Monday, June 14, 2021

Customer Quilts Changes My Plans

 Being fairly new to the quilt pattern designer world hasn't been easy.  There's times when I just want to throw in the towel and call it quits.  Politics and the fast pace at which one needs to work just doesn't appeal to my laid back country girl life style.  

They say you will never get more than you can handle, and I believe that to be true.  I also believe you will be led in the direction you need to be going.  I think this is one of those times.  In the last month I thought the powers that be were telling me to give up.  Software and technical issues were pushing me to my breaking point.  Not to mention all of the other life stresses and things needing to be done out here in Podunk.   And then came two emails full of beautiful pictures. It made me reevaluate the way I was thinking.  All I can do is the best I can do.  Work the problem and move on.  

Christmas Memories Truck is available in my pattern shop.

The quilt pattern designer world is bigger than ever and growing everyday, making it a very competitive.  The ones who have been in the business awhile probably had these same overwhelming feelings long ago. They survived the struggles.   So it's time for me to just take a deep breath and continue to do what I love...designing and making quilts.  The techy end of things will work themselves out.  I've no real deadlines, only self imposed deadlines.  Who knows, maybe the powers that will give me a quilting elf someday....LOL!  A girl can dream.  That's what it's all about.

Bumpkin Pumpkins is available in my pattern shop.

When I started quilting over 30 years ago, quilt patterns were not as available as they are these days.  I was also very limited on cash due to being young with three kids.  I had to learn to do quilt math in order to recreate quilts.  Most of my fabric was leftovers from making Halloween costumes, curtains and whatever else I needed in my home.  I would often shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores for clothing or sheets I could cut up to use for making quilts. 

When the internet came around I stumble upon free quilt patterns and designer fabric.  Designer fabric!  Who new that was a thing?  Then came the sticker shock.  I would swoon over the beautiful fabrics that I could not afford as a divorced single mom.  However the free patterns were just what I needed.  Working ten plus hours a day left very little time for drafting patterns and making them.   I had never seen a real quilt shop until about 2010 after I moved to Podunk.  Joann's and Walmart was my go to for fabric when I had the extra money.  

A lot happened on my journey to get me where I am today.  No longer single and no longer struggling to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.  I feel blessed to have lived the life I had to live. 

 When I came to the point in my life where I didn't have to worry about the little things so much I decided it was time to share my passion with others who may be going through the same struggles and loved quilting .  And that is what brought me to blogging.  I could share my love of quilting without being censored by forum or group rules.  

I'm grateful for those of you who are in a place in your life that allows you to purchase my patterns.  Your purchases allow me to do what I do.  But I also think about those who can't spend the extra cash on patterns.

In the last couple of years there's been a secret discussion in the quilt pattern designers world about free patterns and how it hurts the industry.  Some designers have decided to stop making free patterns and wish all of us would as well.  I will not.  The image below is my free pattern called Podunk Posy.  The quilts made with my free patterns make my heart go pitter pat just as much as the quilts made with the purchased patterns.  

find it here

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm still here.  I may not be as active online as I used to be but I'm still trying.  My poor pitiful me attitude has been washed away by these amazing quilters who reminded me of why I do what I do.  Thank you Chelly, Nina and all of you making my patterns and those of you who stop by for a little visit at the Podunk blog.  I try to respond to all comments.  These days that's a little harder because of  some of your settings and/or blogger changes that won't allow me to respond to them on the blog post... more techy issue  I can't seem to fix, but know I love you and love reading your comments.  

Hunkering Down Quilt Block is a FREE tutorial in the Tutorials Tab of this blog.

I'm going to try to pop in here and on other social media more often.  This may sound strange but I was more productive when I spent more time here in blogland. My thinking is I've gotten too far away from doing what made me happy and productive.  I suppose it could be called getting back to the basics.  Just do what I can do and enjoy the good company of other quilters.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on and whine a little, y'all are the best!

My girl thinks she might be able to finally get the rabbit.
She did not.  Maybe next time!  Let's hope not.

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Mary Jo said...

I did not find the pattern for Podunk Posies under your tutorials tab. Could you help me?

Susan said...

I love that Christmassy room photo. So restful.

