Monday, January 4, 2016

New Beginnings....

Happy New Year!  I know I went missing here in blogland especially these past few months.  Quilt Hollow was super busy quilting for others.  Blogging in 2015 next to nonexistent.

I did manage to make my son's quilts (where are my photos?!) and then a few small quilted gifts to include this cute little mini that I gifted my future DIL at her bridal fitting last month.  It is a free pattern at The Fat Quarter Shop online.  The large ring is a napkin ring holder.

During the holidays I met up for lunch with a very dear friend, Jackie.  When we meet up we spend hours talking.  I gave her these flowers  because I honestly believe flowers need to be given while the person is alive to enjoy them.  Will you consider the gift of a simple flower this next year?

I'm still working on a few quilt tops that I received in 2015.  Below Erica's quilt that I took off the frame today.  She tells me the quilt is called, "Follow the Leader" and can be found in the AP&Q, April 2011, Issue 109.  Also available as a pattern download on the website.  I've frosted her quilt with Flying Paisley as it really spoke to me once I saw the quilt up close and personal.

I've titled this post, New Beginnings not only because of the New Year but some changes here in my hollow.  I'm no longer taking new clients.  My quilt schedule is just about booked for the next few months and after that I'll no longer quilt for others on a regular basis.

This has been a difficult decision to make but the reality is my own stash getting dusty, my bucket list of quilts I want to make longer, and life shorter.  So with the prodding of my hubby to "let go" and work on the wedding quilt for my youngest son's upcoming wedding in September.  This change will mean I'm leaving behind quilts and not stash that would eventually find its way to a garage sale or thrift shop.

My Etsy shop name is QuiltHollowQuilter and will see some action this year too!


Leeanne said...

congratulations on your big decision, a tough one I am sure. I will keep plugging away as long as the quilts keep coming. Enjoy your new 'road'!

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful gift idea and I am sure she loved it.
I plan on spending a few months for myself right now, I never have time to make things for my house and even though I love to make presents, I do need quilts, lol. I am also getting a sit down quilter soon, so I will be able to quilt my tops a lot better now.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I've heard more long armers lately who are cutting back or just totally stopping the business for this same reason - NO time for them selves.

moosecraft said...

A toast to new beginnings! :-) Looking forward to seeing what projects you are working on!

Carol said...

I think that's great Mary. I'm glad you're going to be doing stuff for you and your family. New Beginnings are a wonderful new adventure.

Karen said...

Good for you Mary, follow your heart. Can't wait to see what comes out of your dusty stash, he, he.

Lori said...

So many professional quilters do not leave time for their own quilting or personal life. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision but the best one for you. You are very talented and I'm sure you;ll be missed in the quilting world!

Loris said...

Hi Mary, it's good to see you back here :-) Fun gift for your new DIL! I'm sure she already knows what a sweet family she is marrying into.
Kudos for the tough decision with your business. You have quilted some beautiful quilts for others and now we'll hope to see what you create for your own.
Warning though...getting one's own stash to shrink is still a mighty challenge...LOL
I'm definitely working at it and see only a little progress! Hope 2016 shows my efforts with the ability to pare the cupboards down =^.^=

Darlene said...

New beginnings are a very good thing. Enjoy every minute!

I have a huge decision to make very soon involving a new beginning.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a cute little quilt! I love the idea. Sending very best wishes for your new beginning!~ I can't wait to see what you make first! Happy stitchin'!

Janet O. said...

Oh, Mary, you have wrestled with that decision, I'm sure. But I can totally understand why you are closing up shop, so to speak. You do such amazing custom quilting (though I know you weren't doing that for customers anymore), and I'll bet you would like to be able to have time to do that on your own quilts now and then.
I had hoped to someday send you a mini to quilt for me, just to own something you had frosted. But I will treasure the little pincushion you had gifted me years ago and rejoice that you will be free to quilt as your heart desires!
Another wedding coming up? How exciting! Lucky young woman to have you for a MIL. : )

Needled Mom said...

I'm sure that was a difficult decision for you, Mary, but I know you will love working on your stash. I like you idea of leaving behind quilts instead of stash. You are soooo right.

I LOVE the engagement ring mini that you did for your future DIL. She is blessed to be getting such great in-laws who will love her dearly.

Have a wonderful - and exciting - new year.

Valerie Z said...

A toast to "new beginnings" for sure!! I am excited to see what quilts you make in the coming year and to hear if you have managed to work down your stash!!! Love your idea about flowers "just because"!! You have an exciting year coming up and making time for "you" and your family will bring you many blessings and much happiness! Cruising is just the start of your new adventures!!! Happy New Year and continued health!!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Happy New Year and so excited for you with your new beginnings. Everything has a season in life and then it is time to move on. Don't I know it. ;)
Looking forward to seeing more blogging as you show things you have created and finished for yourself.

Barb said...

I didn't know you had an etsy store...will have to go and check it out! Happy New Year!!

Karen said...

The napkin ring would be one big diamond if it were real! I like the little ring quilt. A really nice idea of a gift for the future DIL on a shared day of dress shopping. Did she pick out a gown?

Kurt Schindler said...

Good decision - about sewing for yourself. Life is too short -enjoy it while you can.

Happy New Year!

Jan said...

Sorry to hear that you are changing your quilting. But understand the need to work on your own quilts. Good luck and enjoy the future.

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