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Submission Guidelines for Crazy Quilt Publications

 Submit Your Work!!!

Here are some guidelines and suggestions for submitting your work to Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine:

First, all content must be new and not previously published on the internet.  

There will be a 3 month lead time on each issue so my publishing schedule will be as follows:


Spring issue - Release date - February 1st

*Suggested submission ideas and themes:
  • Valentines Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • shamrocks and clovers
  • Easter
  • Mother's Day
  • butterflies
  • birds
  • nests
  • bunnies
  • pastel colors
  • hearts
  • Irish

Summer issue - Release date:  May 1st

*Suggested submission ideas and themes:

  • flowers
  • birds
  • butterflies
  • patriotic
  • swans
  • bright pastels
  • bugs
  • Summer themes
  • fruit
  • dragonflies
  • ladybugs
  • seascapes and seashells

Autumn issue - Release date:  August 1st

 *Suggested submission ideas and themes:

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Fall leaves
  • pumpkins
  • browns
  • orange
  • gold
  • yellow
  • reds
  • Turkeys
  • Harvest
  • spiders and spiderwebs
  • cornucopias/horn of plenty
  • owls
  • scarecrows
  • black cats

Winter issue - Release date:  November 1st

*Suggested submission ideas and themes:

  • Christmas
  • Winter
  • Snowflakes
  • snowmen
  • blues
  • whites
  • red and green
  • silver and gold
  • santas
  • angels
  • gingerbread men
  • trees 
  • poinsettia flowers
  • mistletoe
  • holly 
  • mittens

*Other ideas and suggestions:

  • Victorian themes
  • Cottage style themes
  • garden and flowers
  • fairies
  • angels
  • Marie Antoinette (yes, I love that theme)
  • cats
  • dogs
  • vintage children
  • vintage ladies
  • woodland animals
  • peacocks and other exotic birds

The ideas are endless!

*Project Ideas:

  • Wall quilts
  • Purses
  • Door Knob Hangers
  • Ornaments
  • Brooches
  • Needlecases and Scissor Holders
  • Hussifs
  • Cellphone Pouches
  • IPad and Tablet Cases
  • Totebags
  • Dolls and Teddy Bears
  • Bracelets
  • Pendants
  • Hair Accessories
  • Book Covers
  • Pincushions
  • Framed Pieces
  • Wristlets
  • Pillows
  • Christmas Stockings
  • Tree Skirts
  • Example Books and Altered Books
  • Cuff Bracelets
  • Bellpulls 
  • Jewelry Boxes
Basically, anything you can think of.  I will add ideas and suggestions as they come to me.  I just want to help everyone with some ideas. It's important to me that you feel comfortable submitting your projects.  I know it can be a little intimidating to put our work our there as none of us want to feel as if our we are being judged.  That's not the case with these publications.  The mission here is to give everyone the opportunity to share.  Everyone brings something to the table.  That's my philosophy!  I hope it's yours too!



Here are some ideas for techniques and tutorials.  See how you can apply them to Crazy Quilting:

  • Blackwork
  • Redwork
  • Felt
  • Crayon Tinting
  • Crochet
  • Tatting
  • Vintage Lace
  • Vintage Hankies
  • Beading and Beadwork
  • Tambour Work
  • Vintage Jewelry
  • Antique Motifs
  • Digital Images
  • Vintage Cards
  • Vintage Photos
  • Stumpwork
  • Brazil Work
  • Silk Ribbon
  • Vintage Embroidery Patterns
  • Counted Cross Stitch
  • Trapunto
  • Fancy Yarn
  • Chicken Scratch (aka Snowflaking)
  • Gingham
  • Yo Yo's
  • Smocking
  • Shibori Ribbon
  • Polymer Clay
  • Goldwork
  • Whitework
  • Buttons
  • Broiderie Purse
  • Applique
  • Seam Embroidery and Seam Treatments
  • Traditional Quilting 
  • Pinweaving
  • Punch Needle
  • Using Vintage and Antique Linens and Embroidered Pieces 
  • Bargello
  • Needlepoint
  • Petitepoint 
  • Needle Felting
  • Machine Embroidery




Basic submission information for all future publications:  Please send unpublished, unaltered, high resolution photos 300 dpi JPEG images.  If you plan to send a tutorial, please send a Word.doc or simply write it out in an email message with photos as attachments.  Submissions can be sent to my email address.  Also, send any links that you would like me to include with your work such as Blog address, Facebook, email address, Flickr and so on.



Tips on taking good photographs

I don't want to get too carried away with how to take great pictures but I do want to give you a few helpful hints.  You don't need a great expensive camera with millions of mega-pixals!  What you have will work fine. Much of taking great pictures is about lighting and layout.


It's usually recommended that photos of items be taken in natural lighting such as outside in indirect sunlight.  That's not always an option.  I always take my pictures indoors in my living room which is quite bright to begin with.  I keep my camera on the auto setting. I use the flash and the zoom.  Remember, for closeups, use the zoom.  If you get too close with the flash, it will wash out your picture.

For a background, I keep it simple.  I put a white towel on one of my chairs, and a piece of vintage white lace over the top of that.  Then I lay my item on that and take my pictures.

In this photo, you can't even see the background.  I wanted a closeup of the stitching.

Feel free to use props if you would like to or if you need to.

You can always look through magazines and books to get some ideas for setting up your pictures too. Use things that you have around your house for displaying your items if you need to.


You don't have to be a professional photographer.  I'm not but my photos are decent so play around and have fun.  This is a really good article on taking good photos.  It's basic information written for Etsy people and Bloggers.  This information is really all you need.


Tips on writing good tutorials

Writing a tutorial is actually quite easy.  You simply have to start at the beginning and break it down into steps.  I write my tutorials as I do something.  I use paper and pen and write down each step, as I do what I'm trying to explain how to do!  And I take photos as I go along.  Lots of photos!

This is a good tutorial on how to write a good tutorial!

Tell Your Story

Basically, your story is about you!  A profile for Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine should consist of how you started stitching, sewing, crafting and how you got to crazy quilting.  What is it about crazy quilting that you're attracted to.  Who taught you to stitch?  It doesn't have to be fancy, just the basics about what sparked your interest in CQ work?  Do you teach?  Do you write tutorials for a blog?

These are just some examples.  If I ask you for a profile, please just be yourself and write about you.  Tell us who you are and how you were lead to crazy quilting.

Again, please be check this page often as I will update it regularly.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me.




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