Monday, October 3, 2011
A Golden Opportunity
I have not blogged for a few weeks, nor have I been quilting, though I've appliqued four of my newest quilt blocks and pieced them together. I have this piece pinned to my wall and as I usually do, I get ideas by just gazing at it. I have the rest of the appliques ready to cut, fuse and stitch to the background. There will be 16 blocks total and a neat appliqued border yet to be designed. Something like this:
Well, then what have I been doing? The American Quilter's Society has accepted my book proposal and agreed to publish it my book. If I sound rather calm about this, I'm not. This is a huge opportunity for me and to say I'm just overwhelmed at the moment would be about right.
I plan to include 8 of my quilt patterns. I've been working on Woods and Wildflowers, as this is probably the biggest challenge. I kept notes and drawings when I made this quilt, but I wish they had been more thorough. In the back of my mind, I've always wanted to write a book, but that thought stayed right there - in the back of my mind. It has been great having Woods and Wildflowers out again as I am remembering the inspiration for each block and the fun I had making them.
My motivation for writing a book? I'm not looking for fame or notoriety, some money would be nice, but no, it's that I really do want to share my quilts with others. What good are all these quilts to me alone? Isn't that what the world of quilting is all about? After all, I learned everything I know about quilting from other quilters.
Having my book published will be a feather in my cap though, not to be too humble. So, I put a feather in my hair and called it.....