So I'm watching the Golden Globes last night and am struck by two things--one, that many of these beautiful, accomplished people after years in their careers still have moments of self-doubt and two, how much they need supportive friends to keep them going in their chosen life path. And I realized how similar my experience has been since I decided to make my quilting passion my career a decade ago. Many times since then I've struggled with self-doubt and asked myself whether it was time to do something else with my life. But invariably, in those bleak and uncertain moments, when I'm scanning Craig's List to see if there's a minimum wage job somewhere that would fit me, that's when something happens to lift my spirits and encourage me to keep doing what I do. Today was one of those days.
I opened my email to see a message from my friend Martine in France, along with pictures of some of the quilts she's made from my patterns. Here's her version of "Chocolate-covered Churndashes" from my book, Country Comforts. Didn't it turn out great?
And she's working on my "Out in the Country" pattern, turning it into a very cute wallhanging.
And finally, "Chickens Under the Stars". When I first made up this wallhanging I didn't think I should make it a pattern--I thought it was such a silly idea for a quilt. But again, a friend saw it and loved it and so I published it and now another friend in France has it in her home!
And then also this morning I got a phone call from a lady in New Jersey, whom I've never met, who wanted to order some patterns. Her name is Ellen and she made my day with her praise and words of encouragement to keep doing what I do.
All this to say, thank you all so much for believing in me over the years and for making my patterns.
It's because of you that I'll continue to follow my dream.
Your support means more to me than you'll ever know and I'm so very grateful.