Monday, January 4, 2016

Make-A-List Monday - A New Year Begins!

Hi, all!

Welcome to 2016!!  As so many people do, I've been cleaning and organizing this week, so I can have a fresh start for 2016.  I made sure I had finished all my long-standing projects in 2015 so they weren't hanging over my head, and I'm looking forward to doing some new and wonderful things in 2016!  How about you?

Last week, my list was pretty simple - clean and re-organize the studio so I can have a fresh start for the new year.  A bad back episode slowed me down a bit (it's still not back to normal, but it's getting better) but I do have some progress shots to show off!

Last week when I started, my sewing station and surrounding area looked like this...


...but as of this afternoon, it looks like this...


And underneath the studio window?  Here's last week...


...and here's what it looks like now!

Here's behind the quilt frame "before"...

...and after!

The batting shelves got a slight overhaul, mostly cleaning there - this is last week...

...and this is today!

The storage bins stacked on top of the shelves may get used and moved from there by the time I finish this job.  Time will tell!  And here's a few shots of some other spots that have been cleaned and re-organized...

OK - so that's what I've been working on all week, when I wasn't working on the kitchen floor with my hubby!

We also gave away a bunch of quilts, all of which I went to mail at the post office today.

This quilt went to a sweet older lady who lost her leg due to diabetes...

This one went to a man with multiple health issues who needed a quilt-y hug!

This quilt went to a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer...

...and this one went to a little girl who is dealing with some pretty big medical challenges.

This quilt went to a gentleman who just had a double lung transplant...

...and this one went to a gentleman who is battling cancer.

And now it's time to figure out what needs to be done this week!  

1.  Clean and re-organize the fabric storage wall.

What a mess!

2.  Get all of this stuff back in its place in the sewing studio and out of my husband's office!

3.  Take on Nana duties all day Wednesday while Nathanael is having his second cochlear implant surgery.  The other grandkids need to be ferried back and forth from school, so I'll be spending the day at my daughter's house!

4.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up!

Not a long list, but I think those last two parts of the studio clean-up and re-org are going to take a little while!  But if I finish it all, I'm hoping to actually get some sewing time in - wouldn't that be nice?  Oh, and I probably ought to start putting away all the Christmas stuff and take down the tree... too bad it can't stay out all year!

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




  1. It may not be a long list but the picture of your husband's office looks like that will take a lot of time. It can be a late Christmas present for him :)

  2. Looks like you have had a pretty productive week, cleaning and organizing. All the fantastic quilty hugs that went out with week too! Busy, Busy, it!

  3. well i'm impressed...great progress! i'm waiting on sr housing but once i move in, i'll get to have fun like this!

  4. I appreciate your honesty with that last photo! Looks like my technique of rearranging piles .....

  5. I love seeing the before and after. What a great job! It looks inviting and hope it encourages you with all the sweet quilts you are making. Hope your back heals fast!

  6. I'm impressed! You have a lot of energy and love to give. My Dad had a single lung transplant in 2005... seems like a lifetime ago. The quilt will be loved greatly.

  7. I too am impressed and know that it will help to get so much more done. I hope the surgery goes well. I too have yet to start putting the Christmas stuff away but that is on tap for this weekend.


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