Getting Ready for Spring Market in Pittsburgh In The Whirlwind

Threadplaying with some DIY Frond Projects coming to Spring Market with the Bernina 830
Threadplaying with some DIY Frond Projects coming to Spring Market with the Bernina 830
My beautiful babies last weekend!
My beautiful babies last weekend!
Quilt Trends Summer 2014 Get yours today! Mary Patterson designed this quilt and Jo Ellen Carter quilted it- WOW!
Quilt Trends Summer 2014 Get yours today! Mary Patterson designed this quilt and Jo Ellen Carter quilted it- WOW!

It seems like when Spring Market rolls around there is always so much to manage. Proms, graduations and weddings all seem to pop up like the tulips and daffodils. Here to tease us for awhile and then gone in in a whirlwind.  My children tend to get a little more clingy knowing that I will be leaving. I’ll sit on my couch with my morning coffee while Liam stumbles down the stairs and jumps on my lap. I just sit for a minute as smell his hair trying to take keep that peace with me through my day. Then it is off to school and work . At Frond right now we are still reeling from our move. I haven’t been able to paint as much because my studio is still full of trade show props and our office is still displaced as we had to modify the existing office to accommodate our Frond needs instead of the cable company that was here prior.

In the midst of this we have had so much fun coming up with projects, patterns and kits to use with our fabulous fabrics. We have had so many people loving our fabrics and discovering us everyday. Frond is unconventional, sometimes change is hard for people as it has been for us. But there is an excitement in change too. There is this unsteady feeling, this possibility of discovering something new maybe even about ourselves.  This is what we try to do at Frond with our fabric designs, our quilt pattern designs and now our beautiful kits. Our team is amazing and we all have learned and journeyed together throughout this Frond building experience. I will say there are days when I wish it was easy. I am even bewildered sometimes that it isn’t. Each day is a climb for a small business.

So as part of my climb I am also painting with thread. Bernina was kind enough to let me learn their 830 machine. So I have gotten to “paint” in thread for some really cool projects we will be featuring at Market. I will be experimenting with other sewing machines from different vendors to see what is the best fit for us. But so far I am falling in love with that machine.  We have had a couple of sewing nights at the studio and that has been fun. Melissa Marie Collins has popped by to get funky with her thread throw down.  All in all using this form as an outlet to create was an unexpected joy.

I am going to go do some more threadwork. I will look forward to seeing you all at Market among the tulips and daffodils.

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