How do I even start? Since the first time I put together a pattern I have wanted to be known as the quilt pattern designer - I have had the goal to design fabric (for Moda, who else?) and we started this business with that thought in mind. I talked about my frustration here and I had so many wonderful people comment back and give me great advice. It's been a long 9 months - all the while trying to weed out the customer quilting - I haven't been successful at doing that. So, the last few months have been eye opening to me - really eye opening, but I didn't see it at first. After I wrote my post talking about my frustrations, I got a book deal - not two days later. But, they wanted to focus more on my quilting, I didn't really think anything of it - I was just pumped that I was working on my first book.
So, months have passed, while my desire to design quilts hasn't decreased, my ability to long arm quilt has increased. I can see quilts in ways that I never thought I could and you know what? I love it - I absolutely love it. I am always cursing myself whenever I start my detail quilting, but through the whole process I wouldn't have it any other way. I feel truly blessed knowing how to quilt. I have always felt that I have been blessed with a talent that should be shared, that's why I show so many pictures of my quilting and do tutorials when I can. I believe God blesses us all with talents and the more we share our gifts, the more we are given.
I have realized that my life is where it should be, and I am going to embrace the talent that God has blessed me with. I say this in the most humble way - and I hope you can see that through my post because if you know me, then you know that I owe all I have to God.
I decided that I will continue to long arm quilt. I will however not let it rule my life. My God, husband and children will always be first. So, I will not allow myself to get stressed over quilting any more because at one point I was ready to pull my hair out. My customers know that I will get their quilt done, but I won't promise unrealistic finish dates. I am also seriously considering competition quilting, which will mean that I will be allowing myself time to quilt for myself. With all this said - I won't ever stop designing quilts and I will make them available when I can. I also won't say no to Moda if they want me to design one day - hehe! But for now, this works and I hope to share my quilting life with you.
Thank you to all you amazing followers and to all the people who have encouraged me throughout these last few years. I really appreciate all of you. I can finally say that I am okay with being known as a long arm quilter.
Have a wonderful Christmas weekend!
PS - I will keep you up to date on the book - for now it is still in the works.