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December 17, 2010

3 weeks ago, a lovely email landed in my inbox from the creative editor at Quiltmaker Magazine.

What? The QUILTMAKER Magazine?!

While perusing some of the  blog tour for their last issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, she happened across a link to my blog, and loved my work! She asked if I would be interested in submitting some patterns to the magazine.

O….M….G… *thud*

After I picked myself up from the floor, I emailed her back and the next day we chatted about how they work with their designers and what sort of time frame and theme they were looking for the issue in planning.  All the while I had to stop myself from giggling uncontrollably from my excitement.

Once I’d finished my marathon through our early family Christmas gathering, I immediately sat down at my computer,  and within a day and a half whipped up 3 charming little patterns to co-ordinate within a baby quilt layout.  My hubby Vince loved it. Which says a lot, because usually the subject material has to involve Sci Fi or superheros to elicit that sort of response.

I  held my breath as I emailed the proof off to the magazine.

The next morning’s email literally had me jumping up and down. They loved it! And they wanted to see more designs! Suddenly my brain lurched into design mode and ideas came flooding into my noggin. As I recovered from shock, another email arrived mentioning something about the next issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks due out sometime around May 2011. It’s been layed out and prepared for months, but if I was interested in submitting a last minute block design, they would hold a spot for me.  Can you believe it?

Of course I responded with a “YES!!” and immediately designed a block I’ve wanted to do for awhile. 2 hours later they received another proof from me, which again they loved.  I mentioned that I needed to go fabric shopping and that I would likely have it sewn up in a few days. A little while later another email arrives, this time from the Editor in Chief of the magazine! *eep*

Something about am I familiar with the Free Spirit Designers at Westminster Fabrics and if there were some I really liked, they could perhaps have Westminster send me some  not-yet-released fabrics to include in my block.


I really don’t remember the 24 hours that followed, aside from the obsessive drooling over the works of Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, Tina Givens, Dena Designs, Jennifer Paganelli, etc…

Needless to say I’m in heaven…

……………………..I’m in heaven…And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak!

…………………… And I seem to find the happiness I seek…

………………………When I’m designing patterns for Quiltmaker magazine!


Sometime in May 2011, look for my design in their spring issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks. And then sometime in the winter of 2011/2012 my baby quilt pattern will be published as well.

Now, you must excuse me while I jump up and down some more while figuring out which fabrics I absolutely must have in my block…


16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 11:32 am

    HOORAY! And many, many congratulations again, Sonja. You totally deserve it. So so so happy for you and your successes!

  2. December 17, 2010 12:28 pm

    yay! I’m so happy fir you and jumping up and down for you too!!!!

  3. Katy permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:05 pm

    It’s funny… I only know you from online yet I am *so* thrilled for you 🙂 You deserve it!!!!

  4. Anna permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:33 pm

    Seriously, I am so excited for you!!! Wow, hooray!! You are so talented that it was only a matter of time:) Congrats!

  5. December 17, 2010 1:42 pm

    Congratulations, Sonja! I can imagine how happy you are. Good things always happen to those who work hard! Looking forward to more of your patterns – love your quirky sense of humour.

  6. December 17, 2010 2:32 pm

    Congratulations! You’ve earned it! Can’t wait to see what you’ve submitted with such lightning speed!

  7. December 17, 2010 2:42 pm

    Congratulations, Sonja! How thrilling to have them contact you and love your work! Can’t wait to hear which not-yet-released fabric you get your hands on!

  8. December 17, 2010 3:08 pm

    Congrats on such an exciting happening! Have fun choosing fabric–I’ll be looking for your block next year!

  9. December 18, 2010 5:35 am

    Congratulations!! and so well-deserved!!!

  10. Arita permalink
    December 18, 2010 8:59 am

    Congratulations!! You are really so talented. We are so lucky to have you a part of the VMQG. Can’t wait to see the block.

  11. December 18, 2010 12:39 pm

    Thank-you so so much everyone! Am I the only one who takes FOREVER to choose fabric? Sheesh!

  12. December 18, 2010 4:03 pm

    Congrats! How exciting! I would still be jumping up and down!! Woo Hoo!!!


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