A Chance For YOU To Get Published!!

Did you read the book :  101 One-Yard Wonders ?

If you did, you know that this book was geared at all of us “Fabric Aquisition Committee” members who have an overabundance of one-yard cuts of fabric, and just can’t decide what we want to do with them.

Well, I was just notified that due to the books great sucess, they are doing a follow-up book – and want new submissions – FAST!!!!

The new book will be titled : Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard WondersIt will be published next year, however, the project submission deadline is April 1, 2010 and they are wanting projects made from EVERY fabric that you can think of!!! How exciting is that?!?! Cottons, corduroys, silks, velvets, etc…..

They’ve asked us to not only submit our projects, but to inform everyone that we can about this – via our websites, blogs, stores, whatever – since there is so little submission time left. So, I am placing all of their info/release here for you to see and tell YOUR friends about!! Go ahead and send them your patterns/creations – you just might be in the new book!!! Whatcha’ got to lose? See info/release below:


Hey there, Seamster Extraordinaire!

We are excited to invite you to contribute to our second book in the One-Yard Wonders book series!

Inspired by the success of 101 One-Yard Wonders, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be geared towards sewers with at least a little experience and a great love of fabric – ALL fabrics. 

We all know that committed sewers are prone to buying “a yard of this and a yard of that,” with no particular project in mind – and we know from experience that these fabrics are not limited to printed cottons.  With this book, we are setting out to fill a need that so many of us have: what to do with that single yard of special, coveted fabric you bought on impulse.  Looking at our own personal fabric bounties, we realized so many fabricaholics have a wonderful variety of fabrications waiting to be used.  We often find ourselves asking the question how best to use these treasures? What are the best projects for silk, taffeta, velvet, chenille, corduroy, knit and more?  Not only that, but why are we afraid to use these fabrics?  We are expanding this approach to new, exciting projects for sewing enthusiasts like you to help you use up your beloved fabric stash!

While the original 101 One-Yard Wonders book was divided by project type, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be divided by specific fabric types.  Possible chapters include the following fabrications:
  • Knits
  • Flannel
  • Linen
  • Fleece
  • Printed cottons
  • Faux Fur/Chenille
  • Home Dec/Upholstery
  • Oilcloth/Coated Cottons
  • Silks/Satins
  • Woolens
  • Corduroy/Velvet
  • Double Gauze/Voile
  • Quilting Cottons
  • Denim
  • Seersucker

As with 101 One-Yard Wonders, we’re focusing on projects that take no more than one yard of fabric to complete. Ideally your project would use nearly the full yard of fabric (no quarter yard projects please, unless they are part of a group project which takes up a full yard).

By all means, please feel free to add trims, zippers, Velcro, buttons, interfacing — whatever additional stash stuff & notions might be necessary to complete the project. We only ask that your project uses one– and only one–yard of a single fabric.

We invite you to contribute your original designs for home decorating items, baby items, personal accessories, toys, garments (for men, women, and children), outdoors, pets, seasonal projects … whatever! The categories are open ended, and the possibilities are limitless!  We can’t wait to see how you want to use your different fabrics!

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2010. Projects will be considered as we receive them, so try to get them in sooner rather than later. The only stipulation is that your original designs may not have been previously published in a book or anthology.  Email notifications will be sent May 1, 2010 with detailed next steps.

If you would like to participate, please be sure to fill out the on-line submission form at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oneyardwonders

Along with your completed survey, please also email good-quality photos of your completed project, along with step-by-step instructions (Word .doc format preferred), and any necessary instruction illustrations (rough sketches are fine) to oneyardwonders@gmail.com no later than April 1, 2010. Be sure to include your full name and preferred email address with your emailed submission (this will help us link up your survey with your project submission).

Please note, it is NOT necessary to send a completed project at this time.

If you would prefer to send us a hard copy of your instructions, you may mail it to:

One-Yard Wonders
c/o Crafty Planet
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Please note that we must receive both a completed survey as well as separate project email (with photos and instructions) in order to consider your project in this book.

You are welcome to submit multiple projects – as many as you want, but please do so in separate emails.

If your design is selected for inclusion in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders….

