I know you all maybe tired of this “First Publication” info. But I want to document it all here because this blog is like my “journal” if you will….and I want to remember everything about this..
So I found a few pictures of the original quilt that I took after I had quilted it. Before it had binding. However, No matter what I do for some reason they will not load the correct way on this site. It won’t let me rotate them correctly. I have no idea what the issue is..and it’s driving me bonkers. So I am just letting them load the wrong way.
I think you can get a better idea of how I quilted “Twinkle-Twinkle” for the magazine.
I added Gems and stars like the pieced blocks in the background. It’s the whoel reason I love lots of negative space. In the “border” areas I added swirls and pebbles. In the background I quilted loops and asterisks stars.
So I made a second version. My version which is called Glitter Sky. I will be publishing patterns for this eventually. I have to give a certain amount of exclusive time to the magazine before I can publish it myself. But I love the modern tilt and I used Solids by the American Made Brand. I love supporting an American company …it makes me feel good. Not to mention I absolutely love their colors.
So the true story behind this is that I submitted the digital mock up of this in the solid bright colors. They said it was accepted and they sent me an acceptance email and I contacted American Made brand to make my quilt. In the acceptance letter it said not to change anything ..to keep everything as it was submitted. So I made my quilt. Then my editor contacted me and said she would like the quilt made using different fabrics. We discussed several but landed on Marblehead because they were available. So I ended up with 2 quilts. But I would have anyway because I like Glitter Sky a bit better. It just suits me more. I am not saying the other one isn’t pretty. I love the diversity in all patterns and how fabrics completely change the look/style. That is the beauty of it all.
Also in my version of Glitter Sky I didn’t custom quilt it. Rob quilted this on his computer using a design that had the name “Glitter” in it and it also had those Asterisk type stars and regular stars…which I loved. So I think it’s just as pretty.
It’s actually a long process to choose fabrics and get all of the designs worked out before you can even sew it. My 6th & 7th designs are taking quite a long time to just get fabrics mocked up. 6 is finished and being shipped off this week. But the deadline for 7 is looming and I don’t even have fabric approval yet. It’s nerve wracking to me.
Anyway….Thank you all so much for following along. I have another Design coming out Feb…so I am assuming it will be out in a month? We shall see. I will share as soon as it comes. 🙂
Well I will be on FB today to catch up on things from this past week. yahoo!
So I had a great week. I will say that I am not sure I actually got more done than I usually do. It’s been an odd & emotional week. So that might be why.
I will say that I am not as addicted as I thought. I didn’t start twitching or going through withdraws. That’s good.
But I will say that I miss my friends. I honestly do. I felt kind of alone this week. I still had the phone calls. I still had my family. I had my pottery class and Modern Quilt guild this week. I also had my weekly breakfast and lunch dates. But I still felt like something was missing in my everyday life. I have a lot of friends who don’t live near me. Staying connected through social media is now a part of my everyday life. I guess that is good and bad.
I always quote Dolly Pardon “More is more” ….which I think, in many cases is well and good. But in the case of social media, I guess it depends on how you use it….just like with everything else. Food is good when used correctly. Guns are good when used correctly. medications are good when used correctly ect. If abused or not respected they can be harmful.
However, in my everyday life I can’t get all that I need to get done if I have to make phone calls, writes notes and letters and make time to talk to everyone I know. I love that FB allows me to check in, see what everyone is up to. Pray when I need to pray, share recipes and be inspired by what is going on. I guess there is a good and bad perspective to both of those things. I am terrible about keeping up on things otherwise. I am the first person to say that if someone needs me..I will be there, If someone stops by my home they have my undivided attention. I get stopped everywhere to talk…even by strangers and I will give them my undivided attention. Somehow people tell me their struggles without knowing me and share their pain. I will sit, listen, cry and comfort when needed. One of my closest friends says she hates even going to Walmart with me….because many times I can’t make a quick stop anywhere. shopping could take me 3 hours because I almost always know someone. The things is that I love that I have that gift. I don’t want that to change. I think it came from God. But in order to maintain my own life, family ect I have had to learn to say no. Keep a distance sometimes and shelter myself. I don’t take on other people’s luggage. It’s not that type of situation. I learned that a long time ago. I think for me the fact that I can’t take on everyone else’s luggage and pain is what actually drains me. I would take on other’s pain and heep that burden on myself if I could because I think, I can handle it. I think I can see things that they can’t see sometimes and watching them live through and navigate through the trials of life is the hardest. So sometimes it’s best if I distance myself. So Fb seems to be a way for me to keep a healthy distance in some situations.
I will also say that my FB community is a fabulous resource. I have such a variety of friends from so many places. If I need a recommendation, a recipe or anything…there is always somebody who knows something or has tried this or that. I love that! I honestly ask for opinions frequently. From make-up, movies, products, recipes….brands. Anything and everything.
I also know that the minute I ask for prayers or good vibes..there are dozens. Not all of my friends are believers of Christ. But I still believe that when they send me their good energy it comes to me. It’s important to me and I believe whole heartedly that every single person means it when they send me that support.
I have written the other everyday things in my other updates of how Fb affects my everyday life. I think I could give up FB if I need to. It hasn’t even been a temptation for me. But I have bigger addictions, I guess. 🙂
Susan sent this and wanted heavy quilting, double batting and original designs. So I had fun coming up with the fun rays around the border. It’s a very traditional quilt but with non traditional quilting….I love it when that happens. I love blending styles.
Isn’t it lovely?
Here are some more pictures:
I am so proud of this quilt and how it turned out.
Thanks Susan! It’s a pleasure working with you as always.