Wednesday, 31 October 2012

a fork in the road


I'm not sure how to start this post, and if I'm honest, this is the 5th attempt at starting it.

How do I say this?

It's probably the hardest blog post I've ever had to write, and I'm pretty positive I'm not wordy enough to convey exactly how I feel.

Maybe I should just jump right in and say it.

Almost 3 years ago a group of online friends got together and decided what the world needed was a quilting magazine written by and for people like us. It took a few months of planning and behind the scenes organising before Fat Quarterly Issue 1 came out in April 2010.

Fat Geese on a fountain
'fat geese' issue 1

Fat Quarterly is now on it's 11th issue. Can you believe it? I can't. The past 3 years have flown by in a beautiful blur, and in that time we wrote a book, organised a Sewing Retreat and started planning a second.  Not to mention all the fun we had along the way, because it was always about having fun too.

eeek!
our book!

We had a couple of changes along the way, with original members leaving to follow new paths, and new members joining the team.

constellation
'constellation' issue 5

It's been amazing. You have no idea just how amazing it has been. I can't begin to tell you.

rollercoaster
'rollercoaster' issue 6

Sometimes, though, you have to accept that your time is up, and that when real life circumstances change you have to change with them.

Hexy MF
'hexy MF' from the Fat Quarterly quilt along of the same name

What I'm trying to say but not managing very well to, is that I'm no longer part of Fat Quarterly.

I'm packing up my desk, having my leaving party and moving on to new stuff, there's a fork in the road ahead and I'm going to head down the path that isn't very well sign posted. Hopefully it will lead to exciting places.

I will still be at Retreat next year - teaching and helping and being as much of a part of it as I was last time, so you can't actually get rid of me that easily. Tacha, John, Brioni and Lynne have become more than just friends to me - so although I am no longer an official team member I'll still be there if they need me. Always.

And I'll still be here.

Of course.




91 comments:

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

:-(( xxxxxx

Elisabeth Woo said...

Best of luck on your new venture, I'm certainly excited to see where you go. You're still one of my very favorite bloggers, and I know you'll do exciting things.

Two Wednesdays said...

That would have been a hard decision - hoping that the road ahead, though perhaps leading into the unknown, leads somewhere wonderful. (and I will still be reading your inspiring, funny and generally all round awesom blog and hoping that you'll still have time to blog) Wishing you lots and lots of luck (and fun) with your new direction.

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I'm sure that was a really hard decision to make, Katy, but you are such an amazingly talented and creative person, I feel sure that whatever the new path is that you've chosen, you'll light it up with all kinds of amazing things. Can't wait to see what's next for you, I always enjoy seeing what you're up to, even if I'm horrible at remembering to comment regularly :)

Justine said...

I know this has been a tough decision to make but sometimes things change and we have to go with that. The most important thing is the rest of FQ are your best friends. Ever. That won't change. Big hugs and happy smiles at the thoughts of what's just around the corner you tattooed quilter you!!!!

Audrie said...

Hugs xxx

Lynn said...

Change is hard but can be very good. Wishing you the best on your journey - wherever it takes you.

We'll still be HERE too.

Danielle said...

Oh gosh, never expected that - you are the thread that holds the fabric of FQ together! No pun intended. But I wish you every best wish there is for your next endeavours and can't wait to see what they are. Thanks for being a huge inspiration. Xxxxx

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

I'm sure you'll do just as well in your new venture.

sukie said...

Hard decision but you've done so much for it! xoxo

Anna said...

Good luck with your new adventure! Can't wait to follow your new journey x

PippaP said...

sad news, must've been very tough decision but life changes and bigger and better things await you and your great talent :) make sure you stay blogging cos I love your style !

Sarah said...

When you gotta go you gotta go. Best of luck with the new road, hope it leads somewhere amazing :-)

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Never heard of the expression Fork in the Road before. I now understand and wish you all the best on your future paths!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Huge hugs and I hope to see you on the telly very soon ;)

Calico Cali Designs said...

