Goodness I have a lot to fill you in on! Last week saw the official publication of Quilting Happiness (and my son’s first day of kindergarten). I had to go to our local Barnes and Noble and see it on the shelf for my self. My sister-in-law went by the next day on her way out of town and they were sold out! That sure makes an author happy. I’ve started to see copies find their way into so many hands and it is so exciting to hear what everyone has to say. I think the best part is seeing projects made from the book by others. We’ve had some wonderful reviews already and have a Review page on the Quilting Happiness webpage to have all the links in one spot. If you have a review, let us know – we’d love to have it added to the review page!
Last Sunday Diane and I had our launch party for Quilting Happiness at Modern Domestic (I made these cookies – yum!). We had a nice crowd of people turn out and I demoed one of the blocks from the book, talking about my processes and how meticulous I am in piecing. I know that pinning and squaring seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end when all of your blocks come together just as they should without a fuss.
Of course, I forgot to take any photos of it all. Luckily Diane got a few keepers (above) for us! Diane walked everyone through one of the happiness exercises, Morning Seeing, and they made journals to take home with them, decorating the fronts with fabric sewn on with the machines. It’s such a wonderful exercise and the book is full of them! The book quilts (all except one) will be hanging at Modern Domestic for a few weeks in their classroom space if you’d like to see them all up close and personal.
We are going to be about town again promoting the book at Powell’s in the Pearl this Wednesday, September 4th @ 7:30pm. If you missed out on Modern Domestic this would be a great way to come check out the book and say hi to both Diane and myself. We’ll have several of the quilts there and small projects from the book. Diane will walk everyone through a creative exercise. I believe fabric will be involved…
One of my favorite and most meaningful projects, The Pocket Wall Caddy, is up on MAKE. I designed this based on a wall hanging of my grandmother’s. She just passed away a few weeks ago so it makes it even more special to see. Luckily my copy of the book arrived in time for her to see it, so she got to see the project made in a new way. I love this wall caddy for holding all of my tools in one spot. They are easy to see, organized and part of a pretty display in the sewing room. If you make one, be sure to share it in the Quilting Happiness Flickr Group!
There is an article up at CrafterNews where Diane and I talk about turning old garments into usable fabrics for quilts. We give you all of our tips on cleaning and deconstructing. Diane also posted about rescuing an antique quilt her great-grandmother made. Diane and her mother have been working on restoring it and putting it to use again. I was so happy to lead them in the direction of Biz for helping to remove old stains. If you have vintage linens, or thrift them, you probably know about the wonders of Biz. It’s something my mom taught me about and is fantastic at removing stubborn stains from vintage fabrics.
See! So much to share! Keep up with all of it here or on the Quilting Happiness website. We’ve built a site with links to all the information you might need. So quilt tutorials will be going up over the month of September, too!