The thing is though, I don't want to start the new year by complaining. I want to look forward to the challenges and achievements of the coming year with excitement and positivity.
If I'm honest, December was tough, it left me feeling tired, ragged and in need of a break. I was close to burning out. My days were long as I struggled to balance family life, quilting commitments, pattern designing commitments and visitors.
When we went on holiday in the beginning of January, I did a minimal amount of knitting and spent the rest of my time reading. Unusually, I didn't do any designing while I was away and I didn't come home brimming with inspiration for new quilt patterns.
It took most of the holiday for me to unwind and I think that a bit of stress lingered on. Once back home, I put the finishing touches on the In Flight Quilt-Along and suddenly a weight fell off my shoulders. I hadn't realised just how much it had been weighing me down.
A significant part of what made December so difficult was the discovery that the new EU VAT rules would apply to little old me all the way across the world in New Zealand. I was just beginning to think that maybe I could turn this quilting lark into a career when WHAM the EU dealt their blow. The pragmatic part of me believed that the closure of my Craftsy and Etsy stores would only be a temporary thing (and it does look as if solutions are being sought from several angles), but that still didn't make it any harder to deal with.
But I don't want December to over-shadow the fact that 2014 was an amazing year. If I compare my quilting dreams now with those of this time last year- there is no comparison! They are so much more ambitious, and I have a good deal more confidence that they are achievable.I'm not yet ready to reveal most of my plans, but I will at least tell you about one of them.
About halfway through last year, I made a decision that after Christmas I would start saving my pattern profits to buy a new sewing machine. At the time, I assumed that this would mean no buying fabric for at least 6 months. It blows me away to admit that thanks to my monster pattern sale and the In Flight Quilt-Along, I am now within touching distance of reaching my target. Each time that somebody new buys a pattern, I let out a cry of excitement as I know that my first goal of the year is one step closer to being achieved. It makes me excited to think about the other things that 2015 may bring.
A few days ago, inspiration for new designs was running a bit low and I was thinking that I would be doing a fair bit of soul searching, deciding what pattern to design next and how I wanted my style to develop. The moment that I stopped stressing, a new idea came. As usual, I'm going to play it by ear and see where my designs take me- its the best way to work!
|The beginnings of a new design- words still to be chosen.|
How about you guys? How is the new year treating you? Have you started on the In Flight QAL yet? Are you having any problems? I'm loving seeing finished blocks appearing on instagram!