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...

http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016/12/15/2017-planning-linky-party/
 
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
 

6 comments:

  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!

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    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!

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  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

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

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

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

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