My New Year’s Resolution

…is not so much a resolution, more of a target for the year. On my birthday I received a wonderful letter from the taxman saying I owe them quite a large sum of money and on top of that I’m getting fined an additional 15% plus interest. So I’m possibly going to have to look for an evening job to supplement my full time job in the New Year.

However before that, I’m going to make more of a go of selling patterns and tutorials, both online and for magazines. It really looks like Fabricate isn’t going to happen as the deadline is tomorrow and I’m not even at 25% of funding as no advertisers had the confidence to come on board early. So I’m still going to write in my spare time but for other people instead.

My main aim is to finish some patterns for sale in my Craftsy shop. I have a couple of fabric bundles to play with coming in the post soon so here are a couple of sneaky peeks…

I have a plan for one that looks like this (with Heaven and Helsinki):

Like this (with Type by Julia Rothman):

And another but with scraps that I cant show as my memory card is broken…

And I need to actually make the finished product this time, which is what is wrong with my Wallander and High Flying Birds patterns. So I plan to make up those two as well in the new year- the fabric is ordered! And the best part is I won’t need to spend money on fabric for ages as I have projects queuing up! Apart from backing and wadding of course.

I’ve got two tutorials coming up sometime in the New Year in Popular Patchwork and I plan to submit a tutorial for my Waiting Waxwings and the scrappy clock to a couple of magazines I have in mind, all I have to do is send the emails!


  1. Posted December 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear Fabricate isn’t going to get off the ground, I know lots of people were looking forward to reading it but without advertisers it can’t be come a reality. i think it may have been bad timing with people so raw from the Modern Quilting/All Craft Media scandal and very untrusting of any new magazines, especially those with someone called Kerry behind it. Also people don’t tend to spend much money on their hobbies in December, I always find it a quiet month. People are too busy buy presents for others to treat themselves.

    I wish you the best of luck with writing for other magazines and hope you find a way to tackle that horrible tax bill. Not a great way to start the year 🙁

  2. Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Good luck – you can do it! Sometimes it all seems a bit big but keep chipping away! This is what I keep telling myself!

  3. Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    They’re fab designs, and fingers crossed your new direction will work out for you! It’s a real shame about Fabricate, but a tough sell at this time of year, like we said before! : (. Good Luck!!

  4. Posted December 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    You’ve got a lot on! The taxman is not a nice man, having encountered him myself before. Best of luck getting it all worked out. Shame about Fabricate but I think it’s time is coming and while it might not happen on the schedule you wanted it may well happen when the time is right for you, it and the market

  5. Posted January 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a huge great big cyber hug might be in order.
    I’m really sad to hear about Fabricate. Maybe a different time of the year would be better for raising the funds – I always find April great as its the start of the financial year and a whole new ad budget.
    I think there are lots of us who would be really glad of a good mag but in Nov/Dec we were a bit distracted by pressie sewing.
    Hope this year is tippety top for you.
    You are a little ray of creative sunshine.

  6. Suze
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear your bad news. A similar thing re tax happened to me a year ago and it broke (in more ways than one!) me last year. The only answer is to get through it as best you can, it is only money after all! I didn’t hear about Fabricate until today, not that I could have made a massive difference but I am sorry you didn’t make the target. I would love to try out the heaven and helsinki quilt pattern. I will try and pick it up when it goes on sale. Good luck in 2013!

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