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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, August 27, 2013

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today...well, actually they are more like
 table toppers or wall hangings.


June Rag Quilt


This is my sixth quilt in my Rag Quilt collection.

The pattern can be found in the book:




and can be purchased HERE



I finished this table topper/wall hanging in 2012.



Stars and Stripes



I made this quilt from a kit that I purchased at Michael's in 2007. 

 I was unable to find any more info on the company "Quilt Simply!" that manufactured the kit.

Here is a picture of the kit that I found at abyquilts:



After reading the blog post it seems that Aby designed this wall quilt.  

It was originally named "Long May She Wave"


I finished my quilt in 2008 and it measures 18" X 28".


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

Sharyn

Monday, August 26, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

I am totally frustrated with my computer.  This is the third time I have written this post. 




 For some reason every time I try to write a post or update a page it disappears. 


 My daughter says it has to be there somewhere but for the life of me I can't find any of it.   


I am seriously considering switching to a MAC.  I do worry that it will be hard to learn or that I will lose all the documents and pictures I have stored on the computer I currently use.  


In the mean time, here is a look back at my list from last week...I hope :) 


The Week of August 19, 2013
(in review)

1.  Cut up a pile of scraps into my Scrap Users System.


All the scraps I've made in the last few weeks have been cut up and added to my Scrap Users System.  I've cut 3 1/2" strips, 2 1/2" strips, 2" strips and 1 1/2" strips.  I've also cut 2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 5" squares.

2.  Make the next block for the Byrne Sewing Connection 2013
 $5 block quilt.


3.  Work on Lesson 9 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.



4.  Spend a day with little Ryder. 

Ryder and I had a wonderful day.  We went to Gymboree and the park.

I forgot to take pictures so I've recycled one from a few months ago.



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



Here is one of the blocks before it is squared down.



Here it is all squared down to a perfect 12 1/2" square.  I know it looks a little wonky but it is not supposed to be centered.

I am still working on the second block.


6.  Work on quilting the Byrne 2011 $5 Quilt - Batik Colorway and the three Quilts for Kids quilts that I pieced this past week on Annie.


This is the Byrne 2011 $5 quilt that I just finished quilting on Annie.
I will write more about this quilt in a future Show & Tell Tuesday post.


Here are the three quilts I just finished for Quilts for Kids.
I started with the framed four-patches.  When I was done making them I had enough to make all three quilts.  They should make three seriously ill little girls just a little happier.



7.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:


Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt
Crazy Eight
Four Baby Sampler Quilts

I was able to make some progress on Lazy Sunday and the Log Cabin Christmas Quilt.  I finished four of the Six Little Charmer II Table Runner tops.

8.  Attend Strip Club at The Village Quilter in Mt. Holly, NJ.



These are the strips we will use this month.




The quilt pattern is called Sugar Pop N Change

 by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting.

I am going to use green fabric for the sashing.  I plan on adding a white print inner border and a red print outer border.

9.  Make a Charm Quilt for Ryder's new cousin, Kayden.


I've pieced a simple quilt top for little Kayden.  It is now loaded on Annie.


10.   Add some more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 

Christmas Hexie Quilt.  

I have some personally devastating news to report.  In my attempt to update my Christmas Hexie Page last night I inadvertently erased the entire page.  After some ranting and raving (and a few things being thrown) I went to sleep hoping that by some miracle it would all be back in the morning.  
Well, unfortunately that didn't happen.   

The good news is...I did not delete the quilt top itself (haha.)  

Here is my hexie quilt as it looks today.  I added 36 hexagons this week.


757 Hexies

I will eventually try to reproduce the page I lost. 
 I still have the pictures -- somewhere.  At least I think I do.  My pictures are really a jumbled mess in a variety of locations.  What I really need is someone to come help me get them all organized...a girl can wish, can't she?


