Mail Call! My first magazine publication and a quilt top finish

Well it’s been an exciting day for many reasons…. my Honda Element broke down yesterday so it was towed to the shop today. Super sad face! I’ve had my Honda for five years now and I love it so much. Now that they don’t make them anymore it always makes me nervous when it isn’t at top performance so I try to stay ahead of the curve. It got a new alternator, battery, front tires, front brake pads, rear brake pads and rotors, and the 90k maintenance stuff. Spa day! I get it back tomorrow morning.
Poor Honda Element

Some stuff came in the mail too. I signed up for the Quilt Bear Aurifil Thread Club where you get two spools of thread shipped to you each month for $20. You have a choice to get one color and a neutral (the default), two colors or two neutrals. You just specify at checkout what sorts of things you’d like each month. Mary Jo takes special care with each package to dress it up really cute and most months have some sort of theme. This month is of course centered around St. Patrick’s Day!

Aurifil Thread Club from The Quilt Bear

I also wanted to share my first published photo in a quilting magazine. I found out about this the day we left on our cruise that my photo was going to be published and a copy of the magazine was waiting in my mailbox when we returned. Finally remembered to post photos! The quilt they featured is my Jelly Roll Race quilt that I made for my mom for Mothers Day. They found the photo on Flickr and contacted me. This magazine is sent to quilt shop owners only so it’s not available on newsstands but I’m still proud of it.

My first magazine publication

My first magazine publication

Because I was stuck at home today after they dropped me off from the auto repair shop I got a little bit done around the house and some sewing done. The Nostalgia quilt top is done! I will NOT be bordering this one.

Nostalgia quilt top

This is the Summer in the Park pattern done with honeybun strips and jelly roll strips (tutorial here). Not too difficult to do. The bias edges can help and hurt you as you’re sewing blocks together. I’m hoping I didn’t stretch anything too much trying to get points to align. We’ll find out when I start quilting it.

I also bound my Madrona Road challenge quilt. It’s really cute – I plan on taking it to work and figuring out how to hang it up somewhere.

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt


  1. Thanks for posting this for me Katie! Im so very proud of you and ALL that you’ve accomplished. <3

  2. I signed up for the Aurifil Club, too and will write about it in my blog later this week. It like it and don’t feel it is too expensive. I have gotten colors that I wouldn’t pick for myself, which is good. I asked for brights. Thanks for turning me on to this.

  3. Congratulations on being published– that’s really exciting!

  4. Congrats, Katie!
    I also wanted to tell you I love both of these quilts. Thanks for posting the Summer in the Park tutorial! Nostalgia came together really well 🙂
    I will probably sign up for the Aurifil club at some point too. I love the thread and am a fan of Mary Jo and the Quilt Bear! They are so sweet. I wanted to try out the Snap Sack club first, and was so pleased with the first month’s project that I may do both.

  5. Thanks for this post. I wanted to sign up for The Quilt Bear’s thread and snap sack clubs but I wasn’t sure because I didn’t know anyone who had done it but now I think I am going to go with it and stock up on some quality thread. Congratulations on getting published. I love your Madrona Road quilt. The quilting detail is very impressive.

  6. Congratulations on your first publications, wooo-hoo! You’re getting even more famous! :DD I’m sorry about the honda repairs, but all cars need maintenance and if you didn’t have to do anything for 5 years that’s pretty good! Madrona road challenge quilt looks even more lovely with the binding on. It frames it! 🙂 And you know how much I LOVE your honeybun quilt! It looks fantastic now it’s all sewn together. You should have no problem quilting it. It hangs pretty straight on the picture. Can’t wait to seei t!

  7. Sandi Colwell says:

    Woot woot!!! Congratulations Katie!!! It’s a beautiful quilt!

  8. I just had to comment because I too have a 5 year old Element (recently paid off!) and it is blue too. Great car!

  9. Catherine says:

    Congratulations on being published! I`m sure there is more to come!