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.

Betsy said...

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

Sylke Feldhusen 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

Retrogirl 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!

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