I have been busting to tell everyone about my new set of templates for crazy quilters. I am in the process of packaging now and hope to offer them to people sometime next week .
I was getting a bit tired of the others and wanted some new ones so designed another set. I have to admit it is really fun imagining something, designing it, prototyping it and then having it manufactured. I love the sense that this thing that is now in my hands, did not exist until I sat down and worked out what I wanted it to look like.
I have only had them in my hands a while and have packaging like mad while also drafting out a book of patterns that you can create with them. Like the first set I will include a free ebook of patterns with each set.
I hope to have them released and on the market next week some time. For those that want a a little peek this is these are the shapes of the new set. The edges of course are guides for embroidered seams on crazy quilts and the squiggles and curves are wonderful for stems in floral sprays. There are lots of floral shapes and of course there is the bird. Don’t they look fun!
Watch out next week of an announcement about when they are available.
I am walking around with a big silly grin on my face as I have signed a book contract with C&T Publishers for my book on Crazy Quilting. After much dithering around, as I was thinking of self publishing, I decided the traditional route and the help of an editor was the way to produce the best book for my readers. Basically I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher. C&T Publishers know textile type people as they specialise in quilting and creative fiber related books and tools. They publish authors such as Judith Baker Montano, Allie Aller, Valerie Bothell, Jennifer Clouston and Christen Brown so I feel like I am in good company.
So I am feeling energised, I am sure I will learn heaps and I think the process will be work but most important it will be fun! This also keeps me on track as
What will be happening on Pintangle?
I am not allowed to share bits of the book as I write it. I will be still running Take a Stitch Tuesday because that is too inspirational and fun not to do. I will also continue adding to the stitch tutorials on this site. Patterns from and posts about the button box quilt and my sampler will continue. To be honest I am not sure at what rate. I will do them as I can manage them.
While I write a book I find blogging more than a few days a week difficult. If things are a bit quite at times please be understanding. The way I view it is, in the long run, in a decade I will be proud of the book I am working on today, but I will have forgotten the number of emails I answered today, or the blog post I wrote, or the facebook group admin. What is more of an indicator the people I write to, or tend to in the facebook group etc, will have long forgotten too! In fact I think they will have forgotten within months! These tasks will still of course go on (since I am sitting here writing a blog post!) but both the email and the browser will be closed more often as I try to limit distractions while I work.
Ways to stay in contact
This behind the scenes shot taken while photographing my quilts lead to Jerry (my husband) writing a brief article on how to photograph quilts. I think this information would be handy for many of my readers. He discusses lighting, the set up he used and his camera settings.
As you can see our family room with wall to wall, floor to ceiling books is his studio!