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A Year of Everything Nice

I took my Sugar and Spice girls and Snips and Snail boys and made a quilt of childhood activities through the year.   I thought I might make it into a book, but alas I was rejected.  I’m okay with it.  Since starting my pattern company five years ago, I have had my share of rejection.  Fortunately I have also had success. 

 I listened to a program on NPR once on whether you should encourage your child to be an artist because there is so much rejection. I say yes. I find so much fulfillment in creating.  My mother is an artist and has encouraged all her children to create.  As you know my sister Julie designs fabric for Moda and my sister Becky is a photographer.  I am so thankful for my mothers encouragement.  A little rejection now and then is a small price to pay for the joy I find.  What are your thoughts?


  • Browndirtcottage says:

    Well, it's just DARN cute….sweet little wee people!!

    Yes, I have been creatively inclined since I was very young and I was always encouraged. Regardless if your talent takes you to the famous side or not, it certainly makes your
    sooooo much more rewarding!!!

  • Kat says:

    This is adorable. I'd pay for ths pattern! I always tell my girls that if there was never any rejection, then success wouldn't feel so good.

  • hetty says:

    That quilt is adorable. I was always encourged to be creative. My mother loved painting with oils and she passed all her creativity down to me. Apparently we are related genetically to some very creative people. When my daughter was in high school she would always win the art award. She was upset by that and wished that she could earn an award in science. But I was very proud of her. Anyone can memorize and learn about something as concrete as science, but it takes real internal creativity to be good in art.

  • Lynn says:

    I love this quilt! I agree with you it would make a very cute book. I think it would also make a cute quilt for a classroom . I can see it hanging up having the kids write about a certain block, making up their own stories to go with it.

  • Mrs.Pickles says:

    what an amazing quilt!

  • Laura says:

    Great quilt!

    I think telling kids not to be an artist because of rejection is like telling them not to play sports because they might lose! As long as it's fun and fulfilling, who cares if anyone else likes it…

  • Jan says:

    Your quilt is adorable! My thoughts are that you should all get together and self-publish!!

  • Aunt Spicy says:

    Super love the quilt…and without a little rejection the successes would be less sweet!

  • Heidi Staples says:

    Good for you! I say that you always keep trying. Just don't let the fun get out of it!

  • Beth says:

    I agree with you about encouraging your children to be artists – definitely Yes! Oh, and your cute is adorable.

  • Needled Mom says:

    Rejection or not…your designs are winners in my estimation! They are darling.

  • Allie says:

    That quilt is adorable!!! I say keep your eye on the successes and learn from the rejection…EVERY artist in EVERY art form gets rejected. I would always be in the encouragement camp!

  • confused homemaker says:

    So sweet!

    And while it is true there may be rejection as an artist, there is always rejection of our work in life. It isn't rejection we should fear but rejection should motivate us to grow in our craft {be it art, education, or service} & use that to help the path to success.

  • Purple Pam says:

    Your quilt is darling. Try another company. I know rejection is part of the process. But sometimes rejection also spawns more creativity. Encouraging our children, and others, to be creative is a good thing in my book.

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