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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, June 26, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday


Okay, Okay, I know it is Tuesday but I have a good excuse for not posting my list yesterday.  I was visiting with my darling grandson, Ryder.  Sometimes you just have to set some priorities!  HaHa!




The Week of June 18, 2012
(in review)

1.  Work on the four quilts I am doing this month for Quilts For Kids.   I finished the two repair quilts and they are ready to be turned in.  I completed the one top I was working on and now the two quilts that I will be quilting are ready to be quilted.  I have to finish quilting my Orca Bay quilt before I can get them on the frame.  They will hopefully be done this week.

2.  Finish preparing the sage and cream fabric for a Leader/Ender project.  


When I began this project I was intrigued by the variety of "sage" fabric and was curious how they would all work together.  I haven't completed enough of the project to assure myself that they will blend pleasingly.  Only time will tell as I continue to work on the project.

3.  Begin work on Ryder's "Good Wishes" quilt.  I almost have the top together on this quilt.


  
I am now working on the inner coping border.  The outer border will be a piano key border using the blue scraps left over from the blocks.

4.  Work on PQW Saturday Sampler blocks for June.  I didn't get to this but will add it to my list for this week.

5.  Start doing the prep work for the Bonnie K. Hunter classes I will take at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA in July.  I didn't get to this either.  I don't need this done until the end of July so I have a little time.


The Week of June 25, 2012 

1.  Work on PQW Saturday Sampler blocks for June.

2.  Complete the quilting and binding on the Quilts for Kids quilts I am doing for this month.

3.  Continue working on Ryder's "Good Wishes" quilt.  

4.  Start the prep work on another "Good Wishes" quilt for a friend.

5.  Continue working on three Leader/Ender projects.  Currently I am working on the Home colorway of the 2011 PQW Saturday Sampler.  I have 37 Sawtooth Stars to go and then I will be able to put it together.  I am also working on the Sage & Cream quilt and the 2012 NJ Shop Hop quilt as Leader/Ender projects.  

6.  Celebrate my 31st Wedding Anniversary with my wonderful husband, Don.

      
This is a picture taken at our 30th Anniversary celebration last year.  We have been together for 39 years and he is my best friend!  

It looks like a very busy week.

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

Sharyn

Monday, June 18, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

This has been a VERY big week in our family.  I am pleased to introduce 

Ryder Kyle Hutchinson

my first Grandchild.


He is gorgeous and we are so happy to welcome him to our family. 

The next announcement is the naming of our little puppy.

BRODY 


Brody is definitely keeping us busy but not as busy as Kyle and Heather with little Ryder.

Because of all the arrivals in my life last week I have not completed much on my list.  But let's get to it and see what I got done:


The Week of June 11, 2012
(in review)

1.  Play with and love our new little puppy. Give him a name. Take him to the vet for his 8 week appointment.  All of these things were completed with love.  I can't believe how complicated raising a puppy is these days.  When I was growing up the most important things we had to remember was to feed them and keep them out of the road.  We are looking forward to this adventure of raising little Brody.  He has already grown in the week that we have had him.

2.  Prepare another Leader/Ender project with the Sage and cream fabric I have been collecting.  



I have the cream fabric prepared.  Now I am working on the sage fabric.  It is amazing how many shades of sage there are.  I am in the precess of weeding out those fabrics that are too light or too blue-ish.  

3.  Complete the borders on my Heather Spence Mystery Quilt.


This is a picture of only the top.  It has not been quilted yet.  I am running about 6 months behind in my quilting so it will probably be done by the end of the year.

4.  Try once again to complete the two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along...Corn & Beans.


I love the way these blocks turned out.  
 

Here is a picture of the blocks in black & white.  I am including it because it shows the pattern so well.  

5.  Work on the four quilts I am doing for Quilts for Kids I did not get to this but I have until July 10th to complete them.

6.  Begin work on Baby Boy Hutchinson's "Good Wishes" quilt.    Well,  now we know that "Baby Boy Hutchinson" is Ryder Kyle Hutchinson.  I did not get to his memory quilt but will soon.


