Monday, April 30, 2012

Month End Review

This month I decided to challenge myself to blog every day. I managed to keep on track (I have two blogs, but my other one is a 365 day picture blog and just takes minutes every day). This blog took a bit more work, but it was still lots of fun.
Blogging every day forced me to have "some thing to blog about", so I was productive.

April's Mini Quilts
I finished 8 mini quilts this month, they are shown here (one - not pictured - is a surprise starting later in the week).

Also made 24 Dear Jane blocks,

did some piecing on a winding ways quilt,

 machine quilted this month's Free Motion Quilting Challenge block,

and made this month's Hop to It block,

plus all the hourglass blocks for the sashing, so I would be ready when all the blocks are completed.

Knitting, tatting
and different types of embroidery.
I kept my hands busy with other hand work too.

April was a nice month to work outside in the garden (the picture was taken today and things are really growing).

I kept up with my other hobby too - cleaning my house (I admit it - I love to clean!). I did find time for cooking - not my favourite, but my family seems to think it is a necessity.

This month I also decided to exercise every weekday - I kept that up too, and am pleased with the results. I set the treadmill for 25 minutes, and at the beginning of the month I was walking about 1 mile,  now I am mainly running for 2 miles. I have also been lifting weights or doing Pilates (my favourite one is on You Tube - shown here).

I'll happily go back to blogging a few times a week! Since I try to limit my computer time every day, blogging every day left little time for other computer stuff (like commenting on other blogs or replying to comments - sorry), although I did try to keep up with my favourite blogs (the dashboard is helpful for that - thanks Blogger).
I will keep up with the exercising though - I see a "six-pack" in my future ;-)  -good to have goals!

Thank-you to every one who took the time to leave kind words, and encouragement during this past month.
I will be back tomorrow to announce the winner of my Hardanger patterns - still time left if you would like a chance.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


adamshar said...

Great work by you in this month. All like your 8 mini quilts. All are awesome. You made all it very nice. Contribution of colors is amazing. I much and much like your winding ways quilt.
Fil à coudre

Dee said...

Those were some pretty ambitious goals. Congratulations on meeting each of them! You must feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Raewyn said...

Well done!!You've achieved heaps this month. I look forward to more of your interesting and creative posts! PS; there's a link on my main blog for my new blog!!

Ruth said...

Thanks for blogging every day! I love to read your blog and appreciate all you do in the way of helping quilters. I certainly have benefited from your tutorials and ideas!

Karen said...

I only know one other person that loves to clean. But she isn't creating all those beautiful projects like you are. You are certainly goal oriented.

Elyte said...

Congratulations, what a spectacular April effort.

Fiesta said...

Wow, you have done great!
Love all your projects.

Sylke said...

You are so creative! Love your projects!

YankeeQuilter said...

You rock! What a list of accomplishments for the month...

Quiltsmiles said...

WOW! You completed alot and still kept "your other balls in the air" so to speak. I too am fitting in exercise amongst my other creative activities and commitments. Some days easy to do others, not so. COngratulations. I enjoy your blog and seeing all you do is an inspiration. Thanks. JAne

RETRO-Fabulous Blog said...

Your hop to it is beautiful! Love all the Jane blocks, too. You've been very busy! =)

Barb said...

I'm so impressed at our accomplishments! wow! I wish I loved to clean.
Your garden spot looks pretty and I love all your quilting projects.
Congrats on the daily blogging! that is a lot of work and so is working out.
You go girl!