My project for Mollie Makes magazine

I have been bursting with a secret for about a month now but haven’t been able to say anything. So here it is: I have a project in the most recent Mollie Makes magazine! Issue 58 to be specific.  Well, sort of.  It is an exclusive project, meaning it’s included as an insert, a special gift to subscribers.  But, I’m not one to split hairs especially when it comes to something as exciting as this.

A Happy Stitch in Mollie Makes Magazine

(Look! It’s me!) This is the cover of the insert. I’ve been a long-time subscriber to Mollie Makes and just adore this magazine. It’s so good at mixing old crafts like sewing and crochet with a modern aesthetic and pretty much everyone I admire has been featured there (along with new friends I meet all the time).

This is definitely a bucket-list moment for me.  I honestly wouldn’t have even thought I’d be in such a high-profile magazine but they reached out to me.  Yes, I thought it was a hoax at first.  But, turns out it was real.  They suggested an update on an old project of mine and I was thrilled.

A few details about the whole process.  It was paid work, which makes me feel very validated as a maker.  It’s not that it’s all about money; it’s that they communicated they value my time and effort.  Way to go Mollie Makes.  I couldn’t love you more!  Additionally, they were lovely to work with and gave me very little dictate.  I signed a contract right from the start.  It was all very professionally and cleanly done.

Below is one of the rejected photos. I can’t imagine how much work goes into an entire magazine given how much I worked on my project and it is such a tiny part of the whole thing!

A Happy Stitch in Mollie Makes Magazine insert

It was kind of funny because I really couldn’t find the fabric that I wanted to use as a background so I decided to paint my own.  I got fabric paint in copper from Michael’s and using mostly a paintbrush but also stamps, etc. to decorate on plain white fabric.

Fabric Painting in Copper :: A Happy Stitch in Mollie Makes Magazine insert

I was nervous that the Mollie Makes people weren’t going to like my adaptation to the original idea but they were totally into it! Another win.  As well as another shot of confidence to the ‘follow your gut’ philosophy.

Fabric Painting in Copper :: A Happy Stitch in Mollie Makes Magazine insert

Fabric Painting in Copper :: A Happy Stitch in Mollie Makes Magazine insert

Here is the craziest thing! I had very recently let my subscription lapse (what a dummy!) and so I don’t have a copy of the real thing! Isn’t that insane.  The editor I work with only receives the pdf so that I what I got.  They were really nice about it but it’s a forehead-slap moment for me.

22 Comments on My project for Mollie Makes magazine

  1. jane
    September 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so happy for you! So so cool! And that’s what you were painting fabric for!!? what an awesome accomplishment! Whoot whoot!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks lovely friend!

      Reply
  2. Sara
    September 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Very exciting Melissa! Mollie Makes is such a beautiful magazine, and I love that they have those little projects with them.

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Me too! I love the inserts. Thanks for your kind words, I love the encouragement of the sewing/crafting community.

      Reply
  3. Amy
    September 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats! That is so wonderful!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Amy. <3

      Reply
  4. kristin
    September 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Ahhhh so cool! I love Mollie Makes too, but have never had a subscription. You need to get your hands on one!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

      I know! Isn’t that classic to not have one. Ha!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Rock on Heather! I hope I get to see them.

      Reply
  5. Janice
    September 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome!!what a lucky girl! But I love everything you make, so I don’t question why they picked you and your projects!! Keep ‘making’ !!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, you are so sweet! <3

      Reply
  6. stephanie
    September 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Wowza!!! I love that Magazine too!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s the best, hands down!

      Reply
  7. Jen
    September 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Fantastic! I love how the painted fabric turned out. And I can only imagine how hard it was to keep this big news under wraps. It’s a well-earned feature!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

      And…I’m not great with exciting secrets! Thanks for your support, Jennifer.

      Reply
  8. erin
    September 18, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

    I will send you mine when the subscription comes! I’d love for you to have it! Just email me your address.

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 18, 2015 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh! Erin, that is so unbelievably nice. I’m thrilled!! Thank you so much!! I’ll email you my address.

      Reply
  9. Pat
    September 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Way Cool!!! Or as you said in your younger days MINT. congratulations!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      September 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ma! Oh boy, MINT! I should really try to bring that one back.

      Reply

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