June Review (Without Numbers)

My friend Jim Fetig suggested skipping the numerical analysis of my month, so here’s a go for June.

Good Things 
We enjoyed companionship of real people during the month, including time with a daughter and her family, wonderful nieces, and a friend we met online. There were other good experiences with real people, too.

I lined up some presentations for the fall and look forward to them.

I quilted a bunch. You’ve seen pictures of three some projects I worked on. And I worked on others, too. My sister and I are making a quilt for one of her granddaughters. I started it and have sent my start to her. She’ll add a border and send it back, round robin style. Here was my start.


Yesterday I took lots of quilts to a local shop, where they will be on display for the whole month of July.

Readin’ and Writin’
I wrote a bunch of blog posts last month. And I read a bunch, too.

Also I got a very complimentary rejection email. I’d submitted a book proposal to a publisher. Though they had positive things to say, they won’t be offering a contract. Having received similar feedback before, I’ve decided to look into self-publishing.

These days life feels like one experiment after another. The name of my newest project, Branching Out, describes my work and my life, as well as the project design itself.

Another experiment was writing this post without numbering, listing, or analyzing. Frankly I don’t think it was very effective… 🙂

As always, my life is full and I am very blessed.

16 thoughts on “June Review (Without Numbers)

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I didn’t make much effort at description sans numbers. Honestly I could do better. 🙂 BUT yes, quilting “a bunch” isn’t a bad thing. Especially as I look at July and August, and know I will quilt very little in either month.

  1. Yanic A.

    I’m sorry about the rejection, but I hope you keep us posted because although I don’t always comment (so busy these days), I’ve always enjoyed your blog posts and would be very interested in book written by you. 🙂

    And the fairy quilt. My goodness. My daughter would flip! Love the fabric. Where did you get it?

  2. snarkyquilter

    Funny, I usually count only those projects I have yet to complete, and since they are usually too many, I decided to fore go the statistics. Maybe another month of not reporting the numbers will make you more comfortable with this approach. I hope you post photos of your quilts on display.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, I think I’ll try the no-numbers approach again. July is a big clean-up month for me, also, so quilting will be minimal. And yes, thanks, I’ll post my quilts on display. All of them are from late 2012 and since, with most last year and this year.

  3. KerryCan

    The fairies are back! That sounds like a fun project. I’m kind of bummed about these rejection letters, though. I mean, I own quilt books and i can’t imagine that you wouldn’t do a better job than the authors of most of them!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Kerry. I appreciate that. While I agree… I’m choosing to look at it as a blessing in disguise. There are a lot of positives about the whole process. I am not discouraged. 🙂

  4. Jim in IA

    From a guy who walked daily many miles along the App. Trail, the advice of the wise Mr. Fetig should be heeded. Are the numbers important? Or, is the journey what counts?

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      hmmm… The numbers themselves are not important, generally. But taking the journey, which I will choose to do, only happens when I actually make progress.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      It’s not my style, no. On the other hand, it was kind of nice not to grade myself based on the numbers. No “I shoulda”s or “if only”s. Maybe I can find some middle point. 🙂

  5. shoreacres

    Well, this was interesting. My initial response was, “Who are you, and what have you done with Melanie?” 😉

    It does sound like June was a good month — may July be even more so!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I’m here! June was a pretty good month — a couple of personal/emotional hitches (not between us but tangential to us), but we’ve moved past them at least for now. July should be full of challenges and opportunities. 🙂


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