24 December 2018

Best of 2018 and Plans for 2019

It's all Thanks to YOU! Thank you for following along and taking part in the fun times we share here at Sew Fresh Quilts. And especially for sticking with me. This was a tough year. But it was a breeze because I know you have my back!

As I reflect back on all the changes that have happened during the last 6 years, I am also mindful of all of the things that I am so thankful for. Today I am celebrating my 6 year Blogiversary! Yes, it was 6 years ago today that I started this blog as a way to document my progress and to make connections with fellow quilters, like you! Thank you for all your kind comments left on my blog posts, in emails and on facebook and instagram. And for all the encouragement you give me. I couldn't have made it this far without your friendship and all of your support!

Now we are coming to the end of another year.

Time to take a look back on 2018 and see what has been accomplished. And to take a look ahead to 2019 and to make plans for the coming new year.

There were three makes from this past year that I am particularly pumped about. And those are the tool themed quilts made most recently. Pictured below is Layin' Pipe, Screw This! and Nailed It! And below each quilt is a mock up of other colourways I designed. I still have plans to perhaps release a block pattern using a combination of tools. This is a plan for 2019!

The Scottie Dogs is a FREE pattern!!! Check out my post here for your copy!

The Hello Foxy mini and crib size Hello Foxy were two of my favourite makes from this year! This design is yet another take on foxes. Yes. I do seem to have a thing for those red little rascals. And this comical version is a little left of my usual tendency to try for more of a realism rather than caricature.

The Dachshund Dogs was so much fun! I love the rainbow lineup of saturated modern prints and am so excited to be gifting this quilt tomorrow!

The Buffalo Plaid Wolves was my first finish of 2018 and the post is dated January 13th. When the weather started turning cooler, I offered this quilt to my guy Chad to use as a car quilt. AIt's got a flannel backing and is so cozy. Great for napping at lunch time during the workweek. 

If you would like see all my other makes from this year please click here to visit my Gallery.

Are you on Instagram???? This was my "Top Nine" for 2018 - the posts with the most likes...

This is the text that accompanied my post:

Thank YOU for all your love and support during the past trying year my friends! What has my Best Nine for 2018 revealed?

1️⃣ & 2️⃣ Fabric is sweet. But fabric with an eyeball is super sweet. Times two!!!

3️⃣ Foxy foxes never go out of style.

4️⃣ You just cannot go wrong when you choose RAINBOW!

5️⃣ When they say your quilting is goin’ to the dogs... It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

6️⃣ When you aspire to be the best quilting blogger you can be... you sometimes gotta look up. 👀 
Waaaaaaaaaaaay up! 🙈

7️⃣ I really enjoy a little play on words and who can resist pigs in a blanket? With CHICKS !!!

8️⃣ A quilt along with friends is sew much fun. 

TWO FREE HPQAL with friends like @kellifanninquilts is even better!!!

9️⃣ If you’re ever not quite 100% certain rainbow is working for you..... 

Add dogs, shaped like food, that have eyes.

These are my Top 5 makes of 2018! It's hard to choose which quilts to put on this list at the end of the year. But I am excited to share this post and will be linking up to the party over at my good friend Cheryl's Meadow Mist Designs blog. This is her fourth year hosting this fun filled event and anyone can participate. Just write up a blog post sharing your 5 favourite makes from this year and join us at the party!

Meadow Mist Designs

You can read my posts from the past!!! 

The following are my plans for 2019. My very first blog post was actually very much like a new year's resolution. For the past four years I have been participating in the planning party hosted with Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. And you can join us in this party too. 
Write your own post for your Plans for 2019 and come join us!

2018 Planning Party

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward.....

2018 has been a pivotal year for me. A year of finishes and a year of firsts.

But also a year of refining my FOCUS.

In the first couple of years, I concentrated on learning new techniques, sharing tutorials and quilting tips, and developing my own artistic style. 2015 was the year I discovered that my true passion lies in designing modern minimalist pictorial quilts using the STOP (Stitch.Trim.Openseams.Press) method. My pattern business has blossomed and bloomed over the past three years.

The year 2019 will be.... The YEAR OF CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON DESIGN!

