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December 29, 2021
2022 Planning Party with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks. Since I'm running behind on absolutely everything, I thought that I would take advantage of this post to also participate in Quilting Jetgirl's very popular and fun Planning Party! 

2021 - A very long year

2021 was the year of Slow Stitching and "Calm" was my word of choice. 

Keep Calm & Stitch

To get ready for this post, I re-read last year's planning post. I'm afraid that almost none of my priorities, which were to quilt my son's quilt and work on my daughter's, happened. I did have a productive ...

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December 6, 2021
How to Use a Quilt Planner to Accomplish More from A Quilting Life

How to Use a Quilt Planner to be More Productive featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Finding time to be creative and crafty may be easy for some, but it’s a challenge for many of us. I designed the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook to help quilters be more productive so they can spend time doing what they love most. In today’s post I’ll begin sharing my ideas on How to […]

The post How to Use a Quilt Planner to Accomplish More appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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November 9, 2021
Organized & Stress-Free Holiday Planning Guide from A Quilting Life

Organized  & Stress-Free Holiday Planning Guide

Hello, friends! Holiday planning can be stressful to say the least. So use this Organized Holiday Planning Guide for Quilters to make the most of your time now for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Soon I’ll be sharing a video with details of my holiday decorating with quilts, so I wanted to first provide […]

The post Organized & Stress-Free Holiday Planning Guide appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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May 14, 2021
Virtual Fibre Art Show and OMG from Quilting & Learning

I hope that May is treating you well. It's still cold and rainy in Ottawa but then it is only May

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January 4, 2021
2021 - My Stitching Resolution from Quilting & Learning

 My first resolution is to try to keep up with the dates in my calendar - sorry I'm late to the party Carla

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December 31, 2020
2021 Plans and Goals from Dizzy Quilts

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a huge fan of planning. I love making lists, making plans, tracking my progress... So at the start of every year, I write down my goals and my plans for the upcoming 12 months and then toward the end of the year, I look back and celebrate my successes. I already blogged about my review of 2020 here so now it's time to look forward and start planning 2021.  

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl is hosting her annual Planning Party over on her ...

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December 3, 2020
Looking Back and Moving Forward from Professional Quilter

The end of the year is often filled with planning activities. For many creative people, though, the thought of planning is beyond boring.

It can be black and white — after all, it does involve looking at numbers. When you get right down to it, though, getting your big dreams and goals down on paper and figuring out how to accomplish them is creative. Especially when you get out those colored markers and pencils!

For more than ten years, I have hosted an annual Planning Day. We always start with looking back.

Instead of jumping into what next year looks like ...

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September 15, 2020
To Do Tuesday #58 & Weekly Progress Update from The Quilt Yarn

So, what have I achieved for the week


1. Natalia Bonner’s 9 Patchalong.✅ 
Managed to keep up and even almost finished the border
Block 3 and 4 done



2. Make another few cat blocks ✅





3. Work on a new pattern ❌
4. Prepare fabric for piecing Natalia's Bonner's Star Sampler for the Let's Stitch a Year of Stars which is starting in January 2021✅

Not too bad, considering we had some major upheaval around our place this week with the construction of a major retaining wall.

For the week 15 September to 22 September, I am planning ...

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September 8, 2020
To Do Tuesday#57 from The Quilt Yarn


First time participating in the To-do-Tuesday Linky Party over at Home Sewn By Us. Have been wanting to do this for a few weeks but keep missing Tuesdays all the time. Seems to come along too quickly.

For the week 7th September to 14 September I would like to work on:

1. Natalia Bonner’s 9 Patchalong. 
She is releasing two videos per week and I need to be on the ball to keep up. This week I stitched 2 of the blocks, but have heaps more to go...need to finish the filling of the sashings and the borders ...

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August 19, 2020
Stress planning from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are you today? The last couple of days we've been having amazing weather, so much so that I've managed to get several miles worth of walking in. I even considered wearing sleeves one morning because it was a bit on the chilly side, relatively speaking, when I started out. I warmed up plenty, don't worry. But it's been just a lovely late summer these last few days, which feels fantastic. We even ate outside last night! And they made progress on our renovation! Happy spots in the midst of this weird year.

Do ...

