I’ve recently come to grips with being a single woman again. It has been a struggle, but only because the person who I considered my rock and my stability is no longer that in my life. There are good things about that though, and I am looking for silver linings.
Little Old Lady Quilting Studio here in Bedford, VA has passed its first year. I’ve had so much fun and I’ve had such wonderful support from the community here.
This past year I have had the great pleasure of working on some really fun quilt projects and ALSO gotten to create some incredible thread art for clients and collectors. As I get the time now to refocus on where I really want to go in the future. I realize more and more that I LOVE finishing quilt tops for others with FMQ. Doing an edge to edge pantograph design bores me to tears. There are lots of other long arm quilters that are content to do that. or they use computerized systems to essentially do the same thing. More Power to them for knowing their niche and what they need to do to make ends meet.
I no longer accept orders for traditional quilts from scratch here. They take a lot of time compared to my thread art works, (and energy and expertise which should be included in the pricing!) and many people in this small community just can’t afford to pay what a one of a kind handmade quilt is worth.
I am focused now on my thread art and one finishing quilts for people that understand the nature of free-motion quilting and that treasure a one of a kind finished quilt. I’m also creating whole cloth quilts for clients. There is something amazing and challenging and fun in taking a huge piece of blank fabric and using RUBY ( my H.Q. Avante 18 ) to draw and paint with thread to create a one of a kind heirloom.
This was a small wedding lap quilt I created for a wedding gift. I was allow total freedom in design and execution, as long as I used the wedding color dusty rose. The client and the couple were very happy with it!
Starting with a preprinted center panel I built a quilt around it in neutral colors for a client. She wanted the pop of color to come from the thread Work. This was a blast to create and to quilt. And she loves it!!!
Now in the studio I am concentrating more on my thread work and only doing quilts that interest me. I am so happy here in my Studio /Cabin. And having life work that fulfils me and give me a purpose makes all the difference in life!
Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!