I honestly can't believe how fast this year has flown by. It must be true that time flies when you're having fun!
So lets recap on all that has happened in the last 365 days!
First you can read this post about why I started this project a year ago.
My goal was to create the site on free motion quilting that I had been searching for. A place where designs, photos, and videos were shared freely so we could all benefit from new free motion quilting inspiration.
When I launched the project I really had no idea it was going to take off like it has. Within 14 days, quilters from all over the world were commenting on the designs and emailing me with suggestions for the project and site!
Of course, back when I launched the project, I had no idea what would show up the best on video or photos! You can see from the very first design: Shadow Waves, that the project has definitely come a long way in just 1 year.
It's not just the designs that have changed. Many of you may not know this, but when I launched the blog, I only offered 2 quilt patterns in my quilt shop.
It has grown astronomically over the last 12 months due to quilters emailed suggestions (and demands!) for tools, supplies, DVDs, and workbooks devoted to free motion quilting.
Of course, working on DVDs and books on top of blogging, designing, and running and online store isn't easy.
My original goal for the project was to finish it in 365 days, but by November last year, I realized that it wasn't possible to keep the project running at such a fast pace.
It was also obvious that most quilters couldn't keep up with me either! Many of you wrote in encouraging me to take time off, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Does this mean the project was a failure?
Was reaching only Day 209 a total bust?
Was reaching only Day 209 a total bust?
I don't think so. While the goal was not reached in 1 calendar year, that doesn't mean we can't continue working towards the goal of 365 designs!
So for the record, this project will absolutely continue until we reach Day 365, and who knows? If I keep dreaming up new designs, it may even continue after that!
When I haven't posted new designs, I've really enjoyed having the chance to share myself, my life, and my quilts with all of you.
From creating Winter Wonderland over a crazy Christmas season (during a remodel no less!) to stumbling over My Cup Runneth Over, and finally quilting out some of my "stuff" into Shadow Self, you have all been here cheering me on.
I love that this project has given me the opportunity to share with all of you, to meet so many wonderful people online, and to form a business that is very soon going to support my family entirely.
A year ago, I would never have dreamed that my fledgling site and online quilt shop at LeahDay.com would ever be able to support us. Now I'm looking forward to January when my husband Josh will lose his job and being working with me full time!
It's amazing the number of changes that can happen in one year. I can't wait to see where we're at and the quilts I'll create in 2011!
Now to celebrate the anniversary of this project, Josh and I are planning many fun activities for the whole month of August.
I've decided to really clean house and almost every item in the store will be on sale. Some tools and supplies will be closed out for good to make room for new items to take their place.
I'll also be launching a new video series called "How Do I Quilt This?!" that will run in multiple parts throughout the month.
In this video series, I'm going to show you how to quilt 4 actual quilts in a variety of different ways. We're going to learn how to use filler designs in something other than a 4" block!
The first video on putting the quilts together will be launched on Monday, so make sure to stop by to check it out.
And finally, I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU!
Thank you for being here.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for passing word along to your friends.
And Thank you for letting me know you appreciate what I'm doing!
It's only going to get bigger and better every day, so here's to another terrific year!
Let's go quilt,