Mixed emotions - that's definitely the way I feel about this quilt and the whole experience surrounding it.
Here's a short summary of how it happened.
Spring of 2011 I was asked by Martingale Publishers to contribute to a book on modern quilting with quilts designed by a variety of bloggers.
Here is the design I submitted. My original idea was to make an improv 'tree' quilt. The trees would be various bright colors, and the background would be scrappy fabrics with light values.
And here are the fabric swatches I submitted as my color ideas.
This design was accepted so I spent a few weeks making the quilt.
My camera states that I took the photo on June 12, 2011. I'm assuming that's the right date! I drew up instructions and sent the quilt off. If you compare my original drawing with this quilt, you will see that I abandoned the tree trunks, deciding to keep it as a more abstract idea of trees. I think I just liked the look of it better, but it would still look cute with trunks added on.
Add a year and a half worth of time, and a few other thoughts and happenings which I won't go into:) and now it's part of a book that you can purchase!
In all honesty, I don't think I'll do this again. I learned that contributing or authoring a book is not my happy place... In the end though, I still like my quilt although I haven't seen it for a year and a half!
I hope to soon be receiving a few copies of this book in the mail, and then maybe you'll hear some more of my thoughts on the book itself, as well as a chance for you to get one! Although I have viewed a pdf version, it will be interesting to see it in real life...
Edited to add: I want to always be honest yet positive at the same time, which can sometimes be a little tricky!! I just want to make it clear that any negative feelings that I had about this project were not the fault of the publisher, and for sure not my fellow bloggers/contributors. Rather, it's one those things that just was not a perfect fit for me. Hope that makes sense...