Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Super Busy Secret Sewing

Does it seem to you that all of the Secret Sewing projects happen all at once and you have nothing to share on your blogs for weeks at a time?

That is what it has been like for me the last few weeks.  It isn't that I haven't been sewing.  I have been sewing like crazy, but I don't have much that I can share.  Some projects are complete secrets that I can't even mention, while others are just projects that aren't ready to be shown yet.  It makes it hard to come up with ideas to post about.

One of the projects I have been working on is a new pattern.  I am hoping it will be my first magazine submission.  I am finding the information out there on submitting patterns to magazines a bit confusing.  Should I just have the entire pattern and a perfect quilt ready to go before submitting to a magazine? I am going to be frank and honest here, I am worried about this part.  I am a quilter on a strict budget and I can't always work with the latest fabric lines, nor can I afford to send my quilt out to be quilted by a professional on a long arm.  I would welcome any tips or hints on this.

The other project that has taken up a lot of my time has been a new Mini Hop QAL that Janice from Color,Creating and Quilting and I have been working on.  And Kate from Smiles From Kate has been helping us this time around. *Thanks Kate!*  We are hoping to make this a regular thing.  Jen & Jan's Mini Quilt Along.  We like those mini projects that you can get done in a day or two.  Maybe use up some scraps and have a good gift to give.  So, why not invite other quilters to join and share in the fun?  We will have a blog hop to go with everyone's mini finish too. But, don't worry if you don't have a blog.  We will have an Instagram tag so everyone can view all the fabulous finishes in one place.  We are almost ready for this, so keep your eye on our blogs and we'll be posting the invite and tutorial in the next few weeks.


And I have also been working on a signature wedding quilt for a cousin of mine.  She knows it is coming, but I still don't want to share too much until it is finished.  It is all in her pretty wedding colors.

Don 't mind the lighting, I just had to snap a shot of this stack of Kona Woodrose.

I just love when those points turn out just right.

Linking up with:
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

8 comments:

  1. Perfect points, not even a "one thread" difference, that is true happiness to be shared.

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  2. I always enjoy a great teaser shot of secret sewing...it always leaves me wanting more :) I think signature quilts make the best gifts. Are you making blocks for people to sign? And wowzer! Those points are darn near perfect.

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  3. I can't help with any tips on pattern submissions, I know nothing about it. I can say that it has been a pleasure helping out with the mini quilt though, it is cuteness personified, and I am so looking forward to the Mini Hop Quiltalong, it will be so much fun.

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  4. Oh, you have piqued my curiosity! I love seeing the sneak peeks. And solids have my heart!

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  5. Nice points, Jen! So excited for our new venture!

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  6. Looking forward to your Mini Quilt Blog Hop - I hope to play along this time around! Interesting about magazine submissions - just this week I have approached 3 UK magazines just by email. 2 have replied and they were very positive - for these ones. at least, it can be a item already OR a well thought out plan. Now I have to get my thinking cap on. Good luck with new pattern!

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  7. I do understand the frustration of blogging and "secret" sewing! I have a quilt that I am thinking about hosting as a mystery BOM on the blog, so I am holding back from showing any progress. It is funny how fun it is to post progress on our projects.

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  8. Your points are perfect! Your mini hop QAL looks interesting too!

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