Freda's Hive International

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Isn't the combination of blogging and the internet just the most amazing thing? It is incredible to realize that people around the globe could turn on their computer and see what Nanette in little Alpine Utah recently made! It is almost magic. It is hard to imagine that the first pattern I recently sold for Dreaming Princess was to a quilter in Sweden. It is like bringing the world into my sewing room.

Two international experiences recently came my way:

Last year I had an email from Tineke, the editor of a quilting magazine in the Netherlands called Quilt & Zo. Tineke asked me if I would provide the magazine with a photo of my String Spool Quilt and let them publish the tutorial for the quilt in the magazine.
Quilt and Zo is a fantastic magazine with wonderful projects. I was very flattered and happy to have my quilt published in the Netherlands for people with interests the same as mine.
They did a lovely job with a full page color photo of my quilt and then instructions on the opposite page. It is written in Dutch, of course, but you can access my tutorial here.
I really love this quilt. This quilt is one that I thought of in the middle of the night. I hadn't really had exposure to string quilting before I made this quilt years ago. I just had the picture in my mind of what I wanted to make and that I wanted to use my scraps to make it.
It is an easy quilt and very dear to my heart. I remember my mom, Freda, having some olive green wood spools of thread in her sewing room that I thought were really pretty compared to the natural wood spools. My quilter, Wren, did an amazing job quilting it. I think this quilt is 6 years old or so.

My 2nd international experience is shared with several women from all over the world and was sparked by Ayumi from Pink Penguin. If you haven't been a follower of Ayumi, you simply must start. She's an amazing, lovely girl (and newlywed) with a fantastic eye and boat load of talent.
Ayumi and I have a love of fabric that overlaps. We like much of the same types of fabric including Suzuko Koseki fabric. You can read about Ayumi's project that she involved me in here. Ayumi asked me if I wanted to group with other women and make coasters to give to Suzuko. I also blogged about it here.
This is the photo from Ayumi's blog where she talks about the wonder of meeting Suzuko and seeing her talent first hand. You've got to go read about what is going on in Suzuko's studio.

It is incredible to me to have my coaster living with Suzuko in Japan and the photo and tutorial to my string quilt in the Netherlands. Fantastic. Isn't life full of surprises?

-nanette
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Vroomans' Quilts said...

0000H How exciting - you're 'international'!! Congratulations. I enjoyed visiting the other sites, too - thank you.

Aunt Spicy said...

So fun! I love how much smaller the world gets!

Jackie said...

Wow, you are quite the world traveler!! That is absolutely fantastic and soooo exciting! I am sending a big virtual hug your way. I couldn't be more thrilled for you, but then again you are extremely talented and this fame is to be expected!!

Barb said...

Love your post today, Nanette. Congrats on going international! I love your coaster.

Darlene said...

Awesome, Nanette! Congratulations.

AnnieO said...

This is definitely what I love about blogging--we are worldwide :) Congrats on being part of the international brigade of wonderful pattern makers!

Lori Holt said...

I agree with you! This blogging world and the opportunities that come our way because of it are amazing.
Congratulations ...you deserve all of the wonderful things that are happening for you:)
It's so amazing to be able to associate with so many amazing women around the world with just the touch of a button.
We are so blessed:)
xx
lori

Shannon said...

That is awesome Nanette. I am going to see if my friend Yvonne can pick me up a copy of the magazine and bring it when she comes to the states next month. I will bring it for you to autograph. Congrats on such a great accomplishment. I'm gald I've gotten to know you through this thing called the internet blogging world.

moosestashquilting said...

Congratulations! I recently came across your blog and just finished a string spool quilt. It was the most fun thing I have done in a long time. International fame. I am so glad to say I know someone who... :-) Enjoy the your special moment.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Congratulations! It was that quilt that inspired me to make my own spool mini quilt:)

West Michigan Quilter said...

Congratulations! I love that quilt and the tutorial! You are so right, we live in a fantastic age. I feel so grateful for being able to converse with new friends around the world; heck, it's great to be able to make friends with someone in another state. I'm so glad to know you!

Thimbleanna said...

Congratulations Nanette -- that's so exciting!!! You've hit on one of the things that I love about blogging so much. The odds of all of us living in the same neighborhood are nil -- but this way we can pretend that we do! LOVE that spool quilt!!!

Sherri said...

Congrats, Nanette! The international connections are also something I love about blogging!!!

Laura said...

Big surprise!!! My house (the peak of the roof)and trellis pictured in a magazine in Europe. Even if it is only the back drop to one of my favorite quilts you've ever made.

Sinta Renee said...

Congrats,felicitaciones,gong xi félicitations,Glückwünsche,
congratulazioni,Gelukwens -dutch,
parabéns,congratulations -norwegian

Congratulations in international languages! Beautiful quilt Nanette... what a thrill!

PamKittyMorning said...

Woo hoo you're inspiring people all over the world, but we knew that already Nanette!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

WOW!!! I'm so excited to know an INTERNATIONAL celebrity!! Kudos, Nanette. These are great projects...

Lynn said...

It is wonderful isn't it the way blogging and the internet has brought so many of us around the world together. Congratulations of the magazine, you work is terrific and certainly deserves recognition (worldwide!!!).

ayumills said...

This post is absolutely fantastic! I totally agree with you in that the Internet brings us such great possibilities we'd never even imagine before.
Congratulations for you to be published in the magazine in Netherland! It must be really exciting to see your project in the magazine in a different language that was published in a different country!

Oh and a big thank you for your lovely words about the SK project! I am so glad that you are happy that your cute coaster is at Suzuko's home now. I'm very sure she treasures this as well as other goodies you got for her!

Momoo said...

My next project is a spool wall hanging for my sewing room, so I was really happy to see yours again. I'm going to print your tutorial and use it with the pattern and booklet I'm using for ideas. Thanks so much :)
Enjoyed seeing your coaster again, I do think they make neat gifts. I'll have to check out the links you suggested.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, that is so exciting. Congratulations!

SarahVee said...

Wonderful post, Nanette. I forgot how much I like your spool quilt:)
Thanks for a nice little trip through blog land today visiting pink penguin and some of the other coaster participants.

pratima said...

Congratulations, Nanettte! You deserve all the recognition and more. What a treat to see your quilt published in a Dutch magazine! I adore your spool quilt and equally smitten by your Suzuko house.

amandajean said...

yay for you, Nanette! your spool quilt is amazing. congrats on being published internationally. that's wonderful!

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Nanette, so you came all the way to the Netherlands! I have just discovered the Quilt & Zo magazine here, having bought my first issue just this month. Too bad I missed yours.
Gefeliciteerd!