Monday, December 8, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Coming Up For Air!!

Hi, all!

Whew!  Last weekend is in the books, and I'm still alive!  It was a lot of work hosting two parties on one day, but it's done, the house is clean, and now I can spend my time working on Christmas presents!   So now it's time for…..

First let's see how I did on last week's list...

1.  Clean and decorate the house for two Christmas parties this coming Saturday.  (Morning is the sewing ladies, evening is our Sunday morning class!)
Done!  And wouldn't you know, I didn't take a single picture at either party?  Let's just say it all looked fabulous, everyone ate too much good food and we all had a ball!

2.  Trim and bind the two ministry quilts I quilted today.
Done!  They're included in the pictures of this weeks' ministry quilts below...

3.  Assemble both of the girls' annual quilt tops.
Mostly done!  I managed to get the center of both tops put together - tomorrow I'll put on the borders and start working on the backs!

4.  Quilt at least two more quilts for the ministry.
I didn't have time to quilt any more, but I did put the binding on a couple of quilts that Rita quilted this week! They are also pictured below with the ministry quilts.

6.  Start mentally preparing and planning for my sewing room revamp and purge, that will start the day after Christmas!
Oh boy, have I started!  I'm seeing visions of neatly organized fabric and scraps, lots of Command hooks… I can't wait!

5.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise.
Such a busy week last week!  It's hard to believe it's only the 8th of December - we've already given away 21 quilts this month!

This quilt went to a gentleman just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer…

This one went to a Marine with PTSD

These next quilts went to a group of foster kids, their foster parents and foster siblings

This one went to a newborn baby girl

This quilt is now comforting a young woman undergoing chemo for a brain tumor…

This quilt went to an 8 year old girl who has just been diagnosed with leukemia

This quilt went to an elderly gentleman in failing health…

This quilt went to a young woman who is 26 weeks pregnant and hospitalized until the birth of her child

These quilts will be given to children through The Bridge Mission for the homeless in Nashville…

This quilt went to a young woman who is undergoing a heart catheterization today

And I failed to get a picture of the 21st quilt yet - but I'll be sure to, because it's pretty special.  It's going to a Marine mom who lost her husband unexpectedly in October and whose two Marine sons are currently deployed.

For those of you who are following along, here's the current quilt count…

322 year-to-date
994 over the last five years!!!

Considering I have four more requests already to fill, I think it's safe to say that we'll pass 1000 quilts before the end of the year - maybe even before Christmas!

Oh, and one more thing I did this week…

I put a cotton liner in the fleece hood of Emmy's new coat!  Sounds like a little thing, but the static electricity generated by a fleece hood can zap her cochlear implants, so a few minutes, some tracing paper, and a little hand stitching, and voila! A non-staticky "hat" for Emmy to wear!  She's very proud of her new pink jacket!

And now for what's on tap for this week…

1.  Put borders on the girls' quilts for Christmas.

2.  Make backs for those quilts.

3.  Quilt the girls' quilts.

4.  Quilt at least two more quilts for the quilt ministry.

5.  Start wrapping Christmas presents, and decide what else I need to shop for.

6.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that arise.

Once again, a fairly short list but I have to get those quilts done ASAP - I've got people asking to use Jolene to quilt their own Christmas quilts!  I'd love to be able to say yes but that means I've got to knock my own quilts out first.  I really don't want to be finishing up quilts on Christmas Eve!

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




  1. Sarah, you are a marvel with all you do! Reading through the ministry quilts makes me think about all those people and the difficulties they face and say a prayer for them. It sure casts a different light on our own lives.

  2. Glad to see you keep that list small. I agree with Lara - counting blessings.

  3. I've followed your advice Sarah and written a list. I've listed my embroidery priorities for 2015 on my blog. I listed 13 projects in the order I will work on them. I do have some in reserve in case I finish all of those (highly unlikely). Next I have to make a quilting list.

  4. When I heard you were having 2 parties in one day, I felt for you. The good thing you had a great time and that part if over. I just have to wrap presents and then I am done. I am having a small Christmas and it feels good.

  5. What cool fabric for the hood liner. Man, I never thought about static issues with implants. My sister works at a university program for implant children - going to pass this tip along to her so she can share it with her families.

  6. I'm making fudge to put into the Christmas casserole pots that I bought for the gifts. Wrapping and addressing and sending is a lot of the process, too.(Giving all the same thing = It's an old lady way to remember what I gave for Christmas 2014.) Only the 2 littlest ones will get a toy, each. I'll probably get in some hand sewing in the evenings.
    Amazing the 1,000 in 5 years, but there is a bunch of misery in the world that needs a quilt of love. So proud to know you ladies are doing such fine work.


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