Call for Submissions (and a Giveaway!)

20 Oct 2011

We want YOU to submit to one of our publications!

Have you ever checked out the submissions page on our website? We have calls for submissions for our publications – and are always thrilled when we get submissions from you.

Right now we have a special call out for your MODERN PATCHWORK projects. We would love to see your contemporary spin on patchwork.

Tell me, what is the most unique item that you would want to be made out of patchwork? Comment on this post with your answer and I will randomly select one lucky reader to be sent a fat quarter bundle of fabric (so they can perhaps make something to submit to Modern Patchwork… :)).

Here is our call for entry for Modern Patchwork, but you can of course read it on our submissions page as well.

Call for Submissions

We’re seeking quick and stylish items with a modern-day appeal that are made in the latest fabrics. If you have a quick, easy, contemporary patchwork project of your own, original design that you’d like to share, we’d love to see it!

Modern Patchwork is our new special issue packed with projects for today’s quilters and sewists. This issue features patchwork projects of every kind, including home décor, accessories, and wearables. From full-sized bed quilts to patchwork scarves, slippers, bulletin boards, and key chains, we welcome submissions of a wide array from innovative sewers. The contemporary and fresh aesthetic of these projects pays tribute to the modern revival of patchwork, integrating traditional and innovative techniques to create items that are tasteful and unique.

Please note: This issue will hit newsstands in Spring 2012, so keep this date in mind when considering the seasonality and/or colors of the project(s) you submit.

Submit to Modern Patchwork today!

We are looking for items to suit every room of the house—as well as yourself! You are not limited to the following list, but we encourage you to submit quick and easy patchwork projects that fall within these guidelines:

·         Kitchen items: pot holders, dishtowels, aprons, and recipe book covers

·         Dining room décor: quilted vases, seat cushions, place mats, napkins and napkin rings, wine charms, tablecloths, and coasters

·         Sewing studio accessories: pincushions, needle books, door hangings, and sewing machine covers

·         Living room decorations: pillows, photo frames, lampshades, fabric clocks, bookmarks, book covers, and rugs

·         Items for the nursery and kids: stuffed animals, diaper bags, sleeping bags, toys, mobiles, play mats, bibs, burp cloths, and baby quilts

·         Wearables: scarves, earrings, skirts, headbands, bracelets, belts, and necklaces

·         Bags of all sorts: totes, messenger bags, lunch bags, clutches, and accessory bags

·         Items to take on the go: key fobs, car accessories, coffee cup covers, wallets, luggage tags, and picnic blankets

·         Pet accessories: leash and collar sets, dog and cat toys, and pet jackets and beds

·         Tech accessories: camera straps, mouse pads, camera cases, and covers for computers, tablets, and iPods

·         Gift wrapping ideas

·         Quilts of all shapes and sizes (but keep it simple!): bed quilts, wall quilts, lap quilts, throws, and mini quilts

How to submit

We will be accepting submissions for Modern Patchwork through Friday, November 11, 2011. Don’t delay, submit today!

Please submit your project proposals to submissions@quiltingarts.com (subject: MODERN PATCHWORK). See email submission directions below.

Submissions via email

·         Send a brief description of the project(s) you propose to submissions@quiltingarts.com. In the subject line, write “MODERN PATCHWORK.”

·         Be sure to include your name, address, website, and phone number and list your credentials (such as teaching or previous writing experience).

·         Please include photographs of the project (s) (up to three low-resolution jpegs) with your email. One email and three attached low-res jpegs only (per project), please. If we are interested in your query, we may ask for more photos, or higher resolution jpegs to be sent, but we do all our magazine photography in-house.

You will receive an auto-reply immediately, acknowledging that your email has been received. We will let you know within 12 weeks following the submission deadline via email whether we have accepted your query. No phone calls or emails, please.

Mailing a submission

If you prefer, you may also send in queries via regular mail and include an SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you want your query materials returned. Succinctly describe your project and include prints (these are just to give us an idea and do not need to be professionally shot). Please do not send original artwork at this point in the process.

