My Exciting Announcement!

This week, I am able to finally share my secret. I have a pattern design in the Fall issue of Quilts and More Magazine!! The magazine publishes today, Friday the 6th. It is amazing as this was the first design I submitted for consideration to Meredith publishing.


My quilt is a star with a pumpkin center with a navy background, find it on page 82. Originally, I thought this would be a fun way to use navy and cheddar fabrics. The publisher thought orange was better for pumpkins, so the pattern is written that way. Large pumpkin blocks alternate with navy night sky fabric, and the pattern is called Evening Harvest.

Evening Harvest, doesn’t that evoke a feeling of a cool autumn night?

The quilt is an oversize twin, long enough to tuck under socked feet on a chilly evening, whether that is outside near a fire pit, or inside on a cozy sofa.

Looking at the block close up, the pumpkins float in the white stars, twinkling against a night sky. In fact, my original name for this pattern was Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star. I quilted it in Navy Glide, with navy Bottom Line in the bobbin. The backside is the same navy blue fabric, a mottled print from Nue Hue fabrics I got at Beginnings.

The binding is also the same navy, which makes a nice frame around the cheddar border.

The magazine should be available at some local quilt shops, major magazine retailers and online at All People Quilt. I am thrilled to be in print, and I’ve already submitted another design for consideration. Nothing will be wasted though, if they pass on it, then I have the next Scrap Dance mystery ready to write!

What do you think? Do you like the design?

106 thoughts on “My Exciting Announcement!

  1. Kim J LeMere

    Congratulations! it is a great quilt design and I love anything with stars and the floating pumpkins really pop. I will be getting the magazine.

    1. Jan McCann

      Absolutely love your quilt—from pattern to your color selection. Who doesn’t love cheddars? Kudos for getting selected for magazine!

  2. Nanci Cartwright

    Congratulations! It’s a starry autumn night in the pumpkin patch, the perfect quilt to wrap around oneself while waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear on Halloween night. (My favorite autumn Peanuts cartoon.) I love the colors; that blue is very rich and definitely evokes the night skies. Very exciting and I will look for the magazine in the stores.

  3. Rita C.

    Congratulations, Carole! It’s great for you to be recognized for your expertise and willingness to share!

  4. Lenora

    Congratulations for this accomplishment! Those who are not online will now be able to share your beautiful patterns. Your creativity/talents are endless!

  5. jmlmjam

    Love it, Love it, Love it!! Congratulations. I will definitely be buying this magazine just foryour pattern. Janice

  6. Barbara Guarniere

    Congratulations on your design in the magazine. I also love cheddars and stars! A nice combination!

  7. Patricia Evans

    Congratulations. That blue is so rich looking. It’s not easy to break into the magazine business as it seems the publishers use the same designers over and over.

  8. Joan Sheppard

    Congratulations! We are all so happy for you! This is a great pattern! I love that you even mention that the quilt can go OUTSIDE to the fire pit on a cool evening! All wrapped up in Starlight!

  9. Mary Jean Cunningham

    Congratulations!!! Looks fantastic, and I love the colors – wouldn’t think white would be in an autumnal quilt, but it works so well and I love the “Twinkle Star” name, too!

    1. 2cbv

      I saw that magazine at Sams Club and should have looked through it. So happy for you… savor your success!

  10. Glenda Schreiber

    Congratulations! It is a very cute design and I like the cheddar colorways as well. Keep up the good work.

  11. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Congratulations, Carole!! That is so exciting. This is a very cute design. I love the pumpkin stars on the blue background.

  12. I’m so happy for you Carole, and can see why they accepted your quilt to feature in their magazine. Your Sweet Babboo must be so proud of you, and deservedly so. I really love the color scheme, as it makes those pumpkins pop. Good luck with your more recent submission! Hugs

  13. What a wonderful milestone! To be published in a well circulated magazine is a big deal. I hope you do something special to celebrate this achievement! Love the quilt! Congratulations!

  14. Brenda Furlong

    That is exciting news! I will definitely look for that issue, as I do like that magazine. It is a beautiful design!

  15. Donna

    Congratulations Carole on getting published!!! Hope you celebrate!!! The quilt is so cute for fall!!!

  16. Carolyn K.

    Wow, wow, wow! I can’t think of a more deserving contestant . I have always been amazed by your dedication to your craft. Love the color combinations you chose. Congratulations.
    Carolyn K.

  17. Sue H

    Congratulations!!! That is a cute pattern and looks fun to make. Love the background and I’m looking forward to cooler evening/mornings again. Drinking a cup of coffee on the front porch after walking the dog early in the morning is so refreshing. Glad we have no bears here!

  18. Bobbie Woodruff

    Wow ! It’s beautiful. What a happy fall quilt to display from October thru Thanksgiving. I’ll have to start looking for the magazine. I love your blue hope I can find something close.
    Congratulations I know it would be thrilling to be published.
    I’m working on some baby quilts and a great grandson who has out grown his baby quilt and now needs a older boys quilt. Would like to get a few things made for Christmas. I’m not very fast any more so It takes me a little while to get things done.
    Love your blog, I’m with you so glad we are able to get out some and interact with friends.
    I’m in Washington state and we have had one of the hottest summers on record. Very dry and a fire danger all around. We have a lot of forest land behind us so we watch close. Most of the fires are on the eastern side of the state. Oregon is burning bad to. Prayer for all the ones in its path. To have to get out in only a few minutes and decide what life memories you want to take must be hard. I guess my quilts would be mine.
    Have a blessed day and again Congratulations on a beautiful quilt.

  19. Jean McKinstry

    A stunning pattern and a wonderful choice for colours, many Congratulations!!! Perfect for your Autumn evenings.

  20. Mary

    What a clever girl you are. You must be tingling with excitement. Another achievement of which you can be very proud. 👏🏽👏🏽🎉🎉

    It is a whimsical pattern and I’m sure we will see lots being made. Everyone loves stars and with the pumpkin floating in the middle it will be most popular for Halloween.

    Well done Carole! :))

  21. lynn bourgeois

    Great news, and a fun quilt patten. Most of us love star patterns, and this will be another to enjoy
    Congratulations Carole.

  22. Melanie

    Congratulations, Carole. I must pick up a copy of Q&M. The pattern is very nice and a perfect name for your design.

  23. Congratulations on your very exciting news!!! That is a lovely design and it is very special to see it in the magazine.
    I will watch out for it to come into the shops here.

  24. Stef

    Congratulations!! Wow, your quilt pattern is so warm and inviting for those cool autumn nights!! Will be purchasing the Magazine. Thank you…..

  25. Connie Wolfe

    Hooray for you! The quilt is terrific on its own, but being published is the icing on the cake. Congratulations on expanding your skills! We often hear that this is very good for our brains.

  26. Carol, this is the perfect autumn quilt! It’s just gorgeous. Congratulations to you for the recognition in the magazine — that’s a very big deal. They made a wise choice and I love it! Three cheers!

    1. Eileen Emerson

      Congratulations Carole on being published of a harvest evening quilt pattern. It’s lovely.

  27. How exciting! Congratulations! How does that work? You submit a design, and if they approve it, with changes, you then make a quilt using that design?

  28. Congratulations! I know how much work goes into getting a pattern published. This one is a perfect fall quilt and not too complex. I expect you will become a regular contributor.

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