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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, August 25, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - September 2014

As the summer season begins to wind down here in NJ, I realize that we have had the opportunity to do a variety of fun things.

One of the outings we took this month was a trip to Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ.


The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables was amazing.



The baked goods were incredible.




We enjoyed ourselves so much at this local orchard that we have already been back.


On another day we drove to Hoboken, NJ to celebrate my hubby's birthday with my daughter.


We had dinner at Little Town.


My daughter took our picture with the NY skyline in the background.

We had so much fun visiting and eating delicious food.

Now...on to my list from August:



AUGUST 2014
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

We took Ryder to a Trenton Thunder minor league baseball game.



We spent some QT with Logan




while Ryder went to Sesame Place with his mom, Heather.



Homemade English Muffin pizzas were for dinner one night.





Food tastes better when you help to make it.


After our trip to the Trenton Thunder game we were ready for the Big Leagues.  We went to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox.





It was so much fun visiting Daddy (my son) at work.



One last major event this month was the Christening of dear baby Logan.



My daughter Shea and her little Godson.

Deacon Bob and precious Logan.

Here is Logan with his Mommy, Daddy and Godparents.

Here is the beautiful family.

My husband and I are soooo proud of these people :)

Kyle's family with his grandparents Betty and Elijah.


We are blessed to be able to spend so much time with our little boys.  Truly blessed!




2.  Choose a pattern for a commission quilt.


This is the pattern I have chosen.  I will have to make it much larger than written to meet the requirements of the people purchasing the quilt.


3.  Work on lessons 18 through 25 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

No progress.



4.  Work on eight Ohio Star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.



Here are 4 of the 8 blocks completed.


5.  Quilt, bind and label two 
Quilts for Kids quilts.


I finished quilting one quilt but it is not bound or labeled yet.


6. Work on the August
 Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.




7.  Work on the August Aurifil quilt-along block.




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



Setting triangles


9.  Work on the August block for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by the 
Fat Quarter Shop.




10.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Tumelo Trail and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.


I finished quilting Tumelo Trail, The Land Before Time and a Quilts for Kids quilt.



11.  Bind and label any quilts that I finish quilting on Annie.

No quilts bound this month.

12.  Complete my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt top.

I have renamed this quilt "Sea Glass."



13.  Continue to work on three Advent calendars for my three children.



A little progress has been made but they are still not done.


14.  Complete my Skill Builder Quilt top.

No progress.



15.  Work on the last Sugar Block Club block and put the quilt top together.


This is the last block but the quilt top is not complete.


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

No progress.



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

No progress.


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

No progress.


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

No progress.



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

No progress.



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

No progress.



22.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's  9-Patch.

No progress.


23.  Work on some of the blocks for the 
Country Threads Sampler.

No progress.



24.  Work on a quilt called Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.


No progress.




25.  Work on a few blocks for Julie Herman's 

No progress.



26.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Uncle Sam's Quilt.


No progress.



27.  Work on a few Dear Jane triangles.


No progress.




28.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
*James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle

I did a little work on James River Blues and I completed the Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print quilt top.




Prepare a few more Brody Projects.

No new Brody Projects prepared.




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

I attended the workshop and turned in three quilts:





30. Attend my family reunion.

We all had a wonderful time at the reunion.



Here is Ryder with my son, Uncle JT.



September 2014


1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

2.  Start to gather fabric for a commission quilt.

3.  Continue to work on three Advent calendars for my three children.

4.  Complete my Skill Builder Quilt top.

5.  Complete my Sugar Block Club quilt top.

6.  Work on the "Delightful Stars Quilt-Along"
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

7.  Work on seven  LeMoyne Star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.

8.  Complete piecing, quilting , binding and labeling two Quilts for Kids quilts.

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

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

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

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

13.  Complete quilting the  four quilts currently loaded on Annie:  Baby Samplers and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.


14.  Bind and label Tumelo Trail, The Land Before Time and Quilts for Kids Sampler that I recently finished quilting on Annie.


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

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

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

18.  Work on a few blocks for my
 Black and White sampler.
19.  Make a Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

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

21.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's  9-Patch.

22.  Work on some of the blocks for the 
Country Threads Sampler.

23.  Work on a quilt called Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.


24.  Work on a few blocks for Julie Herman's 
Toes in the Sand quilt.

25.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Uncle Sam's Quilt.

26.  Work on a few Dear Jane triangles.


27.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle

Prepare a few more Brody Projects.

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

29.  Attend Saturday Sampler workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

30.  Attend the PA National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA.


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

Sharyn

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Soup-athon

Classic Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 t. canola oil
  • 1/4 C. chopped onion
  • 1/2 C. chopped carrot
  • 1/2 C. chopped celery
  • 5-6 C. chicken broth
  • 1/2 C. uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 t. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

  1. Grill the chicken breast tenders until they are cooked completely through.  Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat.  Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook 5 minutes until the vegetables become tender.
  3. Pour the chicken broth over the vegetables in the pot, and add the rice, rosemary, and black pepper.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add the chicken and simmer just long enough to warm the chicken.
Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

It is amazing how quickly the month of July has gone by.  

We've been blessed to be able to celebrate family birthdays, awesome adventures and mini vacations.  


July 2014
(in review)


1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

This is a picture of my wonderful son, Kyle reading to his two sons.




