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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."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday



Pinwheels for Caroline



This beautiful quilt is currently on my bed and it keeps me warm through these cold winter nights.




I made this quilt in 2011 from a PATTERN by Lori Smith.



I made my quilt with all 
Civil War Repro fabric.




My finished quilt measures 102" X 120." 

 It is a MONSTER!!!



Sweater Weather


This pretty little table topper was made from a pattern by Heartspun Quilts.

The original pattern measures only 24" X 24". 
 I decided I wanted it larger so I added three borders:
 an inner border, a pieced QST middle border and an outer border.

My Sweater Weather table topper measures 44" X 44".



I made this quilt in 2011 from some Civil War repro charm packs I had in my stash.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these two quilts.




Today I am linking up with My Quilt Infatuation.

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

Sharyn

Monday, January 27, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

The Week of January 20, 2014
(in review)

1.  Piece a backing for the Byrne 2013 BOM.

I was able to use ALL my left over fabric to piece a backing for this quilt.  I love when I don't have to spend money on backing fabric!

2.  Bind Little Dominoes, launder and label.



I was able to quilt one of the quilts I made for Quilts for Kids.  I will quilt the other one as soon as I get backing fabric and batting.



3.  Bind and label All Hand Dyes Go Together.




This is a VERY scrappy quilt made entirely from stash. 

 It is so colorful!


I have renamed this quilt "Connect the Dots."



4.  Bind and label the Heather Spence Spring 
2013 Mystery Quilt.



I have renamed this quilt "Friendship" because the fabric line is called "Friendship'" and because of all the friends I made while working on it.


Now it is time to add this quilt to my stack of quilts that need their bindings hand tacked. 




5.  Add a label to a Gift Project that I recently finished.

This project is done but I can't post any pictures because it has not been presented yet.


6.  Prepare four Nine Patch Blocks for Wildflower Rhapsody.



These are so little ... just 3 1/2". 

 I think they are going to be cornerstones.

7.   Finish my Pieceful Nights quilt...a Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.





I've been working on this quilt top for over a year.  It was made entirely from stash...my favorite kind of quilt!


8.  Make a Desk Deli Tote.


I've decided to purchase some fabric for this bag so I was unable to work on it.



9.  Work on the first block for Globetrotting 

 a Quilt-Along sponsored by Pat Sloan.



This is another project that I will work on for a year and that will be made mostly from stash.  I did purchase the purple fabric, but I already had all the rest of the fabric that I will use.



10.  Prepare a new Brody Project - Teal and White Delight.

My Teal and White Delight quilt has been prepared. 


 I will now add it to my list of BRODY Projects.


11.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
*Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
*Christmas in the Meadow
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts

I was able to work on both of my Four-Patch Stacked Posies quilts and I finished my 
Christmas in the Meadow quilt top.


Now I will be searching for some pretty Christmas fabric for the back.

12.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Going Buggy

I finished quilting Going Buggy and Hopscotch in Neutrals.  

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

A little progress.

14.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.

A little Progress.

15.  Spend a few days with my sweet Ryder.

I missed my time with Ryder this past week because of all the snow.

16.  Attend the Prayer Shawl Ministry workshop at
 St. David the King Church.

Because of our horrible weather my DH took our car on the day of the PSM workshop.  He usually rides his bike to work but it has been too dangerous to ride a bike on the snow covered roads.  Hopefully I will be able to make the workshop next month.



The Week of January 27, 2014

1.  Make a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt.

2.  Work on the first two blocks for the

3.  Assemble the center for Wildflower Rhapsody.

4.  Bind and label Going Buggy.

5.  Bind and label Hopscotch in Neutrals.

6.  Make a "Ten Minute Table-runner."

7.  Prepare SueNami, a Deb Tucker pattern,
 as a BRODY Project.

8.  Work on the first two blocks for
a quilt-along sponsored by Judy Laquidara.

9.  Start the preliminary design for a quilt for Ryder as he moves into his first "Big Boy" bed.

10.  Work on the first two blocks for Wishes
a quilt-along sponsored by the

11.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts
Teal & White Delight


12.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Building Blocks: Trellis 


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


14.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.


