08 April 2011

Blocks that don't want to be in big quilts.

On the one hand, I love bed-sized quilts.
On the other hand, I think that a lot of blocks look better in small quilts, where there aren't so many blocks that busyness takes over.


For example, I   L-O-V-E  this mini quilt by Amanda (msmcporkchop).  But I also think it is perfect as just this one block. Any more, and it would be too much. 

Oregon Star
(block and photo by msmcporkchop, seen on flickr)

I've also noticed that I sometimes make blocks that look good in multiples, but only in one long strip.  Or in a small 2x2 square.

What do I do with these?  I put them in a dresser drawer to hobnob with other temporarily-set-aside friends.

Last fall, when Interweave Press asked me if I could could write a table-runner and placemat pattern for them, my first reaction was to be flattered they had asked, followed quickly by confusion as to why they would ask me for patchwork that wasn't blanket-oriented.  I am so blanket-oriented. Lately, only big blankets.

Then I remembered my orphaned blocks, some of which looked good in long strips, but not in anything larger, and I realized I already had a table runner design waiting for me in my dresser.

So I pulled out the blocks, which were too small and too short, but quite interesting.  And I made another set of blocks--bigger and longer and better.  And I wrote down how to do it.  And I made a few placemats to go with the tablerunner.  And I sent the explanation and runner and placemats off to Interweave.  I had no idea if they'd like what I had to offer, since the pattern is (a) improvisational, (b) stack-and-whack, and (c) stark. 



But they did like it.  And so I'm pleased to announce its in 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts.

I've just received my own copies in the mail and am rather impressed with this magazine.  It is jam-packed with cool projects, not to mention quite a few names I recognize: Esch House Quilts (Debbie), A Stitch in Dye (Malka), Summersville (Lucie), The Quilt Engineer (Latifah), Film in the Fridge (Ashley) and I Heart Linen (Rashida).  Also, really nice paper; this magazine will hold up under use!

 Keep your eyes open for the magazine at the shops and give it a look when you see it!  It should be for sale next week.

In the meantime, I've got an extra copy that I will give away to one lucky person. 

They sent me three copies, so I figure one for me, one for you, and one for my Grandma (a granddaughter in a quilting magazine is bragging GOLD in her nursing home. )

To enter,  leave a comment on this post and I will pull a winner on Monday morning.


45 comments:

  1. Congrats on the feature!! I would love to win a copy!

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  2. Congratulations. The magazine looks pretty great. I've never seen in before around here. Thanks for giving away one of your copies.

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  3. Congratulations...I'll keep my eye open for this magazine.

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  4. I'm so curious, what it looks like. If I don't win I may have to buy this magazine.

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  5. congratulations! my fingers are crossed but I'll keep my eyes out for the magazine at Barnes & Noble next week just in case.

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  6. Congratulations! Thanks for the give away, I hope I win.

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  7. Congrats! Well deserved!

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  8. Congrats! This magazine looks very useful and filled with great gift ideas. I have been wanting to make placemat sets for ready gifts and would love to get some fresh ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. That is wonderful news! I have been waiting for this magazine to come out. Unfortunately, all my bookstores have closed in town and our local ones don't carry these magazines. Looks like I may be traveling to find one!

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  10. I love your plan to divvy up the copies, and I can't wait to see the project!

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  11. How amazing for you! I can't wait to see it, you do such interesting work. I will definitely have to buy it if I don't win.

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  12. congrats from Germany too :-)
    Heidi

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  13. Congratulations! Thanks for the give away. I may just buy this magazine if I don't win, as I'm just learning quilting.

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  14. congratulations! I would love to win a copy!

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  15. What fun! Are you going to give us a better peek?

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  16. You are so blessed to have your granny to enjoy....My grandmother was so special to me....
    Hope I win...the circle goes round, I am now a granny hoping to be just as special as mine was.

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  17. Oohh exciting! I'll just BET your grandma is proud! Isn't it every quilter's dream to have a pattern published?! I can't wait to see the full reveal.

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  18. Ooh, now I'm so curious just to see what it would look like! I also have a bunch of "singleton" blocks, just waiting for some kind of home, or finish, or something, so I'd love to see how you put yours together.

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  19. Congratulations! I can't wait to see your table runner~

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  20. Congratulations on being published!

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  21. Oh this is so nice. And the magazine cover looks very interesting. Congratulations. We have very few interesting Quilt Magazines here in Germany, so I would love to win this!!!

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  22. Congrats! I would love to win this!

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  23. Congrats--sounds like a great issue.

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  24. Congratulations! I'm a fan of stark myself.

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  25. How fun - sounds like an amazing magazine....Congratulations - your work is gorgeous so of course they would choose it!

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  26. Sounds like a pattern I would enjoy making!

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  27. Congrats to you! Can't wait to see you in print!

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  28. That magazine looks like so much fun! I've seen some sneak peeks here and there, and would love to get my hands on it. Congrats on getting in!

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  29. I can't wait to see it - sounds like a lot of great projects. Congrats again!

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  30. I love that mermaid star block! And I'd love to see more than a peek of the runner - Congrats!

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  31. Congratulations! How fun to see your idea in print! I'd love to have a copy.

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  32. I look forward to seeing the magazine. Would love to win a copy! Congratulations on having your projects chosen for publication.

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  33. My library account would be so grateful for this-- I have gotten the first fines of my life (LIFE!) through quilting books in the last year.

    www.alishastamper.com

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  34. Congratulations. Looks like a lovely magazine. I don't think we get that one here in Australia.

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  35. How exciting for you. Can't wait to see your patterns in the magazine!

    Deb

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  36. ooo! put my name in the hat, please! Congrats on getting published, Rossie! :)

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  37. If I don't win, I'll certainly be looking for the magazine in the stores! I can't wait to see your contribution!

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  38. congratulations! and i want to win!!! :)

    karenjserna@yahoo.com

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  39. Love to see it and love to win! At least bring your copy to AAMQG to show it off.

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  40. hurrah! looks like a great read.

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  41. I would love to win. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  42. I was out and about this weekend and came across the magazine; but didn't have any cash on hand to pick it up. It was a great one though filled with LOTS of great ideas, congrats!!

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  43. Sounds like fun! Looking forward to seeing your pattern in print, but not sure when I will be in the sewing store again. Have a to limit my visits... they destroy the budget:-)

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  44. just found your blog through Elephant Stitches. Congrats on the mag feature!

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