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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 15, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week Of July 8, 2013
(in review)

1.  Complete the second block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.  Attend class this weekend.

The second block is this pretty bordello block.  It is made with batik fabric.

2.  Quilt, bind and launder two Quilts for Kids quilts.

 The quilt on the bottom is the four patch quilt from June and the one on top is the wonky nine patch from July.

Here are the labels I attached to the back.

3.  Attach a binding to the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt Easy Street.

Easy Street is bound and it has been added to my ever growing pile of quilts to be hand tacked.

4.  Prepare a quilt called Syncopated Rhythm as a BRODY Project.

I am doing my Syncopated Rhythm in bright batiks very similar to the picture on the cover of the pattern.

5.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

String of Pearls
Keep It Simple
Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Tree Quilt
Syncopated Rhythm

I've made a little bit of progress on all these projects except Lazy Sunday.  I can't do any more on that project until I receive the next, and final clue, from Quiltmaker Magazine.

6.  Work on hand piecing the two blocks for Skill Builder Block of the Month
sponsored by Alyssa Lichner of Pile O' Fabric.

These blocks are still not complete.  They are going to take a while.

7.  Prepare my quilt class projects for my trip to Hershey, PA for 

One of the classes I am taking that requires preparation is called Chisel Flowers.  Here is the write-up on the Quilt Odyssey website:

213 CHISEL FLOWERS - Nancy Bills
This class is all about the chisel! The chisel is a simple but very versatile shape that can be used alone or with other blocks in numerous patterns. Come cut this Chisel Flower Quilt in minutes using Accuquilt GO! cutters (supplied in class). This is a great way to see what die cutters are all about. If you want to cut more pieces at home, but don't have a cutter, no worry. The class includes instruction in cutting the pieces for the quilt using just one simple, inexpensive ruler. The flower block can be chain pieced, has just one simple seam to match, and the piano key border is made from leftovers with just one quick cut for each piece. The flower centers can be circles cut on the GO! or with a circle cutter (demonstrated in class). Don’t want a circle? How about a simple pieced diamond for the center. This is a great kid’s quilt but also looks good done in traditional fabrics or really scrappy for a funky, fun quilt. Other samples of this block and numerous other quilts made with the chisel shape will be shown in class and discussed. For additional photos of this and other chisel quilts, go to Nancybills.com - Gallery - Quilt Odyssey 2013 - Chisel Flower. Skill lever: Conf beginner - Intermediate.

Here are the fabrics I have chosen:

The second class I am taking that requires preparation is Jamestown Landing.

309 JAMESTOWN LANDING - Bonnie Hunter

Stars and chains in blues and neutrals are sure to capture any star-lover's fancy! What a great way to clear out scraps by choosing two color families: a foreground (Blue) and a background (Neutral). Students will learn the basics of string piecing along with learning to use the Easy Angle ruler to create half square triangle units from 2-1/2" scrap strips.  This quilt pattern is a great way for you to use a large variety of blue and neutral scraps for the half-square triangles, and you can have even more fun clearing out a whole box of neutralscrap strings used in the alternate block areas. Bonnie's String Fling book is required for this class:

Here are the fabrics I've chosen to use.

I pre-made a few string blocks to see what they will look like.

I am taking two more classes but they are lecture format rather than hands-on so there is little to no preparation.

Back by popular demand! Bring your featherweight and all those odd looking “parts” for a fun evening of discovery! Learn what attachments you have and how to use them. But, Betty doesn’t stop there! Singer designed attachments, sold separately, to do just about everything. Betty will bring her collection for demonstration in class. See everything from an “embroidery” foot to an automatic “pinker.”  This is a great time to try “free motion quilting” with your machine. Don’t have full attachments? Remember, other vintage Singer attachments will fit your Featherweight. Betty and her husband Richard own Pennsylvania Quilter. Your know them as the Featherweight vendors at Quilt Odyssey. All skill levels. SUPPLIES: BSS, SM (Featherweight) with instruction book and all attachments. Fabric: solid color scraps: 12 pieces cut into approx. 12” x 4” or 6” and three pieces cut 3” x WOF (selvage to selvage); camera (optional).


Come join the instructors for an evening of 10-12 minutes vignettes of tidbits you can learn in a jiffy! You’ll be given handouts of every demonstration and tip covered this evening: then, you decide which to attend - up to a total of 10! Every 12 minutes the bell will sound and you’ll go to the next  station on your list. This is a great way to quickly learn new techniques and how to use some of our tools of the trade. Limited number of registrants. Cost for the evening including handouts: 

8.  Work on the 2013 NJ Shop Hop Quilt.

I was able to finish 12 blocks.

9.  Work on a Strip Club project from August 2011.

I did not get to this project.

10.  Work on a Crazy Eight quilt.

I did not get to this project either.

The Week of July 15, 2013

1.  Complete the 6th block for the Byrne Sewing Connection BOM and attend the demonstration class.

2.  Complete the 2013 NJ Shop Hop Quilt and prepare it for quilting.

3.  Work on the following BRODY Project:

String of Pearls
Keep It Simple
Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Tree Quilt
Syncopated Rhythm

4.  Work on hand piecing the two blocks for Skill Builder Block of the Month
sponsored by Alyssa Lichner of Pile O' Fabric.

5.  Spend a day with little Ryder.

This is his picture from last week playing on his slide that Aunt Shea and Uncle JT gave him for his birthday.

6.  Celebrate DD, Shea's, 25th birthday in Hoboken. 
 (Is that even possible?)

7.  Bind the Craftsy 2012 BOM that I just finished quilting on Annie.

8.  Work on two blocks for the Pieceful Nights Quilt Along sponsored by Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction.

9.  Cut up some fabric scraps for my Scrap User's System.

10.  Do some menu planning.

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


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