Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Searching for Seaglass...

...is the name of my first ever magazine published quilt pattern, yay!


It was my birthday yesterday and the day was topped off by finding the Quilters Companion Modern Quilts issue in my letterbox. And when I unwrapped it I was gobsmacked to find my quilt had made it to the front cover (blushing now!).


I finished this quilt many months ago and before I sent it to be photographed for the magazine, I took it to the beach for a little photo shoot of my own! (click on photo's to see more detail).


Of course with a name like Searching for Seaglass, the quilt had to visit the beach!! The beach huts on the Mornington Peninsula make a great back drop for any quilt.


I didn't have quite enough of any one fabric for the back of the quilt (the pattern for the back is not included in the magazine) so I separated two different colours using the 60 degree triangles and turning them into flying geese.


For the quilting I used my domestic sewing machine and using the free motion method, quilted clamshells over each triangle. I was thrilled with how they turned out and no pre-marking needed.


It shows up beautifully from the back (I love that painted whale on the beach hut in the background!)...


I am feeling very humbled to be included in this wonderful magazine, alongside many other wonderful quilters and artisans. Charlotte (Lawson and Lotti) has a stunning quilt called Broken Arrows, you can see more of hers here.

This special edition of Quilters Companion magazine is available this month. I'm going to be buying a few, heehee! xo


70 comments:

giddy99 said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! Congratulations!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous Cathy and congratulations on not only your first published pattern but making it to the front cover. Just love the solid brights against the two tonal greys. Happy birthday too!!

Kate said...

Congratulations, it is a wonderful quilt!

Oops-Lah said...

Firstly I wish you a very happy Birthday, I hope you got properly spoiled yesterday. And secondly; wow, wow, wow!!! I love your new quilt and I LOVE your free motion quilting, and I love the back of the quilt! I love the colours! Everything is just perfect! I hope I can find that magazine here. Merry Christmas!

Oops-Lah said...

Firstly I wish you a very happy Birthday, I hope you got properly spoiled yesterday. And secondly; wow, wow, wow!!! I love your new quilt and I LOVE your free motion quilting, and I love the back of the quilt! I love the colours! Everything is just perfect! I hope I can find that magazine here. Merry Christmas!

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Congratulations Cover Girl! I'm looking forward to reading the issue from cover to cover (and watching my DVD sometime - gulp). To celebrate this issue, I am holding some giveaways on my blog. See:
http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/2012/12/12/modern-quilts-improvising-using-stacks-of-solids/

carla said...

Hi!! Beautiful!!! I love the name and it is lovely on the beach!!! Thank You

Lurline said...

Congratulations, Cathy! A great quilt, so well deserved.
Hugs - Lurline.

Leeann said...

Congrats on being a cover girl! Maybe you can be a Bond girl next, you know if the Queen can you can!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Feliz Aniversário!!!Parabéns pelo trabalho e publicação na revista,está mesmo maravilhosa.Feliz Natal!

Adrianne said...

Congratulations! Having a quilt pattern published is an awesome achievement, and making the cover is wonderful! It is a lovely quilt.

Jackie said...

OMG... I love it!! And Congratulations the perfect gift ... Cover Girl!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm sure this is just the first of many cover quilts for you Cathy! It is perfect - love the quilting!

Sharon said...

Whoohoo to the cover girl. Congrats on this. Love the colors, that's the perfect name for this quilt.

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations Cathy- on the wonderful quilt with its fabulous quilting, being a covergirl and your birthday! Doesn't get better than this!

Linda said...

Getting older isn't so bad when it's accompanied by a magazine feature! Congratulations!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hope you had a fantastic birthday! Love love love your quilt - looks amazing - so modern and colourful. Your quilting compliments it perfectly. Well done!

Shocking Hocking said...

how exciting for you - and of course to all those who know you! the quilt is gorgeous - congrats on the cover :)

Leanne said...

Congrats...your photos are amazing...your quilting is scrumptious...I look forward to browsing through this mag...

Nedra said...

Oh, yay Cathy! congratulations!!! I am working on a triangle quilt right now, and I LOVE your color choices.

Amanda said...

Fantastic. Lovely quilt and great photo's by the beach.

Maree: said...

Oh WOW the back is Just asGorgeous your Quilting is Fantastic!
Well Done once Again.
Cheers

Karen said...

How exciting for you!!! The quilting shows up so well - great quilt.

MAUREEN said...

Congrats!! And Happy Birthday too!!

ELENAVA наслаждаюсь печворком, квилтингом said...

Очень милое покрывальце

ms lottie said...

Go you!

Pip said...

Congratulations, how exciting for you, your quilt certainly deserves to be on the cover, I can't wait for my magazine to arrive now.

Happy Birthday for yesterday, hope you had a nice indulgent day.

Nic said...

