My husband has been away for the past two weeks, doing some research in Weimar, Germany so I have been using this time to get as many of the Christmas quilts done as I humanly can. This has been my daily routine: Quilt, go to work, eat, quilt, sleep, quilt, repeat.

I am proud to note that I did not play hooky from work to stay home and quilt, not even one day, although I was very tempted this morning.  And I have been very productive.  The day he left, I had six quilts quilted.  As of tonight, I will have 10 done.  TEN!  I am 2/3 finished with the project! and only 59 days to go until I leave town for Chicago for the Thanksgiving holiday and the delivery of the quilts.  The end is in sight.  The original plan was for only twelve quilts and I thought about that the other night as I toiled away.  I would be two quilts from finished at this point if I had stuck to the original plan.  The three were added for additional family members.  And one for myself (I think the Chicken quilt but I will let my daughters choose first).

Here are the three that I have finished in these two weeks:

Tonight I will finish "Scootin' Around Christmas." This one has some hand quilting on it so the timing is perfect 'cuz once the husband is back, I will need handwork for those times in the evenings when we enjoy a movie.  I rented five movies to watch while he was gone and I never got to a one!

The hubby does not return home until 8 PM (Actually, I have to go get him at the Pittsburgh airport) so I may have time to monogram the back of the next quilt (Santas on Parade) and start pinning it before I leave for the airport.  I also really need to clean house but that can wait, right?

While on my usual haunts to Joann Fabrics, just about the only place I went other than work and home these past two weeks, I found these really cool buttons that say "Merry Christmas" so I have decided I need to put one on each quilt.  Becky and I have a tradition of putting sheep buttons on our cross stitch quilts.  I just love buttons and use them often in quilting.  My cross stitched Halloween quilt is currently on the back of my couch and it has over 200 buttons on it.  Of course, it measures 100 x 100 inches so there is plenty of room for those buttons. 

Someone asked me today what I will do after the Christmas quilt project is done.  My immediate thought was "mourn" and my second thought was "rest" but I will be back to quilting again within a month, I predict.  I have a Thanksgiving cross stitch quilt to finish and many other quilt commitments to fill.  Never a dull moment in my quilt room.  I keep a list on the wall.

Happy quilting to you all!


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Comment by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on September 28, 2013 at 1:21am

Debbie, Yes, I do machine "stitch in the ditch" quilt them.  My quilting is nothing to brag about but I am very proud of my designs and use of color!  Good luck with the sewing room.

Thank you both for your kind words!  I finished quilting the tenth one tonight or I should say, early this morning!

Comment by Debbee Carlson on September 27, 2013 at 9:10pm

These are beautiful!  Do you machine quilt them yourself?  I'm so jealous!  I can't wait to get back to my quilting.  My sewing room is a huge disaster as we bought a new home and moved in the first weekend of April.  Our youngest (of three) daughter got married June 1.  Our second daughter, hubby and two children are buying their first home and moving in two weeks.  Summer I was busy getting the rest of the house settled!  Sewing room is last.  I need some Storage/shelving units to help me along!!  Looking to make a trip to Ikea soon!!

Comment by Ethelda Hillsman on September 27, 2013 at 6:06pm
Love your quilts. Really nice.

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