So… 2022 was definitely a rebound year for us.
Following the debacle “formally known as the Road to California Show”, the remaining shows on our schedule were resounding successes, particularly those where we were all allowed to be mask-free.
But… as optimistic as we feel about the business going into 2023, there have been significant family issues, primarily involving my 90-year old parents that have escalated as the year wore on, particularly during this past Fall. It’s been profoundly difficult for me to manage my personal life and my household while focusing effectively and making forward progress on my next design.
So with this in mind,
1- the most important goal I have for 2023, and the one that trumps all others is to have them in a safe and sustainable living situation for my parents since both of them are in states of increasingly declining health.
2- My second goal for 2023 is to once again produce TWO new bag patterns, but this goal is endangered at the moment because even though the pattern I’m currently working on (at left), was begun in early September it’s at least 4, if not 5 weeks behind schedule. By rights we should be in the testing rounds right now, but due to the above-mentioned family situation, we’re NOT and since the situation with my folks is far from fixed or stable at the moment, it could unfortunately have a far-reaching impact on our productivity for the rest of 2023.
3. Go on Vacation… preferably far, far away! Because the only time I truly relax, recharge and totally forget about what’s going on back home is when I get several time zones away.
But this year I must say publicly for the 1st time that recently we received some sad news about my husband’s health. He was diagnosed with a hereditary neurological disease that will eventually claim his balance/coordination in a profound and debilitating way.
My husbands working hard to hold this disease at bay and with the help of some of the finest doctors in the world (at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) we plan on having a few more years or more to travel and do as many of the things we love doing for as long as its possible!
4. Beyond this, my goals for 2023 are similar to previous years…
- work towards increasing our social media reach on our Newsletter, our FaceBook page, our FaceBook Sewing Group Page, Instagram and Pinterest.
- and engage in a full show schedule (sans masks or restrictions) even though for the first time in eight years it’ll be without the Road to California show . For your convenience, our show schedule for 2023 is detailed below.
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival – Hampton, VA – 2/23-26/2023
AQS Paducah – Paducah, KY – 4/26-29/2023
International Quilt Market – Houston, TX – 10/28-30/2023
International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX – 11/2-5/2023
So in closing…
please know that I am SO grateful for your support in 2022 and for the past almost two decades. Every morning I wake up happy to go downstairs to work and everyday I know how fortunate I am to make my living doing what I most love doing! Here’s hoping 2023 deals us ALL a decent hand!
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