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I’m a Guest Blogger!

This has been a happy, busy week! Today, I’m guest blogging on RJR Fabrics’ blog, Quilt with Love. In my post, I present an easy tutorial for making a quick flannel blanket using RJR’s lovely Afternoon in the Attic flannel collection.

I hope you’ll stop by the Quilt with Love blog today! At the top of the post, there’s a link to a free downloadable pattern for the flannel blanket so if you don’t need to make one right now you can save it for someday. I've got a couple of "some days" right now, as two of my nieces are pregnant! Really, this project couldn't have come at a better time.

Like I said, it’s been a busy week! If you’ve missed any of my recent posts, here’s what they were all about:

  • The 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop ended last week, but the winners announcement is tomorrow, so don't forget to check back on Friday if you entered the giveaways.

  • The I Wish You a Merry QAL started yesterday with the first block release and the Facebook group is alive with gorgeous blocks. Don’t miss out on the fun!
  • My weekly Wednesday Wait Loss link up is open and I hope you’ll join us by sharing a photo of a current quilty project. We have a great group of gals and you’re sure to get a lot of encouragement there to get over the “wait” and get that long unfinished project done!
  • I belong to Bee Inspired, and online bee and I recently blogged about my turn at Hive Queen and the wonderful blocks I received. Here’s my sample block, my own version of a modern Irish Chain.

Finally, on the quilting front, I've been working on my Island Batik challenge for this month. I’m quilting it now and will be blogging the finish soon. It’s super special so I hope you’ll come back to see it!

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It’s Week 3 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

We’ve had a couple of weeks off, but today the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop continues with new quilt blogs and lots of giveaways! Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Blooming Quilters

Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando

Sandy @ Sandy Star Designs

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Sarah @ Designs by Sarah J

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this week's giveaway. You won't believe the awesome prizes!

I want to also thank our other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt for supporting the new quilt bloggers. They've done a great job and I really appreciate it. If you're new quilt blogger, I highly recommend this group. You'll learn so much!

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Changes to My Blog and More!

Hi everyone! This week has pretty exciting, what with the New Quilters Blog Hop going on! I thought I’d end the week by introducing you to some of the changes I’ve made to my blog.

First, I’ve added my quilt finishes! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but just didn’t have the time for. The New Quilters Blog Hop was just what I needed to get this job knocked off the list. I hope you enjoy! Just click the Finishes menu above, and choose 2016 or 2017. I’ll add earlier finishes when I have time.

I’ve also consolidated a couple of older menus into one—Quilts. On that menu you’ll find links to my quilt pattern shop, a gallery of the quilt patterns you’ll find in my book, and some free patterns. You’ll also find any pattern corrections and wholesale discounts for bulk orders on the Quilts menu.

I’ve also added a link to my private Facebook group in my Announcement bar to make it easier to find. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us!

In addition to various ways to follow me, the bottom of the page includes my submenus. You can easily find out where I’m speaking next, the linky parties I frequent, and my quilt alongs. And hey, if you need to reach me, you’ll find my email address down there as well!

I’ve cleaned up my sidebar to make it easier to find what you need.

The title of this post implies something more, and here it is! As you know, I create patterns for fabric companies. Here are two of my latest, and here are the fabrics Windham and RJR sent for me to make them!

Merry Berry and Bright AND Shiny Little Objects in Holiday Twinkle by RJR Fabrics

Merry Berry and Bright AND Shiny Little Objects in Holiday Twinkle by RJR Fabrics

Painted Wings by Windham Fabrics

Painted Wings by Windham Fabrics

Windham also sent these along for me to play with. Ummmm. My design brain is working overtime! After I decide what I’m going to make with these, I may have a giveway to celebrate. So stay tuned! In the meantime, don’t forget to link up next Wednesday for my Wednesday Wait Loss linky party as I’m having a giveaway there for linking up over the next few weeks.