Good luck with your new adventure!!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Yay for forks in the road and moving and stretching in new directions. I look forward to seeing what you are up to next

Melissa said...

I'll still be following you on instagram. Hope to see you and Fatticus there. Good luck on your new journey!

heart of charnwood said...

Is it wrong that my first thought was, a fork in the road, hope you didn't trip over it! But seriously, that must have been a difficult decision, but you will surely be successful on your new path. Good Luck, and don't stop blogging, it's a highlight in our week! Ange : )

Elisabeth said...

I was wondering why your name wasn't on the Christmas Fat Quarterly issue. Now I know. I hope the road your going down will be a good one with lots of great opportunities.
I'm glad you'll still be at the retreat. Wishing you all the best for the future! x

Pennie said...

As Chris Evans said on the radio this morning the ending of something is the beginning of something else. Good luck with your new route, hope it leads on to many exciting things.

kay said...

sending hugs. love your blog.

ScissorsandThread said...

Wow that must have been a really difficult decision to make. Good luck with wherever your new adventures take you. Pleased to hear you will still be involved in retreat and I hope I do see the travelling tattooed quilter someday! Xxx

Flying Blind... said...

Should I set my Sky+ for The Tattooed Quilter? Don't forget us what you are hob-nobbing and schmoozing and all those fun things xxx

House of Pinheiro said...

Oh darling... Big hug... You will be missed

P├ętra said...

So many changes in the works for people right now. I hope this new road is a successful one for you and I'm looking forward to following your journey. Wow was that sappy or what?! good luck : )

Belinda said...

Mate! Ginormous hugs and best wishes for the road ahead! ��

Charlotte said...

glad to hear that you are not disappearing altogether - you do make me giggle! Good luck with the new things x

Doris said...

HUGS, KATY. Best of luck to you in all future endeavors... And congrats on seeing 11 successful issues to fruition!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Three cheers for forks in the road and new adventures! I'm sure this was not an easy decision, but to everything there is a season and you would sure hate to miss what the road less traveled holds!

verykerryberry said...

Big decisions are hard but sometimes they just have to be made, the English student in me thinks of this http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/
Robert Frost

cat and vee xoxo said...

What a hard post to write, because it makes it real. I noticed your name wasn't on the intro page in the Christmas Fat Quarterly. It takes much bravery to step away from the known and leap towards the unknown - but your friends will always be your friends, and to acknowledge your need to make a new path means you're being true to yourself. I wish you - and your FQ buddies too! - all the best. You are so talented and clever, and so passionate about what you do - this new path will be awesome. I'm so freaking lucky to now own your Constellation quilt. I've got that literal fork in the road from the original Muppet Movie in my head now. Go forth and be awesome. Thanks for sharing. Cat x

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Hoping your new road brings as much joy, if not more than, your FQ road. xx

Karen said...

I'm sure the fork will take you to more amazing destinations :) Change is good even if a tad painful.

Isisjem said...

I was holding my breath all through the post wondering what was coming next. Glad you will still be going to retreat because I was looking forward to meeting you and acting all dorky and telling you who you are in the manner that the non famous do when meeting the famous. Good Luck with your new journey. Just don't drive over any forks that happen to be in the road. Pointy cutlery and tyres don't go well together :-)

thedodds said...

Looking forward to seeing what you'll be inspiring us with next x

Jilly said...

so glad you're going to keep blogging! we would miss you otherwise. break a leg in your new venture - can't wait to find oout what you're planning next!

kbzelazny said...

Everybody's all negative and sad. This is a fabulous thing! Imagine what new things you will do and learn. Change is good. Here's my motto: It's all good-

Kati said...

You are a wonderful, creative quilter who offers such a great, unique style to the quilting community! Hope things go smoothly for you in the new paths you head down. Good luck in the changes your life brings you!

Rosanne Derrett said...

Oh noes! I haz an epic sad!

