Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Welcome back!! I am glad I took a little break to be with family, friends, enjoy the holidays, and re-charge my batteries. During the downtime, I had some time to think about my personal and professional goals, especially those related to quilting and my blog.

When I started my blog this summer, I didn’t know any other quilt bloggers, or any bloggers for that matter. I read over 200 blogs before I officially launched Hudson Valley Quilts in late August, with the masthead and background you see now. I set up almost everything, technology-wise, except for those elements. I needed someone who really knew code. Thank you, Courtney. I am very grateful and happy because you made my vision a reality. You did such a beautiful job. 

I met some other quilt bloggers from all over the U.S. and Canada. Everyone was kind, helpful, and most of all friendly. Thank you for your help and suggestions. I hope to get to a few quilts shows this year, (hoping to meet some of you in person). I am especially excited to attend Fall Market in Houston this year, which I had to cancel out of a few days before, due to a fractured sacrum.

Although I’ve been quilting for 20 years, I participated in my first QAL this past fall with Fresh Lemons Quilts, and blogger/instructor Faith Jones. My quilt top is almost finished. I can wait to show it, because I added a few little surprises to make it my own, with the thought that it will go to my cousin’s newborn, due in March.

In 2014, I will be doing lots of interviews, including; fabric designers, authors of quilt books, and other bloggers. There will be quilt book reviews, similar to the one I did about Color Essentials, and some tours of manufacturers in our industry. 

Early this month, look for a post which includes an interview of Tom Collingham, who gave me a tour of the Colonial Needle headquarters in White Plains, New York. It was really fascinating and fun. A member of his staff also gave me an incredible basket of sewing threads, needles, and other notions for a give-a-way.

Other projects that I’ve been planning and prepping for are 2 kings sized quilts, using very cute and fun 1930’s fabrics. Also a very scrappy quilt using charm packs and some of my favorite scraps. 

We still have a little more work to finish the sewing room, but I am in there sewing and finally out of the dining room area. And I promised myself the fabric that isn’t put away will be, by the end of January.

My other immediate goal, besides finishing the quilt room, is to understand the amazing amount of new options and technology in my new Bernina 750. Be prepared for lots of show and tell!!

I think 2014 will be the year of new discoveries, and I can’t wait to share them with you!! Wishing everyone a healthy, and Happy New Year.