Ryder and Logan (with help from their mom :) sent us this lovely picture for our 33rd wedding anniversary.



We took Ryder on the first of two Awesome Adventures to The Garden State Discovery Museum.

Reading the news

Playing with a giant Lite Brite

Enjoying a slide

Making pizza

Laughing hysterically when the pizza fell off the board!



Can they get any cuter?



Here are the pumpkin plants that Ryder planted with his Granddad.



Kyle and Heather had some wonderful family photos taken.  Here is one of them:



Just because....


<3

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








I also made an I Spy quilt for Ryder out of some of the same fabric as Logan's quilt.



3.  Choose a pattern for a commission quilt.


I have been unable to find just the right pattern for this quilt but I will continue to search.


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

The fabric requirements for this mystery quilt were very strict and I was unable to find fabric that followed the provided guidelines.  I decided to just print out all the clues and I will make the quilt at a later date.



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

I printed out the lessons for this quilt but I did not work on them.  Working on this quilt requires bringing out a lot of different fabrics so I have decided to wait until the last few lessons are published so that I can work on it all at once.

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


Here is one of the seven blocks I completed.



7.  Work on the final clue for the 
sponsored by Heather Spence - Elevation.



This was a great mystery and I am happy with the way it turned out.  Thank you to Heather Spence for this great pattern.



8. Quilt and Bind three QFK tops.



All three quilts are basically the same just with different quilting.



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 in two colorways.




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

All three quilts have been bound and labeled.  They have been added to the large pile of quilts that need their bindings hand tacked.  I also finished the label and binding on Keep It Simple.

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

Keep It Simple has been quilted, labeled and bound.



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


Here are four of the twelve blocks I finished this month.

All blocks for this quilt have been prepared.  I have a total of 84 blocks.  I am trying to decide if I want to make two lap quilts or one queen-sized quilt.

16.  Work on some Dancing Stars blocks.



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

I purchased an embroidery computer program to make this project a little better.  When I finally figured out how the program worked I realized that I needed to purchase some red fabric.  I have decided to make three of these calendars as I figure it will be easier to make three now then to try to duplicate it when my other two children have children of their own.  I was able to purchase the red fabric in Hershey at Quilt Odyssey so I will hopefully be able to work on them in August.



18.  Work on a few Skill Builder blocks.

When I pulled out this project to work on it I realized that I had already completed twelve blocks.  I looked at the patterns for the last eight blocks and I realized that they all looked rather difficult.  For this reason I decided to just start to put the twelve blocks together as a completed quilt.  I have made a little progress on this quilt but it is not done as I write this post.  Hopefully I will finish it in August.



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








20.  Work on a few Sugar Block Club blocks.

I just finished the eleventh of the twelve blocks for this quilt.  The last block is paper-pieced and I should finish it in August.





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

No progress.


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

No Progress.



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

No progress.



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

No progress.



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

No progress.



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

No progress.



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

No progress.


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

I did a little work on Four-Patch Stacked Posies and Civil War Tribute:




I finished two quilt tops ---


Majestic Mountains quilt top:



Seashore Memories quilt top:



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

I worked on preparing kits at the workshop in July.



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

Family celebrations mean soooo much to me.  It was wonderful to celebrate my daughter, Shea's 26th birthday.  My husband, Don, will celebrate his 56th birthday on Wednesday.



31.  Attend Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA.

I took advantage of the location of Quilt Odyssey to turn this trip into an Awesome Adventure with little Ryder.

We stayed at the beautiful Hershey Lodge.  Don took little Ryder to Hershey park on Thursday while I attended the quilt show.  On Friday we all went together.  Here are a few pictures from this very Awesome Adventure:

Sitting in the lobby with Granddad

Look at the beautiful flowers

Wheeeeee!

That's a big turtle.
 Did you know turtles don't have teeth?

And then Goldilocks tried Baby Bear's porridge....

Is the water cold, Granddad?




AUGUST 2014

1.  Spend quality time with my favorite grandsons.  

2.  Choose a pattern for a commission quilt.

3.  Work on lessons 18 through 24 of 
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

4.  Work on eight Ohio Star blocks for the McCall's Make It Your Way quilt-along.

5.  Quilt, bind and label two 
Quilts for Kids quilts.

6. Work on the August
 Globetrotting block sponsored by Pat Sloan.


7.  Work on the August Aurifil quilt-along block.

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


9.  Work on the August block for
Wishes Quilt-Along sponsored by the 
Fat Quarter Shop.

10.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Tumelo Trail and any other quilts currently on my Git-R-Done List.



11.  Bind and label any quilts that I finish quilting on Annie.

12.  Complete my teal batik Kwik Krazy Quilt top.

13.  Continue to work on three Advent calendars for my three children.

14.  Complete my Skill Builder Quilt top.

15.  Work on the last Sugar Block Club block and put the quilt top together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

22.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Grandma Mary's  9-Patch.

23.  Work on some of the blocks for the 
Country Threads Sampler.

24.  Work on a quilt called Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.


25.  Work on a few blocks for Julie Herman's 
Toes in the Sand quilt.

26.  Work on The Village Quilter Strip Club quilt called Uncle Sam's Quilt.


27.  Work on a few Dear Jane triangles.


28.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

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

Prepare a few more Brody Projects.

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

30. Attend my family reunion.


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

Sharyn