Sunday, May 3, 2020

New Tute for our famous 'Masks'!

Check out my new 'tute' under my 'Tutorial' tab. 
This tute is for the famous 'masks' that everyone is sporting since our world has become crazy!

Check it out and let me know what you think!
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Happy Quilting, Sharon
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013
'Grand Ruler' instructor for Marti Michell since 2019

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The year in review......

The end of 2019 is here and I can't believe how the years just fly right on by. I can't be this old when I feel young at heart. My body tells me every day that I may feel young at heart, the body just laughs and laughs. LOL! 

I started out the year with a daily 'diary' type book. I'm not sure exactly when I stopped writing in it, but one day I realized I hadn't written in it for some time. I'd have to get up off the couch to go find the silly thing just to check and that's not happening right now. 

I did have wrist and elbow surgery in April to repair my carpal tunnel. I planned on getting a few things done between surgeries and I managed to accomplish most of them the 9 weeks I had off work. I was also blessed with a new midarm quilter about the same time (which hasn't given me a hint on what his name is, yet). Poor Mr. Stretch was replaced with a Nolting Fun Quilter. I sure hope Mr. Stretch found a new home and he can continue to make beautiful quilts. Boy, it was hard not to play with my new machine when one hand was wrapped up in gauze and tape. I have since quilted several quilts on it and LOVE my equalizer stitch regulator! The next new thing I want to master is pantographs. I also have stencils that I bought at the Paducah show that I want to get good enough to use. I have a lot of things on my 'to do' list when it comes to my new machine. 

At work I also moved from the retail side of the store to the cafe just before my surgery. For a person that never flipped burgers as a kid I did ok, but it is not my cup of tea. When Carl & I got together he agreed to be the cook in the family and 'I quit'! was my motto.  So my last day for cooking all the customers that came into the store was the 23rd. I'm sure I won't be missing the rat race.

In July Kaye Wood passed away suddenly. It still doesn't seem real at times. I just had a Facebook chat with her not long before this happened. I cherish the memories I have of her while learning her quilting techniques during classes and trunk shows. She was always laughing and doing something. She loved to travel and she once told me she loved to go on cruises. She did 2 cruises a year, one with family and one a quilting cruise. It would have been fun to go on a quilting cruise, but this gal does not like water that much! I wish I had half her energy and to be able to accomplish half of what she accomplished in her later years. I tell people she never let any grass grow under her feet! She is missed by many and I am one of the many.

I opened 2 spots in 2 consignment shops and closed 1 spot a few months later. The shop I closed was an hour away and didn't do as well as I had hoped. My second spot at Leola's Cottage is right in White House, TN and is set up for me to have quilt and sewing classes. I started out just doing classes and when they offered me a spot of my own I snatched it up real quick. Not only do I do sewing and quilt classes, but I have products up and am making some consigned quilts. It seems that Kaye's 'Trees with Ease' is a very popular pattern. I am going to sew up a couple in different fabrics to put in the shop. 

In August Carl and I went to Atlanta, GA so I could take Marti Michell's 'Grand Ruler' quilt class. So now I am a 'Grand Ruler' instructor. She has several different ideas on quilting that I have had to wrap my mind around. Her quilts are beautiful and her rulers and templates really do make lots of quilt piecing easier with less guessing. I can see using her templates on other patterns to make them go together easier. Now to just find the time. LOL!

Lots of things planned for 2020. I want to get more classes going, of course, make more quilts, master new quilting techniques (to me) on my Nolting, organize sewing 'stuff', straighten up the home front, and most of all enjoy life with Carl. We never know when life is going to change and it can in a blink of an eye.

Until next time,
Happy Quilting, Sharon
 Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013
                                        Marti Michell "Grand Ruler" Instructor since August 2019

Monday, December 18, 2017

Those that have gone before

In 1983 at the young age of 27 my BFF was just gone.... She left 2 little boys, a husband, a brother, 2 sisters, a mother and father, and lets not forget the multitude of friends. Suddenly I didn't have someone I could call and 'discuss' things with any more. No place to go and just be me. No friend that understood my snide remarks about things in our past.

Just a few short years later, in 1986, my mom joined the, 'Those that have gone before' group. The first disease just took pieces and she fought to get back to a 'life' which left her hurting every day therafter. The second disease is what finally had her joining 'the group'. For probably a year or more after she joined, 'the group' I picked up the phone to call and talk to her. Sometimes I even managed to dial a few numbers before I remembered.

Then in 1994, my oldest brother joined the, 'Those that have gone before' group. Another fighter that disease took way to soon. He never got to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle, nor see all his grandkids. The many plans he had for 'later' never happened because 'later' never arrived.

Another brother battled heart disease for many years and joined the, 'Those that have gone before group' in 2007. Another fighter that left behind kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters and tons of friends.

