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Thread: It's Game Day In This House

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    It's Game Day In This House

    I normally make a lot of my daughters' clothes since they're so tall and lean for their ages. This year, my normally 2 weeks of garment sewing turned into 6 weeks because of all the alterations I had to make. That means, I started their Christmas quilts late. Last week. Yep. I started cutting them out a week ago and because of the time crunch, I just went with a Warm Wishes pattern since I was also fussy cutting Littlest Pet Shop animals from the main fabric. Yesterday I sandwiched both of them, plus a small, crib-sized wall hanging for my youngest.

    Since they're both sandwiched, I should have plenty of time, right? Here's the kickers:

    Normally, it takes me a day or two to quilt a large quilt (these are both double-sized quilts) but I also normally do that on the weekends or in the summer, when I'm NOT homeschooling both of the girls. And, normally, they're my cheerleaders to keep me going and get them done quickly. But, they can't cheer me on when they're supposed to be surprises.

    So, my goal is to hopefully get both of the large ones and the small one done by this weekend, while still teaching and without them finding out why I'm spending so much alone time in the sewing room, where they're normally welcome and even have their own machines. I've done all of my "Game Day" preparations: changed my needled, filled extra bobbins and made sure there was plenty of room behind and to the side of my machine. I'm hoping that if I get all three done this week, I can make a small, easily pieced wall hanging next week for my oldest. Here's to hoping!
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Oh my goodness - I'm exhausted just readying your post.

    Good luck!! Sounds like a plan.

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    Me too! Hope your plan works though!! Good luck.

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    I'll be cheering you on, sew girl sew!

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    Cheering you on from here ! Sounds like you have it all laid at really well - keep us posted at half time
    To keep your mind fresh- learn one new thing a day !

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    Best of luck with your plan. I know you can do it. I also have a few hours of "free" time that I have been using to get Christmas gifts for the boys done. I have about 2 or 3 days (not sure on Christmas programs and party schedules yet) of a few hours a day left. I should be OK, but still hard to do. So, once again, best of luck and I know you can get this done.
    Julie

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    Hmm, sounds like a good time for a field trip for the girls with another home-schooling family!

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    RELAX!!!!! you want to enjoy your time with the kids...that's a quick turnaround for the quilts but the holiday season is so busy....wrap up the quilt sandwiches....present with a note about finishing them with the girls. do the baby's if you must, but everyone will be relaxed and much less busy after Christmas day. you will be quilting with the girls...how fun is that? and they will get a bit of input re: pattern or thread colors... and a mom who is happy and having fun, which is what they will remember long after the quilts are worn out....

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    One quilt is nearly finished, just lacking the binding to be applied and hand stitched down. And, I still had time today to assign schoolwork, correct/help with that work, roast a turkey dinner and watch 3 Christmas videos with my girls. How?? I have NO idea how I fit all that in there but I did. Hopefully I can keep it going tomorrow.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Wow, You're my hero! My Sister home-schools & it really takes all of her time.
    Here I am cheering you on! You go girl!
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    Oh my, you do have a busy week ahead. Here's wishing you smooth sailing!
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    DONE!! The two double-sized quilts are quilted and bound! Now, in the evenings when they go to bed, I can do the hand stitching. Tomorrow I plan on quilting the small wall hanging and on Friday I can make the 6 hour lap quilt pattern I found on Joann's. Then, I am done!!
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150 View Post
    DONE!! The two double-sized quilts are quilted and bound! Now, in the evenings when they go to bed, I can do the hand stitching. Tomorrow I plan on quilting the small wall hanging and on Friday I can make the 6 hour lap quilt pattern I found on Joann's. Then, I am done!!
    Wow,Oh Wow! Again you're my hero!
    Bev
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    gravy..you made me anxious and tired...good luck to you..post pix when you are done!

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    OK, I haven't been back in the sewing room since Tuesday. Wednesday DH was home so I spent that day wrapping presents while he proctored the girls' tests. Yesterday I baked cookies for my quilting group's Christmas party and came home to my 7 year old puking. And, in the middle of the night last night, I realized she had shared that bug with me. Oh, joy. So, today, on this last day of school before break, I'm letting my youngest watch science videos and sign language videos and my oldest will be working on some research assignments that will not require me too much.

