Crossroads & Simply Moderne Magazine

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Crossroads began in a mix of bright violet, purple, sailor blue, deep aqua, with some bright green, yellow and a touch of black.  In other words, this quilt began like so many of mine do: in a swirl of color.  But what happened next was quite an adventure.Crossroads_1a

The inception of the quilt came from two other versions, but I wanted to put this design through its paces and see what else it could do.

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I cut and built the quilt, color band by color band.

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Then I started quilting it a little over a year ago.

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There were a few troubles here and there, with some healthy doses of unpicking.

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But I finished quilting and moved onto the binding.  So far, it all sounds pretty normal, right?

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Time for some beauty shots in our university’s garden.  Then I contacted Simply Moderne magazine, and asked if they were interested.  I waited.

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I taught a class with it.

Simply Moderne wrote back: yes! They were interested! (Cue jumping on the bed.)  So the quilt went underground, as did the pattern.  No more classes.  No talking about it.

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I dropped it off to them at Road to California January 2019, the folded quilt disguising my sling for my arm (rotator cuff surgery).  This was on their IG feed.

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This past week, September 2019, I received this in my email: the photo of my quilt, ready for publication.  I was beyond thrilled, as I am a fervent and faithful reader of not only Simply Moderne, but also its parent magazine, QuiltMania.  Everyone there at that publication is so very nice and lovely to work with.Simply Moderne Cover F2109

So, pick it up at your newstand, or wait for your subscribed copy to be delivered, or order it online on the 19th of September.  And give me a holler when you read it, for I’ll be waving back, jumping for joy!

Elizabeth’s Lollypop Trees Hit Print!

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The Lollies hit print!  Diane, a reader of this blog, recently sent me a note telling me that my quilt was in QuiltMania’s May-June issue.  I thought it might be a pitch for Kim McLean’s fine pattern, so at first I didn’t think it was mine.  She wrote back: “It’s yours!” and then she sent me photos to prove it.

I about fell over.

Eastmond_QuiltMania_2Bless you, Diane, for letting me know (as I received no notice from the magazine).  It was a part of a spread for Road to California this past year, and I was thrilled to be included in this article.  I ordered a copy from Fat Quarter Shop and it arrived via post today.  What a lovely surprise!