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.
I was using batiks to make a mug rug! Wow!
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.
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.
So what is happening in 2020?
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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!
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
Once again I wish you a Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing lots of great projects, tutorials, and patterns with you!