I had all my fingers and toes crossed on the plane to Houston for International Quilt Festival last month, but it wasn't because I'm afraid of flying.
No, we were debuting International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene in a few days, and like a new quilter presenting her first piece for judging, I was nervous. Everyone connected with this special publication had worked so hard, but in the creative extravaganza that is IQF/Houston, would anyone even notice Quilt Scene? Moreover, would they like it?
Turns out, I needn't have worried. We sold out of the copies at our booth. Festival participants loved having the opportunity to purchase a keepsake of the 35th anniversary of International Quilt Festival, especially since Quilt Scene not only reviews the history of the event but also contains full-page, color images of the top prize winners from International Quilt Association's "Quilts: A World of Beauty" judged show. They also went crazy for the sewing projects, quilt patterns, tips, and mini profiles.
I received this comment from 'Brenda' on my Editor's blog post:
While at Festival I picked up a copy of the magazine. It was a joy to share it with my best friend who became severely ill and was not able to attend Festival with me for the first time this year. She enjoyed seeing the winners [in the magazine], plus the pictures I took of some of the quilts. The magazine is a sure winner and so well developed.
But don't think you missed out on Quilt Scene if you weren't in Houston. It's now available in our online store and also on newsstands.
If you want a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the photographs for Quilt Scene, visit my Editor's Blog. There you can watch a video of how tricky-and funny-it was to set up the photograph of the fabric birds shown on our cover. Even though the birds "stood still," the alpacas in the background needed an acting coach!
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