February where are you, where did you go? And did you take half of March with you? Will someone please find February, and for that matter, the beginning of March. I need them returned to me ASAP!
Goals, yes I have a few. You may be wondering why I’m sharing such things with you. Well, in order to accomplish these objectives, I felt if I shared them with all my quilting followers they would become a reality sooner rather than later. Nothing wrong with a little peer pressure.
The first on my little list “to do” is launching my newest feather’s class by April 1st, 2018. Although this will be a session for both domestic and longarm machines I will be rolling the session out to those using a domestic machine first (don’t worry longarm class will be following right behind). Then I will move forward, and create three additional classes by the end of this year. So if you want to learn something special…. let me know!
Next, I am introducing one on one consulting, which I am ecstatic to start! I offer one hour sessions with those needing guidance, and/or instruction on all the various aspects of this craft. Nothing is off-limits! We can discuss business, designing, quilting etc. I’ll be of service to my clients regarding any part of this industry, all you’ll need to do is schedule a consult!
Lastly, I’m really striving to hire my red-headed assistant full-time. My business is becoming more than a one woman job. It’s time for me delegate some aspects of this business to a coworker. Most of my days are spent cutting fabric; and constructing books for my kits and upcoming shows. We all know I’d rather be behind the machine, and bringing her on full-time would prove to be a great asset!
Because I’ve completed the final testing of my newest ruler, the feather ruler, now they are ready for production! I just need to get these lovely tools packaged and then we are ready to launch them your way! And should you all decide they are beneficial to your quilting I will pursue one or two more feather rulers. Your reaction to this initial product will determine the fate of future feather rulers.
This week I will be at the AQS Show in Lancaster! I’m hoping to see many familiar faces as I will hosting two lectures and taking in the show. Please make sure you stop and say hello if you happen to attend this event. Getting the chance to meet new peers and connect with fellow quilters puts a huge smile on my face!
I am about to mention a tool that I am sure that I have made reference to previously. However, if by any small chance you missed the initial reveal of this tool; I will share with you one more time just how much I LOVE my Corner Pop tool .
During the last couple of months I’ve been in my studio dedicating time to a special project, along with squeezing in time for my four-year quilt. The Corner Pop tool and technique has made a huge difference in creating this design.
The photograph below shows the beginnings of the design.
I am auditioning different fabric pieces to select which shade of orange I prefer for this project. And as you observe those rather large pieces of material, you may be wondering where I incorporated the use of the powerful Corner Pop tool.
TA DA! Doesn’t that look a bizillion times better?!
I absolutely LOVE how easy this tool is to use. In the center of this quilt there is an enormous amount of open space. I have an option of leaving the space vacant, but due to the importance of this quilt I chose to give extra attention to the blank space.
I often wish that I took more time, and placed some thought into the construction of my design prior to falling in love with it. Life might just be a little less stressful. Therefore, I decided to push myself and step outside the box . Straying from the norm I actually created the construction of the design. My decsion in doing so has the jury out on whether ALL the pieces will cooperate and go together. If by chance they do, I will share with you all my creative, and crazy ways of tying these pieces together.
It’s true, if you are looking to add a little pizzaz to a block , this tool will bring some magic to your project! Take a few minutes and watch Deb’s video. The “popabilities” are endless! Enjoy!
There are many perks to having my own business. For example, an alarm doesn’t go off, demanding me to jump out of bed and inhale a breakfast bar prior to spending unwanted time in my car during a morning commute to my place of employment. No, on the contrary I can lounge in the early am hours, unless “I” have scheduled an appointment or event. Gradually I will meander to my sacred quilting studio for the rest of the day. But let’s face it 99% of my working day consists of “Me, Myself and I”. I am only graced with my red-headed assistant approximately 12 hours a week, if I’m lucky (can someone please give me the winning lottery ticket so I can make her full-time?). That being said, it can get a bit dull day in and day out keeping this business in motion as a one woman show. Moreover, being my own drill sergeant is really over rated!
I Must Get Rid of “Me, Myself and I” Every Now and Then
Yes, attending Quilting Shows, like MQX this past week, provides me the amazing opportunity to shed the dullness of working alone. Traveling to different towns, and states; interacting with incredible people who share the passion of this craft, all keeps me stimulated until I return to my studio.
Engaging ourselves with others by physically attending classes and lectures eliminates the loneliness that can easily consume us. In order to be professionally productive, and creative we need to be stimulated by other people. And shedding “Me, Myself and I” can be the best route to acquiring those much-needed attributes.
Step outside your working arena, and re-energize yourself by embracing those gifted people who share your desire to quilt. Even if it is for only a few hours here and there, you will refill your emotional bucket. Trust me, that emotional bucket needs to be overflowing when you choose to have your own business. So fill your calendar with some events. And follow my lead when walking out the door smile and think, “See ya soon Me, Myself and I”.
Do you give yourself a break from being the solo office Nazi?