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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."

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Awesome Adventures with Ryder, Logan & Jace - September 2017

Awesome Adventures with
 Ryder, Logan & Jace

September 2017

September is the time of endings and beginnings.  The BOYZ said good-bye to summer with one last trip to Delaware to visit with their 
maternal grandparents, Ellen & Ron.  While there,
 they enjoyed hiking...

arcade play...

and fishing...

When their vacation was over it was time to come home and get new haircuts for the beginning of school.

Ryder started Kindergarten at his new school.  

He took his first school bus ride...

Logan enjoyed driving the Ninja car to the bus stop.

Jace kept busy while Ryder was at school by exploring his environment.

Kindergarten is only a half day, and Ryder is no longer taking naps, so he needed something to keep him busy in the afternoon while his younger brothers are napping.

Ryder and I built a rolling cart of drawers to hold activities for him to do after lunch.

Every day, when Logan and Jace go in for their naps, Ryder works on a variety of activities his mom, Heather, has chosen for him.  He really enjoys his activity time each weekday.

Our little Jace continues to thrive by taking in all that life has to offer a 7 month old...

The weather has been really beautiful so we have enjoyed many days of playing outside...

Ryder is learning so many new things now that he is five.

He can now tie a bow...
and he is learning to play the piano...

Learning so many new things can make a five year old very tired...even if he no longer takes naps...
or does he?

The month of September came to an end with a surprise visit from Aunt Katie at soccer practice.

September ...  Can we restart summer???

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


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Make-A-List Monday Sept/Oct 2017

The end of summer...
Back to school...
Wedding venue shopping...
Wedding dress shopping...

The month of September has been filled with endings, beginnings, and checking things off a list.

As a way to say goodbye to summer, my husband and I took a road trip to Seaside Heights beach/boardwalk, a place we used to visit when we were MUCH younger.  We have not been back to this area in close to 25 years and WOW how things have changed.

Hurricane Sandy blew through this area in late October 2012.  It made landfall the day after my oldest grandson's baptism.  The storm did terrible damage to the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

Almost a year later, in 2013, the boardwalk suffered a devastating fire which destroyed more than 50 businesses on the southern end of the boardwalk.

Much of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and amusement park were destroyed by the storm and the fire.  We weren't sure what we might find when we arrived for our visit all these years later.  

We noticed many changes from when we had last been to the boardwalk. Some of these changes might have been because of the time (25 years) but I'm sure a lot were because of the storm and fire.  Much of the southern part of the boardwalk was still under construction but the northern part looked a lot like we remembered.

I was happy to see the beloved carousel still in operation, although it had been moved to a different location.

I am happy we made this trip, even if it was sad to see so many changes to my childhood vacation spot.

Luckily for the state of NJ, we have not had any major hurricanes to deal with since Sandy.

Actually the weather has been beautiful lately...perfect for drying laundry outside on the line.

Our little Ryder started Kindergarten this month.
He is really enjoying this new adventure.

Shea, Ricky and I were able to do some emergency wedding venue research. 

Shea and Ricky's first choice venue is Battello in Jersey City, NJ.

Their wedding was all planned until they were informed that, for safety reasons, the restaurant would be closing for renovations.  No one wants their wedding guests falling into the Hudson River - so alternate plans had to be made.  

We visited between 8-10 venues in quick fashion and they were able to find many that had their date available and a few which would necessitate changing the date.  

They settled on Liberty House in
Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

The one drawback --- they have to change the wedding date from 7/7/18 to 8/10/18.

So as of now, they have two venues reserved - Battello and Liberty House.  They have until February to decide if they want to hold onto Battello (the construction might be done in time for their summer wedding) or commit fully to Liberty House.  Honestly, both venues are beautiful and I'm sure they will be happy at either location. 

Shea, Violet (Ricky's Mom) and I have visited four different wedding dress salons over the past few weeks.  Wedding dress shopping in the NJ/NY area wouldn't be complete without stopping at: 

Unfortunately Shea did not
 "Say Yes to the Dress" at Kleinfeld's but she did see a dress she really liked at 
Wedding Atelier in NYC.  

(this is Wedding Atelier, this is not Shea:)

Hopefully, by the time the next Make-A-List Monday is published, Shea will have her dress ordered and can start checking a few other things off of the list.

Now, without further ado - 
                          My September list in review...

(in review)

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

Many, if not all, of these quilts will be distributed to young victims of the recent hurricanes in the south.

