Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Real Talk & A Long Overdue Update

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Greeting friends! I know it has been a while since my last post...and real talk - it is because I have been struggling...and when I am struggling, I close off into my own little work bubble and focus on tasks. I truly believe that happiness is something we create and when I am blue (or in this case heartbroken), rather than mope and/or cry, I work...I dive deep into studio projects, cleaning, yardwork...anything to keep me busy enough not to be sad. I hibernate - I stay away from people and focus on anything that will give me a sense of accomplishment. A couple months ago, Kansas was starting to feel like home and my creativity was blooming...but these last several weeks have truly been a test, both personally and professionally.

I removed my last blog post in mid-May, a couple days after I shared it...it was my Full Heart Farm Quilt for the Poppie Cotton Fabric Tour...and to be honest, I just left it sitting in my drafts trying to decide what to do with it. I have always been very honest with my readers and do my best to keep it real here. If you have visited my blog before, then you know that creativity is in the foundation of who I am - I have been designing cross stitch and quilt patterns for nearly 20-years and have been in the industry for almost 23-years. Like most artists and designers, I have my own style and it is recognizable. 

Before I share a bit more on this subject - a few details: I have been working with Poppie Cotton (a fabric company) for quite some time, creating for their Fabric Tours - they send me a fat quarter stack of a new fabric collection (at no charge) months before release and I design and play with it. I take photos of my projects to help showcase their fabrics - I do this for personal satisfaction and enjoyment and they do not pay me. I just love their fabric collections and working with them brings me joy. I send them the images of my projects and I post here and on all my social media accounts to raise awareness and excitement for their new fabric lines. If I make any money from these projects, it is because of consumer interest in my design(s) and I write a pattern for purchase, listing Poppie Cotton as a fabric source. When I am working on my projects, I have no idea what other creators are making, like I said I am usually working on my ideas months before the fabric is even released. 

My Full Heart Farm Wall Hanging (shown in my last post, which I am reactivating, but removing links and details about a pattern) was created in my normal fashion - I sat down with a fat quarter stack from the Poppie Cotton Farm Girls Unite fabric collection, uploaded fabric swatch images into EQ8 Quilt Design Software and designed my sampler quilt....doing what I always do - creating from the theme of the fabric and design motifs.

I was extremely proud of this quilt - I spent days upon days designing and creating my wall hanging (as my regular readers know, I am a pleaser and perfectionist and put my whole heart into each project - I wanted it to be something Poppie Cotton would be proud to share). Since any work I do is a reflection on my Blue Ribbon Designs brand, I give 110%, no matter what.

Several days after I made my original post, I received a message from Lori at Poppie Cotton saying my quilt had "definite similarities" to a quilt they designed for the same collection. It went on to say "we know how hard it is to be unique in the creative industry but striving to be unique really does validate our creativity" and [we] "would only hope you are true to your process." Basically challenging my creativity, my idea, my uniqueness, my process and my design/professional integrity....and it all came from someone I admired in the industry. Probably the worst words an artist can ever hear.

As someone who has struggled to make ends meet for many years because of the passion I have for all things done with a needle and thread, there are not words to tell you how heartbroken I was by these words. I have spent 20-years of my life building my brand with my own original designs. I deal with stealing of my ideas/designs and copyright infringement on a daily basis. Had I known any of the elements I was including in my quilt were being used by another creator, I would have steered far away from them, definitely not copied them. I know the artist the I am...and I know I have always been true to my process...and I know I put my heart and soul into every single project...but it still hurts...it hurts bad. I found myself trying to defend who I am as an artist and that is the lowest place to be...I found myself struggling.

When I received the message and removed my posts, I had not seen the quilt they designed....and after searching, I could only find a partial image of it (now a full image and pattern have been released). The two quilts have a couple of block element similarities, but (in my opinion) they are VERY different. While, their Amazing Grace quilt is truly lovely and a work of art, it is not really my style...so I am not sure why those specific words were sent to me. I am not trying to downplay Lori's feelings - she feels differently and I cannot change or control that. I have spent days over-thinking this situation and analyzing her words (yep, we all know that is me). I will continue to be cheerleader for Poppie Cotton and I definitely want them to succeed...but going forward, I'll just be doing it silently with a heavy heart.

