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September 11, 2019
I’m stretching. Are you? from Professional Quilter

Have you ever been on a stretcher? I was a few years back when I was rehabbing a neck problem.

What happened? Well, I actually grew a bit, something pretty cool at my age.

What does my growth have to do with your business? Well, it’s about being on the stretcher. When was the last time you put your goals on the stretcher?

What is a stretch goal?

During a conversation with one of my clients, we talked about stretch goals, when to use them, when to adapt them.

What exactly is a stretch goal?

I believe it is ...

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September 4, 2019
Only 120 days left until 2020 from Professional Quilter

A few years back, I remember being in a water aerobics class over Labor Day weekend. The instructor noted how much time we had left that year to get and stay in shape. If you look at this year’s calendar, we don’t turn the page to 2020 for 120 days. Plenty of time to make a difference in your business this year and be ready to accomplish even more in 2020. (It’s hard to believe I’m already saying 2020!)

In addition to Labor Day weekend, for many kids, it’s the official end to summer and ...

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September goals from Espritpatch

Back to school, back to work, back to reality! Business travelling again this month so I'd better curb my ambitions I guess. Although I'm really hoping to progress all my on-going quilts bordering on UFOs... I'm sure some dressmaking projects will catch my eyes and take my time away but let's try. A slightly shorter list again this month to try and help me focus... 

Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along 

2. Dear Jane - finish rows C & D - this will be my One monthly goal
3. HST modern sampler quilt - make the ...

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August 2, 2019
August goals from Espritpatch

Sewing time this month will be extremely limited and time at the machine even more. So for once I have considerably trimmed my list....

Quilting:
1. Black and White quilt - only the binding to finish now.... - this will be my One monthly goal for July

2. Dear Jane -  So many blocks to catch up now.... Row C, D and E for which I am behind and Row F for this month

Dressmaking
1. Fiore skirt - black
2. Sirroco Jumpsuit
3. Summer dress - boardwalk

Accessories
1. Carrier Conquest Handbag 
2. Laptop sleeve - I have taken it apart.... now to remake it ...

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July 17, 2019
7 Ways to Get More Work Done This Summer from Professional Quilter

We are about halfway through the summer. Are you doing anything special during your summer vacation?

I’m spending lots of extra time at our home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I also reading much more than usual and trying to find more time to art.

Even with those fun elements, it’s important not to adopt a vacation mindset when it comes to your business. A lot of people do that. You can take advantage of the slow time and make a difference in your business.

One of the things I’ve tried to work on for the last ...

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July 13, 2019
Q3 FAL from Espritpatch

Time to look at the crazy long list I think. I have a few I can delete but I doubt the list will be shorter for the new quarter and the time to sew will be even more restricted, never mind, let's just try!

Quilts:
1. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter - only one block left to do now - no progress

2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) - no progress
3. Farmer's Wife (not half ...

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July 12, 2019
finish along goals from Making A Lather

I finished 4 quilts for the 2019 finish along in the second quarter. I have plenty of goals leftover for the third quarter.  I will be having back surgery in the next week, so I don't know how much that will effect my sewing and blogging or for how long.
I am working on the binding for allietare, and, I have sugar mountain ready to put on the long arm.


I have a few more garden party blocks, and


another batch of 50 -4 patches for sand castles.


My list for the 3rd quarter:
1.wiggle time
2. allietare ...

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July 5, 2019
July goals from Espritpatch

Half of the year gone already, really? Is it me or is time going scarily faster and faster.... July is the start of the summer holidays here and I have quite a bit of travelling (business mainly) planned so I don't expect to have hours and hours to spend with my machine really but never mind, let's dream!

Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along . I am really behind now

2. Black and White quilt - only the binding to finish now....
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I ...

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July 3, 2019
Do You Have Gotta-Do-It-First-itis? from Professional Quilter

do-it-first-itis

Does this sound familiar?

You are headed to the office or studio, only you pass through the kitchen and see the dishwasher needs to be emptied. Well, it won’t take that long. You do it first and just get it done.

Now you are back on track headed to the office or studio only you are now  distracted by the stack of laundry as you pass by the washer. Well, let’s just throw that one load in. You decide it will only take a minute or two.

You pause to looking at the messages that came in the ...

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June 26, 2019
Let’s celebrate + stretch from Professional Quilter

It’s the last week of June. We are about midway through the year.

Have you taken time to review where you are with accomplishing your goals at this half-way point?

Now is the perfect time to look back at what you have accomplished so far this year and adjust your goals for the year.

Why now? Other than it is half-way through the year, we are about to celebrate Independence Day, July 4, here in the United States. It is a day meant for celebration — picnics, fireworks and gratitude.

