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.
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!!!
Keep On Quilting On!
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