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New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of three super adult kids and their spouses. I also proudly have five adorable grandsons. I happily taught preschool for 25 years. When I'm not with my grandsons I spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!!!  Today I will share two quilts that I made in 2011.  These quilts were made as part of a class offered by Pennington Quilt WorksThe class was called Stash Club.  Every month we would bring fabric from home with only a hint as to what we would do with it.  During the class we received instructions to make a quilt using a specific technique.  I loved the element of surprise with these quilts.

Bubble Balls

I made this quilt using 2 charm packs that I had in my stash.  The blocks are snowball blocks and they reminded me a little of bubbles so I named it Bubble Balls.  I really like how colorful and happy it is.

The next quilt I made at Stash Club has lots and lots of flying geese blocks.

Geese Take Flight

Because of the colors I used a pumpkin fabric backing.  I named it Geese Take Flight.

That's it for today.  Hopefully I will have lots of pictures from Lancaster, PA tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

Words of Wisdom

Don't criticize others when you are angry with yourself

Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching


Monday, February 27, 2012

Quilt Square Quilt Along - February

Quilt Square Quilt Along

Thanks, Jo, from Jo's Country Junction for this quilt-along.  I LOVE the way the blocks are turning out.

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


Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

Another Monday and another list...so much to do!  Let's see how I did with last week's list:

1.  Finish quilting three Quilts for Kids and deliver.  The quilting is done but I can't deliver them until next week.  Here is a picture of one.

A "split rail" quilt for a teenage girl

2.  Finish knitting two ribbon scarves and deliver.

The scarves are done as you can see, but I still need to deliver them to my Dear Mother-in-Law.

3.  Complete backing for "Debbie's Garden" quilt and prepare binding.  Continue working on "Just Takes 2" blocks.

"Debbie's Garden" quilt is completely pieced and ready to be quilted.  Here are the "Just Takes 2" blocks I finished this week.

I'm starting to like the black background.

4.  Visit my Dear Son, JT, in Philadelphia.  What a great day this was!!!  It was so nice to see him and spend a few hours together.  Here are pictures of some of the things we did.
City Hall
Champps Restaurant
Inside Champps

Hand Dyed Yarn

5.  Work on two blocks for PQW Saturday Sampler.  Both blocks are complete.

All in all, a very productive week.  Now for this week's list:

1.  Go to Lancaster for the day.  I hope to spend a day in Lancaster, PA; one of my favorite places to visit.

2.  Attend The Quilt Fest of New Jersey in Somerset, NJ.

3.  Go to Kindred Quilts in Clinton, NJ for Saturday Sampler class.

4.  Make two Dear Jane triangle blocks.

5.  Work on TOP secret Baby Boy Hutchinson quilt. Shhhhhhh!

Well that's it for Make-A-List Monday.  It looks as if I have a lot of traveling in my plans for this week.  I hope I have time to quilt!

Words of Wisdom:

Appreciate the many things that make your life so valuable.

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


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Soup-athon

Chicken Noodle-Vegetable Soup

  • 2 cans    chicken broth (14 oz. each)
  • 1 C         water
  • 1 can      condensed cream of chicken soup (10.75 oz)
  • 1/2 t       dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 t       salt
  • 1/8 t       black pepper
  • 2            boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 C         sliced carrots
  • 3/4 C      chopped onion
  • 1/2 C      sliced celery
  • 1            bay leaf
  • 2 C         dried wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 C      frozen peas

1.  In a large pot combine chicken broth, water, soup, thyme, salt and pepper.  Add chicken breasts, carrots, onion, celery and bay leaf.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

2.  Remove chicken from pot; cool slightly.  Discard bay leaf.  Return broth mixture to boiling; add noodles and frozen peas.  Cook for 5-7 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.  Meanwhile, shred or chop chicken meat; stir into soup.  Heat through.


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


Friday, February 24, 2012

Foodie Friday

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

  • 1 1/2  pounds     ground beef
  •     1    cup         chopped celery
  •  1/2    cup         chopped onion
  •     1    bottle      chili sauce (12 oz)
  •     2    T            brown sugar
  •     2    T            sweet pickle relish
  •     1    T            Worcestershire sauce
  •     1    t             salt
  •  1/8    t             pepper
  •     8                  hamburger buns, split

1.  In a large skillet, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Transfer to a 3-quart slow cooker.

2.  Stir in the chili sauce, brown sugar, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until flavors are combined.  Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture onto each bun.

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


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

It's Tuesday again and time to share a few more of the quilts I have made.

Winter Wonderland

 This quilt is called Winter Wonderland, and I made it in 2008.  It has a very interesting pieced border. 

 I love to display this quilt during the months of January and February.  It is a lap sized quilt.

February Rag Quilt

This next quilt is the second in my rag quilt collection.  It is for the month of February, and I made it in 2009.  Just like the January rag quilt, it is such a pretty table topper.


 Shea's Playhouse

 The third and final quilt I will share today was made in 2008.  It is made with very tiny pieces and is only about 18" x 24".  It is named after my daughter, Shea.

Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Make-A List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

It is Monday again and time to see how I did with my to-do list from last week and to make a new list for this coming week.

1.  Prepare my taxes for the accountant.  The taxes are now in the hands of our accountant.  YEAH!!!  A big job done.  Now to start hoping we get a big refund.

2.  Finish piecing 3 Quilts for Kids and finish quilting 4 Quilts for Kids.
Well I did finish piecing 3 quilts but I only quilted one, so that will be added to this week's list.

3.  Finish knitting 2 ribbon scarves for my Dear Mother-in-Law.  They are almost finished but not quite.  I need to do a little more work on them.

4.  Make Valentines!!!  This was definitely the most fun thing on my list.

5.  Work on "Debbie's Garden" quilt.  This quilt top is pieced.  I am just working on making a backing now.

     Work on "Just Takes 2" quilt.  I did a few blocks on this quilt.  The original pattern calls for the quilt to be made with red and white fabric but I have decided to use jewel tone fabric with a black background.  I'm still not sure if I like this combination but I will do a few more blocks and then decide.

Now for my list for this week:

1.  Finish quilting 3 Quilts for Kids and deliver.

2.  Finish knitting 2 ribbon scarves and deliver.

3.  Complete backing for "Debbie's Garden" quilt and prepare binding.  Continue working on "Just Takes 2" blocks.

4.  Visit my Dear Son, JT, in Philadelphia for lunch.  I haven't seen him since January 14th.  This will be my favorite "To Do" of the week.

Miss you!!
  5.  Work on two blocks for PQW Saturday Sampler.

I am doing the two on the left, Stonehenge and Stella.

This list should definitely keep me busy this week.

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