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Shannon - you will be missedBy Deepika on 4/19/10 11:23 AM



Today, words fail me as I write this, for it is a sad day today. I lost a teacher, a mentor and above all, A Friend.

Today, we say goodbye to Shannon Gifford, our beloved teacher and sewing enthusiast. After battling with cancer for more than one year Shannon passed away last night with a smile on her face. She talked about her life for which she was thankful and grateful. She talked about her family, her friends and her students whom she loved.

From FBA to Stitch and Flip Jacket construction to her Beginner 101 sewing classes, Shannon de-mystified the sewing process for everyone. While teaching, she went above and beyond to help students achieve the perfect fit whether it was a small dart or a princess seam, she never gave up. She always had a solution for every sewing dilemma. Even in her last days, she was giving sewing tips!

Besides teaching Sewing Classes on PatternReview, Shannon ran sensiblesewing.com, a website dedicated to help sewers from all around the world. In her newsletter, she talked about interesting sewing projects, addressed fit issues and talked about sewing and fashion trends. Shannon also developed an eBook on zipper techniques which was very well received! Always ready to help sewers in any way she can, Shannon was truly and completely devoted to the art of Sewing.

Shannon was much loved on PatternReview and worldwide in the sewing community. Hundreds of e-mails poured in when I asked if people wanted to send prayers her way which was compiled into two booklets and sent to her. Just goes on to show how many lives she touched with her kindness and generosity.

So, today as we grieve her loss, let us close our eyes and think of her. And if I may suggest, let us sew something this week in her honor.

Shannon, you will be missed deeply.

