Thursday, October 9, 2014
Good Things and Bad Things
Life is full of good things. This time of year is always very busy for me. And I should say, very good. Getting ready for Market and planning new ways to present my designs is just as much fun for me as designing the fabric or quilts.
So you can imagine how disappointing it has been, when after being at 15 Markets in a row, I will have to miss this year's Fall Market. This is a bad thing. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My treatments start right away, so the timing was not exactly optimum for attending Market. Medical issues tend to not be very convenient!
Of course, my business is not that important, and the very most important things in my life are my family, friends, and my faith. But it is a big part of who I am and how I find joy and use my talents.
So I will continue to create. I just won't have any deadlines. Real or imposed. I plan to quilt when I feel like it, and design at my pace until I get this thing whipped! (A Good Thing)
Jillily Studio will remain open and vibrant--with new fabrics, kits, orders and all the regular happenings. I will just be a bit more slow for a while, and maybe in the background when I need to be. I may have to pass the buck to my helpful workers as needed. (It is a blessing to have a large family--another Good Thing.)
This year I had a whole lot of stuff planned for Market--we have a new book release, a new thread collection with Aurifil, new winter collection of fabric, and new patterns. It will have to go on without me this time so that I can be back for Spring Market!
I want my customers to stop by the Henry Glass booth in #608 and check out my new stuff. Say hello to my wonderful HG family. They are all so awesome.
I have been designing the HG booth as usual and I sent it all off today in a crate. I won't get to see it, so you will have to let me know how it turned out!! I am counting on you! Make sure you get your "cowboy on" and take some pics to share. Yee Haw! (Good Thing)
Here is a pic of our new book. The HG designers will be doing a book signing at Market, so stop by and get your copy. I am so proud of this project. It is a big job to get this whole herd of designers doing something together, so thank you, Linda Lum DeBono! Good job! (Good Thing)
My project from the book: ( More about this later. We are planning a blog hop with prizes, so stay tuned.)
And this is my new thread collection for Aurifil. I am really excited about this one! The "Sunday Best" colors are perfect shades to use in piecing and quilting. Together with my "Everyday Colors" these two collections will give any quilter a great selection of colors for piecing, appliqué, quilting, and binding.
OK. So that's the Market run down. Quite a bit earlier than usual, so that's one good thing.
Speaking of good things. . . I tend to be a positive person, so I will be watching and noticing all the good things that come my way. I am a person of faith, and I believe in the power of prayer. I know that God has a plan for me, and that He loves me. I am grateful for this challenge, because I am certain that it will bring me and my family closer to Him.
I wish you all the best in your life, too. Now go look for some more Good Things!