Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Wednesday!


How is everybody's Wednesday this week? Mine has been great! I spent most of the day in my sewing room working on a couple quilts. I have had the tops ready for about 6 months, but was having a hard time getting my pressure foot in the correct position on my quilter. I got through 1 full quilt and 2/3 of a second one before I started having problems. As usual I am sure it is operator error and I just was tired enough not to be able to figure out what that error was. So, I shall get back at it on Friday. If I manage to get that one done I just may load another one on. I really want to get these done and shipped out to their new homes.... 

A couple days ago I downloaded a new book by one of my favorite authors. Usually when I start one of her books I don't put it down until it is finished. So when I woke up so early this AM I knew that I couldn't even read one page. I have a bad habit of telling myself, 'just one more page'..... Yep, one more page is the whole book! So, I feel better that I didn't read, but got the quilts done. 

Now, I am on my way to bed. Work tomorrow and I am sure it is going to be a bear....

Sweet dreams until next time!

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

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day 2012

How is everybody's day going? Having cook outs? Just chillin'? Traveling? Me, I am sitting at home in front of my computer talking to all of you!  In years gone by, my mother would start planning the flowers we took to the cemeteries a couple weeks before Memorial weekend. Then one day over the holiday we would load the car up with all the urns and visit all of our family. We went to the Venice  cemetery where mom's parents were buried and Auburn cemetery where my 1/2 brother was buried. Sometimes we went to the Genoa cemetery where other family was buried. If I was still in NY I would be doing the same thing on this holiday. 

Today is a beautiful day here. Just enough heat to go with the breeze to make it nice outside. Yesterday was nice too. Not sure when the 100 degree temperature will be here to stay. Maybe my sister needs to come visit! Every time she visits we get the hot weather and it doesn't go away..... LOL!

Today is the last day of my vacation. Last week we traveled through 4 states and visited 3 of our 5 kids and their families. We had fun, but as usual we were glad to be home. I have tons of pictures and I will get them downloaded and posted sometime this week.  For now I am off to see what trouble I can get into in my sewing room. 


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

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good morning one and all!




What a beautiful day here today! The sun is shining and there is a little bit of a breeze. I am on vacation so I get to play a little bit! I have managed to get a package off to my grand-daughters in NY and to a friend for a tote swap. I picked my tote up from the PO while I was there... I shall get a pic when I can, this one is great! I even managed to get some chores done while I was playing! 


I have a silly yellow cat sitting at my feet giving me the 'pet me now' look. Every once in awhile I hear a soft little 'meow'... boy she sure can look lost and all alone at times...




I am on my way into the sewing room. Wish me luck on getting my stuff done!


Have a great day!


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

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Good evening all!
It has been a lazy day! I was going to work in my room today, but didn't even spend a minute in there. This morning I started playing with my KindleFire and of course the rest of the day was spent working on computers in one form or another. One of the books that I downloaded was in the wrong format so I had to figure out how to be able to read it. I ended up downloading the correct software on my computer. Then of course I had to read the silly thing! Now that is done and I can go back to reading my Fire... it is much easier that way LOL!

We did go out for a bit. I am in a tote swap in one of my forums and I had two ideas, but needed some supplies for each of them. I found the supplies for one of them at Tuesday Morning and then I was going to get it done today, but didn't work on it because I was being lazy.....

Yesterday I took a ride to Wickenburg with DH. It was a nice ride just spending time together and we had an early supper at one of the Mexican restaurants up there that we like.  We also stopped at one of the second hand stores while we were there. Interesting the way they had it set up. Some of the stuff was outside under a canopy, everything was dusty... We didn't buy anything of much value. I am looking for a couple books by Barbara Brackman. They are "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns' and "Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts" These are a couple of her older books and have a hefty price! I am going to hit some of the second hand book stores around here, but if anybody hears or finds one of these books for a great price, please let me know... On Amazon they are going in the hundreds..... I also have not found them in the library either...