I guess I am explaining all of this, because I need to lighten my load - clear the air - let this go and forget about it. I've let it rent a space in my mind for too long. I know a new opportunity will come along that will give my creativity wings - one where my uniqueness and creativity are appreciated and my joy can shine. I'll keep working on my own designs - cross stitch and quilting - and releasing them on my own terms for those who love and respect my work. This new speed bump is just pushing me down another path. My heart will mend and I'll find my true happy place again. For now, I find myself focusing on tasks and projects...reflecting and renewing my spirit.

Yes, new cross stitch designs are on the way - I apologize they are taking longer than planned - in fact, I am trying to get all the needlework finishing work I have done and off my plate, so I can focus on my own designs. That is my task right now - my mind numbing project - needlework finishing orders. There was a time when needlework finishing brought me so much joy - but I can honestly say after a conversation with a client last week, I don't know if  needlework finishing is something I will continue - if I do, it will be for a very limited number of clients...and those are clients who trust my abilities, let me be creative, give me minimal instruction and don't insult me (especially when they ask my advice and don't like the answer). I do have a very small handful of clients that I love working with and the projects they send are enjoyable (you know who you are)…but for the most part, I have learned that needlework finishing is a thankless job that takes loads of time and supplies and makes me pennies on the hour...and these projects are definitely not lucrative enough (creatively or financially) for me to be treated unkindly or disrespectfully. Another life lesson...I seem to be learning a lot of them lately.

To bring some happiness into this post - we had a lovely vacation at the end of April/beginning of May in the Smokey Mountains. Our secluded cabin was incredible and we took advantage of the the outdoor fireplace, hot tub, game room and jacuzzi. We did a lot of outdoor sightseeing, just breathing in the fresh mountain air. We relaxed and refreshed our spirits. We did take in a few of the local sights and a couple touristy things - but for the most past, we used the time to slow down, unplug and be outdoors. I did take some great photos and may or may not do a long-overdue blog post sharing them.

The photos in this post are of my front yard flower garden and the flower pots on my porch. My dear friend Kimber gave me a gift certificate for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for my birthday and I decided to try planting seeds in all my pots this year - something I have never done before. I guess my momma's green thumb and advice has nurtured me, because all my seeds sprouted and are blooming and growing...and it has truly been a highlight for me the last few weeks. My mom gets daily texts from me with photos sharing my excitement...and I have shared a few photos on my Instagram story. We also completed a big landscaping project in our backyard last weekend. Another note of happy - we finally purchased some patio furniture, installed a fabulous privacy screen on our patio...and installed a storm door, so the dogs can enjoy a view of the front yard (but mostly because it keeps them contained when the doorbell rings)…

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I have a million and one creative photos to share (well, maybe not a million, but there are over 11,000 images on my iPhone right now - true story)...so I'll make time to share some of my finishes with you...and maybe when I feel a bit more myself, I will post a new FlossTube video...some wounds of the heart just take a little longer to heal. Rest assured, things are buzzing along in my studio...and I be back to share more happy, creative posts soon!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Full Heart Farm Quilt

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Happy Monday - welcome to the Poppie Cotton Farmgirls Unite Fabric Tour! I am beyond excited to be today's stop on the tour - thank you so much for visiting. I have a very special wall hanging quilt to share, created with the new Farmgirls Unite Fabric Collection. It was incredibly enjoyable to put on my quilt designer hat and work with these bright and cheerful prints. This new collection has lovely farm and garden motifs, gorgeous florals, and an adorable strawberry print...all done in a striking color pallet. I truly found my joy working on this project - the color pallet and prints are just "so me".  Creating this quilt definitely brought sunshine into my studio! Let's take a close-up look at my project...

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"Full Heart Farm" - A Quilted Wall Hanging

I titled my quilted wall hanging "Full Heart Farm" - it is a sampler quilt featuring traditional pieced blocks and foundation paper-pieced blocks. Twenty-five 8" blocks make of up my hanging quilt with a finished size of 40" x 40". I used an assortment of  favorite traditional pieced blocks...then foundation paper-pieced the log cabin roses, hearts, trees, cottage, barn, and twisted log cabin block. I used a fat quarter stack with every print in the Farmgirls Unite Collection, along with Country Confetti in Cupcake and Speckled Hen. I fussy cut the focal fabric print (Country Life, shown below) to show off the wonderful farm and garden motifs (check out the CUTE cow, sheep, chicken stack).

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I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the fabric tour - thank you for visiting with me today. 