It's lovely! The simplicity of the design and colours you've used really make this quilt stand out. I'm not surprised they put it on the cover. Congrats

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cathy! This is so beautiful quilt and what a lovely name - it suits well with those colours! The backing is also great and has the colours of sand and stones. It deserves to be on the cover of the magazine! x Teje

Altax said...

awesome!!! The quilts are great.

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Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautifully pieced and quilted Cathy. I love your first and last photos even more than the one on the magazine cover. Big congrats too, what a thrill this must be. Excellent! I like the back of your quilt too.

Jenny M said...

How exciting to have your quilt on the cover. The colours are beautiful. Happy birthday for yesterday and bestt wishes for many carefree & happy days ahead.

Danielle said...

Happy birthday Cathy! And big congratulations, your quilt is gorgeous, the quilting is beautiful too! Can't wait to get my hands on the mag once we get home! Danielle xo

HoffiCoffi said...

Oh my goodness - you did that free motion quilting by eye? That is very impressive.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Wow! Congratulations!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Congratulations and happy (belated) birthday! The quilt is amazing, as is the quilting!

OneLittleThread said...

Picked up this mag in Singapore last week...it has some great quilts. Yours is wonderful and I love the pics on the beach. Congratulations!

Michele said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is wonderful.

Joyce said...

Absolutely beautiful and the perfect setting for your photos!

Joyce said...

Absolutely beautiful and the perfect setting for your photos!

ranette said...

Congratulations and happy birthday Cathy!!!! Beautiful quilt!

Stephanie said...

Well deserved. Aptly named and totally gorgeous. I admit I love your photography at the beach best. Would have also been a lovely cover shot. Happy Birthday!

Nyla said...

Congratulations for having you lovely and deserving quilt on the cover! What a nice birthday present. I really love your quilting on this, turned out wonderful. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing!

AllyJo said...

It's gorgeous and I'm so happy for you. I thought it couldn't be any prettier until I saw the clam shell stitching on it. Wonderful!!!

Dee said...

Huzzah! I love it when you take pictures on the beach! These are fantastic! Congratulations Cathy!

Nifty Quilts said...

Happy birthday! Congratulations!! Your quilt is beautiful and so YOU. I love your fresh color combinations. The use of grey really sets off the spots of red turquoise. Your quilting is fantastic too! I'm off to order the magazine!

evaj said...

Wow,its beautiful!!Evaj

bearpaw said...

Gorgeous, beautiful quilt. Well done Cathy!

Chris the Quilter said...

Now that you're a famous quilter, can you please have another gathering so we can get our magazines signed??

: )

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Congratulations! What a fantastic birthday present too. I love your quilt, and the quilting in particular.

Miriam said...

Congratulations cover girl!!!!

A beautiful quilt and wonderful photography!!

Looove your quilting!!!

May this be the first of many published works for you!

pandchintz said...

First up, belated birthday wishes!! Secondly, WOW! Congratulations! Fantastic news! So pleased for you, and the front cover too - well done you! The first of many I hope. X. PS. I like that whale too.

Esther Aliu said...

Congratulations! Beautiful colours,well done.

Salley said...

Congratulations ! I just love the texture seen so easily on the back. The photo shoot is perfect to show off this super quilt. Found Mag in my newsagent to day!
What a lovely Birthday surprise for you.

Holli said...

Oooh! Stunning quilt! And happy birthday to you! Doesn't look like we can get that magazine here in the states. Well, its a beautiful quilt. Congratulations!!

SarahZ said...

Marvelous quilt, and photo shoot! Just exquisite all around! Special congratulations on being published:)

Introverted Art said...

Happy belated birthday!!!!!

Madcap said...

Congratumalations! That's one heckuva way to celebrate your birthday!

Viviana said...

Felicitaciones!!! Me encantan sus trabajos.Cariños

Marit said...

A very late, but double congratulations, Cathy! The quilt is pretty and you are a cover girl now. That's a very sweet and well deserved honor. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!
; )

Mrs.Hearts said...

Your quilt is fantastic!

Deezebra said...

So fantastic to see your quilt on the cover, it is stunning. So proud of you.

Helen said...

Its beautiful Cathy! Can't wait to buy the mag!

mieke said...

Your quilt is really stunning Cathy,and deserves to be nowhere else than only the front cover!!! Happy birthday and happy Christmas! x

fiberchick said...

Happy belated birthday and congratulations on your cover... You are a star!

Sarah said...

Happy birthday Cathy! And congrats on your publication!!!! Woo-hoo! It's a lovely quilt too BTW. Hope you had a great Christmas xx

Carla said...

Congratulations, Cathy! I'm hoping to finally make a 60degree triangle quilt in 2013...yours is exceptional!

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Love this quilt! So beautiful!

Willit Neverend said...

Beautiful. As soon as I saw this quilt as your blog header, I immediately wanted to follow your blog.

This is a stunning quilt. Congratulations.

Jan said...

Really love it and congratulations!