This is a post in which I complain (a lot). Those with preexisting high stress levels or who are under the care of a physician for anger management will want to use extreme caution.
As many of you may know, I started a quilting business this January. Since then I have quilted over 50 quilts. Yeah! However I have only done 3 for payment and those were for friends. Jean, my mentor, has referred customers to me (all of whom total 2) which is super nice since she also has a long arm quilting business. Both of them made appointments and never showed. (Pulling hair out at this moment) I have dropped business cards off at all 3 fabric stores in El Paso and NOTHING. Not even a phone call from these!!! I plan on expanding my area a little and dropping off business cards in Las Cruses. I am so utterly frustrated! (Patience is not my strong suit.) I placed an advertisement in the Paso del Norte Quilt Guild Newsletter (which I am a member) still nothing. I am very frustrated and disappointed. What to do????.
Meanwhile, I continue to make and quilt my own quilts. I am pleased that my skills are to a point where I can definitely see an improvement. I have been practicing on two new patterns one is pebbles, which I am extremely pleased with.
The second pattern is sort of a loopy flower. This one has been a bit more difficult for me because I tend to go to fast. I get carried away. Before I know it, I have made more of a slinky than a flower. Practice. Practice. Practice.
I keep telling myself things like..
- "maybe it's not time yet."
- "It will happen when it is meant to"
- "Don't rush it."
- "It's not me, It's them."
- "Maybe, your crazier than originally thought." (OK, maybe not that one)
But the point is I am trying to stay positive and enjoy the time I have to practice. When I can quilt at my own speed and I am not under any deadlines. But eventually, I really would like to have clients. Everyone has to have goals.