Fresh Sewing Day, April Edition

1 04 2013

Month of March

1. A View From Above, 2. A-9 Cabin Fever, 3. A-8 Florence Nightingale, 4. Ohio Star 01, 5. Ohio Star 02, 6. Ohio Star 03, 7. Ohio Star 04, 8. Pinwheel 01, 9. Pinwheel 02, 10. Pinwheels, 11. A Flock in a Block, 12. Boat Block, 13. Lighthouse, 14. Granny Block Bee 01, 15. Granny Block Bee 02, 16. Granny Block Bee 03, 17. Granny Block Bee 04, 18. Granny Block Bee 05, 19. Granny Block Bee 06, 20. Granny Block Bee 07, 21. Granny Block Bee 08, 22. Scraptastic Top Plan, 23. Scraptastic Top Start, 24. Frankenstein’d Forward, 25. Charmed, I’m Sure, 26. Granny Bee Block 09, 27. Granny Bee Block 10

March was a pretty good month. Two quilt tops completed. Another one half done. Thirteen swap blocks, two Dear Jane blocks, and progress made on the Test Your Skill Sampler. Not pictured is the fact that I started quilting A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Lime & Cherry Baskets. I was hoping to actually have that completely quilted in March, but I got super lazy, and didn’t feel like switching feet on my machine, especially with the number of swap blocks I had to do. Also not pictured is the string quilt design I came up with – I have to make a test block, to see if I like the finished size. I think I might have to play around with that aspect of the design. Ratio and proportion aren’t being adequately conveyed via the EQ7 image.

My big goal for April is to complete A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Lime & Cherry Baskets, along with keeping up with my swap blocks. I got the fabrics for this month’s Fat Stash Request. I really need to figure out a design. I had ideas, but they fizzled since I didn’t have fabrics on hand to match the color request. Now I do, and I’m fairly pleased. I just have to let creativity rise to the surface again.

Also, part of my successes for the month of March was losing seven pounds! I have deliberately tried to not obsess over the number the scale spits out at me when I get on it. I’ve elected to look at this weight loss attempt as not being about weight loss. Instead, I want this to be an attempt to live better – making more healthful eating decisions, lessening the power of comfort eating, and adding desperately needed physical activity to my days. I didn’t really get a chance to work out much in March – I spent too much time sick, but I did really re-commit to healthful eating.

According to the husband, it’s showing. Even better, I feel it. I’ve had a lot of energy and drive. I feel good. Now to keep going!

Anyway, onward and upward for the month of April. Here’s to continuing to be creative and productive!

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14 responses

1 04 2013
Archie the wonder dog

I love all your blocks, particularly the windmill blocks! And congratulations on losing seven pounds!

1 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

I enjoyed the windmill blocks – I’m really looking forward to getting that particular project done.

As to the weight loss, thank you 🙂 I’m eager to start incorporating more physical activity again, starting this week.

1 04 2013
Audrey

Wow! You’ve gotten a lot of great work done! Hooray for productive months! And hooray for living well and it making a difference in your life.

1 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

I love productive months. I’m also quite excited that I’m seeing a difference for my efforts in healthful living.

I’m not so excited for having to buy new clothes that fit, though. I am refusing to take this step until I see a bigger loss.

1 04 2013
Alia

Wow what a lot of bee blocks you made! They all look great. It sounds like your plans to live better are going great, too… that’s the best way to look at it! I’ve started riding horses again in the past year, and it’s starting to make a difference, too. Good luck!

1 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Congrats on getting back to horseback riding! That’s something I never had the chance to do.

Honestly, though, I’m just glad to be getting to a more healthful lifestyle.

1 04 2013
mammafairy

Oh, my! what a lot you have achieved! well done on such beautiful blocks!

1 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! March was a good month!

1 04 2013
Jennie @ Jennie's Threads

You have definitely got a lot done – and congrats on the “non-diet” results too!

1 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! I’m pleased that March was a month that I could report a month in which I touched on all my goals.

1 04 2013
Robyn of Oz

Good on you. You’ve discovered a secret that many miss : just eat healthier and move more and the results will come. A pound a week is much more sustainable and the energy you feel is a combination of weight off and nutrition in.
Love your blocks. You are one busy girl and I love your page! 🙂

2 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! I’ve had so much fun since started to blog regularly, and writing about what I do keeps me motivated to keep going. Knowing that there are individuals out there who enjoy what I post – that makes it even better for me!

4 04 2013
Amanda

Congrats on finishing so many blocks! They look great.

4 04 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! I have a lot of fun with swap blocks. It’s such a great way of trying out new things without committing myself to another big project.

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