I'm so sad that you have left Fat Quarterly (on the day my first design was published)but you will always be part of it

The new road may have a few bumps but it has new scenery so sit back and enjoy the ride.

rolleiflex said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I don't quilt (as you know) and am a minor planet orbiting round my sister's larger universe, but even I know that you can't up and off like that. I haven't felt this gutted since Gary Numan retired. Mind you he did make a come back...

Quilt Candy said...

Change is always difficult to get your head around, epecially when it is into the unknown. I have been following you for some time now, and I always enjoy reading your blog, not to mention being a proud owner of the FQ book, which I love. You have so much to be proud of. The future can only hold big, wonderful things for you and I look forward to seeing where you go next :-)

Elsa said...

Always hard to leave something you've help create ~ love how you stated where you've been, what you've done and where you're going. How exciting to be at the fork in the road ~ there's so much possibility!!!
Love you're blog and so glad you're still going to be here ~ I'll be here too!

Strawberry Patch said...

and what wonderful things you have achieved on that old road, I hope the new one you go down is just as good to you. Be brave little piglet!

Shannon said...

It's always hard to make a decision like this, and the FQ readers will definitely miss you. But whatever you have on the horizon is going to be fan-fucking-tastic! (I don't usually swear like that, but I just couldn't help myself!) Cheers to new paths!

Tracee said...

Wishing you the very best on your new venture may it bring much happiness and many exciting challenges.

Trudi said...

Sometimes you just gotta! I have no doubt this new road will be just as exciting and take you even further than you dreamed! Wishing everything you dream for yourself! good on ya!

Sarah PingsAndNeedles said...

I'm so pleased that there IS a fork in the road for you and hope that it takes you to some fantastic places.

Two years ago when I started sewing again and blogging about it, your blog, and then Fat Quarterly, were the first UK signs of quilting life that inspired me.

You should be jolly proud of the inspiration you've brought to so many of us through FQ, but I for one am really looking forward to tagging along on this next part of the journey ...

I hope everything is fantabulous for you xx

Carla said...

Blessings on your new venture ; )

Cindy said...

Wishing you the best of luck!

Kate Brown said...

New roads can be exciting and inspiring. I wish you the best on your new adventure!

Mary said...

Change is hard, especially when you are leaving something you started and people you care about. Good luck in your new adventures, I'm sure you'll do great!

Lexilooo said...

you will be missed, but can't wait to see what you are up to next!

Darcy said...

Change is always hard isn't it? Thinking good thoughts for you!

Leigh Ann said...

Deep breaths! You have done, and will continue to do, amazing things, no matter what path is in front of you. Hope you have fun on this next part of the journey.

Mandalin said...

Oh my, my eyes misted! What new adventures you will have though, gigantic sparkly adventures, and their just around the corner. So put your big girls shoes on, jump around that corner, and shout I'm here! We'll be right there with you, to push you, and to catch you if needed, but I doubt that very much. xx

Jenny Bonynge said...

Hey kid, all is well. Life is full of amazing change. We're all here beside you...

Poppyprint said...

Aw Katy, thank you so much for all you've shared with us through Fat Quarterly. You're an amazing cheer leader for everyone in the quilting community. I hope that the new path allows you quilting time for yourself. I look forward to hearing all about new & exciting things! All the best - and I can't wait to meet you in July. xo

dolores said...

Well girlie.....looking forward to seeing where this next path takes you!!:)

Kate said...

Good luck and enjoy what is comng next!

mascanlon said...

We never want to regret the road not taken. So thankful you'll still be here to your amazing journey, wherever it takes you next.

Marian Griffin said...

I'll follow you around to wherever fantastic and gorgeous places you're headed next!! Hugs for making such a tough decision and being so honest about it. I'm excited to see what's in store!

Tacha said...

Miss you already xxx

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

Good luck with the new path you are taking, You did a great job at the FQ zine and you will continue to be an inspiration to the modern quilting community! xo

Dianne Neale said...

A hard decision I'm sure, but exciting times ahad. I look forward to hearing what you are up to, and glad you'll still be there next year!

Nicky said...

