August 10, 2009

Quilter's Connection Magazine & Giveaway!


At the end of my previous post I mentioned a new Canadian quilting magazine and now I finally have a minute to tell you all about it!

If you are a Canadian quilter you may have already heard about Quilter's Connection Magazine. Heather McArthur, publisher & editor of QCM has made her dream of creating a Canadian quilting magazine for quilters by quilters a reality after taking the reigns of the BC newsletter "Connections for Quilters".

In July, Heather asked me if I would be interested in contributing a pattern to the first issue due out in September and of course I was excited! She was also in need of a graphic designer so I mentioned my experience designing business cards, invitations and ads for an Art Gallery where I used to work. We decided to design her business card and she was so impressed that somewhere along the way she hired me as the Creative Director of the magazine!

I am so excited about my new job as it incorporates everything I love and everything I am good at. There hasn't been a boring minute since July! I have been busy doing graphic design, layout, illustration and even some photography, as well as designing my quilting project which is featured on the front cover! I'm really happy with my "Partridge in a Pear Tree" project. The borders at the sides are little pockets that hold all the pears & the partridge ornaments! If you want to try to make one then you will just have to order yourself a copy of the magazine :o)


A big thank you to Heather for making me a part of something HUGE, and thank you to my hubby who is excited even when I'm not, and to my daughter whose Mommy has a computer glued to her face all day ;o)

Many Canadian quilters are looking forward to the first issue of Quilter's Connection that will be available in September. Issues will be available at select quilt shops across Canada and annual quarterly subscriptions are available online to anyone who is interested at www.quiltersconnection.ca

If you want to try to win yourself a copy, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for a one-year subscription (4 issues) to Quilter's Connection Magazine! To make this giveaway available to quilters from ALL COUNTRIES, I will be paying for the shipping! To enter, all you have to do is to subscribe to the online newsletter by midnight on Wednesday, August 19th (Vancouver time). Please remember to leave your name, e-mail, blog (if you have one), and country. The e-newsletter will be filled with information, great tips for quilters, and fun & easy projects!
Good Luck Everyone!

UPDATE: Thank you! The GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED. I will be posting the winner tomorrow! :o)

81 comments :

  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful job for you and your cover design is amazing!!

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  2. Isn't it amazing how things can change so quickly? Congratulations, good job :)

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  3. Fabulous news!!! Congratulations, your new job sounds like a dream job :)!

    And that quilt is so adorable... you always amaze me with your creativity!

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  4. Congratulations, you deserve such a great job! :) The magazine cover and your homepage is really marvellous!

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  5. your pear tree is wonderful!
    And so is your giveaway! thanks for the chance!

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  6. Laurraine! What a great thing! Congratulations! So exciting. I'm just thrilled for you and your new endeavors. And thank you for a wonderful give away. ooxx`jodi

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  7. Hello Laurraine!I am always very impressed of your work and I love all of it.Congratulations for your new job.I would like to participate in the giveaway. Thank you an best wishes from Austria Erika.

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  8. Love your lovely blog and congrats on the new job - i can just see you skipping to work each day :-)

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  9. Ooh yay how exciting! I hope I win a year's subscription to your art direction, that would be just fab :) Congratulations again on your new job, I hope it all goes really well!

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  10. Oh, Congratulations! that is so amazing, I am really happy that a perfect job found you, just by you doing what you love. that's nice :) i wish you the best of luck in it! xo sharilyn

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  11. Congratulations! How great for you! That quilt is just amazing and so clever with the little pockets!

    Hugs!

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  12. Congratulations!!! How wonderful to have a job doing everything you love!!!

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  13. I'd wondered where you were hiding - gosh but you sound really exicted - off now to suscribe to the newsletter

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  14. Congrats on your new job! Love your design for the mag as well. Jo xo

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  15. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! What a wonderful job for you and i am loving your cover design! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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  16. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! What a wonderful job for you and i am loving your cover design! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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  17. Congratulations! It looks like you've created a very unique project. How wonderful to be able to do something you love.

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  18. congratulations and good luck in your new job!
    I love that little quilt!
    Kristina

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  19. Congratulations! I love your design and would love to be entered in your draw, love the stuff you do!

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  20. Congratulations sweet Laurraine ! Your art deserve to be known by all world !! Love from Belgium ;-)

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  21. Congratulations what a wonderful experience and a fabulous job to boot!

    x Alex

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  22. Wow! A new fase in your life!
    Wish you a great time!
    Congrats from Brazil,
    DaAna

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  23. Congratulations! This is so great.

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  24. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting. I'm so glad that we are finally getting a Canadian Quilt magazine. Your little quilt on the cover is amazing. I can't wait to get the first issue

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  25. Wonderful news! Congratulations!

    And your quilt on the cover looks so wonderful!

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  26. Wow! It is really fantastic news Laurraine!!! I am confident that you are now the right person on the rigth place! Lots of fun and luck with your new job! Your tree is also incredible.

