“…living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important.”

You ever have one of those days that completely changes your perspective on the world? I’m talking about a moment in a day that refocuses your direction, a moment that reminds you of what’s truly important in life. I had one of those moments yesterday and I knew in my heart that what I’m about to tell you is the right thing for me. I have been contemplating Four Peaches Fabric and the roll it plays in my life.

I started 4PF with a dreamy goal of becoming the next Jenny Doan (Missouri Star). I had wild ambitions of starting online, someday owning my own shop and becoming a sewing ambition to the masses! It didn’t take long for reality to sit in. Being a sewing ambition is incredibly exhausting and shockingly expensive! It is amazing to me that so many quilt shops survive considering the huge cost involved. You can never carry everything you want to carry and trying to figure out what appeals to the most people is a crap shoot that even Vegas odds wouldn’t touch. The thing that really shocked me, however, is how much all of this process stole my joy. Quilting was no longer something I looked forward to. It became a task. Every project was a stress-filled selection of choosing a pattern I could carry. How many could I buy? What fabrics could I carry that go with it? How in the world would I get people to notice it? Websites! Shipping! AHHH! Joy gone, out the window. Until I discovered….blogging.

I do love to write and I love to share my crazy life with people. Along this journey I have been blessed to discover several bloggers and I started to realize that Four Peaches is a calling, I just answered it wrong! I have started to place my energy into blogging about fabrics, patterns and all things that interest me and let me tell you – JOY EXPLOSION!

Yesterday my husband received some health news that may change our lives forever and it really brought home to me that living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important. Yesterday, after conversations of doctors and life decisions, I hugged my husband and said, “Let’s go wrap up Four Peaches.” Together we went through all the fabric and patterns and sorted everything. Together we closed the lid on one dream, and set forth together toward the unknown future.

I do not consider this a failure. Or, maybe it is and I have just learned the truth of what it means to fail. Failing means you tried. Failure means you gathered all of your convictions, your strength and your determination and you jumped off that cliff with the sheer faith that you were headed in the right direction. Failure is not the end; it is the beginning of a new direction. God gives us all journeys and strength for those journeys. We are embracing the new journey set before us.

But first, we must finish the original journey. As of today, I have priced nearly everything on my site at wholesale cost or below. I have changed my free, flat shipping rate to a flat $7.00, which is my actual true cost to ship via the USPS. I thank you for your support and for your continued support of My Four Peaches blog. Knowing you are all with me on this great journey we call life, gives me great encouragement. We are women, we are blessed, and together we are strong.

Still keeping it peachy,

Wendy

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Binding, Clips and Rope Bowls…

Friends, I hate to be the bearer of “bad news” but the piano key border on my Dresden Plate quilt isn’t going to happen. I just don’t have enough fabric. I bought the fabric for this quilt four years ago, and well, procrastinators can’t be choosers. I am, however, doing the binding in the dark grey fabric that matches the backing, so that will be nice. I like it, and I hope you do too.

I received my 100 piece clip set that I ordered from Amazon for only $8.99 (free shipping!) and I must say I am very pleased! I was concerned that the quality would be lacking, but they are very sturdy and strong! Even my husband was impressed (which is not an easy feat!). You can still grab your set here. (affilate link) I had enough clips to hold all the binding in place on my quilt, an oversized queen, with plenty left over. Love it.

How about the cute rope bowl they are in?! Vicki Wimsett over at Sewing Doe made me a set of these amazing bowls. I have a large one and two smaller ones. They are great for holding all kinds of goodies. I love supporting other artists, especially when they create things I love, but just don’t have the patience to make myself! You can check out Vicki’s Etsy shop here. Tell her Four Peaches sent you! If you have a fabric you’d like her to use, like I did, you can send her that and she will make custom bowls just for your decor. How fun is that?!

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Have yourselves a peachy day!

Wendy