Remember this? Of course you don't. That was light years ago, right. Well, things didn't go as planned. Not exactly. But I did end up with a contract with Andover Fabrics! That's right! A signed contract. It was in the process for so long that when it came in the mail it almost seemed normal. Now that's weird. But when the word was final on the phone, I did indeed celebrate. I was by myself (except for a sleeping baby). So there was a lot of silent jumping up and down.
Here I am gripping my contract tightly in my best accidental Rosie the Riveter pose.
That gets you pretty much up to date. The word now is that my collection has gotten mixed reviews (I don't blame them, I'm before my time). And it's being taken around to some of Andover's best clients to see what they say. I wonder who their best clients are? I wonder if their best clients would be my best clients? I would describe my work as...girly/modern (so not traditional). But I definitely adhere to traditional values of quilting when it comes to scale and contrast. Although I do have larger prints and one huge print. Oh, how I wish I could really show you. It's so pretty you guys!
And here is the stack of designs I sent them.
I'm told it's harder for me because I don't have a name out there yet. No patterns, etc. Hmmm. I keep thinking that all things are possible. That's what my husband keeps telling me. So it surprises me that things don't just happen perfectly. But then again it still surprises me when they do. I know one thing for sure. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. But it feels right so I'm just going to keep plugging along. Wish me luck.
As for my post title. Have I mentioned this book before? Finding Your Own North Star. I love it. She's so funny. And I think she has a lot of wisdom. So according to Martha Beck...our hero's saga consists of four steps.
1. Protagonist sets out to achieve goal. Check
2. Protagonist runs into a mess of trouble. Check
3. Protagonist struggles through adverse conditions. Check, check, check.
4. Protagonist achieves the goal. (the elusive number four!)
In the mean time I know I can do some things differently to help myself along. I still have a lot to learn. I just figured it's time to come clean. Especially since I've been pulling out my portfolio for anyone to take a gander at who is nice enough to ask.
I'm so thankful for this opportunity. I'm so thankful for the team at Andover taking a chance on me. I grateful for their enthusiasm for my designs and I can't wait for everyone to see them! So next time you are talking with your rep from Andover Fabrics make sure to ask when Andrea Larsen's first line is going to come out! Tell them you hear it's going to be fabulous! They would be so confused. That makes me laugh just thinking of it. That's a good happy laugh, not evil and sinister...FYI.