I wanted to introduce you to some of my elves. I say elves, because the rush to get things ready for market feels like the rush the elves must feel getting ready for Christmas. There never seems to be enough time to have everything done on schedule. Thank goodness for some help or I’d never make it. So, I wanted to give credit where credit was due!
First, my husband Joel and his assistant Daisy (his friend calls her Daisy Fuentes). Joel is best known for his outgoing personality, especially at market. He is a natural sales person and has been a great help to me at shows and such, where I generally struggle a bit. He thinks I have some quilt-designer-Rapunzel-type disorder where I like to disappear into my tower, I mean studio, for days on end, only talking to my fabric scraps. He helps balance me out in this department, by pulling me out of my shell. He also helps out by traveling with me when I teach, etc. I taught in Mexico once and he served as my interpreter as he is fluent in Spanish. He takes care of daily business activities and is best known for his highly tuned dis-organizational skills. (and he will proudly tell you this!).
Second, is my Mom, Deb. She has too many valuable skills to name, so we’ll start with just a few. She’s an excellent sample maker, pattern tester, editor, and sounding board. She is a very detail oriented person which is great for pattern testing – as we don’t want any wrong measurements! We have designed a few patterns together – in fact, one of her designs made the cover of That Patchwork Places’ 2007 Calendar. Mainly she helps me with my designs. Usually I get myself into such a tizzy that I can’t think striaght to decide which of my 5 options for a table runner pattern is the cutest. She puts in her vote (and sometimes Joel votes too) and then I go from there. She is always there for me in a pinch and gives up much of her freetime to come to the studio and work.
Thanks Mom and Joel – I REALLY couldn’t do this without you!!! I appreciate and love you both –
I also wanted to give you a sneak peak at my new fabric line, Cottage Charm. Some small amounts of yardage just arrived from Korea yesterday. The rest of the yardage is on the slow boat from China, or should I say, Korea. It literally comes across the ocean on a big cargo ship. It should be in stores sometime around the end of September. Check back around that time, as I’ll be sure to have a give-away when it comes in.