I made the it to the local "chatham news" paper.
I asked the editor if I could copy the text and he gave me a word doc.
here it is:
Local quilter published in national magazine
By Bill Willcox
A local quilter recently had one of her creations published in a national magazine.
Bea Lee, who lives about 10 miles west of Pittsboro, is delighted that McCall’s Quilting, with a circulation of 180,000, published her 45-inch-square brightly colored batik owl wall quilt in its September/October issue.
The magazine has returned the quilt to her, along with a check for its publication.
“This is a first time for me,” she said. “I’m super excited about it. They have another quilt already in their hands and I’m working on number three for them, and they just approved two more for me to make for them.”
The busy mother of three always thought it would be fun to be published, but she didn’t know how to go about it. As someone who maintains a blog about quilting she decided one day to ask a fellow blogger who had been published.
The answer was simple: just e-mail the magazine and ask. So she did, and was told to send sketches.
Using a computer software program called Electric Quilt, she generated a number of sketches and sent them to the magazine. When the owl one was accepted, she realized there was another perk: fabric manufacturers would send her fabric for free.
She made the quilt, sent it to the magazine, which created and published the pattern, and returned the quilt to her, with payment for publication.
Lee has not been interested in quilting her whole life. She was first introduced to the craft about eight years ago when her church offered a class.
She didn’t take much interest at the time but that changed a couple of years ago when she moved to Pittsboro. She got hooked and it wasn’t long before a room in her house became a quilting studio. She started winning ribbons at the Chatham County Fair.
Her husband, seeing her interest, asked if she would like a long-arm quilting machine. Although expensive the machine was necessary for creating large quilts, which cannot be stitched using regular sewing machines.
The long-arm quilting machine has enabled her to create a small business making large quilts for other quilters.
Bea was born and raised in Denmark. She attended college in Florida pursuing a degree in computer animation with dreams of working for Disney. But after meeting her husband and finding salvation, her perspective changed. She was less interested in working for money in the corporate world.
Now quilting has added a new dimension to her life.
“I found my calling, if you can call it that,” she said. “God gave me this gift of quilting.”
She likes to share this gift with the community so she does a lot of donation quilting.
“I want to give back,” she said.