To mail your query, send it to:

INTERWEAVE
Attn: Modern Patchwork Submissions
490 Boston Post Road, #15
Sudbury, MA 01776


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busybunch wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 10:33 AM

I would love to see a patchwork headboard!  That would be fun!

ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

ebandit wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 10:41 AM

I would love to see a patchwork sofa cover - I always have a quilt on back of the sofa; but a patchwork sofa cover would just look that much more amazing.

quiltercarol wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 12:47 PM

My husband think I should make a patchwork quilt cover for his sports car!  It hasn't made it to my "to-do" list yet though.

goonybird wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 12:59 PM

It's not very unique, but I'd love a quilted coat/jacket

BBoatman wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 5:26 PM

During a recent art showing, I overheard a lady remark that she relly liked a small quilted purse she had just seen.  She told her friend it would have been better if was just large enough to hold her new "e-reader". What she liked most was the long over the shoulder strap. The other thing she though it needed was a small exterior pocket...just enough to hold a card, a key and a little cash. Sounds kewl to me.

Lindy101 wrote
on 20 Oct 2011 6:02 PM

My cats are into crafts-knitting! As in knitting the daylights out of my hassock! I dream of recovering it in a really cool patchwork way. Wish me luck...

on 21 Oct 2011 1:38 PM

I would like to see patchwork used as a matting board for framed artwork. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

on 22 Oct 2011 8:12 AM

I am trying to plan a new shower in a cottage in Maine.  Loving the idea of a patchwork shower (not curtain).  

on 22 Oct 2011 8:17 AM

As unique implies a oner I am not sure this qualifies! The most interesting thing I have seen done in patchwork is a rocking chair.......done in batik patchwork. Absolutely wonderful. I should like to try something like that some day!

Carol Paints wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 8:29 AM

Doesn't qualify as unique but I would like to make a pathchwork table cloth and table runner using fabric from clothing of family and extended family. To be used during holidays to keep those close who would not be able to make it to the family gatherings.

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

ayjay wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 8:31 AM

I would like to design a patchwork fabric wall for at least one wall in my dream studio.

on 22 Oct 2011 8:46 AM

With a new granddaughter here, I was thinking that a patchwork skirt for a bassinet would be really neat. One that would work for future grandchildren whether they were male or female.

Shelina wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 8:55 AM

My sister in law made curtains out her patchwork quilt. They looked great!

Sally Ann W wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

I would love to see game boards. I plan to start working on a few very soon, and no, i dont mean checkers and chess. I have been looking at the kid's collection of games and there are lots of interesting boards.

Sally Ann W wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

I would love to see game boards. I plan to start working on a few very soon, and no, i dont mean checkers and chess. I have been looking at the kid's collection of games and there are lots of interesting boards.

Sally Ann W wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

I would love to see game boards. I plan to start working on a few very soon, and no, i dont mean checkers and chess. I have been looking at the kid's collection of games and there are lots of interesting boards.

Sally Ann W wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

I would love to see game boards. I plan to start working on a few very soon, and no, i dont mean checkers and chess. I have been looking at the kid's collection of games and there are lots of interesting boards.

Sally Ann W wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

I would love to see game boards. I plan to start working on a few very soon, and no, i dont mean checkers and chess. I have been looking at the kid's collection of games and there are lots of interesting boards.

Jenn41 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:25 AM

Hmm, so may people have some neat ideas. I like the car cover and the sofa cover. For me - how about a patchwork cupboard door? (dress up those boring cupboard doors with some neat patchwork). I can see it being changable for the seasons or occasion. Make it like a "pocket" that you slip onto the door with the "opening" of the cover along the hinge side of the door. It would need to be well measured and sewn so it doesn't look sloppy you almost want it just a tad small so it stretches nicely over the door. with the opening having a bit of overand so when you slip it on you can pull the end to the back (between the hinges so you need a little cut out area in the overhang) to secure and hide the loose edge.

