The end of an era is approaching. I’m not talking about the political scene. (Ugh!) I’m talking the quilt show scene. For most of my life I’ve done trade shows of one kind or another. I started packing boxes with my husband the first year we were married and it has continued with my sister since the beginning of our business. Sometimes we did both kinds shows at the same time.
When we started Sisters At Heart, Miles Apart it was a necessity to do shows to get our name and product out there, so we did shows. We met vendors, distributors, and wonderful customers. The technology of today has made that less vital. So we are behind a keyboard more often than in a show booth.
Back then I only had one grandchild, now I have 10 and another one due in February. I want to spend more time with the kids than I do at the shows. I want to take the laptop with me when I go to visit and not take a box of samples or product to hang.
So I’m ready to close the curtain on shows. But not on sewing with my sister!
I’m ready for new beginnings….The Linens and Old Lace patterns have set our brains a buzzin’.
We are deep in designs for bags, pillows, quilts, and projects to use vintage lace and woven linen.
The Lullaby Line needs to expand with special items for the new baby in February.
The Really Big Hat People like our Cowboy & Cowgirl have over populated our brains and need to get onto the fabric with a farmer, quilter, fisherman, sportsman, etc.
New beginnings are just a project away. So good-by to the show era (still doing classes) and ibuprofen from unpacking boxes. On to the new sewing projects and patterns. What do you say, Sister?
When we were kids at the end of the school year we used to chant: No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks. There was no regret in that chant – only anticipation. Now we will chant: No more boxes, no more stacking, no more toting, no more packing!
Well, who could argue with that?!?!
All through life we have learned to rearrange depending on what needed to be done or if a change of seasons had come. Add a leaf in the table when our families were together, take a different vacation route if there were flooded roads, change the living room furniture to make room for the Christmas tree, replace the hot chocolate bar with an ice cream bar, move the wooden snowman to make room for the Easter egg basket…
I see that we are doing that once again.
Rearranging to make room for what needs to be done. Exchanging one thing for something better. It’s time for a new era – a new season. And we have enough shared history to have learned that different seasons of life bring different opportunities and different things need to be given attention.
My feet thank you, my raspy voice thanks you, and my aching back thanks you for having the wisdom to ask: Isn’t it time to acknowledge the change in eras?
It’s a win-win that we can keep doing what we love – stitching together – and get rid of what isn’t fitting well with this new chapter of life – shows. Especially since this change makes room in our days for things most important – like grandchildren.
I can imagine that we will still hatch new projects during Jacuzzi brainstorming sessions and still find reasons to celebrate at Texas Roadhouse and still find inspiration and stitching treasures in unlikely places.
And our patterns will still be available. They will be available on our Etsy store, at Sisters’ classes and in select quilt shops. And that is a good thing that we have those outlets because the idea board is full to overflowing.
Doodle birds and
one more seasonal tea cozy and
ooooh, my the vintage lace and linens!
And I’m sure there will be more …