2018 has been a pivotal year for me. A year of finishes and a year of firsts.

But also a year of branching out into the REAL WORLD.

In the first couple of years, I read about quilters who banded together. Those who enjoyed the company of others. Those who met with quilty friends or were members of real life groups and guilds. Although I have developed a lot of close friends through the internet and enjoyed meeting other like minded quilty peeps through the Let's Bee Social - I remained alone in real life - shut up in my own little sewing room.

During the past three years I have branched out of my safe zone and ventured out into the real world. I had begun to reach out to groups and guilds in my area and my events page quickly filled up with a list workshops and trunk shows that took me all over Ontario!!! 
And in 2017 I also made my first trip to Houston, Texas for Quilt Market. It was way outside of my comfort zone. And a long way to travel.

I thought 2018 would have been a year of spending more time at home than away for Trunk Shows and Workshops, but my Events page filled up again and I made my way all over Ontario visiting guilds and meeting many wonderful people. What another exciting year of travelling and meeting so many new people and places.

I am thankful for the friendships that have been formed through my interactions with followers of this blog and the participants of the Let's Bee Social. Your support and your kind comments left on my post each week are appreciated more than you know. And I want to thank you all for providing me with the courage to reach out beyond the borders of the internet and for inspiring me to connect with people in my area who I otherwise would never have met.

But now I am no longer accepting invitations for events because I just wanna stay home. However, there is a new way to stay in touch. We now have a YouTube channel where we plan to share video tutorials. And I am hoping to just be able to be a bit silly.

The year 2019 will be.... The YEAR OF ENJOYING HOME and visiting you through YouTube!

2018 has been a pivotal year for me. A year of finishes and a year of firsts.

But also the first year I missed hosting a fun QUILT ALONG.

Hosting the Elephant Parade and then the Dog Gone Cute quilt along in 2015 had been so much fun that I decided to host a few more quilt alongs. In 2016 we quilted along to the Ugly Christmas Sweaters and the MOD Bear Paw. This past year I shared all the instructions for the HaveAJollyLittleChristmas quilt along which was so much FUN!!! All of these quilt alongs can be found by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab at the top of my blog, just below the header. And these quilt alongs will always be there, so you can join in at any time.

New to Sew Fresh Quilts in 2017 was a virtual quilting bee - the Sew Fresh Quilt Bee. 
In commemoration of Canada's 150th anniversary, Sew Fresh Quilts hosted a quilt bee which was our way of taking part in "Canada's Big Quilt Bee". Our quilt blocks were made into quilts for donation to the Ronald McDonald House charity.

I had so many people inquiring about a quilt along for 2018. And I had hoped I would have found the time and inspiration to come up with something fun. But it didn't happen. But that's perfectly okay because the HPQAL2019 is really going to be THE THING!!!!


Last year at this time I shared a very heartfelt reflection on my quilting journey. It was a post about love really and how I had found myself having made a difficult decision. I'm not calling it a crossroads. I had had enough. They say it is hard to stay in a relationship. But I say it's harder to leave it. All my hope was gone. 

And I was ready to make a new start.

I asked for your love and prayers and I was overwhelmed with both!

And there were many many many of you who had gone through, or were going though, a similar situation. Knowing you were out there thinking of me and caring, made me stronger. And it is my hope this Christmas Season that you are all feeling loved. Please know that we are all here for each other. And I love you all!!!!!!

Having you in my life is a blessing you cannot imagine!

Thank your to each and every one of you for all your support throughout the year!!!
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What are your plans for the coming year?

Looking forward to quilting along with you in 2019!!!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...
a Happy New Year!


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Patty said...

What great highlights for the year! I look for to the HPQAL. Merry Christmas!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Merry Christmas Lorna, you have evolved over the years that I have read your blog and you are finding your place in the world. I think it would be hard to year after year go to do so many workshops and constantly be traveling to guilds - good luck in your new ventures

Jean GB said...

Merry Christmas. I'm so glad you are planning on designing a mix of your tool patterns. I had the same idea and am glad I don't have to take your patterns and mix them up myself. My nickname has been Bob Villa cause I always had the biggest tool box so the quilt would be for me. Looking forward to your new design.

