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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, 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

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