Today is my stop on the SewPro Stars blog hop! Welcome!
Thank you to Andi and Jessica for organising the hop to keep the momentum from SewPro going. They have also assembled a giveaway prize package, so be sure to read to the end to participate in that, as well as a Canuck Quilter Designs pattern giveaway.
Just when I was feeling really negative about the business side of my pattern design business late last spring, I stumbled across a reference to SewPro. The convention website promised presentations on various issues I had been struggling with. It's like the internet read my mind and threw that across my path. Off I went for a few days in September. I met inspiring, creative people and soaked up lots of advice and information from industry rock stars. Do Pat Sloan and Tula Pink ring any bells? Then I came home and tried to digest all I had learned and figure out what I am going to do with it all.
Here's the quilting that came out of all that. It represents the equilibrium I'm striving for. This quilt now lives on the wall in my work space to remind me to work on all the pieces, not just the fun bits.
This little quilt has a lot to say, starting with the colors. The schedule at SewPro was color coded to let us know which path a particular session would be most useful for: pink for pattern design, green for fabric design, blue for publishing, yellow for blogging and social media. Grey sessions were relevant to all four paths.
If you have followed this blog, you know me. I love color! I couldn't stick to just one color. I hopped all over that color-coded schedule. It became pretty clear to me that the pattern designing I enjoy needs to lean heavily on blogging and social media and publishing, and yes, fabric lines, for their marketing. No marketing means no pattern line. All of these pieces need to work together which is why my little squares are all leaning against each other, holding each other up.
I'm still processing all the information I brought home. I'm figuring out what I can realistically accomplish in the time I can devote to my business. I'm deciding which pieces feel true to who I am and how I work (thank you Tula Pink for that little gem I took away from your vastly entertaining keynote). I'm confident I'll eventually find balance. From comparing experiences with other attendees, I've realized I have already come a long way from the first free pattern I offered up 4 years ago and that there isn't a single path to success, or even a single definition of success. Though I was leaning towards closing up shop last spring, I have gotten a second wind and I'll keep taking little steps to keep building up Canuck Quilter Designs.
And (thank you Pat Sloan) I'm going to try to work smarter, not harder, starting with this blog hop! I really wanted to offer a tutorial for new and returning visitors to this blog, but I just wasn't able to put one together without giving up on sleep altogether. But wait! I have several tutorials available already! I added prairie points to this quilt, just for you, to encourage you to check out all the tutorials I have available, starting with my series on using prairie points in your quilts.
Thanks for visiting. Please pop over to visit more SewPro Stars this week.
Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson - https://lisaandlorelai.com
Sherri Noel - Rebeccamaedesigns.com
Andi Stanfield - http://truebluequilts.com
Brooke Gilbert - http://stitchedprintingcompany.com/p/blog
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer - https://vintagebarngirl.wordpress.com
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart - http://www.thestitchtvshow.com
Sherry Shish - www.poweredbyquilting.com
Joanne Kerton - www.canuckquilter.com
Lisa Nielsen - http://thequiltjam.blogspot.com
Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross - seecarmensew.com
Anne Beier - http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/
Jessica Caldwell - www.desertbloomquilting.com
Pamela Morgan - mysweetlittlestitches.com
Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell - www.marvelousauntiem.com
Cathy Smith - www.aquiltingchick.com
Lissa LaGreca - lovinglylissa.com
Paula Mamuscia - https://creationsbypaulamamuscia.wordpress.com/
Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker - prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley - www.lighthouselanedesigns.com
Teri Seal - daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton - www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall - https://www.stitchesquilting.com/
And now for the giveaways. First, mine. Do you think it' a coincidence that the last day of SewPro was the 4th anniversary of my very first pattern release? I released the free pattern for my String of Diamonds placemats on September 18th, 2012. To celebrate, I'm going to give away one Canuck Quilter Designs PDF pattern to each of four winners. Here's how to enter:
- Click on the PDF Patterns tab at the top of this page to go peruse the selection, then come back and tell me in a comment which one you would choose if you win.
- For a second chance, tell me how you follow my blog.
- For a third chance, share about this post on social media (FB, Instagram etc) and come back and tell me about it.
The SewPro Stars giveaway is a bit more high-tech using the Rafflecopter entry below. As I understand it, you have up to 23 entries to win fabric bundles and patterns, and the drawing will be on November 19th. Have fun hopping!
a Rafflecopter giveaway