Friday, January 27, 2012

Me In a Magazine!

Remember my secret project using Thomas Knauer's beautiful Pear Tree fabric? Well, I can finally reveal the quilt—and I'm so excited to tell you that it's also my first published quilt pattern, available now in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker magazine! (Edited to add: Chain Reaction is also now available as a stand-alone pattern. Click here to purchase.)

There's my quilt! And look, there's me, up in the corner! Coolness!

Would you be surprised to hear that you don't have to paper-piece this quilt? A few people who have already made the pattern have told me that it's very easy to piece. It looks more complicated than it is—can't beat that, right? : ) All you have to do is pick up the March/April issue. I haven't seen it on newsstands yet, but you can click here to purchase a copy.

And that's not all: Quiltmaker is making this quilt available as a kit. The kit includes the pattern and all the Pear Tree/Andover fabric you need to make the top and binding—click here to purchase (it's currently out of stock but I'm sure it will be in soon). Backing is available separately.

Finally, I was excited to learn that the members of Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad will each be making this pattern using their own scraps, and those versions will be featured on Quiltmaker's blog over the next two months. The Scrap Squad is a specially-selected panel of Quiltmaker readers who make one pattern from each issue. They can include their own ideas and variations on the pattern, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with mine!

A few more things to note about this quilt: It was beautifully quilted for me by fellow Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild member Lucinda Fenske, and Thomas Knauer was kind enough to send me the Pear Tree fabric from his own stash when there was no more advance yardage of it to be found. Thank you, Thomas! Go check out his blog to see the fabulous new lines he has in the works, including Flock and Savanna Bop. I think those Flock dot prints will definitely be finding their way into my stash!

82 comments:

  1. I LOVE it Lee!! Wonderful job! Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations! How exciting! :D

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  3. So awesome!!! Officially stalking Jo-Ann's for a copy :) Congratulations!!!!

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  4. My mind=blown! So gorgeous, Lee! Way to go!!!

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  5. Gorgeous Lee....The fabric is beautiful...and your work....well!!!

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  6. Congratulations!! Well done,and beautiful!

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  7. Congrats!!! That's so exciting! Absolutely beautiful quilt - the pattern's going on my "must make" list!

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  8. How wonderful for you, congratulations...beautiful quilt.

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  9. I really like this quilt and the possibilities are endless. I have pretty much quit buying magazines, but this one might have to find its way home.

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  10. Congratulations!! and that is one pretty quilt. Kx

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  11. Congrats Lee. So happy to say I know a published quilt pattern designer.

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  12. Congrats Lee! This is so cool! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine!

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  13. Congratulations, what a great quilt pattern! I love the optical illusion it creates. <3

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  14. Yay! It looks fabulous, congrats!!! I'll be on the lookout for the mag :-)

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  15. Very cool! Love the pattern, and it works so well with pear tree :-)

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  16. Wow, the quilt looks beautiful and I can't wait to see it in the magazine. I am so happy for you and--quietly, deep down--I'm taking pride because I remember the first day we sat at the sewing machine (old Kenmore) together. I wouldn't have ever dreamed what would develop within three years.

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  17. Lee! Congratulations, lady!! So very very awesome!

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  18. Wow Lee! This looks fabulous! Congratulations on your publication!

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  19. Congratulations, Lee! This couldn't have happened to a nicer person, nor a more talented designer, as I can attest from being a Supernova participant. Well done. Continue to enjoy success in all that your hands touch.

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  20. Coolness, is right! Congratulations!

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  21. Congratulations! What a fun design!

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  22. Congratulations! I love the design and the prints are lovely! :)

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  23. HOLY CRAP!!!~ That is awesome! I am not one to buy magazines, but that pattern would be worth it. LOVE IT!

    Woohoo for you!

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  24. I'll need to look for it when it comes on the shelves....the pattern is very inventive....

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  25. Congratulations! It is a fantastic quilt. I will be on the look out for March/April Quiltmaker Mag.

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  26. Congratulations, Lee! That is very awesome. And a very awesome quilt too. woo!

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  27. I'm always so excited when one of my favorite blogging friends is featured in a magazine. Congratulations! What a beautiful quilt.

