Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee

My quilting bee's book is hot off the press and available for ordering! Thanks to the top-notch Chicago postal service, I've finally received my books, only two months after I should have. I beg to differ with their supposed creed: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Moving on. About a year and a half ago, my virtual quilting bee got a book deal and signed our lives away. I'm thrilled to be a contributor to the book.

September was my month and I asked my fellow quilters to do an "Uneven Coin Block." I chose a light brown background and provided an array of pastelly blues and greens for them to make the uneven coins. To me, they look like books in a library, piled high and waiting to be read.

As if having a published book about quilting wasn't enough, the one and only Denyse Schmidt, one of the truest queens of quilting and fabric design, wrote the foreword! Be still my heart!

Two of my favorites are Jaquie's "Dresden Plate Block" (July) and Elizabeth's "Wonky Stripe Block" (November). If you've ever attempted a Dresden plate, it'll really kick your butt to the curb. I can't even imagine doing an entire Dresden quilt on my own...but that's one of the joys of the quilting bee...you can learn new techniques and promptly move on if you don't care for the work involved with them!

You can order your copy of the book here!

11 comments:

Ann-Marie said...

Congratulations, Sarah! What a cool thing to have been a part of. You are truly deserving of being included in this collection. :)

Alaina Beth said...

It is really sad that I got my giveaway copy before you got yours and I live. in. Alaska.

But congratulations! The book is beautiful.

Erin said...

I just love this. What an awesome opportunity to be apart of. I often wonder what the finished products are when I see blocks here andnthere for a quilting bee. I'll need to pick up the book to peruse.

Sheri said...

So my question is: is that your apartment in the background, or something from a magazine spread?!

Also, congratulations! This is so awesome and you deserve every bit of credit and recognition you get.

Much love,

Sheri

Anonymous said...

Sarah! How awesome to be part of this. I'm so proud of you...and that I know you :) Way to go! Your photo is beautiful, by the way, not to mention the quilt. -Marit

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone! Sheri, no, its a picture they took of it in someone else's brighter and I'm sure much cleaner house than mine!

Amy and Andrew said...

Wow! Congratulations my sweet! Apparently, the editors agreed that your quilt resembled a stack of books given the background picture they chose. Can I get an autographed copy?

simplicity said...

Yay! So fun and exciting for you! The pictures look great!

Melissa Ansley said...

Okay, laughing out loud to that postal service creed. I think their slogan should be, "Someday you'll get your mail...maybe."

Marta said...

Congratulations, Sarah, on the book! You are so very creative. Way to go!

sewkatiedid said...

bought it. fabulous book and inspires yo to think outside the box.