15.  Spend a few days with my sweet Ryder.

16.  Go out to dinner with some very dear friends.



Today I am linking up with Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.




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


Monday, January 20, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

Bad things come in threes....

This has been a rather difficult week in my house.  First my DH came down with a stomach virus and then it was my turn.  Yuck!

Then, today I had a dentist appointment to have a crown put on and the appointment lasted 4 1/2 hours!  Now my tooth is really sore.  Poor me!


Finally, my Internet has been out most of the day.  We reset the modem and now it seems to be working.


Okay, bad things happen in threes so now all should be good ... I hope!


On to my list...



The Week of January 13, 2014
(in review)

1.  Piece a backing for 
Back to Square One mystery quilt.

I found the fabric for this quilt back in my stash. 

 I added a little of the fabric from the front for the perfect backing. 

2.  Change the border on Celtic Solstice so that it matches the backing.


I decided not to change this border and just keep it the way it is.

It is a VERY scrappy quilt so I really don't think it will matter.

3.  Work on the January block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.



This is a Dresden plate appliqued block.  
I am happy with how it turned out.

4.  Prepare four Focal Stripe Blocks for Wildflower Rhapsody.



Four more blocks complete.


5.  Work on the final touches for the
 Byrne 2013 $5 quilt.


This is the final block for this quilt.



Here is the completed quilt top.  Unfortunately, the lighting does not do the colors justice.  It is really pretty the way the sashing appears to be woven.

6.   Finish my Pieceful Nights quilt...a Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.

No progress.

7.  Make a Desk Deli Tote.


No progress.


8.  Work on the first block for Globetrotting - a quilt along sponsored by Pat Sloan.


No progress.


9.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
*Blue Palace
Meadow - A Christmas Quilt
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts

I was able to finish Blue Palace.



I just love blue and white together.


10.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie:
Quilts for Kids - Little Dominoes (Crayons)

I finished Little Dominoes and
 the 2013 Heather Spence Spring Mystery Quilt.

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

A little progress.

12.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.

A Little Progress.

13.  Spend a few days with my sweet Ryder.


Because of my illness, I only got to spend one day with Ryder.  

We went to story time at the library








Any day spent with little Ryder is a good day!




The week of January 20, 2014

1.  Piece a backing for the Byrne 2013 BOM.

2.  Bind Little Dominoes, launder and label.

3.  Bind and label All Hand Dyes Go Together.

4.  Bind and label the Heather Spence Spring 2013 Mystery Quilt.

5.  Add a label to a Gift Project that I recently finished.

6.  Prepare four Nine Patch Blocks for Wildflower Rhapsody.

7.   Finish my Pieceful Nights quilt...a Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.

8.  Make a Desk Deli Tote.


9.  Work on the first block for Globetrotting - a quilt along sponsored by Pat Sloan.


10.  Prepare a new Brody Project - Teal and White Delight.

11.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Meadow - A Christmas Quilt
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts


12.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie:  Going Buggy


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


14.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.


15.  Spend a few days with my sweet Ryder.

16.  Attend the Prayer Shawl Ministry workshop at
 St. David the King Church.

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

Sharyn

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Show & Tell Tuesday

Show & Tell Tuesday

I have two quilted Christmas table toppers to share for Show & Tell Tuesday today.  I made them both a while ago and I have used them every year since then.

A Dresden Christmas 


This pretty table runner was my first attempt at the Dresden plate block and applique.  

It measures 20" X 42".



It was completed in 2008.



A Baltimore Christmas


This is actually a mock Baltimore Album quilt.  It is small...24" X 24".

The blocks are not actually appliqued...I used Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite fusible from The Warm Company.




This table topper was completed in 2009.

Both of these projects were offered as classes at Stony Brook Sew and Vac by Pat O'Brien

I hope you enjoyed these two Christmas table Toppers.  

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

Sharyn

Monday, January 13, 2014

Make-A-List Monday

An Awesome Adventure...

One of our Christmas presents to our DGS, Ryder, was a promise to take him on one Awesome Adventure each month for the year 2014.

Today my DH and I took little Ryder on our first Awesome Adventure.  

We spent the day at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA.




