How did that happen then!   A whole year since we launched our website!

12 months.  365 days of quilting just flew by.

Have you all enjoyed it?   Have you joined in?  Are you a member yet!

We could look back over the last year with you, but it’s all still there, for you to review at your leisure.  That’s the fabulous thing about our website, it’s always there when you need it.  So instead here’s a sneak peek into what is being planned for next year.

We have more competitions coming along.  You said you wanted them so we are working hard to find fabulous competition prizes and the first one is starting 1st February.   Make sure you are a member so you can register your votes.

The first and second prize winners from the 2018 competitions will be going on tour with Grosvenor Shows starting in August at their Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate.  How exciting is that!     Enter the competitions again this year and there will be more tickets to win from the wonderful people at Grosvenor Shows so you can visit their excellent quilt shows.

We are looking forward to working with our supporters again this year.   Makower UK and the Craft Cotton Co kept our bloggers busy reviewing the new fabric ranges as they came along, so keep an eye open in the product review sections.   EQS along with Groves and Gutterman regular send over notions and stuff for the team to play with and let you know their thoughts about what is out there in the marketplace.  We have had great support from British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine too along the way and enjoyed some amazing competition prizes from Lewis and Irene,  Barnyarns and Janome as well

Regular news items will continue to help you catch up with what is happening out there in the quilting world, and we hope to bring more and more as the year moves along.

Our Retail Directory will be revamped, and we are looking at extending the shop so retailers can offer you their wares right here online.

We are thankful for the fabulous band of bloggers who daily post blogs about their makes, journeys and activity.  The congratulations for this first year really belongs to them as they are what makes this website great.   So much is coming up I don’t know where to start really, but you have been showing great interest in the Improv block series from Helen Howes, with much more to come, Chris Franses is reviewing the Hauxwell Quilts and Abbie Searle will be launching a brand new Mystery Quilt for us all to follow.    There’s a secret group putting together new Bag patterns and ideas for us in March and so much more happening.  Our feature weeks will continue, valentines, summer fun, baby week and other ideas are in the pipeline.  The free pattern downloads will be expanding, and we are putting together our very own block bank, curated by Carolyn Griffiths,  for you to start to design your own quilts too.  So much more coming up I don’t want to spoil the surprises.

We have adopted Quilts for Chrismas Dinners as our project for 2019 so you will be seeing articles about that, but if you have news about your own projects, charities or activities then let us know and we can post them into our news section.   There’s a massive community of Quilters both here in the UK and beyond waiting to hear from you all and over 15,600 FB members thirsty to find out things too.   Remember to check out Instagram and Pinterest .. we went over 50,000 unique views on pinterest recently, which is a lot of people looking at things for sure. Who would have thought all the quilters out there are IT savvy these days too.  Just brilliant!

Its a great big thank you to everyone who joined in last year, and we are looking forward to a bright new year

Oh yes .. lets not forget the team here at Website HQ .. still beavering away 

 

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