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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, February 23, 2015

Make-A-List Monday February/March

The weather in the Northeast has been atrocious this month.  We have been dealing with sub-zero wind chill temperatures and copious amounts of snow.  I happily surrender the month of February and I look forward to March and the promise of spring.  




Now onto my list... 


February
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my wonderful grandsons.  


Just a few pictures of our time spent together this month:


Ryder received his Frozen soundtrack in the mail.  Most kids love Let It Go but Ryder's favorite song is Frozen Heart.  He loves the first scene in the movie when we are introduced to the Ice Cutters, Kristof and Sven.



 Gym Class



Ryder made a snowman for his daddy's office.



Hanging out with my Bro!



 Cutting ice just like the Ice Cutters in Frozen.


We went to Granddad's basketball game.
 Ryder was drawing up a great play.







 Logan just loved spending time with Granddad.



My favorite Valentines!



 The only thing better than decorating Valentine cookies is...


 eating them!



 Logan in the ball pit.



 Putting on a Clifford puppet show.



 Ice painting!




 My favorite 9 Month old.


2.  Garden Stroll inspired commission quilt.

I have finished 32 blocks so far.


3.  Katie and Brian's Memory quilt.

No Progress.


4.  Make a few little zipper pouches for future gifts.

No Progress.



5.  Quilt for Wyatt.

Wyatt's quilt is almost done...I just need to finish the binding.


6.  Nine 6" Economy blocks for the McCall's 
Make It Your Way quilt-along.

No Progress.



7.  Complete piecing, quilting , binding and labeling a 






8. Complete the 2014 Aurifil quilt top.




9.  Complete the 2014 Tell It to the Stars quilt-along sponsored by Judy Laquidara.





10.  November and December 2014 Wishes Quilt-Along blocks sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop.









No progress was made on the following projects:

11.  January and February blocks for the Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs.


12.  January & February Mini-Quilts by the Aurifil Thread Designer of the Month.


13.  January and February blocks for the Friendship Star Sisters 

2015 Block of the Month.

14.  January and February blocks for Quiltmaker Magazine 

2015 New Year's Mystery:

15.  January and February blocks for Pat Sloan's 2015 Mystery Quilt:  Vacation Time.


16. January and February blocks for Calypso Kaleidoscope by 


17. January and February blocks for Scrapitude: Scrap-in-a-Box 

mystery quilt.

18. January and February blocks for the RSC15 Sampler by So Scrappy.

19. January and February Blocks for the 



20.  Complete quilting the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  
 Turtle Quilt for Wyatt and any other quilts currently on my

I finished quilting Wyatt's Turtle Quilt and my Watermelon Mania quilt.



21.  Bind/label 5 table runners, Lazy Sunday and other quilts I complete this month.

Lazy Sunday is bound but the table runners are not.







No progress was made on the following projects:

22.  Black & White Sampler blocks

23.  Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

24.  Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

25.  Grandma Mary's 9-Patcha strip club quilt by The Village Quilter.

26.  Country Threads Sampler blocks.

27.  Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.

28.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt.

29.  Uncle Sam's Quilta strip club quilt by The Village Quilter.

30.  Dear Jane triangles.




31.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
*James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle
Glory Box Table Runner
Cool Breeze

Just a little progress on James River Blues.


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

We found out that one of our QFK members will be moving to Florida in the spring.  We have decided to make her a quilt.  We will each make a few blocks.  Here are my two blocks:



One of our members will sew the quilt top together.  I will do the quilting and another member will hand sew the binding.  I will be sad to see my friend move away but I am happy that she will start the next chapter of her life in a warm climate.


33.  Attend Saturday Sampler workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.









34.  Go out to dinner with some very dear friends.


We had a wonderful dinner at the Cranbury Inn in Cranbury, NJ.  



35.  Attend a Super Bowl party.

My DS and DDIL hosted a Super Bowl party.  There were LOTS of wonderful things to eat but the most fun item on the menu were the "walking tacos" or "tacos in a bag."




Such fun!!



36.  Celebrate Valentine's Day.

I finished the table runner just in time.


Ryder enjoyed the Valentine Cake.  He couldn't understand why we didn't sing Happy Birthday.  He pretended to blow out candles anyway.



 We had fun playing Valentine Bean Bag toss.


Playing anything with Uncle JT and Kaela is fun.


37.  Take a few training classes for my new MacBook Pro laptop.

So far I have had an introductory class, a class on Pages and a class on Numbers.  




