Meet Marsha! 3-20-24

Marsha from Kansas is a blog reader and a wonderful commenter – I’m always glad to see her name pop up. She has been hospitalized over the weekend for the 2nd or 3rd time after a fall and resulting infection in her leg. She has had some issues since the holidays and was hoping to be transferred to a rehab facility. Issues like nobody getting back to her after an abnormal urinalysis and a scrape on her leg which got infected after getting out of a chair. Oh, Marsha!!!

Here is Marsha’s address. Please send her a card to let her know we’re thinking of her.

Marsha Voigt

1205 Calvert

Wichita, KS. 67217

Here is Marsha’s info which I have copied and pasted so I didn’t have to rewrite it. She did challenge me to condense it but I’m afraid I’d leave something out.

Dwight and I have a boy who owns a store here in town with a friend. It is called Hero Haven (I give it a plug whenever I can – unashamed Mom).  They sell super hero, Star War, Star Trek, transformers, and other things I have no idea what they are.  In a tv commercial, they say they have the largest collection of Pops for sale in Wichita.  Our daughter lives with us but doesn’t work outside the home.  My brother, sister, and I all live within basically 30 blocks away from each other.  I have two nephews, both graduates of Kansas State University.  I think an interesting fact is my Dad passed away on January 19, 2000 and my Mom on January 19, 2020.  How many people have parents die on the same day when it’s not an accident?

I was a jack of many trades but master of none.  I met my husband working at a Peter Pan Ice Cream store while going to a 2 year secretarial program at Wichita State University.  Dwight was the beat policeman and Peter Pan gave them half price food.  Lol.  He retired after 21 years on the Wichita Police Department and then worked 15 years in Security at Wesley Medical Center.  After I graduated the 2 year program at WSU, I worked at an insurance company for 2 years.  Then I worked as attendance clerk at a junior high school for 2 years.  I was fortunate to be able to stay home with my children while they were young.  They are only 14 months apart in age.  When they were ready to go to preschool, Bryan cried because he wanted to go back home and Rene cried because she wanted to stay.  The owner made a deal for free tuition if I helped out.  I loved working with the kids.  When the owner sold the preschool to the lead teacher, she offered me a job to teach the 4 year olds.  I did that for 7 years until the new pastor at the church took over a classroom for a meeting room and Donna couldn’t afford to keep the school open.  I had been sewing crafts for the local Cloth World store and they were looking for help.  Great timing.  I worked there for 7 years, working up to Assistant manager.  By then the kids were in high school.  I decided to go back to school, the Vo Tech.  Computers were totally new to me.  My typing was pitiful.  The Vo Tech had Medical Office and Medical Transcription programs.  I ended up taking all the classes from those programs that I could.  The job I got was a Radiology Transcriptionist.  I eventually did Radiology, Pathology, and some Medical Records transcription for 18 years and then retired.  

I used to embroidery and cross stitch plus I made a whole passel of country bunnies and sold them at craft shows.  I’m not sure how my eyes would do with cross stitch now, but I might cave and try one.  Jo Kramer sure does wonderful at cross stitch and is tempting me with her stitch alongs.  Also the Happy Little Stitch Shop tempts me, too.  Lol. I like doing sew alongs and have done some with Kimberly Jolly and Pat Sloan.  I am surprised that there are so many of your readers that don’t care for BOM.  I am a sucker for them.  I make some projects I do into my own private BOM.  Like I am doing a Wendy Sheppard elephants project that Pat Sloan did a couple of years ago.  I got it cut out and planned to do an elephant a month this year.  It is waiting on me.  One I did get the top finished (Bountiful – the charity quilt from The Fat Quarter Shop) and put on my Dirty Dozen list to get quilted and bound this year but it is waiting on me, too.  I have fabric left over from my Cloth World days and I match up three 1-yard pieces to make the Fabric Cafe quilts.  You have posted some of them on your blog.  I donate the tops to a local guild to finish.  I also cut my borders on lengthwise grain.  After cutting the usually 6-1/2 four borders, I have enough focal fabric left to match up with two more 1-yard pieces for 3-yard quilts.   Also I like to make Eleanor Burns Irish Chain baby quilts to donate.  Some day I’d like to do a Quilts of Valor but they have so many rules.  I’m doing a Lori Holt applique quilt which is coming along quite slowly but is hand work.  

