Monday, November 12, 2012

Make-A-List Monday - A Return to Sanity!

Hi, all!

I definitely got a reality check last week about how much it's possible to accomplish while taking care of two sweet little girls!!  We had a lot of fun, though - check out what Lilli and I did together....

She's using her new sewing machine, a Janome 11703 Sew Mini Petite.  I absolutely love this little machine - it sews just like a real one, but slowly, and is sturdy enough that it doesn't feel like a toy. I think she'll be able to use it for many years to come!

So now, let's see how I did on last week's (ridiculous!) list....

1.  Cut out two quilts.
Done!  Here's the kit for one...

A southwestern-themed quilt...

...and I've actually started assembling the second one!

2.  Cut out and make four pillowcases.
Done - but I can't show those to you yet.  Soon, though!

3.  Cut out the nightgown and the messenger bag.
Oops - didn't get to this one!

4.  Make the scarf.
Done - but I can't show this one yet either.

5.  Sandwich the wall hanging.
Nope.  Didn't get to this one...

6. Make a back for Emmy's quilt.
...or to this one!

7.  Take care of any ministry needs that arise.
We had six requests for quilts last week.  I finished and delivered one, quilted three tops that still need binding, and I'm putting the borders on another.  Two backs to make and some quilting and binding, and we'll have those needs taken care of!

8.  Finish stitching Emmy's stocking.
Woohoo!!! I did get this one done, feverishly stitching while my hubby drove us to and from Birmingham last weekend!  

Now I just need to turn it into a stocking!

9.  Bind Lilli's quilt.
Done - but no pics yet.  I had to stash it away so little eyes wouldn't see it early!!

So this week, I'm going to try to be a little more reasonable with my list.  Even so, I bet it will be long!

1.  Bind the three ministry quilts that are ready to go.

2.  Finish assembling the modern grey and yellow quilt top.

3.  Start sewing the southwestern quilt together.

4.  Finish putting borders on the ministry quilt top.

5.  Make two quilt backs for ministry quilts.

6.  Quilt those two ministry quilts.

7.  Make a back for Emmy's quilt.

8.  Put Emmy's stocking together.

Told you it would still look bad!  But I think this is a little bit more manageable than last week's list.  I'm childless tomorrow morning, so hopefully I can knock the first two items off the list then!

Speaking of the modern quilt top, Lilli saw the pieces I had up on the design wall - just a couple of strips of the print and the solid - and I asked her what she thought.  She said, "It's pretty - - - but it's kind of boring, isn't it?" She cracks me up!!  It's hard to explain to a child that sometimes a modern quilt is quiet rather than bright or busy.  Just shows that she's a lot like me, though - I really like bright and loud too!!  I think that quilt's going to be pretty amazing when it's done, though.  It's a gift, so I'm going to enjoy it while I have it...

So now, the question is - - - what are you working on this week?



PS  -  Big news!  Friday's post will be my 500th post - and you know what that means - a GIVEAWAY!!!


  1. Your lists and accomplishments truly astound me! We are all prepped for our big show. Now the slow packing with that list, so we don't forget anything. As spaces clear out, we are neatly putting things away and restocking (new fabrics that have been kept in boxes) - 2013 will see lots of cool projects!

  2. Not much done??? Silly lady! You go on with your bad self!!

    Ayden says boring a lot too though. Maybe it's the age:)

  3. Yay Lily! I cant wait until my grandaughter is old enough for her own sewing machine! How fun!

  4. Since my other class has ended, I can help with some of your ministry projects on Wednesday night. See you then!

  5. Congratulations on your upcoming 500th posting! Wow! I so enjoy reading your creative adventures...I keep thinking one day I will start blogging, but have no idea where to start.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. The stocking is so adorable! Well done!

    Do you suppose Lilli will make any boring quilts? :-D

  7. Isn't it funny how kids think about some things. My son is designing his graduation quilt (part of the reason it still isn't finished, 6 months after grad) and he wants it a certain way. I finally told him that he couldn't have part of it like he wants. I just couldn't do the math for all the crazy stuff he wanted to do to offset all the blocks. He's having to settle.

  8. Weren't there also 25 chair pockets for the ministry?

    It's amazing how much work you get done, good luck on this week's list. My list includes only one this this week, get my secret lap quilt project done in time for Thanksgiving. :)

  9. Woman! you are ambitious! I might get one of those things done in a week, but not all. You are amazing. Today I'm working on QOV blocks (a set of 5) for Alicia Quilts. It's for a contest, but I don't care if I win. I just want to donate. Then, if I can get organized and as busy a bee as you are, I'll make a house block for Beth's contest. (There again, just for fun.)
    Your Lily expresses the wonder of using the sewing machine in that picture. I remember the feeling! I started on my mom's old treddle. I never had my own machine until I married!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see what you two made.

  10. Love the picture of you sewing with Lilli. What great memories for both of you. Your list of what you got to is amazing! You sew girl.

  11. Hope your week is going well! Love the stocking you are stitching for Emmy!

  12. I adore this stocking...what amazing stitching...YOU truly are an inspiration to so many of us...


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