Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pink Slip Quilts and Giveaway

Blazing Autumn draft block and quilt
Pink Slip? Doesn't that mean "reject" or discard? What do I mean by this title? Well, I want to show you that I have PLENTY of projects that have flowed from my fertile, creative mind that were rejected by more than one publisher or fabric company. I am not a total success story, by any means!

When I worked for Quilt Magazine we had a lot of fabric companies asking us to work with their fabric collections, both for publication and for display at Quilt Market. Bali had asked me to make something with the above collection, something organic and out-doorsy. Hence, my Blazing Autumn quilt. They said, "Nice. But not this time." I liked it and to tell you the truth, I can't find it anymore. It disappeared in one of my recent moves. Yikes! But I think I stayed with their theme, right?

Moda Kansas Troubles Jelly Roll quilt
 Can you believe it? I made the above quilt using ONLY 2-1/2" strips. I mean every single thing on this quilt, including the ruffle and the binding is a 2-1/2" strip. Never was picked up and I tried really hard to pitch it to several magazine editors. This now hangs in my bedroom where it enjoys peace and quiet and my adoring gaze.

Magic Triangles Table Runner
Bits and pieces of leftovers
This table runner (above) and quilt (below) use a magnificent collection by Blank Quilting called Holiday Splendor. The Lone Star quilt came first and we (Blank and I) really tried to get a magazine to pick it up. None. No way. But, in a way, I'm glad. I have been able to use it to teach an all day class called One Day Lone Star over 10 times, so she has had a lot of exposure to adoring fans. The leftover fabrics were used to make the runner. It is an awesome technique, but no one wanted it. I WANT IT! And it hangs on my living room wall where I gaze on it every morning while I drink my coffee.
One Day Lone Star Quilt and Workshop: Free Pattern here
You can find a similar quilt at the Blank Quilting web site, free patterns
Zig Zag Safari - now in the home of my daughter's friends for their baby boy
Zig Zag Safari Collection by Benartex
I thought this was a really cute quilt made with some Benartex fabrics. I trimmed some pillow cases and made some baby throw pillows. Well . . . cute enough for a real baby, not cute enough to grace the pages of a magazine. Sigh!

I have PLENTY of other quilts that languish in my closets. Remember, I sew for the camera. This is how I pay my bills, keep the heat and AC going, and when something is not published I don't get paid! I give a LOT of quilts away (because I sew a LOT). But I always sew with publishing in mind.

And the giveaway? Some fabric! Another collection by Blank Quilting. 3 fat quarters from the Mariko Collection below. Leave a comment as to which of the above "pink slip" projects is your favorite. Contest over MIDNIGHT JUNE 16, 2013 (so I can mail it out before my next road trip).

Mariko Collection by Blank Quilting

76 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie ...each piece above is gorgeous in it's own way. They are all different, but great! I like the table runner the best; I think...lol. I like them all.

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  2. Blazing Autumn calls to me because I have never done an art quilt..have only done traditional work.

    I applaud your self confidence .. I quit girl scouts because I had to sell cookies and the first 6 people told me no...LOL

    You keep going, even your "rejects" are works of art. Thanks for sharing

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  3. I have to go with the Magic Triangles. We all have our pink slips! Thanks for sharing your projects and the great giveaway!

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  4. I love them all and the one from the bits tugs my inner quilter, but I have to go with the Lone Star - that could hang in my living room with no problem.

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  5. Hi Debby. Loved all of them but my favorite is the Magic Triangles table runner. I really LOVE the colors! And the design is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. I think they are all great, I like the table runner best.

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  7. I love Blazing Autumn. I can't imagine why Bali rejected that one.

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  8. I love them all, but the Magic Triangles is my favorite. Second favorite would be your Batik quilt on top.

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  9. I like Zig Zag Safari. I think I am in need of another grandchild.

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  10. Hi Debby, They're all fun pieces but my very fave would be the Magic Triangles Table Runner!

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  11. Hi!!! I really can't see how any magazine could not want them!!!! My favorite is Blazing Autumn!!!! Beautiful and makes me smile!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!