Well, it's that time again. I am headed to bed. I hope you all have a great day tomorrow! 


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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fantastic Thursday!

What a nice evening! Today I received my written appraisal from Gail.... Yippee! Aunt Jenny's quilt came in a little lower than I thought, but it's still nice to know. The only thing she messed up on was when she wrote it was my mothers quilt instead of my aunts. I will give her a call tomorrow and see if I can correct it on my paper, or if she has to re-do it. Getting that in the mail made up for the completely disorganized and partially wasted day at work. To much to do, not enough bodies to do it. I left close to 'on time' and will finish up on Tuesday what I had to leave today.... Monday is a training day so I'm not sure how much extra I will be able to get done, we shall see....

Tomorrow I think I am going to hide in my sewing room. I haven't been in there for several days and I have a couple projects I want to get done. First I shall have to clean off my cutting table (so what's new?). I also need to find a spot for my shadow box. Carl surprised me with a very bright light to use with my new toy and I will have to try that out before I put everything away.

Have any of you seen the newest quilt book from Rosemary Youngs? It is about the Civil War (of course)... Homestead Hearth is doing a block of the month club. I am so very tempted to sign up for 2 of the 3, but as I write this I realize that you only get the newest Civil War fabric and I have been collecting Civil War fabrics for some time. I don't have to have that Civil War fabric, I just need the book. I also have EQ now, so the CD's will be a great asset.... I already have one of her books, but haven't done any of the blocks. I just remembered that there is a disc in the back flap and I need to load that into EQ and see if her CD's help with the construction or not. Now I guess I have more than enough to keep me busy tomorrow!

Well, it is the witching hour again, so I shall say good night, sweet dreams and don't let the bed bugs bite!

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

My day just slipped right on by while I was sitting in front of the computer loading some items on Artfire. I knew that it would take me forever! I had to work on the shipping charges and that takes even longer than writing descriptions and titles.... I will be at it again on Friday.

While I was out for a few minutes this afternoon I was watching the dark skies roll in with lots of wind and no signs of rain. The other parts of the valley got wet, but not us.... Pretty lightening though....

When we moved to our new digs we gave up our DirectTV, so now we watch our favorite programs on the computer. Tonight we were watching Adam 12 and Dragnet. It is so much fun to see the cars and see the old styles. Some of it really gives us a good belly laugh. Neither one of us really likes the new shows that are on, so we haven't missed the TV...

Well, tomorrow is a work day, so I need to get to bed. I hope all of you have great night!

See you tomorrow!

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

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good Evening All!

What a beautiful day it was today. I really wanted to go out and play instead of being cooped up inside working... Today was sit at the front desk day. Most of the time it is okay, but there are moments when I don't think I can sign in another person and do everything else that needs to be done. 

It is really nice when I get a few extra things done before I head out the door in the morning, but that didn't happen today. Tomorrow I have the morning to get things done then I will go visiting my church 'sisters'. It will be nice to get to know some of the ladies in my church. I really want to get another purse done and get all my stuff on Artfire. That should take care of the rest of the day and keep me out of trouble.

Until next time, 

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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happy May 7, 2012

How is everyone tonight? 
I am just sitting around posting on my blog. LOL! 


Today was a work day and then I visited my friend Estelle. She recently had surgery and is finally on the mend. I keep telling her she needs to be up and running so we can go have fun at the quilt shops. Before we know it, September will be here and the shop hop will be going on. If she plans on keeping up with me she needs to get some wheels on her shoes! I look forward to that every year. Not that I ever win anything, but it is fun seeing the new gadgets and quilt fashions that are in style. 


I was a good girl this morning and got up a few minutes early. Just enough time to straighten up my sewing room a little and have time left over for playing on the computer. I have to check in on my quilt forums each day, you know :)...


Well, it is the witching hour for me, so I shall say, goodnight...