This was taken when we arrived at the museum.

Little did we know that we were about to embark on a wonderful day of discovery.




The trolley car was the first activity we found.  Ryder loved anything he could "drive."  






Next we found this city bus.  Ryder loved beeping the horn and turning on all the lights.



Then we discovered the Rubber Ducky river on National Rubber Ducky Day.  
Sooooo much fun!



We had lunch by the beautiful carousel.  They had a wonderful assortment of healthy food to buy but you could also bring your own food from home.  
We did a little bit of each.



The quilter in me could not resist taking photos of the pretty floor in the grand entryway.








Ryder had fun making a beautiful picture in the craft room.


The play ShopRite was AMAZING!  We had a blast going around and filling our shopping cart.







The train room and the child sized piano were both a hit.



I think his favorite thing to do was run through these hanging plastic things that I think were supposed to represent water.


I strongly recommend the Please Touch Museum for children 1 to 7 years of age.

Now, on to my list...



The Week of January 6, 2014
(in review)

1.  Work on the December block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.



This block was not difficult but it was a bit tricky.  



2.  Finish the current quilt I am working on for Quilts for Kids.





I finished two Q4K tops.  
The pattern is called Little Dominoes.


3.  Piece a backing for Celtic Solstice and prepare it for quilting.

I found what I thought was the perfect backing in the sale room at PQW.  Unfortunately, when I got home, I   discovered it to not be such a perfect match.  I decided to piece it with a blue stripe of fabric to try to get it to match better.  I am still not happy with this backing.  I am considering changing the border on Celtic Solstice to match the backing better.  This is still a work in progress.

4.  Work on 16 setting rectangles for 





5.  Work on the last block for the Paper-Pieced Heart Sampler.


This is the final block for this sampler quilt.  It can be found in the bottom row on the right side of the completed quilt top below.




6.  Complete the final step for 
Back to Square One mystery quilt.

I've been working on this quilt for over a year.  Here is my completed quilt top.


It is a pattern by Judy Laquidara.  I made this quilt top with fabric I purchased in Lancaster, PA.  
It is quite large - 93" X 93". 
 It barely fits on the floor of my living room.

7.  Work on the final touches for the
 Byrne 2013 $5 quilt.

No progress.

8.   Finish my Pieceful Nights quilt...a Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.

No progress.

9.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
*Blue Palace
*Meadow - A Christmas Quilt
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts

I did a little work on two Brody Projects:  Blue Palace and Meadow

10.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie - 
All Hand Dyes Go Together.

I finally finished quilting All Hand Dyes Go Together.  Thankfully, I had enough batting so I did not have to try to piece it after it was partially quilted.


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

I was finally able to finish another section of my 
Christmas Hexie Quilt.

829 Hexies

12.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.

No progress

13.  Spend a day with little Ryder.


My day with Ryder was spent inside because it was only 8 degrees outside.  Ryder was busy potty training so we spent the day close to the bathroom.



14.  Attend PQW Saturday Sampler Class.


I presented the block pictured in #1 above at the Saturday Sampler class and I picked up the next block - an appliqued Dresden plate.



The Week of January 13, 2014

1.  Piece a backing for 
Back to Square One mystery quilt.

2.  Change the border on Celtic Solstice so that it matches the backing.

3.  Work on the January block for the PQW Saturday Sampler.

4.  Prepare four Focal Stripe Blocks for Wildflower Rhapsody.

5.  Work on the final touches for the
 Byrne 2013 $5 quilt.

6.   Finish my Pieceful Nights quilt...a Quilt Along sponsored by Jo's Country Junction.


7.  Make a Desk Deli Tote.


8.  Work on the first block for Globetrotting - a quilt along sponsored by Pat Sloan.


9.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Small Print
Four-Patch Stacked Posies...Large Print
Blue Palace
Meadow - A Christmas Quilt
Civil War Tribute
Two Flag of Valor Quilts


10.  Work on the quilt currently loaded on Annie:
Quilts for Kids - Little Dominoes (Crayons)


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


12.  Work on the shawl I am crocheting for 
the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. David the King Church.

13.  Spend a few days with my sweet Ryder.


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

Sharyn