Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers' Spring Quilt Festival 2011

This is my third time participating in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival and I love visiting and seeing everyone quilts, and even more reading the stories attached to the quilts.

Amy's Creative Side


For me so much of quilting is about storytelling, everything from why you choose the fabrics and pattern to the process of making it to the person it goes to, is interesting and fun.
Some stories are short and not particularly significant, others touch your heart, but they are all interesting and speak about the quilt and the quiltmaker.

This quilt falls more into the short category. I made this quilt for a pattern, the fabrics provided by the manufacturer. I'm absolutely in love with basicgrey's Max & Whisker's for Moda. It is such a crazy fun line. Perfect for a boy or a girl and not overly cutesy.
However the quilt didn't come along well, the original pattern wasn't working out and I put it aside.
One of the things if you know me is that you know I can have confidence issues, and lots of health ones as well.
Something I have been trying to do is work through and above those. And that means scaring myself by pushing through when things aren't going well.

In one of my moments of resolution I picked up the fabric again and started working and re-imagining the quilt design. It came easily, used up an entire charm pack and jelly roll! Here is Snowball Fight!

The pattern is still waiting to go to the printer, a small issue with bar codes, but other then that it is ready and I'm thrilled with it.
Some friends are using it for the block instructions to make a charity quilt for the tornado ravaged South, and even the beginners have been able to follow the instructions and that is so satisfying for me as a writer.

As to where it's going, well that's still undecided.

So thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings! Enjoy the festival!

23 comments:

tracy_a said...

I love your quilt! Looks complicated, but sounds like it's not - that's the best combo! Love the color scheme.

Wendy said...

Cara, your quilt is marvelous and good for you for giving it a second try ... that's perseverance! Please take care of you and thank you for sharing!!

Teresa said...

I really love it! Thanks for sharing your story!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Very cute Cara! :)

Sandra said...

Fun quilt, I can definitely see snowballs or tornados. Great use of the funky fabrics.
Come see my antique 1850 applique #216 and my cheddar star #212

embracingitall said...

Cara, you have done a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love your honesty too. Jacinta

Stephanie said...

Cara, I love your snowball variation, I put a snowball quilt in too!

Sara said...

Congrats on the pattern!!! Love this quilt!! TY for sharing.

harleywife57 said...

Oh !! VERY NICE !!

Debbie said...

Yes, congrats on the pattern! Lovely quilt!

stitchinpenny said...

The pattern is great so build a little more on the confidence level. The quilt is so great. Good luck with the pattern issues.

traceyjay said...

such a fun pattern! nice work...

Vicki said...

It's very pretty, Cara, such a great design. I am working on my first quilt pattern, such a drawn out process and I am having confidence issues too. I have been on vacation and am ready to get busy and finish it up!

Eileen said...

Likecthis quilt a lot. Lovely colors and fabrics and your design is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day

Karen said...

Your quilt looks great. I love the design you came up with. It works so well!

Andee said...

I love it! The fabrics are great and the pattern is unique!

SarahB said...

I love your quilt Cara! I'm so happy you are releasing a pattern for it -- I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. :)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Well good for you for pushing through! It turned out great.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is a fabulous quilt Cara! The pattern is a winner!

Hollie said...

What a great name for this quilt! Well done!

Quilts Sew Shabby said...

I love your quilt and the pattern is one I must try out! Do I understand correctly that you created the pattern? Or are you verifying that it works as written? If the latter, how/where do you sign up to do this for a fabric company?

Dresden Quilter said...

It is stunning. No need for you to have confidence issues. You are an incredible designer.

quiltmom said...

I love this quilt design Cara- You make beautiful quilts. It is fun to watch and see your new quilts and watch you expand your journey.
Warmest regards,
Anna