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!
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!
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!