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

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Good evening bloggers!
How has your day been? Mine has gone by way to fast. Other than church we didn't do much. Just spending time together is great.
Tomorrow is a work day and I really should get my beauty sleep. Lots of changes going on and I am sure that I shall be needing my roller blades (not that I have any, just need them) to get through the day.... LOL!
Then, tomorrow night I need to clean up the mess in my sewing room. I really trashed it while doing my photo shoot yesterday.
I have all of my pics cropped, sized and watermarked so they are ready to go on Artfire. Now I need to dig out the postal scales (yippee, I know where they are!) and get the shipping costs calculated. Then I shall sit at the computer for a couple hours getting stuff online. 
Tonight I signed up for wanelo.com (http://wanelo.com/store/coyotequilts
You need to go on over and check it out. It is similar to Pinterest, but all of these links are products for sale. I am hopeful that it will increase traffic to my Artfire shop. Only time will tell....

Well, it is the witching hour, so shall say good night!

Goodnight, David
Goodnight, Chet

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

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Lots of celebrating going on around here on this day every year. Carl & I celebrated by watching Star Wars movies.... Yesterday was Star Wars day, but we were busy getting other things done and didn't have time to watch them .

Today I managed to get one of my 'to do's' done, or at least tried out. I've wanted a light box to photograph my stuff I sell on Artfire for some time and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one. I really hate the glare and want to get better photos of my 'stuff'. Well, I found a link to make one the cheap way and I tried it. Works ok, but I think I need better light bulbs for it to work right. I shall try some of the other bulbs I have hanging around here before I go out and buy new ones. I have 1/2 of the pics cropped and watermarked so I need to finish that and then I can figure out the weight and price for each item, then the final step is to get them uploaded on Artfire.  I do fine with making lots of 'stuff' to put on Artfire, but it is the rest of the process that is a pain....

Did you all see the moon tonight? Boy, was that bright and beautiful! Tonight the moon was suppose to be the closest to the earth. 

Here it is last night. The sky was very clear. Check out the detail.

 Here it is tonight with cloud cover. 

 Here is just the moon without the house. 

I am so thankful for all of the beauty that surrounds me. I try and capture these moments as they come. Like the saying goes, 'Stop and smell the roses' because you never know when you will get the another chance.  
Until next time, 

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

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! 
What a busy day! Got up and cleaned the floors.... yep, they were DIRTY... then jumped in the car to go have new tires put on. 


Oh my, what an ordeal that was! Can you believe that it can take someone a little over 2 hours to change four tires? Well, if you go to Pep Boys on 75th Ave and Peoria out here you will certainly find out, just like I did! I couldn't believe it... 


Then we high tailed it to Wickenburg so that I could have my Aunt's quilt appraised.... Will get the written appraisal next week... can't wait. Then we stopped at Habitat for Humanity, a second hand store up there. Nice store! Lots of nice things too. They even had a Singer Featherweight sewing machine in a case, no extra feet though.... They wanted way to much for it, but when we checked out the gals at the counter said I needed to talk to Wade about it if I wanted it.... Nope, I'm happy with the one I have. We have a Habitat for Humanity store down here, too. We visit this one frequently and find lots of deals....


Then out to supper with friends. Peoria Cafe is the best fish fry in town and we always manage to take someone new there every so often. So tonight was the night. Then we came back here and I had to show off my favorite room. I know, what's new, right? 


Now it is the end of the day and I am going to put this tired body to bed. 
Have a great one and I'll see you all later!


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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Slacker on duty!

Good Evening everybody!
I forgot to post this at the end of March, so here it is now....
Boy, have I been a slacker lately. Here it is the end of March and my last post was the end of February.... this year is just marching right along.
Here is the latest quilt I made for a co-worker baby shower.


The pattern is one of Kaye's of course! With a different twist from me. I fussy cut each center and of course I just had to run out of some of my fabrics.... math just wasn't working for me that day.

