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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."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have three quilts to share today.  

Bali Braid

  The original quilt was called French Braid and measured 49" x 58".  I added an inner and outer border so my quilt measures 62" x 74." 


 It was made from 180 strips measuring 3" x 8 1/2" each.  I used Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasures.



I made Bali Braid in 2009.   It was designed by Karen Montgomery.



Rolling Waves


Rolling Waves was one of the first quilts I ever quilted on Annie, my long-arm machine.  Like Bali Braid, it is made with Batik fabric on both the front and back.

 
I quilted it with a simple circular pattern.  I ran in to all kinds of problems because the thread I was using kept breaking.  It was rather thick (30 wt) and I did not have the correct size needle.  Once I found the right size needle the quilting went much more smoothly.


Rolling Waves was also made in 2009.  I don't have much information on the pattern used.  I can't find it anywhere.  I do remember that I made it in a class taught by my friend, Pat O'Brien.  It measures 72" square.


May Rag Quilt


This is the last quilt I have finished in my rag quilt collection.  




It was made in 2011.  I hope to start working on the rest of these quilts over the next few months.


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

Sharyn

Monday, May 28, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of May 21, 2012
(in review)

1.  Complete two quilt tops for Quilts for Kids and quilt three quilts on Annie.  



I designed, pieced and quilted the top two quilts.  The bottom quilt was pieced by my friend, Linda.  I did the quilting for her.  These quilts will be delivered on June 6th.

2.  Complete the next clue in Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.  


I received another clue this past Friday but I haven't had a chance to complete it yet.  I will hopefully get to it today.

3.  Prepare my fabrics for the spring mystery hosted by QT Mystery Quilts on June 2, 2012.


I have all the pre-cutting work done.  The Mystery starts on Saturday.

4.  Complete two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along hosted by Jo from Jo's Country Junction.


These blocks use the Trip Around the World pattern.

5.  Work on two blocks for the 2012 PQW Saturday Sampler.



These blocks use the Stella and Stonehenge colorways.

I also completed 22 of the 116 sawtooth stars needed for the 2011 PQW Saturday Sampler.  I will continue to work on these stars as a leader/ender project.



The Week of May 28, 2012

1.  Complete the June blocks for the Craftsy BOM.




2.  Complete the next clue for Heather Spence's mystery quilt.


3.  Work on the binding on four cuddle quilts.  

4.  Work on some Dear Jane blocks.




5.  Work on the June blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.

This sounds like a very busy week.

Happy Memorial Day, 2012

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

Sharyn
 
 


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Soup-athon

Sunday Soup-athon

Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup



6 C            milk
3 Cans       condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
3 C            shredded cooked chicken, (about 1 pound)
1 C            sour cream (8 oz)
1/3 C         hot pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

Mama's Flower Garden


I completed Mama's Flower Garden just this year, 2012.  It is from the pattern Garden Twist Anniversary Quilt.


The fabric and quilt were designed by Sharon Evans Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics of Seattle, WA.


The finished quilt measures 76" x 76". 



I See Stars


I completed I See Stars in 2008.  It is a pattern designed by my friend, Pat O'Brien of Pat's Custom Crafts.


There are three different blocks in this quilt....the Ohio star, eight pointed star, and a "stretched" eight pointed star.  There are a total of nine blocks.  You will need approximately seven yards of fabric for the top.


I See Stars was one of the first quilts I ever made.   The finished quilt measures 72" x 72". 

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

Sharyn

Monday, May 21, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of May 14, 2012
(in review)

1.  Work on The Village Quilter BOM's Appomattox & Building Blocks.














I finished piecing Appomattox, and it is ready to be quilted. I used the pattern Baker's Dozen by Charlotte Humphrey.  I took pictures of just six of the thirteen blocks.





 I did three blocks from the Building Blocks quilt.  I like the first two blocks but I may redo the bottom center block.  I don't like the way the stripe fabric is off center. 

2.  Work on the next clue of Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.






I was able to finish two clues for this mystery.  The next clue will be released on Friday.

3.  Continue to work on the NJ Shop Hop quilt and The Pennington Quilt Works 2011 Saturday Sampler as Leader/Ender projects.




 This is the prep work for the Leader/Ender construction of the following sawtooth stars for the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler..


     I need to make 112 sawtooth stars. 





This is the prep work for the Leader/Ender construction of the Jacob's Ladder blocks for the NJ Shop Hop quilt.

All prep work is complete (flying geese, HST and 4-patches)  Now the fun begins.  I expect these two projects to take most of the summer to complete.  I will post pictures of any progress that is made.


