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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, December 29, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday (The Farmer's Wife)

Show & Tell Tuesday

Today I will share two quilts that are made from the same pattern but look completely different.

I used the book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt 
by Laurie Aaron Hird


The book includes letters written by farmer's wives in 1922.  These letters inspired the 111 six-inch blocks in the quilt.  The book comes with a CD to print many of the templates used in the quilt.  

The Farmer's Wife
(Civil War Repro Fabric)


I began my "Farmer's Wife" journey in November 2009.

I joined a Block of the Month from
 Homestead Hearth. 

Over the next 24 months I received fabric to complete all of the 111 blocks in this quilt.


The letters printed in the book are fascinating reading.  "It appeared that the farm women were thrilled with the popular inventions of the day that would make their lives easier:  telephones, automobiles, lighting systems, running water, carpet sweepers and the like.  Nonetheless, they wanted their family life and values to be left alone."


"These articulate, optimistic and visionary farm women of 1922 seemed quite content with their peaceful lives on the farm, spent with their husbands, children, neighbors, books and nature."


The Farmer's Wife
(1930's Repro Fabric)




As I was working on the Civil War repro fabric quilt, I decided to also work on a 1930's repro fabric quilt.


I pulled fabric from my 1930's stash to duplicate the blocks each month.


As I worked on this quilt I counted how many pieces of fabric went into each block (as I am also doing for my Dear Jane quilt.)

Each version of my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt contains 3,163 pieces of fabric and measures
 82" X 100"!

I know this seems like a lot, but my Dear Jane quilt has almost  5,700!

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

Sharyn

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday (Christmas Tree Skirt, Evergreen Table Runner, Oh Christmas Tree, Tis the Season)

Show & Tell Tuesday  

Christmas is just around the corner so today I want to share a few of the Christmas items I have made over the years.

Our Christmas Tree Skirt

Until a few years ago we did not have a Christmas tree skirt.  We simply used a red tablecloth to cover the bottom of our tree.  Then in 2013  I decided we needed something quilted.

This tree skirt was made from 61 five-inch charm squares, borders, backing and binding.

It measures 45" square.


Evergreen

In 2011  I took a class at Byrne Sewing Connection in Doylestown, PA.  It was a mystery class and all we were told was to bring five Christmas fabrics that coordinate.

The day consisted of sewing seven steps and the finished product was this pretty Christmas table runner.  



The original pattern is called "Christmas is Coming" by Judy Hopkins and the finished runner measures 22" X 72".


Oh Christmas Tree

I made Oh Christmas Tree in 2013.  It is made from 1174 pieces of stash fabric.


It measures 38" X 44" and hangs in our family room during the month of December.


'Tis the Season

I made 'Tis the Season in 2013 from a Turnover and 1 1/2" strips.


It measures 54" X 54".


The following are a few other Christmas projects that I have already blogged about:

A Dresden Christmas



A Baltimore Christmas



My Christmas Hexie Quilt
(incomplete)


May the peace of the Christmas season be with all of you!

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

Sharyn 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Show & Tell Tuesday (Carolina Crush & Orca Bay)

Show & Tell Tuesday

December is the month when Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville releases her annual mystery quilt.  

This year the mystery is called Allietare and it started the day after Thanksgiving.  Each week Bonnie releases a new clue until the quilt is complete.

This seemed the perfect time to share two past Quiltville mysteries.

Carolina Crush

Carolina Crush was the first Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt in which I participated.

This quilt was originally called Carolina Christmas because Bonnie lives in North Carolina and she used Christmas colors for her very scrappy quilt.




Being new to mystery quilts, I was very reluctant to make my quilt completely scrappy.  I was unsure if I would like a scrappy quilt.  

I decided to dive in and give it a try.   As you can tell, I did not make my quilt with red, green and gold like the original quilt, so I decided to change the name from Carolina Christmas to Carolina Crush.  I chose to use scrappy purples and teals, and I kept my black and white constant.  




