I’ve been blogging since 2009. I think June of 2009. WOW. Almost 15 years. I never imagined doing this- let alone doing it for 15 years. For the most part…I love it. I have met so many wonderful people along the way. I’ve made great connections and we’ve done some pretty amazing things together. I truly never imagined getting the group of quilters together and tackling all of the charity quilts along the way. When I think about it, I am mind-blown.
The blog has progressed through time…I’ve progressed through time. My kids have grown. I’ve changed jobs. All of this has changed my availability and actions.
I went from having and flexible computer job in the beginning to full-time in-home childcare and now I work outside the home at the vet clinic. I’ve gone from having kids still living at home to an empty nester to a widow and grandma.
I am up each day I work (4 days a week) at 5:30 am. I leave for work at 6:15 am. I’m not home again until 5:30 pm. Once I’m home I’m with the dogs, making supper, doing general house stuff, writing two blog posts, and finally cross-stitching for a bit before bed. On days I don’t work, I’m hustling doing stuff errands, the laundry, recycling, buying groceries, writing more blog posts, and the like. I try to squeeze in some family time too. I try really hard to get that all done as quickly as I can so I can have some me time. But even my me time has to stop and I have to take pictures so I have something to blog about once it’s time for me to do that.
I love it all… I want to do it. But…there is something I just can’t do anymore. I can’t answer emails like this one. Before you read it, please know I am sure the writer has no clue how much time and effort would go into answering it. I’m sure doesn’t realize it. I’m sure she doesn’t know that I too struggle with math. I’m sure she doesn’t know the circumstances of how the quilt came about. I’m sure she doesn’t realize I’ve made many quilts since I was part of making this quilt.
Here’s the email…
I am a quilter who works with patchwork a lot and I am presently using up a large collection of Christmas scraps. I also have saved pages and pictures of quilts over the years of quilts I might like to make someday. Your Square Dance quilt in quiltmaker magazine #156 fits in with my 2 1/2 inch collection of holiday scraps and I have started putting it together but without all the construction info., i am missing that assembly page. Could you help me out a bit? I could figure a way to add those background white pieces but you probably had a better system than I would arrive at. Because my squares are larger than the ones you used, i am making 5 pieced squares (?) With the white and adding borders.
I have not found this pattern anywhere so you are my last hope, would you be kind enough to tell me the way you put the pieces together when you had the multi-colored squares assembled? Any help would be appreciated.
The quilt she is referring to is this quilt…To be quite frank, I didn’t even know what quilt it was until I did a search on the blog. Back when Kelli and I were designing and publishing quilts together, we had a working name of a quilt. The publishing company came up with the final publication name. I think we originally called this one The Confetti Quilt. We never saw the name and never knew the name until we saw it in the magazine just as any reader might learn it. Thus, long term, Kelli and I don’t recognize the name Square Dance as our quilt…we would recognize the name The Confetti Quilt.
Another issue I would often draft something, hand it over to her and she would do all of the math to figure out how to make it. I didn’t do the math. I did the design, occasionally some of the sewing, the longarming, and binding. I also handled all of the communication with the publishers. Kelli did the math, a chunk of the sewing, and the pattern writing.
This quilt was published in 2014. That means we likely made it in 2013 as that is the turnaround time for magazines. Between now and then, I have made over 100 quilts. I think I can easily say I’ve made close if not over 200 quilts since then. I don’t remember a thing.
Another thing…we didn’t write the pattern. Quiltmaker did. We only sold the design and photography rights. We had nothing to do with how the pattern was written. They may have constructed it completely differently than we did. For example, every half-square triangle Kelli and I make is with an Easy Angle ruler. If you read a pattern from a magazine of a quilt that Kelli and I designed, they never write the directions using an Easy Angle Ruler. They always wrote directions however they wanted.
The biggest problem of all…the person doesn’t even want to make it the way we made it. She has different plans for measurements.
I have zero time in my life to
a) look up the quilt to see what quilt she is referring to
b) find the quilt in my stacks if I even still own the quilt then reacquaint myself with the quilt
c) dig around to see if I have a copy of the quilt magazine
d) take time to read and understand the magazine directions
e) take the magazine directions and compare them to the ways she wants the quilt to be adjusted
f) do all the math for her
g) sit down and write it all down in an email to her and try to explain it in words without any pictures how to do it
h) deal with more emails back and forth to answer questions
Nope. I can’t do that.
In all seriousness…that would take me an entire afternoon or longer…and that doesn’t include the back-and-forth email questions that are likely to continue.
As I said, I am sure this lady had zero idea how much work she was asking me to do. I’m sure if she knew, she wouldn’t have asked.
So…If anyone wants to make a quilt that Kelli and I designed, I can’t answer questions like these.
If you want to adjust a quilt… then you adjust it. If you want to change a quilt…then you change it.
I don’t want to seem rude but my days are so filled already. I don’t have anything I want to give up in my day in order to redesign a quilt for someone else.
I am not mad about this…I’m not angry. I just want to be upfront so you all know what is happening behind the scenes here on the blog.
I would like everyone to try to solve their problems before they contact me if possible. I just can’t answer questions like these for everyone…and trust me, I get emails like these often.
If it were me and I had the problem this lady is having I would google “Quiltmaker Magazine #156” and find the back issue. I would purchase the back issue. I would make the adjustments myself…I would make a test block and if I couldn’t do that, I would pick a different quilt to make.
80% of the questions that people ask me can easily be googled and figured out themselves.
Please google your way to your own answer if at all possible. I just can’t answer them any more.
Again…I’m not mad and I do not at all mean to hurt this person’s feelings or shame them. I am simply at my limit and I don’t know how to eloquently say I can’t be google for people who have google-able questions. Also…there is a search bar on the blog…that is really useful for answering questions as well. Thank you so much for understanding.