Have you missed me? Well, let it be known that I am back and raring to go. My two month hiatus (is that really a word) is at an end.
Did you notice the new 'do'? I thought it was time for a change - I was getting to be pretty boring and regular. I needed a complete make-over to go with my new approach to blogging, quilting and life itself.
So what happened to me?
Blogging had ceased to be fun and had become a chore but even more than that, I am tired of ready about all the perfectionism and 'snobbishness' that become more and more prevalent in blogland. It seems that quilting is more about who is using which designer fabric and who is going to market than quilting. And quilts weren't finished until they have all been perfectly finished by the long-arm quilters trying to sell their business by telling the world how good they are.
This was not the blogland and quilting that I love. But I was getting trapped into feeling guilty that I chose my fabric by what I like rather than who designed it. My wonderful art quilts (wonderful to me anyway) will never compare to the pro's who produce a major piece every day. It was becoming a chore to go into my studio because it wasn't a 'designer studio' where everything is perfect and 'cute'. The final straw was all the 'perfect photos' coming from the $1,000 dollar cameras.
Am I the only one who was bothered by all this? (Or maybe it was because I also didn't fell well for a couple of months.) But regardless, I have decided several things that I want to share with my loyal friends (I don't care about followers - you are all my friends.
1. I am going to weed through my blog reading list and eliminate all but those blogs that I really enjoy.
2. I am going to write about things that interest me and my friends (old word was 'followers').
3. I am not going to waste my time on those blogs that seem to be ads to attract business.
4. I am going to continue my exploration into the world of art quilting (per my definition - not anyone else's).
5. I will continue to select fabric that I like regardless of the designer or origin.
6. Friends will come first (and always).
7. Blogging is about sharing and friendship not competition or rules.
And so my dear friends, I am back after spending a long time thinking about what was bothering me. And I look forward to further enriching our friendship in this wonderful world of blogging. I have found some wonderful friends in blogland and they are as dear to me as if we lived in close proximity. I cherish each of you.
Many, many hugs - Marie