Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

 It's that time of year again! All over blogland people are putting up quilts to show for the lovely Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival!

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 This time I've decided to re-show a quilt that has really stretched me. Not so much because of the piecing but because it represents a huge jump for me personally, and now professionally!

This is MVQ-Most Valuable Quilt and will be my first for sale pattern. I've done tutorials and free patterns for several months now, and will continue to, but this quilt is special for two main reasons. I had to get over my intense fear and contact a fabric company (Riley Blake) about doing a pattern with their fabrics for sale. This is huge for me as I have dealt with anxiety for many years and my quilting has always been a soothing thing. Here I was making it into something that I knew would cause me anxiety but decided I was going to do it anyways.
 The other reason this quilt is so special is that it is hanging in the Riley Blake Designs booth at Quilt Market, right now! My quilt! Eeek! 
This picture was sent to me by the awesome and amazing Niki of Stitchin Heaven!

 I quilted this on the long arm at my local sewing shop and am glad I did! It was a lot of fun and I tried new things getting it done.
 The more I quilt the more I find I can use it as a way to help me move on from a place where I let anxiety rule things in my life, and where I find confidence and friendship in  my work. And that is one of things quilting has always been about, community. And there is an abundance of that online!

14 comments:

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

I can't wait to go to quilt market and see your quilt in real life!!! :) Congrats Cara! :)

Dolly said...

You go, girl.......anxiety is the PITS.
May the peace of Jesus blanket you, as well as your quilts.

Ariane said...

I love it! It's beautiful! Congratulations on your quilt being displayed at quilt market!!!

LJ said...

Great quilt Cara!! Hooray to you for branching out and being one of the cool kids!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great quilt! And congratulations on having it displayed at market.

Barb said...

Just love it...great job!!!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Congrats Cara! It is a great way to take the BIG leap :0)
Stefanie

Judith said...

You have taken a big step, but it is working out for you. The quilt is lovely, you go for it. Grab it with both hands and enjoy the ride.x

Aunt Spicy said...

Congrats, it looks like a fun quilt!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Beautiful quilt Cara!

SheilaC said...

How wonderful that your quilt will be on display at market!! I hope you have lots of patterns printed up and ready to sell :) :)

Beautiful!

SheilaC

Carol said...

Gorgeous quilt design and fabric combination. Congratulations on going professional. May you have many years of success :)

SarahB said...

It's a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on working with Riley Blake and having it on display at Quilt Market!

Eileen said...

lovely quilt with great colors and such a nice design. thanks for sharing and have a great day