But – I spend way too much on quilting and tell myself I don’t need another hobby.  You can tell it takes up pretty much my mid morning to afternoon time after Dwight and I watch The Price Is Right.

I have tried gardening but was never successful.  My Mom and sister have had beautiful gardens.  I enjoy all the plant info on your blog.  I thought my Mom and Dwight’s Mom had lots of plants.  Theirs together wouldn’t match yours.  Dwight’s Mom had a brick planter on three sides of her house with different plants from herbs to flowers.  Good memories.

Let’s see you condense this down into one blog.  Ha ha

I fooled you, Marsha! It’s all here!

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Just a quick note about Pat’s Quilt called Mary’s Fault

It was a block I had mentioned and the draft is still laying on my table with such good intentions to make it. Thanks, Pat, for doing it for me! When I first looked at it I thought it was the cover quilt but it is not.

From Vicki:

32 thoughts on “Meet Marsha! 3-20-24

  1. Beverly Custer

    What a great post! Marsha, sounds like a fun, and lively person…! I wooikd not have wanted to try condensing her writing, either! Marsha sounds like we share many of the same things…I like borders on the straight of grain. I love Jo Kramer, and her cross stitch, and I sign up for plenty of BOM’s, not always finishing them, they become wall hangings, and a table runner. I will be happy to write a note to Marsha–I like the bright quilt, Mary’s fault, I love the block…but do not recognize it.

  2. Kathy Burton

    Wow, Marsha has had such a wonderfully interesting life. I bet many of us have had many hobbies over the years just like Marsha’s. Sewing brings so much peace and pleasure to our lives. Even the thinking about it when we aren’t sewing brings us happiness.
    I really enjoy the quilts that are shared Mary.
    Kathy

  3. Rita in Iowa

    Marsha thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life and family and Mary for posting it. Gave me an idea that maybe more of us should share a glimpse of our past here. Mary could choose a person and see what happens. What a great group of friends here.
    Today is Spring, embrace it!

  4. e rodgers

    Wow, Marsha sounds great. I could read about her life all day. The stories she could tell. Marsha, hope you keep us entertained. Great new friend.

  5. Pat Smith

    Thanks to Marsha for such an interesting compilation of her life and activities. I certainly want to write a note to her in a card thanking her for motivating me to do more. It makes me realize how much time I waste each day reading news on line—time I should be using to sew some of the many projects I have waiting. My greatest skill is buying the fabric and cutting it out. The sitting at the sewing machine and sewing them together—not so much.

  6. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Mary,
    Thanks for sharing Marsha’s story. I’ll send a card too.
    I like the Fresh Start cover quilt AND Pat’s quilt, Mary’s Fault.
    Watching the women’s basketball game now. Have a great night.

  7. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    I also wanted to send condolences to Gloria and Galen for the loss of Angel. Hugs and know many of us are thinking of you both.

  8. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, will get a card off to Marsha. We have had a real windy day here. Winds from 38 to 77 MPH on the mountain tops. There are over 25 fires burning. I had an errand to run this morning and coming home I was dodging tree branches and on tree in the middle of the road. The two counties above me Page and Shenandoah are in a state of emergency so many fires. Two schools were open as lots of people had to evacuate. The mountain Massanutten is on fire that is near me but I dont see fire but smoke. We have lost our power twice . we have only 2 trees near the house and some branches are down. We live in an open area that was a pasture. Praying no one losses their home. I do know of one family that had to evacuate and the fire burned their pool, dog kennel and shed but spared the house. Right now winds are down to to 17 -20 mph. All the trees are blooming and really pretty. Tomorrow night we will be getting a freeze.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – oh, the wind can be terrible! Sounds like it’s been downright dangerous there – Iowa gets a lot of high winds. There are wind turbines everywhere you look in Iowa. We are expecting snow tonight! I hope the weatherman is wrong.

    2. Lindah in northern CA

      Oh Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about the fires. I remember some very bad windstorms. We lived in that area for 30 years and I still think of it as home. Please be very careful and stay safe.

