Monday, November 14, 2022

Make-A-List Monday - A Little Pressure Released!


Hi, all!

Another week has flown by!  Why does the time seem to go so much faster towards the end of the year?  The days seem shorter too, with the dark falling so early.  But it's the time of year for crock pot meals, stews and soups, so cooking is a little bit easier.  

I had a bit of the pressure eased last week when the commission job that I took on after my usual cut-off date fell through.  So whew!  I can breathe again!  Here's how my list last week went...

1.  Quilt Emmy's quilt.
Done!  It turned out really cute.  Simple cross-hatch quilting, and the binding is done too!

2.  Spray baste Lilli's quilt.
I didn't get to this one!

3.  Load Nathanael's quilt on the frame.
Done!  This was the first thing I had loaded on the frame in about a year, and I am happy to see that muscle memory took over!  I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I want to quilt it, though.

4.  Finishing putting the front flower beds to sleep for the winter.
I didn't get to this one, and I think I'm going to regret it, because now it's cold!  But I did have a valid excuse - my first (and hopefully only) case of shingles made it rather uncomfortable to move around! PS it's better now....

5. (Bonus) If I manage to finish all that, quilt Lilli's quilt.
I didn't get to this, because I didn't spray baste it. But I may just load it up on the frame and knock it out, once I figure out how I want to quilt it!

Today, I tried out a new recipe for shells and cheese (lots and lots of cheese!) and it turned out really well... pretty I had to take a picture before we dug into it!  It tasted pretty good, too!

So even with shingles, it was a pretty good week!  And here's a PSA - if someone offers you a shingles shot, quit thinking you can't be old enough for that and take them up on it!  I sure wish I had...

And here's what I'm planning to work on this week...

1.  Quilt Nathanael's annual quilt.

2.  Quilt Lilli's annual quilt.

3.  Start cleaning up the studio before my quilting sisters descend on my house for our Christmas party in December.

4.  Pick up and set up our big Christmas tree!

5.  Start piecing a ministry quilt top from my scrap stash.

It's hard to believe that it's time to set up the Christmas tree, and it IS a little early, but we get ours from a local Christmas tree farm and it opens this coming Saturday.  It's run by one of my husband's co-workers, who started it many years ago as a way to pay for his kids' college educations.  They are all graduated now, but he keeps doing it and it's a really nice day trip!  They not only have trees, but wreaths, arrangements, and some fun Christmas decor, too.  I'll try to take some pictures while we are there so you can see all the beautiful stuff!

And while I don't have a picture of Bree, who is currently doing her imitation of a cockroach in the chair next to me, I do have a lovely picture of my daughter and her family that was taken a couple of weeks ago. Aren't they all beautiful?

Time sure flies when you're having fun - Lilli will start learning to drive this year!  And the littles aren't so little any more - Emmy is ten, and Nathanael just turned eleven!  

So now I really need to know - - - what are YOU working on this week?




  1. So glad you're back, Sarah. Can't believe how the grands have grown!

  2. I have not accomplished a lot lately in the sewing world. But I have been busy.
    Yes, I am happy that I got the shingles shot(s) when I did. I certainly don't want that agony.
    Glad you are better.

  3. Oh my goodness, Sarah. Those grandkids are getting so big. That is a lovely photo of your daughter's family. Can't wait to see the Christmas tree farm pictures. Thanks for the reminder about the shingles vaccine. Happy you are feeling better.

  4. Your family is beautiful--so much love in that photo! I'm glad the shingles didn't knock you down for too long--you still managed to get a lot of jobs done!

  5. What a beautiful family! So glad you are past the worst of the shingles, but so sorry you got them. Glad your last minute commission fell through and eased your schedule a bit. Good luck with your week.


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