You’ve Got This!

 

Hi Friends, I wanted to give everyone a little update with my health. I am trying hard not to only blog about my health, but seeing as it is the forefront in my life currently and has been, well SORRY!  But, in a bright way it has fueled my design work in really positive ways!

In a very shortened version, chemotherapy, steroids and other medicines they have had me on and off of  over the past 19 months have made me gain 40lbs (don’t forget I was in bed for the better part of 6 months from surgeries).  So here I am, 4 months into remission and I now have a paralyzed diaphragm that is cutting off a blood vessel to my heart, meaning I get very winded doing very little.  I can walk a small distance before needing a breather, I cannot lift anything or bend at all, climbing stairs is insane, the upside is I can’t vacuum and can barely do the dishes!! This makes losing the weight really difficult.  Somedays I get super pissed at my body for surviving cancer but not letting me exercise and play sports and be myself again.  I have to take a step back and realize I will slowly get back to my normal weight again, but my body is different now and I will never be the same.  The good thing is I am in remission, my hair is growing back better than ever, I am embarking on a new adventures and I cannot be stopped!

Most days I admit it takes a toll on my mood, but I have some wonderful friends who keep encouraging me not to give up or get discouraged.  So for everyone out there struggling with health issues, these designs are for you! Let’s keep our heads down and get through the crap! 

 

 

You can find these designs currently in my Society6 shop.  If there is enough request for them to be available in fabrics I may sell them eventually in select fabrications.

If you are going through any health issued and need someone to vent or talk to, please reach out.  I found that venting to people was insanely helpful, especially strangers.  Weird, I know!

I am also trying to figure out how to get a newsletter and mailing list going.  Forgive my needing to learn how to do this first, but, I do excel at the creative side more-so than the business side!

                                                                                                                                        xx Kathryn Marie

 

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A New Year and New Focus

Hi Friends, 

I hope the beginning of 2019 has been good for you.  This year is bringing me some new goals and focuses. 

I have decided that I will be taking a lot less quilt commissions going forward and only working on quilts that have a personal meaning to either me or my client.  I love making quilts for people, but my energy level and ability to sit and sew for hours on end is just not there anymore.  Ever since my two thoracotomies, my nerves in my right side haven’t healed properly and the pain is too much.  This doesn’t mean I won’t be making bereavement quilts and personal quilts, it just means a lot fewer per year will be made and truly only ones that have special meaning.  

I have decided to start focusing on some smaller sewing projects, like the head-warmer/neck-warmer in the photos below.  I make them out of my fabric designs printed on sports lycra, it is such a yummy fabric!  These make great little gifts throughout the year.  I will be posting them in my Etsy shop this coming week.  If you see a fabric design of mine you like and you don’t see one of these made, just DM me and I will be happy to make you one or twenty!


 

I also have been heavily designing shibori patterns for use in my Society6 shop.  Below are just a few newbies available on a ton of awesome products ( I own quite a few). 

 

I will also be trying to focus my quilting to more baby/nursery quilts and small wallhangings in the future.   I will be continuing to use my own designed and dyed fabrics in my pieces.  Look for more this spring!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            xx Kathryn Marie

Philly Friends, See My Work In Person!

Hi Philly friends!

I will be a part of a gallery show in Philly soon.   You will be able to view and purchase three of my quilted wall-hangings. 

Details:

Chevra Gallery Mystic Arts Salon. 

2002 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

Thu Jan 10th 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Here is a preview of one of the pieces that will be in the show!  If you go please take photos of you next to my work and tag me in your posts @kathrynmariedesignco. 

Hope you make it to the show! 

xx Kathryn Marie