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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 29, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of July 22, 2013
(in review)

1.  Attend Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA. 

Quilt Odyssey was GREAT! 

 It was wonderful to reconnect with quilty friends 
and attend some wonderful classes.

Hershey Lodge is so picturesque.  
As many times as I have been to this hotel I still manage to get lost.  

The first class I took was about Featherweight sewing machines.
  It was taught by Betty Neff of Pennsylvania Quilter


 Earlier in the day I was lucky enough to purchase a "new-to-me" featherweight.  She was "born" on March 25, 1936 and I named her Caroline after one of my favorite students.  

She joins my other featherweights...Abigail and Bonnie

The next day I took a class taught by Nancy Bills called Chisel Flowers.

This is a picture of the class sample.  

I am making 20 flowers for my quilt so it will not be as long as the sample.

Each flower was made with eight chisels that we cut with the
 Accuquilt  fabric cutter.  

Here is a picture of one of my blocks before the appliqued center circle:

On the second night of the show I attended Roundabout.  We were able to go to 10 different mini-lectures by instructors and show vendors.

My favorite class was held on Saturday...

Bonnie Hunter's Jamestown Landing class.

In the morning we worked on neutral string blocks and in the afternoon we made lots of half-square triangles.  

This quilt requires 840 HST so I have a lot more to make.

Bonnie was kind enough to take a picture with me...

...and sign one of my string blocks.

Most likely I will complete both of these quilts as leader/ender projects
 over the next year.

Jamestown Landing pattern can be found in Bonnie's book String Fling.

There were many beautiful quilts on display. 
 The antique quilts were my favorites. 

 Here are a few pictures of some of these antique quilts:

It was a wonderful trip and I can't wait until next year.

2.  Finish quilting the May 2011 Stash Club - Bear Claw quilt.

I was able to finish quilting this quilt before I left for Hershey.

3.  Bind two stash club quilts:  Snowball and Bear Claw.

Both of the bindings have been added and now await hand tacking.

4.  Spend two days with little Ryder.  :D

I was lucky to have little Ryder spend the night with me last week. 

 We went to Gymboree and spent the rainy evening walking 
around Quakerbridge Mall. 

 I hadn't been to this mall since before my DS Kyle's wedding in 2010. 

They have changed so many things.  

There is a very safe and clean play area for little ones that Ryder enjoyed.

5.  Work on a Strip Club quilt called "Jelly Beans."

I was able to finish 16 of the 175 blocks needed for this quilt.  

Here are 4 of my 16 blocks.

6.  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

I only worked on Syncopated Rhythm but I was able to finish the top.

I picked up the perfect backing fabric at Quilt Odyssey.  I need to do a little piecing to get it to the correct size .

The Week of July 29, 2013

1.  Work on the next two blocks for the Pieceful Nights Quilt-A-Long sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.  

2.  Continue to work on my Jelly Beans quilt pattern by
Blue Underground Studios.

3.  Prepare backing for Syncopated Rhythm.

4.  Finish quilting my ABC Quilt that is currently loaded on Annie.  

Annie has been misbehaving lately so hopefully I will 
be able to get this quilt done.

5.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

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

6.  Work on the July paper-pieced heart sampler block.

7.  Celebrate my DH's birthday on Tuesday.

He will spend the day with Ryder...his favorite thing to do.

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

9.  Start working on a quilt called "Crazy Eights."

10.  Work on the next block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.

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


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