Part of me says Noooooo! But the other bit is excited for you as you are destined for great things and so lovely with it! Go for it!

alobsiger said...

You will be missed desperately but I am certain I can find you. You're a star!

CARIBBEAN QUILTERS 'CAROLYN' said...

In life you are always where you are suppose to be....
Life is about the footprints we leave behind...
Looking forward to seeing your new 'sign post'
Lots of blessings,
'Carolyn'

Josie McRazie said...

Life leads up where we need to be! I'm sure you are choosing the path that is right for you. I hope you have great adventures in your new path!

Angela {fussycut} said...

hugs friend! excited for you, can't wait to see what you are up to next. :)

the Campfollower said...

Oh Katy! I know how you feel. I can't wait to see what you are going to get up to, you are such a brilliant lady that I am sure it will be great things. Off you go on the path less traveled. Good luck!

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Everyone has already taken all the good lines. Good luck on your new path. I am sure it will take you to wonderful new places. I am a little sad, but mostly happy for you. And I am so so glad that you will still maintain this blog--and keep quilting of course! :)

Gina said...

I know that you would have thought long and hard about that decision , it couldn't have been easy . So , I wish you the best of luck with your new direction and hope only good will follow you . You are fabulous ! I'm so glad you will still be blogging . I would miss you terribly if you stopped !

Archie the wonder dog said...

It must have been such a difficult decision to make but, although you're moving on from FQly, you're not moving away from the friends you've made while you've been there. I hope the unsigned path is full of wonder, excitement and success for you xx

diane said...

What a difficult decision this must have been. I will be watching for your new adventures...you're not leaving blogland, I hope!
I enjoyed meeting you at Sewing Summit and look forward to seeing you at FQ Retreat in July.

Sheila said...

I did think it awfully curious that your name didn't appear in the latest issue... I'm sorry to hear that you're leaving the team, but I know that you have great things ahead of you. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next. A certain imperially inspired book, perhaps? ;)

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear that, but you know what they say ... the closing of one door only opens another! or something like that? .. so glad to hear you are going to be at FQ retreat still, phew! I was worried for a moment :) looking forward to meeting you. Best of luck.

Hitch and Thread said...

Good luck for the future. Whatever it may hold.

Rachel said...

Best of luck Katy! That must have been a tough decision but I'm sure that, whatever your new ventures may be, they will be wonderful. xxx

CarolT said...

Sad to see you go. I hope there are really good things in your fork so that I can still see your awesomeness.

Charis said...

Good luck!

Jacqueline Maxman said...

Katie. You are amazing. <3


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

happy zombie said...

If there were 10 forks and 30 roads... not matter what road you took there'd be a pot of gold at the end of it. Because you are forking awesome.

XXXOO!
m

Lorraine said...

Katy
I was going to say thanks for all the inspiration + quilty +fabric + friendship but you'll still be here, right ?
So I'll just say "go girl " & do what you do best :)
xxx

linda f said...

Katy,

Congrats for your next adventure! You have accomplished so much and you made good friends. Look forward to what you do next. Thanks for a great blog and always love your IG feed.

Cheers,

Linda

Live a Colorful Life said...

The very first thing I noticed was that your name was missing. I'm thrilled to have met you and hope we see each other again. And ditto Happy Zombie!

Aylin said...

Oh My, I´ve heard about it two days ago and couldn´t believe it. I wish you look on your new road!!!
Aylin (Nilya2011)

Sheila said...

Good luck following your new path, I don't really know you but I have the impression you will always grab life by the short & curlies - enjoy.

amitietextiles said...

Good luck, not that you will need it. Great job and thank you for all you have done

Swedish Scrapper said...

Good luck! It takes great thought and self awareness to know when it is time to diverge, however drastically or not it turns out to be! I'll be watching and cheering and taking part if I can :D

One Flew Over said...

Fat Quarterly is something you can be so proud of!

Good on you for seeing the fork and taking the path that is the right one for you.

Change is as good as a holiday, enjoy x

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