Monday, October 19, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Ni Hao!

Hi, all!

It's Monday, at least in middle Tennessee - I am in China this week, where it is 13 hours ahead of the time in Tennessee.  That's confusing, but is easiest understood that if you are in the Central time zone, China is 13 hours ahead - so at 5:00 in the morning in Tennessee, it is 6:00 in the evening in China.  OK, enough of that!  

I did have a short list last week, so let's see how it went...

1.  Quilt more ministry tops.
Done!  I ended up quilting three more tops - it would have been four, but I had a threading problem on the first one, and had to spend an hour or so taking out an entire pass across the quilt - the tension was terrible on the back!  But it wasn't Jolene's fault - I missed getting the thread through the tension disks properly.  I'm just glad that's all it was!  Here are a couple of the quilts I quilted...

2.  Clean up the house.
Done!  That's what I spent Thursday doing - I evicted dust bunnies right and left!  And I found out I have a beautiful dining room table when it's not all covered up...

And while I was slaving away, check out what my faithful companions were doing!

3.  Write extra blogposts and schedule for next week while I'm in China.
Done!  Or at least, almost.  I'm writing this post Thursday night, and I have one more post to write before I'm done, but I'm waiting for a "go-ahead" from a friend before doing that one.

4.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  Only one quilt this week, for a woman who had a stroke and is not expected to recover much mental function.

So all in all, not too bad.  I wish I could have quilted more quilts for the ministry, but six should get them through the week I'm gone.

And this week?  Well, I'll be traveling, but I do have some things I'm working on...

1.  Work on Nathanael's stocking.  I'm close to being finished, so maybe I can get the top stitching done during my LONG flights!

2.  Work on a hexie project I'm taking along.

3.  Write up the tutorial for a recent quilt.

4.  See the Great Wall of China!

So that's what I'll be doing this week! Now, the question is - - - what are you working on this week?



FYI, "ni hao" means "hello" in Chinese.... hopefully that's enough to get me by this week!


  1. Enjoy the experience. It is one you will never forget.

  2. I know you're going to have a great time, what a wonderful experience, not too many people get to put the Great Wall of China on their weekly to do list :)

  3. Have a wonderful trip. Safe travels.

  4. WOW! That's an impressive to do list! Will you be back in middle TN in time for the quilt show in Franklin?

  5. when I visited china I learned the word for 'restroom' also, but not once was I able to say it well enough that people understood what I needed !!!!

  6. ooo - I love that dark floral quilt! You're right about your table being gorgeous. :D I haven't seen mine for three months because of an intensive "designer" project I've had going in addition to my normal quilting routines. I just finished all but the hand work on the last part of that, so I'm excited to get the table all cleaned off! (very strange, to be excited about any type of housework. . . ) lol

  7. have a wonderful time in china. Stay safe too. I just love the tiny square table runner, but I guess connecting threads has sold out or something. I can't find it anywhere. :( boo.

  8. I hope you have a wonderful time in China. Thanks so much for your Monday lists - they have inspired me and the last 2 weeks I have got so much done. There is such satisfaction in making small steps of progress. Love your work!


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