Journal Entry: March 7, 2020.
So many friends and family members have asked me what I’m doing now that I have retired. I resigned as the Group Editorial Director of The Quilting Company (10 quilting magazines and online content) after F+ W Media filed for Chapter 11 in the spring of 2019. As Scarlet O’Hara would say “Fiddle de dee!” I still have new adventures to travel. I spent time working on a number of quilt projects I put on the back burner: a few special quilts for family, playing with art quilt designs and relaxing with handwork projects using wool, embroidery and beads embellishments. You can see these projects in the Mindful Regeneration gallery of the Maker’s Album.
And, like many who have made the decision to leave a fulfilling lifetime of work, I’ve also spent lots of time thinking and transitioning. I’ve really loved all of my jobs. I’ve had some really great opportunities that have helped me grow tremendously, and I’ve worked with some truly wonderful people. To be honest, it’s not easy to make a decision to leave my career. I’ve put in some time over the last months reflecting about what I really want to do next, seeking some direction to take with the next stage of my life’s journey. I kept coming back to the fact that I still have a great passion for quilting and I’m still making quilts that have a story to tell. I want to continue my quilting journey and actively explore the creative process—and play with design, fabric and embellishment. I’ve decided the best outlet for my interest and energies is to bring back a company I started a while back, Quilter Exchange & Fiber Art Studio.
“The mission of the Quilter Exchange & Fiber Art Studio is to share the passion of quilting through inspirational storytelling and creative exploration within a collaborative and friendly community.”
My husband and I sat down a while ago and listed all the attributes we’d like to bring to Quilter Exchange. We both value lifelong learning and the passion brought to leisure skills. We want to be inspirational and creative. We want to set a tone for community, conversation and storytelling. We want the website to be inviting and personal. And, most importantly, we want to provide a place, online and perhaps even in a brick-and-mortar location someday, for quilters to explore and share.
Quilter Exchange & Fiber Art Studio first went online in 2013, right before my husband and I left to live in England for two years. The site took a pause when I started working at F+W Media. I’ve re-posted some of the earlier blog posts with the refresh—and will continue to add some more to the site.
I’ll add regular entries (a.k.a. blog posts) to the Journal to share my quilt projects and techniques. I’ll invite you to share what you are working on, ask questions and provide advice from your experience.
You’ll find photos of my projects in Maker’s Album. I’m hoping these projects will inspire some ideas for your own. Eventually, I’ll add a feature to the album to make it a place for other quilters to share their quilts, with credits and links back to their websites, blog posts and patterns.
The Mercantile is the go-to place to purchase products. Initially, you’ll find my products, such as Finding Art for Fiber: Pieces of London, a book I developed while living in England, patterns for some of my quilt designs and packs of hand-dyed fiber. I’m hoping this will also be a place other makers can offer links to their products.
You can find out more about me on the Backstory page, and feel free to go to the Contact page to reach out to me personally. I’d love to hear from you! We also have a presence through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. I welcome you to join our outreach communities.
What would life be if we didn’t have new opportunities and exciting new adventures to explore? I’m looking forward to my next journey, and truly hope that you will join me.