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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, April 29, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of April 22, 2013
(in review)


1.  Finish part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll, a Bonnie Hunter mystery.



All 600 HST are done for part 5. PHEW!

2.  Complete part 2 of Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt to 
Benefit Cancer patients.



The second clue required me to sew a light/background rectangle to each side of a light/background square.  Very unusual!  I can't wait to see where this goes.

3.  Finish piecing the BRODY Project, "All Hand Dyes Go Together."


WOW...there are a lot of pieces in this quilt top.  I did not use hand dyed fabric for this quilt top, but rather just scrap fabric that I had in my stash.  The smallest pieces measure 1" finished.  I love how simply separating the fabric into light and dark can give such movement to the piece.



4.  Gather sashing and border fabric to finish a quilt of blocks given to me by my DMIL a few years ago.



These are the fabrics I plan on using to finish these appliqued blocks.  I'll have pictures of the blocks after I set them with the sashing and cornerstones.

5.  Choose a pattern from the 2013 NJ Shop Hop to make.



I've decided to make the Pennington Quilt Works pattern called Hexagon Swirl, designed by Sue Hurley.  I have not started it yet but I've gathered all the extra fabric I will need.  The picture above is of the sample made by the designer.

6.  Paper Piece the April block for my heart sampler.



This is the April block.


Here are the first four blocks.  I'm trying to follow the colors suggested by the designer.  I'm not sure that I agree completely with the suggestions.  When all twelve blocks are complete I may have to go back and redo a few if the colors are a little off.

7.  Make the April block for "Pieceful Nights" a quilt along with
 Kelli and Jo Kramer.




8.  Work on Clue #2 of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery found in
 Quiltmaker magazine.



Here are many of the pieces cut and ready to be assembled.




These are pictures of some of the units I have pieced for this Bonnie Hunter mystery.  This is definitely a colorful quilt...very spring like.

9.  Prepare the BRODY Project, "In a Snap" for quilting. 



I received the necessary backing fabric and pieced it to fit the back of this quilt top.  I will now add it to the "Git-R-Done" list.

10.  Continue to work on the BRODY Project, "Going Buggy."



Here are the blocks ready to be appliqued and cut in quarters.



This block has been appliqued and cut in quarters.



I've finished a few of the "light" blocks.  I combined two quartered applique blocks with two 4-patches to make each block.  To make this quilt I will need 32 light blocks and 32 dark blocks.  The dark blocks are exactly the same only with the colors reversed.  


11.  Add 21 hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.



679 Hexies

12.  Spend a day with dear, little Ryder.


My little Snugglebug!



The Week of April 29, 2013


This week my list is going to be a little different.  In fact, I'm not going to make an actual list for the first time in over a year.

I have A LOT of things to do around my house that just need to get done.  If you read last week's list above, you will see that I was very busy with my quilting and spending time with my DGS but that is about all that I did.

This week I am going to spend three days with Ryder and then work on some of those "must do's" around the house.  When they are done I hope to be a bit more organized and a bit more productive.  

If I do get a chance to work on some quilt projects (and I'm sure I will) I will be sure to post pictures next week.  My hope is that if I put these "must do's" as a priority over my quilting this week I will be able to "get them behind me," as my Nan used to say.  


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

Sharyn

Monday, April 22, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of April 15, 2013
(in review)



1.  Work on the first clue of the Heather Spence Spring Mystery to Benefit Cancer Patients.



Here is the first clue completed.

2.  Work on Part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll.



The fifth clue for Roll Roll Cotton Boll calls for 600 (yes, I said 600) HST!!
I was able to finish 440 of the 600.

3.  Add 21 more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.



658 Hexies
4.  Add borders to a BRODY Project called "In a Snap" which is made with a Moda Turnover and a Moda Honeybun.



The borders were added and this quilt top is complete.  I did not have appropriate backing fabric so I had to order it.

5.  Prepare "Going Buggy" for a Brody Project.



For this project I need to make 32 applique blocks like the four shown above.  I have all the blocks prepared.  I will do a blanket stitch applique while playing with Brody.

6.  Work on "All Hand Dyes Go Together" as a BRODY Project.

All blocks and rows are sewn together.  Now I have to sew the rows together for this quilt top.

7.  Try to find time to visit the other 5 NJ Shop Hop quilt stores.

I was able to get to the other five shops this week.  On Monday I went to...




Needles & Pins in Swedesboro, NJ.



