As many of you know, I was privileged to have been chosen as a member of Quiltmaker Magazine's first Scrap Squad 2011. Our term is almost up as we are working on our final project. It apparently was a successful first endeavor because the magazine is forming a new group for 2012. The announcement was in today's Quiltmaker online newsletter. For those of you who don't subscribe, here's the info from the newsletter:
We're looking for some great scrap quilters! Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad 2011 was a great success, so we're currently forming the 2012 team. Scrap Squad members take one predetermined pattern from each issue and make a scrappy version for online publication. QM provides the patterns and the maker keeps the quilts. The commitment will be to make six quilts/tops during the year.
Good Scrap Squad candidates will enjoy making scrap quilts, be confident in their quiltmaking skills and work well under deadlines. A well-developed color sense is necessary. Candidates should be active online in at least one platform such as a blog, Facebook or other quilting community and be comfortable with technology. Scrap Squad members must be current subscribers.
We'll take applications now through midnight Nov. 5; responsibilities will begin in December and run through 2012. To apply, please write to email@example.com with "SS application" in the subject line. Describe your skills, your availability and your online activity. Include three photos of (or links to) scrappy quilts you have made.
I would encourage anyone interested to apply. I learned a lot, met seven wonderful quilters, and enjoyed myself immensely. You make the quilt from your own scrap stash. They prefer it to be finished by the deadline (quilted and bound) but submitting pictures of just the top is fine too. Members are paid a nominal fee for their work and we keep all our quilts. Diane Harris, the Scrap Squad coordinator and Interactive Editor, is wonderful to work with. She keeps you informed and Quiltmaker is very generous with "stash enhancement" fabric, should you need to supplement your stash. Keep in mind that there are 6 projects during the year; all of ours were at least throw size, and there is a deadline every other month. So if you have the time and interest, go for it!!!!!
Current members got a BIG SURPRISE! Quiltmaker is having each of us ship our 3 favorite Scrap Squad quilts - at their expense - to their corporate office in Golden Colorado to hang in their gallery from now through the end of the year. We are so honored and can't wait to see pictures.