March

1.  Spend quality time with my wonderful grandsons.  


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

3.  Attend Saturday Sampler workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

4.  Attend Strip Club at The Village Quilter.

5.  Attend Quiltfest in Somerset, NJ.

6.  Attend two quilt shows in Lancaster, PA:

The Lancaster Quilt Show at The Continental Inn
The AQS Quilt Show at the Lancaster Convention Center

7.  Celebrate my DFIL's 80th birthday.

8.  Garden Stroll inspired commission quilt.

9.  Katie and Brian's Memory quilt.

10.  Make a few little zipper pouches for future gifts. 

11.  Quilt for Wyatt.

12.  Aiming for Accuracy II by Mishka's Playground.

13.  Nine 6" Economy blocks for the McCall's 
Make It Your Way quilt-along.

14.  Complete piecing, quilting , binding and labeling a 
Quilts for Kids quilt.

15. Prepare backings and bindings for Aurifil,  two Tell It to the Stars, and Wishes.

16.  Prepare a label for Victory and Orca Bay.

17.  January, February and March blocks for the Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs.


18.  January, February and March Mini-Quilts by the Aurifil Thread Designer of the Month.


19.  January, February and March blocks for the Friendship Star Sisters 

2015 Block of the Month.

20.  January, February and March blocks for Quiltmaker Magazine 

2015 New Year's Mystery:
Auld Lang Stitches.

21.  January, February and March blocks for Pat Sloan's 2015 Mystery Quilt:  Vacation Time.


22. January, February and March blocks for Calypso Kaleidoscope by 

Quilt Addicts Anonymous.

23. January, February and March blocks for Scrapitude: Scrap-in-a-Box 

mystery quilt.

24. January, February and March blocks for the RSC15 Sampler by So Scrappy.

25. January, February and March Blocks for the 

26.  Complete quilting the top currently loaded on Annie:  
 Aiming for Accuracy I and any other quilts currently on my

27.  Bind/label 5 table runners, Watermelon Mania and other quilts I complete this month.

28.  Black & White Sampler blocks

29.  Crazy Quilt using Shar Jorgenson templates by Omnigrid.

30.  Fit for a Hero, a quilt by Judy Laquidara.

31.  Grandma Mary's 9-Patcha strip club quilt by The Village Quilter.

32.  Country Threads Sampler blocks.

33.  Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon.

34.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt.

35.  Uncle Sam's Quilta strip club quilt by The Village Quilter.


36.  Dear Jane triangles.

37.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
James River Blues
Daisy Dazzle
Glory Box Table Runner
Cool Breeze




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

Sharyn

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday Strip Sampler & Ready Set Go

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today.


Strip Sampler

This Strip of the Month Sampler was designed by Vicki McGowen and Kathy Hock in 1998.


The original quilt pattern was offered by Quilting by the Bay in Panama City, Florida in 2010 and it looked like this:



I made mine almost the same but I left off the top applique row.  I love the way the original quilt looked but I am not very proficient at applique so I decided not to add it to my quilt.



I completed my Strip Sampler in 2011 and it measures 71" X 92".



Ready Set Go!

The fabrics I used for my Ready Set Go quilt were fabric strips that originally were to go into a strip club quilt from The Village Quilter.  I did not particularly like the fabrics for the pattern they gave us.  

I always wanted to try the Jelly Roll Race Quilt so I decided to use my strip club jelly roll to give this quilt a try.  

It was a lot of fun to make and it went together very quickly. 

 I was happy with my decision to re-purpose this jelly roll.



I completed Ready Set Go in 2012 and it measures 56" X 74".


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

Sharyn

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday - Keystone Stars & Peace on Earth

Show & Tell Tuesday
(or is it Wednesday)

I have two quilts to share today.


Keystone Stars


Gina Gempesaw of Gem Hill Quilts designed Keystone Stars in 2009.  It was offered as a Block of the Month by Country Quiltworks.  


Each month I was given fabric to complete two blocks.  The blocks are all constructed in exactly the same way, only with different fabric.

The pieced border was a little tricky for me, but I was able to figure it out.  This pieced border definitely adds to the appeal of this quilt.




I completed Keystone Stars in 2010 and it measures 77" X 102".


Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth has an interesting story.  I was participating in a mystery quilt a few years ago.  I had a pretty jelly roll that I wanted to use and I decided to use it for this mystery. 

As I was working the pattern I misread the directions.  I was supposed to slice the strip sets I had constructed in two different ways but I only sliced them in one direction.  

I figured the pattern and fabric was a loss until I decided to be a little creative with my mis-cut blocks.  
The finished quilt looks nothing like the original pattern but I like the result any way.




I display this quilt at Christmas time because of the beautiful red, green and ecru fabric.  It was completed in 2011 and it measures 62" X 65".


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

Sharyn



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday - Will You be Mine? and Shirt Tales

Show & Tell Tuesday


I have two quilts to share today.


Will You be mine?


These pretty paper-pieced hearts came together beautifully when I alternated them with some heart squares.  


I used the paper piecing pattern from the book Show Me How to Paper Piece by Carol Doak

That Patchwork Place-Show Me How To Paper Piece, , hi-res

 and it is available  HERE.


This was my second attempt at paper piecing.  It was while making this quilt that I realized how much I enjoy paper piecing.   

I finished my quilt in 2010 with alternating squares, sashing and cornerstones.




It measures 61" X 61".


Shirt Tales


Homestead Hearth of Mexico, Missouri, offered Shirt Tales as a
 Block of the Month in February 2009.

It was assembled from 3", 6" and 9" blocks into 12" X 18" panels.

Then these panels were sewn together and a border was added.

It was distributed by Quakertown Quits of Friendship, TX.  




I finished Shirt Tales in 2010 and it measures 66" X 84".

I hope you enjoyed these two quilts.

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

Sharyn