Trying to put into words the feelings I experienced as I walked into my local Joann Fabrics this morning. It caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting it. I've known for months that this magazine was coming, but I still wasn't prepared for that moment, that first moment of seeing my work in print.
I could downplay it. I could wish it was something else, but at this moment, I don't want to. I walked right up to the magazine rack at the front of the store. My heart raced. There it was, right in the center. I picked it up. I looked around to see if anyone was paying attention to me. They weren't. I walked aimlessly through the novelty fabrics and seasonal decor clutching tight to my chest the magazine. I stopped, flipped to the page once again to make sure it was really there. Yes, there on pages 44 and 45 were not one or two, but 14 visible versions of my barn blocks.
I've been sewing for most of my life. I made more quilts than I can count. I've travelled to more quilt shops than my wallet would probably like. Never did I imagine that I would walk into a Joann store and be able to flip open a magazine to see something that not only designed, but really made happen. When it comes to selling a decorative item online, there are so many days filled with doubt and disappointment. I wish that I could bottle up this feeling of pride and have it with me always.
Maybe the only thing that shows are the pretty pictures and colorful designs. Behind the scenes are endless hours of logistics and brainstorming and worry, telling the kids to wait a little bit longer, editing just a few more photos, fretting over how much to spend on advertising. Operating a small business is no joke. 99% of the time there is no one to commend you on a job well done and there's no promotion to strive for, so we must take these moments for ourselves and breathe them in.
As I stood in the checkout line nervously adding to my Instagram stories, the emotions hit me hard. I even got a little teary eyed. Maybe it's not cool, or I should have played it like it was no big deal, but truthfully, this business idea is something I have spent the last year and a half pouring all of my creativity and energy into. I'm proud that our blocks are carried at a "Top Shop". I'm proud that thousands more quilters across the country will see these images. I love our blocks. I love the feedback I get from our excited customers. I'm proud that my children get excited about creating their own designs and want to start their own businesses.
I have to say thank you to Marci, owner at A Quilter's Corner for finding our blocks and for making them shine in her warm and colorful shop. Marci has been incredible to work with and I'm so proud to be sharing in her accomplishments. I hope you'll take the opportunity to visit her shop if you're ever in the area.
And if you're cruising through your local book shop or fabric shop and you happen to see a copy of the magazine, shoot me a message and tell me where you spotted it. I'd love to hear where it pops up. I say it every time, but thank you for reading along and for supporting Put a Quilt on It!
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