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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Happy Birthday to Seamless Piecing!

We made it!

We're One Year Old!

Let's have CAKE!

And let's put an ! after everything we write!!

Keeping up the blog each week for a year hasn't been easy,
mostly because when I say "we" I really mean "I".

Some weeks I've written the post many days or weeks in advance.

Some weeks found me burning the midnight oil on Tuesday night to get something ready to go live at 6:00 am Wednesday.

And, since we're being honest here, there were a couple of weeks I just had to hope the world could soldier on without a post that week.

There have been a few posts I've hoped no one would read, because what I'd written didn't even make sense to me.

But MOST posts, I've wished the whole quilting world would read because I thought it was awesome and important.

Some weeks the Hub said, "I thought you were going to quit your blog." and I may have said that a time or two in moments of frustration.
Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? I've had those "beef aspic" and "trussed pullet" moments. NOT pretty... not. at. all.

But every week, at least at some point, blogging has made me feel happy.

I know I'm a better quilter, designer and pattern writer because of it. Partly because writing makes me think about sewing in full sentences.

I've finished a lot more quilting projects than I otherwise would have, projects that otherwise may have been abandoned when the next great idea passed through.

But when a half-finished project is accompanied by a half-written blog post, it's much more likely to reappear and take it's place at the "finished" line.

Mostly, blogging makes me happy because I feel like I'm doing something worth doing, adding value to the world in a time when more of us need value added.

Even if...

in reality...

I know few people will actually read what I write.

To you few who have hung in there with me for the entire year,

a hundred thanks!

You mean more to me than I can say.

You deserve another piece of cake.

During this first year we've I've written 52 blog entries.

In those blog entries we've I've posted 15 projects.
  1. The Sassy Sukoku quilt 
  2.  Witches Pickets 
  3. Autumn/Turkey Trivet
  4. Pumpkin Pincushions
  5. Jumbo Microwavable heat pad
  6. Host-er Coasters
  7. Snowman Seeds for Sale
  8. Reversible hobo bag
  9. Hexi's All Over quilt
  10. Envelope throw pillow cover
  11. Bargello meets Roy G. Biv
  12. Part and Parcel - 8 part mystery quilt
  13.  Bean Bags
  14.  Weave look pillow cover
  15. Little girls Jumper dress

I've also written 21 tutorials:
  1. Use your Stash
  2. How to use Partial Seams
  3. Tools for Seamless Piecing
  4. How to make Dresden Plates
  5. Improve your quilters quarter inch
  6. Finish holiday sewing and enjoy the season.
  7. Applique methods
  8. Hanging Sleeve
  9. How to make a flat pressing surface
  10. Intro to Seamless Piecing
  11. Quilt sandwich with Basting Spray
  12. My favorite binding method
  13. Bargello
  14. Scrap Wrangling
  15. Control UFOs
  16. Donation quilts
  17. Cat's Cradle unit
  18. How to get things done 
  19. Tips for signature quilt blocks
  20. How to use Fabric Panels
  21. Quilt designing tips

And we're linked to 34 free quilt patterns around the web. Most of which are linked to dozens of others.

In addition to the blog activity, I've also had 2 patterns published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine, and I have 4 others scheduled for publishing in the coming year.

Looking back at that list... it's been a great year.

What's coming up in the coming year?

  • Free Patterns at least once a month, that won't change. However, the way patterns are presented may change. 
  •  There will be more "virtual sewing" on my end. I'll share more about that in the next few weeks.
I'll assume you can figure a few things out for yourself. Last year we began as absolute beginners. This year I'll direct patterns to Confident Beginners and intermediate level quilters.

That change will lighten my workload and... this is the real goal... spark more discussion in the comments section. I hope we can learn from each other.
  •  And one last change... at the Hub's request... there will be no more burning the Tuesday night oil to get a post written for Wednesday morning.
You heard me right.

Posts will be written in the daytime so I can spend evenings with the fam. What THAT translates to is...
There may be times your Wednesday morning post doesn't happen.  I'll get it out as soon as I can, even if that's the following Wednesday. 😕

It's not an unreasonable request... it will make me a better wife, mom, friend, quilter, blogger...
...but it will be weird. I'll have to talk about stuff that's not quilting related. I'm not sure I know enough about anything else to have a conversation. I'm willing to try. He's worth it.

It's going to be FUN!!

Have another piece of cake!

Next week:
We're starting an Autumn Wall Project that has waited a year to meet you.
Last year it got abducted by aliens and became a UFO. Like the movie Free Birds, only without Woody Harrelson.

It's a scrappy sort of project so you won't need to buy anything. Just dig out your favorite Fall fabrics and we'll PARTY! and by party I mean play with fabric.

Don't forget to share a link to the blog and invite your friends to feed their inner quilter.

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See you next time!


PS. Wanna see where I hang out when I'm not at Seamless Piecing?

The Quilt Pattern Magazine is an online, monthly magazine where I publish some of my designs.
AND... it's not just a magazine. It's also a delightful, private, online community called Pattern Pastiche. Some of the best and nicest quilters around hang out there along with others, like me, who just want to rub shoulders with them.

It's a safe place to ask questions and get mentoring from those who know and care.
AND... If you go there from here you can use a special discount code just for Seamless Piecing readers. Here's the link. The code is: SP


  1. Hi RaeLyn,
    Happy Birthday to Seamless Piecing!! Congratulations on a full year of wonderful projects and fun blog posts! I can attest that I have learned a lot from you this past year-- such as making a Dresden plate, and how to use Bosal. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to offer here next year, as well as your new projects coming up in TQPM. Thank you for sharing your talent and humor with us.~~ Kathryn

  2. Thanks Kathryn. You've been my best supporter. I really appreciate you!

  3. Happy First Anniversary Seamless Piecing! Your list of accomplishments this past year is astounding.I recognize some of those late night ventures, do as the hubs says and spend more time with family, we can wait.

  4. Thanks Nancy (Cat Lady). I appreciate your wisdom and support. Best wishes to you and your family.


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