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  12. The One Day Lone Star quilt is beautiful and so is that runner...but, they are all pretty amazing!

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  13. I love the table runner--with the Blazing Autumn coming in 2nd. They are beautiful projects--but it seems that over the last 5-7 years quilt magazines are publishing very little that consists of anything except squares and rectangles. Sadly, I'm letting my subscriptions expire, and when I look at magazines in stores, I seldom buy them. (I did, however, get inspired by the Amish quilts at the Museum of American Folk Art today.)

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  14. Love the One Day Lone Star Quilt and am headed to look for the pattern. Beautiful! Wish I could take your class.

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  15. My favorite is the Blazing Autumn. Nice jog on all your quilts. Certainly magazine worthy.

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  16. I love Blazing Autumn. It should be in an art gallery. How heartbreaking that it's lost! I also like all the other quilts too. I can't understand why publishers wouldn't gobble them up! It's nice that you have a sense of humor about it though. I love the concept of "Pink Slip" quilts. :)

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  17. My favorite is the Magic Triangles Table runner but love the little Lone Star too.

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  18. The Lone Star one is gorgeous.

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  19. I absolutely LOVE the first one. Autumn Blaze. It looks amazing. I cannot believe nobody wanted it! So sorry to hear it was lost. Perhaps some extremely lucky person will find it and give it the love it deserves. I do like the other quilts too, but that one was my favourite!

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  20. Magic Triangles table runner is fabulous!!! I love "free" quilts from leftovers!!!

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  21. My favourite is the Lone Star quilt, it's beautiful. Many thanks for this giveaway!

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  22. To tell you the truth I have 2 favorites that I cannot believe were not picked up
    1. Blazing Autumn...colors are beautiful
    2. Magic triangles....wow the colors and pattern are just wonderful

    Hopefully the one that was lost is in a loving home just hiding from you....Thanks for doing a give a way...

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  23. Magic Triangles is #1vfor me ,and Blazing Autumn is a close second .

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  24. I love the color play of Magic Triangles and One Day Lone Star, but the energy of Blazing Autumn makes it #1 for me. Thanks for a pleasant side to the beagle's early wake-up today.

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  25. The one day Lone Star is easily my favorite. I would LOVE to learn to make a lone star in just a day. I cannot see why it was not picked up. The bonus table runner is brilliant. Who doesn't love to get double use out of fabrics for a planned quilt? What were they thinking?

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  26. I love your Lone Star. Thanks for showing us your 'rejects', they are all lovely.

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  27. Blazing Autumn draft block and quilt

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  28. Blazing Autumn is gorgeous - so sorry it disappeared. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. I love the Magic Triangles Table Runner because it is so unique!

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  30. LOVE the Magic Triangles Table Runner. Where can I find THAT pattern?

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  31. I have lots of those too. When I had to move to another state, I prepared some quilts for classes in the hope that I could get another job teaching in a local quilt shop. Eventually, they looked at them. I taught none of them, but I was lucky enough to get the job anyway.

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  32. Kind of hard to choose. I really like the first one but my favorite has to be Zig Zag Safari.

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  33. I love the One Day Lonestar quilt. I can see why so many quilters love to take the class.

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  34. I love the Blazing Autumn quilt. I am nuts over batiks and that is just gorgeous.

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  35. Hard choice as I love them all but since I must choose it would be Blazing Autumn . Thanks for the chance .

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  36. I love Blazing Autumn! It is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. Blazing Autumn is gorgeous. thanks so much for sharing.

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  38. Oh my goodness. Choose? You are funny. I love them all. I guess right now I would go with the Zig Zag because my brain is all about baby quilts right now.

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  39. I LOVE the table runner. I prefer the darker greens and burgundies for Christmas decor and this is right up my alley!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. I think you have some great projects there but I really like the Magic Triangles Table Runner! It's beautiful!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  41. Love the first one and the baby quilt! Thanks for the giveaway

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  42. You have so many beautiful quilts!! I love the blazing autumn babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  43. Love the Holiday spender table runner (except I'd make a whole quilt!!) All are wonderful. Thanks for the eye candy!