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June 24, 2020
Grow Your Business With a Business Journal from Professional Quilter

Business Journal

One of my favorite practices as a creative arts entrepreneur is to keep a business journal. As the leader of your business, you have so many hats to juggle that it helps to have a place to track those ideas. It also helps you make decisions about where to grow your business and yourself.

I know that my clients who keep a business journal, find it extremely valuable, a real difference-maker in their businesses. This is true regardless if journaling is done in a pretty book, on an iPad, or with our weekly Success and Strategy Summit tool.

Have you ...

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April 3, 2020
Sorting It Out from From the Strawberry Patch...

With nowhere to go, and a stash of fabric and supplies on hand, it's like being on a never-ending retreat; these are the days we quilters have been stockpiling for all those years! But-- I need to slow down and sort this out. I have always been that person who's thinking of the "next quilt" before I finish what I'm working on now. With this current situation, for me, it's worse than ever. I

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Sorting It Out from From the Strawberry Patch...

With nowhere to go, and a stash of fabric and supplies on hand, it's like being on a never-ending retreat; these are the days we quilters have been stockpiling for all those years! But-- I need to slow down and sort this out. I have always been that person who's thinking of the "next quilt" before I finish what I'm working on now. With this current situation, for me, it's worse than ever. I

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March 28, 2020
Fabric Shopping Frenzy from From the Strawberry Patch...

My fabric haul~ five 5 yd. pieces selected for quilt backs.  I went on a fabric shopping spree last week; oh, what fun I had! I went by myself, but encountered many, many people already there when I arrived. The sheer number of other shoppers who beat me to the sale did get in my way. I had some items snatched right out of my shopping cart! Did I practice social distancing? You betcha-- my

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Fabric Shopping Frenzy from From the Strawberry Patch...

My fabric haul~ five 5 yd. pieces selected for quilt backs.  I went on a fabric shopping spree last week; oh, what fun I had! I went by myself, but encountered many, many people already there when I arrived. The sheer number of other shoppers who beat me to the sale did get in my way. I had some items snatched right out of my shopping cart! Did I practice social distancing? You betcha-- my

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January 29, 2020
Start doing! from Professional Quilter

Take a look around your studio or home office.

How much fabric and paint are lining your studio shelves? Or packed away because you ran out of room?

How many books do you see? Do you house even more on your Kindle?

How much more do you think you need before you can start to create what your heart is calling you to create?

I know all about hunting and gathering all the information you can.

You think if you learn more, you will know more, and what you create will be even better.

You think you are missing that ...

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January 15, 2020
wednesday vibes ✿ hello 40 from Charm About You

patchwork squares, quilted with hand stitches, aurifil thread and needle

It seems going out dancing very much agrees with me as I am still glowing after my birthday weekend - although the large angry spot on my face that's appeared since my boozy night out is glowing very red!! I'll take the spot because it was worth it. I had a fabulous time and it felt amazing dancing the night away. New year and turning 40 has definitely given me a boost, things are clearer and I have renewed energy for what I want to do. There's a lot of thinking going on, I have plans but also ...

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January 14, 2020
Planning the next year from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Ready or not, it’s 2020. For the past two weeks, my mind has been simmering on 2019. Recalling the good, the bad, and the lovely. I have been thinking about what I did and how I feel about it. My conclusion is… it was a good year. My achievements were more than I could imagine. I possibly took on more than I should have, but I got through it and I am back for more. The big thing I learned this year is how important planning the next year is; working ahead is essential. 

My word for last year ...

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January 8, 2020
Align Your Priorities from Professional Quilter

When was the last time you took a vacation?

I know it can sometimes be hard for those of us who are entrepreneurs to let go. After all, will your business run without you? Can you trust being partially or totally unplugged? When can you possibly find the time to go on vacation with all you have to do?

Truthfully, you need time to relax and recharge. If you don’t allow time for that, I believe in the end, you are not as effective at our businesses, and it is ultimately detrimental to your overall health and well-being.

For ...

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December 29, 2019
2020 Planning Party from Quilting & Learning

Although I had an amazing 2019 production wise, I did what I promised myself I wouldn't do - I over extended myself with my art quilting. It was great to know that I could do all of this art, but I haven't done an art quilt since. So with these famous last words in mind, here are my goals for 2020.

Planning for 2020

Free Motion Quilting

In the last few months I've been playing with free motion quilting and making some lovely, easy projects from the practice pieces I've finished. I will be doing more FMQ ...

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