The Little Shop in Haddonfield, NJ, and...



The Village Quilter in Mt. Holly, NJ.

On Thursday I went to...



Aardvark Quilt Shop in Morris Plains, NJ, and...



Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, NJ.

Prize winners were announced and unfortunately I did not win a prize but I did get some wonderful quilt patterns and fabric packs.

8.  Spend a day with sweet Ryder.



We spent the day at the park.

9.  Attend Byrne Sewing Connection for the "2013 $5 Quilt" class.


I went to Byrne the same day I went to Aardvark and PQW.


10.  Go out to lunch with my Dear Aunt Kathy.


We had a wonderful lunch and visit on Friday.


11.  Celebrate my two son's birthdays.  


We had a great joint birthday celebration on Saturday.  The movie "42" was VERY good.  I highly recommend it.



The Week of April 22, 2013

1.  Finish part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll, a Bonnie Hunter mystery.

2.  Complete part 2 of Heather Spence's Mystery Quilt to 
Benefit Cancer patients.

3.  Finish piecing the BRODY Project, "All Hand Dyes Go Together."

4.  Gather sashing and border fabric to finish a quilt of blocks given to me by my DMIL a few years ago.

5.  Choose a pattern from the 2013 NJ Shop Hop to make.

6.  Paper Piece the April block for my heart sampler.

7.  Make the April block for "Pieceful Nights" a quilt along with
 Kelli and Jo Kramer.

8.  Work on Clue #2 of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery found in
 Quiltmaker magazine.

9.  Prepare the BRODY Project, "In a Snap" for quilting. 

10.  Continue to work on the BRODY Project, "Going Buggy."

11.  Add 21 hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.

12.  Spend a day with dear, little Ryder.


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

Sharyn

Monday, April 15, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of April 8, 2013
(in review)


1.  Continue to work on the 100 blocks needed for the quilt
 "All Hand Dyes Go Together."  




All 100 blocks are now complete.  This project will now become a BRODY Project.

2.  Piece a batting for the next quilt to be loaded on Annie.


I find that I have sooooo many little pieces of batting left over after a project.  It is super simple to piece these batting scraps together to make a larger, more useful piece.

3.  Bind the quilt I just finished quilting on Annie - Pennington Quilt Works Saturday Sampler Home Colorway.



This is a very large quilt.  I think it is 95" X 95".  It will now be added to my pile of quilts that need their binding hand stitched.

4.  Add an inner and outer border to a BRODY Project called "Monticello" that can be found in this book:


Here is my quilt top ready to be added to the "Git-R-Done" list.



5.  Prepare for a mystery quilt to benefit cancer patients sponsored by Heather Spence.

I received the first clue and I have my fabric all ready.


I hope to get to work on the first clue sometime during the week.

6.  Prepare a project called "Going Buggy"  a quilt designed by 
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

I did not have time to prepare this project.

7.  Work on Part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll.

No time for Roll Roll Cotton Boll this past week.

8.  Add 21 Hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.


637 Hexies


9.  Spend two days with little Ryder.



Going for a walk...


10.  Start the 2013 NJ Shop Hop.


My friend Linda and I were able to visit 3 of the 8 shops this week.

The first shop we went to was Mouse Creek Quilts in Howell, NJ


Next we went to Forked River to visit Quilting Possibilities.


And finally we went to Fabric Inspirations in Manalapan, NJ.




I picked up my patterns and fabric packs at each of the shops.


The Week of April 15, 2013

1.  Work on the first clue of the Heather Spence Spring Mystery to benefit cancer patients.

2.  Work on Part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll.

3.  Add 21 more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.

4.  Add borders to a BRODY Project called "In a Snap" which is made with a Moda Turnover and a Moda Honeybun.

5.  Prepare "Going Buggy" for a Brody Project.

6.  Work on "All Hand Dyes Go Together" as a BRODY Project.

7.  Try to find time to visit the other 5 NJ Shop Hop quilt stores.

8.  Spend a day with sweet Ryder.


9.  Attend Byrne Sewing Connection for the "2013 $5 Quilt" class.

10.  Go out to lunch with my Dear Aunt Kathy.

11.  Celebrate my two son's birthdays.  Kyle turns 30 on Thursday and JT turns 28 on Saturday.  We are going to AMC Dine-In Theatres in Menlo Park, NJ.  They want to see the movie 42.  

Another very busy week.  So much to do but it is all good.  I certainly can't complain.  

