published in Sew Somerset

What fun. Just this week I received my copy of

Sew Somerset

Summer 2009

~ the art of creative sewing with mixed media . . . with my article on Journal Quilts published inside! The editor, Amanda Nolan, wrote me in early January of this year and said,

"I came across your site and love your journal quilts! I was wondering if you'd be interested in submitting to Sew Somerset (a sewing arts publication published by Stampington & Company). Please let me know if you would be interested!"

I answered,

"Hi Amanda, and thanks very much for your email. I would certainly be interested in submitting to Sew Somerset. I just read your

publishing guidelines online

. Tell me, are you looking for submissions for the January 15th deadline? And, are you looking for a few of my journal quilts to be submitted?"

Yes! Amanda was interested in more than one of my Journal Quilts, how cool! She told me her favorites, and I was able to write the article and send the Journal quilts in for the January 15th deadline. The next deadline coming up for the Winter issue of

Sew Somerset

is: July 15th (this is a bi-annual publication). They are looking for all types of stitched work, including: wearables, journals, folders, décor, ATCs, cards, scrapbook pages, art quilts, or any mixed-media work. So what are you waiting for??!! Below is the first page of my article in this issue (there are 3 pages total), and then photos of all the Journal Quilts that were included in the article with some of the Journaling backs here on my blog for you.

When I receive these JQs back from Stampington, I am bound & determined to finally sew all 28 journal quilts from my 2007 series together. I have never found or made the time to do so, yet. Well, that's a good thing -- if I had done this already, I could not have sent selected ones in to be photographed for this article!! After I sew them all together, this Journal Quilt wall-hanging piece will get lovingly packed up. I'll bring it to our new home in Florida, whenever we move, to proudly hang on one of our new walls. : ) We do have another home showing today and my fingers are crossed the right people come along . . . . . yes, we have only been on the market 3 weeks - and I am trying to be patient!