Starting Over

Posted by Christy Zawodniak on

Starting over is never easy.  But with each new beginning comes new opportunities, new hope and new friends. Starting over in this next season is more like going back to the basics.  When I launched Cottage Grove Quilt Company in 2016 the goal was for me to earn enough money to provide a modest living for my husband and I so we could    retire early – John (my husband) at age 55 and me at age 50.  That was the plan.  But along the way, I got sidelined.  In July 2019, we began discussing, dreaming and planning to open a retail store.  This seemed at the time that it would be a grand adventure.  Also in 2019, I left my very comfortable well paying corporate job.  This allowed me to dedicate myself full time to launching the retail side of Cottage Grove Quilt Company.  Little did I know what would happen next.

We opened our doors Feb 14. 2020 – that’s correct 6 weeks before a global pandemic and a 5-week shut down in the state of Missouri.  At this point, I could have stopped and just said I am out and will just do what I do and rent out the building we now own.   But instead, I reinvented myself to an online quilt shop with a retail space.  I have to say, I enjoyed the online aspect, but it was a lot of work.  While I had a great staff who I love tremendously to this day, it was a lot to keep everything going – a growing online presence and rebuilding a retail store in the middle of a pandemic.  Trying to manage all of moving parts, I made tremendous mistakes that I still am paying for now.  No matter what I did, I was never getting ahead. 

In 2023, after much discussion and laying out what was best for me and my husband.  My husband retired, I returned to my corporate job and Cottage Grove Quilt Company was closed. 

Running a business from 2020 – 2023 through COVID and the recovery there after, was the most difficult thing I ever did.  I have never struggled with mental illness, until that period.  I never struggled with financial challenges, until that period.  My marriage struggled during that period.  Everything was just hard.  Even my faith.

Once I made the decision to close, we then decided to relocate to South Louisiana.  Since moving, I have gone through a period of deep healing and renewal.  I am ready to return to the quilting business and start over as Acadia Quilting.

I am returning to basics – what I wanted to do in the beginning.

  •  I love to travel to guild meetings and teach.  But more importantly, I have started doing tips and tricks on YouTube.  Be sure to check it out and subscribe today.  Since they are on YouTube – feel free to share with your quilty friends

  • Block of the Month. In running Cottage Grove Quilt, I fell in love with Block of the Month programs. These programs make doing big quilt projects affordable.  Be sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the latest news on Block of the Month programs.

Thank you for following me on this journey.  We have many new adventures awaiting us in the days to come. 


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