Do you see the basket quilt down at the bottom? That is MY quilt. =) I'd like to share the story behind having it published in a magazine.
I made my first quilt when I was 14 years old and soon after discovered quilt magazines. Such fun! I found the Fruit Basket Quilt pattern in a magazine from the library.
I didn't have much of a fabric stash back then but my mom found a big bag of cotton prints at a garage sale for $2.00 so that's what I used for the baskets. The white background is 99 cent/yard muslin from Joanns. The sashing is a poly/cotton solid from Walmart. I thought this was the prettiest quilt I'd ever seen when my mom, sister, and I finally finished it.
On a whim, I sent a picture and little description of the quilt to a the magazine who had published the pattern. I was SOOOO surprised when I received a letter in the mail, several months later, that the magazine wanted to publish my quilt and they would pay me $50.
Wow!!! I was over the moon with excitement. =D =D =D My dad very carefully packed up the quilt and mailed it to the magazine for photographing. The quilt was returned to us and I began to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait.
Nine months went past and then it happened! A letter arrived from the quilt magazine, apologizing for the delay and informing me that my quilt would be published next month. And there was a CHECK, not for $50 ... but, $200!!!
So there you have it. It's just as exciting to see my (maiden) name in print 14 years later.