I like celebrating where I started and where I am ...

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June 4, 2019
OMG June Goal from Goer

Well, I'm so out of OMG practice that when I met my goal last month, I totally forgot to linkup my finish. Oops. Onward...

This month's goal is a two-fer. My Island Batik project challenge is to try something new. I've chosen the product Fabric Magic by Pellon as my something new. A few weeks ago I looked at my "want to make" list and had significantly more on the list that time would allow in my life. I had to eliminate some fun "wants" like finishing the Trinket quilt top by the sew along deadline (you ...

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June 2, 2019
June goals from Espritpatch

I really can't believe June has arrived already. May has been so busy and I doubt June will be much quieter but never mind, let's dream I can do loads and fill the list again...


Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along . I am really behind now

2. Scrappy Trip Along - only the binding to finish now....
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few . This is where I left off 3 years ago...
4. Dear Jane -  Row D needs to be completed this month ...

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May 22, 2019
Are You Whelmed? from Professional Quilter

Are you overwhelmed?

This time of year tends to be overwhelming for many. Graduations. Graduation parties. Weddings. Work deadlines. Trade shows. Yard work. Weeding.

Just like you, I do feel overwhelmed at times. It can happen when I’m trying to meet deadlines or getting ready for the next Quilt Market or our Creative Arts Business Summit. Or even when life throws too much my way.

When that happens, I stop and remember the “whelmed” model that one of my husband’s clients created.

Whelmed. It’s that space between overwhelmed and underwhelmed. It’s that “just right” space, if ...

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April 24, 2019
What’s in Your Rewards Jar? from Professional Quilter

How often do you reward yourself for your work?

If you are like many creative entrepreneurs I know, it’s not very often. Sure you accomplish the items on your to-do list, you make progress towards your goals, and you may feel proud about what you are doing. Then, it’s on to the next thing on the list, the next goal.

Many of my clients take part in what I call a Success and Strategies Summit on a weekly basis. For years, I had been taking time to look at what I accomplished and plan ahead on a weekly ...

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April 18, 2019
Q2 FAL goals from Espritpatch

I am not sure how one quarter of the year can already have disappeared... Spring has been playing hide and seek recently and the temperatures are doing a little yo-yo but let's hope the spring weather will really come to stay soon. So apparently it is time to make another list of makes, or of dreams?

Quilts:
1. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter - only one block left to do now

2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a ...

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April 10, 2019
8 creative biz lessons I learned from basketball from Professional Quilter

As I watched the Final Four Tournament on Saturday, I was thinking about what basketball and the professional creative arts have something in common. Is it any surprise my mind would go to art when I’m watching sports?

Passion

This is the obvious. These kids love basketball, and for them it is their art. What you pay attention to grows.

Just as the college athletes pay attention to basketball and their skills and love of the game increase, your skill level in your art increases with increased attention. Your knowledge and love of the art grows as you look ...

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March 6, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Welcoming March! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, February is the shortest month, but it sure feels like it went by in a flash, doesn't it?  I don't feel like I accomplished much in the way of scrappy sewing, but here's a look back at the month to see what happened...


I posted a tutorial on piecing batting, and another one for this disappearing hourglass block...


I also started working on another string quilt when I needed some mindless sewing.  You can find a tutorial for this quilt here.



I had hoped to make lots of frankenbatting during the month, but it ...

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February 14, 2019
Grammy Time in Vermont from Needle and Foot

As I mentioned, I am going to be spending several weeks in Vermont.  My DIL is away for a 4 week seminar and I have the privilege of hanging out with H for a bit.  Of course, I had to plan for some sewing time. This girl is a good napper so I should have two hours in the afternoon to sew.  Luckily my DIL has a machine she loans me while I am here!

I brought supplies with me – most of which are duplicates so I plan to just leave them here. That way I know I will have ...

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February 3, 2019
February goals from Espritpatch

February in our house is a month of birthday (i.e. lots of baking and organising for me) and half term break. This also usually greatly reduce sewing time for me.... But nothing better than a long list to stay focus and optimistic I think.

Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible 

2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few
4. Dear Jane - BOW ...

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January 30, 2019
Focus on MGAs First from Professional Quilter

As a creative entrepreneur, you probably struggle with a never ending to-do list. I know I do. Even as your business grows and you have assistance, it can still seem overwhelming to get everything done in the allotted time you have.

The goal of your business is to make money. Otherwise, you have a hobby.

The key is to put money generating activities (MGAs) at the top of that list.

If you look at the last five things you did in your business, how many were related to sales or marketing in your business?

You need to prioritize those activities ...

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