Monday, November 16, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - On A Roll!

Hi, all!

I think fall has finally arrived in Middle Tennessee, just in time for Thanksgiving!  Our weather has been consistently cooler, and getting cold at night, and we actually had frost the other day.  I'll be glad to see the ragweed freeze and die, that's for sure!  It really helps to get in the mood for the holidays when the weather feels right, though.

OK, now it's time to see how last week's list went...

1.  Work on a new Christmas quilt for myself!
Nope!  But I did make a Christmas quilt for a friend, and another one that I'm hoping to sell to raise some Christmas spending money. Here's the one for my friend...

...and here's the one I'm selling.

2.  Clean the guest room and get it ready for my niece's visit in a couple of weeks.
Done!  I'm glad to be able to close that door and keep it nice until Thanksgiving...

3.  Clean out the pots and pans cabinet in the kitchen.
Done!  This cabinet looks a whole lot better now!

4.  Work on the appliqué for Lilli's annual quilt.
In progress.  I've made all the appliqués and attached them to the quilt with fusible web, but still need to stitch them down to the top  But that's tomorrow's job!

5.  Plan the menu for Thanksgiving dinner and prepare a shopping list.
Done!  I probably won't shop until Thursday, but at least it's ready to go.  I sure hope sixteen people can eat a LOT of food!

6.  Clear out the garage enough so we can get a second car in it.  Preferably before there's frost on the pumpkin!
Done, just in the knick of time!  I surprised my husband with this...

It's not organized yet (that's HIS job), but at least we can both park our cars in it!

7.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We had several individual needs come up this week...

This quilt went to a couple whose adult son just died unexpectedly...

This quilt went to a woman just diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma...

...and this one went to a young woman who suffered a traumatic head injury and is currently on a ventilator.

We also made seventeen Christmas quilts that will be given to the shut-ins that our church takes dinner to each Wednesday night with their Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Here's a glimpse of all seventeen - many of them thanks to donations from Gayle B. and KatieQ!  I'm happy to say they will be finding good homes this week!

OK, so last week was pretty productive!  I hope this week will go as well - here's the list of things I need to get done...

1.  Stitch down the appliqués on Lilli's quilt.

2.  Plan the quilting on that quilt.

3.  Quilt at least two quilts for the quilt ministry.

4.  Work on the fabric origami butterflies for Emmy's quilt.

5.  Clean and shine up the wood floors in my house.

6.  Shop for and pack up my Operation Christmas Child boxes.

7.  Do the Thanksgiving grocery shopping (so my turkey can actually thaw in the refrigerator this year as recommended!)

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

Light on quilting, but Thanksgiving preparations have to take precedence this week!  I also get to spend time with Emmy Wednesday morning (I had both the little ones this morning), Thursday morning I spend sewing at church with some of the ministry members, and Friday night is a sleepover with Lilli!  So it's going to be a busy week!

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




  1. Holy garage, batman! First, is it cold enough where you are to let the turkey defrost in the garage? Those birds sure take up a lot of fridge space! Second, put one of these on your Christmas list: (they come from other manufacturers too, but I didn't price check). I think they look awesome - no more stacking and unstacking! - but I have pot drawers so can't buy one for myself.

  2. You have been quite busy! Nothing better that when you get something organized or cleaned out, when you open that door and see your work and how clean and organized that area is, always bring a smile on my face!

  3. Each time l read your blog, i enjoy looking at your ministry quilts and saying a prayer for those they are given to. So many people that you and your quilting partners are blessing! And Lilli's quilt is so sweet!

  4. Each time l read your blog, i enjoy looking at your ministry quilts and saying a prayer for those they are given to. So many people that you and your quilting partners are blessing! And Lilli's quilt is so sweet!

  5. I love how people have a garage - and can't get a car in it - lol!! Wonderful quilts - you folks are a true blessing.

  6. Wish I could park my car in the garage. Hubby keeps saying he will finish his project car so I can but I'm not holding my breath.
    Love Lilli's quilt.

  7. You are such an inspiration! You accomplished so many things on your list! I am a list maker and love crossing things off the list! :)
    I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer (the same day I found out I had cancer, our daughter and her husband moved 200 miles away with our 2 grandsons ages 3 and 8).
    I always try to find the good in things and so I started my craft list (because of chemo I am home now so have more time to accomplish things on the list!) That is how I found your site.
    I am new to quilting (and learning with the help of a friend) and had some scraps and was looking for a pattern for a quilt for the 3 year old. I found the 'noodle' pattern (pinwheel).
    It is a very easy pattern to follow, thanks to your tuturioal with pictures! Of course it has taken me more than 3 hours to finish the top :) but I will finish the quilt so I can give it to my little Silas when they come home Thanksgiving weekend :)
    Thank you so much for your easy to follow tuturioals-even for this beginner :)

  8. We have a 2 car garage, and, neither of us can park in it. As for chilly weather, we're expecting snow overnight, into Sat afternoon (1-8" forecast so far). I'm not ready for snow.


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