    Of course I will subscribe for the newsletter.

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  27. That is great, to work with everything you love... this magazine will be beautiful, I'm sure. It's exciting !
    Cecile

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  28. Congratulations!!!You're so creative...I really love your blog and your creations.
    Cristina

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  29. I am so happy for you! Not only do you have a talent quilting but your graphic design is very pleasing and your blog and photos are just as beautiful as your work. The magazine is lucky to have you. Best of luck!

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  30. Oh, I cannot subscribe - the emails are coming back to me with the failure notification :(
    At least I have your blog to hop and see what's new :)

    Have a great day!

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  31. I just tried subscribing but it didn't work. Hmmm wish I could - it looks great!! Congrats on the job - it really sounds like a dream job!

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  32. Wowsers! That's so awesome Laurraine! It looks wonderful! Congratulations! You must be over the moon! I'm so thrilled for you! ^_^ Enjoy your new adventures!

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  33. Congratulations! What a dream job! You are the perfect choice for the position and will be fabulous. I'm sure of it. I love your work.

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  34. HOLA Laurraine
    HOW ARE YOU I WANT TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE JOURNAL OF THE DRAW BUT SINCE I could not do hyperlinks, and I could not put SUBSCRIBE
    I WANT TO KNOW HOW CAN I DO
    DESDE YA MUCHAS GRACIASSSSSSSSSSS
    BESOSSSSSSS HASTA PRONTO

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  35. Ohhh.. congratulations!!!
    And I love the Partridge in the Pear tree.. just adorable.. love it!!

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  36. Hello! My name is Nika! I so like your blog! We are from Russia. My husband and I to work with students. We organize many clubs to construct attitudes friendship and to speak them about the Christ. I have ladys club, we to do hand made cards, scrapbook, quilt and crosstitch. It is good opportunity to testify about our God and His love! Every Saturday I have craft club for ladyes. We do cards, quilt, crochet, cross stitch too. It very not usual and new to Russian culture. I to study from different blogs how to make cards, made quilt and to use different technics. We are missionary to the Far East Russia. We are russian. We live in city Birobidzhan, it is the Jewish region in Russia. A lot of Jews live here. They have synagogues and to celebrate religious holidays. But many of them do not know the Christ. We have 2 daughters. Polina is 8 years and Liliya is 2 years.And if you are interesting about us I shall be glad give answer to you. I will glad if you can write me.Sorry my English.
    Nika

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    You can vizit to my blog http://christforchristglory.blogspot.com
    and our family ministry blog
    http://fareastrussiaforgodsglory.blogspot.com

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  37. Congratulations on your new job!
    Love the pear tree!!

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  38. YAY!! Congratulations on the new and exciting job - I am super excited about this magazine and plan on getting a subscription for my mother for her birthday! I will be blogging about this for sure - must spread the news about a Canadian Quilt Magazine - HOORAH!!!

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  39. How very exciting!!! Congratulations! This sounds like the perfect combination for your talents! :) I am so happy for you! :)

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  40. HOLY COW! I saw your photos in my flikr-mail... and had no idea I'd be coming to your blog just to tell you how beautiful your quilt is... and congrats on top it! And not just ONE... but TWO huge congratulations!

    Adding another reason I want to have a weekend in Vancouver or Victoria... to get me a copy of Quilter's Connection!

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  41. Congrats!!! I am sure you are never bored :D

    It was very good to read you again...

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  42. Congratulations!! Thanks for a great opportunity. Just let you know that you got tons of Thai fans. They love you creativities!
    www.bangkokmomquilts.com

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  43. what a dream job! congrats! i love the cover it looks awesome!

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  44. That is some really exciting news!!! Congratulations on getting a job that has so many of the things that you love..you are so perfect for it! Wow!

    I just love your Pear tree project, congrats on having it on the cover of the brand new magazine...you know that those magazines become collectors items so you will be famous for a long timne!! :o)

    Smiles, Karen

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  45. Congratulations. This is a great and lovely job! :)
    Your pear tree project is wonderful!
    Thanks for the chance in your giveway!

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  46. Wow! Congrats on your fabulous job and you deserve to have it as you are very talented. I love your style and designs :)

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  47. Thanks for the chance in your giveway!
    Wonderful project!
    a graphic designer... silvia
    pensieridistoffa.blogspot.com

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  48. Congratulations! I'm a new fan of your blog and will certainly try to get a copy of the magazine here in the usa.

    Linda

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  49. I can't wait to see your pattern (and my article) in the first issue. I'm hosting a give-away for the magazine on my blog too.

    http://quiltinggallery.com/2009/08/07/subscription-quilters-connection-magazine/

    Cheers,
    Michele

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  50. Congratulations! This is so great.

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  51. Congratulations!!! sounds like you got the job of your dreams! and this is an amazing giveaway, thank you so much, I hope I win!!! n___n
    Lavi

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  52. congratulations!!!I love it!!!!
    I hope to be lucky

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  53. Congrat...!!!, you made a wonderful design. I love your work.

