Getting Published! Guess how many magazines I was almost in?
This is the cover of the July/August 2019 Quiltmaker issue. First off, no – I am not the cover girl. Let’s not get up too high on that horse. Getting my quilt design in this magazine amazes even myself. I thought it would never happen. Read on . . .
First we need to travel back to 2016 on Instagram. Maker Mama Adventures put out a call on Instagram about quilt fabric selvages. (Search #selvagechallenge2016 to see amazing projects.) I knew I wasn’t the only fabric lover saving these! I love quilt challenges and here was one to use fabric, scraps, and selvages I already had. I wanted to design something that really showed off the selvages and keep the color families together. Poof! My “Pop of Color” was created! I love working in curves and had recently learned how to do inset circles. Here was my match made in heaven. Even though I didn’t win, I did fairly well in the competition and held on to this quilt and this design.
In late 2017 I came back to this quilt. I knew there was something special about it. I designed the quilt in EQ8 and did a lot of quilt math to figure out how to actually make it. Since I did all that work why not enter it in a magazine! Well, if you have ever entered a design to a magazine it takes a while to hear back. But low and behold I did.
I am getting published in Modern Quilts Unlimited!
I had to rewrite my instructions to match their style, do a few step outs for photography, create a few other uses for the blocks, and had it all ready to go. I literally had the entire thing created, emailed off my files and had the quilt in a box to mail to the editor. I receive notice the very next day that Modern Quilts Unlimited is being cancelled. Nuts- I love their magazine. Double nuts – not being published.
Back to the design wall! There are other magazines, right? I found other submission guidelines and sent off again, to wait for a response I wasn’t sure I would get. I knew it was a good design, but an intermediate one for sure. It’s not like this would ever show up in Quick Quilts, right?? So happy email to me when I hear I am accepted again!
I am getting published in Quilty magazine!
I told the editor that I already had everything ready. I just had to change my formatting to match their style and create a couple new graphics to help display the techniques per their request. Box ready. Mailed – Phew. That was a close one. No really. A month after I sent out my package I hear Quilty is being discontinued, shut down, kaput. Really magazine gods?? They already had the entire thing! Not again! But this time fate was on my side when I received an email from my editor that my project was being saved, sent to a sister publication.
I am getting published in Quiltmaker magazine!
This time it stuck. I did get pushed back a few months – but it came with a push back bonus! I received an email from my editor which I opened with trepidation. Please don’t tell me your being discontinued! This news was much better. Quiltmaker now has a new feature in their magazine called “Meet the Designer” and they chose me as one of the three for the issue. Happy dancing!! Published and a design spread?? I am so thankful to Quiltmaker to be in this issue and receive this spread. Good things come to those who wait. 7 pages to be exact. Like this will ever happen again!
If you would like to read my “Meet the Designer”, make my quilt design and 10 other great quilts, you can purchase a copy HERE.