Free Motion Quilting Adventures in the New Year

 Another year is right around the corner! Is it time to make resolutions? I rarely keep them, but I am trying to lay out a framework for several goals. I want to continue my blog of course and make more videos, and teach more classes. I also want to try to sell a few of my designs.

free motion quilting design in process

So I've been working on getting my paper designs into the computer. Not too hard as long as you don't mind clicking the mouse a few billion times. About half of the clicks are on the "Undo" button! I scanned in the paper designs and then "trace" over them in the graphics program.

detail free motion quilting design in process

Things will get changed in the process too. Now that I've used the computer to tweak several of my designs, it's starting to get easier than pencil, paper, rulers, stencils, and erasers.

One of my projects is really super big if it works out, but I'm not sure it will yet. So there are also contingency plans in the works. My brain is so overloaded right now, that I don't know if I'm coming or going sometimes. Big, BIG! But not the typical blogger-writes-a-book or teaches an online class, though that would be great too.....

I've got two customer projects to work on. Both really should have been done before Christmas, but I just couldn't get them done. Good thing these customers are super-awesome friends too.

I want to do more videos too. Maybe shorter but more frequent ones. I'd love to get better with my camera skills, but there are only so many hours in the day! If I have to chose between photography and quilting, quilting wins every time.

Then there are the typical goals for me: lose weight (I actually lost weight over the holidays!), pay off debt (stupid cancer and layoffs), get organized, yell less at the kids..... (Did I admit that online? Yes. Real life here.)

OK, moving on...... This is not a mommy blog.

I can't wait to see what's in store for me this year and where I'll be going on my adventures! (Really. I can not wait! Hurry up already.)  ;-)

How about you? What's going on in your world? Anything you'd like to see me tackle on the blog?


  1. Good luck with your goals and here's to a great 2014!

  2. Sounds like a plan. I am interested also in how to draw designs into the computer. Previously used EQ7 to trace over a design. That worked after many, many hours. Currently wrecking my brain on how to get templates on paper for a pattern write up.
    Anyway, have a great start to the New Year

  3. Congratulations on your BIG plans for 2014! It will be fun to follow along & we'll be cheering you on as they come to pass :) I'd love to learn more about EQ7 - I just got it for Christmas and I'm really intimidated!!!

  4. I would love to see more videos! I really enjoy watching and learning from you! Have a great New Year!!

  5. Just keep up the good work - I have learned sew much following your blog. Can't wait to see and learn the new things you share with us. Happy 2014!