Freelance Adventures

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to work on projects outside of my University job and my quilt pattern design business, that utilize my editorial skills or some other skill in my toolbox. In Fall 2013, I edited quilt patterns for a magazine publication, and the patterns for Mary Fons upcoming book. In the publishing world, one works on projects so far in advance, that it’s a fun reminder to see them again when they become reality! Her book will finally be released in May…

Make + Love Quilts By Mary Fons

(Click on the book cover to go to Amazon and have a look see inside!)

Working with Mary was a treat; we corresponded mostly via email, once or twice by phone I think. She’s full of joy and enthusiasm and it’s nearly impossible for some of that to not rub off on you. Here’s the video she shared about promoting her new book in NYC:

Mary Fons Book Promotional Video No. 1 from Mary Fons on Vimeo.

So proud of her finishing this book and I’m looking forward to holding it in my hands. Congratulations, Mary!

I also made a quilt recently for another freelance project, my sweetie said it might be his favorite of all the quilts I’ve made (not sure what appealed to him, but he does like vintage and this is made from 30s prints and Moda shirtings) I never did get a great photo of it, but this gives you an idea of the project…


Maybe one day I’ll be able to make a living with the pattern design and freelance work. I’d be thrilled to work from home. However, giving up those full-time benefits would not be easy. Until then, I’ll continue to be grateful for my job and the great people I get to work with.

Happy sewing,



7 thoughts on “Freelance Adventures

  1. Congratulations Doris, that book sounds like such a fun project for you! I will be sure to take a look! Having variety in your jobs like that is pretty cool, and I’m sure can do anything you put your mind too, you’re so amazing!

  2. Dear Doris, I’m glad to see you are finding activities that give you fulfilment and a sense of purpose. I know it’s lonely without your sweetie (the end of each day is the pits, isn’t it?) but with all your friends, online and in real life, you will never be alone. I truly hope you attain that dream of making a living from your patterns. Lots of love.

  3. Everything you touch turns out beautifully, Doris. I understand about needing the University gig, but there’s no doubt that your creative talent lies in quilting… designing, editorializing, and writing about quilting-related things. Congratulations on being part of Mary’s book! So glad for you to get to do some of what you love best. You continue to be in my prayers.

  4. Doris, I’ve been away from the internet and blogging world for awhile and only just now have had the time to sit down and catch up. I am so very sorry for your loss. There aren’t words for something like this, especially sudden and sad things. You are in my prayers. Wishing you peace, love and healing. Much love!

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