Reflecting on 2018 & Looking Forward to 2019
Wow, 2018 was quite the year and it flew by. It seems like just a few days ago I was reflecting upon 2017 with excitement for the new year. We did a lot this year (some of which we still can’t share with you because it is queued up for this year!!) and it is always a good idea to reflect back on all you've accomplished and created. With that in mind here are some noteworthy moments and projects from 2018. (left to right, top to bottom)
Wild Moose Chase Naming Contest
We had such a blast reading all your brilliant ideas for our Wild Moose Chase pattern. They kept us laughing for days and next time we have a deadline that permits it, we are absolutely holding another naming contest!
Our First Retail Shows
We went to both Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA and Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this year. Figuring out how to ship a pallet full of product was a big accomplish for us! We have a few more retail shows scheduled for 2019.
Carrying Our Favorite Products
This was a big step for us. We decided to start carrying our favorite notions, tools and a few fabric bundles. We are loving having a little something to go with our patterns and hardware.
Foundation Fabric Hitting Quilt Stores
It has been so much fun for me to see what you guys are creating with Foundation. Good Vibes Only, my second line, will be out this year and I can’t wait to see what y’all make!
Traveling and Teaching
This was the first year we traveled to different guilds around the US to give lectures and teach our patterns. We will be doing less of this in 2019 because of our schedule but it was an amazing experience!
Sourcing Lots of Cork
Learning all about this sustainable resource and sourcing a bunch of fun new colors to sell and play with has been a load of work, but quite rewarding. We love sewing with cork and hope you do too!
Printing Our Own T-shirts
Printing our Sassy sayings onto t-shirts to sell has been a goal of ours for years and we finally did it! With lots of help from our unpaid intern (my dad!) we turned our living room into a print shop.
Photographing Good Vibes Only Look Book
I know this is a total tease, but we can’t quite share all the details yet! Right before I left for Spain, we sewed up a ton of great projects and held a photoshoot in Kristy’s cul-de-sac with a couple of my young cousins. It was a blast!
In addition to all that, we still managed to publish 6 new patterns - the Quick Corky Wallet, Finley’s Farm, Elm Street Bag, Jolly Lane, Express Yourself Way and Wild Moose Chase. Plus we revamped some of our older favorites!
Now, what’s next? 2019 is already shaping up to be a busy and exciting year. We have a few events already scheduled, a fabric line coming out, a new book on the way (for Spring), a few new patterns already in the works and lots of new products we are pretty jazzed about!
We really want to extend a big thank you to each and every one of you following along on our journey and sewing our patterns. We really couldn’t do what we love without you. THANK YOU!! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with loved ones and are ready to get creating in 2019 with us!
Happy New Year!
Sabiha Shafee said:
would u sent me printed paper pieceing of arcadeia avenue hexagon block?