  1. We will either request your actual, original sample from the photos you submitted, or you will be provided with the editors’ choice of fabric in order to produce a sample, which will be photographed for the book and kept for a tour and trunk shows.  Please note that if your project is accepted for inclusion in the book, your sample will not be returned.
  2. You will also receive a letter of agreement and consent form asking for the one-time right to publish YOUR pattern in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders.
  3. Upon book release (tentatively scheduled for August 2011), we are pleased to be able to offer compensation for your project – you will be paid for your submission.
  4. In the published book, you will receive full credit, along with your bio, information about your business, and a link to your website, if applicable.
  5. You will be one of the first lucky sewers to receive a complimentary copy of the published book (please note, in our experience, these are typically mailed from the publisher after the book has been released).


Remember, the submission deadline is April 1, 2010. 

We’re hoping very much that you will want to be part of Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders book, and look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Patricia Hoskins, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Rebecca Yaker, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Deborah Balmuth, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Storey Publishing

P.S. Feel free to pass this invitation along to other designing friends who may want to join in – the more the merrier!!  If you’d like to post the submission on your blog, we’d be even more grateful!

P.P.S Email us at oneyardwonders@gmail.com if you’d like to be notified of publication dates, contests, craft-a-longs, swaps, and more. Or, become a fan on Facebook!


Why? Why Not?

The Rose 

Another blog I follow had a very interesting question posed to the owner a few days ago, which got me to thinking and evaluating. Dangerous, I know – and could be scary for my readers as well – LOL. Be afraid! Be VERY Afraid!! 

The question she was asked was “Why do you Blog?”.  A very good question, and one that does not always produce the expected answers. You see, I was planning on posting a new recipe for you today. Nothing very exciting going on in my life right now, and an old recipe is always a good cover for a boring life story.  But, this question regarding blogging has been rolling around in my mind enough that the recipe thing has kinda taken a back-burner. 

I started thinking about my own reasons for blogging, and came to a few realizations. I told myself that I started this blog mainly to get my recipes to friends and family members who kept asking me for them, and I found this to be the easiest way for them to retrieve them…..or so I thought, at the time.  I even thought that starting this blog would help out my other friends, who were moving to other states at the time, with their questions regarding learning to quilt/sew/craft and they had asked for my input and instruction on certain items. I even thought it would be a much easier way for my extended family to keep up on my day-to-day going-ons in my life, without constant emails and phone calls (esp. since none of us are ever home at the same times)! 

The reality though is that I think I just needed a broader forum to connect with others than I have in my normal everyday life. My own version of “therapy”, if you will. The thought that there were others out there who were interested in the  overflowing “useless information” and knowledge that spews forth from my brain on a regular basis, was an exciting thought to me. Now, I know that it’s really not “useless”, I’ve just always called it that because it’s info that is not necessary to others survival or day-to-day operations.  However, it is information that some search for or are interested in. So, if all of my “useless information” can help one person out, or answer a question that they have – then I have done my part.  😉  And that makes me smile!! 

Add to all of this the fact that (gasp! shock! awe!!) I am a writer, (albeit not an active one at this time, however, since the main publication that I used to write for is now defunct thanks to it being sold to an unscrupulous publisher) and the need to write publically becomes much more self-explanatory. In fact, I do not advertise that I am a writer, and almost no one who knows me is even aware of this little tidbit. The publications I’ve worked for are not on their general reading lists, and several of my pieces that they actually have seen, they have never connected the dots that I was the author (not everyone reads the byline). There – I admitted it – and now YOU know my “little secret”!!! Therefore, I think that is my main motivation for writing this blog.   

Call it self-serving, call it self-promotion, call it whatever you want. I don’t care. When there is something in your life, actually – something that is an ingrained part of your being – then you have this overwhelming urge need drive to allow it to manifest on occasion, and put itself out there for the world to see. Some may call it your “talent”, some may call it your “gift”, but for those who have “it”, it is merely a part of themselves – just as much so as their hair or body. “It” is a part of them, and “it” will manifest itself one way or another, so it is best if YOU choose how you wish “it” to manifest in your life. Otherwise, you could have a lot of explaining to do to those who observe your weird actions when “it” peeks out (think of the Mom who spends days decorating cupcakes for her child’s class party, that  look like mini works of art in their intricacy, because she “used” to be a professional cake decorator/sculptor/artist until she “gave it all up” to stay at home). And you KNOW how you feel about THOSE people/Moms…… 

So, I think that is the main reason that I have a blog. I can’t speak for anyone else, and I wouldn’t want to. Do I care if anyones else reads it? Not really. Do I care what others think about what I write about/do/post here? Not really. Do I feel better writing to my “imaginary friends”? Yes, thank you, I do. And isn’t THAT really all that matters???  🙂   

Have a great day! 

Do what you love!! 

Shady  😉