GinaS@9 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:30 AM

I collect sheep, and I would love to see a patchwork sheep! It could be used as a toy for kids also :) A patchwork sheep out of  wools would be even better!

gshillitani(at)yahoo(dot)com

on 22 Oct 2011 9:38 AM

I have an old chair that i need to re-upholster - that would be my idea - made fun patchwork fabric to cover that chair

reginabdunn wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 10:11 AM

I'd like to make some patchwork decorative birdhouses.

Sher08 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 10:19 AM

I love pillows and how they can change a room. I would like see patchwork pillows, maybe not unique but could they be?

banjobell wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 10:26 AM

Is this the give away response place????

I WANT A PATCHWORK BANJO CASE!!

I AM IN AN ALL WOMAN TRADITIONAL FIDDLE BAND IN THE ASHEVILLE NC AREA AND I PLAY OLD TIME BANJO, GO TO MANY JAMS AND MY BANJO CASE IS VERY HEAVY.  I NEED A CLOTH PATCHWORK ONE I CAN CARRY ON MY BACK PLEASE.

MY BAND IS HONEY HOLLER...WE ARE ON MYSPACE.

banjobell wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 10:30 AM

I want and need a quilted banjo case.  I am in an all woman traditional fiddle band in Asheville NC called Honey Holler...you can find us on MYSpace.

Mt banjo case it too heavy to carry it around to all the jams and gigs.

A banjo case that I can carry like a backpack please!

designcamp wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 10:57 AM

I am thinking about a patchwork removable lining for a winter trench coat. Why not!

iluvmybugs wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 11:05 AM

I would love to see a two-sided futon cover.  When you want a quick change,  just flip the mattress over for a whole new look!

yarnlady@6 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 11:25 AM

Someday, I'd like to make a patchwork umbrella -- ideally in fade-resistant fabric -- and then waterproof it. A totally unique shelter from weather of all sorts:  too much rain or too much sun.

Garndwest wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 12:26 PM

Since I would be viewing it all the time, a patchwork tea cosy would be my desired item.

Christine

Bronxknits AT gmail DOT com

bubbee163 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 12:39 PM

How about a patchwork valence over my bedroom windows!  Wonderful way to use up scraps left over from dust ruffle, quilt, pillows, etc. submitted by  bubbee163  in Fla

vickie.van wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 12:49 PM

My husband wants a patchwork cover for our Harley :-) That is probably so that when he places it in the living room....it will fit right in !!

Thanks,  Vickie

KarenL@3 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 3:06 PM

I am thinking that it might be nice to have a patchwork soft case for my spinning wheel. Might be nice to have a strap or two on it also so that I could carry on my shoulder or back. That way I would have a textile piece for my textile maker.

on 22 Oct 2011 4:56 PM

I would like to make a quilted mail box cover. It woudl let everyone who drives by know what my passion is!  It can be covered with fusible laminent to protect it from weather.

nstephen wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 5:38 PM

My 1995 Subaru nicknamed "Sabrina" should last another 100,000 miles if I'm lucky, but she definitely needs a makeover. I think some patchwork seat-covers would do the trick!

stitches2U wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 5:40 PM

How about a camp stool or one of those folding fabric lawn chairs in a fun patchwork. Let everyone know at the sports events that you have other interests.

SEWNYA wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 6:27 PM

For several years I have had plans to make a great patchwork jacket, but have yet to find the time.  Here's to finding more time in life!

