Did you all know that that magazine Quilting Quickly, a Fons and Porter entity, has changed its name to Pre-Cut Patchwork? I didn’t until we had one of our quilts published with them.
A few years ago we made LOTS of precut quilts. In the last year or two, we haven’t made nearly as many. When I cleaned out my sewing room, there were lots of bags of leftovers from precuts. What’s a girl to do with them?
Some scraps blend easily with others…but other scraps, they don’t blend the best. That was true of this batch of leftover pre-cut scraps.
That’s when I got the idea to sew the pieces of fabric together and make “slabs” of fabric. Then I tried to come up with a simple design that would use those 3 1/2″ slabs.
This is what I came up with…
It’s not a fancy quilt but I am completely in love with it. One reason…I feel like the quilt was a “make something from nothing” quilt.
The size of the quilt was dictated by the amount of scraps I had and blocks I could make. If you look closely at the picture you can see the the fabrics are pieced together making square and triangles.
At one point I didn’t have enough of scraps left over from the precut so I dug through my other scraps and found a few greens and teals that would work….still the bulk of the quilt came from the leftovers of the pre-cut.
If you’re wondering the quilt that we made with the original pre-cut was this…
Here’s a diagram of the quilt. I made if for Kalissa’s best friend from high school when she graduated. That was back in 2013. The scraps have languished here.
This was a Moda Bake Shop pattern so it’s a freebie and you can find it HERE.
The alternate block in this is a scrappy neutral nine patch. One of our blog readers sent a bunch of neutral fabrics and I cut them up and used them on this. THANKS!! The neutrals were perfect. I worked to use ones that were more tone on tone and only varied slightly in color.
It was SUPER windy when I tried to take pictures. I was a little challenged.
The backing fabric was gifted to us to by the gals at Forest Mills Quilt Shop .
The pretty fabric didn’t show up the best in the photo though…
I tried to get a picture with Ruby and she wasn’t cooperating the best…here she is liking her lips….oh Ruby.
I was both happy and sad with the layout of the magazine pattern and write up. I love the column on the left. I wrote that and it was included in the magazine word for word.
What the magazine didn’t include was anything about our blog. There is no other acknowledgement of us except for our name. UGH. One of the reasons we submit to magazines is the hope of getting more blog readers. When we’ve had quilts featured before it will say our names and then give the address of our blog.
The amount we get paid is not much. $325 was promised for the rights for this quilt. Getting a few more blog readers out of the deal is more what we are after. I was lucky and could make the quilt from donated backing, leftover fabrics and gifted neutrals so I didn’t have much money into the quilt. If I had bought all the supplies….I would have made very little on the quilt…honestly, it would not have been worth our time.
Add a little more sadness to the project….FW Media the publishers of the magazine sent me a notice regarding bankruptcy. I didn’t think much of it until I realized that I haven’t been paid by them for this quilt yet. UGH. I have an email out to them as we speak but I’m wondering now if I’ll get anything out of it at all…
I wrote and asked about getting paid. Here is what I was told,
I’m so sorry, but due the Chapter 11 filing it seems some payments were stopped before they could be paid out. Please see below the letter from our Controller. There is a link where you can file a claim, I suggest you do so as I’m unsure when funds may be released for our Contributors. I apologize that I don’t have more information than this letter at this time. This was news to us as well. We hope to have updates in the next couple of weeks.”
I keep getting emails from the company asking for submissions but I’ll submit nothing more until I get paid for this one. Always something else to deal with.
For those of you wondering- This would be McCalls Quilting, For the Love of Quilting, and Quiltmaker plus any of their other supplemental magazines. Until they figure out what they are doing, I personally wouldn’t put and money subscribing to or submitting to them. There is no guarantee of payment..or of getting your magazine.
In the meantime….enjoy the quilt! I have to say, it really was a fun one to make and really, that’s all that counts.