Monday, 25 July 2016

2016 Mid Year Review

Last December there was a fun planning party hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. Now Yvonne is having a mid year review linky party so we can evaluate how we've been doing with our goals. Those who want to link up are welcome to join us! Did I mention.... There are prizes!






I enjoyed participating, and wrote a blog post here, sharing my goals for the coming year. Below you will see my predictions underlined and also my evaluation of how well I have done with sticking to my plan.




Prediction: The year 2016 will be.... The YEAR OF FOCUSING ON DESIGN!

Evaluation: Well.... I think that I have spent more time in the last six months working on new designs and patterns than on anything else. I am really pleased with these new designs and have enjoyed making quilts from the new patterns.




Sometimes I have even made more than one quilt from the same pattern. My first Black Birds baby quilt was sold through my Etsy shop. And now I am so excited to have just finished piecing another version - this one with a light grey background and a blue bird instead of using red.

I am more happy with my quilting life than ever! And am looking forward to continuing on this path. Focusing on design has been the perfect goal for me. I am so satisfied to see that my readers are also happy with the ideas being produced. And it always makes my day when I get an email from someone who wants to share a photo of a quilt they have made using one of my patterns. Or when I get tagged on Instagram because someone is sharing a photo they posted.


So here's to continuing on this path.... 2016 is the year of focusing on design!!!





Prediction: The year 2016 will be.... The YEAR OF Sew Fresh Quilts ON THE ROAD!

Evaluation: So far this year, I have attended 7 events in six months. And have more bookings for teaching opportunities and quilt shows coming up. But I am MOST excited for the event to be held in August - where I will have my first ever vendor booth.

Meeting with quilters and their guilds across Ontario has been such a blessing to me! I really am a normally shy type. A homebody. Someone who is most comfortable at home and in y pajamas. Quilting in my bare feet. But these events have allowed me to come out of my shell. And speaking in front of a group has not been as nerve wracking as I had expected. When you are talking about something you are passionate about - like quilting and what it means to you - it is such a freeing experience.

Here I am flanked by Lisa of Sunlight In Winter Quilts and Kathy of Kathy's Quilts who are both members of the Royal City Quilters' Guild.

And meeting up with quilters and friends in real life is something I really enjoy. I may miss my exit... But I manage to get to where I'm going. And happy to be there!


So here's to continuing on this path.... 2016 is the year of Sew Fresh Quilts on the road!!!




Prediction: The year 2016 will be.... The YEAR OF THE QUILT ALONG!

Evaluation: Things started out well. I hosted the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along, which ran from February 1st to May 31st. Now there were not as many participants as my first two quilt alongs. Ugly Sweaters just can't compete with Cute Dogs. Truthfully, I think I was a little disappointed. But I really enjoyed the quilt along and the best part was seeing the work of those who quilted along. I must say, meeting Laurel of Quilts by Laurel was the highlight. And I am so glad we met!

I have given this a lot of thought. What could I offer as my next quilt along?



And I am going to host the MOD Bear Paw QAL next. Beginning in September. So mark your calendar if you are interested in quilting along! 


So here's to continuing on this path.... 2016 is the year of the year of the quilt along!!!











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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Let's Bee Social #134

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

Before I go any further....
I just want to say THANK YOU!!! to all who volunteered to help test the Modernitional Bear Paw pattern. Most of those volunteers have responded with news of having chosen fabric and are hard at work making a quilt to test the pattern. A few of them have also responded with the news that they have read over the pattern and have double checked the material list and cutting charts. I sure do appreciate everyone who has offered to help because it is becoming increasingly obvious that I am a little overwhelmed.

I have finished my quilt top. And completed the 84" x 84" version of the quilt.



Yesterday I managed to get this beast basted and quilted. Hoping for a Friday Finish!



As I had announced last week, I am anticipating my first ever vendor event at the upcoming International Plowing Match to be held in late August. And in anticipation of this event, I ordered some new business cards.





HELP! Call for pattern testers...

Because the end of August will be here before you know it, I want to have some of my other untested patterns ready for sale at this event . And I am looking for additional pattern testers to help with some other new patterns I have been working on but have not had the time to make. The following is a list of what I would expect to receive feedback on.

Is the information accurate and easy to understand? Do you have any suggestions on how to make the information easier to understand? How could the instructions be improved?

  • Material List
  • Cutting Chart
  • Piecing Instruction
  • Quilt Assembly


The following is a list of the available designs that need to be tested.

Ay Chihuahua, Funny Bunny, Kissy Fishy and Panda.






If you are able to put any of these  the Panda pattern at the top of your quilting list and are interested, please contact me by email and put the name of the pattern you would like to test in the subject line.








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What have you been working on?





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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Let's Bee Social #133

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

Before I go any further....
I just want to say THANK YOU!!! so much for participating in the Great Big Giveaway. All of the winners were announced on Saturday in this post. And I want to thank you to also for all the gracious comments left on that post!!! I had a lot of fun running the giveaway. And am looking forward to doing it again soon.




More news about the Modernitional Bear Paw quilt progress....
I have completed all the blocks. Here the pile is ready for sashing.




Rows! I am finally making rows!!!



Here are the paw print border blocks.



I am confident the pattern is now complete and correct. But I would love to have a few volunteers who would like to try out the pattern. I am looking for people to double check the cutting charts, look over the assembly instructions and possible test out one of the smaller sizes. If you are interested, please contact me by email and put Bear Paw in the subject line.
Looks like we have a ton of volunteers!
Thanks to all who offered! 

In other news.... 


I received an email inviting me to be a vendor at the International Plowing Match that will take place in Harriston, Ontario this August. And I said YES! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to connect with some quilters (and some other quilting farmers) and to have an adventurous and fun weekend. I really have no idea what to expect. I have never been a vendor before. And I don't usually attend anything larger than our own local fall fair. So it's a bit scary.... But I am so excited!







It's your turn for Show and Tell!!!
What have you been working on?





Sew Fresh Quilts

    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.
    • In your blog post, please include a link back to my blog.
    • Grab the "Let's Bee Social!" button from above and put it on your sidebar. This way others who visit your blog that week can join in the fun!  Share the news of this new linky and Let's Bee Social!
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