2020 Quilting Goals

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Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe that it is 2020! I have been quilting most of my life and it was in 2010 that I started sharing quilt projects on my blog on Blogspot. Before then I was doing digital scrapbooking with Photoshop which continues to be my favorite graphics program.

2020 Quilting Goals

Mr. Mickey my miniature poodle
Mr. Mickey captured my heart in 2019!

2010

I was using batiks to make a mug rug! Wow!

Batik mug rug

My blog was a place where I shared quilt projects I was working on. The posts were more of a journal and it is still fun to go back and read old posts.

2016

In April of 2016, I had my blog transferred over to WordPress. There were many things I had to learn….I’m still learning but I am so glad I did this. Recently I made the switch to Gutenberg (I’m taking a class to help) and it is exciting to see how this will make writing a blog post much easier.

I have many, many quilt projects and tutorials that most of you have never even seen and I am slowly working at updating them, adding new photos and directions if…..it was a project that I said “tutorial coming soon” and it never happened.

2020 Goals

So what is happening in 2020?

Island Batik

Thank you Island Batik for challenging me to grow! For six years I have enjoyed creating quilt projects with their beautiful batiks! With their encouragement, I started writing quilt patterns and tutorials which has changed what I want to share with everyone.

Island Batik Alumni

I didn’t apply to be an Island Batik ambassador this year, I have loved being one since 2014 but this year I really want to concentrate more on writing new patterns and working on my website. If you love batiks as much as I do……don’t worry, I have all kinds of beautiful batiks in my stash.

AccuQuilt

I am also not designing right now for AccuQuilt but I hope to get back to it at some point this year as I love working with their products. I love my die cutters and how easy it is to cut fabric. I just saw that AccuQuilt now has sewing machine tables and cutting cabinets which will hold your die cutter and dies! This may be something I get for my studio!

Quilt Studio

I know I am very fortunate to have two rooms upstairs where I can work but I really, really want a big quilt studio like I used to have on the river. At my age, those steep steps are a killer. Even Mr. Mickey doesn’t want to go up and down them!

My quilt studio by the river

We plan on starting construction on my new Quilt Studio in the spring and I’ll be sharing each step on my blog. Once my studio is done…I’ll probably never leave it! There will even be a chair or loveseat for Mr. Mickey.

My TO-DO list

  • Publish at least one new pattern a month (hopefully more)
  • Post several new tutorials a month and add to my Resource Library
  • Update older tutorials that still relevant
  • Many of you say that free-motion quilting is your biggest obstacle – I want to write a series of posts/tutorials to help you
  • Create more applique patterns with my new iPad Pro and Apple Pen (2nd generation) – I’m left-handed and use a mouse with my right hand so drawing has been difficult, this should be fun!
  • I just bought a EverSewn Sparrow 25 sewing machine that is supposed to be great for quilters and sewers starting out who don’t want to spend thousands on a machine. Normally I use my old vintage 15-91 Singer but I know that finding a sewing machine like this isn’t an option for many of you.
  • Videos – ugh…..not my favorite thing to do but I hope to make a few. I keep putting it off saying I’ll do it when I have my new studio.
  • I also bought a Cricut Maker – I’m really not sure what I’m planning on using it for LOL or when I’ll find the time – do any of you have one? I’ve been buying vinyl, pens and more so I’d better work on something!

Thank you for subscribing to my newsletters!

There are now over 12,000 people on my email list and my biggest goal will be to continue to bring you great quilting content and also share a little bit about our personal life in these emails.

It is great when you share what you are struggling with or want to learn, this also gives me ideas of what to share on my website. Many of you have recently retired and told me you now have time to quilt, believe me….you’re going to have fun and never be bored!!

I love it when you send me photos of projects or quilts you have made with my tutorials and patterns, thanks so much!

My Patterns

I started using Shopify this year to sell my quilt patterns and have been very happy with it. It does cost $29 a month so I really appreciate your purchases, thanks so much!

Jacob’s Ladder Box Quilt

Resource Library

I will continue to add new tutorials to the Resource Library, the password is always at the bottom of my newsletter emails.

Ads on my site

Some of you have complained about ads on my site and I’m sorry but they aren’t going away. I love being able to share tutorials and projects with you and there are expenses with running my blog. You don’t even want to know what I pay a month to ConverKit for my email list.

Happy New Year and thank you for reading about my 2020 Quilting Goals

Once again I wish you a Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing lots of great projects, tutorials, and patterns with you!

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10 Comments

  1. Stairs are a killer for me too. I look forward to seeing your new studio as it is created.

  2. Sandra Walker says:

    Well I will miss you as an Island Batik ambassador, but I know you will continue to wow us with your creations, and as a very happy newsletter subscriber I will be keeping up with what you are up to. 🙂

  3. Kathleen McCormick says:

    These big studios slay me. I love that you will get one…will watch with envy as it is built! Can’t wait to see it and see what you do this year – it will be fabulous!

  4. Looks like 2020 will be a wonderful year for you Connie Dear. I love your blog posts and all the amazing projects you share with us. Thank you for being so very generous and giving. I know it takes a lot of time and work to blog all that you do. 2020 Blessings to You and Yours. I shall be looking forward to all your goals and results.

  5. Linda Garcia says:

    It’s funny that you are left handed and use a mouse with your right hand. I have had some repetitive motion injury to my right hand (from when I was working full time). I am right handed. I went to an occupational therapist for help with my hands. She suggested that I start using the mouse with my left hand, because using the mouse was the most painful thing I was doing with my right hand back then. It was awful at the beginning. I was so clumsy. I really didn’t have a choice, so I kept trying. I continue to use a mouse with my left hand even though I am retired and no longer spending hours on the computer daily. Going back to using the mouse with my right hand causes pain within just a few days. I can now use the mouse as well with my left hand as I can with my right hand. Persistence pays off!!

  6. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your quilts and tutorials.

  7. Happy New Year, Connie. I look forward to seeing your new studio take shape. I’m not sure anyone could have convinced me to leave that gorgeous studio you had on the river. I understand you had reasons … good reasons, but it still had to be hard. Cute picture of Mr. Mickey. Does he get to choose his chair or sofa in the new space?

  8. Sheila Bales says:

    Look forward to seeing what’ s in store for 2020.

  9. I look forward to seeing your new studio take shape. Happy New Year!

  10. Wanda Hanson says:

    I know your costs are high because I have similar expenses with my online classes, email list and pop-up shop site. I just wish your ads could all be over on the sidebar instead of inserted between paragraphs. I wish you the best on your goals and hope your studio building goes well. I’ll be watching! Happy creative and healthy new year!!!