Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Difficult Decision

Hello Everyone,

For some time now I have been contemplating a change in my business.  The time has now come.  For 12 years I have been quilting customer quilts on my long arm, it is now time for me to retire this part of my business.  Let me say that I have enjoyed everyone of my customers throughout the years and have met soooo many good friends and have learned a lot from each and every one.  


This has been a difficult decision for me to make and I thank all of you for entrusting me with your beautiful creations.  

Let me assure you though, NOTHING ELSE in my business will change.  I will elaborate...



As many of you know, about 3 years ago, I began my online fabric shop and it has grown and I am loving every minute.  This is definitely a different facet of my business and I intend on devoting more time here to bring you the best fabrics, notions, patterns, and kits at the best prices online.


As you may or may not know, I have also become a Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer Teacher.  This is part of my business that I want to grow!  I have always loved teaching and have already been hitting the road at guilds and quilt shops.  

I would love to come to yours, if you will have me.  Just send me an e-mail.  In the meantime, you can find my schedule here and my current list of workshops here.


In my plans, you will also find me doing lots more designing.  As you know I have been designing for Quilt Magazine and have also begun for others.  This is another part of my business that I would like to grow.  Oh, and I will continue to podcast, do free tutorials, and just plain blog about my quilty happenings.

So rest assured Canton Village Quilt Works is still alive and kicking, it is just growing in a different direction.

In short, 

1.  I will finish quilting all the quilts I currently have in my possession.
2.  As of today, I will no longer accept quilts to be quilted.
3.  My online shop will continue to grow and provide you with top quality fabrics.  If you haven't yet shopped in my shop, give it a look by clicking here, you won't be disappointed!
4.  I will be teaching, lecturing, and doing trunk shows on a regular basis.  If you would like to have me come to your shop or guild, send me an e-mail.
5.  Designing quilts will be on the upswing!

That is it in a nutshell.  I am glad that you will all be with me on this journey, you will have first row seats right here on my blog.

Thank you all!!

Until Next Time...

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31 comments:

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

All the best Jackie!!!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Good luck with the changes!

FabricFascination said...

Good for you Jackie. I love seeing how your craft room is organized. I have also seen your patterns in quilt magazines. It sounds like you are on a wonderful adventure.

Terrie said...

Good luck on your new adventure! We will all benefit!

sandyb said...

Good luck!!!!

Change is good!!! Love your shop!

Anya said...

Can I come live in your fabric room?! Seriously...best of luck to you, Jackie. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm not surprised you need to quit quilting for others, I always wonder with such a busy schedule how some of you who do it all have any time to do your own quilts! I love your fabric shelves - it is wonderful to work in that room I bet.
Karen

Nana-Bob said...

Al the best to you! LOVE the pictures of yourstudio/chop! Beautiful!

Karen said...

So happy for you Jackie. I was getting caught up on Pat Sloan's radio interviews and heard yours :). Good luck with everything.

Cardygirl said...

Congratulations on your recent certification and the evolution of your business!

Marie said...

Congratulations on your new directions Jackie. Changes are seldom easy but you've obviously done the thinking and it sounds like the time is right to move on - it can only mean good things. Oh, I love your studio - it is beautiful, and beautifully organized. Now that you won't be doing client quilts can I have your studio? :)

WoolenSails said...

I have always wanted a long arm, but I would be anxious about quilting other people's quilts and I can imagine the work and stress in doing that. Good luck in this new chapter of your life.

Debbie

pasqueflower said...

Life is too short! You would have been approaching burnout. Good luck to you!

capitolaquilter said...

Best of luck with the changes to come.

susbp said...

Congratulations on your decisions! Best of luck to you as you make these changes.

Nifty Quilts said...

Congratulations on your new directions! I'm sure you'll do well.

kitty said...

The best of luck with the choices you have made! I think it was a wise thing to do, since the new certificate (many,many congratulations!!) will take up a lot of your time and energy for traveling, lecturing and classes. Hopefully you'll find the time to continue blogging about the wonderful things you make!

PamKittyMorning said...

Woo hoo! Congrats on your changes!

Venus de Hilo said...

Look forward to seeing all the wonderful new things you'll create!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Good for you, Jackie! I admire when people know that life changes need to be made and take the bull by the horns. My best to you!!

Jean(ie) said...

Yay for you! it's been interesting watching your career change over the years. This new development is exciting and I think you made a wise choice!

I'm so excited to see where this all will take you!

Regina said...

All these changes sound WONDERFUL!!! Best of luck and I look forward to new and exciting things!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Best wishes, Jackie!

Cathy said...

I cannot imagine it would have been easy to make the decision to leave something you have loved doing for so long, but I'm sure your new direction will bring much joy and lots of growth. Cannot wait to see and I'm hoping that one day, in the future, I can come to one of your classes too. xo

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow..impressive list! How many hours do you have in your day ? Lol... Best of luck on the new direction. I wish you all the sucess.

LynCC said...

Sounds like an exciting new direction for you. :) Sure wish your workshops were out here. ;D I have no doubt it'd be a blast with you.

Helen said...

Good for you! I hope you will be coming to NY soon and often.

Cathi said...

Good for you! It must have been a hard decision to make but it definitely sounds like you made a wise decision. Congratulations on the new path you're taking!

Ann Ferguson said...

Congratulations Jackie! It's fantastic to hear your news and I know it's going to go really, really well for you!

Thimbleanna said...

Change is good and it sounds like you have a great plan Jackie. Good Luck!

pat sloan said...

Very exciting to make changes... I'm sure you are going to love your new direction!

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