Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thoughts on Blogging and a Winner

 Thank you for all of your thoughts and sweet words from my 4th blogiversary post! Every time I received an email about a comment, it was like a friend was saying hello! I'm sorry I couldn't respond individually to all comments like I usually do. Please know they were all SO appreciated! <3 The winner is Betsy (#16) and I've emailed her. I can't wait to sew up a pillow from her (possibly a nested churn dash, according to what she's told me so far)!

In the wake of several goings-on in the online sewing world (namely this article and a couple of shop closings) and my blogiversary, never have I felt more empowered to blog.  My friend Heidi's post got me thinking even more.

A sneak peek of a tablerunner for Sew Mama Sew and Oakshott (tutorial and finish coming soon!)

Yes, things have changed. When I started out, blogging about quilts was just starting to take off, and by 2012, blogging was booming. When Instagram came around, things shifted a bit. It took me awhile to try Instagram, but I LOVE it. It has a different purpose for me though -  instant communication, instant gratification (in terms of creativity), and pictures. Blogging, though is still my favorite part of all this. It's unwieldy and awkward to blog on Instagram, let alone try to write tutorials (in my opinion!).

 Planning out my all-voile quilt backing last night.

That's one reason I'll continue to blog here (unless an unearthly event happens). I'll still be sharing finishes, works-in-progresses, tutorials, inspiration, and asking for advice as always. I said earlier this year that I wasn't going to force anything and I won't be. This might mean periods of lots of blogging and periods of little (like the last couple of weeks). The Orange Peel QAL was so fun and it was completely born out of something I found I loved to do - make orange peels! I hope you had fun, too! By the way, my Orange Peel class starts MONDAY at Pennington Quilt Works, and it's full!!! Ah! I can't wait!


Visiting the Courthouse Quilters' quilt show today at Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ. What a pretty location for two buildings full of quilts!

The best part about blogging, though, is the community. I so enjoy emailing back and forth with readers. I've made some friends I wouldn't trade for fabric (that means you're super special!). :) So, thanks for continuing to read while I continue to make and share. Like Heidi so eloquently said, I'll be here!

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6 comments:

  1. Nice post, Jessica, and I totally agree. Blogging is the heart of everything for me too....

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  2. I agree with you! Istagram and blogging are both important but serve different purposes. Instagram has allowed me to satisfy my need to communicate more often while allowing my blog to be my HQ - a place to tell more of a story of my quilts :-)

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  3. That oakshot table runner is so pretty! <3 I can't wait to see it finished. And yay, congrats on a full class! Wish I could be there too.

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  4. I agree!!! I have missed so many bloggers who have shifted over to FB and Instagram. Glad you are sticking around.

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  5. I'm glad you will still be around - I really enjoy reading your blog, and others :-)

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  6. Great post, I totally agree with your ideas on blogging and instagram. As a newish blogger, blogging has created so many opportunities to meet and interact with other quilters than are just not as available on other platforms.

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