read the words on the plaque left on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. An interesting fact is that the last line "We came in peace for all mankind" is derived from the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act's declaration of policy and purpose.
Our goal as humankind is to come to Peace.
Sources: Wiki on the Plaque
Plaque photo courtesy of the Smithsonian
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Midwest Sewing, Wichita, Kansas
Kenneth Heinrich, who in 1955 bought Midwest Sewing Center, was a simple man with a clear idea of how a business should and would be run. He always put the customer first. He emphasized to his employees to treat all customers with courtesy and a smile whether they were buying a sewing machine or a package of needles.
Kenneth passed away January of 2010 leaving Dixie, his wife, as the succeeding owner. Troy, his son, is managing the stores. Still today they are trying to pay homage to Kenneth by keeping his ideas of running a business up-to-date and making him proud. Still today Kenneth’s famous quote lives on
“The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten.”
Midwest Sewing & Vacuum Center carries an excellent quality of solid sewing machines made by Bernina, Babylock, and Janome. In addition, Simplicity Vacuum cleaners hold true to their reputation of being an outstanding workhorse for the home and commercial vacuum cleaners.
It is our promise that we stand behind the machines we sell and service. We offer guide lessons on all machines and a vast array of decorative classes as well. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have after you get home. At Midwest we are not like the big box stores - we are there after the sale.
We have customers whom bought their first sewing machine in 1970 and the machine is still in the family, and they continue to come in and get that machine serviced. We carry a full array of Notions for embroidery, sewing, quilting and sergers. We try to keep our ear to the ground on what is going on in the world of sewing and embroidery machines at the same time we also keep up with technology such as Web page, e-mail club, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest. The sewing machines have become very hi-tech and we are continually sending our people to the seminars on new and up and coming machines, so we can share with our very valued customers.
We feel you would be very hard pressed to find a better store to purchase your new sewing machine or vacuum from. Come in and watch a demo on the new machines and the wonderful Simplicity vacuums.
Owner: Troy Heinrich
111 S. Pattie
Wichita, KS 67211
Mon- Fri 8:30am-5:30pm
Sat - 9am-4pm
Sun - closed
Longview Sewing, Longview, Washington