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My Best of 2016 and What I Hope to Accomplish in 2017

You've probably noticed that I haven't been blogging much. Here's the reason.

Who can resist that cute face? <grin>

I know I can't so I've granted myself permission to take some time off work while my daughter is home from college. Still, now that the new year has started I wanted to recap 2016 and think about my goals for 2017.

New Quilt Bloggers

I’m oh so glad I participated in the New Quilt Bloggers group last year, and I highly recommend the experience for new quilt bloggers like myself. With the New Quilt Bloggers I found much needed support, an incredible exchange of ideas to improve my blog, and best of all, great new friendships.

 
2016 New Quilt Bloggers

In fact, the connections we made through the New Quilt Bloggers group were so strong that some of us have formed an online bee. I couldn’t be more excited! Expect to hear more about this special bee in the weeks to come.

Blog Hops

I’m not surprised that the blog hops I’ve participated in are popular—they offer you a chance to jump quickly from blog to blog, viewing a lot of related content quickly. I participated in several blog hops last year. Besides the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, these were the most popular blog hops I participated in:

Mini Shadow Quilt Blog Hop

Participants all made the same mini shadow quilt. It was so much fun to see the different fabrics everyone used. Here’s my version.

I loved making my shadow quilt so much I made one for my best friend Alice. I call it “Besties.”

Eerie Nights Blog Hop

For this hop, participants need to make something new for Halloween. I made Dark Shadows, my version of a mini shadow quilt.

Art with Fabric Blog Hop

Participants in the Art with Fabric Blog Hop needed to make an art quilt inspired by a piece of art. I participated in the blog hop both twice.

My first quilt was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Wheatfield with Crows. Alas, it still languishes in my WIP pile.

My second quilt was inspired by Georgia O’Keefe and a photo of an iris in my garden. I finished this one and I think it's wonderful!

Quilt Alongs

I offered two quilt alongs this year, and both of them were very popular. My first ever quilt along was for Stepping Stones. I offered two options-Stepping Stones and Charming Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones (alternate colorway)

Charming Stepping Stones

Charming Stepping Stones

Charming Stepping Stones (gradations version) in progress

Charming Stepping Stones (gradations version) in progress

The Stepping Stones Quilt Along is over, but you can find the patterns for Stepping Stones and Charming Stepping Stones in my shop.

I just finished up my second quilt along for Berry Cross, but you can still participate! Just click the Berry Cross QAL tab above for more info. For the quilt along, I offered the pattern in three different colorways. We're going to have a parade of our finished quilts later this month so be sure to come back and check it out. I hope to have the Berry Cross pattern available then as well.

Colorway 1

Colorway 1

Colorway 2

Colorway 2

Colorway 3

My Quilt Shop

I started 2016 with only a couple of quilt patterns in my shop and decided to make it a goal In 2016 to add more. I’m pretty excited because I was able to add three additional quilt patterns and two block patterns in 2016! I also added digital download options for all my patterns.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Charming Stepping Stones

Brickyard

Bee Hive Block

School Block

I’m super excited for the new year! Recently I’ve been working with several fabric manufacturers to create quilt designs that feature their new fabric collections. Many of my designs have been picked up and will be released throughout 2017. Isn’t that cool?

In addition, I’m the featured designer for January in the International Association of Quilters, a members-only online quilt group! I’ll be posting more about that later this week so stay tuned!

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A Review of My Goals

In 2016, I had three goals:

  • Develop more patterns
  • Add more tutorials
  • Find and connect to the blogging community

I think I did pretty good although I didn’t add many new tutorials. For 2017, here are my new goals:

  • Build my pattern inventory by adding new quilt patterns
  • Continue to make connections throughout the quilt blogging community
  • Increase my presence within the quilting industry
  • Host an ongoing linky party
  • Host another quilt along!

I want to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for the extra push I needed to write this post. Visit her linky party to see what everyone else accomplished in 2016!

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