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  54. Congratulation!! It's beautiful and you deserve a cover! :)

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  55. Oh Laurraine! You just keep outdoing yourself! :-) The Partridge in a Pear Tree project is absolutely DIVINE, and I will certainly be wanting to subscribe! Congratulations also with your new job! How fantastic to have your perfect job! I'm so, so pleased for you! I hope you will still have time to publish your own patterns though! he he he... I'm still hanging out for your teacup purse! But no pressure!!!! :-) {big smiles}

    congratulations again, I've been following your blog for over a year now, and I am absolutely rapt for you! :-)

    Right - I'm off to enter the competition. The front cover looks briliant, by the way!

    Vikki x

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  56. Congratulations from Hungary!
    That's a great job for You Laurraine!
    I wish you and the new magazine all the best and much work :) Hugs:
    Ágó

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  57. Congratulations Laurraine! It's so amazing!
    All things you make are very, very, very lovely!
    Good luck in your new experience!
    It's possible to buy your magazine?
    Best wishes from Portugal
    ana

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  58. I love it!!!

    Congratulations!!

    All the things you do are so sweet! I like them all!

    Best wishes,
    Sylvia

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  59. I am so happy for you Laurraine!! It is really your dream job:-) And the magazine seems to be so `you`.

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  60. Congratulations!!
    I´m sure your new job is very interesting!
    Your pear tree quilt is so cute. And I love all the tiny pockets!

    Best wishes from Germany
    Caroline

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  61. Wow, what a wonderful new adventure for you! The cover and it's project look fabulous and how wonderful to have more quilting fun available in the new magazine. Happy Stitching!

    Cathy ♥

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  62. Congratulations!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  63. What a wonderful thing to happen. Congratulations :)
    Your design looks fab too. Do you know if the mag will make it to Oz?
    hugs, Sharon (Stitches on Mars)

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  64. Congratulations! you are very talented and connects you deserve a job as spectacular as that effort!
    Thanks for wanting to share with us a little about your happiness!
    good luck...
    jessy.

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  65. Congratulations! That job is so perfect for you! You are very talented!

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  66. Congratulation! I really love your work and I am very happy for you.
    I'm from Brazil and a great fan of you.
    best wishes
    Hugs :)
    Janaina

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  67. Oh, how lovely everything sounds! The magazine looks beautiful and of what I have seen from your blog, the work is just perfect for you. Thank you for sharing your great news, they were truly inspirational - maybe someday...

    Have a lovely day!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  68. Hey Laurraine, what a grat new!!! I'm really happy for you, it's a bless to join art and work in the same activity and you were blessed!!!Congratulations!! I've been out of flickr and my atelier lately because I was hired recently too - but I'm a dentist and now I'm working as a general manager in a huge dental clinic here in Miami - and I miss my hobby, but now I really need to catch up at this job...but let's try to keep in toutch ok?? Big hugs, Pat.

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  69. Congratulations, that sounds like a great job really! Your blog is lovely. I will add a link on my blog.
    Celine

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  70. I tried to register but 'it' said that the 'to' address was wrong. Can you please check for me. I used your link....Thank you!
    Paulette

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  71. Congratulation!! The magazine looks great and I would love to get one. I had problems too when I tried to subscribe to the newsletter.

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  72. Congratulation! I really love your work and I am very happy for you.
    Thank you!
    Hugs ,Melinda from Hungary

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  73. Hi! Wau.. I really want to win that magnificent magazine. Ill love your beautiful blog and all the things , what have you done..

    Love Sanna from FINLAND

    www.siipisydan.blogspot.com

    sanna.maatta(at)telemail.fi

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  74. Wow! That's wonderful and I'm so excited for you!
    I'm a day late, as usual, to enter your drawing, but I have to say how very darling I think you Partridge in a Pear Tree is. I absolutely love it! I'm going to link subscribe to the newsletter and the magazine!

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  75. congratulations on your new position..it suits you perfectly

    the design on the cover is a perfect example of your work...thanks for sharing it...might i blog about the magazine and your new position...with some back story of course?

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  76. So so Sweet...
    I love to work. Everything is very beautiful : )

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  77. Congratulation !! its great to work on what you love, your pear tree is so cute. Love the colors you choose for it.

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  78. Hi Laurraine!
    I hope you remember me. I live in Mexico. I made your Patridge in a Pear Tree pattern. I have uploaded it to your Flickr group. Congrats on your new job as a Creative Editor for the magazine!!!!
    Alejandra

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  79. I really want to make this, but I'm in the UK and can't get ahold of the magazine! Is there anywhere I can order it from?

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  80. Hi Catherine,
    This issue is available in my shop: http://www.patchworkpottery.etsy.com
    I will be happy to sign your copy for you :o)
    Hugs, Laurraine

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  81. amei os botões de madeira...como faço para adquiri-los...bjs ilda de almeida

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