2016 Planning Post

As 2015 draws to a close, it is natural to look toward 2016 and to where we would like to be at this time next year.  I am looking forward to what the coming year has in store and excited to share my Quilty Goals!2016 Quilty Plans

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a fantastic 2016 Planning Linky Party, and I am excited to share my main goals for the coming year!
2016 Planning Party

1.  Write and Publish Quilt Patterns:

In 2015, I made two patterns available on Craftsy: A free block pattern, Summer Starburst, created for the New Bloggers Block Hop, and a pattern for Rainbow Rotary in three different sizes.  I have several more quilts designed that I am looking forward to turning into full patterns to sell.  I will also be looking into the ins and outs of printing paper patterns.

2.  Grow My Longarm Quilting Business:

Quilting for customers is just as much fun as quilting as my own work!  I have started taking on customer quilts in the past couple of months, and I am looking forward to growing my customer base both locally and online.  Most people have selected edge to edge designs, but I enjoy doing free motion and semi custom work a great deal so I hope to see more of that in the coming year.

3.  Teach Quilting Classes:

My first quilting class is scheduled, and I couldn’t be more excited to be teaching Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Collection Quilt” as a block of the month style class running from January to October of 2016 at Sew to Speak in Columbus, Ohio.

4.  Develop an Etsy Store:

I have set up my Etsy store name, but my “store” is in desperate need of attention.  I want this to be a place to sell patterns (PDF and eventually paper), mini quilt kits, and some finished goods.

5.  Enter and Attend Quilt Shows:

Entries and responses for 2016 shows have already started, and so far I know I will have quilts in two shows.  “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”  (full post coming soon) is heading to QuiltCon very soon, and “Petals in the Wind” will be making its way to the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Show in Daytona Beach.  I have also made entries in the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, but the jury results haven’t been sent out yet.  I am thrilled that I will be attending QuiltCon for the first time this year, and in April my Mom and I will be going to the AQS Paducah show.  Hopefully I will make it to a couple other shows as well.  It is so inspiring to see the amazing work of so many talented quilters!

6.  Publish Work in Magazines:

I have had one quilt accepted for publication, so if all goes well we will see it this year.  I would like to continue to submit, and maybe see some more of my work in print.

7.  Create a Consistent Blogging Schedule:

This has been one of my big challenges this year, and I’m hoping to develop a consistent schedule that works for me in the coming months.  As part of this I am going to try to incorporate more process posts of projects rather than doing one major write-up for each big project.

A Planner made just for Quilters!

(It seems that I didn’t schedule this post properly last week, but better late than never!  This planner looks amazing, and I hope you all take a moment to check it out if you haven’t already!)

Last week, Stephanie at Late Night Quilter released for pre-sale a yearly planner that she has created with the specific needs and wants of the contemporary quilter in mind!  I encourage you to head over to Stephanie’s blog to have a more detailed look at this planner because it is so much more than a calendar.  Among its many features is a quilt block pattern for every week of the year.  I am thrilled that my block, Summer Starburst, is included, and I am so excited to see how this book comes together!

Summer Starburst Block

Summer Starburst Quilt Block

Sewing Apron!

A good sewing apron can make working on a project a lot easier, especially if you are like me- leaving a trail of supplies wherever you go!  This summer I will be working in a theatrical costume shop creating patterns for the clothing worn on stage.  An apron is even more helpful in this communal sewing environment when you not only have your tools laying out, but everyone else’s as well.  My old apron was getting pretty sad after about six years of use, so it was definitely time for something new.

Sewing Apron front view

I have gone through a few aprons over the years, and lately I have liked a half apron tied at the waist rather than a full apron. The last apron I made had a single pocket, and the apron before had about half a dozen different pockets.  For me, having lots of pockets made sense when I was doing wardrobe and needed to have separate areas for different sized safety pins, a threaded needle, scissors, flashlight, etc.  One pocket is fine working in a shop, but I decided to try a different format to mix a large pocket with separate area for scissors, seam rippers, and pencils.

Denim is durable, coordinates with most of my work clothes, and I had some left from a previous project!  I lined it with a pink solid cotton for added durability, and trimmed the whole thing with a bias cut stripe by Lotta Jansdotter.

Sewing Apron back view

One thing that has driven me nuts with previous aprons is how it is difficult to sit down with much of anything in the pocket. Getting poked with scissors is no fun!  I wanted to give this apron just a little bit of fullness so it will fall more naturally when going to sit down.  I didn’t want to gather the denim, so I added a small pleat to each side.  This seams to do the trick- no poking!

Sewing Apron detail

Hopefully this apron will get several years of use- just like its predecessors!

Goal #26 is Finished!

Goal #26 is Finished!

I’m linking up with Sew and Show at Straight Grain this week.  Please stop in to see all of the wonderful work shown there!