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  • Sarah Marcina

A Glance at 2019

Today we wave good-bye to 2018. Oh my, it went so fast. I hope 2019 slows down a little. As a kid, I use to think time went by extremely slow. I didn't understand when adults asked where does time go. Isn't it odd how the older you get the faster it seems to go. Yet, the Bible warns us that life is but a vapor.

I have a detailed business plan for 2019, here are just a few goals:

- The first is to release 30 patterns before November. Thirty seems reasonable. I do have a lot of writing and graphics in my future!

- Write more patterns for fellow designers

- Participate in more blog hops

- Have patterns accepted for publication through quilt magazines

-Blog more & increase social media presence (You can help me on this one!)

I have managed to get two items checked off for 2019 already. I'm ahead of schedule... for at least a couple days. The new Facebook page is up and running. Please like and share the page. I will be posting update as well as new patterns released here, The Quilted Diary.

Following Craftsy's changes I had to make a major business decision. Where was I going to sell my patterns from. After researching (a lot) I decided for the time being to set up an e-commerce store using Wix. Currently the accepted payment method is PayPal.

In addition to my business plan this year, I'm trying to get more organized. A fellow designer, Shelley Cavanna, from Cora's Quilts shared her system. Check out her blog post, "Organize" for more information about the KANBAN boards. They're great!

I am looking for a few pattern testers. A pattern tester tries out new designs before they are published. As the designer and writer, I do everything I can to make sure they are accurate, but these folks always catch the mistakes. I couldn't be successful without them! If you are interested, apply through my tester group Quilted Diary Patterns: Pattern Testing Group. My application process is simple, just answer the three questions when you request to join the group. If I don't accept you right away, I just have a sufficient group of people with similar expertise.

Tomorrow start my first mystery quilt which is hosted by Auntie's Attic Quilt Shop. Every other Monday a new clue will be released on the shops Facebook page. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's quilts evolve! Auntie's Attic Quilt Shop is owned by Denise which is located in Niagara Falls, New York. They have been in business since 2012.

This post has been linked to the #2019PlanningParty hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl.

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