Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Big News - of the BOOK VARIETY!

Keeping secrets is really hard work. When there are 12 women involved, all of whom blog and actively participate on social media, it is almost impossible. So, just in case you haven't yet caught wind of my exciting news, here goes:

I WROTE A BOOK!
MARTINGALE PUBLISHED THE BOOK!
THE BOOK WILL SHIP IN MID-FEBRUARY, 2015!

The best part about this book project? I got a lot of help from my friends. You know that retreats are my thing; I've been running a day-retreat business for almost 10 years and hosting 25 women on a 4-day annual retreat  for 8 years.  My dream for this book was to bring together a virtual retreat of my talented online pals (80% of whom I've had the pleasure of retreating with in real life!) and to share our ideas for useful projects that will help get you and your sewing stuff from home to retreat.  Plus, I wanted there to be a bunch of great patterns to sew once you got there! I've even included a fun group activity for an afternoon sew-in with friends at home if a sleepover isn't in the cards for you just yet.

The amazing people at Martingale worked with me to refine my proposal and I think we've come up with a really unique concept book full of gorgeous projects that everyone will want to make! There is truly something for everyone here. I can't wait to share more with all of you in the new year. For now, thanks to the gorgeous cover, you can have a preview of what to expect inside:



Martingale is based just outside of Seattle, an easy 3-hour drive south for me, so I've been to visit a few times. The staff are incredibly supportive and kind and their offices are so lovely - as you might expect there are gorgeous quilts hanging everywhere!  Perhaps one of the most fun and unexpected parts of the project was being able to participate in the photo shoot.  You know photography is a bit part of my life, but I've never had the chance to work with a true professional before.  For this, and for absolutely all of the aspects of Make It, Take It, including concept development, design, editing and layout, I feel so fortunate for their expert guidance.

Now that I've seen the book listed on Amazon and had the thrill of knowing the publisher likes the projects enough to feature them on the cover of Martingale's latest trade magazine, it is all becoming a reality that feels so satisfying and exciting.


In the new year, I'll be able to introduce you to all of the amazing designers who helped me fill this book with exciting projects. All of them will get to share their own projects and tell you a bit about their designs.  It'll be a blog hop, so of course, there will be books to give away! 

I wish we didn't have to wait so long, but the busy Christmas season is just around the corner, then many of us will be off to QuiltCon.  Let's face it, I've been waiting almost 2 years to hold this baby in my hands, so few more months isn't going to break me.....I don't think. Wink.

24 comments:

Dana said...

What a great book. I will purchase it! Please keep me posted.I love your excitement

Andres said...

congrats!

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats! Now the trips to Seattle become clearer ;o)

badlandsquilts said...

Wahoo! Congratulations!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Congratulations!

Carla said...

How fun! The bag on the front cover loos like something I would like to make ; )
Hope the book comes to Kamloops

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Yippee!! Can't wait to see and hear more about the book and the goodness inside! Congratulations, Krista!

Sandi said...

Congratulations Krista, so when will you be going on your book tour? Congratulations on keeping it a secret and pm the cover of the Martingale catalogue cover.

Debbie said...

Very cool! So pleased for you!

momiji said...

How exciting! Congratulations, and looking forward to seeing the book in print!

Kay said...

How exciting for you, congratulations. xx

pennydog said...

Krista! This is amazing news!

Elsa said...

How exciting! The projects on the covers are wonderful ~ can't wait!!!

elnorac said...

Congratulations! The projects look amazing! Good for you! I want to go on one of your retreats!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats. We'll be waiting till February.

paulette said...

Congratulations, Krista!! I am SEW proud of you!! I KNEW you had it in you!
Big hug!
P

Nedra said...

Congratulations! What a great idea. And your projects look darling!

Sonia said...

Congratulations Krista! Sounds like a fab book, can't wait to find out more about it x

Indianna said...

Looks fabulous, can't wait to have a go at some of those projects.

Geta Grama said...

Congratulations on your book. I love what I see on the cover - great diversity. I hope it will be a big success!

Goldogmom said...

I am excited to buy your book when it is available. I can imagine how proud and excited you must be!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm super SUPER excited about this. How cool that it made the cover of Martingale's catalog!

QuiltNut Creations said...

congrats!!!

venividivicky said...

Congrats, that's a huge achievement!