Hi Friends! Thank you all for supporting me. I will be getting my flyers ready and emailing several of you. 🙂 My I am waiting on 2 more patterns and I am really close to having 3-4 more done. Which is wildly crazy!
I have a BOM in the works and I am very excited to introduce that. I have 2 of them finished and working on the third. I will be releasing those first 2 very soon. I have been planning out pretty much every hour of my day and sticking with the plan so that I can make the most of all of my time. I am working long hours and I am focused.
There is a good and bad to that. I am really focused. the creative juices are flowing and things are getting done on schedule. The bad side is that I have zero social life. LOL I don’t have much of one anyway. But it’s even less now. I think, I am becoming an introvert. I think part of it too is that work is a good distraction for me. I am feeling overwhelmed by all of the YUCk in the world right now….I am avoiding politics and things that make me feel bad.
I have also started eating clean again. I had gained a few pounds back and I freaked out a little. I have been having issues with jogging..my hip& back keep going out. I let bad food creep back in… So I have kept to just walking. I really wish I had a swimming pool near by. It’s such a drive. But I am thinking about taking that time because it’s so good for me. Anyway I am back on track and results are happening I am losing the extra weight I have gained and I am back on track. So I feel good about that. Also honestly, the good food is a must with my work schedule. When I eat crap–> I can’t focus or keep my regular hours. In fact a few weeks ago I decided to give in and eat some fast food one night. I was in pain and had a terrible day the next day…..I was sluggish, couldn’t focus and feeling yuck all day. It honestly makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I used to feel like that all of the time? On top of that I was not sleeping and my body was in pain. That was my every day functioning. Now I know if I have one bad meal how terrible I feel. It’s astounding.
So I should have some pictures to share soon. I am also learning how to write newsletters. I want to be all “professional” so I am challenging myself to figure this out. I a learning so much tech stuff…I am proud of myself!
Well I just wanted to check in. I will have some quilt photos to share soon..I have quilted a few fabulous customer ones lately. I am hoping to get pictures tomorrow. So I can share them with all of you. 🙂
So I am trying to get my pattern business up & going. I have a working plan. I thought I would share it with all of you. I have learned along the way that if I reach out many people are willing to help.
As many of you know my husband and I are trying to figure out “Plan B” because he has worked hard his whole life to support our large family and his body is giving out. I am trying to build up our small business so he can stay home. So I have been working on this plan. I have been designing & creating feverishly.
I am being published in several magazines this year. I also have been asked to do a special project for a company in summer..I can’t wait to share this! So I am kicking off this year with a great start! I will publishing those magazine patterns on my own after my contract is fulfilled with the magazine. So those are all works being worked on.
I am also developing a line of Christian based patterns. I know these aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s a niche market. But I have to create designs that speak to me and my heart. I have to be true to myself. I love this work. Heart work.
I also developing a line of wool applique/hand embroidery patterns. I LOVE-LOVE this work! But it is also a niche market because the embroidery is more advanced compared to other wool embroidery projects. My work is also not the traditional “primitive” works. So once again it’s different. I have to own that and create what comes from me and my heart. If you look at all of my personal works & art. You will see a fusion of traditional and modern styles. You will see a fusion of textiles and textures. It’s what appeals to me.
I just have to hope and pray it appeals to enough people that I can make a business from this.
So I am working on 3 prongs of this pattern business at the same time while longarm quilting for all of you. Please don’t think I will give up quilting. Quilting is in my soul. I love it.
So here is where you come into play. I am hoping that some of you can do some “work” for me. I have a few requests:
Pray for me. Send me good vibes & energy. Whatever you believe.
If you have supported me by purchasing a pattern please send me any insight as to how I can improv my patterns. I am new and open to suggestions.
Please share your works with me. If you make one of my designs. I would love to share it on my pages & social media. I would also love it if you could share my work if it inspires you in any way.
I am releasing 2 more patterns within the next week. I have an order form and a hand out for my patterns. I am wondering if any of you will be a “representative” for me. If I give you a free pattern– Will you take my flyer and order form to your local fabric shop and ask if they would be willing to carry my patterns? If so please drop me an email: Charismah@msn.com
Thank you so much for your love & support! I really appreciate it.
This is my latest pattern release. I actually designed this after I bought a vintage quilt top. It’s such a great way to showcase a fabric that you love. Those setting blocks let your fabric dictate the mood of the quilt.
As you can see in my examples I used scraps from several and it works up nicely. The blocks are fun and easy to put together, I made a sample using Kansas troubles scraps. What is funny about this is that I didn’t really see how different the fabric colors looked in person. But the photo shows all of the HUGE differences. But I made this quilt before I decided to make a patter for the design. I simply made it because I wanted to use these scraps and make the design>
Now I actually want to see this quilt made with a loud vibrant focus fabric and stars that twinkle lighter. I will have to make one in my spare time. 🙂
You can find this under my tab called “Online store” or you can visit my ETSY shop: HERE
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
I have to get back to designing and quilting.
It’s a nice beautiful sunny day! No gray….beautiful!
So my second magazine publication has been released. YAY!!!
