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    I always plan to start early but it never happens that way as life seems to get in the way. I guess I kinda like pressure because I am still trying to get the last 2 quilts done before dinner tomorrow as that is when we will be opening the family gifts. I may be up all night but they will be under the tree when they get here.

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    I sure hope to have a better handle on all the holiday projects next year. This year my sewing room had become a storage room and catchall for the whole family. A few months ago my husband and kids help me clean out the extra stuff so I could actually sew. Now it is the storage room for Christmas gifts-LOL! Oh well, we'll start 2011 with the best of intentions and see how it goes! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!

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    I think I have everyone beat. I started quilts for my 5 grandchildren 4 years ago. I started early in the year and planned to have them done by Christmas--every year. Meanwhile the girls were done last year, but I wanted to give them all at the same time. The boys outgrew their's a couple of years ago, so I had to start over with 2 new patterns. I finished them 2-3 weeks ago. Does that count towards getting them done in plenty of time? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by merridancer
    Hah, Hah, Hah.

    I need to start on January 1.
    ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    that we'll start next year's Christmas gifts in July. No stress for next year.
    My daughter and I love to do Christmas crafts. We make things for some family members. Sometimes it's not something big, but a little something. Then we like to make stuff for ourselves ;)

    We decided this past week that we're gonna set aside a week in July and have "Christmas in July" We're going to get started on some crafts we didn't have time for this year :( I'm also going to use it as a time to make a decision as to what I'm going to make and give to my siblings, DH's siblings and the married nephews.

    Not only will it give me a headstart but I'm hoping to be able to financially spread it all out :lol:

    I don't know about everyone else but July to November goes really FAST for me and I do not like to be pressured in December. I like to enjoy the season - decorating the tree, baking, enjoying the lights and area things to do, etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Okay, I'm anal. I did start all my Christmas gifts in July and had them done by the end of October. Please don't throw things at me LOL!! I don't understand why people are still working on gifts today--Christmas is always December 25--every year--why stress? I really think some people love to "complain" oh I have to finish "x" amount by tomorrow. No you wouldn't if you'd have started earlier. Please don't get mad at me!! Like I said, I'm really anal and have to have things done in plenty of time. I'm also really slow quilting so it takes me longer than a day.
    Peace & joy everyone!!
    Ditto, I start the day after Christmas I plan out what I want to make. With list in hand I start working on my list. I want to enjoy Christmas, not stress out. I put up my Christmas tree in first couple weeks on Nov. That way if it takes me a couple weeks to finish who cares. This year a friend give me a great gift. I am going to make it and give it out to my friends. It was so simple but useful. And too Cute !!!

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    Jan, you make me laugh. How true what you say.
    Are all folks in medical field somewhat anal? Guess I will be in good company when I graduate. Tee hee.
    Merry Christmas!

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    I think I'm starting right after Christmas for the nest year. I'm in the mood to sew(right after this cold goes away)and think I just might get started right away. That way there is plenty of time. My 14 yr old has already requested a quilt with minkee on the back. So my list starts already!!!

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    Ok, I am in, only I am getting a head start in January! I already bought Christmas material to make aprons for next year! Table runners too! I got a list of items to make thru out the entire year and stash it away! Sure sounds good and I am making an honest effort, or that is the plan anyway! We celebrated earlier today with some of the family, I sure enjoyed the pleasure of giving gifts I made. They loved them! Somehow it seems so much more personal and loving!

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    I could do a better job of not needing to make a lst min grocery run :-) Happens every time, but this yr was my gift to me.No sewing of gifts in Dec.Cards were done Thanksgiving wk & next yr, will trim that list even more.Another big time saver is making cookie dough & freezing in rolls. Just slice & bake as needed.Holidays can be such a stressful time....if we let it. JMO



    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Okay, I'm anal. I did start all my Christmas gifts in July and had them done by the end of October. Please don't throw things at me LOL!! I don't understand why people are still working on gifts today--Christmas is always December 25--every year--why stress? I really think some people love to "complain" oh I have to finish "x" amount by tomorrow. No you wouldn't if you'd have started earlier. Please don't get mad at me!! Like I said, I'm really anal and have to have things done in plenty of time. I'm also really slow quilting so it takes me longer than a day.
    Peace & joy everyone!!

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    I am starting next years Christmas presents as soon as I can get to the store after this Christmas, hoping for a sale.

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    First, I'd like to thank everyone for the warm welcome and now I know I do fit in, cuz I'm still working on a couple of things and those things that I made early--well, I got so excited, I just gave them away hot off the ironing board. Hope to do a little better next year too, but if not, I seem to be in fine company.

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    we swap Christmas ornaments between my brothers and sisters. i was making folded star ornaments. Had 6 ready to pin. Notice the word- had. The sisters and my Dad and I go for breakfast. Talk turns to my quilting. And the "fight" started. I have 2, I have none, she has 2 but won't give me one. I've been making table runners for shower prizes for 3 weddings we've had in the past year. Odds are pretty good that they all should have won one by now. No- 2 don't have any.

    So, they don't know it but I am making them table runners for Christmas. 8 in 2 weeks. I have 1 I am working on right now and 2 to go. Next year- they will get those folded star ornaments.

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    duplicate, oops

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    LOL....they love your handmade gifts.Makes you feel all warm & fuzzy :D

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    I have things I wanted to make this year but knew they were too labor intensive for the time I had, so I am going to start on them in the next couple weeks. I owe my DDIL two Christmases worth of gifts, because my machine broke mid-project last year and I never got back to that one. Then this year with the dog thing I just couldn't spend the time I needed in the basement on it. So that one gets done next week. My problem is that I have lofty ideas and then time runs out.

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    Our LQS is holding a "New Year Resolution Challenge." Bring in your list of UFOs and 'intended' projects and they will list you on a chart. Every time you finish one, bring it in or send a picture and they will check it off your list. When you have completed 5, you get 10% off a purchase, complete 10 and receive 15% off and so on. At the end of the year a gift card will be given to the one finishes the most on her list. Now there's some incentive!

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    I think January 1st. Is a very good Idea get them done and rest for the holidays.

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    I think I need to start in January! I ended up having foot surgery on both feet this year which meant I couldn't use the sewing machine for a total of 4 months......so now I'm really behind LOL

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

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    LOL, I will TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    When you finish early, Do you think of more things to do?

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    In my 51 years I have done that just once. I was done shopping and gifts were all wrapped by the first week of October. The down side to this is that I kept seeing stuff in the stores that my daughters would like and buying it! I was way organized that year, but spent more than you could believe! My kids were extremely happy on Christmas morning : ) If you have the willpower to STOP shopping (I don't), it's a wonderful way to go :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    that we'll start next year's Christmas gifts in July. No stress for next year.
    Will you remind us please??!! :)

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    January 1 is best for me if I want to get it done on time.

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    I'm with you on that one - I need to start the day after Christmas!

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