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Sunday, April 7, 2013

April The Year of the Finished Project & Friday Night with Friends

After my last post, when I optimistically said I’d be back the next day, I had a little bit of computer nausea and haven’t been on much since.  But I’m here today with my sewing progress reports. 

First let me tell you about my head.  I no longer feel like I am carrying a brick in my head.  It now ranges from an egg size to peanut size rock, depending …  I am still getting very tired and can do most activities for about half an hour at a time before needing to take a break.  I am not reading books, exercising, watching television or movies or doing much “bookwork”.  “But I have done a little bit of sewing. Smile 

Here is how I got on with my April commitments:

1. Six inch quilt block swap – I had two partners in March. Open-mouthed smile

IMG_6224Jen’s postage stamp blocksIMG_6242Teresa’s log cabin blocks

2. Bee Balm block swap – Lizzie’s requested Scrappy Trip Along blocks.


3. Block swap adventure – Julieanne and I agreed to swap two blocks this month. Surprised smile


4. Inchy hexagon swap – Kate’s request was for black and white petals and a red centre. Be right back


5. MMM Round Robin – Just got this one finished yesterday.  But it is purty! A sneak peek of some of the fabrics I used.  Rolling on the floor laughing


6. Simply Solids block swap – MR’s Scrappy Trip Along Block. Send a kiss


7. Mystery Muse – two items – I only got one finished.  Eye rolling smile  See here.  And sent and received.  But I had this super lovely e-mail from my musee.  This makes all my effort worth it. 

Dear Janet, Thank you so much for my WONDERFUL gift, I Love it. It arrived late last night the post man buzzed and apologized for being so late but he didn't want to bend it in my mail box. It arrived in perfect condition. Thank You you made my day. I have not been myself this winter and this re connected me with the part of me that  gets excited and is passionate about life. Reading the words lit a spark and reminded me that Yes that is still in me. Time to put those winter blahs and blues away and get back into Joy and doing. I Loved painting water on the water colour pencils on the lettering and waves, it really made the word Excited Pop off the page in 3D. Your circles are so wonderful that I want to leave them as is for fear of wrecking them, though temptation my get the better of me, we shall see. Might be too fun not to. Today I aim for Excited which was on the back burner for too long. So Huge Thanks and Big smiles to you for making a difference and the  push that was much needed.  Your art is inspiring !  Wishing you all the very best... Oh and I am going to wet those circles too, but must run now and do that when I get home later.  Then I am hanging it in my bedroom to be the first thing I see when I wake up to set me on the right path for the day. I am Excited to get back to me. I was really lost for a few months but enough of that. Thank You so very very much.

8. Get your Hex On bee Hey! This one was done and mailed before March even started.  I showed it last month!!  Rainbow

Get my cardinal done Nyah-Nyah Nope.

Finish the baby quilt Shifty Nope again.  And there is so little to do…

Get the different pieces for Easy Street cut and pieced.  I have all the four patches sewn together.  Progress!! Party smile

Stitch Me Up blog hop Nerd smile  See my post about it here.

As well I started and completed another project – but I can’t show it yet as it is still in the mail.  Who me?

What will I be doing in April?  I am going to a retreat this month for four days.  I am going no matter what I feel like!  Here’s the list:

1. Six inch quilt block swap – 2 per month – to be mailed by the 15th.  Carolyn has asked for a simple block.

2. Bee Balm block swap – still waiting for the instructions to arrive.  Mail by April 30th.

3. Block swap adventure – 1 - 12.5 in block – mail by the 25th.  I get to choose the block this month.  And the colours/fabrics.

4. Inchy hexagon swap – 2 hexies per month – mail by April 30th.  Mostly my choice this month.  I have the pieces cut and ready to start sewing.

5. MMM Round Robin – mail by April 30th.  I haven’t received my block to work on yet.

6. Simply Solids block swap – Mail by April 26th - A paper pieced butterfly.  My mind hasn’t been able to grasp how the pattern works yet. 

7. Mystery Muse – finish the second item, which is about half done.

8. Get your Hex On bee – mail by April 30th.  Kristen wants some complex little hexies, like the Ahhs from Hillbilly Handiworks.  I haven’t had the courage to look at them yet.

9. Charm Pack Table Runner – mail by April 30th - for Terry. 

As well I am going to:  

* Finish the baby quilt!

** Put together FIVE blocks for Easy Street!

*** Finish the table mat I started for the Stitch Me Up blog hop.  It is a gift.  I need to get it mailed.

**** Work on the new X and + quilt that I started cutting out blocks for. Sleepy smile  I received a HUGE bag of scraps, with a ton of beige in it.  Not my colour at all.  But it is all going in this quilt!!  I spent Friday Night with Friends cutting pieces for this quilt!


And made two blocks just to try it out.  It will be awesome!!


And that’s all folks Flirt female



  1. Gosh, I am tired just reading of all you have gotten done. I am almost through quilting around the edge of my + and X block quilt. Mine has lots of scraps I might never have used. I think that is why I picked out that block to try. I might try it one more time with larger blocks and no sashing. Take care and enjoy that retreat!

  2. Wow, Janet!!! Great work here. I particularly love the colors in the blocks you did for Lizzie and Julieanne. :D

  3. I am stunned!! very prolific, and much more, love the last two blocks so much.Lovely colours, I say ditto to LynCC. i cannot imagine you resting too much,indeed was there much rest at all, with all this activity, and hope the small " peanut" shrinks to minuteness so soon. Cheers from Jean

  4. Oh wow! You are doing so well!

  5. you have been so busy!
    love all your beautiful blocks especially the postage stamp and log cabin blocks.
    looks like another busy month for you with a retreat thrown in.
    well done.

  6. OMG you have completed sew many of your beautiful block swaps..
    They all look fabulous..
    You do have a long list of to do projects..
    Take you time be sure to rest and enjoy your 4 day retreat.

  7. Oh, my - how did you get that all done, and not feel well? You're amazing! Hoping you keep getting better!

  8. Wow, love all your blocks - great color and fabric combinations! Keep getting well (I know how that goes, I was there last fall)!

  9. Ohmy you have been busy and your list is still a mile long (ok mabye a little shorter).
    It seems that computer nausea did free a lot of time for you to sew up all those blocks.

  10. Glad you are improving Janet..... what a lot of lovely sewing you have done ....

  11. Wow you have been/will be busy. Glad you're feeling better.

  12. Wow, what a list! If this is what you get done when you aren't feeling great, I can imagine what a whirlwind you are at your best. Love the paper pieced octagons, and your other blocks are great too. Sewing small pieces would make my head hurt without anything else going on.