This is where I go to take a breather when I’m here at home in Wallburg, North Carolina.
My covered back porch with the yard stretched out before me.
Sometimes I’ll just sit out here in the morning and look at the green. Oh, the green!
I love to listen to the birds. They become very active here about 5:45am. Sometimes they wake me up long before I am ready, but I do like an early start to my day, so I throw off the covers, and get going.
I woke up wondering what I was going to post about today, and it is going to be a bit more personal and wordy than quilty.
Because I’m home. I’m not on the road. There are no workshop photos, and heck, I just shared with you the finished quilt from yesterday that still doesn’t have binding on yet…
I admit it. Sometimes I feel like I am just spinning my wheels.
Sometimes I feel like this, going as fast as I can and not making enough progress.
Sometimes this is my wheel…I feel old and tired and I can’t make this accomplish enough either.
Why are we so hard on ourselves? I had looked forward to this “More than a week home” break over Memorial Day for MONTHS…and I feel like it is frittering away. But it really hasn’t? I’ve done A LOT!
Monday I pieced a back and got mail order out.
Tuesday I loaded a quilt, started the quilting process (We all know that can only go SO fast?) and took care of some desk work, kitted up block parts for Garlic Knots and held Quilt-Cam at 9pm.
Yesterday I finished machine quilting a very large quilt and got it trimmed up, wrote a blog post and sent it, took care of email and computer work, visited a screen printer to start the process on carrying tee shirts with my business logo ((yay!)) Designed the front of the T-shirt and sent it back to the screen printer, which also resulted in my next design submission for Quiltmaker's 100 blocks - sample made and going in the mail today, and finished up the editing of the PDF copy of my manuscript that goes back to C & T today express so they get it tomorrow. All topped off with a nice soak in the hot tub.
Why do I feel that this is not enough? It is more than enough!
But still, I feel my nice long break ebbing out from under me. And as you can see by the appointment with the screen printer that happened, I chose to stay home and take care of business stuff because that seemed more important than heading to the cabin. Don’t worry. I go today. After a much needed massage – I go today.
About the Tee Shirts. I made the MISTAKE of posting about them on Facebook to my two pages –my Quiltville business page has over 80,000 followers, and my Quiltville’s Open Studio Group has close to 40,000 members. That is a LOT of OPINIONS. And I let all of the varied requests for sizes, styles, colors, and other options throw me into a tizzy when all I want to do is offer simple and fun Quiltville Tee Shirts for those who want one. In one style. In one color. In one design. In multiple sizes ---but oh, you should have heard the racket. It was enough to make me say that I’m not doing this!
I know that I can’t please everyone. Especially with one style, one color, one design. But I have to start SOMEWHERE, and you can’t start with everything all at once. Too many voices. Too many people telling me what THEY want me to have available. OY. I made the decision last night that I will look into a couple of options, but I am not offering everything for everyone. I am one person. I'm not Dick's Sporting Goods.
To calm me in the evening I did some of this:
Going over my pdf print out! YAY!
This gets sent off today.
As I sat here and read each word, I can honestly say that this is the best book that I have ever written. The hands that have put this together, the staff at C&T have made me a much better author than I was before I joined their team. Boy do they make me look and sound good! Clear, concise, entertaining, and oh so scrappy. I am so happy I made the choice to stay with C&T.
This is the last time I will hold these copies in my hand until the book is back from printing, sometime in September.
I’ve been asked when I will start pre-orders. Honestly and truly, pre-orders mean NOTHING. It’s like trying to get tickets ahead for the first showing of a movie, when there is going to be room in the theater anyway. I will start pre-order status as soon as I know they are on the truck and being delivered to my front door. That’s all the pre-order time you need. Ordering months ahead doesn’t make the book available any sooner, and you won’t get it until books are available anyway so hang on, and I will let you know when all systems are go!
I really appreciate your wanting to order from my website directly instead of Amazon. Did you know that if you order through Amazon your author only gets a tiny commission on any sale amounting to about 90 cents per book? I so appreciate your willingness to order from my website when I make them available.
Overflowing blue & turquoise!
I designed something from here last night. That block has a deadline to make it to Quiltmaker Magazine for the November issue of 100 blocks. No peeking! I can tell you that since I just spent a week on Mackinac Island, it is nautical and you will love it! I wish we didn’t have to wait until November for this one to make an appearance.
Ready to load in the machine NEXT!
I’ve got a bright pink backing for this one – just enough yardage to do the job, no fancy back required! Not going to load this today though – I’m headed to the post office first thing, will come back and pack for the cabin, and head out about 1:30pm, stopping for my massage before heading up to the mountains for the long weekend.
I think I’ve done enough. I’m not beating myself up today for what didn’t get done. I’m focusing on what DID get done and shutting out all of the voices who want things otherwise…
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage tulip quilt found by my friend Irene in Kentucky. I love this quilt!
Be as determined as a spring tulip! Push through all the dirt and blossom! But don’t kill yourself while doing so. Tulips push little by little. Dirt may be hard. Just don’t give up. And pace yourself.
I’m working on pacing myself!
Drawing for the July/Aug 2016 Quiltmaker Magazine happens from the cabin tonight! Did you enter to win?
Happy Thursday, everyone!