Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - oops, Tuesday!!

Hi, all!

Well, I'll be the first to admit that the holidays always get me turned around a little backwards.  My husband is usually home the last two weeks of the year, and I don't usually have the grandgirls on the same schedule, and so, just like yesterday, I forget what day of the week it is!  I woke up at 2 am and thought, "Wait a minute - yesterday was Monday, wasn't it?"  So here I am, at 6:45 am, writing my Make-A-List Monday post!

OK - so let's see how last week's list went…

1.  Hand-stitch the labels on the girls' Christmas quilts.
Done!  I'm not very fond of hand stitching, but these went on quick and easy Here's a pic of one of them!

2.  Take great pictures of those quilts for Friday's blogpost!
Well, I can't say they're great - we haven't had much sunshine in the past few weeks, and it makes for gray pictures - but those pics are done! You can see more about these quilts and the other quilts I've given the girls for past Christmases here

Lilli's quilt

Emmy's quilt
3.  Work on a special surprise.
Done!  I made this quilt to give away to one lucky reader to celebrate 5 years, 800+ posts, and 1000 quilt ministry quilts!  You can read more and enter the giveaway here - but hurry, the giveaway closes at 5 pm CST Christmas Eve!  Winner will be announced on Christmas day.

4.  Wrap Christmas presents and decide what else I need to get.
Almost done!  I think we're finished shopping, but I've still got a few to wrap.  Whew!

5.  Prepare lots of good food for a family get-together this Saturday morning!
Done!  My daughter and her family weren't able to come - Lilli came down with the flu (she's better now) but we had a good time with way too much food!

6.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that arise.
Done!  It was a busy week down on the farm…

(Insert five hour break in here while we did a lot of this…

AND we're back!  This quilt went to a lady who started chemo for lymphoma this week...

This one went to a 13-year old girl who had a brain aneurysm...

This one went to a lady who just went through a stem cell transplant...

This one went to a lady who suffered some serious burns...

This quilt went to a gentleman with throat cancer...

This lovely scrappy quilt went to a lady with stage 4 breast cancer...

This one went to an elderly gentleman who is currently dealing with pneumonia and other unsettling changes in his life.

And this one, pictured with it's designer and creator, Callie (our youngest quilt ministry member), went to a new baby boy, born premature but fortunately thriving!

Whew!  We blew past that 1000 mark, for sure - we've given away 38 quilts so far in December - more than double any past December and tied for the most of any month this year!  

OK - now what's up for this week?  It should be an easy week, but there are a few things to do

1.  Finish the weighted blanket I've started for Emmy.

2.  Rewrite the weighted blanket tutorial to include new, clearer pictures and a few additional tweaks. 

3.  Get the house ready for a visit from my sister and her daughters after Christmas!

4.  Eat too much, open lots of presents, take lots of pictures, and have fun!

5. And, as usual, keep up with any ministry needs that may arise.

Like I said, an easy week, but next week will be much busier as I give my sewing studio a much-needed cleaning and organizing!

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

Hugs and Merry Christmas!



  1. Hey Sarah.. I love hand stitching like you love long arming lol! I stitched up a Christmas tree skirt on my Gloria 301A and then couldn't bring myself to quilt her there.... so took a break in my wall hanging to make this last minute... but I am having fun! :) Glad you have had a productive week and December for the ministry too! Also glad you have fun goals for this week! Kathi

  2. I'm with Lilli, down with the flu, messing up our Christmas plans with my sister. This is a nasty bug...especially since I had a flu shot! Glad to hear Lilli is feeling better.its hard being the Grinch!

  3. have a Merry Christmas Sarah! and best wishes to your family

  4. What a beatiful quilt. I found your blog and joined H2H the first year. Ever since then you have been an inspiration to me. You keep me motivatived to keep on quilting. Thank you.

  5. I love how you included what your grand daughter loves to do at this age, what a treasured memory that will be!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. I'm working on two pillows for our couch for my hubby who naps after dinner, and has no pillows cause I gave the heavy ones away to our married grandgirl for floor pillows. Brown and beige string blocks... hope he goes to the club today so I can finish them up. I know he sees them, and he isn't asking about them, so he does know they are for him... this way he can pretend that he's surprised.
    Love that you listed #4 - and I hope you keep this one.
    Merry Christmas Hugs

  7. Love all the quilts. The pictures were great and I understand the lack of sunshine. We got a 2 day reprieve and it's back to the cloudy and rain starts tonight.


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