4.  Make a cuddle quilt for Baby Boy Hutchinson.



For this "quilt" I simply added a French-fold binding to some double sided, baby blue Cuddle fabric.  It is sooooo soft!

BTW---NO baby news yet! Twenty-four days to go!


5.  Work on Kindred Quilts 2011 Saturday Sampler. 



I finished piecing the top of this quilt.  I have included pictures of two of the blocks.  The pattern is Grandmother's Sampler by Lori Smith.  I have ordered the same fabric as the cornerstones for backing fabric.  As soon as it arrives it will be ready for quilting.

I finished quilting another bed runner on Annie this week, also.  This was definitely a very productive week.

The Week of May 21, 2012 

1.  Complete two quilt tops for Quilts for Kids and quilt three quilts on Annie.  I'm using a self-written hexagon pattern for the two quilts I am piecing.  These three quilts need to be done by June 6th.

2.  Complete the next clue in Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.  After the first 4 clues, I think the quilt will be set on point. 

3.  Prepare my fabrics for the spring mystery hosted by QT Mystery Quilts on June 2, 2012.  Oh boy...another mystery quilt.  Can you tell i just LOVE mysteries?  I can't wait for this one to start.

4.  Complete two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along hosted by Jo from Jo's Country Junction.  


This month's blocks use the Trip Around the World pattern. 

5.  Work on my two blocks for the 2012 PQW Saturday Sampler.   These blocks need to be completed by June 6th so I have a little time to work on them.  

Let the fun begin!

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

Sharyn  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of May 6th
(in review)

1.  Complete DMIL's Mother's Day Gift. 

 Serene Strips

I made this pretty bed runner for my DMIL.  I used a jelly roll called Summer Breeze II by Moda.



 The pattern came from the book
 Bed Runners - Using Precut Fabrics
 by Kathy Brown.
 By altering the pattern slightly I was able to make two bed runners from one jelly roll and some border fabric. 




This is such a pretty addition to a bed for the spring and summer seasons.





2.  Complete two Dear Jane triangles.


These two triangles will be on the bottom row of the quilt, 11th and 12th from the left.

Currently my Dear Jane numbers are:  

Blocks       152
Triangles     38
Corners        0
Pieces      4001



3.  Work on my Mystery Quilt by Heather Spence Designs.  


So far I have completed the first two clues.  A new clue comes out every Friday.  The concept is simple. Twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall, Heather presents a mystery quilt.  She charges $10 to participate.  All money raised will go to a cancer patient who needs financial help with his/her medical bills.

I know it is hard to tell because the picture is dark, but the colors are dark sage green and purple...not black.

4.  Do a few Just Takes 2  quilt blocks.


I'm pleased with the way these blocks look.  I paper-pieced the flying Geese and the square in a square.  The feathered star was difficult because it contains some partial seams.

5.  Work on The Pennington Quilt Works Saturday Sampler from 2011.  


I am doing the Home and Ocean colorways in the full size (91" x 104") The pattern is called Wedding Bands by Judy Martin. Much to my dismay, when I pulled these quilts out to work on them I realized I have quite a bit of work ahead of me.  I have the 24 (12 1/2") squares done.  Now I am working on 116 (6 1/2") Sawtooth Stars.  UGH!  Each star consists of 4 flying geese.  That is a total of 464 flying geese.  Double UGH!  I am using Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper so even though I will have perfect flying geese when I am done...each one needs to be trimmed.  I have most of these geese sewn and pressed.  I have none of them trimmed.  Once I get all the geese done I can start making my Sawtooth Stars as a leader/ender project.


 6.  Work on the NJ Shop Hop quilt as a leader/ender project.  I am currently making a lot of HST's and 4-patches.  




The Week of May 14, 2012

1.  Work on The Village Quilter BOM Appamattox & Building Blocks.

2.  Work on the next clue of Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.

3.  Continue to work on the NJ Shop Hop quilt and The Pennington Quilt Works 2011 Saturday Sampler as Leader/Ender  projects.

4. Make a cuddle quilt for Baby Boy Hutchinson.


5.  Work on Kindred Quilts 2011 Saturday Sampler.  The pattern used for this BOM is Grandmother's Sampler by Lori Smith.  It was offered in four colorways.  I chose the winter colorway which uses a lot of greens, reds and tans.



All Blocks are complete for this quilt.  All I need to do is add sashing and borders for the top to be complete.

All these things should keep me very busy.

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

Sharyn