The Week of August 26, 2013

1.  Spend a day with my Ryder.  

2.  Work on Lesson 10 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

3.  Quilt the "Kayden Quilt," add applique and binding.

4.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt
Crazy Eight
Four Baby Sampler Quilts

5.  Work on hand piecing one block for Skill Builder Block of the Month
sponsored by Alyssa Lichner of Pile O' Fabric. 

6.  Work on quilting the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler - Stella Colorway.


7.  Add some more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 
Christmas Hexie Quilt. 

8.  Try to organize all the pictures of the hexie quilt that I've taken so that I can attempt to recreate the "My Christmas Hexie Quilt Journey" page on the blog that I lost last week.

9.  Design a Dinosaur Cuddle Quilt from a panel I picked up last year at the Oaks quilt show.

10.  Make a quick trip to Washington, DC to catch a few Mets/Nationals games and hunt for a Singer Red Eye treadle sewing machine.

I've had my eye (no pun intended) on a beautiful Singer Red-Eye machine on eBay.  If all goes as planned she will be coming home with me.  I can't wait!



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

Sharyn

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today.  I hope you enjoy them.


Fiesta Block Buffet




Fiesta Block Buffet was a six part mystery offered by Linda J. Hahn of Frog Hollow Designs.  It was an online mystery that included a variety of traditional, easy-to-piece blocks in an interesting setting with great visual impact.



I made this pretty quilt with batik fabric in 2011.  It  measures 60" square.



Block Buffet



When I was naming the above pictured quilt I made a mistake.  I thought it was the pattern from Linda Hahn but now I know it is not.  I had already made the label so I decided to just keep the name.




This pattern was also a mystery but I can't find any information about it.  I try to save all of my patterns but somehow this one has been misplaced.

I know that I made this quilt with batiks in 2011 and it measures 53" square.

If I ever come across the pattern in my pattern files I will be sure to update this post.  Whether I find it or not, I will keep the name "Block Buffet" because the label has already been attached.


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

Sharyn


Monday, August 19, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of August 12, 2013
(in review)

1.  Complete the August block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.



Here is the block that I made.  It is not due until September 13th. 

 It feels good to be done ahead of time.

2.  Finish quilting my Stonehenge quilt currently loaded on Annie and attach the binding.



My Stonehenge quilt has been quilted and the binding has been attached. 

 This is a picture of only part of this very large quilt. 

I will include it in a future Show & Tell Tuesday post.

3.  Work on two Quilts for Kids quilts.



I actually had enough blocks to make 3 Quilts for Kids tops.  

They are now ready to be quilted.

4.  Complete  lessons 1-8 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by the Quilting Gallery.











I am all up-to-date with this Quilt-Along.  

The next step should be released on Thursday of this week.

5.  Attach labels to two quilts that have not yet been labeled.

The quilts have been labeled and Show & Tell posts have been prepared.

6.   Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Tumalo Trail
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt

I was able to do a little work on the Log Cabin Christmas Quilt and I was able to finish the Tumelo Trail top.  


I have prepared a pieced backing and it has been added to my
 Git-R-Done! list.

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

No progress this week.   :(

8.  Add some more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 
Christmas Hexie Quilt.  

I only added a few hexies this week.

9.  Work on a Crazy Eight quilt.

I made all my blocks for this quilt.  
I will sew the blocks together as a BRODY Project.

10.  Work on a few blocks for a baby sampler.

When I pulled this project out I realized I had 60 four-inch blocks completed.

I decided to frame the blocks to make them all six-inches.  
   
These blocks paired with some plain six-inch squares were enough to make four quilts. 

I have not sewn them together yet.  I will add them to my BRODY Projects.




The Week of August 19, 2013

1.  Cut up a pile of scraps into my Scrap Users System.

2.  Make the next block for the Byrne Sewing Connection 2013
 $5 block quilt.

3.  Work on Lesson 9 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

4.  Spend a day with little Ryder. 

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

I'm going to keep adding this to my list with the hope that one of these weeks I might actually get to it.

6.  Work on quilting the Byrne 2011 $5 Quilt - Batik Colorway and the three Quilts for Kids quilts that I pieced this past week on Annie.

7.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt
Crazy Eight
Four Baby Sampler Quilts

8.  Attend Strip Club at The Village Quilter in Mt. Holly, NJ.



These are the strips we will use this month.

9.  Make a Charm Quilt for Ryder's new cousin, Kayden.

10.   Add some more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 
Christmas Hexie Quilt.  


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

Sharyn

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today.  

One was made from a pattern in a book and the other I sort of made up myself.

Spider Web





My Spider Web quilt pattern came from the book:

Day & Night Quilt


This book is readily available at many quilt shops or HERE at Barnes & Noble. 

 The pattern for the quilt I made can be found on page 68.





I completed Spiderweb in 2011 and it measures 55" X 72".





Grandmother's Medallion 



I don't have a pattern for this quilt but it is made with 36 traditional quarter

 Dresden plate blocks turned in different ways to make the desired pattern. 

 I added three borders.

 I purchased this fabric in Lancaster, PA in 2009



I used a muslin fabric on the back and I quilted it with blue thread.  If I could do this quilt over I would use an ecru thread.  I also notice that my tension was not great.  My quilting has certainly improved.

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

Sharyn

Monday, August 12, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of August 5, 2013
(in review)


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




2.  Prepare backing and binding for Jelly Beans.

Backing and binding prepared and quilt added to the Git-R-Done list.

3.  Prepare backing and binding for Keep It Simple.

Backing and binding prepared and quilt added to the Git-R-Done list.

4.  Prepare the Bonnie Hunter quilt Smith Mountain Morning as a Leader/Ender project.  


I know this looks like a mess but it is actually very organized.  When I started this project in 2012 in a class at Quilt Odyssey I did not get very far. 
 My computerized sewing machine decided to die.  I was so disappointed that I haven't looked at the project in over a year.  Now it is all organized and it will be my next leader/ender project.

5.  Complete the 3rd block for the Pennington Quilt Works Saturday Sampler BOM and attend class later in the week.



This block is called Lillypads.  I was able to get the fabric I will need for my finishing kit.  I have decided to go rogue...very unusual for me.  I am going to do my own thing and not follow one of the finishing patterns offered by PQW.

6.  Prepare "Christmas Charm Tree Skirt" as a BRODY Project.



My DH and I have been married for 32 years and we have never had a Christmas tree skirt.  I have made some for other people but never for our family.  I am a little ashamed to admit that we just use a red tablecloth under our tree.  Now, if I get this project done in time we will have our first real Christmas tree skirt.

7.  Work on the July and August paper-pieced heart sampler blocks.



I love how these blocks turned out.  The July block looks like a flag and the August block looks like a slice of watermelon.

8.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Tumalo Trail
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt

I'm not sure what happened this week but I did not work on any of my BRODY Projects.

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

I was only able to attach a few of the hexagons on one of the blocks.

10.  Attend the Quilts For Kids workshop at PQW and 
the Zinsmeister Family 21st Reunion.  

I was able to attend both of these events and had a great time.

Here are some pictures from the Q4K workshop.  I am still editing my family reunion pictures so I'm not sure when I will get to post them.  


























The Week of August 12, 2013


1.  Complete the August block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.

2.  Finish quilting my Stonehenge quilt currently loaded on Annie and attach the binding.

3.  Work on two Quilts for Kids quilts.

4.  Complete  lessons 1-8 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by the Quilting Gallery.

5.  Attach labels to two quilts that have not yet been labeled.

6.   Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Log Cabin Christmas Quilt
Tumalo Trail
Six Little Charmer II Table Runners
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt

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

8.  Add some more hexies to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 
Christmas Hexie Quilt.  

I haven't worked on this project since the beginning of June.  I took a break to work on hand stitching some bindings.  Now it is time for me to start working on this project again.

9.  Work on a Crazy Eight quilt.

10.  Work on a few blocks for a baby sampler.

My DH, Don, has taken all of my Ryder Time the past few weeks so I've had a lot of time to sew.  That will end next week when his football practice starts again.  He has loved every second he's been able to spend with the little guy.  It's been wonderful watching their relationship grow.  


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

Sharyn