Thursday, May 08, 2014

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Magazine, giveaway for Mothers Day!!!

I submitted a block months ago and although I was excited at the beginning, I forgot about it. It takes so long to get to the magazine release date from the time you submit. I also received an email from them saying that they would let me know if it was excepted and going to be published. They were planning this blog hop thing before the magazine came out and that they would notify all the artists that were excepted so they could be a part of it. And so I waited......
My block " The Queen" cuz every cat thinks she is.

Wow, after I had received an email saying they received it and liked it I really thought it was going to be published. I hope that doesn't sound snotty but seriously I thought it was in. But, I kept waiting for the official word.......

Then all this time passed and not a word, a letter or an email. Really, wow, how embarrassing! My evil inner critic started up, wow, you couldn't even get one block excepted. So I decided I wouldn't submit anymore since I had by now convinced myself they didn't like my style and nothing I did would be good enough anyway. Blah, blah, boy I had a field day with that one. So I swallowed my pride and chalked it up to a learning experience and was consoling myself by thinking of developing the block for resale ( just to show them).

Months went by....... (can you feel the time going by)

Then one day a few weeks ago I got a small box, like one you would get if you ordered a book from Amazon. Randy was sure it was something I ordered and as I was trying to convince him I hadn't ordered anything he began to open the box. Inside was a stack of magazines! I thought, wow, why would they send me a stack of magazines. I first thought it was like a conciliation prize for entering and being rejected! Uggg, another reminder! But then I said, Hey, you don't think they used my block do you??? I couldn't go through those pages fast enough, and there it was!!! On Page 43, block 836 sat "The Queen"! The queen in all her glory! I had made it!! wow, I was so excited again, the dark cloud was lifted and Eyore left the building!
If you tip your head and squint your eyes you can see my name on the cover, 5th down!! Right under the heading, from today's top designers!! Geez, I have goosebumps!
Funny how this little block, that I gave away was causing me so much joy, grief, joy! So now I started to think about some of the other things I had heard about being excepted. You are in the elite club and get a collectors mug with all the blocks of that volume etc. But there was no cup, no announcement. Just magazines, but I was still thrilled just the same!


A week later, another little box, trying to convince Randy I hadn't ordered anything. Could it be!? Was it?? The MUG!!! I opened up the box to find it, the mug and a giant button!!!! I guess I am in the club, yeah!!!!

I know its last minute but I want to share! So in celebration of my big news and my renewed enthusiasm and Mothers Day, I thought I would share a few of my magazines with you. Leave me a comment here and I will draw a few names and send a few of you the magazines! I will give you through the May 14th to leave your comments, then I will draw a use the random selector and pick a few of you to receive the magazine!

I guess I'm in! The badge is a bit big to wear but I have been considering it!

I suddenly have the urge to go design a new block, talk to you later!

11 comments:

Beth Niquette said...

This is pretty cool! I remember hearing of the time Mumsie sent out a manuscript for one of her books. She never did hear from the publisher. Until one day she went out for the mail and found an entire sack of books sitting in the middle of the driveway. They'd published her manuscript and sent her a bag of samples. No one knows who delivered the bag--it was plastic and open at the top. Odd thing. (grin)

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

Wow and congratulations! I never had any doubt that they would publish your pattern.

Eleana said...

Congrats to you, love your work!!
Hugs,
Eleana

Joan T said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting! I think not knowing must have made it even more exciting when you found out. Your work is great!

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

I tilted my head and squinted and there you were! Wonderful, so glad they appreciate you as much, maybe even more, than I do.

PennyJH said...

Congratulations! Love your block - one of the best in the magazine!!!

Marilyn Fromherz said...

That is really exciting - seeing your work in publication is best feeling! The Queen is so cute and I always love all the work you do. Congrats!

Gill said...

Congratulations - how exciting!!!

Collette McManus said...

Love your "Queen" block. Congrats!

Mommy on the Move said...

Congrats, you deserve it! We really can be our worst critic!

Desiree Habicht said...

Okay today is the day!!! I decided to draw 4 names to win the magazine and a little extra surprise from me to you! Congratulations to Eleana, Penny H, Colette McManus and Mommy on the move. The drawing was completely random. Thanks for your comments I so enjoyed reading them, Beth I loved your story! Please email me with your addresses or message me on FB.

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