I finally got the new book and pattern sent off the to the printer and approved for printing. What a big relief. That would explain my recent silence. At least the silence of the last few weeks. The time before that, I really have no excuse except to say that sometimes I get so immersed in the process of designing and laying out a book that I think I could be considered a hermit.
So, I've come out of hiding and am ready to show you some of the things I've been working on.
First off, here's a sampling of the new fabric line, called Tangled Threads. It will be shown at Quilt Market this week with the expected ship date to the shops sometime in August or September.
If I had more time, I would show one project a day, but because I still have to get my booth planned for Quilt Market and we leave in 2 days (yikes!), I think I'll have to double (or triple) them up.
Oh, and make sure you read all the way to the bottom. There's something important you might want to know.....
So, are you ready??
This is the cover of the book........
Drum roll please.........
I had a lot of fun with this little girl. I've named her Ella, just because she looks like one to me. I cut her out of a larger quilt that is in the book. I called this one Tangled Threads, simply because most of the fabric I used was from my new fabric line called Tangled Threads (have I ever said how hard it is to come up with names for all these things?!)
Because the fabric and book were both kind of a sewing theme, I had to include a few projects that went along with it. So, this is my Sewing Basket and my Thread Basket.
I originally shared this hat in a February posting, but had so many people ask about the pattern, I decided to include it in this book. (And on a side note, just so you know, this is not the picture in the book. For the book, I cut the hats out so that I didn't have to put my face in there.....)
I love these hats. Actually, I think I've made a total of 6 or 7 different ones to take with me. One is made out of felted wool and the rest are made out of batiks. But I think what makes them so fun is the big fabric flower that's on the band. Did you see that I put a flower on one of the sewing baskets too? Yep, the instructions are in the book for those too.
And the final one for today is one that I called Among the Stars. You've seen the block several times in my previous postings because I love the block. And I love the quilt just as much.
The LeMoyne star has always been one of my favorites, and this is just an expanded version of it. I believe that the block is called Blazing Star. I made the diamond points for the large stars and the border by strip piecing...... no templates....... so don't let it scare you away. It's not as hard as it looks. And think about it. You only have to make 4 of the large star block, not 20!
And that's all I will show you today. Check back tomorrow and I'll unveil the rest of the projects.
Oh yea, the important thing I wanted you to know.....
It's a Giveaway!
Because I'm so happy to finally have the book finished, I've decided that I need to give a few of them away. From those that leave comments for me today and tomorrow (when I'll show the rest of the projects) I'll pick a couple winners who will get a free book. How about that? I won't be able to send it out until we get back from Quilt Market, but you'll get a free one nonetheless!
If you're going to be a Quilt Market, be sure to come by my booth. I'd love to meet you. Oh, and if I'm not there and you see a handsome man amidst all those lovely quilts, that would be my husband. He'll know where to find me. He always does.