I never thought I would look forward to a new year as much as I do right now….come on 2018!
Best Quilting of 2017 and new Goals
This Christmas tree table runner was a remake of an older tutorial of mine – the Christmas Tree Table Runner from 2011 which is still one of my most popular posts
My friend Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts posted her Best of 2017 and Plans for 2018 a couple of days ago and her post gave me the push to write my own Best of 2017 post and share it at Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky Party.
I am also linking up with Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl’s 2018 Planning Party
Wow! Looking back at the goals and plans that I shared for 2017 was a shocker! I completely forgot what goals I had actually made. I am almost afraid to say that I will still have the same goals for this year!
Goals for 2017
- Continue doing a monthly guest post and project for AccuQuilt
- Continue being an ambassador for Island Batik
- Share more quilt projects from Fat Quarter Shop
- Create at least one new tutorial a month – didn’t get this done
- Submit more quilt patterns to magazines – didn’t get this done
I for one am tickled that 2017 is coming to a close and can only hope that 2018 will be a much better year.
I had great plans for the year, in fact, I bought a new website and planned on sharing information on how you can make money with quilting and crafting online. My new website was bought, I paid for the hosting for one year and then my dad got sick and everything was put on hold. Hopefully, in 2018 I’ll work on it.
I was doing quite well will my passive income in the first quarter of 2017 but it really took a nosedive when my blog posts dwindled as dad got sicker.
My favorite post of 2017 was actually about hand stitching on wool and also about my dad.
In this particular post, I shared some precious photos of my dad and family as we took my dad for his last boat ride. This was just days before he passed.
I was very surprised at the guilt and depression I felt after dad died and I thank so many of you wonderful friends who shared your own stories with me in emails and helped me through this time. I think many times it is easier to talk to someone this way….especially for me as I am really more of a loner. Builder Bob is the people lover!
It comes as no surprise that the most popular posts are tutorials! I know that has to be my favorite thing to find on the internet. I have many of them and continue to update them whenever I can.
I mentioned that one of my goals for 2017 was to update my old posts for SEO…..it has been embarrassing to see how many posts I wrote that say “Tutorial coming soon!” I’ll be working on that in 2018!
Did I mention that I bought a new computer just before dad got sick????
It is a desktop…..why oh why did I buy a desktop?? I enjoy carrying my laptop upstairs, out on the deck, downstairs, on trips……you don’t do that with a desktop!
In the last month, I have finally sat down and started using it and transferring my files to it. It is fast! Photoshop opens in seconds! So does Electric Quilt 8! I can’t justify a new laptop LOL, so I guess I’ll get used to computing in one place and quit whining.
Best Quilting of 2017 and new Goals
I am very thankful for everything and everyone I have in my life. Both of my parents are gone and I am now the oldest in the family. I am 66 years old….I can’t believe how fast time goes by now!
I am thankful I have a blog! I remember my first computer with cassettes! I remember paying for internet service by the hour….4 hours a month for $10 and thinking how neat it was! My first website was on GeoCities! My grandchildren will never remember a time that there weren’t internet or cell phones, imagine what their grandchildren will see!
The amount of people blogging has slowed down considerably, with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook being much faster to post to. Blog posts with pictures take time…..lots of time but I do love being able to go back and read a post I wrote a year or two ago. I hope that people will continue to share blog posts and maybe some will start up again.
I love learning new things and have a habit of signing up for way too many classes! Can someone be addicted to internet learning or buying??
I originally started blogging when I was doing digital scrapbooking and digital images are still my favorite thing to create. I am always learning new things with Photoshop and now Affinity. Learning new skills for my website is constantly going on.
When I was working you were expected to have goals, I have continued to have goals but I have reached the point in my life where goals aren’t that important. I am thankful for every day that I have and all that I have.
I enjoy posting tutorials on my blog, sharing some of what goes on in my life and writing patterns. I love being an ambassador for Island Batik, working with AccuQuilt, Fat Quarter Shop, and Aurifil.
Teaching……this is something I have no desire to do, traveling….same thing much to Builder Bobs dismay. I love my quilt studio…..my happy place.
Thank you everyone for your support this year and I hope all of you have a wonderful 2018!
Update: Craftsy no longer sells patterns or fabric. My patterns are still on sale for $3.99 or less at Craftsy – they will go back to their regular price on January 1st, 2018.
We are heading out of town this morning to visit Builder Bob’s daughters and families and will be gone for a few days. Of course, little Sadie will be going along….she is a wonderful traveler.