Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Thread

I'm a little late on this announcement, but here goes...

The Thread... my column in Quilty!

I have a column!  Yes, a real life magazine column in Quilty magazine.  It's called "The Thread" and I'll be writing about the conjunction of quilting and the online world.  Hey, I feel qualified!  Woohoo!

Quilty, the Mar/Apr issue

This new-ish magazine is put out by the folks at Fons & Porter, edited by Mary Fons (who is awesome, by the way).  The magazine's by-line is "fresh patchwork + modern quilts" and it's a very quilt-beginner-friendly publication.  

When Mary contacted me about writing, I was flattered, naturally, but unsure.  Taking a good look at the magazine fixed that.  Each issue is packed with quilt patterns, which makes so much sense.  Like there are 12 quilt patterns in this issue!  Here's my favorite:

lots of quilt patterns, but this one is my fav

Plus, the overall layout is so upbeat, yet clean.  Just look at how creatively they're showing off a spread of 60's inspired fabrics.

very cute layouts

So fun!

Better Blogging article

Well, my first article is published in this Mar/April issue. It's about blogging, haha.  Best to start close to home.  I've a few more finished articles arlready in the queu.  My next article assignment is kind of about controversy online....  Danger!  I put my thinking cap and slippers and magic hair clips on today.  Going to need all the thinking help I can get!

Oh, would you like to see some fabric?

restocked in Kona & Essex!

I've restocked my Kona and Essex linen stash with some gorgeous colors I'll be using in my Scandinavian quilt (which is maybe, but not necessarily, called my Penny Patch quilt.  Unless I change my mind). From top left these are Kona Glacier, Ash, Iron, Candy Green, White, Rose, Oyster, Med. Gray, Azure, Snow, Essex Flax and Essex Natural.  All these lovelies from the house of Robert Kaufman are must-have basics around here.  Always a pleasure!

*You can find lots of Kona colors online at Canton Village, Mad About Patchwork, Sew Modern, Pink Chalk Fabrics, Marmalade, Fresh Modern Fabrics, Fabric Spot, and Fabricworm.

applique experimenting

Today I am off to work on my next class, specifically experimenting with some applique gizmos.  I've gotten into a rhythm of working on my class projects on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, my dedicated Stitched in Color work days. Seems to be a good balance so that I can feel free to pursue other projects on my non-work days.  But, I tell ya, it's a lot of shifting gears.  I'm looking forward to getting back to my strings later this week!

42 comments:

  1. Congrats! I love Quilty. My copy of the MA issue is sitting on my bedside table waiting for a thorough read (after the quick flip-through I did last week). Excited to spot your new column there!

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  2. Congratulations! As usual, everything looks beautiful!

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  3. Congrats on the column, have fun with it!

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  4. Oh my gosh, Rachel! Congrats! I'm so subscribing to that magazine now. I have flipped through it a few times, but only to look at photos, I didn't notice your column!

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    1. Haha! thanks, Kristan. I think it's a great magazine for someone new or newish to quilting. There's a lot of great info. I picked up some tips in the article about making quilts that will last longer.

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  5. Yay! I watched Mary Fons's quiltcon presentation and liked her very much. You two working together makes perfect sense!

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  6. I bought that magazine over the weekend and was thrilled to see that you wrote an article for them. Glad to know that it's a regular column. I'm very intrigued to hear about your thoughts on online controversy. A friend forwarded me this article which might be of interest to you. http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/tech/web/internet-junior-high-school/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5

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    1. Hmm.. that was interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. yay! Congrats, how totally wonderful!!!!

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  8. congratulations on the column! it looks like a great magazine. I will have to look for it.

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  9. Congrats! Big question how much solid yardage do you by of a each color?

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    1. I usually buy 1 yard cuts of solids. Sometimes 3 yards! I only buy 1/2 yard cuts of prints.

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  10. Good for you, Rachel! You're prefect for the job :)

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  11. Congratulations! I read that article a few weeks ago! You have a lovely way of words and provide excellent advice! Your article inspired me to take on blogging again. Thank you!

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  12. I bought the magazine a few weeks ago and was delighted to see an article by one of my favorite bloggers. You did a wonderful job; it is really well written. Reading it helped me to solidify my decision to start a blog myself. (I did my first blog post on Sunday, but I have a long way to go to really make it my own.) Thanks for the guidance you provided in the article and daily here on your blog!

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  13. Congrats Rachel! Seems like a great opportunity for you! :)

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  14. Congratulations Rachel!! The magazine looks wonderful!

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  15. I read your column a couple weeks ago and thought it was great. What a fun new adventure for you! I love the Quilty magazine. I look forward to seeing what this controversial topic will be next time.

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    1. Thanks, Brittany! Well, the topic won't be controversial. It's more about how to deal with controversy that comes up online. We'll see..

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  16. Oh! Congratulations! That is so exciting.

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  17. Congrats on your column, Rachel. I'll have to find a copy of the magazine so I can check it out.

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  18. Congratulations Rachel! I'm really looking forward to reading your article, looks like a good magazine for me a beginner quilter! Do you ever sleep?

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Ha, I feel like I sleep lately, but I don't sew enough. Must. Sew. More.

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  19. Congratulations, and great article! I've purchased two issues of Quilty, and I'm hooked.

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  20. I already love your blog so I know your articles will be fabulous! Congratulations!

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  21. I really enjoyed your column and I love Quilty magazine. Its such a good mix of projects and history

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  22. Congratulations Rachel I can't wait to read your first article!!

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  23. Congrats! I'll have to pick up a copy to read. Secret blogging tips from you are always welcome! :)

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  24. I thought that was you! I got my copy at Joann's last week and loved your first article. Congrats!

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  25. Congratulations! I look forward to reading.

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  26. Congrats! I love Quilty, and can't wait to see you in the next issue

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  27. Congratulations Rachel! What an exciting new venture for you!

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  28. I love that magazine and you writing an article in it just makes it even better

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  29. How exciting to have your own column! I love the magazine and I think I've got it somewhere waiting to be perused.

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  30. I wanted to say congrats on the column! I had read it while I was waiting with my daughter at the airport. It is a very well done article by the way and a few key pointers did stick in my head. Love the part about the phantom blogger. The blogger that disappears and then bombards their readers with tons of post and then apologizes for it.

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  31. Congratulations, girl. Sounds like a perfect fit for you. Just don't forget to keep quilting.

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  32. Congratulations - I have actually read the article hoping to grow my blog :-)

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  33. My comment just dissapeared (boooo computer)....anyways, I was saying I just read your article, so happy to know you'll be a part of Quilty! Loving the fresh feel of that mag, I have my mom ship it to me way over here in England. Well done!

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