The Week of June 18, 2012

1.  Work on the four quilts I am doing this month for Quilts for Kids.

2.  Finish preparing the sage and cream fabric for a Leader/Ender project.

3.  Begin work on Ryder's "Good Wishes" quilt.

4.  Work on PQW Saturday Sampler blocks for June.

5.  Start doing the prep work for the Bonnie K. Hunter classes I will take at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA in July.  I will be taking a lunch lecture and two full day classes with Bonnie.  The first class is called Tumalo Trail. 



The second class is called Smith Mountain Morning.  







I am so excited about taking these classes
 and meeting Bonnie K. Hunter.






I'm sure I will not complete all of these things but it is good to be ambitious.

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

Sharyn

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

Or is it Wednesday?

Show & Tell Tuesday is a day late this week for a very good reason.  I am pleased to announce the arrival of our first grandchild

Ryder Kyle Hutchinson

Ryder made is entrance at 5:44PM, June 12, 2012.  He weighs 7 lb 8 oz.  Mom and Dad are doing well...in fact they are over the moon as are we all.  No pictures yet as I want to check with Kyle and Heather first.  But maybe later today for Wordless Wednesday.  And if I might brag just a little...he is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.  


Congratulations to Heather and Kyle on a job well done!

 
Now, on to Show & Tell Tuesday.  Today I will share a quilt  that is one of my favorites.  It took me a very long time to make.  I started it in January 2009.  It was completed sometime in the middle of 2010.

Seasons in a Row


Sandy Brawner is the designer of this quilt.  It measures 76" x 94"

Each row represents a month in the calendar year.

January
February



March
April
May
June










July

August










September

October









November

  December


























It was so much fun searching for all the different fabrics for the different blocks.  


I love to display this quilt on my quilt rack.  I really wish I had a wall big enough to hang it.  Then you could really appreciate all the work that went into each row.  

I hope you have enjoyed viewing Seasons in a Row as much as I enjoyed making it.

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

Sharyn

Monday, June 11, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

This past week has been very exciting in the Hutchinson household.  There has been a new addition (NO, not Baby Boy Hutchinson!) I am pleased to introduce our new beagle puppy.




We found the little guy at Honey Pot Hounds in Amherst, NH.  His momma's name is Sarah and his poppa's name is Carson.  Our little guy still does not have a name.  We are in the process of getting to know him so hopefully his name will suit his personality.


His first night went very well.  Only a little crying.  I think he was tuckered out from the long ride home.  Now the fun begins as we attempt to train him.  He's had a great day so far with his potty training.  No accidents yet.  We are keeping him on a schedule for trips outside and play time.  Hopefully he will take to the training like a duck to water.

Now on to Make-A-List Monday.

The Week of June 4, 2012
(in review)

1.  Complete piecing the top for the QT Mystery Quilt that I started this past Saturday.  

  This is just the top.  I haven't quilted it yet.  It definitely has a feeling of fall.  Hopefully it will be quilted by then.  Anyone up for a game of football?

2.  Work on clue 6 for Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.  Clue six was the setting triangles. 


I just received the final clue...the borders.  I plan on finishing this quilt top this week.

3.  Work on two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  I didn't get to this but hopefully this week....

4.  Attend Quilts for Kids at Pennington Quilt Works.  I was able to deliver the three quilts I worked on.  I am now working on four more for this month.  Linda Arye, the founder of Quilts for Kids, paid a visit to our little chapter.  It was so nice to see her again and hear the story about how Quilts for Kids came to be.

5.  Continue to work on my Leader/Ender projects.  I was able to finish the top of one of my 2011 PQW Saturday Sampler quilts.  The Ocean colorway is done.  I am still working on the Home colorway and my NJ Shop Hop Quilt.  I hope to plan one more Leader/Ender project this week.

6.  Visit Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH.  Now you know the special circumstance which allowed us to visit Keepsake Quilting ahead of schedule....our new little pup.  I was so impressed by this quilt shop.  Here are a few pictures...

Center Harbor beach

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Keepsake Quilting

Juvenile Jelly Roll and Sage fabric for a scrappy quilt

Striped  fabric for a quilt

Snoopy fabric to make a quilt for our favorite beagle

A sweet book for Baby Boy Hutchinson

I had such a great time at Keepsake Quilting.  I really think if it was any closer it could be VERY dangerous!