    All I have left for quilting is to quilt the crib-sized wall hanging for my youngest, most of which is SID and a little stippling and to bind it. Then I have to put together the lap quilt for my oldest. I wanted to make her this: http://www.joann.com/static/project/0801/P488305.pdf But, I can't get my printer to enlarge like that. I had planned on going to the library today but with a stomach bug, we're staying home. So, I sketched out what I thought would work on large sheets of kraft paper and plan to "wing" it, pardon the pun. Instead of piecing all those strips, I'm just going to use a large piece of cloth and quilt along those lines to make it appear pieced. Here's to hoping I can accomplish this, today.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    I...ran...out...of...thread! On the last quilt! I was using this variegated thread that I bought on clearance sale at our local LQS so I know they don't have anymore. My only hope is to go to Joann's while I'm out on Wednesday and hope they have something similar. As for the other three quilts, 1 large quilt is finished entirely and the wallhanging is half done with the hand stitching. I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow and finish the hand quilting on the 2nd large quilt by Tuesday night. Wednesday I have to be out most of the day but on Thursday and Friday I hope to finish all of the last quilt...yikes!!
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    One stitch at a time! You're doing great. I think that you'll do it. Go, go, go. Yea!
    Bev
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    I homeschool my son. He's only in the 4th grade and still so much of it is adult-led. I think sometimes people think you just prop a book in front of them and let them go at it. We are also both very serious piano students so the days can be very long.

    My husband took my son out of town for a chess tournament this fall and I finally finished a top I had made for the little guy 2 years ago. It's the only time I could do it--so I feel your pain.

    Those little set -up things really take much more time than you realize. You're smart to have everything all ready to go.

    Have a great holiday and good luck!

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    WOW!! I hope you get them finished. That is a lot of "work", but sounds like you have a great plan. Wish I had half of your energy, maybe I could get at least one thing finished before Christmas!!!

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    The hand stitching on the 2 large quilts and the wall hanging is all done. Now, I just need to go get the variegated thread on Wednesday and finish quilting the lap quilt. There's very little hand stitching on that quilt so I'm hoping it will be done by Wednesday night or early Thursday morning...fingers crossed!
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Man, I'm worn out just keeping up with your posts! I made a stocking for my youngest DGS today...didn't get it made last year...and it is already quilted fabric so I didn't have to quilt it. Now I've got 3 pillowcases to make and embroider and I'm freaking out!

    Good luck on finishing and then take a well-deserved break!

    PS: My niece homeschools her 4 (yes 4) kids. She just started this year and says they have more time than when she stayed on the road taking them back and forth to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    Man, I'm worn out just keeping up with your posts! I made a stocking for my youngest DGS today...didn't get it made last year...and it is already quilted fabric so I didn't have to quilt it. Now I've got 3 pillowcases to make and embroider and I'm freaking out!

    Good luck on finishing and then take a well-deserved break!

    PS: My niece homeschools her 4 (yes 4) kids. She just started this year and says they have more time than when she stayed on the road taking them back and forth to school.
    I'm in NY and the homeschooling rules are pretty strict. Most school districts let the parents slide on some things but not mine. :/ But, I love teaching my girls and being there with them for their "Aha!" moments. I only have the two girls to homeschool but my neighbors have 11 children, ranging in age from 9-30 and they've homeschooled them all but the 9 year old. She was born with Downs so she goes to a special program at our local school.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    I found the thread!! And, I found it at a LQS that I've yet to discover!! Aaannnddd, DH went along and picked up two surprises for me that he presented to me after we got back out to the van-the mini twister and the itty twister templates. So, now I can finish the last quilt and hopefully get it done in time! I have 3 days to finish one quilt!!
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Good Luck to you getting them done. I'm trying to finish one by Xmas at least the front anyway. It's hard to work when DH is home and I would like it to be a surprise. It seems we're always running behind. Sue

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    I'm finished!! Here's a link to the pics of the finished quilts: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ml#post4804887
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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