Hi everybody! We are nearly through August!!! Yikes. We (my oldest son is helping with this) still have not completed the design and accompanying embroidery designs for the fall/Thanksgiving table runner, but it is moving along and I hope you all are going to love it and want to make one yourself.
Oh, I finished my Kingfisher pillow project and one of the two YouTube videos is published. Video link
I love the way it came out. So here are some statistics you may find of interest: I have at this moment in time (8/24/2022) 431 subscribers, 143 views of the Kingfisher video 1, and only 11 likes; 9 downloads of the free pattern, 62 clicks for the products I linked to with my affiliate links, and zero purchases on Amazon and 341 clicks for Wonderfil Threads (they really are wonderful threads) with no purchases. Though I sometimes have considerably more views on other videos, I seldom have a higher percentage of likes and have never made anything from any of my affiliate links. I’ve had a few people buy something, but never enough for me to get paid (there is a minimum). I’m trying not to be discouraged. Perhaps it will pick up when I get video 2 published, or maybe the Fall Thanksgiving project will turn things around. Maybe I just haven’t reached the right audience yet, but will at some point. I refuse to think that people just don’t like what I do (LOL). I’m hopeful my affiliates will continue to allow me to hang in there until things get better. (See, I still think I will succeed eventually).
My dear late mother taught me all along the way when things got discouraging that “You’ve got to stick-to-it-tivity. You’re going to do alright, you’re going to be all right!” She usually sung that in her beautiful voice with her sparkling eyes looking at me. That memory has been following me around lately. I think it is from her. Sew that is what I am going to do for quite a while yet. Besides, I am having some fun here, making and filming these projects.
I am still considering if I should make a Christmas project. It’s getting late in the year. Most people have already started their Christmas projects by now I think. I figure they don’t do like I do and wait until the last minute for making things. My Deep Space Quilt 4 project might suffice (that will just be a sharing of the making, not a tutorial with pattern). It is full of stars and light sparkles that I am hoping to complete for my own Christmas decor and other times. I will note that it is hard to film sparkles and shines, but worth a try. Here’s the NASA picture I am basing it on:
I also am planning some basic kinds of short videos showing how to use the Bernina Q20 sitdown (and that would be the same for the Q16), and how to use some of those fancy stitches most of us have on our machines these days with interesting threads. Coincidentally, you may have seen this, but I tried out the “hand look stitch” on my Bernina 880 plus with the following results…I will use this somewhere. Perhaps with the crazy quilt major project I am planning for 2023.
Sew let’s all have fun in our studios. It’s time to quilt!