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  44. Hi, I really like the blazing autumn quilt. Don't know why they wouldn't, I think it's beautiful.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  45. Blazing Autumn! They are all gorgeous, though. You are so creative and talented! I love your blog. I love getting to see all of your lovely work.

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  46. My favourite is Blazing Autumn!

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  47. oohh, you make this HARD. I'm big into stars, so I love the Lone Star, the Moda Kansas quilt is very creative and I love the pennants on the zig zag safari. My favorite is the Magic Triangles runner. Adore the fabric. So summery and pretty.

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  48. I like the Zig Zag Safari the best. I like the star quilt too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. I like Blazing Autumn the best! All submissions can't get accepted but it doesn't mean they aren't nice. I also really love the Magic Triangles table runner.

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  50. I really like the Blazing Autumn but the table runner is great too. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  51. I like Blazing Autumn for 2 reasons, I really like the design of the tree and falling leaves and also I love batiks! I think its a great combination and worthy of publication! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  52. they are all wonderful but I think Blazing Autumn is the best!!!!

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  53. Blazing Autumn is the best!!!!

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  54. Awww..you make me sad.. Creating all those quilts and then being told they are not good enough I think they are all lovely. I like the Magic Triangle Runner the best. Thank you for sharing.

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  55. Hands down I love the Blazeing Autumn quilt. It reminds me of some art work I saw recently of a tree of life. Beautiful. I treally appeals to my soul. Now I also love the Magic Triangles runner. Thanks for shareing your quilts withus today. And for the chance to enter your fabric giveaway as well.

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  56. Lone Star and Magic Triangles. Those are really great! As for your "fails" thanks for sharing. It's nice to see we all have them, even someone who's successful. Have a great weekend!

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  57. I just love the Magic Triangles Table Runner! So beautiful colors which correspond!

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  58. Just goes to show that the magazines and others who ask you to create something don't always have their hats on straight. I love every single one of those! I think Blazing Autumn is my favorite, and Bali missed the boat on that one. I really like the table runner, too, and ... well, all of them!

    dezertsuz at gmail

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  59. I love the lone star quilt...I love very traditional blocks, although I gravitate towards more modern fabrics. I can see it in yellow, gray, aqua, and maybe red...no, fuscia.

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  60. Magic Triangles is lovely! Glad to hear that you aren't discouraged - keep on creating, you've got it in you!!!

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  61. Magic Triangles Table Runner. It's a great looking quilt and the colors really pop! yoyopattycakes at hotmail dot com

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  62. Love the magic triangles table runner! So neat! And the lone star is on my "someday" list, so it is second runner up. :)
    Sandy A

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  63. I love the Autumn leaves wall hanging. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. I love the Magic Triangles--it's beautiful.

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  65. All your work is amazing, but I love the magic triangle tablerunner. It is hard to imagine any of these gorgeous works of art not being selected for publication.

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  66. I love the lone star but the table runner is sure a close second.
    However, I'd be happy with any of your quilts. What is wrong with those publishers - they at times choose projects that don't even compare.

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  67. I love the lone star and the scrap tablerunner! The publishers just missed out!

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  68. That magic triangle runner is stunning!!!! It's always a mystery to me what gets accepted and what gets rejected...

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  69. I can't understand why the Magic Triangles Table Runner was not picked up by a magazine. It is beautiful!

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  70. Totally and without doubt, my favorite is Magic Triangles Table Runner. I think the person who was reviewing that pattern must have been having a bad day. What's not to like?

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  71. My favorite is also the Magic Triangles Table Runner. I guess it is frustrating to work so hard and come up with something so special and no one is interested in it. Kinda makes me glad I just sew for me.

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  72. I thought Blazing Autumn was beautiful, but the Magic Triangles table runner also caught my eye. (OK, all of your pieces caught my eye!). I will have to go with Blazing Autumn for my favorite, though.

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  73. I like the Magic Triangles table runner.

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  74. I like the lone star the best :)

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