Thank You for 2019 and Happy New Year!

What an amazing year this has been! I find it hard to believe I began this blog 5 years ago. Over the past 5 years I’ve had successes, I’ve had fails, and all along the way I’ve learned what an amazing group of people that quilters and sewers are. Whether you’re in the industry or a home quilter/embroiderer/sewer, you are an incredible group of people!

The beginning of 2019 found me expanding my social media presence and starting up my YouTube channel and oh my…what a response you have given me! In just the first year, I’m almost to 8,400 subscribers! I owe all of that to Joy Bernhardt (above) for her unfailing support to me and encouraging you to visit my channel. That’s hard to believe (that you’d watch) when it’s only been a year. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. I’ve loved meeting you at shops, quilt shows, the Houston Quilt Festival, and at retreats. I’ve loved doing the giveaways and receiving your leftovers for those of you who are downsizing and passing them forward.

It is so meaningful to me when I do a “Come Along With Me” video and I hear from so many of you that you can no longer get out to shop in the stores any longer and so appreciate the tour because “it’s just like you were there”. Maybe you don’t drive any longer, maybe you’re a full time care giver, or maybe your health doesn’t permit you to get out as much as you would like. It means the world to me that I can help you continue to visit quilt and sewing stores and shops. Or maybe you’re looking for a new shop to visit on your next outing! Road trip!!
https://youtu.be/Dxv4QGmFMzI

2020 is already full of new and exciting things for Power Tools With Thread. I’ve begun a collaboration with Designs by JuJu and I’m so excited to begin to share Julie’s adorable embroidery designs. I’ve also begun collaborating with Creative Notions Quilt Shop monthly subscription where Vickie will provide me the latest and greatest quilting fabrics and notions that I can share with you. I especially love her Kids Box that is full of creativity and designed to get the littles away from a screen and allows you to share your love of stitching with them.

There will be a lot more tutorials and quilt/sew-alongs too. I just love to teach, but not only that, I love to learn from you as well. There’s not a single video I put out that I don’t learn a thing or two from your comments. Many of you know my ‘day job’ is in computers and I so enjoy sharing the new technology with you that can make your life in your sewing room sew much easier!
https://youtu.be/CBYfaaNruyY

I will continue to do classes and events with Allbrands and Designs in Machine Embroidery. I also have lots of shop spotlights planned for the new year as well in my travels. My husband is retiring in April 2020 and he says he has plans to be ‘my bus driver’ to take me around to all my quilting and embroidery excursions. I’m so blessed that he supports me the way he does.

He also has plans to begin to make custom sewing tools that he will make in his woodshop. Be on the lookout for a Power Tools With Thread shop on Etsy (or the like) for fine handcrafted tailor’s tools, sleeveboards, ruler stands, etc. Here’s one he made me for Christmas a few years ago. He couldn’t believe I filled up that day! Well duh! lol


As I type this, we are on our way to Manhattan, KS and we are nearly to our destination. Again, I thank you for your support, your likes and chat in the PTWT Facebook group, your loves on Instagram, and your YouTube subscriptions. I want to wish each and every one of you a very blessed and Happy New Year and I can’t wait to continue our stitching journey together!

11 thoughts on “Thank You for 2019 and Happy New Year!

  1. Love your video’s and blog. I learn so much and especially when I can giggle at something whitty and funny you said. Really look forward to more videos. Happy and Blessed New Year.

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  2. What a great photo of the 4 of you! How truly unselfish of Joy to have helped you and Viv get established. I sew all kinds of items, quilt and do my own quilting usually edge to edge or a walking foot and embroider what ever I can get my hands on. So your videos are so on point for me. I have enjoyed every one of them. Thanks for all you give to the creative world.

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  3. What a nice, thoughtful message. I just found you maybe 6 months ago and have watched everything, even when you did garments. I don’t do clothing anymore, but I still watched. So enthralled by the scan and cut stuff too. I am a quilter since 1988 , a longarm quilter since 1998 and a machine embroiderer since 2000. You are correct when you say you learn something all the time. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new. Looking forward to everything you have planned for 2020.

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  4. Thanks so much for the update. I can hardly wait to see what’s coming for 2020. Be very safe in your travels. Happy New Years😊👍🎉

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  5. Well, look at US! We had so much fun. Hope that Teddy Bear hubby of yours busses (is that a word?) you back up this way. We enjoyed visiting with you both so much. Looking forward to all your 2020 videos. NOW, if mine would just upload! Had to delete it and start over. O-=

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  6. …just spent two wonderful hours, absorbing your excellent website, and I have to say you are more amazing, talented, and dedicated than I ever anticipated you would be. I am so proud that you are the absolute BEST (and only!) daughter I have!
    Love,
    Mom

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