Monday, September 2, 2013

Make-A-List Monday - Quilting Season Begins!

Hi, all!

Labor Day has come and almost gone, and as I saw on someone's Facebook post today, quilting season begins!!  I don't know about you, but I am so ready!!  So many ideas in my head and new fabric in my stash.....

But first I need to take care of business - like last week's to-do list!  Here's how it went....

1.  Help a friend finish a ministry quilt top for a young boy.
Done!  We not only finished the top, I got it quilted too!  This one is going to a 6-year old boy who just got adopted by his foster family!

2.  Make a ministry quilt for a 5-year old boy who just had a heart transplant.
Done!  This top was pieced by Rita (it's a Connecting Threads kit!) and I got it quilted up this week.  It's on its way to a new home!

3.  Make a ministry quilt for a young woman who was in a serious car accident.
Done!  This young woman is doing well - her jaw has been wired shut, but she made it to church on Sunday and we gave her quilt to her then!

4.  Make a quilt for a teenager dealing with brain cancer.
Done!  This quilt is so special - the center Amish star was hand-pieced by a new member of our group many years ago, and she donated it to the ministry when she started coming.  As the recipient is very fond of music, we added a black border with white musical notes on it, an the back is the same fabric and another black musical fabric, this time printed in shades of blue and green.  A patch on the back has a verse from his favorite song, which has become his theme during his battle with cancer.

5.  Finish a quilt started by my MIL to give to my FIL.
Partially done!  I loaded this quilt on the frame yesterday - it's a monster!  96 inches square.  Whew!  And today I finished the quilting.  Tomorrow I'll bind it...

6.  Start prepping the house for a visit by my FIL and SIL.  (This involves moving stuff around since we only have one guest room!)
Started!  I cleaned a lot of stuff out of a room that Lilli had been using for crafts, so the room is nearly ready to have the futon moved into it.  I also hung pictures in the guest room and cleaned out a whole bunch of books and toys to go to Goodwill.

7.  Keep quilting for Rogersville, at least five quilts this week.
I believe I quilted four quilts for Rogersville this week, because of the four quilts I finished for the ministry.  

8.  Get those stars appliqued on the blue field!
On hold for right now....

9.  Keep up with any other ministry needs that arise.
We didn't have any needs come up other than those that were already on the list.  Whew!

It was a busy week!  I actually quilted six quilts in two days - Jolene and I were fast friends those days.  I also did some fun quilting related to the book review I did for my friend Christina - 

and there's still time to read the review and enter the giveaway of her new book, "First Steps To Free-Motion Quilting"!  Just stop by last Friday's Whoop Whoop post and join in the fun.  The linky party is open until Thursday if you want to link up with us - try it, it's fun!  There's lots of impressive inspiration there, too.  Take a look!

And here's what I've got on my list for this week...

1.  Make quilts for a mother and son who were in a bad car wreck this past week.  

2.  Bind the quilt for my FIL.

3.  Finish up the guest room and mini guest room for our upcoming company.

4.  Quilt at least five quilts for Rogersville.

5.  Make three computer sleeves for the craft show.

6.  Make six journal covers for the craft show.

7.  Make two first aid kit roll-ups for the craft show.

8.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise. 

I think that's enough to keep me busy although I'm sure more stuff will come up!

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




  1. I have so many craft shows coming up. I will be making lots of small quilted items and table runners, but first I got an order yesterday for burp cloths. I will make those tomorrow.

  2. Wow. Makes me tired just reading this.

  3. Sarah, exactly how many people are involved in your quilt ministry? I can't quite imagine you can accomplish this list all alone. Blessings!

  4. Amazing. I love the ministry quilts because of the stories that come along with them, such wonderful positive news. I will be thinking of the boy with brain cancer, my cousin has been battling brain cancer since 20 months of age, she's now 7! It can be beat!!!

  5. Oops! I've been quilting out of season.

  6. I am amazed at how much you can accomplish in one week. I have been working on the same quilt for I can't even remember how long. I have a similar goal of clearing out the craft room to make a guest room and we did make progress on that this weekend. This week I am going to try to get some photos on the wall in the living room and get my halloween decorations out. Bless you for all you do!

  7. Wow! You really got a lot done. The quilts are all so pretty. The one with the musical notes brought tears to my eyes.

  8. Those are some great quilts! I wish your energy would rub off on me. I did make up a bunch of little plants for Halloween... lavender, rosemary and spearmint... out of sequence for the song. I also made a couple of geraniums. I'm up to 143, I think, more if some of the seeds sprout.

  9. Love the label with the words to the song. That is a favorite song of mine too. I will be praying for these recipients of your quilts. How lovely to use your passion for quilting to bless others in need. Your quilts are amazing. How do you manage to do so much? Of course, by grace!

  10. You are truly amazing! Love all the quilts. The pillows are my favorite.

  11. what amazing quilts you got done for the ministry - with such touching stories attached. You are truly amazing - the list of what you've accomplished and are tackling each week is impressive!

  12. The stacked coins quilt is really serene and lovely. I like your take on both the pillows you made! Have a great week Sarah.


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