Back, what seems like many years ago, when I had time to do quilting for others, no quilting was scheduled in November and December because I wanted to enjoy my holidays too. The good thing about doing longarm quilting is that you’re your own boss. If you want to work one day per month or 31 days per month, that’s ok (so long as the month has 31 days). When I hear quilters talking about trying to get quilts finished on Christmas Eve to be delivered in time to be wrapped and under someone’s tree, I’m thinking . . is her family enjoying the holidays if she’s still quilting? I’m not putting anyone down, or their business plan but for me, I want to enjoy the holidays and I want to bake goodies for everyone I know and I don’t want to be rushing to get quilts done. So, nothing was scheduled for November or December.
January was taken off so I could work on my own tops. During the year, I would let them pile up and then I’d spend a lot of time in January getting my own tops done.
So, I’ve carried that over into my teaching schedule. I have nothing scheduled for November, December, January and heck . . I’ll just take off in February too. February is off because of snow/ice concerns.
Today, I finished up the last workshop I’ll do for 2009. It’s been a fantastic year! My guess is that 2 or 3 or 5 years ago, had I dreamed about the perfect year a quilt addict could have, I wouldn’t have dreamed of anything half as good as 2009 has been. I’ve been to places I’ve never been; I’ve been to local restaurants and tasted local specialties; I’ve met people who will be friends forever; I’ve stayed in the homes of quilters I’d never met; I’ve spent quality time with my quilting friends. I am so blessed! So blessed that it almost scares me. I don’t forget that many are struggling, finances are tough for many, friends are suffering from illness and heartache . . I do know how blessed I am.
Thanks . . more thanks than you’ll probably ever know . . to all of you who were instrumental in getting the invitation to me from your guild; for showing me around your town, for inviting me into your homes . . without those of you who believe in me enough to invite me to speak to your guilds, those of you who read the blog and do the projects I offer, those of you who buy the book . . none of this would be happening for me.
This very evening, my last evening to be out “working”, once the workshop was over, I went back to my room, a friend who has a longarm had been having some issues. She picked me up at my room, we went to her home to work on her machine and got it fixed; then she took me out to dinner. I protested but she insisted. She’s a wonderful lady . . someone I would never have met had it not been for the quilting connections. This was the 4th time we’ve been together this year! I’m so happy to have her as a friend and I’m happy to have spent a lovely evening with her.
I am tired; I’m in a hotel alone tonight, a long way from home. It will feel really good to get back home and not have to leave for 4 months, except for a trip or two to Louisiana but I’ll be ready to hit the deck again soon!
Thank you all!