Do you ever have an idea or an inkling to do something, but you kinda hold off until you feel a little more ready?
That’s how it was for me with submitting ideas to magazines. I had it on my list to try for quite a while but kept putting it off thinking “I probably need more experience.” or “will my idea be liked?”.
But here’s the thing, those questions will continue to be asked until you actually DO something.
So, I took the plunge and submitted my design to Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine back in February. And I got a response! Like, right away that it was being sent to the editor for consideration. And then I got the best news – she was IN! And could I design a pillow to go with her too! Um, yes, yes, I can!!
And so began my foray into publishing!
It was fun. And scary. And frustrating. And stressful. And joyful. All at the same time! I’ve come to realize that it’s from pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, tackling the unknown and going for what you want that you grow, learn and achieve!
And the hard work paid off because she not only made it into the magazine, but she made the COVER. This pretty is a Cover Girl and I couldn’t be more excited to share her with you.
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DOUBLE WINDMILL QUILT
The Double Windmill quilt pattern is really versatile. I initially designed her with solids, but I also did quite a few mock-ups of different prints and each gives new life to the pattern. In short, you can’t go wrong with your fabric selection.
I had lots of fun playing with the colours and couldn’t resist incorporating a little coral in there 😉
For added texture, I opted to back her in *this dreamy linen. I can see a lot of my quilts being backed in it! The fabric feels AH-mazing!
Even more fun is how easy this pattern is. It may look complex, but I promise it’s one of the easiest quilts you’ll ever make.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Photo by Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
If you’re looking to make a similar version, here’s all the materials you’ll need:
- Double Windmill quilt pattern (featured in LPQ Issue 67)
- *Light blue
- *Pale pink
- *This yummy linen
- *50wt thread for piecing and quilting
- *My fave batting
The generous lap size also means you’ll have a snuggle-worthy quilt perfect for all that hibernating this winter! As you can see, Pips was ALL over this one when she arrived back from the UK.
Oh, and did I mention the pattern for the pillow is also in the mag?! Yup, it’s like a 2-for-1 deal!
The Double Windmill quilt pattern is now available in the shop. You can also find the pattern in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 67. Or sign up for the *annual digital edition here.
PS Winter lighting is proving to be a challenge these days, here’s to hoping for more sunshine in the coming winter months!
PPS I’m knocking this pretty off my Q4 FAL list.