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2023 Maywood Studio Maker
I am a 2023 Maywood Studio Maker!
Posted by Shari on April 9th, 2023

I am a Maywood Studio Maker for 2023!

Hello and welcome!  It’s been a while since I personally posted in our blog.  Being a small business owner, I work a lot of different jobs and a whole lot more hours.  There never seems to enough hours in the day/week to get everything done.

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Priorities always come first.  Fun stuff comes second.  I love what I do so the priorities don’t seem like work but to keep a small business running smoothly, certain tasks must get done in a timely manner.  Creativity tends to be set aside or placed on hold for another day.

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This year I am pushing myself outside of my comfort box.  I applied to be an ambassador for Maywood Studios……and I was accepted!  EECK!  For an introvert, behind-the-scenes kind of girl like me, this is scary.  But scary or not, I am excited!

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Our introduction project was to create a word with our assigned letter.  The letter should stand for something about ourselves for this year. 

My assigned letter is “R” and stands for “READY”! 

I am READY for a year of new adventures!

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We were given specific instructions for this challenge to which to create our project.  I love piece sewing and had no idea what I was going to do with a letter.  Double EECK!  This is where I start telling myself maybe I am in over my head.  Then I tell myself to be brave and do it anyway!  (Yes, I have multiple conversations with myself each day.)

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Triple EECK!  I have to publish a picture of myself.....aggghhhhh!

Well, if I am going to push myself, I might as well start with this project.  Applique it is and I am proud with how it turned out.  I pieced the background and then fused the letter down.  Some decorative machine stitches to keep it in place and it was done! 

I am not sure what my block will become.  Currently, it is pinned to my office wall as a reminder to be READY for good things to come this year.

Are you READY to follow along with me on this year’s adventures?  I hope so!  Tell me in the comments below what you are READY for.

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PS.  Stay tuned for a big announcement coming soon!  I just completed my first assigned project for Maywood Studio Makers.  The Maker's Projects will be on display on the Sister's Quilt Show in Oregon in July.

In the meantime, I am inviting you to get creative with me for a Sew Along.

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  • 1. Posted by Pat on June 22nd, 2023 at 8:05 a.m.
    Congratulations on becoming a Maywood Studios Ambassador, an accomplishment not taken lightly I'm sure. I'm new to your webpage and Blog, but have seen some of your fabulous creations in different quilting magazines. Just want to Thank you so much for posting the free patterns you have. I love to print out different ones and put in a 3-ring binder to go thru occasionally while sipping on my coffee in the mornings, and choose which one to make this time. Searching online for a pattern in an older quilting magazine, I was directed to your site for the pattern, great find!!
  • 2. Posted by Sharon D Luedeman on May 21st, 2023 at 6:02 a.m.
    I'm READY! I'm ready to learn more about my quilting journey. I'm ready to finish some of the UFOs in my sewing room. I'm ready to be challenged and to meet the challenges of trying something new. Bring it on....I'M READY
  • 3. Posted by Glen Reed Avant on May 1st, 2023 at 9:39 a.m.
    I’m so ready to tackle my quilt fabrics to make more quilts, to complete already quilt tops with batting and beautiful long-arming, as well as finish these quilts with their binding and labels! I have many projects waiting on me. I am ready!
  • 4. Posted by Nancy LaDage on April 22nd, 2023 at 3:48 p.m.
    I just discovered the quilting tutorials on YouTube this week and I have learned so much already. I was so inspired that this week I bought a new quilting sewing machine, an 18"x18" Self-Healing Rotating Mat and a new seam ripper (to replace the one I wore out). I am looking forward to learn from your tutorials of any subject. I am retired and a grandmother of 6 and a great grandmother of 11. I have lots of family I'd like to make quilts for. I am ready.
  • 5. Posted by Rachel Summy on April 10th, 2023 at 5:39 a.m.
    Ready is perfect! I too am ready to take on challenges and keep moving forward. Our farm has huge changes ahead for 2023 and we're ready to keep moving through these changes. I'm ready for fun challenges with quilting and sewing too! Best of luck with your new adventure Shari!!
  • 6. Posted by Denise Holstege on April 10th, 2023 at 4:40 a.m.
    I need to get Done! I have a few incomplete projects and they need to be finished. I have that "Oh shiny thing going on in my sewing room..
  • 7. Posted by Suzanne Childs on April 9th, 2023 at 5:57 p.m.
    This past 6 months have been a tough one for me with too many losses in a short period of time. I’m READY to move forward and put more positive in my life!
  • 8. Posted by Christy Jutila on April 9th, 2023 at 3:39 p.m.
    I am ready to try more than just my small town yearly craft boutique. I have a couple of ideas on where to spread out a bit. Not completely crazy far away stuff, but putting myself out there a bit more. I'm an introvert too, so the face to face stuff is stressful!
  • 9. Posted by Kathy Day on April 9th, 2023 at 3:11 p.m.
    Three weeks ago I lost my Dad. I've spent the last 10 years caring for him and the last two as his guardian. He was a constant in my daily life, and I've spent the last three weeks in a foggy haze. I'm "READY" to start moving forward again & trying to find myself again. Getting back into the projects that I've put off. I'mb still mourning the loss of my Dad, but I think that it's time that I start looking forward to tomorrow, too!!
  • 10. Posted by Cyndy Gaastra on April 9th, 2023 at 3:10 p.m.
    I'm ready to get more projects completed. Ready for summer vacation (I'm a teacher). I'm ready to learn pressure canning.