Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Blog Plans

Every December, I start thinking about what changes I want to make in both my personal and business life.  This December is no different.  And as this blog has become a big part of my life, I have been reflecting on what changes I want to make in 2015.

Below are some of the items I want to focus on.

1. Many of you have spoken loud and clear that you enjoy the Scrap-A-Palooza series so I will be continuing to share scrap quilt ideas in 2015. I may not keep up my rate of one quilt a month but I will continue to share the steps to each quilt I make. And if you missed an idea and need inspiration, past quilts will continue to be available in the Scrap-A-Palooza quilt gallery.

2.  Something new for the year will be a Scrappy link party I will be hosting. So many of my followers create some beautiful projects from their scrap bins and I would love to provide a place where they can be shared. Specific details will be released soon so stay tuned.  I really hope you join in on the fun!

3.  The year 2014 was really dedicated to sewing up my older stash. While I still have stacks of fabrics to sew through, in 2015 I am looking forward to creating projects using newly released fabrics. I am planning on a year filled with a nice mix of old and new with a little bit for everyone.  My most recent purchase is this stack of lovely Maureen Cracknell prints.  Yum!

4.  I really hope to carve out more time next year to write up some tutorials for quilt blocks and other projects to share with all of you.  I currently don't always take the time to photograph my quilts in process but I plan on changing that in the future!

5.  And speaking of photos, another goal for 2015 is to improve my blog photos. I have downloaded the Shoot It! photography class from Craftsy and have saved the wonderful photography how-to posts by Ruth at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner so I can research and improve my skills. I also want to spend some time freshening up my blog.  Boy does it need it!

6.  Because I am not getting younger, it is time to start working on my bucket list of quilts. Many of the quilts on my list are very involved so they will all take some time to finish. But I hope to start with one and share my progress all the way through completion. Just a few on my list is a pine burr, wedding ring, pickle dish and a Charlie Harper influenced wall hanging.  I will be starting this process in January with a Pineapple Quilt.

7. Designing patterns is what I really love to do and I never seem to make time for it.  So in 2015 I am planning on showing determined focus in getting more of my patterns published, both in magazines and as independent patterns.

8.  I am so grateful that I make a living doing what I love. And to give thanks, I will continue to donate quilts to various organizations. In 2014, a total of 14 quilts were given and I hope to repeat or exceed that this next year.

 9.  I am also grateful for my readers and all those who support my blog by following along. I hope to host more giveaways in 2015. I will revisit taking on sponsors in 2015 to help make this happen.


10.  And because so many of you use other social media platforms, I hope to be better disciplined about posting to sites such as Facebook, PinterestInstagram, Google + etc, so you have lots of opportunity to see what I am up to.  I was doing really well there for a bit but have been slacking lately!

So those are my plans!  Speak up if there is something I missed or things you wished I would share more of.  This blog is for sharing so let me know what types of things you want to see.

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl is responsible for getting me rolling on writing down these goals.  You can see what others have planned for the new year here.

Linking up with Anything Goes Monday.

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Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Thanks so much for linking up, and what a wonderful list for 2015! I am excited for you and look forward to watching what you create in the year ahead (I am especially excited that you plan to work on 'bucket list' quilts - that is awesome!). :)

Jasmine said...

Such wonderful goals. And I am right there with you on #3. I plan on finding more balance between old and new fabrics. :)

Barb Neiwert said...

What a well-thought-out list and I know you can do it. I'm excited to see some of your Bucket List quilts. Now I guess I should start thinking about making some goals myself. I always just sorta go with the flow, and that's not always a productive thing, lol!

magistra said...

Sounds like very good goals :) I am particularly happy to hear about more tutorials and that you will show your progress more, as in behind the scenes and not just the beauty shots. Those are great. The only goal I disagree with is the one mentioning being on more platforms. I don't know why that has become such a thing, but I'm really afraid that it leads to worse blogs and more worn out bloggers. I hate the emphasis on these picture medias. I usually don't think they teach me anything. Oh, but that's right, I did completely miss the cute Christmas block tutorials this year because I don't feel like I have enough time to keep up with my blogs and try to follow everybody on 4 to 5 more social media platforms! Arrrgh, sorry, but this has gotten me frustrated obviously. Anyway, here's to a fantastic 2015! Goals are good and I think I'm going to follow your example! Thanks! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com

Vicki in MN said...

So glad you are continuing the Scrap a palooza! Look forward to the link up too :-)

Karen H said...

All of your plans sound like excellent ideas! I particularly like goal 5 because it is something I too would like to improve upon. I'll look into the Craftsy class and the link you provided!

Kat Scribner said...

I enjoy your blog and I'm glad to read that you will continue to be a part of our quilt sharing community. and ALWAYS quilting is more fun than housework.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I'm going to join the quilty resolutions as I'm a total goal setter and have been thinking about my blog/quilty goals for 2015 too. I'll for sure be joining your OH SCRAP! linky as THAT is one of my goals....so bust through my current stash and be more creative in my quilts/quilting. Thanks for sharing yur goals and the linky!!

Allison said...

Thanks for sharing your goals--I find them very inspiring. I love the idea of a scrap linky party. I LOVE scrap quilts and would enjoy a place to show them off and see other's scrappy creations to be inspired by.

Unknown said...

Goals, always a method to streamline and accent what is important. Your goals are wonderful and I wish great joy in accomplishing each and every one.

Enjoying your blog and projects,

Sandra Walker said...

I've been mulling that very thing this past week or two! Also musing about how few of my quilty goals I did accomplish this past year...yee-ikes...I am SO glad you are still doing scrap-a-palooza quilts! I have loved each and every one of them, and although I only completed two and the third is still a WIP, I have learned a lot about using and organizing my stash of scraps to becoming LESS of a stash. Thanks to you. And go for it with the patterns! Next up? Your OWN fabric line! I can so see it. :-)

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Great ideas - Your Blue heart turned out great.

I like your Oh Scrap Idea. I love seeing what everyone does - it's amazing how even the same block can look so different with scraps

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

You're inspiring me . . . I've been giving next year a little bit of thought but now I want to get more specific. Good luck with your goals.

Ruth said...

Thanks a million for the shout out! I too want to spend more time on patterns and pattern writing. For the life of me I still don't really know how to use Google+ properly and I keep missing IG swaps too. Missed a Doctor Who one and a Rainbow one which would have been right up my alley!

Pamela said...

Wonderful goals! I need to sit down and think out my own for 2015 so I'm not always flying by the seat of my pants....

lelandavestudios said...

Great list! Best of luck with all of your goals for 2015!

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