I wish for you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create!



Every year I set goals for what I want to do as a blogger, as well as for my creative self!  I also periodically reflect upon my goals to see how I’m doing.  I’m ok if I need to drop a goal, but I try to look at it as what will I trade off (will I have more time to focus on another goal, do I want to add another, etc).  I also reflect at the end of the year to see how I did.

goals for 2014


For the most part, I think I did pretty well with my goals in 2014.  I definitely need to work more on organization, as there were several times I dropped some balls.  I actually have a few that I’ve dropped recently and hoping that I can get them taken care of shortly.

While I forgot to list it as a goal in 2014, I have had the goal of getting off of Google/Blogger for a few years.  But there was a learning curve and time to make it happen.  I’m happy that I’m now officially on a WordPress platform.  Still more to learn, cleanup and I am much slower at getting blogging tasks completed.  But, I’ll continue to work on it in 2015.  For those eager for details on why and how, I’ll share more after I’ve settled into my new wordpress home.

goals for 2015 copy


As a blogger, I’d really like to hear from you as to what my goals should be.  Seriously, what would you like to have me host, research, share on this new blog?  Do my goals interest you?  There is a good chance I can make changes, if you let me know what you are interested in.  No guarantees, but I’ll try.  Your recommendation may even influence my 2016 goals!
Did I Mention I was “Coming Out”?

When I started SewCalGal, I very much wanted to be focused on those in the business (designers, teachers, products, etc.).  When my personal name appeared in blogs, comments, Facebook or twitter, followers started asking why I didn’t share personal info.  Sadly, some were more interested in finding out who I was vs what I was blogging about.  But thank you to those that understand my objectives and tried hard to only show “SewCalGal” on the internet.

In moving to QuiltShopGal, my blogging voice will continue to be very much an advocate for those in the business, the same as SewCalGal.  But like any good employee that works in a Quilt Shop, they work hard to expand their skills, to know what is new and hot, popular and emerging designers and teachers.  While I’m not an employee, I’m not a paid blogger. I’m just someone who is passionate about those in the business.  And, I’ve decided to “come out”.

Meet “Darlene of QuiltShopGal”.  I have been a quilter for over 40 years. I also enjoy machine embroidery, sewing, gardening, hiking, scuba diving reading and so many different crafts that I can’t list them all. Plus, I’m always on the looking for #CreativeGoodness and #DIY projects, but I will admit my heart is with fabric, thread, batting and ultimately quilting.

So, going forward, please know it is ok to use “Darlene” in any Social Media tool, although I would appreciate if it is done so with “QuiltShopGal”.  Personally, I don’t like public visibility. But would love QuiltShopGal to be a place where you come to find creativity and inspiration, as well as share to help inspire others too!


I’m looking forward to 2015 and hoping that you’ll follow me on this new blog, as well as those that use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram will also follow me on those tools too!  I hope to be able to share a blog badge, as well as links for these social media tools soon, but my move from SewCalGal to QuiltShopGal is happening before I have time to do everything I had wanted to do.  So, if you want to know me better personally, you will know I never want to come across as someone that has all the ducks walking in order, nor do I have all the answers.  But I do enjoy researching, sharing and helping to recognize creative individuals who make our world of creativity so much fun.


And, for those interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills, tomorrow I’ll kick off hosting the 2015 FMQ Challenge.  I want to encourage everyone to participate as we’ll be making pillows.  And this will be a great way to have fun and create items to decorate your home, as well as give as gifts.

Lastly, a big virtual hug to all of you.  You inspire me to be a better quilter, a better person, to be more creative, to have more fun, and so much more.  I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it were not for you.


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7 comments on “Wishing You A Happy New Year, New Goals and Time For Me to Come Out!”

  1. I love what you’ve done with the blog and your goals for 2015. Everything looks great. You are always so organized. Happy New Year to you!

  2. I don’t have anything to add to your list, or your blog. I think you serve a wonderful purpose in your blog and that you have inspired me in many ways. My FMQ has improved because of you. I enjoy all your blog hops and ideas. Thanks for all you do. I hope you have a wonderful 2015 and I’m looking forward to more #creativegoodness and the FMQ challenge. Hugs, and Happy New Year.

  3. I a so happy to finally be able to say Hi Darlene!!! Congrats on the move and I will be very interested to find out why you decided to move to WordPress. I hope you also had a Happy New Year!

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