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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head

So Rain drops keep falling on my head!, and April Showers do bring May flowers, whether some believe it or not... As some of you know I have had a trying and emotional few weeks. saying good bye to my youngest who joined the military. He is doing awesome and I could be more proud. I have been working like a dog on my business and trying to keep up with oh so many projects... With that said, I am torn as whether or not to zig zag  the edges or to put ric rack. But for now I would like to  share my April Showers Quilt with my fellow Ambassadors. I fittingly enough call this project "Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head" With the amazing colors that were provided to me I start off with the vibrant blue sky, the brilliantly glowing orange in the sun, The simplicity of the colors in the flowers, and the fact that the umbrella not only symbolizes the how many of you in this elitist group have covered me with the utmost of support. More so than others as I do have a truly tremendous friend here, and she knows who she is... Truth be told I couldn't have done as much with my business without her.

The little dude below is a sad ghost who like many of us hate to be rained on, and wouldn't want any of us to have anything to rain on our parade. I do hope all of you like this project and I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy May Day this coming Sunday. I will be hanging with my oldest who will turn 23 on Sunday

#islandbatik #aprilshowers #applique #quilting 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

So Good Things do Happen to Those Who Wait!!

In 2010 my life took a very different turn. I decided to leave long time health care to pursue a totally different career. I had no idea what I had planned on doing after leaving my job, however I think I have chosen a career that suits me very well. Truth be told I do have a long line of very talented people in my family. Artists, musicians, cooks, builders, and crafters alike. I suppose picking the art of designing and quilting is something I feel has shown me, my friends, and family as one that comes naturally.

My first quilt I made totally came out super ugly, and I am talking the sewing, the seam allowance, and the quilting, however I made the quilt top, quilted it by watching YouTube videos and bound it... I wasn't very happy with how it turned out. And just for clarity and explanation the little white feet on the left side of my quilt is my son's. He was helping me hold this up while my husband was taking the photo. This was a block of the month for advanced quilters called "Imperial Splendor" from JoAnn Fabrics.  I had fun doing this quilt from beginning to end. But after I finished this quilt I knew from that point I wanted to learn more and more about this art.

See those little white feet!

So now 6 years into quilting 6 quilts being published, two radio interviews on Military Mom Talk Radio with Sandra Beck & Robin Boyd, teaching, lecturing, and doing everything quilting, I have figured out this is what I was put on earth to do. Whether it is writing a story, designing a pattern or just quilting a customer quilt, I feel things have turned in a very positive direction.

All good things do come to those who wait. This a true statement. I was told this from many different people in this business. I was also told ask questions. If you don't you will never know the answer. So I read articles, chatted on line with people, took classes, watched You Tube videos. Soon I had the answers to question that have puzzled me and other wanting to learn how to do things in this field. I am thrilled on how far I have gotten in such a long time. I was told by an editor from a magazine that I often look at. "Sally, look outside the box" Don't just look at design or color. Look at what speaks to you". The depth of design and color does flow into one another. I have learn so much from so many this particular person had me think so much outside the box that I submitted a design to this magazine and with a huge surprise I made cover in this magazine...

Not too sure whose legs those are but my quilt sure looks awesome!

I was stunned beyond belief that I made cover to begin with but what the Publisher wrote made me even more of a blubbering idiot. She wrote such a beautiful introduction in the magazine that I just had the hardest time containing myself. Yes Jake you made me cry... But I was super thrilled at what she had to say. See for yourself:

" Sally's incredible quilt is the story of persistence and creative sketching. A long time Q-bie, Sally wanted to be published in Gen Q. We love when new designers share their talents with us but we do ask that the designs submitted are consistent with our niche- modern or contemporary. Sally sent us a couple of ideas but through her enthusiasm and positive nature won us over, what we saw was far more that traditional that what we choose for publication. Not wanting to discourage her, we coached her a little. Play more with solids we said. Experiment with color-bold bright are good starts. Look at the secondary patterns that come from your blocks. Three years after her first submission, we got this. Oh. My. Gawd!! We were knocked silent-not normal circumstances for us. This quilt is absolutely one of our favorites, and not because we love Sally. It's bold, it's brilliantly simple-just one block repeated. It's gorgeous! We couldn't be more proud and honored; That's the truth."

I was more that overwhelmed with what Jake had written. She and Scott Hansen have been my coaches, my true supporters throughout my career. I truly love and care about the entire staff. Teri Lucas and Melissa Thompson Maher also have been super awesome to me. giving me strong advice to continue the passion I have for all things quilting and to continue my other passion of supporting our veterans.

Their inspiration and support have encouraged me to follow my passion. So much so that I have continued to submit to Generation Q Magazine and other magazines. I have begun the first of two books one on a collection of my original designs and the other is somewhat educational but also has quilty stuff in it.

On top of all the above goodness I have also been selected as an Endorsed Designer for Sulky Thread of America and have also had discussion about being an Affiliate with Sulky... Both exciting and fun positions to be in. The other great thing that has happened is that I am a Brand Ambassador for Island Batik. This is a super fun position and I am having the time of my life being part of Island Batiks group of talented designers. I have posted my first project in March of this year called " March Mini Madness" I was given instructions as to what the project need to have in it and dimensions. Here is what I made for my Mini Madness project.

Soon I will be posting my April Showers project for April. I have to say Katie Laughridge and the entire group of Ambassadors and Staff at Island Batik have made my experience super awesome.

If that isn't enough I have even more news to share... Goodness I have a lot to say this morning...  I have been working on projects for AccuQuilt for Spring Release. Stay tuned for pictures and all yummy goodness coming from me and AccuQuilt. And for the Cherry on top of the Sundae,  my quilt that made cover of Generation Q was accepted into Vermont Quilt Festival.... Yes Stairway to the Galaxy is traveling to Vermont. So yes another happy dance is in order...
So I am happy to see it in a judged show. I have fingers crossed for a ribbon on this bad boy!!! So fingers crossed my friends I really want this...

So I am really saying this LOUD & PROUD!!! Good Things do Come to Those Who Wait!!!