Could you feel the sheer joy exploding out of my wall hanging?! It is currently hanging in my studio, right above my cutting table, where it will bring me happiness on a daily basis.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

FlossTube Episode Five: New Quilt Patterns and Cross Stitch Update

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Happy Sunday friends! My latest FlossTube video has been posted.  This video shares a couple new quilt patterns...has an update on a couple upcoming cross stitch designs…a new quilt project idea in the works.... a fun cutting tip/trick...some fabric haul...Q & A...and we have a giveaway winner.  Yes, once again, it is packed full! Thank you to those who have subscribed to my channel and to those who have liked and commented on my videos - I appreciate the kind and welcoming words! This video is a wrap up before I take a short vacation...I'll be back to visit with you again soon....

You can find my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/BelindaKarlsNace and I will post the latest video below:

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Patterns for Kaisley Rose Projects

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Happy Saturday! It is a beautiful afternoon in Kansas and I am happy to be in my office getting work done before we leave for vacation...the house is quiet and I am taking advantage. I had a productive week, writing two new quilt patterns, stitching on new cross stitch models and working on client finishing/sewing orders. Things are humming along in my happy place...

Thank you all for the wonderful response to my latest quilt designs using the Kaisley Collection by Poppie Cotton - I received wonderful feedback on all four pieces...which is so encouraging! I have written comprehensive patterns for each of the designs: Tulip Table Runner, Alphabet House Mug Rugs, Cloud Nine Tea Cozy and Tenderhearted Tea Towels. I have combined these designs into two pattern that can be found in my Etsy Shop as digital download PDF patterns. The patterns are written to easily use your favorite fabric collection, precuts, and stash.

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Tulip Table Runner and Alphabet House Mug Rugs

My Tulip Table Runner is made with simple four-patch blocks and appliqued tulips. I used fusible applique and attached the pieces with a blanket stitch. Templates are provided with the pattern to easily cut out the tulip shapes. This floral table runner measures 33" L x 12" W and can be enlarged by adding additional blocks. 

My Alphabet Mug Rugs feature the tulips from the table runner and a cottage designed from the house in the Kaisley Rose Sofia fabric print. Again, I used the fusible applique method with a blanket stitch to attach the pieces. I added mini rick rack to the house roof and a teeny tiny button for the door knob. I made two different colorways and instructions for both are included in the pattern, along with templates for all the shapes. I can envision this fun project worked up with wools!

To purchase a digital download PDF Pattern for the Tulip Table Runner and Alphabet House Mug Rugs, visit my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRibbonDesigns OR 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/993465066/tulip-table-runner-and-alphabet-house

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Cloud Nine Tea Cozy and Tenderhearted Tea Towels

The Cloud Nine Tea Cozy is for a large 8-cup teapot. I have included a template for this size and detailed instructions for adjusting the size to fit your own teapot. I created a pieced patchwork for the front of the teapot cozy and used a single focal fabric for the back. I used coordinating hand-dyed 1" twill tape  for the lifting tab.

The Tenderhearted Tea Towels were created using heavy plaid kitchen towels purchased from a quilt shop. I added a strips of fabric and accented each with hand-dyed rick rack. These happy towels are the perfect addition to any kitchen - the fabric banners are a lovely finishing touch. Detailed instructions are included to use your favorite tea (kitchen) towel in any size. These work up quickly and make a lovely gift!

To purchase a digital download PDF Pattern for the Cloud Nine Tea Cozy and Tenderhearted Tea Towels, visit my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRibbonDesigns OR 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/993473792/cloud-nine-tea-cozy-and-tenderhearted

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There you have it - information on my latest quilt patterns - I enjoyed designing and creating each of them and look forward to my next pattern ideas "coming to life." I am actually working on several new cross stitch charts for future release, as well. For now, I am ready to finish up at my desk and film a new FlossTube video...I have a few things to share and a giveaway winner to announce before we head out of town for a vacation next week...we'll see if I can get everything done! Thanks for stopping by for a visit - I hope we can "chat" again soon....

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Numerous Needlework Finishes

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Greetings friends - thanks for stopping by to visit with me today - I am happy to see you!

Before we get started, a quick housekeeping issue...if you subscribe to my blog via e-mail (and there are over 3,000 of you that do), Google Feedburner (the service that provides the automated emails when I post) announced the email subscription service will be discontinued in July 2021 -  after July 1st, you will no longer receive email updates. I hope you will continue to follow my blog by visiting https://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com, or through your favorite RSS feed service (Feedly, NewsBlur, Bloglovin', Inoreader, etc.) or via links I post on social media. I have been blogging for over 13 years and continue to find joy sharing my creative endeavors with you!

