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Princeton Jct./West Windsor, New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of 3 super adult kids. I happily taught preschool for 25 years and now spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

Finally a few minutes to write a blog post.  I'm not complaining because I like to be busy.  But a little "down-time" would be nice once in a while.

  We just returned home from a quick long-weekend trip to Chicago and Indianapolis.  My best friend's son was married this past Saturday and we were privileged to be able to attend the celebration.

We started our adventure in Chicago by visiting Millennium Park and snapping a selfie in front of the Cloud Gate Sculpture.  We enjoyed a wonderful art museum and a classical music concert by a string orchestra.  




Our next stop in Chicago was 
Wrigley Field where the
 Chicago Cubs play.  



I know...another annoying selfie.  



We watched the Cubbies defeat the Washington Nationals.

On Saturday morning we traveled to Indianapolis for the wedding.  The ceremony and reception were all held in the beautiful 
Scottish Rite Cathedral.





Okay,  this is the last selfie...I promise.



On Sunday we attended a lovely luncheon at my friend's home just outside of Indianapolis.  We had a wonderful time but it is always so nice to get back home.

June was definitely a busy month but I was able to make a bit of progress on my LIST.




June 2014
(in review)

1.  Finish Logan's quilt - Jungle Safari - and present it to him.

I'm putting the finishing touches on Logan's quilt.  I am currently hand-sewing the binding.



2.  Work on lessons 14, 15, 16 and 17 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.









Four more lessons complete.

3.  Work on the first five clues for the 
sponsored by Heather Spence.

I have completed the first five clues but I really don't have much to show.  I think you will get the total effect when the quilt top is complete so I will wait to post a picture at that time.



4.  Work on nineteen 9-patch blocks for the McCall's 
Make It Your Way quilt-along.





Here is a picture of nine of the nineteen blocks I completed.





5.  Work on the setting for the

 Layer Cake Sampler quilt-along
 sponsored by Material Girls Quilts.



This quilt top is complete and it has been added to the Git-R-Done List.



6. Quilt and Bind four QFK tops.



I finished one of my Quilts for Kids quilts this month.



7.  Work on the May and June 
Tell It to the Stars quilt-along blocks sponsored by Judy Laquidara

I am making this quilt in two colorways.












8.  Work on the May and June blocks for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.







9. Work on the June
 Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.






10.  Work on the June Aurifil quilt-along block.



I just realized how similar this block is to the June Wishes block above.



11.  Bind and label two quilts I recently finished quilting on Annie:


 Syncopated Rhythm & String of Pearls

No progress.



12.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Jungle Safari

I was able to finish quilting Jungle Safari 
and Jelly Beans.


13.  Work on the last twelve blocks for my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt.

No progress.


14.  Work on some Dancing Stars blocks.

No progress.



15.  Start working on an Advent calendar for Ryder and his new baby brother, Logan.

No progress.



16.  Work on a few Skill Builder blocks.

No progress.



17.  Make two baby quilts for two friends who just had baby girls.

No progress.

18.  Work on a few Sugar Block Club blocks.

No progress.



19.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings.

No progress.



20.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

No progress.



21.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

No progress.



22.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.

No progress.



23.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

No progress.



24.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

No progress.



25.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's Five Patch.

No progress.



26.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
*Majestic Mountains
*Seashore Memories

Prepare another project as a BRODY Project.

I did some work on Majestic Mountains and Seashore Memories.  I also prepared two new projects - 
James River Blues and 
Daisy Dazzle.



27.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

I turned in one completed quilt at the workshop.


28.  Spend some time with my two wonderful grandsons - Ryder & Logan.
Attend Ryder's second birthday party.

I've had so much wonderful time with my two special grandsons over the past few weeks.  

Little Logan is growing sooooo fast.







Ryder's second birthday was a very low key affair, unlike his first birthday party.  It was just his mom and dad, brother and grandparents.






He loved his Mickey Mouse birthday cake that his mom. Heather made for him.

He loved his presents, especially the Roller Coaster we gave to him.



video

We also had a great library visit.





  
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July 2014


1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

2.  Finish Logan's quilt - Jungle Safari - and present it to him.

3.  Choose a pattern for a commission quilt.

4.  Participate in Merry Mayhem's One Day Mystery - We Salute You!

5.  Work on lessons 18 through 23 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.



6.  Work on seven  9-patch star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.

7.  Work on the final clue for the 
Mystery Quilt to Benefit Cancer Patients 
sponsored by Heather Spence - Elevation.

8. Quilt and Bind four QFK tops.


9. Work on the July
 Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.

10.  Work on the July Aurifil quilt-along block.

11.  Work on the July
Tell It to the Stars quilt-along block sponsored by Judy Laquidara

12.  Work on the July block for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by the 
Fat Quarter Shop.

13.  Bind and label three quilts I recently finished quilting on Annie:

 Syncopated Rhythm 

 String of Pearls
Jelly Beans

14.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Keep It Simple and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.

15.  Work on the last twelve blocks for my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt.

16.  Work on some Dancing Stars blocks.

17.  Start working on an Advent calendar for Ryder and his new baby brother, Logan.

18.  Work on a few Skill Builder blocks.

19.  Make two baby quilts for two friends who just had baby girls. 

20.  Work on a few Sugar Block Club blocks.

21.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings.

22.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

23.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

24.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.

25.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

26.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

27.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's Five Patch.

