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2016 Mid Year Review

Back in December, I hosted the #2016Planning Party, and Leanne @Devoted Quilter reminded me of the goal setting this week when she paused for a mid year review. I found some time this past week to sit down and review the goals I set for myself, and I welcome you to take this opportunity to look back and reflect on your year as well, even if you did not join the original link up. I’m offering a #2016MidYearReview link up below, and I’ll try to find a few prizes to giveaway to those who link up. 🙂


I broke my goals for the year into shorter term / actionable goals and big picture goals. So, I’m just going to dive in and see how things are going!

Shorter Term / Actionable Goals

  1. Co-host 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
    • Check! In fact, the last week of the blog hop kicks off in less than 48 hours, which is hard for me to believe. Where has the year gone??
  2. Co-host additional new block blog hop(s)
  3. Write and release (4) self-published patterns
  4. Donate (2) quilts
  5. Make and send all my Stash Bee blocks on time
    • Just over halfway through the year and so far, so good!
  6. Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (like QuiltCon 2017)
    • I submitted quilts for the AQS show in Grand Rapids (and had them juried in!). In fact, they just arrived after shipping. 🙂 I also submitted and had Sunburst accepted into the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase, which I will need to ship to arrive before August 5th. And I have plans to submit several quilts for QuiltCon2017 by the November deadline.
  7. Submit quilts to my local fair
    • I almost did not submit quilts this year because I did so well on goal 6! However, I submitted The Humans Are Dead and my Gray Snowflake Shimmer quilt.
  8. Make and send swap quilts on time
    • Again, so far, so good.
  9. Try something new in both quilting and blogging
    • My Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along qualifies in both categories here. It is the first time I have written a quilt pattern in a quilt along style and the first time I am hosting a quilt along on my blog!


Big Picture Goals

  1. Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
    • One of the nice things about life is that it has a way of reminding you when you push something too far out of balance. I think I was over focusing on the physical and I hurt my lower back a few weeks ago. Since then, I have returned to a more achievable exercise routine and found more time for quilting which is great for the mental, emotion, and spiritual parts of myself.
  2. I give myself permission to not make a quilt a week in 2016 (which was a pseudo-unwritten goal I had in mind for 2015). If I do, that is great. If I don’t, that is not a failure (see above).
    • I am still making a lot of quilts, but I am definitely not going to make 52 quilts this year. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll even get to 40 (we’ll see).
  3. Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy. Recently, I have been boldly stepping outside of my comfort zone asking for sponsorship as I plan for hosting blog hops in 2016. I would also love to cultivate blog sponsorship relationships, publication opportunities, and continue to submit my quilts to juried quilt shows. Letting myself ask and submit with the risk of being told “no” is scary, and resiliency in rejection is something I want to continue to cultivate within myself.
    • Oh goodness, I am definitely actively seeking rejection. I am openly asking for sponsorship or support much more frequently. I still don’t hear back from a lot of my requests or told no, but sometimes I get a yes or two.
  4. Be gentle with myself. This is a nice counterpoint and way to bring balance to the fear of the “seeking rejection” philosophy. If I can offer support and gentleness for others, I can surely cultivate some self-care. Perhaps letting myself take a restroom break as soon as I recognize the urge instead of continuing to sew, “one more seam!” might be a good place to start! 😉
    • I am writing this post after I gave myself permission not to sew for the afternoon and took a nap. I think that sounds like good self-care (and my back and body are thanking me for it)!
  5. Say yes to opportunities without fear of large growth and say no to things that do not resonate with me. Basically I am just putting this out there in the hopes that it generates more opportunities worth saying YES to!
    • I have said yes to some really great opportunities this year, and I am definitely excited to tell you more about them in the coming months. I am trying to think about if I have said “no” to anything in particular, but at the moment I feel like the projects in the future are all exciting and that feels good.

Wow, I honestly am really amazed at what 2016 has already brought to fruition, and I am excited about what still is ahead!

Now it’s your turn! The #2016MidYearReview linky party will be open today (Saturday, July 16th) through Sunday, July 31st at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). There will be several giveaways up for grabs for those who link up, so grab the button code below and click on the blue “Add your link” button below to submit your entry!

Giveaway Prizes

Quilting Jetgirl Pattern Shop Ad

2 winners will each get their choice of 1 digital PDF quilt pattern from Quilting Jetgirl.

Meadow Mist Designs

2 winners will each get their choice of 1 digital PDF quilt pattern from Meadow Mist Designs.


2 winners will each get their choice of 1 digital PDF quilt pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts.


1 winner will receive a 2017 Quilter’s Planner.

2 winners will receive one 10 small spool Aurifil thread collection.


1 winner will receive a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.

Make Modern

2 winners will receive 6 months subscriptions to Make Modern.

Mini Barn Quilts

2 winners will each receive a Mini Barn Quilt kit of their choice and a button bundle.

