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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."

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Show & Tell Tuesday (Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables & Mexican Cross)

Show & Tell Tuesday


Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables


I participated in the New Jersey Shop Hop a few years ago.  I visited all of the quilt shops in New Jersey where I collected fabric packets and quilt patterns.  At the end of the Shop Hop I chose the pattern from
 Mouse Creek Quilts in Howell, NJ.  



Mouse Creek called their quilt Jacob's Vegetable Basket because the quilt block is called 
Jacob's Ladder.  Each 18" block is made from four 9" blocks.  The original pattern calls for a basket weave border but I chose to make a pinwheel border.  


Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables was completed in 2012 and it measures 70" x 70".
This pretty quilt is available for sale in my Etsy Shop
 Quilty Pleasures NJ.  

Mexican Cross

Mexican Cross was a Pennington Quilt Works Stash Club Quilt.  I changed the pattern up a bit by adding sashing, cornerstones, and a border.  The original quilt was only 45" x 54".  With the added sashing and borders my quilt measures 83" x 96". 



Mexican Cross was completed in 2013 and it was quilted on my long arm quilting machine.


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

Sharyn

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Show & Tell Tuesday (Slice Twice ~ Isn't It Nice, Jungle Fever)

Show & Tell Tuesday

Slice Twice ~ Isn't It Nice


One day, I was in Olde City Quilts, in Burlington, NJ, and I spotted this quilt kit made from homespun fabric.  The name of the pattern is Slice Twice ~ Isn't That Nice.  I had recently discovered homespun fabric so I was anxious to try this pattern and kit.  The kit came with 10" squares that I would slice twice - hence the name, and then rearrange to make new 9" finished blocks.  The pattern is available at QuiltersWarehouse.   


I chose not to add borders to my quilt so it finished at 
70" x 80".  
This quilt was completed in 2013.



Jungle Fever


Jungle Fever was a free quilt pattern by Karen Montgomery for Timeless Treasures.  I used all Tonga Batik fabric for my quilt.  This quilt also uses 10" squares.  Each square is cut four times.  Then, as in Slice Twice above, the pieces are rearranged to form new blocks that finish at 8".  If you want a quilt with x number of blocks, you must start with x number of 10" squares.  This pattern is available at Always Quilting online store.


I chose to use 63 10-inch squares so my quilt ended up being a throw size - 56" x 72".  I did not add borders to this quilt either.  Jungle Fever was completed in 2013.


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

Sharyn

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Show & Tell Tuesday (Blue Palace & Winter Retreat)

Show & Tell Tuesday

Blue Palace


My FAVORITE color combination - Blue & White!!!

I began Blue Palace in 2013.  The pattern was designed by Bonnie Mitchell for Clothworks.  I used fabrics from the Blue Palace collection by Johnny Karwan.  It is made with 32 eight-inch blocks set on point.  I got all of the Blue Palace fabric from my local quilt shop - Pennington Quilt Works.


I completed this quilt in 2014.  The final measurements are 58" x 69".


Winter Retreat


Winter Retreat is a pattern for Heartspun Charms designed by Pam Buda.  The pattern is available from
 The Village Mercantile.  It is made with an Ohio Star block variation.  You will need three charm packs plus some border fabric, and backing to finish this darling quilt.  



I competed Winter Retreat in April 2013.  My finished quilt measures 39" x 39".  I quilted it on my long arm quilting machine - Ava, with a Baptist Fan pattern.  I use it as a wall hanging and a table topper.


Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching

Sharyn

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Show & Tell Tuesday (Pieceful Nights & An Oldie but Goodie)

Show & Tell Tuesday


Pieceful Nights



Back in 2013, I discovered a blog called 
Jo's Country Junction.  It is written by a mother/daughter team: Jo & Kelli Kramer.  I'm not sure what drew me to this blog - could it be the word "Junction" in the title?  I live in Princeton Junction.  Or could it be their last name - Kramer?  Cramer is a family name for me...my grandmother was a Cramer.  Although it is spelled differently, it still must have meant something to me.  

Jo's Country Junction was running a Quilt Along for the Pieceful Nights pattern and I just had to jump on board.

The quilt is designed by Lori Smith of 
From My Heart to Your Hands. It is a sampler quilt with twelve 10" blocks set on point and surrounding a large 24" center block. 


I completed Pieceful Nights in 2014.  My version  measures 70" x 70".


An Oldie but Goodie




After completing a few Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilts I was on the hunt for more mysteries.  I discovered 
Merry Mayhem One Day Mystery Quilts.  This mystery was presented on New Year's Day 2014.  The Mighty Half-Square Triangle reigns supreme in this quilt.


