March 29, 2011

101 Patchwork Projects

I've been sitting on this secret since November...and it's been downright torture! I'm terrible at keeping secrets, because I get too excited. For instance, I realized something about myself a few years back when it comes to presents and bargain shopping. What would happen is this: I'd see a crazy deal on something my husband really wanted - months before his birthday or Christmas. I'd justify buying it months in advance because I was "saving myself money". Problem was, I'd get SO excited about the present that I would either let it slip (usually by grinning like the devil whenever the subject came up...and my husband would sniff out the secret immediately like a friggin' bloodhound), or I'd give it to him mere days after purchasing it because I was too excited/impatient to wait...which totally negated my "great deal"...because then instead of buying just one present at a good price, I had to purchase a second present to actually give him on his birthday/Christmas. *sigh*

So needless to say, keeping this from you all has been rough. And the sad thing is, after all this build-up, you probably think it's something waaay cooler than it actually a book or a fabric line or something else completely out of my grasp, lol! Nevertheless, it's exciting to me because I'm a nerd. The news is that along with my friend Angela, I'm going to have some of my patterns in the upcoming 101 Patchwork Projects publication from Interweave Press. Yay!!! I've never had anything published before, and they're really small "filler" patterns that most people will probably flip past in the magazine. But is that stopping me from announcing it on Facebook or ordering dozens of copies at wholesale price for my entire extended family? No sir!

If you take a gander at the pictures below, both projects might look slightly familiar to you :)

I have Kati of from the blue chair to thank for the precious Monaluna toaster fabric you see fussy cut in the center. I'd been dying for some prints from that line, and she sent a couple FQ's in my Mug Rug Swap 2 package. Sir Whiskers loved that package as well, because there was a stuffed lion squeaky toy and some treats for him :)

My other item is a variation of my box pouch. I dubbed it the "Bright Hopes Pencil Case" for the magazine. Kinda cheesy, right? But I was down to the wire submitting my articles, and that's the best I could come up with under the gun. I thought it would be a precious little pencil case for elementary school kids...or adults that have an affinity for Hello Kitty pencils...*cough*

The pattern is meant to help you use up small scraps of polka dot prints that you just can't bear to throw away, but wonder "what the heck can I make with a scrap this small?". Well now you know. You can make a make a pretty sweet pencil case for your Hello Kitty lovin' friends...wait...I mean the children...

I have a bunch of pictures because it's kinda hard to see the rainbow effect in just one shot. Basically the prints go around the pouch "Roy G. Biv" style (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet...except there's no indigo...)




Side 1

Side 2


The magazine hits stands on April 12. I have no idea if it will be available at Target, Walmart or other discount stores, but you can also order it here.


CONGRATS!! Is the magazine out on the shelves? What are the dates on it? I am so excited for you! Girl I would be busting at the seams!! No joke.

How cool! You go girl, this is so exciting! Love your little coaster and pencil case they're both super cute.
Congrats Kaelin!!

Congrats!! That is so exciting!!!

I love the rainbow effect! Congrats!

Wonderful! I want to make it! And dont worry lots of people have HK pencils, and fabric, and...

Awesome!!! That is very exciting!!! Being published is very cool, and who doesn't love Hello Kitty?!

Congratulations! How totally cool to have something published!!

Congrats! Two lovely things to make too, love the rainbow pencil case

That's so great, Kaelin -- and well deserved! I hope these are just the first of many published patterns. Ah, we knew her when....

Congrats!!!! That's so cool! I'm terrible at keeping sercrets too!

Hey! Is that pouch stickin' out its tongue at me? So cute, congrats on both!

Congratulations on having your first patterns published. I love the rainbow pencil case :) I hope this is just the start of your success :)

yay! congrats kaelin!!!! love that rainbow coloured pencil case!!

Congratulations!! Love the Roy G Biv bag, I haven't heard that in awhile.

Congratulations! That is super exciting! Well, I have been hearing buzz about this magazine, but I will have to buy it for sure, now.
I must be a nerd too, then, because I totally would order an entire box of copies for myself if I were ever published :) And maybe wallpaper a room with it. Go Kaelin!

Congratulations! I'd be excited, too. Your projects are great! I can't wait to pick up my issue.

Hey, way to go!!!! That's awesome Kaelin!

So exciting! I love that you used the fabric I sent. Congrats!

Congratulations! I adore that rainbow pencil case! I am really bad at keeping stuff to myself when I buy a present too. My other half says I'm always busting to tell him what I've got him lol

Congratulations! Btw, that pencil case is just too cute!

Way to go Kaelin!! Woohoo!! That's fantastic!! Love those little projects! I'm no good at keeping presents secret either.

Congratulations, Kaelin! I love your ROYGBV box pouch!

(I'm the same way about secrets).

Yay for you!! That is so exciting!! You go girl!!

congrats on being published - I am going to have to get that magazine!

I'm waiting quite impatiently to see the magazine and see everything professionally photographed. Holla! Soon, soon!

Wow, that's big news!!! Congratulations! I'm glad I'm a follower of such a noteworthy blog:)

Wow, congratulations!! And yes, that *IS* a big deal! Great job! I can't wait to see it in person in the magazine! And I think that's a great way to use up polka fun!

Congratulations! Cute little bag, I will have to see if I can find it myself! :)

That is so awesome! I mean how many people do you know that can say they have had anything published? I can't wait to see:)

I think it's awesome that your projects are being published! That is quite an accomplishment...congratulations!

I love the pencil case and the rainbow effect. I will have to look for the magazine this weekend.

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