So it seems that some of you have already beat me to the punch... so to speak. You have received the April issue of your APQ subscription and you've seen & read it...thanks so much for all of the generous emails!!
Well, just so you know, you have seen the article before I have!! I am still waiting for my personal subscription to come and except for the copies that I have seen throughout the editing process, I have not yet seen the final story.
For the rest of you, yes my latest news is that the April isse of APQ not only has a fun Fig Tree quilt in it, but it features a wonderful profile about me and Fig Tree Quilts. This has been a long time in coming as some of you close to me know. We started "preparing" the house- organizing, a bit of redecorating, some painting, all last Spring. The photoshoot timeline was changed several times and somewhere in the process of it all we managed to repaint 4 rooms, completely reorganize my fabric shelves, spruce up my studio, organzie my design bookshelves, totally restructure the Fig Tree offices and add in a hundred little in between fix ups and projects. We used the fact that we were going to have a photo shoot in the house as an excuse to get everything we had been putting off, finally done and checked off the to do list. It was very motivating!
The photo shoot itself happened in September and it was a wonderful experience. I've been involved in dozens of photo shoots of quilts & a few of me, but it feels so much more personal when the shoot is of your home and your studio and you are not the one calling the shots on what gets shown! The entire team that arrived at our house was fantastic to work with- gracious, complimentary about our home & my work and really so fun to work with. I felt like I learned so much about the process of a photo shoot, met some wonderful people and shared a great dinner with some really interesting table conversation [ask me one day what hot young starlet our photographer was shooting the night before he arrived at our house LOL]- thanks guys!
On a more personal note, I have to share with you that I know different people have different ways of measuring how they are doing in their work, how to look at success, and how to determine whether they are moving in the direction on which they set out to go. I don't know specifically why, but for me, a profile in APQ has always been one of those markers. As a novice quilter, I can still remember pouring over every single issue and devouring with great interest the stories of the designers in those pages, their ideas, their inspirations and their homes. It grew my passion for both design and for quilting. So on a personal level, I felt quite honored when they contacted me [such a long time ago now] and I am honored now to be featured in this way & to finally be able to share the story with you.
I think they did a wonderful job of "capturing" the Fresh Vintage ™ style that we work so hard to create. I hope you enjoy it.
For those of you with subscriptions, they are in the mail they tell me. For everybody else, the magazine hits newstands on February 5.
I'm including here a few of the close up shots that didn't make it into the profile itself due to space constraints.
By the way, we are offering the kit of the quilt "Dandelion Wishes" [see 2 posts down] on our website [click on the Fig Tree Home figbutton to find it] with a limited supply. We already have a pre order list, so don't wait if you are interested. The first 50 orders will receive a special little gift. Go check it out if you are interested.
Talk to you soon. More photos in a few.