What do you want? Also, let’s collaborate!

I’m worried I’m getting into a bit of a rut where I’m not expanding my audience and network. I have some questions if you have a couple of minutes to answer one or two of them and leave a comment, I think it could pull me out!

How are you finding new patterns, designers, etc these days? Are blogs still relevant? It feels like it’s getting quieter out there, is that because people have less time to respond when there are several platforms to keep an eye on? Maybe there’s a cool podcast, Facebook group, forum or something totally different where you discover new quilty things, what is it?

What kind of quilt patterns are you looking for? Maybe you don’t use patterns at all. I was going to work on a series of Advanced patterns (Quilt Workout), but are advanced quilters even wanting to buy patterns? I’m wondering if I even have the right product. I know I’m quite well known for my animal quilts, should I focus more on that? Do I need to separate my two styles for a stronger identity or can I keep going the way I am?

Is YouTube the way to go? My time and technology has been a little limited, but now I have a video camera I like, that I don’t have to encode to be able to view the footage of, that is HD, that does decent audio. I just need time to film more tutorials. I’m trying to keep my hand in with my weekly vlogs. Would you be more likely to watch a vlog than read a blog post? How long would you ideally want it to be?

What tutorials would you want to see on YouTube? I’m planning on doing one on FMQ tension very soon, but it is always nice to make the list longer and have a better idea of a plan.

Would you like to collaborate? If you have a product/service/some other quilty thing you want to get the word out about, let me know. Likewise, if you think we could work together in some other way to promote me, or both of us, I’m actually pretty friendly, so you can always fire me an email 🙂

Should I host a sew along of some sort? I’m thinking a bag making one, maybe the Blanche Barrel Bag that I love so much, or since I’m still technically teaching that one, maybe the Boronia Bowler Bag by Blue Calla patterns? Or would a quilt be better? Maybe my own content like when I did the English Country Garden applique blocks each month?

Here’s a little reminder of all the important places to find me and my (very) little business.

Finished quilts, bags, etc on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/pennydogpatchwork 
Quilt patterns: Payhip / Etsy / Craftsy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pennydog
Facebook group for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pennydogpatchwork/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/kerryw85/featured

4 Comments

  1. Posted October 20, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Kerry,

    How are you finding new patterns, designers, etc these days? I usually look on Pinterest for ideas but I rarely buy patterns. I find something that looks cool, and make it work for me, often adjusting the size or layout and then making a new pattern for myself. I like Instagram for finding new fabric designers.

    What kind of quilt patterns are you looking for? I like things that are challenging – too challenging to just look at a picture and figure it out on my own. I also like things that teach new techniques.

    Is YouTube the way to go? I LOVE going to Youtube to learn things. I like how Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co. has simple tutorial videos. I would like a video on the faced binding you did on the quilt that you showed off last night. Maybe one about the banana peel quilt once the magazine comes out.

    Should I host a sew along of some sort? I like sew alongs – especially when they are also on Instagram.

  2. Emily Stevens
    Posted October 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I think this time of year lots of us that love sewing are looking around for presents to make for kids and female or male friends and relatives. I know I’d love a pattern for a toy bag, perhaps draw string or with a zip that also has a clear vinyl window in it so you can see what’s inside (to keep toys with parts all together). X

  3. Posted October 21, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Hello 🙂 I still love blogs and still love reading them, although I haven’t written on my blog in forever, I still think they are relevant! and I know a lot of people say they don’t have time for blogs, it takes too long, blah, blah and all that stuff! they have to ask themselves how often and how long they sit scrolling on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest rather than using that time to read blogs! I miss the old days of quilt-alongs on blogs and actually building relationships with your readers, and I do like Instagram, but I sometimes feel it is a bit impersonal and more just about likes! rather than a blog really feels like the writer is talking to you!

  4. Posted October 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kerry! I think one of the reasons why it’s quieter on the blogs is because people are viewing them on their phones and it’s harder to comment. For example, I saw this post yesterday while on Bloglovin on my phone but waited to today to comment because I wanted to be on a keyboard. I have mostly stopped buying quilt patterns and quilting magazines because after 20 years of quilting I can often figure out a design for a quilt myself. I do still buy books though. Lately I have been buying a lot of bag patterns and have been very interest in Sara from “Sew Sweetness” and how she is making professional looking videos and live Facebook broadcasts. So I guess to sum up I have switched from buying quilt patterns and magazines to buying bag patterns and writing my own quilt patterns. 🙂 The last few patterns I bought on UpCraft Club and they were for Sew Sweetness bags and one was for a whale stuffed toy.

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