Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild and A Give-a-Way

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, and this is when the Hudson Valley really shines with color and happiness!! I am really proud to live in an area with so much natural beauty. 

I will post photos as the Hudson River becomes rimmed in magnificent colors, and the advances of the gorgeous changes in color through the end of October. Lots of inspiration.

On another note, below are two blocks I made for a charity quilt for Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild. Others members are making and adding blocks, and I hope show more them as the quilt progresses. Additionally, one of the members designed the pattern.

Block One is 16″ x 16″.

Block two is 16″ x 16″.

If you thought the colors for this charity quilt were blue and white – you guessed correctly.

On a second note, while I was at Sew Pro this past weekend, Tula Pink mentioned that give-a-ways on blogs are not a good way to build an audience. I agree with her, but have a few exceptions. 

I think if a blogger is promoting a fabric line, pattern line, new book, or is offering the opportunity for a prize in lieu of market information, or readers opinions, it’s okay.

As it happens, I have two copies of Mastering The Art of Fabric Printing and Design; Techniques, Tutorials, and Inspiration, by Laurie Wisbrun. A few years ago I bought one copy on Amazon, and a few months later I won a copy.

A lot of people from Sew Pro are interested in fabric design, as I am, but I don’t need two copies. 

I am also a published non-fiction, children’s book author and book reviewer, as well as free-lance magazine contributor in quilting, and review quilting books. I would love your thoughts about the following two issues, and am happy to give-a-way my extra copy of this book.

To enter this give-a-way, please leave me a comment in the comment box below, telling me;

1. What are your favorite quilting magazines.

2. What kinds of articles do you enjoy reading in a quilting magazine. See below for ideas. (This does not include patterns, because I’m learning how to write patterns at this time, and am not ready to submit them to magazines).

Examples of feature articles in magazines could be;

1. Profiles of people in our industry. 

2. Articles related to industry news in fabric and quilting designs. 

3. Profiles about fabric manufacturers, and what goes on behind the scenes.

4. What it takes to run a successful brick & mortar store or online fabric shop.

5. How various fabrics are made and distributed. 

6. The life cycle of product lines. What is a cash cow? How companies horizontally and vertically integrate many product lines.

7. The bottom line – making a profit. How that works in fabric companies.

8. Book Reviews.

9. Websites and resources.

10. Essential elements from professionals who create successful blogs, i.e. logo designers, web site designers, photographers, content developers, social media experts. (I am currently enrolled at SUNY Purchase to receive my Social Marketing Certification). I won’t be an expert upon completion, but I will be more well versed to interview social media marketing experts.

I’m sure there are more feature ideas. Please enter your answers to these two questions, which would be so helpful for me. I will pick a random responder on the morning of Friday, September 30th. And post it on this blog. I will also contact you, by e-mail to let you know, you’ve won, and to get your snail mail address, so I can mail you the book. 

So if you are a no-reply blogger, please include your e-mail address. I promise I won’t share it or use it to send you a newsletter or promotion.

I am linking up with Let’s Be Social @SewFreshQuilts.Thanks in advance for your help and have a good week and weekend.

Happy Quilting!!

I love comments and read every one of them! 🙂

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  • Reply Nancy Scott September 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Hi! My favorite quilting mag is Quilter's World – since I regularly have patterns accepted and published in it 🙂 As far as the type of articles – as a consumer / quilter – I like the behind the scenes articles, how fabric is made, the designers inspiration (like Tula shared with us). I read an interesting article a few years ago regarding the difference in quality in fabrics – thread counts, finishes etc. Thanks !

  • Reply Linda September 22, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hi,I've always like 'American Patchwork+Quilting'!Love all sewing/quilting hints+tutorials of new quilt block designs! Thank You for sharing a neat book giveaway!

  • Reply September 23, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I have been what I call a "lone quilter" I didn't belong to any groups or subscribe to magazines. I'm finally reaching out to the quilting world and discovering what a wonderful community it is.

  • Reply September 23, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I have been what I call a "lone quilter" I didn't belong to any groups or subscribe to magazines. I'm finally reaching out to the quilting world and discovering what a wonderful community it is.

  • Reply Cheryl September 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    My favorite quilting magazines are the more modern leaning ones like Make Modern and Modern Quilts Unlimited. Besides patterns, I like to read articles about the inner workings of the industry and the life cycle of products.

  • Reply The Colorful Fabriholic September 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    My favorite magazine used to be Quilters Newsletter. Topics I would particularly like to read/learn more about are your items # 6, 5, and 3. As Cheryl said, the inner workings of the fabric industry & the life cycle of products. I also like lifestyle articles, profiles of fabric designers, and features about sewing studios and organization. Since I design my own patterns, I'm less interested in published patterns.

  • Reply Anne Beier September 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations, Nancy. You are the lucky winner of the book. Please e-mail me your snail mail address, so I can mail the book out to you.

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