Quilt Festival

Friday, October 9, 2009

So Amy over at Park City Girl is hosting an online Quilt Festival. We're suppose to share a quilt - any size, any style. So here is mine. This is called Sugar & Spice and it has a little story (not to mention a pattern available :). It might be my favorite that I've made in the 11 years I've been quilting. It's dear to my heart and has some good memories that go along with it!

For the last couple of years, I have been thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. For a while I dreamt of owning a fabric shop. But, with my experience as the manager of an interior design store, I realized that it would take more time and money than I was willing to take away from my family. So I asked myself, "What can I do that will involve my two passions - being a stay-at-home-mom and quilting?" I quickly decided that the perfect job for me was designing quilt patterns. Time passed. Then I won a little contest over at moda's fabricmatcher.com. I don't claim to be awesome because I won that contest, but it gave me a little jumping off point. Moda & Joanna Figuero (from Fig Tree Quilts) sent me a wonderful package of two fat-quarter bundles & some patterns. I was so excited to start in on some of the patterns I received, until my husband said, "Why don't you do one of your own designs?" Hesitantly I agreed that he was right. It was time to start this new journey and so I created this design. With the support of some good friends and a great husband, I have created three designs this year, which are being printed as we speak. Hopefully next week I will be ready to share them all with you!

I am anxious and excited to start sharing my patterns. My company name is called Gigi's Thimble (named after my Grandmother who taught me how to quilt). For the launch of my new company, I am cooking up some fun packages to giveaway (including sets of my first 3 patterns!) so please check back next week.