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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.

And if you need ideas for quick and easy gifts to make or presents for the quilters on your list, visit our holiday store!

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Comment by Delinda Lea on December 26, 2009 at 12:39pm
I always plan a little "Me" time into the busy schedule. It's just a necessary as all the other items on my To Do list, and it refreshes my spirit and makes me all the more productive.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 25, 2009 at 7:10am
Lists are the first thing I do that keeps me organized. Then my quilting time is as important to me as a dentist or doctors appt so I actual schedule time in my sewing room and treat it like an appt. I'm not late to my room and I spend at least 1 hr as that's the time it take to drive to the clinic, wait and wait and wait for the doctor and then drive home. I turn my cell phone off and put music on. My favorite time is between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, aftern dinner and dishes. It's amazing what you can get done in one hour without any intruptions. Oh! tell your family you are off limits for that hour. They dont bug you when you're in the shower so they can not bug you in your sewing room.
Comment by Janet C. Moncton, NB on December 23, 2009 at 11:55am
I usually start a huge project a few weeks before Christmas, then panic when it is not finished. However my family is used to receiving some unfinished quilts. This year I have started two rag quilts for my granddaughters, I have all the blocks cut out and a large square of pieces set together which I will wrap with an "I promise to complete" note attached. A couple of years ago I did manage to finish and give 4 new quilts for Christmas.
Comment by Pamela Balek-Neiderer on December 19, 2009 at 7:45am
I simplify my Holiday To-Do List more every year. I remember why it is that we are celebrating 12/25 and focus on Jesus' birth as the 'true reason for the season'. This keeps me from getting caught up in all the commerciality of Christmas and allows me much more time to quilt:)
Comment by Veronica on December 18, 2009 at 9:15am
just I give presents to my family really close, I don't have time for another large proyects, but I do ornaments for the Christmas tree for my best friends.
Comment by Maxine Kinne on December 18, 2009 at 12:57am
Every year I keep a list of gift recipients and the gifts I give that year. It's easy to browse through what I've given everyone. The current year's list is stapled to the old one to make it easy to see what's been done for many prior years.
Comment by Suze on December 16, 2009 at 9:48pm
Honestly, I don't get all the quilting done that I want to get done. I have no quilting that I have done - all of it has been given away. The closest I have to having quilting is a quilt that I made for my husband and it was almost given away to a friend going through cancer. I suggested from name to a quilting group at church. It as suggested that I make a quilt for her, since I'm disabled I didn't think that I could finish one in a timely manner. By the time I finished the one for my husband, we offered it to the group for her. Her name had already been given to the pastoral group and a throw-size quilt delivered to her. This quilt was a little larger. So, selfishly, I gave the quilt to my husband who had graciously agreed to give it to our friend. He fully understood what going through cancer was about, since he had supported me long distance before we were married. Also, having fibromyalgia, I have to pace myself and my energy, so I just do what I can and enjoy every minute that I can quilt. I love the hobby and I enjoy the result and being able to share it with others. So, I rejoice with the good times and the joy that I am able to share. I have a step granddaughter who wants me to teach her to sew and is very jealous of the quilts I make her brother. Since she live 100 miles away and is only 8, one great gift I can give her is breaking a quilt into small projects that we can start together, send them home with her, continue together again, and eventually she will have a quilt that she and Ga made. She will a life time skill in her arsenal. This will encourage her in many skills - not only sewing and quilting, but also reading, negotiating, time management, budgeting, and many life skills. So, getting all the quilting done is not important - enjoying life and sharing it with others - of course the quilting and the fruits of it is a part of that!
Comment by Rebecca on December 16, 2009 at 7:31pm
It's very easy. I close the door to my sewing room and open it again in January. I only have two hands and they are busy with other things this time of year. When the bleak days of January come and the holidays are over I open the door and HAPPY - it's all been waiting for me!
Comment by Dianne Holzheimer on December 15, 2009 at 5:33am
Breakfast is easy. We each get our own, usually Kashi Go Lean low sugar red box, banana, Joint Health from Emergen-C, and dark roast decaf. Lunch is often our main meal and is simply vegie stir-fry with chicken/shrimp/beef/tofu, brown rice, salad. I cook meat and brown rice for a week, freeze it and thaw as I need it. Dinner is salad with parmesan/feta/gorgonzola, nuts, apple, and orange slices, and a slice of Arnold Whole Wheat sandwich thins, and later air popped corn. Since our meals are simple I have plenty of time to piece or applique or quilt or sew. For the handbags, I cut out a dozen different bags and their linings, pull coordinating zippers from my stock, then mass produce them to sell at Century Village in Burton OH. Handquilting is a filler. My quilt frame is set up at the wall-to-wall window of my kitchen facing a bird box, a bush the birds inhabit, the yard and back woods. I listen to NPR and take a break to read a book so I have lots of stories to tell my husband at dinner. We clean house together once a week so that is a quick chore accomplished painlessly. I get lots of quilting ideas from old and new quilt magazines, catalogs like Connecting Threads, quilt shows, and nature photos we have taken. I love to incorporate whimsey into my quilts.
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on December 13, 2009 at 6:20am
This year because I have had 2 surgeries in 6 weeks and am in a wheel chair I thought Christmas was a goner. BUT my 32 yr. old daughter has stepped in totally and done all of Christmas for me. On the first weekend in Nov. she came and decorated my whole house for me including the tree. Her M-I-L has done all of my Christmas baking. Plus my Quilt guild sent over a package of baking for me. Then my daughter has done all of my shopping for me - including the family of 6 that we have sponsered. On Fri. she came and wrapped for 6 hrs. She has a very busy 5yr. old and an 18 mon. old and works full time and her husband is out in the field most weeks. I am truly blessed! I was able to get all of my Christmas cards out the beginning of Dec. because I can do that from a wheelchair. This is the most organized Christmas I have ever had!

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