Time to let you know some changes planned at SewCalGal.
This summer I'm going to be working on some format and content changes to this blog. As such there will be windows where you may not hear from me. My plans are to have these completed by late September when I'll be back on track with sharing insights on a regular basis. If you have any recommendations for changes, feel free to leave a comment or email me.
- I've been looking into changing from Google's blogspot blog to Wordpress (or possibly Typepad), but I need more time to focus on making such a transition. Tests have gone pretty well. Pros/Cons with each blog tool, but I am thinking if I can find enough time to focus I'll officially make the move. Either way, I'll change my blog clothing (background, header, style) as it is always fun to get a new outfit!
- SewCalGal is launching a series called Designer Showcase, which will show off talented designers of quilts and machine embroidery. As this blog is primarily focused on increasing awareness of those in the business, products, events, etc., there have been many articles shared about various designers. But, this new series will change the format a bit, as there will also be either a FREE pattern that you can download or a GIVEAWAY for a pattern(s) from the respective designer. I have several Designers lined up, but if you are a designer and looking for ways to promote your unique designs, please email me. A few Designer Showcase articles will be released this summer, with the goal that starting this Fall it becomes a weekly series.
- Precision Piecing is a topic I've been researching. After several decades of quilting, I've found my habits have fallen into sloppy workmanship and I've been wanting to find ways to improve. There are several books, DVDs and classes with experts on Precision Piecing. Somewhat similar to the 2012 FMQ Challenge, I'm looking into ways of showcasing Piecing Experts by way of hosting their tutorials combined with Precision Piecing Challenges and sponsored giveaways. For now, I'm researching, but if you are interested in being showcased as such an expert and providing a free tutorial, please email me with your background and ideas for such.
- Fun Friday Giveaways are taking the summer off and you'll find various sponsored giveaways again starting this Fall. I have several wonderful sponsors lined up, but if you would like to be scheduled for sponsoring such a giveaway, please email me
SewCalGal will continue to research and write reviews (e.g. products, classes, as well as continue to work with the Quilters with Modern Tools which our group will continue to host Blog Hops every Spring and Fall to showcase a modern tool. This group also shares insights throughout the year, on their respective blogs, about Modern Quilting Tools that they use (e.g. Electric Quilt Software, AccuQuilt, Sizzix, Silhouette, Machine Embroidery Digitizing Software, etc.).
As Spring begins to turn into Summer, I want to wish you a happy Summer and hope you find plenty of time to enjoy and create. And, consider taking a summer school quilting class at local quilt shop and/or online at Craftsy! It is fun to learn new skills, as well as to continually improve them too!