Monday, 3 February 2014

Two things...

There are two things that I have been meaning to write about. The first one is about informing you about how to follow my blog since the "join this site" link doesn't work for some reason. To be honest, I didn't care much about it thinking it is not that important. I changed my mind when, the other day, a few of my friends asked how they could follow me and said that the link for this wasn't working. Here are the screenshots to show you the way:
Step 1: Click on the boxes on the right hand side of the screen.

Step 2: You will see this screen. If you cant read it, it says "We are sorry. We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later."
Step 3: Now, click on the top right button which says "Follow". 
Step 4: Choose which account you will use and join me!

Or, alternatively, you can follow me on Bloglovin. Whichever one you choose, thank you for joining me! If you don't join and just read my posts randomly, thank you again!

The second thing I want to tell you about is an email I received almost two weeks ago from a reader.  When I first saw the email, I got so happy because a reader was trying to get in touch with me. She was saying that she liked my page, liked the design of it, etc. As I read, the excitement was replaced by sadness. To cut it short, this reader was saying that I wasn't posting often enough nor was I producing often and fast enough. And the killer punch was that I shouldn't expect being successful if I continued like this!
To be honest, I felt terrible, really terrible. I felt so discouraged, so disheartened. For days and days I thought about this; whether she was right, whether I should just give up...I shared this on my Facebook page and got some very encouraging comments from those followers.

The thing is; yes, I would love to have thousands of followers like some of those famous quilters. Actually, I am not that greedy; would be happy to only have enough to support me. I would love to be able finish one quilt per week. In fact, I have just finished the baby quilt top I have been working on for the last ten or so days and some quilters I follow and whose work I love a lot finished three quilts and posted twice in the last ten days. The reality is; I have a part-time job. I work three days a week, from 9am till 5pm. And trust me, I would love to resign and just quilt and sew but this is not possible at the moment. I sometimes sell a quilt here and there to be able to continue quilting but it is not a business yet. I have a family; have responsibilities as a wife and a mum to a 20 month-old baby who needs his mummy's attention and care. He is my first priority and comes above everything.

I started this blog because I love quilting and I want to show people that you don't have to be a professional quilter to be able to quilt. No matter what your skill level is, you can quilt. I also want to share my projects with other people and maybe inspire a few to get some fabric and a rotary cutter and just do it.  I want to thank this follower for reminding me one more time of my circumstances and the reasons why I started this blog. I love what I do, just the way it is.

I am sorry for boring you with this long vent but I just wanted to put it out here. I am sure there is someone out there who can relate to this.

P.S I will be posting the photos of my finished baby quilt top tomorrow.

Happy sewing! xxx

And this is my dirty rascal in our yet-to-be-put-into-a shape back yard :)


  1. Whoever sent you that email had no idea of your circumstances and as such, was in no place to tell you what you must or mustn't do to fit their idea of success. By doing what you want to do and making yourself happy you are being successful. You are an extremely talented quilter and the love that you put into your work shows in everything you produce. I love reading your blog; everything you write actually means something and is not just designed to fill a space and fulfill a quota of entries. Just keep doing what you've been doing and make sure you are happy doing it x

  2. Gosh, who would write such an awful thing! We don't all start blogs to become famous or compete in a popularity contest. I started my blog for "me" and nobody else. A record of my makings and a place for my girls who live far away to see what I'm up to. Yes, it's nice to have followers, and its great when people like our work! Don't worry about what they said, it's ridiculous! I have not been posting as much, because I am sick a lot now. People shouldn't be so unkind and judge others. We all have different lives and nobody knows what someone else's days are like!

    1. Exactly Christine! I didn't really understand the purpose of this email. I got over it tho; I like what I do and will continue to do it this way- unless I resign one day and become a full-time quilter hahaha :) I hope you feel better soon and share more of your beautiful work with us. Cheers xxxx


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