Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Operation: Bring the Blog Back!

Operation: Bring Back the Blog
Pattern: Monkey Business Mini Quilt
Hello, friends!

In August of 2010 I started my blog, Canoe Ridge Creations. What originally began in college as a way to share my sewing + quilting to friends & family, it quickly transformed into something more. I still remember the first time someone (other than family) commented on my blog. Um, hello...seriously?! I was so excited! Little by little it transformed into something so much more. I met fabulous women (and men!) who were into the same thing -- sewing & quilting. They talked the same talk, and walked the same walk. They were MY people.

The blog transitioned into pattern writing for books & magazines, eventually into my own line of patterns, and the Fresh Mini Quilt Club. Writing + sharing on my blog was my happy place, nothing excited me more than hearing from a reader who tried a new technique + tutorial from Canoe Ridge Creations or was inspired my something they'd seen on my Instagram feed. I loved it all!

And then 2015 happened. Brandon & I got engaged and married (hello, wedding planning is serious stuff! oh and that wedding quilt never happened.), we moved twice in less than six months (the last one happening 3 weeks before the wedding -- I don't ever want to do that again), I took some college classes, started a completely different job. Etc. Etc. Etc. Don't get me wrong, all EXCITING stuff -- but that meant sewing & blogging took a backseat. At first I was relieved to take a little break from the pressures of blogging. 1 month turned into 2 months...2 into 4...and now I'm sitting at almost 8 months?! So here's the thing, I've been feeling like I was missing something in my life and I've finally pin-pointed it -- it's blogging!

What do you say - let's bring the blog back! And to do that, I'm going to go back to the basics of blogging. Sharing what I'm working on, what's happening in our lives, and not feel pressured to only share finished work. One of those "blogging basics" that I'm bringing back is the {Sew} Modern Monday Linky Party. Does anyone remember those? It's been a while, but it was so fun & inspiring. Starting this upcoming Monday, November 23rd the {Sew} Modern Monday Linky Party is back and ready for all of you. Check out all the information + details below, snap a few pictures of what you are working on (Instagram users are welcome too!), and come back Monday ready to share your projects & maybe even get a little inspiration from another reader, too.

Sew Modern Monday, so how's it work?

1. Link up a recent sewing or quilting project (progress pictures, finish project, tutorial -- you choose!) using modern fabrics and/or designs. Please link to the specific post, not just your blog home page.
2. Please link back to my blog somewhere in your post. That way your readers can join in the {Sew} Modern Monday fun, too.
3. What fun is a party without conversation?! Please take the time to visit & comments on other people's posts, too.
4. Don't have a blog but you use Instagram? No problem -- just link up your Instagram account instead. Tag your photos with #sewmodernmonday, too!

It's good to be back!
XOXO, Megan


  1. Congrats on the wedding. Glad you're back!

  2. Yea! I'm so glad you are back! Congrats on the Mrs. And all of your amazing adventures. Can't wait to read all about them!

  3. I'm SOOOOO THRILLED you're blogging again. You were one of my favorite blogs and I've missed you!

  4. Welcome back, missed your blog. So glad it's back, and so excited for Sew Modern Monday.

  5. Do you know how long I have been humming that bloody Jeopardy theme song?! Thank goodness you're back!

  6. Yeah!!! Sounds like a great plan! And congratulations :)

  7. Welcome back! I've recently had to seriously scale back my blogging because I haven't had the time to sew between work, working out, and home projects.

  8. I miss my blogging too!!! I need to get on with this too. Thanks for coming back ! I am going to do the same with my blog...

  9. Yay! bringing it back with some style and fun - can't beat that. :)

  10. Yay!! Welcome back!! Your Sew Modern Monday was one of the first links parties I found when I started blogging in 2012 and it was such a great way to share and find other bloggers!! I have taken a break from blogging too (selling house and building new one) and have found that the break has given me a fresh perspective and am really looking forward to get back to it! I can't wait to see what you will be creating!!

  11. Welcome back! I can attest to the lack of time for sewing/blogging during wedding planning--your comment about the wedding quilt that wasn't made me chuckle out loud! I mulled over the idea for a short while but decided it'd be crazy to try and fit that in, so gave up on it before even starting. :)

  12. So, so glad to have you back. I've been following for years! I'm back finally too. Funny how life can get in the way of blogging, but it's fun to have a fresh start! Looking forward to it all! Welcome back Megan!!