Amy said...

Has it been SIX years??? It seems like yesterday. Thank you for such an inspiring and fun blog and sharing your wonderful patterns! I am looking forward to 2019 with you! Happy holidays!

MoeWest said...

Merry Christmas Lorna and all the best for a wonderful 2019! I like the picture at the top of this post of the giraffes in Christmas sweaters with the tree and the words Merry Christmas. You should make that into a quilt! I think it would be fabulous. I plan to keep on quilting in 2019 and being inspired by your blog and all of the other great blogs!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Could you ever have imagined what you would have created over the 6 years you have had a blog? It's been incredible to get to be part of your community over the years, Lorna. I wish you the best in 2019 and hope that you have fun being home and I look forward to seeing all the brilliant quilts made in your upcoming QAL!

Kerry said...

A very Merry Christmas Lorna and a truly happy and successful New Year.

Looking forward to the Youtube sessions!

Danice G said...

Wonderful plans and goals. All of the quilts are gorgeous, as always. Always eager to see what you are working on.

Kathy said...

Merry Christmas! Wonderful post! I'm looking forward to your creative genius in 2019...you are so talented!

Emily said...

Merry Christmas and happy blogiversary, Lorna! I am so glad that 2018 has been kind to you in so many ways. I am super excited about the Harry Potter QAL in 2019!!! My in-laws gave me a gift certificate to fat quarter shop today (they celebrate Christmas Eve) and I immediately knew I would use it to get the fabric for your QAL! A perfect Christmas present! Wishing you a fabulous 2019!!!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Merry Christmas, my friend. I enjoy following along and seeing all the wonderful patterns you create. You keep doing you. Here's to an awesome 2019.

Stitchin At Home said...

Merry Christmas Lorna! I hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Merry Merry Christmas Lorna!! 2019 is going to be YOUR year as you've been brave enough to face your situation and take control of it and empower yourself in the process....a process that takes time. But I think your about to bloom! Continue to be brave and happy blooming!(Ps: I'm in LOVE with your new set of "tool" patterns. Will probably find myself making one for my grand guys) Smiles being sent your way! V:)

marebear said...

Love Ya, Lorna! I enjoy your weekly posts and look forward to them! You have such a creative mind. Keep up your great work in 2019!

Cheryl said...

Merry Christmas Lorna! Your designs bring a smile to my face every time I see them. I am wishing you a fantastic 2019. Thanks so much for linking up!

Karen's Korner said...

A very successful year to be followed by a very exciting one. Good luck with it.

Leanne Parsons said...

I love all your designs, Lorna and it's fun to get to see them again :) It sounds like you have a great 2019 lined up. I'm looking forward to seeing all the HP quilts during your QAL. Happy New Year!

Lisa J. said...

Merry Christmas Lorna. Thanks for always being here. A you tube channel sounds very exciting...and so does a Harry Potter quilt along. I wish you all the best in 2019. It sounds like things are looking up.

Tami Von Zalez said...

You are the gal with tools and animals - all adorable.

The Mr. has been encouraging me to do some YouTube stuff but I feel like I at least need a script. Can't abide videos where they ramble.

See ya round the virtual world!

Calicojoan said...

One of my favorite designers you are. I absolutely love my Mod Bear Paw quilt. I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2019.

Janice Holton said...

What a fun read! I am fairly new to blogging myself (2+ years) and am TOTALLY AMAZED at all you have accomplished. I really enjoy following your blog and I say good for you for wanting to stay home! How are you supposed to get anything done if you don't do that??? :) Have a wonderful 2019 and I look forward to seeing what your brain creates.

Melanie said...

I hadn't seen the tool designs. Somehow your blog must have dropped from my bloglovin. I will rectify that promptly… and join again in the link ups in 2019. Hope you have a lovely new year and the best wishes also for your seventh Blogging year. Enjoy your "birthday". xo

Unknown said...

You just can't go wrong with rainbow!! Or animals! Love each project for this year. It was fun see your top nine too. It's a great way to visualize your common threads (ha, pun intended) throughout the year. Have a great New Years!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I find that your patterns always transpire with joy. 🥂Happy New Year!🥂

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