SewPro recap and a quilt!

Wow, it's been a lot time since I've blogged!

This past weekend I attended SewPro in Chicago, and I learned so much about running a crafty business. I'm the first to admit that one of my weaknesses is with social media. I loved InstaGram for a long time, and I still use it frequently. It's so easy to snap a picture while I'm working on a quilt and see the likes and comments pour in! Now that IG has changed, I'm struggling. I see pictures hours or days after they are posted, and I assume others are having the same experience! So, while I'll continue to use IG, I'm also going to recommit to blogging and sharing on facebook!

I attended several different lectures at SewPro, from book publishing to taxes, and more! It was great to surround myself by others who are also making their space on the business side of the crafting world, and the support was amazing! I've always felt very supported by others in the industry, and this was no exception. Connections were made, knowledge was gained, and I have spent my first day home working on my facebook page and blog, while waiting on a customer quilt. ;)

If you're considering a business in the craft world, or have a business and need support, consider attending SewPro in 2017! And if you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me: quiltygirl AT gmail DOT com

Now, let's see how pretty quilt pictures! If you follow me on IG, you've seen these before. As usually happens, I snapped some pics as I was working. It's still quite fun, and oftentimes shocking, to see the full reveal! This is the Northern Lights quilt pattern by JayBird Quilts, and it was pieced by my mom!

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

I quilted this with alternating swirls and straight lines. The straight lines really allow the swirly designs to stand out! In the center I quilted a swirling paisley, which has become a go-to design for me when I want to fill and elongated space.

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Here's a closer shot of the designs I used. Sorry about the pic quality!

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

And here's the back! I was so proud of my mom for creating this super cool back! I just love how the quilting stands out, too. It's so much fun to quilt solids, because there's nothing for the quilting to compete with. :)

Stay tuned for some more long arm quilting. I have a huge backlog of stuff to share, and I'm hoping that my time at SewPro was the kick in the pants that I needed to jump back in!