Happy New Year to you, my friends!
Come on 2015!
I'm so ready!
|Sneak Peek of my first finish for 2015. Sharing this Friday!
Plans for the coming year include:
- Regular Drawing Sessions
- New Blog Subjects
- More Tutorials
- Plan Ahead & Schedule
DRAWING - When my mother had knee surgery this past fall, I spent a week with her at her home. No sewing. And no internet. But I did bring along a pad of graph paper, pencil and eraser. And during those few hours spent doodling, figuring and drawing - the Little Blooms and WoW-E! blocks were born.
I really enjoy sitting down with that pad of paper and just letting my imagination take me where it will. And I don't do it often enough. Or share any of those sketches here on the blog. But all that is going to change! I am going to make time in my weekly schedule to dedicate time to drawing and blogging about it.
BLOGGING - Blog posts have become kind of predictable. Fridays are, of course, reserved for finishes. I would like to start including more of the in progress shots and share more information on how I did this or that. Wednesdays are always fun. I love doing the Let's Bee Social posts and spending the next few days visiting with those who have joined the party. And then there are the occasional Sunday Stash reports. Of course I would LOVE to make that a weekly feature. Who doesn't love to drool over photos of fresh, new fabrics?
But I don't yet have any solid ideas for new topics to post about. This is something that will require some heavy brain storming sessions. I would like it to be a collaborative effort between myself and other quilting bloggers. Something that would help us to connect with each other and get our readers to branch out and discover some new friends. See some new things. Get inspired and feel like we are all a little more like family.
Do you have any ideas? Would you like to participate?
Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!
TUTORIALS - Preparing and writing tutorials is a lot like writing and sharing a small portion of what goes into creating a pattern. And I find sharing ideas and tutorials very rewarding. And fun!
This coming year will be the year of sharing those ideas and tutorials on a more regular basis.
PLANNING - Schedules, to me, are boring and constrictive. And I have thought of myself as more of a 'fly by the seat of my pants' (or pajamas) kind of a girl. But since starting the Sew Fresh Quilts blog and now that it has become something more of a way to be creative and make enough money from selling patterns and advertising to support that creative process, I have a desire to start planning ahead and scheduling projects and ideas. Taking the planning from "What am I doing next?" to "What am I doing in the next few months?"
During my first year of blogging, I would just jump into a project. Make that quilt. And then plan how to write a pattern for that item. For the past year, I have been planning each project ahead of the jumping. I now write the pattern. Then make the item. But I wish to take it one step further.
Is this pattern something others will be interested in making? Is it something that will appeal to a wide range of people? Is it different? Is it interesting? Is it even a good idea? Perhaps sharing some of these ideas ahead of making them will help me to get the answers to these questions. With YOUR help, of course! Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.
During the coming months, I would find honest and straightforward answers to how you feel about anything presented in these planned posts invaluable. I know I can count on my friends to tell me just what they think! And I will need your help!
PS. A note for those who took the time to email me or left encouraging comments on my blog post about the VAT legislation that is effecting all digital file sales to the EU.... Thank you so much! And for those of you who took advantage of my sale on patterns that had been previously been listed in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.... Thank you ALL so very much! For those who took the time to visit my NEW Pattern Store.... YOU are a treasured friend. I truly appreciate your support!
Happy New Year!
Keep On Quilting On!
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