How's the weather where you are? It seems like it's either gorgeous (here we're in the upper 70s and lower 80s!) or scorching hot! For those of you in the hot zones, I feel your pain - last year at this time we had one day when it hit 109 degrees! We're just grateful that we've got more temperate weather this year. So it's been pleasant to spend time sewing, but also very nice to spend some time out on the boat. That means spending a bit more energy to utilize my time wisely - and I succeeded this week! Let's take a look at how I did on last week's list...
1. Finish stitching the Helping Hands quilt top together.
Done! Here's a picture of the pieced top!
2. Continue cutting out my vacation quilt.
Done! It's all cut out, packaged up, and ready to be sewn together in two weeks!! Woohoo! Beach, here I come!
3. Quilt the Helping Hands quilt.
Done! Six hours or so of quilting, using lots and lots of different stitches - it was a great learning experience! Come back on Friday for pictures - it will definitely be my Whoop Whoop for the week!
4. Take care of any ministry needs that come up.
Done! We only needed one quilt finished this week -
this pretty quilt is going to a woman in her 80s who is suffering from hardening of the lungs. She is cold all the time...
...so we backed this quilt with a nice soft piece of chenille in her favorite color, blue. It washed up so soft and cuddly!
And that's how last week's list went. It feels really good to have finished the whole list for a change!! Here's what's on tap for this week...
1. Take lots of pictures of the Helping Hands quilt!
2. Finish a man's quilt for the ministry.
3. Finish a woman's quilt for the ministry.
4. Put together the modern top on the design wall.
5. Start getting the house ready for vacation.
(Oh how I hate housework!)
6. Work on organizing the ministry's quilt patterns.
7. Keep up with any other ministry needs that come up.
Hopefully, I can get all this done even though it's a holiday weekend. We'll probably be spending a good bit of time out on the boat this weekend if the nice weather holds! Plus I have a "date" with my oldest granddaughter tomorrow afternoon to go see "Monsters University" - always a fun time!
Many of you have commented in the past about how much I get done each week. Since some of you are "no-reply" bloggers, I want to get it out in the open - I do not hold a job outside the home, I only keep my granddaughters two days a week now, and basically making quilts for the quilt ministry is my full time job. (I am so lucky!) Plus I avoid housekeeping like the plague whenever possible - my dust bunnies have names! I do have a few tips for those of you who wish you could get more done, though...
First of all, keep a running list of everything you do each week. This can be only craft related, or can contain everything you do each day, including chores, shopping, etc. I think you'll be surprised at how much you actually accomplish each week!
Second, make lists! There's a definite feeling of accomplishment to crossing something off the list, and it's easier to stay on task if you've got a set of goals written down. It can be a daily, weekly, or even monthly list. For me, I have a weekly list published on my blog (accountability works for me!) and a daily list that I keep on my phone.
And that brings me to my third tip - a great little app called Clear. This app will allow you to make multiple to-do lists, prioritize items on the list and easily change those priorities, and cross things off the list without them disappearing forever. I love this app - it has revolutionized my list-making because I don't have to remember where I put the paper list I've made - I always have my phone with me! It is super-simple to use and you can have as many lists as you want, switching between them very easily.
One more thing - I'd like to make you all aware of another great annual charity quilt drive that has just started again - the 100 Quilts For Kids Charity Quilt Drive! You can read more about it on Kate's blog, Swim Bike Quilt. This is a great drive - you donate your quilts locally, or in the alternative, Kate has a list of charities you can donate to. It runs from July 1st to September 30th. I hope you'll join in - it's a great cause!!
Now the question is - - - what are you working on this week?