Hiya lovelies, well it’s the end of 2018 and I for one am happy to boot it out the door (with extreme prejudice)!
What an awful year it was for us. To put it simply we stopped living and merely existed within an extreme stress bubble that wasn’t of our own making.
The drama that existed in our private lives tumbled over into my business and creative life, and I’ve learned that it’s almost impossible to make happy quilts when you are living a miserable existence.
Martin and I have also made the hard to decision to take our house off the market. It was our Christmas gift to each other. Endless developers, amateur flippers, and sneering renovators had pushed us to the edge of our tolerance. The stress we are under from living in a less-than-optimal neighbourly situation was only being made worse by living in real estate limbo.
To those of you who know us well, I know you are worried for us but this is the right decision for the time being. Your support and strong shoulders have got me, in particular, through the worst of it all. Thank you with heartfelt sincerity and gratefulness.
So what’s in store in 2019 for The Red Boot Quilt Company?
Well a total re-think to begin with. There have been so many changes behind the scenes this year. Almost every selling and social media platform has changed or closed and this has left us in a vulnerable position. We are also being pushed to sell for $2 per pattern on some sites (before substantial fees) and that’s simply not sustainable.
Our Etsy and Red Boot’s store will undergo some structural changes in January. If you haven’t already noticed, our free patterns have been removed from all sites for the time being. They were downloaded almost 127,000 times in 2018 but didn’t actually channel much business our way.
Again a big heartfelt thanks to everyone who ‘bought me a coffee’ through the app this year. Your generosity gives me hope.
So onwards and upwards in 2019. A fresh re-start both personally and for the business. I’m very happy to have been asked by the lovelies at Thermoweb to stay on as a brand ambassador in 2019. I’m not good at doing little projects, quilts are my thing, so I’ll be doing a free mystery block-of-the-month starting in February. Stay tuned!
Thank you everyone for your support during 2018. I have appreciated it more than you can possibly imagine. You’ve kept me going when I didn’t think I had anything left to give. Much love to everyone, and Happy 2019. I hope the new year brings you health and happiness, toni xx