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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, January 15, 2018

Make-A-List Monday January/February 2018



We have been suffering through a very cold winter here in NJ.  

We've had snow storms and, at times, below zero temperatures.    

Even a mini blizzard won't keep my husband from grilling.


When we are not grilling outside we have been staying warm by eating a lot of homemade soup
and drinking gallons of homemade hot cocoa.

Our son and daughter-in-law, JT & Kaela, are about to adopt a rather large puppy.

This sweet puppy is predicted to grow to between 
99 and 130 pounds.  YIKES!

Her name is Thira.  In Greek that means "untamed."  Let's hope she will not live up to her name!!!

We celebrated my 
dear mother-in-law's birthday this weekend.
Here she is with her three great grandsons and the cake that Ryder helped bake.

Now on to my list


December 2017
(in review)

1.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the QFK workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.





2.  Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt : 
On Ringo Lake 

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Parts 2, 5 & 7


Part 6


Part 8

At this point I will need to make 50 Part 8 blocks.  This will take me awhile, I'm sure, so I think I will work these as Leader/Enders until I have enough.  



3.  Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt: 
En Provence  



Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5


Part 6


Part 7


Block complete!

I only have to make 16 of these blocks so hopefully this quilt will come together a little faster than 
On Ringo Lake.  I plan on working on these blocks as Leader/Enders as well so we will see....



4.  A Quilt for Jace



<3
5.  Quilts for M & S :)


I can't show much of these quilts as they have not been gifted yet, but here is a sneak peak:


No progress on the following Highlighted projects:

6.  Folk Stitches


7.  The Children's Library - a mystery quilt by Pat Sloan

8.  The Blazing Star - the Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month

9.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

10.  Just Takes 2

11.  Dancing Stars

12.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by
 The Fat Quarter Shop

13.  A few blocks from Amy Gibson's
The Quilt Block Cookbook 

14.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge 
by Pat Sloan

15.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

16.  The not so True History of America Block of the Month by Texas Quiltworks

17.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

18.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

19.  Zippy Strippy Bags

20.  Striped Table Runner

21.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

22.  Christmas Wall Hanging

23.  Fall Quilt Panels

24.  Chock Full O' Charms

25.  Black Pouch

26.  Folded Placemat

27.  Kuddle Kwilts

28.  Crazy Eights

29.  Vacation Watermelon Quilt

30.  Strip Club - Tree Lot



January/February 2018

1.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the QFK workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

2.  Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt : 
On Ringo Lake 


3.  Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt: 
En Provence  

4.  A Shirt for Jace's first birthday


5.  A wedding quilt for a very special friend
6.  Quilts for M & S :)

7.  Folk Stitches


8.  The Children's Library - a mystery quilt by Pat Sloan



9.  The Blazing Star - the Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month

10.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

11.  Just Takes 2

12.  Dancing Stars

13.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by
 The Fat Quarter Shop

14.  A few blocks from Amy Gibson's
The Quilt Block Cookbook 

15.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge 
by Pat Sloan

16.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

17.  The not so True History of America Block of the Month by Texas Quiltworks

18.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Zippy Strippy Bags

21.  Striped Table Runner

22.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

23.  Christmas Wall Hanging

24.  Fall Quilt Panels

25.  Chock Full O' Charms

26.  Black Pouch

27.  Folded Placemat

28.  Kuddle Kwilts

29.  Crazy Eights

30.  Vacation Watermelon Quilt


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

Sharyn

Monday, January 8, 2018

Awesome Adventures with Ryder, Logan and Jace - December 2017

Awesome Adventures 
with Ryder, Logan and Jace

Now that the December holidays are behind us, it is time to reflect on the wonderful family time we experienced.

 The boys were fortunate to be able to participate in
 Mr. Ray's last concert at Princeton Forrestal Village.
They have enjoyed many of his concerts and it is sad to see the end of this wonderful event for young children.
We will miss you, Mr. Ray!

Ryder and Logan helped me bake some Christmas cookies.  
 Yummy Snickerdoodles!
 Logan did a great job cracking the eggs.

We took the big boys to mass with us one Saturday evening and their reward for good behavior was a trip to Perkins for dinner.  


The boys and their little cousin went to see the beautiful Christmas lights at the Turtle Back Zoo. 


Ryder earned his first belt in karate!

I think Logan wants to earn his white belt as well! :)

The boys, Kyle, Heather, and Grandad enjoyed breakfast with Santa at the local firehouse.  Unfortunately I was too sick to attend but I liked looking at all the photos they sent to me.








Our sweet little Jace continued to explore his environment...



He turned 10 months old in the month of December.


Our handsome little Ryder had his first school picture taken in Kindergarten. <3

Jace is growing up so fast.  He will be taking those first steps before we know it!

We had some beautiful "reindeer" in our back yard.

Jump Reindeer Jump!

Jace and Daddy enjoying a neighborhood Christmas party.

After the Christmas party, Ryder and Logan came for a sleepover because...
Santa Claus Was Coming to Town!

It snowed during the night so Ryder & Logan were very excited to help with the shoveling.  



Logan decided to see if it was cold enough outside to freeze our back yard pond.
He soon found out it was not quite cold enough as he fell into the pond!!!

Luckily we quickly stripped off the wet and smelly clothes and plopped him in a warm bathtub.  His tears quickly turned to smiles as he played with his favorite bath toy - Yertle the Turtle.


Ryder, Jace & I went to a local library to participate in some science activities.  On this date we learned how temperature effects the things in our environment.


Jace enjoyed playing with an early Christmas present.

We attended Christmas Eve Mass at St. David the King.  Our church is always so beautiful on Christmas Eve.

The next day we eagerly anticipated the excitement of Christmas through the eyes of children.


Getting these three balls of energy to pose for a picture is not an easy task.


Little Logan examining one of his presents...

Ryder and Jace giving Daddy a Christmas tackle.

Aunt Shea and I gave the boys Antsy Pants.  Here are two of the things they built with Grandad...


Logan LOVES stuffed animals - even before they are stuffed!

At the end of the month we experienced some very frigid temperatures.  Now when the boys tested the ice in our pond, it was frozen solid.  Thank Goodness!

We ended the month of December with a movie theater trip to see Ferdinand.  This book was one of my favorites when I was teaching nursery school.  I've been reading this book to the boys for the last few months in anticipation of the movie release.  
I was very pleased with this movie adaptation.  
We love Ferdinand!

These were some of our Awesome Adventures in the month of December.  January is proving to be just as cold as the end of December, so I anticipate many more inside adventures as we venture into the new year.

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

Sharyn