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24 thoughts on “2016 Mid Year Review

  1. Kaja says:

    How did we get to the midpoint of the year? I’m sure I missed a month somewhere. I am not a big goal setter, but I am full of admiration both for your goals and for how you have gone about attaining them. You must be really pleased with your progress so far!

  2. Mary says:

    Wow, you’ve accomplished so much this year! I think the important past is that you recognize it and can you’re doing it. For myself, I think I need to get out the pen and paper and make a list with dates of what I want to accomplish. I have my fingers in so many pots as I need to find a job, move to a less expensive place, and take care of me. Part of the last goal is to sew and quilt so I can refresh myself and see progress on my quilts. Thanks for an inspiring post.

  3. Wow you have set alot of goals for yourself. I need to do the same thing myself.
    I can’t imagine making a quilt a week. Anymore I have trouble making just one a month for Project Linus. I love to piece quilt tops but not to fond of putting backs on them although Im working on it.
    Thank you Yvonne for all of the work that you do to share it with us. I for one Love your blogs and look forward to them.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Kitty Wilkin says:

    Yvonne, you are AMAZING!! Holy smokes! I’m inspired by your ability to accomplish so much. I will try to take a moment to reflect on the year so far but I think my finished quilt count is around 2 and one is a mini. LOL oh well. I’m certainly trying new and exciting things, and learning a lot in the process! Thank you for encouraging us to do a personal check in!

  5. Fun link up! You are going so well against your goals, you already have most of your yearly goals finished, congrats!

  6. Lisa says:

    Thanks Yvonne: I’ve been waiting for this I’ve been thinking about writing such a post myself. You’ve done a n amazing job realizing your goals. Your goals are written in a very clear style as well. I’m glad you had the nap.

  7. Shasta says:

    You’ve done incredibly well in meeting your goals! Congratulations and keep it up!

  8. It sounds as though you are not only being extremely productive in reaching your goals, but are also achieving balance in your life. I got brave this year and decided to enter an AQS show, too. I entered two in the Grand Rapids contest and they were both accepted, so I am happy I took that risk!

  9. Your big picture #1 is my biggest goal right now! I know you will “get” what I mean 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  10. anncpetersen16 says:

    Thanks so much for writing this and pulling together the link up! I was thinking about doing a mid-year check in and you have gotten me to go do it. I really like the format you used for your goals – short term and bigger picture – and appreciate your thoughtfulness in discussing them. You really have accomplished a lot, and I really can’t fathom 40 quilts in a year (let alone 1 quilt a week!). I will be linking up!

  11. Wonderful accomplishments! You go girl! I am sorry you are dealing with back pain. and a nap usually helps that heal much quicker…and ice packs and heat! Take care!

  12. You had a quilt a week as a goal last year? Yikes! I could do that if we were talking coaster/mini/mug rug size, but not otherwise!

  13. You really have accomplished a lot in the last six months, more than most people do in a year! I think in general, we tend to put more pressure on ourselves than what others put on us. I love that so many of your big picture goals are to stretch yourself as a person. Those are usually the hardest to accomplish and you’re doing a fantastic job.

  14. quiltingmod says:

    With prizes like this, how can I resist? Using the code, the picture isn’t coming up for the button. It may be just me.

  15. helen says:

    this is why I enjoy reading your blog posts so much. Your list of goals is admirable, I could never achieve a quilt a week even I sewed 24/7, and then you bring me back to earth with the rest room breaks. I often have to remind myself of those too.
    You have done remarkably well with your list of goals this year, and it is only half way through the year. Don’t be too hard on yourself though xx

  16. Amazing accomplishments this year! You are a quilt blogger I genuinely look up to and I hope to someday do as well!

  17. Renee says:

    When you first posted this I couldn’t even remember if I’d participated in the beginning of the year link up! But yes indeed, I did. I will link up in the next day or two!

  18. helen says:

    my second comment! Phew, finally linked up today. I need to review my strategies for reviewing myself!

  19. A mid-year review link-up is a great idea, Yvonne! You sure are flying through your goals for the year!! Just reading about all your pattern releases is impressive, not to mention everything else 🙂

  20. Wow, very impressive! I guess I need to be more goal oriented and write them down, maybe I’d get more accomplished:) And I loved your bathroom break comment, I am guilty of that too!

  21. You have done really well with your goals, Yvonne. I can relate to many of the things you are striving to achieve. Long Term Goal #4 will make you a happier quilter. I used to be a frantic quilter, but now I know that taking some time off to enjoy other things such as spending time with my family, or just to relax, is not slacking. It’s healthy. Thanks so much for the link up!

  22. Good on you for setting and achieving goals. Yes, I am still an aimless drifter, but I can admire your spirit.
    I did have a laugh (at my own expense) at the ‘seek rejection philosophy’. It makes me think of my attempts at dating back in my early 20s. Epic fail!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)