2.  Baby Quilt #1

I finished Baby Quilt #1 for my friends Alison and Tim who are expecting their new little one in October.  

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the quilt. 
(I know, bummer, right?) 

The quilt I made is very similar to this quilt only I used 1930's Reproduction fabric in a rainbow of colors.

3.  Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt : En Provence

I am currently working on step 4. I will post pictures when this step is complete.

4.  A few blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson

I finished these two blocks this month.  Now I have completed 17 blocks from this book.

5.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge by Pat Sloan

Four more blocks completed for this Halloween themed quilt.  Unfortunately this quilt will not be finished by Halloween 2017.

Halloween 2018?   Maybe!

No progress for the following
Green Highlighted projects:

6.  The Children's Library - a mystery quilt by Pat Sloan

7.  The Blazing Star - the Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month

8.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

9.  Just Takes 2

10.  Dancing Stars

11.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by The Fat Quarter Shop

12.  Baby Quilt #2

13.  Baby Quilt #3

14.  Baby Quilt #4

15.  Baby Quilt #5

16.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

17.  The not so True History of America Block of the Month by Texas Quiltworks

18.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

19.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

20.  Zippy Strippy Bags

21.  Striped Table Runner

22.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

23.  Christmas Wall Hanging

24.  Fall Quilt Panels

25.  Chock Full O' Charms

26.  Black Pouch

27.  Folded Placemat

28.  Kuddle Kwilts

29.  Crazy Eights

30.  Vacation Watermelon Quilt


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

2.  Baby Quilt #2

3.  Baby Quilt #3

4.  Baby Quilt #4

5.  Baby Quilt #5

6.  Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt: 
En Provence  -  Step 4

7.  The Children's Library - a mystery quilt by Pat Sloan

8.  The Blazing Star - the Craftsy 2017 Block of the Month

9.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand quilt

10.  Just Takes 2

11.  Dancing Stars

12.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by
 The Fat Quarter Shop

13.  A few blocks from Amy Gibson's
The Quilt Block Cookbook 

14.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge 
by Pat Sloan

15.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

16.  The not so True History of America Block of the Month by Texas Quiltworks

17.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

18.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

19.  Zippy Strippy Bags

20.  Striped Table Runner

21.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

22.  Christmas Wall Hanging

23.  Fall Quilt Panels

24.  Chock Full O' Charms

25.  Black Pouch

26.  Folded Placemat

27.  Kuddle Kwilts

28.  Crazy Eights

29.  Vacation Watermelon Quilt

30.  Strip Club - Tree Lot

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


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday (Teal & White Delight - Kaela)

Show & Tell Tuesday

Today I am sharing a quilt I made for my then future daughter-in-law, Kaela.  

In 2016, Kaela married my son, JT, but in 2014 she was a recent medical school graduate.  

Teal & White Delight

I gave this quilt to dear Kaela on the occasion of her graduation.

Kaela's graduation from medical school was also the time when we met her family for the first time.

I have made this pattern before in a different 
color-way.  It is one of my favorite patterns.  The original name for the pattern is Red & White Delight.  

I picked up the pattern from a little quilt shop in Hershey, PA.

Teal & White Delight was quilted on my first long-arm quilting machine, Annie.

Since I gave this quilt to Kaela, she has married JT in Santa Rosa, California, and she is now in her 4th year residency for orthopedic surgery.

We love you Kaela, and we are so happy you are part of our family!

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


Monday, September 18, 2017

Awesome Adventures August 2017

Awesome Adventures 
August 2017

The lazy, hazy crazy days of summer ...

At times the days seem long, but in the blink of an eye the summer is over.  We were determined to get in some fun adventures before the lazy days turned into school days.

My sweet boys love to do crafts.  

Morning cuddles...

Afternoon Cuddles...

 Evening cuddles...

Playground Time!

Our little monkey <3

Drying swimsuits ... a frequent sight in the backyard.

Jace enjoying the backyard.

"Mimi, I'm sooooo tired!"

Logan DOES NOT like thunderstorms!

But he and Ryder both love ice cream/milk shakes.

Ryder and Logan enjoy going to Kidz Village on rainy days.

Little Jace celebrated his half birthday in August.

Shea and I did a little wedding dress shopping ... 
so much fun!

Ryder loves to put together Lego creations.

This sweet face gets LOTS of Mimi kisses!

I think this post makes our Awesome Adventures current. 
 I'll be back with more Awesome Adventures with Ryder, Logan and Jace next month.

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