28.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
Majestic Mountains
Seashore Memories
James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle

29.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

30.  Celebrate my Darling Daughter's and Wonderful Husband's Birthdays.

31.  Attend Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA.



Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn



Monday, June 2, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

As usual, it has been a very busy few weeks.

 I'm always sad when I have multiple days that I cannot get into my studio.  Fortunately, the reason I haven't been able to sew is that I have been spending a lot of time with family and friends.  Quilting always takes a backseat to family/friend time!

We had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration at Kyle and Heather's house.  My contribution to the meal was a few salads and this rather healthy dessert.  I found the idea on Pinterest.  It was so easy to make.  




 The highlight of the past 
few weeks has been the Gradu-Birthday celebration of my son JT's girlfriend from medical school.


 This is the happy graduate and my son at a celebratory dinner dance before the ceremony.

It was wonderful to meet all of her family visiting from California.


Here they are on graduation day. 

Congratulations Dr. Kaela!



The celebrating continues as today is her birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


My Gradu-Birthday gift was a quilt I
made called "Teal & White Delight."  



Teal is Kaela's favorite color.



You've worked so hard, Kaela.  You should be very proud of your accomplishments.  Good luck with your residency and in all your future endeavors.


The Week of May 19 - June 1, 2014
(in review)

1.  Make a special shirt for Ryder to wear to his Mickey Mouse themed 2nd birthday party.




2.  Finish Logan's baby quilt. 


I am still undecided on how I will quilt Logan's quilt.  It is loaded on Annie but that is as far as I have gone.


3.  Work on lesson 14 and 15 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

No progress.


4.  Work on the first two clues for the
 Mystery Quilt to Benefit Cancer Patients 
sponsored by Heather Spence.

No progress.


5.  Work on twelve pinwheel blocks for the McCall's 
Make It Your Way quilt-along.





6.  Work on the setting for the
 Layer Cake Sampler quilt-along sponsored by Material Girls Quilts.

This quilt is coming along and the top should be complete soon.


7.   Bind one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Quilt and Bind four more QFK tops.



I was able to bind one quilt.


8. Work on the May Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.




9.  Work on the May Aurifil quilt-along block.




10.  Work on the May Tell It to the Stars quilt-along blocks sponsored by Judy Laquidara

No Progress.


11.  Work on the May block for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.

No progress.


12.  Bind and label two quilts I recently finished quilting on Annie:
 Syncopated Rhythm & String of Pearls

No progress.


13.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie - Teal & White Delight.

Teal & White Delight is complete and it has been given to Dear Kaela.  See the pictures above.


14.  Work on the last twelve blocks for my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt.

No progress.


15.  Work on some Dancing Stars blocks.

No progress.


16.  Start working on an Advent calendar for Ryder and his new baby brother, Logan.

No progress.


17.  Work on a few Skill Builder blocks.

No progress.


18.  Make two baby quilts for two friends who just had baby girls. 

No progress.


19.  Work on a few Sugar Block Club blocks.

No progress.


20.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings .

No progress.


21.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

No progress.


22.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

No progress.


23.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.

No progress.


24.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

No progress.


25.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

No progress.


26.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's Five Patch.

No progress.


27.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
*Majestic Mountains
Seashore Memories

Prepare another project as a BRODY Project.

I was only able to do a little work on Majestic Mountains.



28.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

We got a lot done at our QFK workshop.


29.  Have a sleepover with Ryder.

 We had fun playing with the special effects feature on my camera.

On another day we had an adventure at the playground...



and the library.
 Ryder likes to check-in his own books.

 He found the orange butterfly.

Ryder and Logan are celebrities on the library wall.

I was happy to be able to spend time with little Logan, as well.





I am a very proud Grammy/Mimi.



The Week of June 2, 2014

1.  Finish Logan's quilt - Jungle Safari - and present it to him.

2.  Work on lessons 14, 15 and 16 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.


3.  Work on the first three clues for the 
Mystery Quilt to Benefit Cancer Patients 
sponsored by Heather Spence.

4.  Work on nineteen 9-patch blocks for the McCall's 
Make It Your Way quilt-along.


5.  Work on the setting for the

 Layer Cake Sampler quilt-along
 sponsored by Material Girls Quilts.

6. Quilt and Bind four QFK tops.

7.  Work on the May and June 
Tell It to the Stars quilt-along blocks sponsored by Judy Laquidara

8.  Work on the May and June blocks for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.

9. Work on the June
 Globetrotting blocks sponsored by Pat Sloan.

10.  Work on the June Aurifil quilt-along block.

11.  Bind and label two quilts I recently finished quilting on Annie:
 Syncopated Rhythm & String of Pearls

12.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Jungle Safari

13.  Work on the last twelve blocks for my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt.

14.  Work on some Dancing Stars blocks.

15.  Start working on an Advent calendar for Ryder and his new baby brother, Logan.

16.  Work on a few Skill Builder blocks.

17.  Make two baby quilts for two friends who just had baby girls. 

18.  Work on a few Sugar Block Club blocks.

19.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Heartstrings.

20.  Work on a few Lucky Stars paper-pieced blocks by Elizabeth Dackson.

21.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Basketcase by Cluck Cluck Sew.

22.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.

23.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

24.  Work on a quilt called Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

25.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's Five Patch.

26.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
Majestic Mountains
Seashore Memories

Prepare another project as a BRODY Project.

27.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

28.  Spend some time with my two wonderful grandsons - Ryder & Logan.
Attend Ryder's second birthday party.


Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn