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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, September 30, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of September 23, 2013
(in Review)


1.  Work on Lesson 14 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.



There are only a few more lessons to go for this quilt.  

Most of the blocks are complete. 

2. Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
*Four Across Hearts Table Runner
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice

I was able to work on two
BRODY Projects this week.


I finished piecing the Four Across Hearts Table Runner.



It has been added to my Git-R-Done list.

3.  Cut up the bag of scraps I've accumulated over the past few weeks.




All my scraps have been cut up and added to my Bonnie Hunter inspired 
Scrap User's System.

4.  Go through two buckets of miscellaneous quilt related items and find a home for them all.   

All the items have found a new home.

5.  Spend a day with my cuddle bug, Ryder.



Little Ryder, all of 15 months old, has learned a new trick.  He has learned to climb out of his crib.  He did it on a day he was with his mommy and daddy, thank goodness, and not me.  The poor little guy got a bump on his head but was okay, otherwise.  All miscellaneous toys have been removed from his crib so that there is nothing to climb on.  Hopefully this will solve the problem.  

Such a little monkey!!!

6.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - the Byrne 2011 $5 quilt, repro colorway.

I finally finished this rather large (95" x 95") quilt.  


7.  Finish the watermelon quilt top I am working on made from fabric I gathered on a trip to Phoenix and San Diego two summers ago.  Prepare a backing and binding for this quilt.



I'm so happy with this quilt.  It is soooo cute.  I prepared a backing of red with white dots and a black binding.  It has been added to my Git-R-Done list.



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

No progress this week.

9.  Organize all the pictures from my lost blog page -
 My Christmas Hexie Journey
 and start to reproduce the page.

FINALLY this has been completed!  You can view the restored page HERE.

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



This block, like all the others in this quilt, measures 12 1/2".


11.  Work on the next block for the 2013 Byrne $5 quilt.



This picture is not great but the actual block is quite nice.


12.  Work on the three Quilts for Kids quilts that I started in the last workshop.

I did not get to these quilts last week.  The October workshop is this week so I will work on them then.


13.  Bind the June 2011 Stash Club 1930's Braid quilt.

My braid quilt is bound.  Now I will have to hand tack the binding.


14.  Prepare a backing and binding for Lazy Sunday.

I found a pretty purple backing for my Lazy Sunday quilt.  I'm going to add a teal binding after it has been quilted.  It has been added to the Git-R-Done list.




The Week of September 30, 2013

1.   Work on Lesson 15 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

2.  Prepare five more BRODY Projects.

3.  Work on the October Paper-Pieced Heart Sampler block.

4.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at PQW.

5.  Spend two days with Ryder.

6.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie -
 The Village Quilter - June 2011 Strip Club Quilt

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

8.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice
Blue Palace
Meadow - A Christmas Quilt
Jungle Fever
Civil War Tribute
Aunt Josephine's Pride Mini Quilt

9.  Work on a Flag of Valor quilt top.

10.  Work on eight blocks for the Sugar Block Club sponsored by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.

11.  Work on the first clue for the
 Fall 2013 Mystery Quilt to Benefit Cancer Patients sponsored by
Heather Spence of Heather Spence Designs.  

12.  Bind the Byrne 2011 $5 quilt, repro colorway that I just finished quilting on Annie.


I won't have quite as much time to sew this week so I will have to wait and see what I can get done.  


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

Sharyn


Monday, September 23, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of September 16, 2013
(in review)


1.  Work on Lesson 12 and 13 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.


Lessons 12 and 13 combined some new blocks with some previously made blocks.  This is now known as Section A


2.   Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
*Christmas Charm Tree Skirt
Four Across Hearts Table Runner
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice

I was able to finish two BRODY Projects this week.

Lazy Sunday




Lazy Sunday is a Bonnie Hunter mystery offered by Quiltmaker Magazine.

It is very colorful and very scrappy...much like many of Bonnie's patterns.



Christmas Charm Tree Skirt



This tree skirt is ready to be quilted.  After it is quilted I will cut a circle from the center and a slit from the edge to the circle.  Then it will be bound with a bias binding.

3.  Spend a day with my main guy...Ryder.

Just a few pictures of our day together:



Going for a walk






On my new swing.





Recycling Rocks!




 I LOVE broccoli!


Play dough is fun!























4.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - June 2011 Stash Club 1930's Braid.



This Stash Club top has been quilted and trimmed.  Now it needs to be bound.

5.   Begin working on the center medallion for the Pieceful Nights Quilt Along sponsored by Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction.



I was able to complete this step.
The center medallion of this quilt measures 24 1/2" X 24 1/2" unfinished.

6.  Continue to work on two watermelon quilts made from fabric I gathered on a trip to Phoenix and San Diego two summers ago.



Here are two of the eight rows I've completed for this quilt top.  I have decided to just work on this watermelon quilt for now.  I will but the other pattern on hold for a while and work on it another time.

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

Only a few hexies added this week.

8.  Organize all the pictures from my lost blog page -
 My Christmas Hexie Journey
 and start to reproduce the page.

No progress this week.

9.   Bind the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler, Stella Colorway that I just finished quilting.

The binding has been added by machine and still needs to be hand tacked.






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

No progress this week.

11.  Attend the Byrne $5 Quilt workshop.

I attended the workshop and picked up my next block.

in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

The Quilt Extravaganza was wonderful.




The vendor mall



My favorite quilt



My purchases


The Week of September 23, 2013

1.  Work on Lesson 14 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along
 sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

2. Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Four Across Hearts Table Runner
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice

3.  Cut up the bag of scraps I've accumulated over the past few weeks.

4.  Go through two buckets of miscellaneous quilt related items and find a home for them all.   

5.  Spend a day with my cuddle bug, Ryder.

6.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - the Byrne 2011 $5 quilt, repro colorway.

7.  Finish the watermelon quilt I am working on made from fabric I gathered on a trip to Phoenix and San Diego two summers ago.  Prepare a backing and binding for this quilt.

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

9.  Organize all the pictures from my lost blog page -
 My Christmas Hexie Journey
 and start to reproduce the page.

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

11.  Work on the next block for the 2013 Byrne $5 quilt.

12.  Work on the three Quilts for Kids quilts that I started in the last workshop.

13.  Bind the June 2011 Stash Club 1930's Braid quilt.

14.  Prepare a backing and binding for Lazy Sunday.

I am certainly looking forward to all the quilty things I have planned this week.

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

Sharyn

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilts to share today.

Enjoy!!!

Doubly Crazy


The pattern for this quilt was originally a Glorified Nine-Patch and I used these Omnigrid templates: 

 Double Wedding Ring and the Double Wedding Ring Add-On.




I changed the pattern a lot in that I did not make 9 patches; instead I used a Thimbleberries fabric that was designed to look like crazy quilting.  


I took the concept one step farther.  I backed all of my centers with tear away interfacing and then I used the decorative stitches on my Viking machine to try to make it look like actual crazy quilting.  

I'm not sure if I accomplished what I set out to do, and honestly, it was a lot more work than I thought it would be.  But I like the effect and I am glad I attempted it.  



I made this quilt in 2009 before I knew better...haha.  It also has curved piecing which can be very challenging for me.  
The finished quilt measures 46" X 54".  

I named it "Doubly Crazy" because it combines the double wedding ring templates with mock crazy quilting.  Another reason it was so named is that it drove me double crazy while I was making it.




Sharyn's Garden



This quilt was originally called "Debbie's Garden" and it was offered as a $5 BOM at Byrne Sewing Connection.  


I purchased it as a kit because the BOM was completed by the time I found this nice shop located in Doylestown, PA.

Unfortunately the kit was incomplete and the shop no longer had the fabric I needed to reproduce the quilt.  

I had to redesign the quilt setting using the blocks I made from the kit.   I was able to find some of the missing fabric online.  I improvised with the rest of the necessary fabric.


Sharyn's Garden was completed in 2011.  It measures 70" X 84".



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

Sharyn

Monday, September 16, 2013

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of September 9, 2013
(in review)

This was a wonderful, but very busy week.  I was able to spend lots of time with family which always makes me happy.  I didn't get a lot of quilting time but that's okay.  I'll take family time over quilting time any day.  

Most of last week's list will be carried over to this week but I did manage to work on a few things.... 

1.  Work on Lesson 12 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

I did not get to lesson 12 last week.  I will try to do lesson 12 and 13 this week.

2.  Spend four (yes, I said four!) days with my sweet Ryder.  I am definitely a lucky Grammy!


Lunch is yummy!  Thanks, Grammy.

3.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works.

I turned in the three quilts I made this past month and I started working on three more.

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
Four Across Hearts Table Runner
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice

I was able to work on three BRODY Projects this week. 

 The Christmas Charm Tree Skirt is basically done but I need to make a backing and binding.  

I finished the Log Cabin Christmas Quilt.


The pattern did not call for an outer border but I think it needed one to frame the tree.


Here it is with a 4 1/2" border of swirly red fabric.  I like it much better now.  

I also finished the last two Little Charmer II table runners.


Here are all six table runners.  I used some Thimbleberries charm packs that I had gotten a while ago and some unbleached muslin for the background. 
 I was able to use every charm but two.  

I love the way they turned out.  
I already have some of them planned for gifts. 

5.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - June 2011 Stash Club 1930's Braid

I was only able to work a few hours on this quilt.  I hope to continue to make progress this week.

6.  Begin working on the center medallion for the Pieceful Nights Quilt Along sponsored by Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction.

I did not get to work on this.

7.   Start to work on two watermelon quilts made from fabric I gathered on a trip to Phoenix and San Diego two summers ago.

I made a little progress on one of the quilts.  


Here are four of the 56 blocks I made.  I am considering appliqueing black "watermelon seeds" on the red log cabins to make them look more like slices of watermelon.  

I didn't do any work on the second watermelon quilt.

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

I worked on a few hexies during one of Ryder's naps but I still have not finished a section.

9.  Organize all the pictures from my lost blog page -
 My Christmas Hexie Journey
 and start to reproduce the page.

I was able to find quite a few of the pictures and I started to reproduce the page but it is not done.

10.  Plan, shop for, cook and host an End-of-Summer BBQ.

We had a wonderful End-of-Summer BBQ.  The food was delicious, if I do say so myself, and the company was even better.  

11.  Go to Six Flags Great Adventure with my DH,
 my DDIL and my DGS, Ryder.

It was a beautiful day on Saturday for our Six Flags Great Adventure trip.  There were not a lot of rides that Ryder could do but the number of rides equaled his energy level.  Here are a few pictures from our day.







Thanks for a wonderful day, Heather!

12.  Bind the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler, Stella Colorway that I just finished quilting.

This quilt is not bound yet but I was able to trim it.  I should be able to get to it this week.



The Week of September 16, 2013

1.  Work on Lesson 12 and 13 for the Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along sponsored by The Quilting Gallery.

2.   Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Lazy Sunday
Blue Dresden Plate Quilt
Christmas Charm Tree Skirt
Four Across Hearts Table Runner
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Slice Twice - Isn't That Nice

3.  Spend a day with my main guy...Ryder.

4.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - June 2011 Stash Club 1930's Braid.

5.   Begin working on the center medallion for the Pieceful Nights Quilt Along sponsored by Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction.

6.  Continue to work on two watermelon quilts made from fabric I gathered on a trip to Phoenix and San Diego two summers ago.

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

8.  Organize all the pictures from my lost blog page -
 My Christmas Hexie Journey
 and start to reproduce the page.

9.   Bind the PQW 2011 Saturday Sampler, Stella Colorway that I just finished quilting.

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

11.  Attend the Byrne $5 Quilt workshop.

in Oaks, Pennsylvania.


Another busy week but I wouldn't want it any other way!

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

Sharyn