Friday, August 12, 2011
It was 2 years and 2 days ago that I finally sat down, collected all my thoughts and dreams, and began this Free Motion Quilting Project.
The original goal, as you may know, was to create 365 free motion quilting designs in one year. I ended up slowing things down and now a project that was supposed to take only one year has stretched into 2.
But I have absolutely no regrets about this! Had I not slowed things down, I may not be posting right now. I easily could be in a padded cell because, quite frankly, that was a pretty insane goal on top of starting a business, raising a toddler, and dealing with all the family junk that's blown by the last few years.
And yes, to answer those lingering trolls who like to occasionally point out my failure, I will be publishing all 365 designs by Christmas THIS YEAR!
Sitting here 2 years from the beginning, I can see how far we've come, but it's only just now starting to sink in just how big this project has become. I checked my stats on YouTube the other day. We've had over 2 MILLION views of the videos I've posted. I can't even fathom how many people that is!
Of course, not every video is perfect, and some of the early ones are downright terrible. Just yesterday I posted a video for 5 hours with no sound (it's fixed now by the way)!
I have to thank you all for being so very patient with me. Sometimes I run off on lofty tangents like my still uncompleted How Do I Quilt This Series and the popular Sewing Machine Reviews - both will be continued...sometime...
What can I say? I'm human! To a large degree I'm making this up as I go along!
But even though I'm sometimes disorganized and flighty about random side projects, the one thing that has tied this project together from the beginning has been the free motion quilting designs.
So many of you have written in, emailed, commented, spoken to me over the phone, met me at guild meetings or quilt shows (thinking of you Ben H!) letting me know how much you love the new designs.
And so the designs shall continue! I'm not stopping at 365. Now that we're nearly at the original goal, this just doesn't seem like enough. How about 500? 750? 1000? Why put a number on it?
As we round out this anniversary and head into the fall, rest assured that the Free Motion Quilting Project is here to stay. It's only going to get bigger and better from here, baby!
To celebrate this 2nd anniversary we've just launched a huge sale in our Quilt Shop.
Lots of great tools for free motion quilting are on sale, plus the new DOWNLOADABLE version of From Feathers to Flames has just launched.
For this week only, you can get the Australian Shadows Quilt Pattern for free when you order this new book!
Let's go quilt!
P.S - If you love the project, please share this post with as many quilting friends as you can!