A Big Announcement!

Noooooooo, we don’t have a 5th baby on the way, as exciting as that would be [wipes sweat off brow]

But you could say that a birth has happened!  Something’s been brewing for quite a while now…in fact, there’s been over a year of hard labor, and yes, some blood, sweat, and tears along the way.

I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK! (and I’m so excited, I’m telling you in all caps!).

For Keeps

Talk about a birth- seriously- what a journey this book adventure has turned out to be.  All I keep thinking is that I must have the most patient, understanding, supportive family on the planet, to have endured this past year with me! (mantra of this summer: “Mom, will you EVER be finished working on this book???”)  So thanks family, for hanging in there, and thanks you sweet friends for giving me some grace here on the blog.  You must have thought I’d gone MIA!  I’ve SO missed posting about all of my fun fabric craziness.  I can keep some secrets…surprise parties, birthday gifts…but 17 quilty projects born from the depths of my soul???  The biggest question is how in the world did I manage to not accidentally post pictures of them every single day?

I wish I could give you all of the juicy details now- photos and more info to come later on- but I can tell you that my publisher for the book is Lucky Spool Media, and that even though it won’t be released until this upcoming Spring, pre-orders are already available on Amazon.  So what is it about?  Yes, it’s about quilting (and lots of it), but what I love about it most is that it’s about SO much more than quilting.  It’s about family and home and pancakes and heartache.  It’s about life.  It’s about why I sew, who I sew for, and how quilts can help us tell our stories, and inspire us to write new ones.  

And now I’m going to sign off, before I go and write the entire book again right here on my blog (and you know I would!).

Thank you for letting me share my excitement with you!  I’ll post most about the book soon, I promise!  And now off to conquer Wednesday…

XO

 

On My Bookshelf: Playful Petals

Hi all, and happy Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today marks the last stop in a month-long series here on my blog, On My Bookshelf, all about some fantastic new books out on the market right now.  My bookshelf is bursting with so much great stuff, and I just wish I had time to make everything!!!  Today I want to highlight a book that I fell in love with the moment I saw it this past spring.  The instant I set eyes on Playful Petals by Corey Yoder, I knew that Corey and I must be kindred spirits.  I truly did.

Playful Petals 01

I’ve loved petal shapes for as long as I can remember, and I even have a pattern in my shop featuring them- the Tuileries quilt, which I made to celebrate the new True Colors fabric blenders from FreeSpirit.  Petals, petals, petals.  I love them.  Mark my words- there are more petal-happy quilts on their way from me to you, in the very near future (wink wink!)…just saying, me and petals are so not done.  This is a love affair that continues, and Corey’s new book is just the thing to enable it!

Tuileries Quilt

my play with petals- the Tuileries quilt- pattern available in my shop

  I’m not just saying this- I absolutely want to make every project in this book, and I just might.  The quilts, the pillows…oh my.  And this pretty quilty photography.  Yum.

Playful Petals 02

I just love Corey’s approach to modern applique.  Casual, straight-forward, practical.  Nothing fussy or stressful about it-  clean, simple, and totally doable for experienced and beginner quilters alike.

Playful Petals 03

This Starflower quilt is one of my favorites from the book, and the name fits it just perfectly.  Flower petals + stars = Magic!

Playful Petals 04

Playful Petals 05

Playful Petals 06

There are 18 projects in this book!!!  9 different petal patterns, with a quilt and a pillow for each.  Wow!  Love it!  Congrats, Corey, on an absolutely enchanting book.  Readers, you can find Playful Petals available for purchase HERE.

And that’s a wrap for On My Bookshelf month here on Stitchery Dickory Dock!  If you missed any of the other awesome books I featured, be sure to check them out!

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Sew A Modern Home by Melissa Lunden

Fat Quarter Style by The Fat Quarter Shop

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart (I featured this book back in April, but must include it in this list!  I adore Amy & her book.)

XOXO

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