Easy Quilts Spring 2019. It is supposed to be on store shelves until the end of March. Here is My Quilt:
They call is “Cross Section” I have a different name for it. It will be released as a single pattern after the publication contract is fulfilled. I will call it “Oblongo”.
This time my picture made it into the magazine. YAY! Clarissa actually took this photo last summer. I had 3 different stys in my eyes. I was swollen from an allergic reaction but I had to send a photo..so here we are. LOL
It could be worse.
I also released a new pattern in my ETSY shop last week:
This is called “Let Love Grow.” Both projects are included in this pattern. There is a full size sketch in the pattern of both designs. There are less wool pennies or hearts in this project so it would be great for a beginner to start.
I have a few more embroidery projects coming out soon. I have also booked a few guild work shops that I am really excited about. Things are just trucking along here. I am quilting some awesome quilts that I can’t wait to show you as well….I will post a few progress pictures on social media later today. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Be blessed!
So I saw this on FB and I immediately thought…..We all need this. Seriously!! Well I know that I for SURE need it anyway!
I am not a doctor or a scientist….or some famous researcher. I am a simple quilter. But this did resonate with me because I have done it before & it worked. Tomorrow I am setting an alarm on my phone for some point in my day so I can think of 3 things for which I am grateful. I need to change my mind set. I feel really bogged down with stuff. Stuff I can’t control.
Today I finally just hit a wall. Seriously. I am getting so worked up about the politics and the current state of chaos that we are all in….and quite frankly I shouldn’t be worked up about any of this…because it’s out of my control. I can only control myself and my actions.
But to be honest I got so worked up about those Catholic students that had been falsely accused in the media….
The truth is that I there is a news story that comes out every few days that gets me worked up. I am tired of all this non-sense. But the kids…..This is what upsets me. Kids should be left alone. Kids should not be targeted at all! That is crossing a line. We should ALL be able to wear what we want. Who cares if they are wearing MAGA hats? Who cares what color hair some one has? Who cares how someone identifies themselves? Let everyone be who they are. Why do adults get to say racist things and target our teens and the teens are crucified? What are we teaching our youth? I am so sickened by it all. My heart aches for those parents. There is so much to say. My emotions are all over the map. I was so upset that I bought a MAGA shirt to wear around town. If someone wants to pick on me….a grown adult by all means please do. I won’t fight back. I won’t give a hater the time of day. But at least if another adult picks on me….they are picking on an equal. They aren’t picking on a teenager. I would have never dreamed of buying a political shirt….but now I want 7 of them ..just to have one to wear out every single day to see how this affects my interactions. I want to know if I am called a racist or whatever else people call them. If anyone knew me they would know this is absolutely untrue. I could cry just thinking about this…but I refuse. We should all have freedom. We are AMERICANS!
I have seen many shirts, hats, logos ect that have offended me. Guess what I do? I walk away, look away…ect. Same as FB I see political rants by my friends frequently that I disagree with…I scroll on by. I don’t feel the need to comment for the sake of commenting. I don’t think anyone changes peoples mind on FB anyway. I certainly don’t go out of my way to hurt people, name call or harass.
I am sick of having to boycott this or that product because of political affiliations. I cannot imagine how life is going to be when we have to label every restaurant, store, brand, business, ect with their political affiliations so we all know whether or not we can support or not support them. It’s getting insane. But I am also boycotting certain things and leaving certain groups. I refuse to be a part of a group or business that is oppressive to any group of people. But it shouldn’t be this way. We should ALL be accepted. Everyone should be respected. There is so much to say….but I am leaving it at that.
So all of this was swirling today and then I saw the meme about “re-wiring the brain” I need to do this. I cannot just swirl in this filth and hatred…chaos all of the time. I need to focus on healthy & happy things. I am not sure how to stay informed so I can make good choices during election time….and not get worked up about all of these issues? It’s out of my control. All I can control is myself. All I can do is offer love and good vibes to my community. I cannot go about thinking of buying 7 political shirts and wearing them around town. If you all only knew…. I rarely leave my house anyway. It would be a waste of money. 1 shirt is good enough. I leave my house like 3 times a week. LOL And most of the time I am wearing a fleece vest over any shirt I wear…so the joke is on me because nobody will see my MAGA shirt anyway. Let’s be real. But I feel like I would have bought a Charles Manson shirt just to prove the point ( I wonder which shirt would get the most reaction?). I am sick of all of this. But as a parent to 6 children when a whole group of people target children. It really upsets me. …I think we need to address some things within our system. We are supposed to PROTECT the vulnerable parts of our society and that includes TEENS/CHILDREN.
So I am going to focus on good things. Get out of the muck and put a practice in place to pull me out when I get sucked in. I can’t keep going like this. No matter what side you are on….I think we are all suffering in this climate. I think everyone is pointing fingers at everyone. Each side is blaming the other. People are suffering in more than one way. I think something has got to give. It’s going to take all of us to compromise. I hope this storm ends soon. But until then an alarm is literally going off daily to make me stop, breathe, and be grateful …a good alarm!! Many blessings to all of you! I hope you all find your peace as well.