7.  Attend PQW for the June Saturday Sampler.  I received my new block and hope to work on it in the near future.


The Week of June 11, 2012


1.  Play with and love our new little puppy.  Give him a name.  Take him to the vet for his 8 week appointment.  He was born on April 21, 2012.  His birthday is three days after my oldest son, Kyle, and one day after my next son, JT.  I can't wait for them to meet him.  He is SOOOO sweet!

If there is any time left after number 1 I will attempt the following things:

2.  Prepare another Leader/Ender project with all the sage and cream fabric I have been collecting.  I can't say any more because the future recipient of this quilt just might read my blog.

3.  Complete the borders on my Heather Spence Mystery Quilt.

4.  Try once again to complete the two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along...Corn & Beans.

5.  Work on the four quilts I am doing for Quilts for Kids.

6.  Begin work on Baby Boy Hutchinson's "Good Wishes" quilt.  

Hopefully by next week Baby Boy Hutchinson will be here.  Then I will be able to share his name and the name of our new puppy.  What an exciting time in our lives.  We are truly blessed.

Until Next Time...Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn





Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today; both were made in 2008. 

On March 6, 2012 I shared a quilt called Twist & Shout.


This quilt is small, just 21" x 24".  When I was done I had A LOT of small triangles left over.  I didn't want to waste them so I decided to put them together.  I designed another small quilt called Pinwheel Play.  

 Pinwheel Play


I am very proud of this quilt because it is one of the first I have ever designed.  It measures 28" x 32".



It was rewarding to be able to use some things that most people would have thrown away and turn them into something so pretty.


The next quilt was made in a class at Stony Brook Sew and Vac.  It is called Trip Around the World.

Trip Around the World


This is a pattern that has been around for a very long time but it was a new pattern to me.


This quilt is a little bigger than the last;  42" x 42".  


Next week I plan on sharing a quilt that is very special to me.  It involved a tremendous amount of work and will be highlighted on June 12, 2012.  I am proud of it and so excited to be able to feature it on my blog.  I hope I have whetted your curiosity and you will stop back next week to see it.

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

Sharyn

Monday, June 4, 2012

Make-A-List Monday

Make-A-List Monday

I'm not sure what happened this past week.  I got almost nothing done on my list.  Could it be spring fever?  I'm not sure but I have a feeling this week might be as unproductive as last.

The Week of May 28, 2012
(in review)

1.  Complete the June blocks for the Craftsy BOM.  NOT!  

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

Clues 1-5

I think there are two more clues to go.  Probably the setting triangles and borders.

3.  Work on the binding for four cuddle quilts.




I did four but I didn't like the way one of them turned out so I have only included the picture of three of them.

4.  Work on some Dear Jane blocks.  NOT!

5.  Work on the June blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.  NOT!

6.  Continue to work on my Leader/Ender projects.  I now have 27 of my 116 Sawtooth Star blocks.






The Week of June 4, 2012

1.  Complete piecing the top for the QT Mystery Quilt that I started this past Saturday.

Clues 1 & 4

Clues 2 & 3

Clue 5

Clue 6

Clue 7  




The quilt top will be put together with Clue 8.  

2.  Work on Clue 6 for Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt.  Clue 6 will be the setting triangles.

3.  Work on two blocks for the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  The June block is called Corn & Beans.  

4.  Attend Quilt for Kids at Pennington Quilt Works.  Deliver three quilts that I made for ill children.

5.  Continue to work on my Leader/Ender projects.  I currently have 2 projects that I am working on as leader/enders:  I am working on the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler quilts and the NJ Shop Hop quilt.  Now I have another project to add to this list.  I am going to make a quilt for a wedding shower I will attend in August.  I am collecting sage and cream colored fabric to use in a scrappy quilt I am making.  I think I have plenty of cream but I definitely need more sage.  Hopefully I will be able to find some at my next "to do."

6.  Visit Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor,  NH.  We had originally planned on visiting Keepsake Quilting in the fall.  A special circumstance has occurred that will allow us to visit this week.  I will explain more next week as to this special circumstance.  I don't want to say anything now so that I don't jinx anything. 

Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH

7.  Attend PQW for the June Saturday Sampler.  While there I hope to continue my search for sage colored fabric for my scrappy wedding shower quilt.  

Not much sewing is planned for this week but it still looks to be a VERY busy week.

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

Sharyn