I also was looking for The PodunkPosy - was not in tutorials. Thank you for sharing. I would love to make it with a scalloped border. I like traditional patterns with a twist- like the posy border.

I started out quilting just like you. There was not a lot of content available until the internet. My first quilt I made with cardboard templates and scissors. I live in the woods and never heard if rotary cutters. We have come a looooong way. I enjoy a free pattern and also purchase plenty. I do donate quilts and goods so I feel that I do pay it forward.I love the quilting community, I think most of us are pretty generous especially those of us that started with very little monetarily.

Melanie said...

I don’t expect a response to my comments. I’m just grateful for the creators that actually blog. It seems more and more quilters just use Instagram. It doesn’t give that same personal element as a written blog post. So thank you for sharing your creativity ❤️

Unknown said...

I like it when a designer has a few patterns, they give me a way to check out how clear there directions are and if they give pressing pointers even if I don’t make, but if they have a pattern for sale I like I don’t hesitate to buy it.

Ramona said...

I have followed you for a while and love your no nonsense approach to quilting and life. Plus your quilts are Beautiful! I'm glad you will keep designing and making quilts... you are an inspiration.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I appreciate it when designers gift free patterns on their blogs. Your quilts are so beautiful! Thanks for blogging and don't let the guilt police get you down, happy stitching!

Tena said...

I always love your patterns! Thank you for what you do and for your contribution to our sewing/quilting obsession.

Linda M said...

Thank you for the free patterns AND those for sale. I am where you were all those years ago - a single mom, sometimes struggling to put food on the table and not a lot of extra cash to spend on patterns. Fortunately, I have a large stash that I can play with to create. I love reading your blog and the stores that you share. Keep on doing what you do!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I have been following you a long time, back when all you did was share free patterns only; whether it was your own or linking to other freebies. We all love free, even if we never make the quilt. As long as there are libraries, we will continue to have access to books, which are free to use. As with quilt designers, there are also so many bag designers now too that the market is certainly saturated and that makes it hard for those who need to earn a living at their craft. Lots are just hobbyists or part time designers who don't have to make a living, but those who do depend on sales of patterns I imagine are struggling. And with Covid destroying some businesses out there, it has been a tough couple of years. So I agree Lea Anne just continue to do what you do best and at your own time. The techy world is changing faster than I can keep up with it so I too was feeling that "throwing in the towel" feeling quite a lot the past year myself about social media mostly. I continue to create because I love it. I don't write patterns (only wrote a few in the past) because I would rather sew and create instead. I love your work, even if my style is different, yours always looks so fresh and has that old charm feeling to it, which I do love seeing. Hugs!

Rebecca said...

I do not Facebook, twitter, Instagram or tick tock. I do read the blogs faithfully each morning with a cup of tea in hand.
I find inspiration, laughter, and a feeling of community even as I stand (or sit, as the case maybe) on the edge of the larger quilting world.

I have drafted patterns, bought books, bought patterns, used the library and borrowed from friends and fellow quilters. With inexpensive (notice I did not say cheap) fabric running $7 and up a yard, I check yard and estate sales, thrift stores, and the stash. Buying an occasional inspiration piece and making do now that my cash flow is tight once again.

I want to thank you for your sharing and creating and your pleasure in what you do and hope you can continue to do so

LA Paylor said...

oh mo, you never know. One time I said to the previous poodle, okay chase it.
He caught the squirrel, which scratched him, and the vet gave him a rabies booster. Caught a squirrel. Last spring bunnies were involved in mating and my young poodle Milo could easily have caught them, ewwwww
luckily I don't let them go hunt after the first successful hunt happened/.

shoshu said...

Lea Anne, please don't give up and thank you for staying human and yourself, it might be what keeps me hoping to see you in my in box each day, if I could I would buy your patterns just to help support you but that's not possible for me at this time. instead I'll send you a quote I love..
be who you is cause if you be who you ain't, then you ain't who you is!!!!!

Pam said...

Good morning -- when trolling thru Facebook - I saw an ad from Green Fairy Quilts - they have some really nice reds in bundles -- maybe they have yardage!

Good luck

Helen L said...

Just keep doing what you do: you design beautiful patterns, and if you go any faster, I won't be able to keep up anyway! :-) You have a beautiful design sense, and I love reading your posts. :-) Hugs, H

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