Mrcharbon wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 7:10 PM

Two odd things I'd like to do patchwork for are my dining room chair covers and quilt a snugglie, which I'd call a quigglie. ;)

patpfeiffer wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 7:59 PM

Wouldn't it be cool to have a patchwork counter top in my kitchen? It coulkd be sealed under some clear plastic stuff--the kind I have seen poured for bar tops with coins sealed under it. Anything can be sealed under it, but some neat stiting would really be great!

on 22 Oct 2011 8:06 PM

A patchword kitty condo, with claw-proof upholstery fabric

NicoleS@4 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 8:22 PM

With the cold winter months ahead of us I'd love to make a patchwork "coat" for my 15 year old Shih Tzu puppy.

nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

NicoleS@4 wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 8:23 PM

With the cold winter months ahead of us I'd love to make a patchwork "coat" for my 15 year old Shih Tzu puppy.

nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

MarilynWK wrote
on 22 Oct 2011 9:39 PM

Today, I worked on a project I've been wanting to start for a while. I need a tote that is big enough to carry my watercolor gator board and full sheets of watercolor paper to classes. I also need one to carry my rotary cutting mats and big rulers to quilting classes. So I designed one that's big enough to do both! It has a patchwork pocket on the front and the big ruler pocket has a closure that's a strip of scrappy sashing. It might not be unique but it's useful!

steesd wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 12:52 AM

Along with sewing and quilting I paint gourds so I have been toying with the idea of doing a quilt inspired gourd.   I love to see some patchwork inspired gourd art.

quiltmom1 wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 5:56 AM

Only I would know, and thats too bad, a patchwork bra! All those little, shiny scraps I own (or they own me!)  Ooohhh, luxury.

dmdifalco wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 6:06 AM

I just completed patchwork pumpkins to decorate around our home for the holidays.  Would love to see a patchwork coupon keeper!

dmdifalco at yahoo

ehutchinson wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 9:21 AM

My dream is to have a VW bug where each panel of the car is a different color so I could drive around in a "patchwork car." Since that is unlikely to happen in the near future, I guess I could settle for patchwork car seat covers.

coollabtech1 wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 9:28 AM

I work in a science lab so I think a patchwork lab coat would be excellent!

pmbecraft wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 11:04 AM

Well, to me a unique application of patchwork would be a dress... But not just any dress, a dress that would knock your socks off, that would be chic or elegant, and yet be made of a patchwork design... after all, patches come in all shapes and sizes.  They don't have to be your typical four-sided square or rectangle.  

    One of my most favorite stores from childhood was about a little girl who thought she couldn't go to a classmate's party because she had no pretty clothes to wear.  Her family didn't have much, and all her clothes were patched.  Her mom told her not to worry, she could go to the party.  But the little girl went to bed perplexed.  Once she went to sleep, the mom got out the "bag-of-rags".  (As some of us may remember, this used to be a staple in most homes.)  She took the prettiest pieces and snippets of fabric, cut them into lovely shapes of flowers (I think) and appliqued them on the skirt over the torn and worn parts.  When the little girl woke up, her mom presented the skirt to her.  It was Beautiful!!!  She wore it to the party and was a big hit.  All the little girls admired her beautiful skirt.  This story always gets me a little choked up... and I think it is a big reason why I love "making something out of nothing."  Creativity can transform ordinary patches into extraordinary art!

mrsjkoster wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 12:48 PM

I'd like to see patchwork team  uniforms or cheerleader uniforms.  I think there's lots of potential for team color creativity, and it's definitely a step up over t-shirts.  Performance fabric patchwork!  

graceanne2 wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 3:13 PM

On dentists ceilings, as a distraction to help us keep calm while the root canal ttreatment is happening..and even on the coats of medical staff for the same reason!

laneycath wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 7:35 PM

The courtroom walls in the Van Nuys Courthouse have quilts adorning.. some rooms have two quilts.  Van Nuys Court serves a suburb 40 miles from Los Angeles. Contiguous with many other communities which make up the 4 million people of Los Angeles it is a rather interesting touch one might expect from a sleepy small community, not one which serves easily 500,000 people.  Having a distraction from the intesity an appearance in Court conjurs to anyone's imagination must be helpful.  I don't know the history of the quilts nor can I find anything online although I have heard one judge is married to a quilter.

mabbettLorraine at yahoo dot com

Wen5 wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 10:00 PM

I'd like to see a patchwork bed skirt. I like a room that is fairly serene, so a patterned quilt is often too "loud".  Love all the ideas so far!

