I wonder what the difference is between reason or excuse? Sorry to be away from blogging for such a stretch. After 5 years of study and formation, my DH was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church on Saturday, and that involved a lot of my time for the past month or so, culminating in out-of-town guests, and a big celebration. Throw into that same time frame 2 birthdays, resuming my part-time winter job, cleaning my house, making curtains for the dining room, making a dress for DD #1, making an outdoor flag, and having the kids home for a week because of snow and ice, and you have your pick of reasons or excuses!
I did not finish my UFO for January, but I completed 12 blocks. This quilt is just not floating my boat, but I am still going to get it together (a much smaller quilt than originally planned), and get it off my list. I am going to set the blocks together side-by-side, add a small border of background fabric, and buy another fabric to add a larger border.
After I straighten out my linen closet (mostly empty because of all the sheets and towels coming through the laundry), put away all of the remnants of the party, and clean off my sewing surface, I will be more than ready to start working on violet blocks and UFO #10.