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  28. Congratulations! It's a beautiful quilt! Very exciting that the scrap squad will be making it...can't wait to see the varieties that are created!

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  29. That fabric line looks beautiful woven together like that, congrats on the publication :o)

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  30. Congrats Lee! I hope you bring it tomorrow so I can see it in person!

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  31. I always wonder what the secret project is... a present that's under wraps perhaps - well, a magazine with your design is just the best! Congratulations on keep it a secret!

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  32. what an inspiration you are! I am so excited for you and can't wait to get the issue- that is truly fantastic and the quilt is just gorgeous too! Bravo!

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  33. So exciting Lee! That is awesome. The quilt is beautiful and I love the design. Way to go!

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  34. COngrats- the fabric is such a great match for your pattern, very harmonious!

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  35. I love it! What a great design. Congratulations!

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  36. Congratulations. Your quilt is so pretty and it does look hard to make. I can't wait until my issue is in my mailbox.

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  37. Fantastic, well done, I love the look of this quilt and a beautiful picture of you!

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  38. Congratulations on a great quilt and on being published! Wishing you many more successes!

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  39. Way to go Lee. Your quilt is amazing. Can't wait to see the magazine up close

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  40. Katie said it... amazingly beautiful!
    Congratulations Lee!
    I absolutely adore this design...and will have to get the magazine just for it. :)

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  41. Congratulations Lee! And such a nice quilt too.

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  42. Beautiful quilt! Congratulations on your first publication! I'm sure it will be the first of many to come.

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  43. Awesome quilt - can't wait to see it in print! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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  44. That looks so good! Congrats!

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  45. Congratulations, Lee! It's a beautiful quilt!

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  46. Congratulations Lee! That's wonderful!!

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  47. WHOA congratulations Lee!! I cant wait to get my copy in the mail. I love the quilt.

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  48. How thrilling for you and so well deserved, congratulations - the quilt is wonderful.

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  49. Great quilt...happy for you getting published!

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  50. Congratulations Lee!! WOw that is really beautiful!!

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  51. Congrats!! I'll be keeping my eye out for the magazine! :)

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  52. Congratulations! What an awesome and inspiring accomplishemnt for you!

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  53. how exciting - many congrats - and the quilt is an absolute cracker!

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  54. It's a fun quilt! Can't say how I know yet, but........ :0)

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  55. Awesome!! I'll have to buy the magazine just for that.

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  56. You must be so proud, congratulations on your first published pattern. It looks very pretty and I can't wait to get my Quiltmaker magazine now.

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  57. YEAY!!!!!! Congrats, LEE!!!!! : )

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  58. That is really, really cool. Congratulations Lee!

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  59. Congratulations babe!! Great job and well worth all your effort. So cool!

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  60. That's awesome!!! It's a great quilt... I just sent my first quilt to be published last week. It doesn't come out until August. I can't wait but I don't want to wish the year away.
    Congrats
    Leanne xo

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  61. So cool! How exciting to be in the magazine, and it's such a fantastic quilt! I don't usually buy quilt magazines, but I might have to for this pattern. :) Congrats!

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  62. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so very beautiful!!!!

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  63. What exciting news for you! Another credit to add to you list of already outstanding achievements. I love that line of fabric, and what fun for you to be able to work with this.

    Congrats!

    Elizabeth E.
    www.opquilt.com

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  64. Congrats! A beautiful design and such lovely fabrics. Simply gorgeous! You should celebrate.

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  65. Famous now!!! SO excited for you! And that quilt is beyond scrumptious!!!

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  66. Just got the magazine today and love your quilt pattern! Thanks!

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  67. Sweet Lee! Oh THAT is a really nice pattern! You are so SO good at being unique. Your quilts don't look like 'everyone else's'. Something to be proud of for sure! ; )
    ~Monika

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  68. Sweet Lee! Oh THAT is a really nice pattern! You are so SO good at being unique. Your quilts don't look like 'everyone else's'. Something to be proud of for sure! ; )
    ~Monika

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  69. I just got my QM in the mail this weekend and saw your quilt and thought"That looks like fun to try." I just found you today, and congrats on being published!! Great looking quilt!!

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  70. Hi Lee, just looking at buying this on craftsy... Is it jelly roll friendly for the chains? :)

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