I’m often asked how I choose whom to dedicate my books. The question comes up each time I have a new book release, and this time is no different. Of course I love talking about my books, and the dedication is a very meaningful part of it for me. My first two books were dedicated to different members of the family who had been supportive since my childhood and encouraged my sewing/quilting/craft habits, and who generally inspired my by their own creativity.
My new release from C&T, “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” I felt I wanted to dedicate it to the people who were directly involved with my beginning as a longarm quilter. Let me tell you about Judy Dillree, a long-time friend and quilter who seemed to think my crazy idea of buying a longarm machine (without ever having touched one) was a no-brainer! She took me around to her favorite shops in the big city and from that I was able to develop a full time business in a matter of–no joke–less than six weeks! I had no thought then of becoming an author, but looking back it was a huge leap to where I’ve taken the business today!
The quilters I’ve included in the dedication are those who taught me so much, either in their classes, or by simply looking at their outstanding work. So, to Janet Fogg, Linda Taylor, Jodi Beamish and Marilyn Badger, thank you for your insight, willingness to share, creativity and continuing freshness! You still inspire me!
Hurray for FedEx! I’d had an email that it was coming, but it’s a thrill to see my 3rd book in person for the first time! All the late nights, planning, stitching and dreaming have come to fruition! GET ADDICTED TO FREE MOTION QUILTING arrived on my doorstep, all glossy and colorful…I am jumping up and down! Next, to sit in a comfortable chair and take a moment to savor the beautiful photography and lay-out. Thanks to the good people at C&T Publishing who trusted me and used their expertise to make it gel all together! I am thrilled to be a part of the C&T family. GET ADDICTED TO FREE MOTION QUILTING will be released in September, no doubt you can pre-order copies now. More later about some details, classes and ideas. For now, I am simply celebrating!
I just can’t decide! What do I like best, sewing or quilting?? It depends on my mood, how much time I have available, and what project strikes my interest at the time. I started out doing a LOT of garment sewing over the years and then got seriously into quilting. Now, I like to do some of each! The FREE project for this month is a fun Picnic Napkin Pattern! You know, the kind you take with you to a pot-luck or picnic, where you’re supposed to take your own table service. This is so fast and easy to make, and what I love best about any project–it is functional! Hop on over to Lisa Bee Wilson’s blog to see her versions. We’d love to see yours too, and let us know what events you’re taking them to!
Find some spunky fabric–you know it has to suit your personality–or make a statement! You’ll have it done and ready in no time. I’ll be using mine for the first time this Saturday at my quilt group. When I come home, all I have to do is put the silverware in the dishwasher, and throw the napkin in the laundry! Make a bunch of these, enough for the whole family, and then start planning your next picnic!
You know what happens when a friend makes one of your patterns, in a better version than the original? You get all choked up thinking that SHE wanted to try one of YOUR patterns, and that she chose such AMAZING fabrics! That’s what happened to me at the Pine Needler’s Quilt Guild a couple months ago. There were two lovely ladies that who brought show and tell of my patterns! It was very touching, and though I didn’t break into the UGLY cry, I did get all choked up! Lora made a spunky version of “A New York Minute”, changing the size of the quilt just a bit. Her fabric and quilting just make me want to SHOUT! (Lift my hands up and) SHOUT! Come on now! Virginia made an awesome “Swiss Army Quilt” in green and yellow, that is to die for! I hadn’t seen this pattern made in any other color but red, so it was a real treat to see it so well made, and quilted by Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts. Both of these patterns are from my last book, Perfect Fit Pieced Borders. If you EVER make one of my patterns, be sure to send pics so I can see the results!
I had an awesome day at Spring Quilt Market in Portland. As you can see I was able to meet AMY MARSON, publisher at C&T Publishing! It was a real treat, we had a chance to actually visit and get to know each other a bit! Turns out Amy (isn’t she the cutest) went to the same high school as my friend and companion for the day, Lisa Bee Wilson! Small world! Amy had some early promotional literature for my next book (which will be released in September), VERY fun to see that! I’ll tell you more about that as it gets closer, and you’ll likely see me doing some jumping up and down at that point.
Lisa and I also got to talk with LOTS of other favorites from the industry, and sadly missed a few who were there, but our timing was off as we didn’t cross paths. The booths and quilts were motivating and inspirational, the people—-so talented it is humbling! It was a fun day.
Conecting Threads is a fun quilter’s resource! They have an on-line catalog as well as a hand held catalog that comes in the mail. It’s chock-full of fabric, notions, kits, books and inspiration. And guess what?? They have started carrying my “Color Wheel Pincushion Kit”! It’s such a cute little pincushion! I hope you’ll check out the site, I know you’ll find something to love!
I was reminded recently of an honor I recieved last year! It’s so special to be included in a magazine, or in print at any time. My quilt “Walled Garden” had been published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine a few years ago, and was chosen to be included in the “Quilt-Lovers’ Favorites” too. The book is a collection of 15 of their most popular patterns, but they’ve done something special and included other projects that can be made from the ideas in the patterns, like pincushions, pillows, tablerunners, aprons and wall hangings. What fun to see this pattern in print again, and with two other versions than the one I had made originally! There is SO MUCH information on the AP&Q web site! Take a few minutes to check it out! www.allpeoplequilt.com