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Can you believe it's November? The holidays are right around the corner, and I know the invites for cookie exchanges, family dinners, and holiday parties are going to start arriving in my mail box any day now! Plus, there's the holiday shopping to get done, gifts to make, cards to send, holiday recipes to bake... It feels like every year my holiday to-do list gets longer and longer!

How do you manage your holiday to-do lists and still get all your quilting done? Post a tip in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win one of 3 $25 Connecting Threads gift certificates. Winners will be picked at random on January 4th, 2010 and announced here in the Quilt With Us community. Winners will also be notified by private message, so be sure to check your inboxes in January.

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Comment by chris - WI on September 26, 2011 at 3:14pm

My quilting is done all yr long. & the friends & families are ALWAYS getting something. I'll make things here & there but they are not for Christmas. I do how ever make many lists of things I have to get done & then prioritize what gets done first. I can sew till the cows come home. My family comes first during the holidays & with every one living in all directions but in the same state I'm busy with that.


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Comment by Brenda George on January 4, 2010 at 9:33am
I hope I am not too late as I have just joined the network!
I go visit all my realtives who are very far away and no one expects me to bring anything - so I did not have to cook for 9 days in a row this holiday season!!! When we got home we had "party " food - fancy stuff from the frozen food section - for a couple of meals. Now they are back at school and I feel quite rested!!

To the Sewing Machine !!!
Comment by Sharon Aden on January 3, 2010 at 6:47pm
Usually make sausage balls & monkey bread from scratch for Christmas morning but found frozen ones that served just as well and truthfully just as good....especially when you consider how much time I saved & spent that time with my husband, daughters, & granddaughters.
Comment by Elaine on January 3, 2010 at 3:09pm
I managed by doing what was important to me and let the rest go. Like, cooking - not important to me so I did very little of that. Had a couple family Christmas gatherings that I didn't stress over at all. Hanging out with my son was high on the 'to do' list so that's what I did the most. The past couple of years he has only been home during Christmas week so I took full advantage of having him home. Whatever he wanted to do was ok with me. Movies, cards, eating out . . . it was great.
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on January 3, 2010 at 11:15am
I just put every day in Gods hands and hope that with His help we get it all done.
Some things got done, some didn't but I didn't get stressed out about it. I figured the things that were meant to get done did and the things that didn't, it still worked out ok in the end. The joy of it all was just being with my family and enjoying the moment and not being too worn out when the time came!!
Comment by Carol McNab on January 1, 2010 at 6:47pm
Sounds like a few of us had the same result. Other then the quilt retreat I went to in Nov. I have not managed to get much quilting/sewing done. Had to make alot of little wheat bags, about 45, so that took up most of my time. I give each staff member at work, one of them for Christmas. It will likely be Feb. before I get back to serious sewing again. We go to Cuba at the end of Jan. so it will be after that.
Comment by BillieBee in TX on December 29, 2009 at 11:51am
I didn't manage very well at all........grin.
Comment by JANE H on December 29, 2009 at 7:14am
My holiday quilting schedule this year began long before November. It bagan in February. I wanted to make each of my 7 grandchildren a special quilt for their Christmas gift. I hinted around for their likes and dislikes as far as color and themes. By May I only had 1 qult completed and I was afraid that I was not gong to complete the task. During the summer I cut out the rest of he quilts and put each in a separate project bag. By the time we went on our trip to NY (so my hubby could go salmon fishing) I was set to go. We arrived at the motel on Sunday and as soon as he left to go fishing, I pulled out one of the bags. To my dismay, I forgot the thread holder home so I didn't get anything done on Sunday. When hubby returned, we wnt to the "Dollar Store" and I picked up a plastic plate holder. Hubby had some electrcal tape and I was set to go. On Monday I completed the first quilt top. Tuesday I did 2,Wednesday and Thursday I did 1 each day so I had them all ready to quilt by the time we left NY on Friday. I find that it is much easier to have everything ready to put together and then just go for it. When we got home I began theprocess of quilting and had 6 of the 7 done by December 13. The last one was a special request from my second grandson to use his old T shirts on his quilt somewhere. I decided to use them on the back so he would have a reversible top. I finished on December 18, just in time for our family party on the 20th. I think it was more of a treat for me to watch them open their gifts. They all loved them. Assoon as I get the pictures set I will post them.
Comment by meegan499 on December 29, 2009 at 4:51am
After I put my son to bed, make sure my husband has his favorite dvd going and let the dog out, I take a hour before bedtime to do somthing quilty. It may be cutting fabric, reading an article, paper piecing a few blocks, squaring up. I devote that time to ME!
Comment by Lavon E. Gryska on December 27, 2009 at 5:41am
I have a basket, with my latest applique project, next to my chair, and and always have something to work on, as I take a few minutes to relax in front of the TV. It really helps me to unwind when I do handwork.

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