Reflecting back on 2017…. it was a busy year. Looking back through the year in photos, it seems I accomplished more than I realized. I am so grateful for those who followed along — you all make it possible. I’m so thankful for each of you.
I self-published my beginning sewing program for kids, which took an insane amount of hours. I attended my first trade show as a vendor, at the EE Schenck distributor.
I taught that program several times over the year, along with many other sewing classes and summer sewing camps. Hosted a few quilt classes for the guild. Teaching kids sewing is the best. It always feels like a privilege to be a part of their creative journey.
I published a full size quilt pattern with my animal appliqué designs. I love this quilt…I had it on display at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show–a first time ever thing for me.
Spent many months writing another book…many many months.
I went down to California to help with the photo shoot, met and worked with some amazingly talented people at C&T, saw a dear friend for the first time in what feels like forever, and made some video sewing tutorials while there. Look for my book later this year…I hope you love it as much as I loved creating it.
I released 2 more pdf doll patterns: Fiona Fox Dress and Miss Storybook Dresses. Both make me smile.
I started a facebook group: Avery Lane Pattern Sewing Group, where I hosted several design challenges and give aways. Hosted the Sew in Style kids sew and tell events over the summer and gave away some really fun prizes. Join here:
Completely re-designed the blog when photobucket decided to charge money for their free photo storing site, which evidently the designer of my blog used but didn’t pay photobucket when the switch was made.
I created some fun tutorials and free patterns, too.
I designed a couple more bonus patterns for Doll Days! –to give as participation prizes in the Doll Days! Design Challenges.
The Side Tie Top
And the Fifties Sundress
I participated in a Benartex My Little Sunshine fabric collection blog hop for a very talented friend Cherry Guidry (Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio) and created a free pattern for my stop on the blog hop: Baby Flutter Sleeve Bib.
Hosted a couple of sew alongs: one for the Doll Days! Modern Camp Shorts
and the other sewing the Doll Days! Modern Jumper.
I have many hopes for 2018, many personal goals and professional goals. I have a good feeling about 2018, after all the International Quilt Market is in Portland this year. I have hopes for the coming year, such as being more present and mindful, more organized, and to make more connections with others. Thank you for being part of my journey and for all the support–you all made it more fun and inspiring! May the new year bring much love, laughter, and light into all your lives.