2020 Planning Party and Best of 2019

This is a year in review-type post. I am combining Meadow Mist's best of 2019 and Quilting Jet Girl's 2020 Planning Party into one.

Here are my top five posts, chosen simply based on what I was proud of.

1.  Updated blog look with custom domain name.  Originally I was going to run my long arm business from the same page, but in the end I updated the blog and made a completely separate page for the business.  I am really proud of how the blog came out because I learned a lot about how to customize the look and the html. I have more work to do on the business page.

2.  I made a video.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd make and post a video, but I did.  I even figured out the majority of the editing on my own, with a bit of help from my tween son.

3.  Binding tutorial.  I made this a free download on the blog.  There is also a free "how to have nice, flat borders" document available for download that I made this year.  I'm an educator at heart, I guess.

4.  I finally finished my cross quilt. I'm glad I stuck with it.  I took it almost all the way back apart during piecing and I ran short on backing while it was on the frame.  But it is done and I'm using it every evening.

Also, there is a recap of the guild charity quilts we made this year on this post. I'm also really proud of the work my guild did on the charity quilts.  A lot of money was raised.

5.  I worked on several customer quilts this year.  I am linking to the post that has my friend Denise's quilt in it because her quilt is by far my most-liked Instagram picture of the year.

This year I finished 20 quilts, mostly on the smaller side. You can see them in my 2019 finishes tab.  I also quilted 10 quilts for other people, including binding three of them.

Moving on to the goals and reflection portion of the post, last year my goals were:

  • move into my new sewing room
  • long arm quilt for others 
  • take better, more consistent, photos
  • update my blog look and/or blog address to reflect these changes  

I'm happy to say that I accomplished the majority of these goals.  I still have more work to do on the photos, however, I did learn that Blogger resizes the photos I post and that was part of the problem.  I was uploading clear photos and they were making them not look so good.  I learned how to edit the html to make them look more crisp.  

I've read several others' posts on their goals and their words of the year and stuff.  I'm impressed with the thought they put into it.  I guess I'm not that ambitious.  I don't do a word of the year.  My goals are fairly modest.

2020 will be a year of change for my family. I could go with a phrase or two--expect the unexpected and roll with the punches.  That sums up how the last few years have gone for me and I'm guessing 2020 won't be any different.  

Here are my 2020 goals:

1.  Finish more things and use more stash.
2.  Continue to quilt for others.
3.  Exercise more. 
4.  Try to design at least one quilt per month in EQ8.
5.  Continue to make charity quilts.
6.  Enter at least one quilt in the IHQS show.

I am linking with Meadow Mist and Quilting Jet Girl.

Note:  I suddenly am unable to comment on any Blogger blog, including my own.  Any workarounds out there?


  1. Completing 20 quilts in one year sounds very productive to me! I hope that you have a great year in 2020 as you work on your goals.

  2. Congratulations on your accomplishments, especially updating your blog/website (looks great too). Your quilts are lovely, especially the quilted textures!!

  3. Lovely quilts...can see why they are your favourites for the year.
    Interestingly, I had a similar problem with commenting last year when I temporarily changed template. It was a nightmare and for the life of me, can’t exactly remember now how I fixed it. However, I do remember going back to my old template where I did not have the same issue. I spent literally weeks trying to sort that stuff out!

  4. Wow! My quilt made the "year in review" post! I have to say, I was pretty pleased with how the top came out but it was your magical custom quilting that really put it over the top! I am so grateful for all the work you put into it, but most of all, I am grateful for your friendship!

  5. You had a very productive 2019, I wish you a wonderful 2020! Thanks for linking up!

  6. The blog/site design looks wonderful. Easy to read and navigate. Best wishes for 2020.