In 2017 the latest member added to 'Those that have gone before' group was my oldest sister. Her battle lasted a little less then a year and at times I still can't believe I can't call and ask her stupid questions any more. Everytime I boot up my computer I have a favorite picture of her as my background screen. It's my favorite because she was really, really happy at the time and it just shows and is the reason for this post.

Yes, there were others that came before these 5. 3 Aunts, 4 Uncles, 1 Great Aunt, 2 Grandmothers, a niece, and cousins. Some I was close with others not so much, but they are all part of my family and each has a special place in my heart. Some day I hope to see them all again and be able to sit around the table while we play cards, laugh and enjoy being together again.

Until then I shall remember the good, bad, silly and fun times that we had before they became 'Thoses that have gone before'.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Monday, October 30, 2017

Just about Loretta!

Just a few memories of the oldest sister! She started out on October 30,1941 in Genoa, NY. She was number 2 of 6 kids! Oldest brother was Norman, next in line after Loretta was Alfred (known as Joe), then Larry, Lissa and Sharon. Loretta made a lot of memories for almost 76 years with friends and family. A few of these memories are here. The older pictures I have no idea what ages or where most of them were taken.

Mom (Elizabeth Wager), Larry, Loretta, Joe and Norm

Larry, Norm, Joe and Loretta holding Lissa

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Lissa, Larry, Joe, Loretta and Norm
Joe, Mom, Loretta, Larry, Lissa and Norm

Loretta, Sharon and Loretta's friend
Loretta's high school graduation picture

Larry, Sharon (Norm's 1st wife), Norm, Mom, Cliff (Sharon's father), Loretta, Joe, Lissa, Sharon (in front) and Stephan

Grandpa Herbert Garrett, Mom, Stephan, Loretta and Chris
Loretta at Mom's on Rt 90 house about when she lived in Niles, NY

The next pictures are the family together in April of 1994.

Loretta, Aunt Jenny, Uncle Dick, and Bruce
Uncle Dick, Loretta, Larry

Rod, Loretta and Aunt Lillian

Kathy, Loretta and Rod

Loretta and Norm
Aunt Lillian, Loretta and Aunt Jenny

Roxanne, Larry, Loretta, Rod, Sharon, Kathy, Norm, Joe, Lissa and Bruce

Joe, Loretta, Aunt Jenny, Sharon, Aunt Lillian, Larry Norm, Uncle Dick, Lissa

Loretta and we think the baby is Megan

Us 3 girls Sharon, Loretta and Lissa

Joe, Lissa, Sharon, Loretta and Larry 2005 or 2006

Lissa, Loretta and Carl while visiting Out of Africa zoo in 2014

Over the years we had a lot of fun with Loretta. Her sisters wanted to celebrate her life, not her death. So today we said good morning with a cup of coffee and cake donut, then we went to see the Patsy Cline museum. She was one of her favorite singers. She loved to dance, craft, sew and most of all she loved to gab! I don't think she ever met a stranger! All the people that touched her life will miss her as much as her family does. We love and miss you, sister!
Happy Birthday!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting, Sharon
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, JuJu!

On this day many years ago I spent this day (and 3 more) in Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn, NY having my beautiful daughter, Julie! 


Thanks, Julie for being my kid! Love you bunches!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting, Sharon Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Busy weekend! On Saturday we supported the White House, TN bowling team by eating a pancake breakfast sponsered by them. Thank you Sean Sabo! What a great start to the weekend! 

Then I rode to Bowling Green, KY with Julie to pick up groceries and go to Sam's Club. 

Then it was time to tackle getting the house cleaned and pick up the mess I have created over the past few months. I got about 50% done moving things around when I ran out of energy.... Now there is about 75% done. At least I have things where they need to be now. The last thing I need to do is get everything all cleaned off and put away. While I've moved things around I have come across 'stuff' that needs to go down the road. Some to the trash, some to sell, and some to go to a second hand store. 

While cleaning up I have found a couple projects I want to get done. After finishing getting everything cleaned and arranged we'll see how soon I can get them done and then I shall have more 'stuff' out of the house!

Until next time, 

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Monday, August 21, 2017

Another eclipse!

I didn't think I'd ever see one eclipse, never mind 2. In 2012 we saw one in Fredonia, AZ with Kelly and family. Then today we just saw another one here in White House, TN.

It's really amazing the different things that change besides loosing the sun. The coolest thing is what happens to the shadows.

This one is the sun through the trees at the total eclipse today.

This is my shadow in 2012.

Cool, huh?

Here is what we stayed outside for over an hour waiting for....

Here is the only way we could get a picture back in 2012. No glasses available back then. LOL!

The other thing that we noticed this time was the temperature drop. It was really nice when the sun was hiding with a little bit of a breeze. 

Now we start looking for the next big thing to look for!

Until next time.

Happy Quilting, Sharon Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013