Quilt design is such a creative venture…satisfying and fulfilling and totally different from the type of work that I used to do. In 2009, the editor of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine, Ellen March, published my first quilt design. It’s an embroidered rag quilt which they called Fireside Flannels.
It’s a pleasure and privilege to work with magazine editors – women who work hard and communicate efficiently. Often, with just an email or two, we manage to produce the work and images that the editors hold in their minds. I love it!
There is a saying: “If you wish to accomplish something you’ve never done in the past, do something that you’ve never done”. My first cover is a perfect example of that quote….I had never commited my artwork as drawings to be digitized, I had never worked with a collaborator (Jackie Holderbein of Oregon Patchworks) and I had NEVER, EVER worked so hard on one assignment before! Jackie and I worked feverishly to get the 12 Days of Christmas embroidery designs “just right”. Jackie is lovely; a talented woman who is a fabulous to work with.
There is still time before Christmas to make the table runner. All 12 designs are free until December 31st and are located on the Oregon Patchworks website. I’d so love to see your finished work – send me a photo when you’re done.