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

Sharyn


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Soup-athon

Butternut Squash & Baby Spinach Soup





  • 2  T.            Butter
  • 1/2 C.          Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves       Garlic, minced
  • 4 1/2 C.        Butternut Squash, peeled and diced
  • 2                 Large Carrots, diced ( about 1 C.)
  • 6 C.             Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 t.           Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Pkg.          Baby Spinach Leaves (6 oz) washed

1.  Heat the butter in a 6-quart sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook until tender.  Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Stir in the squash and carrots.  Cook for 5 minutes.

2.  Stir in the broth and cinnamon.  Heat to a boil.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  

3.  Add the spinach and stir until the spinach wilts.  Season to taste.


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

Sharyn

Monday, April 8, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

WOW, what a long week this was!!  Maybe it was because I was so busy.  I was able to get a lot done on my list but I still did not finish everything.  This week is also very busy.  

So much to do and so little time...   =:)



The Week of April 1, 2013

(in review)



1.  Work on Part 4 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll.

I was able to finish all of Part 4.  


This is a picture of just some of my units.


2.  Work on a few more blocks for a black and white sampler quilt I started a few years ago.  

I started this quilt project so long ago I forgot how pretty these blocks are.  

These are the blocks I finished this week.





Each block measures 12 1/2 " unfinished.


3.  Attach a label to my little baby boy quilt.


Here are some pictures of the quilt and decorative pillow that I made for my friend Heather's little baby boy:





Notice the helicopter theme.


4.  Work on the April block for the Byrne $5 quilt.



Block complete.

5.  Make a little progress on a UFO I started a while ago called 
"All Hand Dyes Go Together."

This is what the quilt will look like when it is done:




I've chosen to not use hand-dyed fabric.  I'm using my stash instead.

Here are 8 of my 18 finished blocks.  I need to make 100 all together.




I've finished all of the 9-patches and HST.  Now I just have to sew them all together.

6.  Work on the April Block for my paper-pieced heart Sampler.

I did not get to this project.



7.  Add 21 hexies to my hexie quilt.



616 Hexies

8.  Spend two days with Sir Ryder.



Can you hear me now??

9.  Watch the New York Mets play their opening day game and all other games they have scheduled this week.



The Mets had a great opening week.  They won both series against the Padres and the Marlins.


10.  Attend my Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

I was able to get most of my top done.

11.  Attend the baby shower of my good friend and present her with the quilt I made for her soon-to-be-born baby boy.  


The shower was this weekend so I can finally share the Little Baby Boy quilt I have been working on for my friend Heather.  Heather and her husband Danny are expecting their first baby in May.  Danny is a helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard so the helicopter theme was quite evident at the shower.


Everyone brought a book to get the baby's library started.


There were presents galore!


The bartender was very friendly!


The food was delicious!!


My daughter Shea and her roommates Lauren and Maureen had a great time.


The expectant mommy, Heather (on the left) was happy, healthy and glowing!!

Here she is with her sister, Alison.


It was wonderful to get together with friends for such a happy occasion.




The Week of April 8, 2013

1.  Continue to work on the 100 blocks needed for the quilt "All Hand Dyes Go Together."  

2.  Piece a batting for the next quilt to be loaded on Annie.

3.  Bind the quilt I just finished quilting on Annie - Pennington Quilt Works Saturday Sampler Home Colorway.

4.  Add an inner and outer border to a BRODY Project called "Monticello" that can be found in this book:


5.  Prepare for a mystery quilt to benefit cancer patients sponsored by Heather Spence.

6.  Prepare a project called "Going Buggy"  a quilt designed by 
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

7.  Work on Part 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll.

8.  Add 21 Hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired Christmas Hexie Quilt.

9.  Spend two days with little Ryder.

10.  Start the 2013 NJ Shop Hop.



I only have a few days at home this week so I'm not sure what I will get done.  


Our puppy, Brody, will be one year old in a couple of weeks.  I like to spend as much time with him as possible during the days when I'm at home. 


 I try to prepare a few projects that can be worked on while we spend time together.  Number 6 on my list above, "Going Buggy" is one of those projects.  "Monticello" and two recently completed quilt tops called "Winter Retreat" and "Taylor's Timeless Quilt" were also

BRODY Projects.  These are usually projects that I've had for a while but have never completed.  I find this is a great way to finally work on these projects and play with my puppy at the same time.  

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

Sharyn