LynnSa wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 10:53 PM

I also collect dolls and would love to see a doll dreesed in 1800's style making a patchwork quilt of her own

LynnSa wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 10:55 PM

I also collect dolls and would love to see a doll dressed 1800's style and making a patchwork quilt,

LynnSa wrote
on 23 Oct 2011 10:59 PM

I also collect dolls and would love to see a doll dressed 1800's style and making a patchwork quilt.

glynneblaik wrote
on 24 Oct 2011 4:59 AM

Have a look at Linzi Upton's quilted Smart car cover and then take a look at her Yurt - both fantastic creations

mszasz wrote
on 24 Oct 2011 11:51 AM

I would love to see a beautiful old covered bridge covered in a beautiful modern patchwork quilt cover

memoose wrote
on 25 Oct 2011 2:56 PM

how about a patchwork bathrobe for large and tall sizes? very hard to buy, would be great to make one!!And so comforting, too!

ZenJan wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 9:18 AM

How about a patchwork commuter cup?? I don't quite know how this could be done, but I'm sure someone out there could figure out a way to make a waterproof standable cup out of fabric that would be so cool sitting on my desk!

I especially like the idea of a pattern for a patchwork kitty condo.

kehenrich wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 9:50 AM

I would love to see a modern patchwork chef's hat!  

Iberra wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 9:51 AM

I read through all the comments and I think a patchwork quilt with all the ideas that were given would be really neat.

Jeanie@13 wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 10:04 AM

I love clothing made out of selvedge edges.  

lynnk50 wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 10:46 AM

I'd love to reupholster my sofa and loveseat with really neat patchwork.

nangy wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 11:12 AM

I would love to have a patchwork rug for my craft room.i would like to have alot of color to inspire me!!

gjeneve wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 12:02 PM

I'm so glad to see more attention paid to contemporay quilting.  I think it will get the younger people interested.

ritainalaska wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 1:28 PM

a fleece-lined patchwork snuggly with matching booties to warm my aging bones would be so nice.

ritainalaska, akgranny.blogspot.com

maydunne wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 3:19 PM

I once covered a hand made fabric doll with crazy patches - that seems rather an unusual thing to do. I'd like to do it again.

Noreen1 wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 5:14 PM

I would love to see more tabletop center pieces made out of fabric.

on 29 Oct 2011 6:35 PM

In my previous apartment, I made a "quilted" wall, an interior wall shared with a noisy neighbor. I wrapped 12 1/2" squares of fabric around blocks of insulation foam and adhered them to the wall in a pleasing pattern. It turned out not to muffle the noise very much, and over time the insulation shrank, but the wall was truly beautiful! I'd love to see a more permanent way to achieve the same look.

Carol B

janajana9 wrote
on 29 Oct 2011 10:47 PM

An organizer for my computer area to store memory cards, sticks and similar items would be cute and useful.

RanBeMe wrote
on 30 Oct 2011 12:27 AM

I'd like to see a bright, cheerful, and cute patchwork doggie bed.

RanBeMe wrote
on 30 Oct 2011 12:27 AM

I'd like to see a bright, cheerful, and cute patchwork doggie bed.

starlight535 wrote
on 30 Oct 2011 7:09 PM

I love to cook, so I would like to see a patchwork apron. The colors could be changed for the seasons and the Holidays.

SEWNYA wrote
on 1 Nov 2011 11:06 PM

I have reached the stage of life where I have acquired an "incovenient friend."  I now find myself carrying an oxygen tank and wearing a "hose in my nose."  I have been thinking about creating "designer" bags for the tank.  I have been thinking about some really neat patchwork for one.  I am so tired of generic black.  

quiltabulous wrote
on 1 Dec 2011 1:25 PM

I would love to see a pattern for handmade luggage!  I don't mean carryon totes, but real suitcase sized!  maybe some one has done some quilted or  patchwork or even denim or canvas.