I completed my quilt in 2010 and it measures 

94" X 94".


Orca Bay



By the time I started Orca Bay, scrappy quilting was no longer new to me.  





I embraced Bonnie's pattern and followed her colors of Red, White, Blue and Black.





Orca Bay was my first attempt at string piecing.  I love how the string blocks look.






I completed Orca Bay in 2014 and it measures 

82" X 90".

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

Sharyn

Monday, December 7, 2015

Make-A-List Monday November/December

November
(in review)

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 

Lots of special time with my guys!


























2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works





3.  Attend November Strip Club at 





4.  Attend the Penn Homecoming football game where JT will present an award...sling and all.






5.  Attend the WWPHS South Hall of Honor award ceremony






6.  Attend the first birthday party of my friend's triplets




7.  Celebrate Thanksgiving with some of my family





8.  Start baking Christmas cookies

So far I have made Oatmeal Raisin, Gingersnaps, Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Snaps.

9.  Work on the first two clues for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt Allietare


Fabric Selection


First 2 clues

I have only pictured part of the clues.  I have actually made 294 HST and 80 of the Decapitated Geese.


10.  A quilt for Logan - ABC Chenille





11.  Begin working on the Card Table Clubhouse for Ryder and Logan for Christmas


The clubhouse is done!





12. Finish a quilt for my friend's new baby girl


Welcome to the world, Delaney!

13.  Make Thanksgiving and Christmas pillowcases for my little guys.




 14.  Dear Jane  leader/ender project


The next step will be to add the pieced triangle borders.


COMPLETED quilt top.  

I began this project on 1/27/10 and finished the top on 12/06/15.  The completed top has 5602 pieces!!!

I will tell more about this quilt after it is quilted in a
 Show & Tell Tuesday post.


No progress on the following pink highlighted item:

15.  Aiming for Accuracy II by Mishka's Playground: Lessons 15, 16, 17 and 18

16. November block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous




17.  Blocks 11 & 12 for the Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs



All the blocks for this project are complete.  The next step will be to put the quilt top together.


No progress on the following pink highlighted items:

18.  October and November blocks for the
 Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

19.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

20.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

21.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

22.  Lucky Stars

23.  Grandmother's Fan

24.  Just Takes 2

25.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

26.  Crumb Quilt

27.  Zippy Strippy Bags

28.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

29.  A Quilt for Chase

30.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

*Civil War Tribute
*Cool Breeze
*Stained Glass Windows
*Recipe for Friendship
Radio Way


Civil War Tribute block

Cool Breeze

Stained Glass Windows

Recipe for Friendship





December

1.  Spend quality time with my special grandsons 

2.  Piece, quilt, bind and label at least one "Quilts for Kids" quilt.  Attend the Quilts for Kids workshop at Pennington Quilt Works

3.  Go out to lunch with some of my QFK friends

4.  Celebrate Ryder's Half Birthday (3 1/2)

5.  Make more Christmas cookies

6.  Celebrate Christmas with my Dear Family

7.  Work on the next clues for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt Allietare

8.  Begin working Christmas Stockings for Kyle and Heather

9.  Aiming for Accuracy II by Mishka's Playground: Lessons 15, 16, 17 and 18

10.  December block for Calypso Kaleidoscope by Quilt Addicts Anonymous

11.  Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along sponsored by Sassafras Lane Designs

12.  October, November and December blocks for the
Quilt Doodle Designs 2013 Block of the Month

13.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

14.  De-Bone some men's cotton shirts into usable quilting fabric 

15.  PQW 2013-14 Saturday Sampler - Cutting Corners

16.  Lucky Stars

17.  Grandmother's Fan

18.  Just Takes 2

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Crumb Quilt

21.  Zippy Strippy Bags

22.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler  

23.  A Quilt for Chase

24.  Work on the following BRODY Projects:

Civil War Tribute
Radio Way - Basic Gray
Serene Strips - Summer 
Serene Strips - Fall

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

Sharyn