Monday, November 4, 2019

Make-A-List Monday - Time to Re-group!

Hi, all!

Monday is here again, and I feel the cold wintry draft caused by people putting up their Christmas decorations - do you?  My husband is adamant that we not put ours up before Thanksgiving, but all around me I see them going up, and when I was in Target today, they were putting out trees and Christmas decorations.  So like it or not, we're moving into the holiday season!  I'm trying really hard not to feel too rushed with everything I want to get done, and my list always helps with that, so let's see how last week's list went....

1.  Quilt the dresden plate quilt.
Done!  Of course, I haven't taken pictures of it yet, because it's been cloudy around here, but here it is on the frame...

2.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.
Done!  I've done the larger sets of flying geese, shown below, and I've made and tested a paper piecing template for the smaller ones.



...and Lilli's!
3.  Make a back for my Patchwork Forest QAL quilt.
Done!  I not only made a back, but I finished the whole quilt!  Unfortunately no pictures of the finished quilt, but here's the top for your viewing pleasure...

4.  Quilt one customer quilt.
Done!  This is a real beauty, and hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow for some full-length shots...

5.  Quilt at least one quilt for the quilt ministry.
Done - sort of!  We had a big pile of quilts that needed binding and washing, and I did that in lieu of quilting another one this week.

6.  Start prepping for the quilt ministry Christmas party - a special sewing day as we all work on our own Patchwork Forest quilts!
Done!  We've got a huge pile of fat quarters cut and pressed, but there's still plenty to work on this week.

7.  Start deep cleaning the house before upcoming Christmas parties (oh how I hate cleaning!).  I should probably start by making a list - and checking it twice!
It was a good weekend for it, so I started my Christmas preparations by painting the risers on my stairs, which had been looking pitiful. See, when I painted the treads right after Christmas last year, I put painter's tape on the white risers - and when I pulled it off, several layers of latex paint came off with it, revealing the oil based dark brown paint underneath.  So two layers of primer and a layer of semi-gloss, and they look so much nicer now!

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
No quilts were given away this week, which gives us a good chance to catch up a little bit!

So a good week all in all, with lots accomplished!  Good thing, too, because there's so much more I want to get done!  Here's my list for this week...

1.  Bind my Flight of Fancy quilt.

2.  Take lots of quilt pics when the sun shines!

3.  Make some class samples.

4.  Make two pillow covers for a quick commission job!

5.  Write up an estimate for a new commission.

6.  Make progress on my Birch Bark quilt.

7.  Make progress on the My Small World quilts.

8.  Put one of the annual quilts on the frame (maybe?)

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

Definitely more than enough to keep me out of trouble, right?  And so much more I could work on, but I'm trying to reward myself with little "me" moments too.  And I've already got my next one planned out - I'll fill you in on it if I find the time for it this week!

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




  1. I adore your Patchwork Forest quilt, as in stare at it for way too long.

  2. Now this is a good summary of goals! The little forest quilt still amazes me!

  3. Great progress, and an ambitious goal list. I understand why the stores have to get their displays done now, but I agree with your husband. Thanksgiving should have its due, and, it is my favorite holiday of the year. So no Christmas here until after Thanksgiving. I need to enjoy my turkey collection and all the fall colors before moving to the red and green.

  4. you have a lot done. I get why the Christmas things get into the store so early - especially the craft stores so people have time to make things - although I never feel like making Christmas things in July I just can't get into it. What I don't get is putting out Christmas decorations in the home in October!! We went to a family reunion this past weekend and My sister in law had her Christmas tree and decorations out already and my brother was getting lights outside - he is extravagant and it takes him a month to get it all in place. I knew she put her tree up early but I didn't realize she did it the week before Halloween - one holiday at a time please I say - I do not do Christmas until after Thanksgiving

  5. This is the first year I'm actually toying with putting my Christmas tree up now :-o I usually wait until the day after Thanksgiving. Time will tell if I give in or wait ;-) Love love love the Patchwork Forest top...can't wait to see it all finished! I just finished my commission placemats so now I'm back to 'me' sewing. I need to finish my Granny Cabin top and baste & quilt Meadowland.

  6. I'm finishing up a donation "beach quilt" for my grand daughter's fund raiser. Once that's done, I'm moving over to some holiday UFOs and gifts. Love the Patchwork Forest top. I, too, agree that holiday decorating waits until after Thanksgiving!

  7. Lovely moving it forward with all your projects. I finished the pieced part of my table runner in the sew along and have started the applique prep. And yesterday....I finally used this bias tape maker that I bought prolly 25 years ago! It was easy peasy though I hate cutting out bias strips. It seems like it makes for fabric leftover that is less easily usable. But oh well, my applique vines are going to look lovely :-)


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