Back to the creative goodness - today's post is all about needlework finishing. I have a few notes regarding my finishing services, then I will share a bunch of recent finishes with you. 

If you watched my latest FlossTube video, then you are aware that my client finishing bins are FULL. Currently, I am not taking on any new finishing/project bag orders - this is to give me time to catch up and focus on the current clients in my work queue. Right now, my focus is on new cross stitch and quilting/sewing patterns, along with client orders that have already been received. Once I have a chance to get caught up and catch my breath, I will take on new clients and additional orders on a very limited basis. I am grateful for all the inquires and to those of you who trust me with your incredible needlework pieces - I truly am! - but at the moment, I am overwhelmed with projects to complete. Real talk - I put a lot of pressure on myself to complete orders in a somewhat timely manner - but when I have hundreds of pieces to finish by hand (each one taking hours of time), it can take months for me to get to an order - and while I hope my work is worth the wait, I don't want to be that finisher that has a stitcher waiting for six months or longer. When I start taking new orders again, I will post here and on my website finishing page...along with my social media outlets. I am working on order criteria going forward, possibly limiting the number of items a stitcher can send, as right now some of my orders are for 20+ pieces. I have always worked in the order received and will continue to do so - but when one order can take weeks to complete, it is hard to estimate wait times. I am also finding it increasing difficult to balance in my own designs and pattern releases. Busy is a definitely a blessing (and I am extremely thankful!), but it has started to get stressful. Yes, it is a good thing I have a vacation coming up at the end of the month - I hope to return refreshed! I thank you for your finishing requests and patience...and to those of you in my current work queue, thank you for being so accommodating with the present wait time.

After reading all that, it is no surprise that I have TONS of finishing photos to share today. I have had requests to keep some of my client projects secret, but here are images that I can share with you. I will list designers/information with the images, if I have it available. Fabric shown with each piece is backing fabric. Again, these are not my designs or my stitching, just my finishing work...

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Bluebird Sampler by From the Heart

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Chickadee Sampler by From the Heart

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Choose Joy by Wrought Iron Stitcher

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Expect Less Strawberry by Erica Michaels
(All About Berries Club from Dyeing to Stitch)

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Christmas Basket Ornament by Theron Traditions (JCS Ornament Issue 1999)

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Rosie's Pumpkins by Pinker 'N Punkin (blog freebie)

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Two by Two: Deer by Prairie Schooler (JCS Ornament Issue 1998)

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Every Day Row by Bent Creek
(Limited Edition Kit from the Silver Needle
A Little Help from our Stitching Friends Stitching Circle)

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Sweet Pea and Francis 1863 by La D Da

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A Token of Spring Pinkeep Drum by Scattered Seed Samplers

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Together Forever Pinkeep Drum by Scattered Seed Samplers

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My Signature Project Bag Size Large

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Mary Mary Needleworker by Lindy Stitches

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WTNT Winter Rose Manor Project Bag Panel

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Bluebird Sampler by Heart in Hand

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Winter Knocker by Bent Creek

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Cranberry Christmas by Hands On Design

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Be Kind Be Happy Be Well by Lizzie*Kate (freebie)

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Fractur Frieda by La D Da
(Limited Edition Kit from the Silver Needle
A Little Help from our Stitching Friends Stitching Circle)

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Expect Less Strawberry by Erica Michaels
(All About Berries Club from Dyeing to Stitch)

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Full basket of client needlework finishes....


I hope this plethora of needlework finishes inspires you! This is what has been keeping me busy, along with my latest Poppie Cotton fabric projects. I have had quite a bit of interest, so I will be writing patterns for my Tulip Table Runner, Cloud Nine Tea Cozy and Alphabet House Mug Rugs - I will do my best to have these patterns completed and listed before I go on vacation. 

Finally - if you have watched my last FlossTube, then you know I am having a fun giveaway - I will be randomly choosing a winner soon, so if you haven't already, I hope you will watch my latest video for all the details.

That wraps it up for today - I have a lawn to mow (yes, it snowed here yesterday - that has melted and the lawn is ready to be mowed again), a pile of ornaments to get finished for a client, and a cross stitch model to finish (for an upcoming BRD cross stitch release)…plus a pile of paperwork to tackle. Thanks for stopping by - I hope to see you again soon!