This past month I have managed to get all of the star points done for my star quilt. I have not posted a picture yet because I want it to be a surprise when I do. I think it is very dramatic looking. 
Another thing that I have started doing is going through our video tapes. What a hoot that is! We did a video with the kids on a trip to Gettysburg some years ago. Bratty kids anyways! 
Tonight I re-arranged my closet in my room. I need to go through some of my fabrics and get rid of some yardage. I just need to get it all in one place before I start the sorting. I have lots of clothing fabric and grand plans on things I always wanted to make. My daughter can attest to that because there were things that I started for her many years ago that never got finished and some patterns were never used. 
I have started swapping with my quilt friends online again. We did some embroidery blocks and this last swap was of 30's fabric and blocks. I have gotten some really nice blocks so far and I have a couple yet to get to me. I have yet to decide what I am going to make with mine, but I think these will be made into a quilt or throw just for me. I will put them all on my design wall and get a pic after I receive all of them.

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
 "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2009
 I forgot to stop at Jo-Anns on my way home from work so needed an emergency trip to Wal-Mart. I needed the nylon strapping for the purse I made last night. Already have it on the purse! Yippee! Now just to get another one done, but not tonight.

Next 3 days off from work! Tomorrow is planned out with several errands and some fun. I will be getting Aunt Jenny's quilt appraised tomorrow and I can't wait to see what is said about her fantastic work. Not sure what is going to happen on Saturday, but hope to get into my sewing room for awhile.... 

Nothing else exciting on this home front, so shall call it a night!


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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

As I sit here typing tonight I am listening to the 'boys' fly over. They are landing at the local Air Force Base. Some people around here complain about the noise, but I tell them 'thanks!' each time I hear them fly over. Their 'work' allows me to be able to say and do the things I want without looking over my shoulder...


Today was a good day. Got some house chores done then spent the rest of the day in my favorite room. I have lots of projects that I have started over the years (Yes, Julie I hear you about your dresses) and I pulled one of them out today and got it mostly done. I am trying to get a 'care package' together for my grand-daughters and this has been one idea that was put on the back burner before we moved. Now I think I shall get them done, at least as soon as I stop at Jo-Anns on my way home from work tomorrow :)... Can you believe with all of my stash I wasn't able to find what I needed???? Yeah, go figure...


My plans were to get some thing photographed so I could update my Artfire site. Well, that got waylaid again... My photos are ok, but I really want to get better at taking them. 


I also put some more of my pictures up on our walls. As I have emptied boxes and found pictures I put them aside so I could plan where I wanted them hung. The sad part is that thinking about them doesn't get them up on the wall.... I started using those Command strips and they work great! No holes in the wall and if I put them in the wrong spot, easy to move! I started using them in the Sun City house because the outside walls were block and there was no way I could use nails there. Now that there is more stuff on the walls it makes it more 'homey'.... 


Now, I am headed to bed. I hope everybody has a great day tomorrow!




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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Good Evening everyone! 
Boy, I can't believe that it has been so long since I have posted. I kept thinking I'd get to it 'later'.... yeah, right :)
Tonight Carl & I munched on BLT sandwiches for supper with tomatoes that we grew ourselves... Yeah, this year we planted more plants and we will be getting more tomatoes too! These plants really took off. We also put in some other plants in a little area out back. We have onions, cukes and wax beans planted. We are not sure if we will get anything off of them, but we shall see. 

Other than that I have been quilting as usual, but that is going slow. I have 3 that I need to get done. One of which is close enough to get on the frame and quilt. The other 2 are in the still 'need more work' stage.

I did manage to get the garage re-arranged a couple weeks ago. We aren't parking the cars in there yet, but I can get to things. I need to get some boxes sorted and have a garage sale. I have lots of other peoples treasures out there that they need to come get..... I'll let you all know when you can come pick up your treasures.

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