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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Friday, January 1, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A Special Note from Sally's Quilting Corner.

As we near the end of 2015 and Christmas holiday has come and gone. I want to share with you a recap of this past year. At the end of last year I got the first of three boxes of beautiful fabric from Northcott Fabric to start making quilts for veterans who deal with having PTSD.  Those quilts to this day are still being constructed. Then my friend Margaret Travis from Easy Peasy Quilts was my featured designer here at Sally's Quilting Corner. I just love Margaret who is just a treasure to me. Margaret has been a fabulous supporter to me and has opened doors for me more than I ever could imagine.
As time marched on blocks began to arrive and I became overwhelmed. The great group of people who helped with this project made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside...
 
In the month of April I got my magazine that featured my quilt "A Midsummer Nights Dream" I was never so happy that I made a national magazine. Woot! Woot!!!
 


 
 
Then as I was getting into using my quilt frame with my longarm. I was never so happy to get this machine. I just love Miss Violet. Then I began to video tape a series of #whatonsallysframetoday.
 
I was super excited to also create my own You Tube Channel.
 





I was very skeptical about starting this video series and I know that there will be times that I won't tape because of one thing or another that may pop up. But as I have always thought in life, as long as you give it a try, just stay positive and keep going. You only can do what you can do and no more..
With that said I have not filmed in quite awhile and I think I will start the new year off with one time monthly. I and super excited about how I want to start the new year out.

In September I got a wonderful text from one of my dearest friends, Jake Finch from Generation Q Magazine. She asked me if I had seen my email and I told her no. She said read your email and then let me know what you think... Mind you she told me she couldn't share news with me prior to this even though she wanted to. I texted her a photo of a pile of Werther's Orignial Carmel Candies. This was on very large pile; and getting larger by the minute. Her unique response was that she wasn't "responsible for my dietary choices"... Sweet thank you Jake for that. Well getting back to reading my email and I must set the scene. I was in the car with my husband and went to my email read it opened the attachment and began to hyperventilate. My husband immediately pulled into the parking

lot of the local CVS Pharmacy and asked me what was wrong. I said I just made cover of this magazine that people all over the world look at! Me little Sally Johnson from Cape Cod made the cover of a major magazine!!! Holy *&%#!!!!!!!!!!



How in the world am I going to deal with this. What comes after is even better...When I got my copy of this magazine I was totally blown away. When I received my copy of the magazine I was so excited to see the cover and then the little blurb that Jake wrote brought tears to my eyes. It made me feel so good to know I made this kind of an impression on her. I guess I wowed her... Good to know I can still do this...

This made it more important to me to go to Quilt Market in Houston. Quilt Market is a international trade show for retail shop owners magazine publishers, and industry professional to see the latest and greatest coming for the new season.

Success is a wonderful thing as long as you can handle it. I have to say that what has happened to me so far is just the cherry on my ice cream sundae.

 As usual I had scheduled meet ups with the usual suspects that I have seen at Market and had dinners and lunches with many. I met the president of Northcott Fabric Brian O'Rouke who has been incredibly supportive of my ongoing project to make quilts for Veterans with PTSD. This year I would like to focus on the Veterans who are female that have suffered from PTSD. After all whether female or male the disorder is the same. A tragedy has happened and for what ever reason, they deserve to be heard and helped for serving out country...

I finally got to meet many of those I have only had internet conversations with on social media. Jerry Granda whose quilt Fly Me to the Moon won in the Art-People, Portraits, and Figures category. I am one lucky chickeeta.

When life throw rocks or bats your way, you must some how take the bad and turn it into good. I have done just that. Many new and exciting things will be announced this year. But to get the ball rolling I so have some very exciting news about Fall Quilt Market to share. So I will throw out the proverbial  bone to you all. I met a very nice person over at the Sulky Thread booth. I must give my friend over at Easy Peasy Quilts credit for the meet up. I was introduced to Kelly Nagel the Social Media Manager for Sulky and I have to say she is an absolute delight. I spoke to her about my project with local Veteran's sharing their story about how they deal with having PTSD. She was very nice and even shared a short personal story and then thought it might be nice if I were involved in the Designer Endorsement Program that Sulky offers. Now how can one say no to this... The title alone is worth a million dollars. The program comes with quite a few perks. I will share with you all when I get more information. All I can say is I am a very happy girl and nothing but better can come with the new year...   

I have to thank a very special friend of mine Linda Stewart Pearl from the Patchwork Pearl who has been my rock in this business. She is not only smart but incredibly sweet. Her knowledge of this business is remarkable. I want to take this time to give a special thanks to her and for all she does for everyone. She is not only my colleague but one of my dearest friends.

So again that's it in a nutshell. Stay tuned for more information on what is going on here at Sally's lil' Corner of the world...

So with that Said I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year!
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