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I have been up since 4:00 a.m. trying to keep quiet to let dh and the dog sleep. I took the dog out when I got up but she had the good sense to go back up to bed.  We are getting gale force winds and rain today. The good thing is the temp. is 44 degrees so it's not freezing rain.

I have taken my Christmas trimmings down and doing some re-organizing in my sewing room this week.  I have got to make it a priority in this coming year to use up some of this fabric. I have it stashed in every nook and cranny. (upstairs and down).  I am asked every year to make baby quilts for showers and donate to benefit suppers. The problem is, I never have anything on hand.  This poses a problem having to stop everything else to work on these requests.  So, it's my hope to kill two birds with one stone and use up some of this fabric and have items on hand when the requests come in.  I haven't touched my sewing machines since before Christmas.  I tend to get a bit "burned out" after making my Christmas gifts.  My most pressing work right now is catching up on my alterations.  I'm hoping today I can make a good dent in them.  Take care folks and enjoy your day.

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Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on December 30, 2011 at 2:37pm

I had a little stash of gifts/donations but I think, except for one tablerunner, I've exhausted it!

Time to get busy!

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 30, 2011 at 7:42am

Our winds came yesterday too.  Thankfully that and the higher temps took our snow away.  Hope you get done all the things you want to.  Getting caught up is such a good feeling.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 29, 2011 at 9:41am

I try to keep baby quilts on hand.  I find I like doing them.  I've discovered that as much as I love bed quilts, I really enjoy making the quick & easy baby quilts.  Is there such a thing as quilter's ADD?  :)  I love flitting from one fabric to another and one project to another.  However, my slightly OCD nature usually demands I finish one project before starting another.   So there are a lot of projects waiting in the wings while I work on my current bed quilt, our daughter's DWR quilt.  If DS gets married, he will have to settle for a different "wedding" quilt than a DWR, because I'm pretty sure I won't be making another one!  :)  Happy New Year, Irene!

Comment by Kathryn Benson on December 28, 2011 at 9:55am

We have had so much WIND this year, more than any other winter I can remember, then rain, freeze, snow repeat!  I was thinking about taking down the decorations myself, but hubby wanted to see them until after New Years so that's okay.  I too have a huge stash that needs "denting", however I keep adding to it.  This year, after I make the wedding quilt for Feb., I hope to finish up several of my UFO's. In order to "try" to accomplish this I'm giving up "Breakfast Club" my monthly quilting get away for 6 hrs.  This is going to be hard.

Comment by Janet/MO on December 28, 2011 at 9:27am

Irene, I too have been thinking about stocking up on donation type quilts over the next yr.  I already have way more quilts than any sane person needs so this would be a good way to use up some of my fabric stash also.  Stay safe during this yucky weather.  So far we have not had it too bad.  Snow for only about a day & a half although the temps are cold at night. 

Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on December 28, 2011 at 8:51am

I had the "pack up the Christmas stuff" urge this morning, but haven't gotten it under way.  DD is snuggled on the couch reading Gone With the Wind (Christmas present), and I'm in my recliner killing time, "about to" pick up my hand quilting, but mostly just enjoying being with her and stopping to listen when she wants to read something she likes out loud.  Never have liked the story myself, but that isn't the point.  I know what you mean about fabric and using it up---and my sweet son gave me 19 half-yard cuts of CT fabric.  It's all in bright colors, and he is fine with my using it for donation quilts--I would like to make some for Project Linus this year, I think.  I like your idea of making some quilts ahead for gifts and donations.   I have a couple of alterations to do before DD goes back to school---I don't mind doing the jeans at all, but I'm worried about tackling the dress--it's a beautiful Ralph Lauren in a stretchy kind of fabric, hemmed with a twin needle.  I think  I am going to offer to pay for her to have an alterations place do it rather than risk messing it up.  Enjoy your day, Irene---stay safe from the high winds.

Comment by Sandy on December 28, 2011 at 7:40am

Sometimes I wish Marden's was farther away! I recently cleaned my sewing room and when it was done I had the worst feeling about all this fabric not being used. Most of it I have probably picked up at Marden's and I had a plan for it at the time. I wish I could sew as fast as I can shop and as I tell DH, I don't want to get caught saying "I should have bought it when I saw it at Marden's!" Hope you get lots of alterations done today.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 28, 2011 at 5:56am

We're having gale force winds with snow...it's a jammie kind of day! I took all but the tree down. Good time to wipe down everything and eliminate a few items! It was a fun holiday, but glad to get back to normal routine! Have a good day...

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