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MAY is for MAKERS!
Did you know that May is for Makers?
I always felt this was a year round celebration.
Makers don’t celebrate only one month a year. Do they?
But it looks like the month of May has become particularly poignant.
So why not join in the fun?!
Let’s celebrate the makers!
Lindsey of LRstitched is the brains behind the movement. She wrote this post in April, declaring her intention to support indie designers during the entire month of May. This campaign is heating up over on Instagram and spreading like wildfire! Do a search on #mayisformakers
I read about this on a few of my friends blogs. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl wrote about her willingness to participate. And Kitty of Night Quilter did too! Debbie of A Quilter’s Table is also on board.
This is a wonderful opportunity. We are all makers. So we know what it feels like when someone says, “You matter to me.” And, “The things you make are beautiful! I want to make one too!” We all need a little love now and then. A little validation.
Us quilters and stitchers by our very nature are a giving breed. We make things with love and we give them away. All the time! But when someone puts all that hard work and love into an item – whether it is an finished item or a tool like a pattern to make a quilt, a bag, an item to wear – it’s nice to know that it matters. Sure it’s wonderful to get free tutorials and free quilt alongs and free patterns. But we also need to tell those wonderfully talented and inventive makers that provide those generous items that they matter.
As an indie designer, I know how hard it is to get started. And I know what it feels like to sometimes think that maybe all people want is what you are willing to give away for free. Truthfully. It can sometimes seem like that. Worse yet, as a new designer, you also have moments of self doubt. Does no one like what I made well enough to pay for it?
I don’t want anyone to feel like that!
We should be building each other up and supporting those hard working creators. And making sure they know that what they make is good. And beautiful. And worth compensation.
I know times are tough. I know fabric is expensive. I know we don’t have an unlimited budget.
But we could skip that drive thru coffee once. And spend it to build someone up?
I am taking this on.
I am a maker.
And I want to support the other indie makers out there.
To let them know that they matter.
And that what they make is worthy.
How about you?
Are you with me?
Keep On Quilting On!
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