The local newspaper came to interview me and to take pictures of the quilts I have made for the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2012 challenge.
Here is a link to the article:
I am so pleased that the local paper took interest in my efforts. The young woman who came to visit seemed genuinely interested and happily viewed the quilt entries.
I am not usually happy with my picture, but this time, she did get a nice looking shot. Well, as nice I am capable of looking on film anyways.
It has been a very good experience for me to have entered this challenge. I am not confident in showing my efforts and my work. I usually share to a narrow group of friends that I know pretty well. I wanted to push myself a bit and to reach out to a wider audience. So, this challenge has accomplished, beyond my expectations, both of those goals.
I really did not think I had a large enough network of friends and family to make it very far. But, they all came to support me by voting and sharing the links. I was humbled by the support that allowed me to advance to the first challenge. Then to the second. And now to the final challenge.
Each time, I was not sure my work was up to the level of competition in my category. And now, I am very excited and proud to have been able to achieve a reasonable entry into this final round. I am happy that the support continues to grow and expand.
So, of course, I would love to win this final round.
But here is the thing: I am so pleased to have made it this far. Whether my quilt wins the final or not, I truly feel that I am already a winner. I have more than achieved my goals. I have pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of, I have realized the support of my family, and I have made some very dear new friends along the way.
We are still weeks away from knowing the results, but I would like to say Thank You to all of you who have and are still voting. I want to say Thank You to those who have left such meaningful comments on the voting page. I want to say Thank You to all of you who have shared links with your friends and families. And most of all, I want to say Thank You to those of you who have been there every step of the way with personal support and encouragement. I could not have done this without you!