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New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of three super adult kids and their spouses. I also proudly have three adorable grandsons. I happily taught preschool for 25 years. When I'm not with my grandsons I spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Monday, January 30, 2017

Make-A-List Monday / February 2017

Great things are happening around Quilty Pleasures!  I finally have my quilting studio up and running.  Thank you so much to my wonderful husband who worked so hard tearing up carpet, refinishing wood floors, painting and moving tons of stuff up and down stairs. And thanks to his little helpers, 
Logan and Ryder!

 I am finally back to indulging in my Quilty Pleasures.  

 This is the view from the door when it was almost done.  I don't think I had the foot mat or the valances yet in this picture.  This room used to belong to my Dear Son, JT, when he lived at home.  The quilts piled under the shelving are quilted, they are just waiting to have the binding hand stitched to the back.  I work on my hand stitching at night.  

This is the sewing table that my Dear Hubby made for me.  It is 2' x 4'!  That is my Ikea light and my antique iron that I use when I am quilting.

My Hubby got this Anti-Fatigue Mat for me.  It is on the floor between my ironing table and my cutting table.  It is 3'x5'.

Because of my new studio, I have been able to get lots of blocks, one quilt top & three Quilts for Kids quilts completed during the month of January.

(in review)

NO progress on green highlighted projects

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

My Quilts for Kids group made all these quilts for the January workshop.  So far we have donated 1308 quilts to needy children.

These are the three that I finished this month.

2.  Work on the 2016 Saturday Sampler blocks I missed when I was unable to quilt.  Finish the quilt top.

Quilt top complete!

3.  Christmas Tree Skirt for Shea & Ricky

The tree skirt is done, all but the hand sewing.  I'll post pictures at a later date.

4.  Two Valances for my sewing studio

I made valances from a $50 curtain I got at Bed Bath and Beyond.  The curtain was on sale in clearance for $5!  And I got 20% off.  So I got two valances for a little over $4! 

 5.  Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt:  En Provence

Clue #1 - Neutral 4-patches

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

I'm still trying to decide on a color scheme for this quilt so I have not started it.

7.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge by Pat Sloan

So far I have made five of these blocks.  I am using a Halloween theme.

8.  The Children's Library - a Mystery Quilt by Pat Sloan

Block #1

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

I haven't started this quilt because I am waiting for some fabric that I ordered specifically for this project.

10.  Julie Herman's Toes in the Sand Quilt

Two blocks done.  Four more to go and then I will be ready to put it all together.

11.  Just Takes 2

Four blocks done. 
 So far I have completed 51/100 blocks.

12.  Dancing Stars

Ten blocks done.  
So far I have completed 50/98 blocks.

13.  Continue working on 'Round the Stars quilt made with my Dear Jane scraps

Quilt top complete!  
My next step is to find backing fabric and prepare the binding.

14.  Civil War Tribute

 15.   Waste Knot

16.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

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

  18.  Make a quilt for Logan's Big Boy Bed

19.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

20.  Baby Quilt #1

21.  Baby Quilt #2

22.  Baby Quilt #3

23.  Baby Quilt #4

24.  Baby Quilt #5

25.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

26.  Zippy Stripy Bags

    27.  Striped Table Runner

28.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

29.  Christmas Wall Hanging

30.  Fall Quilt Panels


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

2.  Christmas Tree Skirt for Shea and Ricky

3.  Make a Quilt for Logan's Big Boy Quilt

 4.  Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt:  En Provence

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

6.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge by Pat Sloan

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.  Baby Quilt #1

14. Baby Quilt #2

15.  Baby Quilt #3

16.  Baby Quilt #4

17.  Baby Quilt #5

18.  Civil War Tribute

 19.   Waste Knot

20.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

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

22.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler

23.  Quilt Square Quilt Along

24.  Zippy Stripy Bags

    25.  Striped Table Runner

26.  Double Twisted Wreath Fall/Christmas

27.  Christmas Wall Hanging

28.  Fall Quilt Panels

29.  Chock Full O' Charms

30.  Black Pouch

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


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Awesome Adventures with Ryder & Logan December 2016


WOW!  This sums up my teaching philosophy in a few short words.  

PLAY is how children learn.  It is how they learn to love learning.  Flash cards, worksheets, educational apps - Totally Unnecessary.  

As my beautiful grand children embark on this thing we call life, I am proud to say that I let them play as much as possible - and the messier the better.  

Here are a few pictures of the ways we have played during the month of December 2016:

Chuck E Cheese was a great place to visit.

Visiting Santa is always fun!

Great gingerbread house, Ryder!

We made a few more recipes from the Disney Princess Cookbook... 
Toasted Oatmeal Ice Cream

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Magic Wands

Lots to do at the library:

The boys love to play at the high school gym.

Logan can have fun just about anywhere!

And Ryder is no stranger to fun...

Celebrating Christmas was a blast...

Especially playing Pie Face!

While Daddy painted their new house:

Ryder and Logan helped to paint Mimi's new sewing studio:

A bath is definitely necessary after all that painting!

Ryder and Logan loved celebrating Aunt Shea and Uncle Ricky's engagement.

Always remember...

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