Sunday, March 18, 2012
I've been talking about this since January so I might as well get started. I have 5 lives. Personal, work, spiritual, home and quilting.
So each day, if I do one thing toward improving each life, I would be ahead of the game, wouldn't I?
Personal means physical, dieting, relationships. Whatever I need to improve myself and be happy.
Work of course is my business and my clients and how to keep it organized and going.
Spiritual is the most important part of my life. Keeping the Lord close by in my thoughts is keyto stress management and every thing else.
Home is getting my home in order, clean and less cluttered.
and the Quilting Life is really important. Keeps me sane moving those pieces of fabric through the machine.
So those are my five lives and I'm working on them. Later.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
All right, we went out to dinner last night with family and I did something appalling. Everyone ordered dessert and I did not. However, I finished every one else's dessert. How embarrassing and rude. That was a wake up call for me. I am setting a goal not to do this, ever again. If some one offers me a bite, they have to put it on my plate for me. My fork will not venture over to someone else's plate. Rude, Rude, Rude!
We have to step back and look at ourselves sometimes. I weighed this morning and it wasn't pretty. As a result, I walked 10 min on the treadmill, had cereal, and I'm drinking my water. Later.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I didn't realize how much fun I was going to have when I took a quilting class in 2010. Since, then, I"ve churned out quilt tops and bags to beat the band. And I've certainly improved on my skills! I look back on the first things I did and kind of cringe at the seams that don't meet and the lack of overall quilting skills I had.
I was an avid seamstress in my teens and young adult life. I made nearly every piece of clothing that I put on my back. I would make tailored jackets and go out of my way to choose a wool plaid just so I could make sure I matched all of the pattern as much as possible. I have 2 plaid shirts hanging in a closet, one that I made for my father-in-law and one for my husband. None of the tailored jackets I made still exist, at least in my wardrobe.
Sewing in the early 70's was fun, bell bottom pants, short tailored jackets. I remember making a pair of polyester brown plaid pants and a jacket that I wore with an orange turtleneck. We were in San Franchiso in 1973 and I was wearing this outfit and someone passed me in the street and commented on how beautiful it was! Sounds awful now, brown plaid and orange but I was right in style. When I got pregnant, it was so easy to whip up a pair of pants and a top as I outgrew everything. I had 2 sons and I made them clothing as well. I so wanted a girl so I could sew little dresses for her but I had to wait for a granddaughter! I took Hannah to a sewing class last year and bought her a sewing machine for Christmas. I'm sure she hasn't touched it since but I look forward to the summer so I can sign her up for another class.
So I took this quilting class and I've called myself a novice quilter ever since. Last night I showed a queen size quilt I had made recently at my guild meeting. The gasps of awe and comments on how pretty it was convinced me that I might be onto something here. It was my own pattern that I had developed using 2 bali pops, about 2.5 yards of a coordinating print fabric and 4 yards of contrast for sashings and borders. It was the green tea bali pop that I picked up at the local store because I loved the colors. I held onto it for a year, looking at patterns and trying to gain some inspiration as to what to do with it. Eventually, the design unfolded in my mind, and as I went along, I added to it to become a queen size quilt for my bed.
Now I'm thinking that maybe I could develop this pattern and sell it. I could retire from my interior decorating business and become a pattern designer and quilter. That is the business mind in me. I could trot all over the country attending quilt shows and dragging my husband with me. I dream big. I will be posting a pic of my quilt and soon. Later.
Monday, March 05, 2012
No pun intended. What I meant was that I certainly am busy with lots of activities. Exercising isn't one of them but it should be. At any rate, I still have a thriving Interior Decorating business, I am into quilting big time, vice president of the local guild, avid church goer, care take for my mother-in-law who lives in a retirement home, social committe of the Yacht Club and trying to raise funds for new patio furniture, geneologist for the family, grandmother and wife. I think I'm leaving something out but I'll think of it.
YOu know they say, if you want something done, ask a busy person! I am so happy that I have reached a point in my life where my business is no longer all consuming. I work from home and still have many prior clients that call and so I will continue to help them with their decorating needs as long as it is fun and rewarding for me. But I have taken to quilting like a duck to water. I spent the last three days sewing my head off. Yesterday, I finished a top and got backings together for 3 tops, ready to take to the long arm quilter. Such a good feeling as they have been piling up. Now, I want to try and develop patterns for quilting to sell. Why not? I've already made 2 complete quilts that I designed from top to finish. Why not come up with a pattern, put it to paper and sell it?
I know how to market myself, having done so for 28 years as an interior decorator. I think I could do this. And what a creative fun thing to do! I have a friend who owns a graphic design company and he is going to help me so we will see how it goes. What joy, to love what you do and make a living from it as well!
Later, got to go see a client!
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