Saturday 31 December 2016

2016 Review and 2017 Plans

2016 has been a year of learning, from blogging and website construction, to pattern writing and kit building. And this has been the intention. At the beginning of the year, I had some idea of where I wanted Sewmotion to go, but didn’t really know how to start getting there, but now I do. My quilt and cushion kits have had some great feedback with happy repeat customers, the couple of quilt shows I’ve done have been a great success (though still much to learn) and my recent foray into magazine submissions has been a lot of fun! So all in all, I think 2016 has been pretty good, if a little skint!

So what may 2017 have in store? From this year’s experience, I know I have to be more proactive, be it booking myself into quilt shows, submitting my work to magazines, or even running the odd workshop.

I also want to take the guilt out of reading blogs… there are so many great reads out there, but I never seem to find the time to stop ‘working on the business’ and just sit back, relax and indulge. I miss out on so much! I love joining in Linky Parties on blogs from around the world, which is why I'm linking up with Quilting Jet Girl's 2017 Planning Linky Party - I'm loving reading other creatives' plans for the coming year...
As far as work goes, I obviously have a very long list of things to do, but here are a few;

- continue my free Pre-Cut Party patterns (available to my Newsletter Subscribers) – and launch a Linky Party of my own to work alongside, for those of us who love a good pre-cut!

- write more patterns, and develop some into kits, this would also help to use some of the scarily growing shelves of fabric I seem to be buying!

- exhibit at more shows, I’m booked in at Harrogate, Duxford and Malvern so far…

- Learn more about and practice curved piecing, in particular developing my curved hexy block. I also want to do more fabric weaving using the Wefty Needle, my first try was a lot of fun!

In my non-work life this year, we've got a new house to settle into, a much-missed bath to install, exercise to contemplate (and try to keep to) and maybe a little yoga... 

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I'm also linking up with;
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts  
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your goals for next year and linking up. I hope that settling into your new home goes smoothly and that you have a creatively fulfilling year as you work on this list. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you very much Yvonne, we're just back from our New Year travels and I'm very excited to get started on my grand plans! I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

  2. it sounds like you had quite the year in 2016 keep it up ... if you do this well 2017 will be a banner year

    1. Thank you very much Sherry, fingers crossed this will be a great year for us all!

  3. Sounds like you had a great 2016! I hope 2017 is just as good.

    1. Thank you Wendy, and Happy New Year to you!


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