    3. Pat in AZ

      Carolyn, the fires and wind sound horrifying. We lived in the Pacific NW before retiring and well remember the worry of watching the fires getting closer. And the smoke! Hope you are safe and the fires are contained.

  9. Launa

    WOW…..Marsha is one busy lady! Will get a note off to her soon! We watch Price Is Right, too!
    Happy Spring today!
    May receive SNOW this week….Winter isn’t over yet up here in Idaho!
    Waiting for Golden State Warriors game to start after Mil vs Bos!
    Nice to have a wood fire going in the stove this cool evening!!
    Launa

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – we all knew better than to call or visit Mom from 10-11 am!!

  10. Rhoda Ebersole

    Marsha I will write to you as I have relatives in Wichita and my husband was from there.

    So sorry you are dealing with medical issues now.

    We had upper 70 or maybe 80 degree weather today in Las Vegas.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – and it’s cold here! I can’t wait for warm weather.

  11. Sandy

    Hi Mary, don’t some people live busy interesting lives!Today l have made a small sausage dog (size of my hand) for Luna,s birthday to go with the larger one(free pattern from madam sew on the internet), given the dog a hair cut(bath tomorrow) and hand quilted another row on the wedding quilt. Bella knew she was going to get groomed, so hid under the bed till lunch time.l am collecting the block of the month patterns from Jacqueline Steven’s as there are 3 easy chicken patterns in it, but normally l don’t do block of the month, l hope everyone is safe from the fires, very frightening. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – oh, fun! A little wiener dog for Luna! How old will she be? Maybe 4? – time flies so I’m probably wrong.

  12. Linda in MI

    Thanks for sharing Marsha with us, I will get a card out to her. I love the story of her life, sounds a bit like my best buddy Marcia – pronounced the same as she will remind you. My Marcia is very talented and has a passion of seeing something and then reproducing her version without a pattern, just pick and sew. She has given me terrific doll characters, a gorgeous wool rooster to stand guard by my baby dolls, a sweet kitty pin cushion on a big wooden spool and an adorable piggy with a chicken riding on it’s back to name a few.

    I do hope Marsha heals quickly. Give all your babies a hug from cold, cold Michigan.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – I think we would all like to see those treasures your friend Marcia has made for you – I know I would!!! Send me some pictures – OK?

    2. Sara in Indiana

      Linda, would love to see pics of the things your Marcia has given you—the kitty spool pincushion sounds especially interesting.

  13. Fran

    Lovely quilts.

    I plan to get a card or two out today or tomorrow. I missed a childhood friend’s birthday. I bet she thinks I have left this earth. Don’t have her phone #.
    I got the BH quilt all quilted. Will do the binding when time allows. Off today with a friend on a small rd trip. Saturday is Knotty Ladies–it’s a group that puts on day retreats for quilting 4 times a yr to support Relay for Life in Exira, IA. Sunday is theater. No time to sew unless tomorrow stays open.

    Life is busy!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – didn’t you just get home from a retreat? You have way too much scheduled for my taste – it would make me crazy! Crazier!

  14. Sue in Oregon

    Marsha…If you are reading this, I want you to know that I really enjoyed reading your story. Glad Mary did not condense it. You have had a very active life. I am sorry you are down now, but I bet you will soon be up and back to quilt-making and other activities. Get well, soon, dear friend.

  15. Sharon

    sending a card to Marcia Voigt today. Fun to make a little cheer and maybe a smile is someone’s day.

  16. Pat in AZ

    Vicki’s quilt is so cute! It looks deceptively easy but I know it wasn’t. And really like the border fabric.

    Sunshine, I meant to tell you the other day that your Easter egg runner was perfect! The colors were so cheerful.

    Marsha, you sure have had a fun and interesting time so far. I’m hoping you get better soon so you can add more to the list. Take care

  17. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Thanks, Mary, for introducing us to Marsha Voigt. Her story is very interesting.

  18. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – loved reading about Marsha- you know it’s amazing what interesting lives people have if only you take the time to find out about them.

  19. Suzanne

    Just reading the post regarding Marsha. My sister lives in Wichita, KS, small world. She sounds like a very lovely lady! Gave me some incentive to join more classes for quilting. THANKS Marsha!

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