Friday, August 8, 2014

2015 Calendar is here!

2015 Block and Pattern a day
I can't believe I am still producing this calendar. I began in 2006. A few days ago I submitted the last files for the 2016 calendar (yes, I did!) We work 1-1/2 years ahead.

A little story about how I got into this project. . . Christmas of 2003 and my youngest daughter Valery (then 17) bought the 2004 calendar for me. I have to say it was HORRIBLE in that there were no cutting directions (you had to use the resize mode, ie "scale at 163%") to get templates. The designer (who was very creative and had beautiful patterns) used Electric Quilt and the lines were so pixelated that it destroyed the beauty of her designs.

I got on the phone and called the publisher (yes, I did) and told him I could do a better job. I submitted some artwork and he took me up on my offer. I did it for 2 years at a very lowball fee and then quit because of that. They wooed me back within a year (at a much better fee) and I have just published my 9th calendar (with #10 in the hopper). I design in Adobe Illustrator and all my files are PRINT READY. It is a lot of work and I complain every day to my husband (poor man) about the intense work. Then it's done and I'm very proud!

I hope you can find it in your local quilt shop or big box store. These things are the equivalent of 5 quilt books as there are well over 70 projects! I don't sell them as they weigh so much that the postage has to be Priority Mail. I use my small supply of comp calendars to thank my business associates in the quilting world for hiring me. And then there are a few special friends who get one every year for Christmas (you know who you are!)

Anyway, thought I'd put in a plug for this. Maybe I'll highlight a few projects through the summer.


6 comments:

  1. congrats on yet another reminder of the blessings you bring to many of us each day

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  2. I am so happy that you are still doing this project. It is a great contribution to our craft.

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  3. This is on my Christmas list every year - and my daughter is very good at getting it for me. Thank you for all you do.

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  4. thank you for sharing this info with us. I will definitly look for your calendar as I've had the horrible ones and didn't plan on buying another of any kind. Now I know to purchase yours!!

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  5. Thanks for the info! I just sent a not so subtle email hint to my daughters that this might make a good Christmas or birthday gift for me :)

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  6. I understand how hard it is to create a pattern for quilts like this! Most of mine are improvisational and it is really hard to translate that artistic process into instructions and patterns that others understand and can reproduce!
    That is an adorable quilt. Its funny, I had been working on a similar design. She really nailed it though!

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