Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is the start of a new year for me! 

This past year has been busy. We have gone on several vacations around our great state and had fun! Of course we went to Kanab, UT for the Western Film Festival in August and met more great actors. We started going on Sunday picnics and have been surprised with the wildlife at times and just enjoyed life a little bit slower, at least 1 day a week.

I am still working in an allergist's office and that keeps me busy 3 days a week. The remainder of the time I manage to get some sewing and quilting done as well as doing the uglies around the house once in awhile. Of course Carl does the cooking so I can stay out of the kitchen! I have more blocks on my design wall to put together for donations. These small quilts go over real well at the hospice that Carl works for. I have also managed to get several other projects done. 

I have increased my inventory of sewing machines by 4 with 2 crank machines, 1 treadle and 1 mid-arm quilter. I am going to start working on cleaning up the treadle this week now that the weather has cooled down. Around here we have 100+ temperatures then we jump right to 70's in the fall. It is quite nice. I can't wait to get the treadle so that I can use it. I'm sure that it will take me awhile as it has been a lot of years since I have even played with a treadle machine. I have managed to get the mid-arm set up with this cooler weather so that I can use it. Right now I have a practice sandwich loaded so that I can get a new pressure foot adjusted. I'm not sure if I will leave this foot on, but I need to give it a fair try. I picked up a new home for Ms. Gem and collected all the extra rulers, mats and other notions I need for classes and teaching. I did this so that I can just grab and run without collecting everything for an outing. I took this 'gem' to Kanab with me just in case I needed to do a little sewing....

I have managed to get several quilt projects done and started a site on ArtFire. It takes a lot of time to load any items on the site. Taking the pictures and getting them loaded on the computer takes the most time.

I have yet to decide on what projects I want to get done for the grand-kids this year for Christmas. I have several possible items. Of course I can think of several cute things for my grand-daughters, but few for the grand-sons. I will have to get my thinking cap on soon so I will have time to get them done and in the mail. Last year I made them all pillowcases.

I took another class with Kaye Wood this past spring. Now I am certified to teach all of her rulers! I have gotten so that I use the 'Starmaker' rulers for all of the angles I need for quilting.

Of course 'I' did the Maricopa Shop Hop in September. Carl was my driver for one day and I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. I stayed within the budget, got some great ideas and picked up some nifty items that I forgot to post about..... (but will fix that in a bit)

I have been selling some of the sewing/quilting things that I don't and won't use. I just wish I could get rid of them faster.....

I also have talked with an aunt this year that I have lost contact with. I remember many visits to her house over the years and the fun I had. My other aunt was a seamstress and quilter and made a Cathedral Window quilt in the 80's. She gave it to one of my sisters and this year my sister sent it to me! . 

I have also been teaching in Relief Society at church for several months. Like most of my callings at church I learn more than the people I teach. I have also started recording the building of our new Temple in Phoenix, AZ. It is so interesting watching the changes going on. We watched the Nauvoo Temple being built online many years ago and it was so interesting that I had to record this one. 

I have so many things I want to accomplish in my new year. More quilts and quilty type projects are in the forecast as well as new adventures. For the quilt projects I already have signed up for a couple swaps on one of my quilt forums and of course presents for the grand-kids. Also, I need to put my sisters quilt on the frame and get that done for her as well as the tops that I have done that are waiting and the donation quilts. As far as adventures go we have Tombstone, AZ and Bisbee, AZ planned for this week and where else we may go who knows...

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
"Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2009

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