Thursday, 2 January 2014

"Small Town Girl" New Year's Finish

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I think I have had blogging writer's block--as soon as I start trying to type something out I get stuck on what to say exactly. So I'll just start with the basics...

This quilt was designed for the Threadbias quilt contest back in June and the design was inspired by my visit to my hometown in Texas. I  wanted to make a quilt block that looked like a flower with layers of petals. Each block finishes at 16.5" x 16.5" and the size of the quilt is 57" x 75". The fabric used was "Wallflowers" by Allison Harris.

After quilting what seemed about 10 gazillion lines of loopy L's, I finished the binding up yesterday. I think finishing this quilt was a good way to start the new year because it really represents this last year of trying to face my fears and just throw it all out there...do you know what I mean? 


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My biggest problem, I think, is doubt, or negative self-talk or whatever you want to call it. I have an almost insane fear of rejection or failure, and usually try to stay away from situations which cause me to get that scary-vulnerable feeling. But I know that I can't sit around do nothing because I'm afraid of failing everything.  So this year I pushed through my anxiety, started a blog, and entered the design contest. I can't say I'm completely over my fear but I'm taking baby steps. 

So my continued resolutions of 2014 are to stop doubting myself, stop worrying about everything, and just try to create things that I love.


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Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and
Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


22 comments:

  1. Cristina-You have nothing to worry about! Your quilt is gorgeous and your pictures turned out great! I find that if you just try and be yourself when you write your blog, then it isn't too hard to come up with things to say. Don't worry too much about it, and just pretend you are talking with a friend! I look forward to seeing what you will create (and write) this year! Happy New Year!

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  2. This quilt is gorgeous! You are very talented. Looking forward to seeing all of the beauty you create in 2014!

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  3. Cristina, this is such a cute block. I love how the petals have those little points. So prefect. A thousand loopy l's would have me going crazy (or I should say loopy) but it was so worth while. Look how scrumptious this quilt is!
    I don't know anyone who can honestly say they don't fear rejection or have anxiety about going in to new situations. But being brave means coming out the other side having grown and accomplished and it's pretty awesome! Sometimes scary is good. I mean, if you could go back in time, you'd be less scared, because you knew it would work but you'd also feel less achievement, because you already knew it would work. With the fear comes the joy. At least that's what I tel myself! Lol.
    Happy new year!
    E xx

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  4. That's a great pattern for those Allison Harris prints - it feels very appropriate for her fabric somehow :D It looks fantastic - love the loopy quilting. I haven't tried doing it like that yet, but I'm going to one of these days.

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  5. Fantastic quilt! Just yesterday I saw your July(?) post about this quilt winning the Threadbias contest. Congratulations!! The loops are terrific! I can imagine it took a little bit of time (ha!), but it's definitely worth your effort!!

    Thank you for being honest about your anxiety/fears....I've been wanting to start a blog and am having similar feelings. My word for the year is BRAVE, so guess I'd better get brave and just do it!

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  6. I love how the prints enhance the colors. Great job!

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  7. Your quilt is stunning! Love the patterns, the fabrics, everything! I'm glad you posted about it, it's very inspiring.

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  8. oh my goodness, this quilt is absolutely gorgeous! The pattern is so unique, and your fabrics are really pretty. I have also enjoyed browsing through your blog and am following through bloglovin' now!

    I'm so happy you shared this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly

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  9. This quilt turned out beautiful! I know sometimes it difficult to put it out there but when I am done it always seems worth it. Love the things you made.

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  10. oh my gosh that is soooo pretty! Great use of the fabrics and your quilting looks great too! Well done!

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  11. Love, love, love this! It's so soft and pretty. This could be the new Swoon craze! haha Nice work.

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  12. I love how you have created such a rounded shape for the petals through using small triangles - very clever! Beautiful work.

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  13. What a beautifu, lovely, gorgeous quilt!! - you should be very pleased with the results.

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  14. Is this pattern available somewhere?? I LOVE it!!

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  15. I love this!! Is the pattern available???

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  16. I absolutely love this quilt, it is gorgeous!!!

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  17. what a great pattern, all this little pointy petals. That fabric is the perfect choice for the pattern as well!!

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  18. This is so GORGEOUS! You've got nothing to worry about, really. By the way, I saw this on Pinterest before I even saw it here. That should tell you right there that you do awesome work. Keep at it.

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  19. This is AMAZING!! You are so talented, seriously. Do you have this pattern to purchase?? Let us know where we can find this pattern.
    Thanks!

    Anna and Sarah
    quackadoodlequilt.blogspot.com
    quackadoodlequilt@yahoo.com

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  20. I like everything about this. I like the pattern, the fabric choices and I especially like the simple yet sweet quilting done no it. Nice to just use straight lines of loops. I found you via Needle and Thread Thurs. I'll have to get this pattern. :) Happy Sewing!

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  21. This is one of the prettiest quilts I've ever seen!

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XOXO Cristina