Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hi Ho Hi Ho - it's off to work I go.......................

You have heard the expression "be careful what you wish for".  Many years ago, I wished for something and it came true this summer.

I was quite happy with my life - I love teaching, I love the sewing days, I love long -arm quilting, I love having time to myself.  I really am in a very fortunate spot.  Not that it is all roses - I have deadlines, I have pressure and I will always have loads of work to do.

Bottom line - I was NOT looking for a full-time job.

However over the course of the summer, I found exactly that!  A full-time job and I am starting TODAY!!!!!

Now I wouldn't give up all that I have built over the last decade for just any job. Nope - it had to be a really really special job in order for me to say YES.  So where am I going to work?????

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Yes - I am going to work for Northcott.  I won't go into details until I have had a chance to see exactly what I am getting myself into.

I am sure all of you are familiar with Northcott fabrics.  I have loved them for years and I always said that I want to do what Patti Carey did.  And now I can!!!!!!!   Be careful what you wish for!

It is going to mean some fairly significant life changes since I will be working five days a week. And clothes - what the heck am I going to wear - I barely have anything that doesn't have a bicycle on it!  Shoes - what will I wear for shoes?   My orange running shoes????   They are a signature look!

Needless to say, I am very excited about this opportunity.  I mean where else would you get paid to do your hobby!!!!    Everyone knows me as a quilter, but I have an MBA and worked in the corporate world for 21 years (banking and computers). This new direction is going to nicely blend all that together.  Wow - really is a dream job.

One thing that will not change is writing my blog.  I MUST continue as this is my sanity check. And I bet there is going to be some crazy work stories. Never mind checking out the latest in fabrics, and seeing how it all comes together. Oh yes - there is going to be loads of inspiration for writing.  Already got my camera packed in my bag.

I will continue to teach but only one day per month per store. My priority will be the Saturday Samplers, $10 quilt.  I will have some events at my house but those are still up in the air at this moment. Yes - that includes Misty Pines!  I need to get this first week under my belt and solidify travel requirements before I settle into any major scheduling.   I am going to continue with long arm quilting but no new customers.  And it will take a bit longer to get some of them scheduled so we will see how that works.

I am going to try other ways to stay in touch with everyone - focus groups - yes - I say focus groups. After all - I am going to be very much in the quiltng world - not like I am going to become a fireman or something totally unrelated to you all.

So stay tuned as this week unfolds. It promises to be a wiild ride   Grab hold and let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  1. Good luck Elaine, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this new adventure, You have dibs on all the new fabric, wish I were in your shoes and yes wear the orange ones' they are you.
    Pat D

  2. enjoy the ride lol