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My First Publication: Modern Patchwork

“After the Rain” Quilt, by Sharon McConnell
Put your feet up and enjoy a great read! This season’s issue of Modern Patchwork is here, and I could not be more excited to announce that I am in it! Well, my quilt and pattern are, anyway. This has been such a hard secret to keep the past six months, and I honestly I didn’t really believe it was true until I actually saw the magazine.
Look! there’s my name in print! My “After the Rain Quilt”
Last summer I sewed up this quilt using jumbo hexagons in all kinds of gray scraps plus a fun rainbow  hexagon rings scattered across. It was one of the first quilts I quilted myself on my own sewing machine (and the quality thereof almost prevented me from trying to publish it (-; )

The feature in the magazine includes instructions to machine piece the hexagons….no hand piecing or EPP here! They are surprisingly easy to do and kind of addicting…it’s really fun to go beyond squares and triangles in a quilt. I taught a class at my local quilt shop on machine piecing hexagons last summer and the feedback was really good. My method for folding the pieces makes the set-in seams super easy! I will also likely post a tutorial with more detail and photos (magazine space is so limited, the instructions are not as detailed as my patterns usually are). But for now you can buy the magazine from my sponsor, Canton Village Quilt Works, or at local quilt shops and bookstores, and I hope you will! 
This issue is also full of other wonderful projects…kitchen and home, quilts, and bags…I will be talking more about this magazine here in the future.
I am still smiling, and I have had the magazine since Monday!
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21 thoughts on “My First Publication: Modern Patchwork

  1. Congrats on being published!

  2. Jacque says:

    Congratulations! Bravo!

  3. Congrats, Sharon. It’s beautiful.

  4. Oh!!! I really love it! Congratulations!

  5. Diane says:


  6. Anita says:

    Congrats! Love the quilt 🙂

  7. Frances says:

    A great quilt for your debut. Well done!

  8. laurelei says:

    That’s a gorgeous quilt! The design is fun, and the colors are perfect. Congratulations!!!

  9. Kris says:

    Congrats Sharon, that is so cool. I love the quilt!

  10. Auntie Pami says:

    I have a stack of grays and who doesn’t have rainbows? Congrats!

  11. Chirpy says:

    Running out this morning to get this magazine. I love hexies of all sizes but do mine by hand so I’ll try this. Congrats! Very exciting and keep up the beautiful work.

  12. Congrats! How exciting! Love the hexies 🙂

  13. Anne says:

    Congrats . . . it’s a great quilt.

  14. Sharon, so exciting! I’m going to Denver tomorrow to buy this issue at Snappy Quilts.

  15. Donna Baker says:

    this is a gorgeous quilt – congratulations on your publication!! I have dreams of making a quilt with greys and rainbow colors! what an inspiration

  16. Fran says:

    That is such a beautiful quilt! Great use of colours.

  17. Linh says:

    Super exciting this one is amazing! Great Job! I definitely have to go get this one.

  18. Beth says:

    I absolutely love it! Congrats on your first publication!

  19. Adele Aiken says:

    Can you tell me the finished size of the quilt and the cut size of the hexagons?

  20. Adele Aiken says:

    sorry for posting my question again – I forgot to hit the “notify me” button. So what I want to know is the finished size of the quilt and what is the cut size of the hexagons?

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