Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hopes and Dreams

I've started to write a few blog posts in the last couple of weeks, but each time I've got halfway through, read what I'd written and scrapped it. All that I saw a depressing list of whinges on the screen in front of me.

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.

Its still school holidays over here and I am enjoying the slower pace of life and the fact that I am getting to spend some quality time with my children. I have decided to allow myself to relax for a bit longer, until the children return to school. That said, design ideas are beginning to pop into my head and I'm beginning to feel the urge to get back behind the sewing machine and sew sew sew. 

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!


  1. I hope this is a wonderful year for you and that you enjoy the holidays with your kids as much as possible. I am loving your patterns and hope to start my in flight work soon.

  2. Take care and keep making your wonderful patterns. I made the ballet slippers for my grand-daughter and she loves it and it looks great on her bedroom wall. I just got the bundle for the bird quilt and it looks like it will be lots of fun. I love your creative patterns and always look forward to what you are doing next. Good thoughts your way.

    1. Take the time and enjoy the school holidays while you can they grow up so fast I'm trying to spend as much time as I can with mr 3 year old before he goes to kindy, time rushes by. I'm loving your quiltalong I've just started on the lark your patterns are fab

    2. Some how I have missed your last few posts? Not sure why, but was sad to read this one and realised so many other people apart from has feeling similar to you. Hang in there, things will improve and clearly so many LOVE your designs. Fun, funky innovative and very achievable. Hoping you get your new machine soon, what brand do you have your eye on?

  3. Congrats on coming close to your goal - your progress as a crafter and sewer has been sensational to say the least from a couple of years ago when you couldn't even sew!! Well done for keeping your pecker up when the EU thing happened it's so awful. Sending you lots of love - do enjoy the last of the holidays xxx


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