July 04, 2023

2023 Mid-Year Review

We are now into the second half of 2023 (how did that happen?), which means it's time to do a quick check on my progress towards my goals for the year. I'll be linking with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, where she's hosting a check-in at the end of each quarter this year.

So, how have I done on my goals so far?

1. Keep making small quilts

So far this year I've finished 5 quilts that were baby size or smaller, including Berry Pi. You can get the free Berry Pi pattern here.
Berry Pi quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com

2. Make new placemats

I'm still stuck on picking a pattern to replace our current placemats. Why is it so hard to commit to a pattern? I have no idea, but it's definitely keeping me from moving forward. I love using denim for the placemats, and I'm half tempted to simply remake the denim log cabin ones we have now, though with different colours.

3. Learn to sew pants

Nope. Still dreaming about doing it, but haven't actually done it yet 😆

4. Release 4 new patterns

So far this year I've only added one pattern to my shop, which was Scrappy Playground
Scrappy Playground quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Photo credit: Kitty Wilkin

I'm planning to have a second ready before the end of July, and there's still plenty of time after that to add two more before the year is over!

5. Women of Wisdom Easter QAL

Yes! This year's Easter QAL was so much fun, and had nearly triple the enrolment of the 2022 QAL. This is the first of my two quilt tops. I made this one before the QAL, to test the pattern, and to show everyone what we'd be making. I made the second during the QAL itself. Neither is quilted yet, which means I now have 6 QAL quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I know what I need to focus on during WIPS-B-GONE this year!
Women of Wisdom quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I already know the theme for the devotions for the 2024 QAL, and I've been pondering the individual devotions. I soon need to start making a list, so I can keep track of them.

6. WIPS-B-GONE 2023

Well, it's not time for this one yet, but it will be happening come October, if for no other reason, then so I can get some of those QAL quilt tops turned into finished quilts! Instagram has made some changes to how we view the posts on hashtags, which will make it harder to award prizes, and to be sure I'm seeing everyone's posts. I'm not happy about that at all! I don't understand why they have to 'fix' stuff that's not broken!

7. A secret project

Oh, happy dance, happy dance, happy dance! This one is a big YES, and I am so excited it is out in the world. I've been dreaming, planning, and designing for the Stash Artists membership since November or early December, and I finally got to launch it last week.
Stash Artists | DevotedQuilter.com
Now there are founding members joining the membership, and I couldn't be happier with the response. Reverberate is the first pattern available for members to download as soon as they join.
Reverberate quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
The next pattern will be available to members on Thursday, after the doors close tomorrow night. If you're not a member yet, it's not too late! Go here for all the details, and become a founding member today!

Getting Stash Artists ready to open its doors for the first time has been the single biggest project of the year, involving a lot of time spent working on my laptop. I'm excited to see how the second half of the year unfolds, especially as I get to share more Stash Artists patterns, and work on reaching these other goals.

Did you set goals for the year? If so, how are you progressing towards them?

1 comment:

  1. You do such beautiful free motion quilting, Leanne. What about just FMQ solid denim for the replacement placemats? Sometimes keeping it simple is exactly what is needed. Anyway, just a thought. You are doing an amazing job with your goals this year, and as always, I look forward to what comes next. :)


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