Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 in Review

Happy New Year!

Looking back, I think 2014 was my most productive year of quilting so far. I finished 6 quilts, an astonishing 4 of which were started and finished the same year. Well, that’s astonishing for me!

2014 quilts

Top row: Canada Quilt, Sparkling Strings, Star Steps

Bottom row:  Starlight Wishes, Sparkling Trail, Forty-Eight

I started and finished a few small projects.

2014 runners

Snowflake runner and pillow, Christmas Snowflakes, Birthday runner, Stretch

I also started and finished the top for my son’s next quilt.  I have been hand quilting it and estimate that about 1/4 of it is quilted.  My goal is to get it into the 2015 review of finishes!

Top complete 2014-03-18

I spent a good chunk of the fall designing snowflake blocks and turning them into patterns to share in my Snowalong Sew-along. I’m still reeling from realizing that each of the six patterns was downloaded at least 700 times, some as many as 900!  Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

Snowflake series covers

I also added 4 new quilt patterns to my shop.

Quilter's ScrapbookSparkling Trail cover 2015-01-01Star StepsStarlight Wishes

Now to start 2015! I spent the day today setting up my payhip shop so I can continue to sell to any European Union customers without falling foul of EU tax laws. I reformatted my “pattern for sale” page too (see the tab at he top of this page).  It was rather tedious way to start 2015, but now that’s it’s all set up I feel like I have a clean slate to get started sewing and designing for the new year.

Off I go!  That little owl I showed a couple of days ago is hooting loudly.  He needs borders…


  1. Beautiful projects. You know I love your snowflakes. The quilt you are making for your son is really striking!

  2. Amazing.... and you ventured out of your comfy zone for the free motion quilting on the quilts. I think I'll go sew a snowflake! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful patterns. You are one talented lady.

  3. Your quilts and quilt designs really are wonderful. Congratulations on such a successful 2014 and wishing more of the same in 2015!

  4. What a year you had in 2014! And every project is spectacular! You should be very proud of yourself. I'm sure 2015 will be just as successful for you. I look forward to seeing what comes next for you. ---"Love"

  5. You are one pretty accomplished lady, I must say! I had hope to get ONE pattern submitted for either in Craftsy or Moda Bakeshop...did not even write one syllable of it, although I did buy fabric to make the second quilt to test what I did...Now this whole EU VAT thing has scared me away a bit I must say. I loved your Snowalong and sure hope people are now paying the mere $3 to get these gorgeous patterns where someone ELSE did all the math, ;-) It's pretty rewarding, isn't it, to look back on a year and see all you did get done, right? This is a tally you should be pretty proud of! Looking forward to see where you go in 2015! Happy New Year to you and your family. :0)

  6. My goodness! That's a lot of quilting! Your quilts are fabulous, each and every one. May the New Year be good to you. Wishing you a year of joyful quilting.

  7. Congratulations on your finishes. They are all so lovely. I can't even image all the work that went into all those patterns.

  8. This is a wonderful look back at all that you have achieved! So many fabulous projects - I really like your son's quilt. I'm sure 2015 will be as good as this one.

  9. Joanne, you have so much to be proud of! This is a lot of gorgeous quilting! I know from experience that your patterns are wonderful. I hope and pray that the VAT problem does not hurt you business wise. I wish you a happy and creative new year!

  10. I love seeing all your finishes grouped together there! The Canada quilt is one of my favorites and the snowflakes, too. All of your projects are wonderful and you are creating some stunning quilts. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

  11. Beautiful quilts and projects! It sure looks like a productive year. Good wishes and happy sewing for 2015!

  12. Of course, I love the Canada quilt, and the snowflakes are amazing. Your patterns are so easy to follow. Can't wait to see what 2015 brings.

  13. You've definitely had a good year. And 900 downloads of some of the snowflakes? Fantastic! I've seen them pop up here and there on Pinterest and I don't follow that many people, so I had a feeling they were a hit. (Not so much for me, as me and paper piecing aren't such good friends...never mind needing a new project like a hole in the head!) Here's to hoping 2015 will be equally, if not more, productive!


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