As many of you know by now, Lori and I have decided to cut back on our Patchplay design business to focus on other things in our life, including quilting of our own. We found that running a quilt pattern design business, even a small one, takes a lot of time and energy and resources of all kinds, which are, sadly, in short supply with us these days. We both work full-time. We both have families to love and support, and because we are Baby Boomers, we are also experiencing the new and sometimes challenging reality of aging parents, who, thankfully, are still pretty self-sufficient so far. We also volunteer in our church and community. It's a fun, wonderful, sometimes exhausting life, and so we're taking a bit of a breather from Patchplay.
It does not mean we aren't quilting. We have so many projects, ideas, kits, charm packs, fat quarters, books, magazines, jelly rolls, templates, yardage, and quilting notions of every kind, size, and shape that if we live to be 150 we would not begin to get it all finished. We're looking forward to quilting for family and friends and for ourselves. As Lori says, "People ask me what I do. I say I'm a quilter. They look around my house and say, 'Really? I don't see any quilts.'" Pathetic, isn't it, and it applies to both of us. So as part of our retrenchment process, we both plan to make a few quilts to decorate our houses, both on the beds and on the walls.
I plan to blog about what I'm doing in my personal quilting life, partly because I want to brag a bit, but mostly because I'm a girl who loves words — reading them, speaking them, and especially writing them. I hope you'll enjoying reading the words I write about quilting and hopefully some things I share will inspire you or make you chuckle or cause you to think.
Thank you, all of you, for your support of Patchplay, especially Gayle and Mom. We couldn't have done what we did without your love and encouragement and you saying to us over and over again, "Cute!!"