It’s a crazy exciting month over here, you guys! My new book is finally coming out and we have some seriously fun things planned! I can’t lie…I’m as giddy as a school girl! AHHHHH! What a thrill to FINALLY be able to share with you what I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. What’s it all about? Well, quilting, yes, but so much more than that. It’s about building relationships, about preserving priceless memories, and sparking unforgettable family time. It’s about making beautiful things, and infusing our patchwork with even more meaning and functionality. After all, isn’t that what quilts are all about? They’re a joy to make, a joy to give, and a joy to use.
SO, first things first– please join me this afternoon over on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio, where I’ll be chatting with the lovely Pat Sloan about what I’m up to! The show starts at 4pm, EST, and you can listen in here (don’t worry- Pat always offers archives for each show, so you can catch past episodes even if you miss the live show).
Also, you’re officially invited to the book launch party! Wohoo! If you live here in the Denver area, pop on over to Fancy Tiger Crafts this Friday night for some light refreshments and a fun time to chat! I’ll be signing books and all of the projects from the book will be on display.
SO- what else is going on? Well, I’ve launched an exciting new website — www.QuiltForKeeps.com— packed with tons of inspiration, a place to share your projects and stories, and impactful ways to get involved.
This summer is all about the #ForKeepsPledge. It’s a pledge drive, but not the kind where you pledge money or commit to give up sugar for a month. Nope. This pledge is all about refocusing our hearts when it comes to our sewing. It’s about pausing, amidst our busy lives, bursting sewing rooms, and piles of unfinished projects, to take a quick look at why it is that we sew, and who we sew for.
So what does it mean to take the #ForKeepsPledge? By taking the pledge, you are making a commitment to yourself, and a statement to this community that you want to refocus your heart and renew your intentions when it comes to your quilting and sewing. It means that you will be more mindful about using your passion to bring people together.
Taking this pledge does NOT mean you won’t drool over designer fabrics or strive to make high quality items. It doesn’t mean you won’t follow trends or enter competitions. It simply means that you desire even more meaning in the making and use of your projects, and will try to be more mindful, when you’re designing and sewing, of how your process and/or project captures and spreads love & joy in your home and community.
Will you join me??? Will you make this statement to yourself and this wonderful community? It only takes a few seconds- click here to take the pledge, then print a copy for your sewing room, and grab a button for your blog.
But wait..there’s more!
That’s right- when you take the pledge, you’ll get a free download of one of my favorite block patterns from the book. AND, if you want to get even more involved, join the charity block drive! The pattern includes details about how to send in blocks to donate- I’ll be stitching them together, and donating quilts to an organization that is especially meaningful to me. The ladies of People Comforters, of Evergreen, Colorado, taught me to quilt back in 1992 in the basement of a tiny mountain church. They’ve not only impacted the lives of countless trauma and crime victims across the Rocky Mountain region by donating heartfelt quilts to families in need of encouragement, but they also took me in, shared their knowledge, and changed my life forever– and for that I am eternally grateful. I’d be honored if you chose to participate by sending in a happy block to cheer a family in need!
Ah! So much to share, so little space! It’s such a big, big month for my family and I, and we are so blessed to be able to share it with you through the new website and these exciting events. I do hope you’ll take time to pop on over to the Quilt For Keeps
site, take the pledge, and enjoy the free block pattern.
Thanks friends taking the time to stop by and read what I’m up to!