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Quilting Arts Gifts 2011

on Sep 9, 2011 in Blog, Press, sewing | 3 comments

I’m so happy to share the new issue of Quilting Arts Gifts with you! This is the last magazine for 2011 that has one of my projects, The Cold Weather Kit. (Looks like I need to get busy submitting ideas for next year!)

Sometimes I get asked how to submit to a magazine, so instead of showing you the article in the magazine, I thought I’d show you the actual pictures I sent along with the detailed description to the address listed on the “Call for Submissions” page.

I started with glove savers and a minky-lined, ear-warming headband. When I submitted the description, I mentioned that I think the Cold Weather Kit would work well with a quick scarf in the collection too. On that note, the editor agreed and I whipped up a quick scarf a day or two later.

Once the concept was ironed out, scarf, headband and glove-savers, I was given the green light on the project and was asked to make it in 3 colorways. Hello!!! Shopping!!! Sometimes, when you work with a magazine, you can have a fabric company “sponsor” your submission. That would mean that the editor wants to feature a company or line and the fabric company is willing to give you the yardage in exchange for mention/credit in the article. It’s really a win/win. In this case, the project was quite small and I was really jonesin’ to go to Material Girls, downtown.

Here are the 3 colorways. Central Park- Moda, of course. Dena Designs – Free Spirit, of course. Stripes by Timeless Treasures… hum or maybe it was Marcus. {{Yes, I totally should know that kinda of stuff.}}? And then the minky was by Shannon Fabrics. That was a seriously fun shopping day. I did email my fabric choices/concepts to the magazine just to be certain, before I started slashing everything up.

And that was that. Everything gets made up and directions are written, diagrams are illustrator’ed and then the whole sha’bang hits the mail/email about 4-6 months prior to the magazine hitting the newsstands. Pretty neat, right?

So you’ll have to check out the article on page 28 to see how the magazine magically makes everything look amazing.

OOOOOH- and I cannot believe I almost forgot to tell you about the soup. This issue has recipes submitted by the designers. Can I just tell you:


My recipe is Asparagus Cheese Soup. (Trying to resist singing the Soup There It Is from Saturday Night Live) I want to try all those recipes! There are really quite a few in this issue.

Hook this up:


  1. You just gave me my morning chuckle via Justin Timberlake. Thanks! And I’m going to hunt down this magazine, turn to page 28, and stand there and say very loudly “I know this person!” 🙂


    September 9, 2011

  2. I heart Justin Timberlake. And your blog. I feel like I remember you buying those fabrics and posting a photo. 🙂 Love them. Great job on all your submissions and acceptances this year!

    Beth Helfter

    September 9, 2011

  3. Thanks so much for this interesting post! It was so much fun to see inside the process of having a project accepted by a magazine!

    Elizabeth McDonald

    September 9, 2011

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