I was able to complete An Oldie but Goodie on January 5, 2014.  Just four days after it was presented.  The original pattern measured 48" x 60".  I decided to add borders so my quilt measures 64" x 76".


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

Sharyn

Monday, March 4, 2019

Make-A-List Monday February 2019 in Review

February --- the month of hearts and snow!

JT and Kaela celebrated both when they attended a wedding in Breckenridge, CO.


Kaela got the chance to teach JT how to snow board. 



Later in the month JT presented an award at the Temple/Tulsa basketball game for PNC Bank.




Little did he know, he was to receive an award as well...

I continued to keep up my Happy Planner this month...


I was able to get some quilting in, as well.  
Sit back and enjoy :)





Now - let's get after it...

February 2019
(in review)

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



I donated three quilts this time.





We will soon celebrate the donation of 2000 quilts to Quilts for Kids later in the month of March.  
Quite an accomplishment!








2.  Attend PQW Saturday Sampler Class and complete block




3.  Leader/Ender Projects -

     

Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt :


and

  Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt: 
En Provence 

En Provence top is now complete and ready to be quilted.  

4.  Make some fun things with my Cricut


The boys celebrated 100 Days of School at their respective schools.  I made them t-shirts for the occasion.




Cute little boys if I do say so myself :)











5.  Bonnie Hunter's 2018 Mystery Quilt - Good Fortune

Making progress...



6.  Continue to plan for Jace's big boy bed quilt.



I have my design. I'm not sure why I was procrastinating on this project.  Once I sat down with pen and graph paper, the design was easy.  I am going to Lancaster later in the month so I will purchase my fabric there.  The selection and price is far better than near where I live.


7.  Make a quilt for Anna's baby shower

Our friend Anna's baby shower was held in beautiful Summit, NJ.

I made this sweet chevron gray and white quilt for her baby.  She does not know if it is a boy or girl, so I thought gray would be a safe and trendy color combination.








Sammi Beth, Anna, Melissa, and my daughter Shea - best friends since elementary school.


No progress on Green highlighted projects

8.  Just Takes 2


9.  A few blocks from Amy Gibson's


The Quilt Block Cookbook 

10.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge 
by Pat Sloan



11.  Dancing Stars


12.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by


 The Fat Quarter Shop

13.  Work on some blocks from Bonnie Hunter's quilt Garden Party, started in Hershey July 2018.

14.  Folk Stitches

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


March 2019


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

2.  Attend PQW Saturday Sampler Class and complete block


3.  Leader/Ender Project -
     
Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt :
On Ringo Lake 

4.  Make some fun things with my Cricut


5.  Bonnie Hunter's 2018 Mystery Quilt - Good Fortune


6.  Continue to plan for Jace's big boy bed quilt.

7.  Just Takes 2


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

9.  The 182 Day Solstice Challenge 
by Pat Sloan

10.  Dancing Stars

11.  The Patchwork Quilt Along by
 The Fat Quarter Shop


12.  Work on some blocks from Bonnie Hunter's quilt Garden Party, started in Hershey July 2018.

13.  Folk Stitches

14.  Basketweave from Quilted Living

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

16.  PQW 2014-15 Saturday Sampler


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

Sharyn

Friday, March 1, 2019

Awesome Adventures with Ryder, Logan & Jace - February 2019

Awesome Adventures 
with
Ryder, Logan, and Jace

February 2019

Lots and lots of brotherly escapades occurred in February.

There is always time for a rough and tumble 
wrestling match.

Sometimes we combine
 Dance Parties with Wrestle Mania



Quiet time inside is a must to help balance all of the boys energetic outside play.













A day snow tubing is "snow much fun!"






Ryder participated in his very first Science Fair with some of his friends.


We haven't had a lot of snow so far this winter, but the boys have made the most of it, when they can.






A trip to Lego Land was a highlight of the month.





Our sweet little Jace celebrated his 2nd birthday!




Dressing up to pass the time of day

The boys try to get outside whenever the weather cooperates.







Ryder and Logan both celebrated the 100th day of school.  I made them each a t-shirt to wear for the day.


Both older boys love their schools.

Little Jacey cuddling his baby dolls.


All three boys like to visit Grandad's school.  Swimming in the pool is always fun.

Well, most of the time!



Lifeguard Logan

   
A wonderful way to get lots of exercise when the weather outside is ugly.

Jace ... <3

The boys are always up for a trip to iPlay America.



Jace practicing his gross motor skills - and having a lot of fun at My Gym.





Such a cuddlebug!!!

                                                                                                                   So much to discover                                       



Ryder practicing a new song on the piano -



My son reading to his sons <3 <3 <3 <3

These three little boys fill my heart with so much LOVE!!!

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

Sharyn