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BirdieC said...
It is with sadness and tears that I mourn Shannon's passing. She will be missed. I always rushed to sign up for her classes. She had such a wealth of wisdom. Such a willingness to share that wisdom and knowledge of sewing. I feel I have lost the best sewing buddy a sewist could ever have.
4/19/10 11:39 AM
gaylee1949 said...
As painful as it is to lose someone, I remember when my sister was battling what sounded like the same cancer. As I felt when my beloved sissy passed, I was very grateful to the Universe that she was no longer suffering. For suffer she did. I didn't know Shannon; I became involved in the big world of sewing too late. But I'm grateful that Shannon's suffering is finished.
4/19/10 11:50 AM
carolynw said...
So sad to lose someone so early in her wonderful life. I know her family has great strength and my prayers and thoughts are with them at this time.
4/19/10 12:15 PM
marthamyers said...
A bright light in the sewing world and beyond went out when we lost Shannon. I grieve for her loving family but know that somewhere, somehow she is making others smile too. You are loved, Shannon.
4/19/10 12:37 PM
pterion said...
Such a terrible loss. I took two of Shannon's wonderful classes and her warmth and her wisdom will be sorely missed. Blessings and strength to her family and all who knew and loved her. Terry
4/19/10 1:23 PM
Peggy M. said...
How sad it is to lose such a special woman who loved to share her incredible sewing knowledge and talent. Given that she loved to teach, it would be wonderful to honour her memory with a scholarship or similar for a fashion student, or something permanent in that vein. May her family draw strength at their time of great sorrow, knowing all the lives she touched with her teachings, that we will carry with us, and perhaps touch the lives of others by sharing our sewing talents. It's remarkable that those who sew love to share, and Shannon will always be an inspiration.
4/19/10 1:44 PM
ryan's mom said...
It is an incredibly dark day. Shannon was a profound influence on my sewing and fitting over the last 4-5 years, and her presence will be greatly missed. She always went above and beyond the call of duty to help others. She is truly a sewing great that will be missed so much by so many people.
4/19/10 1:53 PM
what is not taken said...
I am so sorry to hear about Shannon and my prayers goes out to her family. She will be greatly missed. She was such a wonderful and caring teacher. May God bless and be with her family and friends.
4/19/10 2:42 PM
MissCelie said...
I'm so sorry to hear this. Her blouse class changed the way I make shirts.
4/19/10 2:45 PM
LisaRM said...
I learned a lot from Shannon's online classes. Shannon and her husband's faith and love through her sickness is quite a testimony. My hope is the family's sadness is replaced by sweet memories.
4/19/10 2:49 PM
Terri K said...
This is so sad. I remember Shannon as the epitome of the gentle southern lady. She had a lovely spirit, was caring and smart. I always looked forward to visiting with her at the Atlanta Sewing Expo to hear about her adventures in sewing. We missed her this year.
4/19/10 2:52 PM
Diane E said...
I will always be grateful for Shannon's wisdom, humor, and endless patience. I loved her classes, and her innovative approaches helped me improve my skills and enjoy my sewing even more. It is indeed a sad day.
4/19/10 2:54 PM
marec said...
My thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends as they navigate their grief, Mary
4/19/10 2:55 PM
TERIinSJC said...
Sorry to hear of her passing.
4/19/10 4:08 PM
So So said...
It is obvious she gave so much to so many and her passing came too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family tonight. May she rest in peace.
4/19/10 4:17 PM
Erin Sooit said...
I deeply sorry for the loss of Ms. Gifford. I hope her family and friends will weather the sadness. Hopefully she will live on in our thoughts as we sew.
4/19/10 5:32 PM
Erin Sooit said...
I deeply sorry for the loss of Ms. Gifford. I hope her family and friends will weather the sadness. Hopefully she will live on in our thoughts as we sew.
4/19/10 5:33 PM
patsy73 said...
I am so sad when a member of our family leaves us to go home to be with the Father. Sad for us who are still here....happy for her journey back to the light. I learned so much from her in one lesson than I ever learned in my life. Being a nurse I have been with many people who pass on and they are usually very peaceful when the time comes to cross over. I send you love Shannon. You are in my heart. Patsy Robertson
4/19/10 6:03 PM
rejoyce said...
I am so sad to hear of Shannon's passing. She taught me so much through her online classes. She will be greatly missed. I will always remember how much fun those sewing chats were. I will be praying for her family, as they grieve for the loss of a wonderful, sweet, talented wife and mother.
4/19/10 6:23 PM
cindy-lou said...
My heart breaks for Shannon's family. What a very special, wonderful person she seemed to be! She was very, very loved.
4/19/10 7:12 PM
Acient3 said...
This is a truly sad day, the world lost a great teacher and person.
4/19/10 7:18 PM
Nancy Mac said...
So many lives were touched and enriched by Shannon. We are reminded that what we do here has an effect on many. My thoughts go to those who love her, may her love for life be with you always.
4/19/10 8:19 PM
Paddy K said...
I took, what was Shannon's last, Beginning Sewing 101 class. I think I can speak for the whole class at how amazed we were in her strength, courage, not to mention, her willingness to continue to teach us through what was probably a very challenging time for her and her family. I send my thoughts and prayers to her family at this time, and thank Shannon for her teachings of sewing, but also of living. Paddy K
4/19/10 8:37 PM
Liane M said...
Shannon was always so gracious and giving in her classes. I think I have taken everything she taught and learned so much from her. She was such an inspiration to so many people. I am grateful for having known her. Pattern Review has made it possible for me to know and learn from Shannon. She will be sadly missed here, but I am comforted to know she with her Heavenly Father.
4/19/10 9:04 PM
denese said...
words fail me dear shannon how your family and grand child will miss you, you gave and taught us so much so privellged to have found you and took your classes, god bless to all who will miss her lorraine australia ( denese)
4/19/10 9:39 PM
needlenorth said...
Sweet, sweet Shannon. I learned so much from you. Just noted on your website - the idea of building skills instead of just doing projects. I will miss your courses and send condolences to all of your loved ones.
4/19/10 9:43 PM
SandraB said...
May her soul rest in peace.
4/19/10 10:26 PM
mikim said...
The sewing world has lost an amazing woman. Shannon is no longer in pain, but I will say prayers for her family as they grieve their loss.
4/19/10 11:08 PM
paolag said...
Over the last two years I took seven classes with Shannon through Patternreview. Through her advice and expertise, she showed me through a door into a new world for me, one that is giving me much satisfaction. Her classes showcased her immense sewing knowledge, but also her great patience and grace in sharing that knowledge. I live 10,000 miles away in Australia, our physical paths never crossed, but I owe her much. Deepest sympathy to her friends and family
4/20/10 7:30 AM
tory said...
This really is a sad day, Shannon was such a terrific, generous teacher, my prayers go out to her family.
4/20/10 8:18 AM
ragazza said...
I took several classes with her and she always made you feel like she knew you. She was so patient. Shannon will be missed. I hope her family feels the love from her PR students.
4/20/10 11:20 AM
LLS said...
Shannon was an inspiration -- a knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful teacher who communicated her enthusiasm even through the virtual airwaves. She will be missed and remembered. I took several of her classes. Her blouse class was eye opening for me. I know the wonderful memories of her will be shared for years to come.
4/20/10 12:33 PM
chicagochef said...
I am so sorry to hear of Shannon's passing. She was always so helpful - I get so much more out of my sewing thanks to her wonderful classes. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
4/20/10 2:45 PM
Mrs. Columbo said...
Although I did not know her, my condolences to her family and friends both on PR and off .. Toby
4/20/10 3:21 PM
Shannon Gifford said...
Thank you, everyone, Shannon was an extraordinary person. Suzie -- Shannon's sister suziejohn@yahoo.com
4/20/10 10:46 PM
MB52 said...
I am fairly new to this site; but it appears that Shannon was an incredible lady. Does anyone know if her ebook regarding zippers is available for purchase? Thank you. I am so sorry for your loss. I am new to this website. It appears that Shannon was an incredible lady. I am so sorry for your loss. Do you know if her ebook regarding zipper tips is available for purchase? Thank you. Mary
4/22/10 9:15 AM
A of the M's said...
Words escape me and yet my tears flow and flow. May you find peace in God's hands. Your are so truly missed her on earth. You were one of the best. God bless.
4/22/10 10:09 AM
craftygirl2 said...
I thank Almighty G-d for sharing Shannon with us , and for giving her knowledge and Loving Spirit to us. Prayers of Consolation, Comfort and Hope go out to all her family and friends.
4/22/10 11:25 AM
Merry G said...
May God give her extra blessings...she truly was a wonderful teacher & person. Always willing to help.
4/22/10 8:12 PM
Carole1526 said...
although I am new to this sight, I too had a tear in my eye and a flutter in my heart and I will think of Shannon as I sew something in her honor this week, maybe a pillowcase to donate. In His love, Carole at chamann1526@aol.com...peace to her family and all who knew her.
4/24/10 10:33 AM

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