What a year 2018 has been!
that’s what life is all about, right?
These ups and downs that force you to
take stock of what’s important to you and learn to navigate those unexpected
waves. It’s a juggling act, but one that I’ve gotten
better at navigating. One of the main things that help me is my attitude. I’m
definitely a glass half full kind of person. There is so much negativity in the
world, you sometimes have to bring your own sunshine. And one of the ways I
keep my joy is through quilting and being creative.
year of collaboration! I have such love for our community and felt truly lucky
to get to collaborate with so many amazingly talented makers.
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you been following along? Kim had such a great idea and I’ve loved getting to
know fellow makers better and meet some truly amazing talent.
was such a pleasure to work with Tamara Kate’s Joy collection for Michael Miller
Fabrics. I truly believe that sometimes projects come to you when you need them
the most. The inspiration behind this collection and the gorgeous colours were
exactly the ingredients I needed to bring more light and joy back into my life.
I also got to challenge my design skills and bring a modern take to the
traditional log cabin with my Reverberance quilt pattern.
love that Michael Miller Fabrics reached out to ask me to make another
featuring their Marble Collection that launched at Spring Quilt Market. That was super cool and totally unexpected!
I was thrilled to finally share her with you, but even more touched that she
quickly became one of your favourites too!
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entirely get finished! While it would have been nice to get her done, life
happened. And that’s ok! I really try not to stress when that happens. It’s not
always ideal but going with the flow is a key component of not unnecessarily
stressing. Now that life is a little calmer, I’m in the process of picking it
back up and look forward to sharing more with you in 2019.
know what and how people will respond to what you share. I was thrilled to see
so many of you share similar concerns in my Are You a Fast or Slow Quilter? A discussion on creative sustainability post.
The first half of 2018 was tough because I was working on so
many secret projects, but that focused sewing time lead to some really fun
projects, like having my first quilt pattern – Double Windmill – featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 67. Not only was she
in the issue, but she landed the cover too! What a fun and exciting surprise!
My first magazine feature and she makes the cover. It’s an accomplishment that
I’m still on cloud 9 about!
cut for The 2019 Quilter’s PlannerI adore my planner, for both the organization and inspiration
it brings, and pinch myself knowing I’m one of those designers this year!
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A fun unexpected email while I was on summer vacation lead
to a fun new collaboration with Karlee Porter from Karlee Porter Designs when she
invited me to share designs for her new Honest Fabric company. It’s a whole cloth quilt option with a database of quilt
designs ready to be printed for all your quilting enjoyment. And I’m beyond
thrilled to have my designs included in this fun new venture. More to come in
released, which was a last-minute impromptu design that I thought of and
immediately had to make! She wasn’t on my original 2018 plan and is a great
example of going with the flow when the idea strikes. This ended up being one of the most popular patterns of 2018!
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I got to do that several times this year.
for RJR Fabrics and I made the Bequest Modern Aztec quilt to help showcase their gorgeous blue and white collection. This pattern is in
the works and slated for an early 2019 release.
Emily’s modern, clean and bright aesthetic and that is showcased throughout the
13 projects in the book. I love the Figure Eight table runner I made
featuring her Figure Eight quilt block. Such a good one!
This was a scary and exciting step to take and I’m thrilled to have taken it!
wanted 2019 to look like back in the early fall. While this is not atypical for
me, it is atypical of me to actually start writing down key goals at that time.
I can see that being a key task I’ll start planning for annually. It’s making
me feel so much less stressed about 2019 and it’s already helped me say “no” to
certain projects so that I can say “yes” to what I really want to do.
open for new unexpected opportunities, but I have to balance that with keeping
time for the things I also want to accomplish. It’s a balance and having it
written down in my plannerhelps make sure I’m not over committing myself and/ or allows me
to see if I can move a projects timeline around to accommodate this new
the new quilt patterns I want to release in 2019. There are several and I’m hoping I’ve spaced them
out sufficiently to give me the time to draft them, test them and release them.
Pattern writing is deceptively time consuming, so I’m just hoping that by being
focused I’ll be able to hit my goal.
what I do love is the connections I’ve made with you – especially over on
really hope to have the chance to travel this year and attend some shows,
conferences and/or sewing retreats. It would be so awesome to have the chance
to sit and chat over a nice hot cup of coffee. Plus, my hands will thank me for
giving them a typing reprieve 😉
now. Different steps are at various stages of development, but what I’m trying
to figure out is the delivery method. Once I figure that out, I’ll be sure to
share more details with you.
to bring this mindset to all of my projects. It’s really about focusing on
having fun and exploring and seeing where I end up. Life is short, and I want
to be having fun! So, that’s a key theme this year. If I’m not having fun, then
it’s not what I should be working on.
CLEAR MY WIP PILE
ever get my WIP pile down to zero, but I would like to see it moving rather
than stagnating and just sitting there taking up space. That’s what I love
about participating in the Finish-A-Long series. I check in every quarter to see what I have and haven’t finished up.
This check-in often reminds me of projects that weren’t on my radar. Plus, you
get to see what other makers are working on as you encourage one another to
finish things up. You should totally consider participating if you haven’t
STREAMLINE MY WORK FLOW
to continue streamlining my work flow. I have a sewing studio maintenance system
in place (which you can read about here)
and now I want to turn my focus to keeping my tools and notions to the absolute
essentials. I’d also love to figure out a new fabric scrap storage system. I
have one, but I think there’s room for improvements. I have limited storage
space, so I’m either going to have to DO something with those scraps or figure
out a better storage system. I’d also like to figure out a better interim
storage solution for WIP. Sometimes I have a quilt top finished but can’t get
it basted right away. If I don’t have a project already in the works, then it
can hang out on my design wall, but more often than not, the design wall is
taken 😉 So, it ends up draped over the back of the
sofa. It works, but it’s not convenient. Maybe I should clear a spot in a
closet and hang it? What do you do with your finished quilt tops? As is usually
the case, more questions pop up then about this topic solutions at the moment.
It clearly needs more thought! And I hope 2019 is the year it gets sorted out.
working on this coming year – share it in the comments below! And don’t forget
to link up with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl’s #2019planningparty.
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