QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part II}

The best story I have of QuiltCon, was meeting a young boy (around 10-11?) who had won third place in the Youth category. He was with his mum and dad. Other than the fact the boy had won, all three of them had a quilt in the show. It was so heart-warming that they all had this love for quilting.
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So, yesterday we talked about the use of solids (trend #1), and texture (trend #2). Ok, so the quilts and other trends that I saw continues today….

3. Use of Prints

One of the biggest surprises to me, was the increased number of quilts that utilized prints. I love quilts that use prints but still have that modern feel.

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Digital Offcuts, Kathy Thorncraft (@iamacraftykat)

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Positive : Negative, Lorena Uriarte (@lorena_in_syd)

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Macaroons #57, Sarah Hibbert, (@quiltscornerstone)

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Incidental Collaboration, Nora Renick Rinehart (@fiberistanora)

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Infinité IV, Sophie Zaugg (@lunalovequilts)

4. Hand Quilting and FMQ

There seems to be a movement to over the last couple of years to embrace a variety of quilting techniques in the show, not just the expected matchstick or straight lines. I saw an increase in hand quilted quilts and more modern-styled FMQ.

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Lateral Ascension, Cassandra Beaver (@cassandra.beaver)

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Lateral Ascension (Close-up)

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Mod Garden, Jack Weise

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Mod Garden (Close-up)

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Vortex, Ardelle Kerr (@rosecityquilter)

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Vortex (Close-up)

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Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins), Quilter: Rachel Dorr (@racheldorr)

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Close-up of Rachel’s Quilting

5. Faced Binding was very common on quilts this year.

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Color Study H1, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (@victoriafindlaywolfe)

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Mountain Town, Mary Keasler (@mizcontrary)

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Fauchet, Virginia Robinson (@minnowpeck)

6. Quilts with a Message

Last but not least…
Every year there are a couple of quilts that bring a strong message, whether its supporting women rights, speaks out against gun violence or highlights the current social and political climate. This year was no different, except I think more people (including a large number in the youth category) are using their art to make a statement. Here are a few from this year and there were many more.

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Get Woke, Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete)

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Get Woke (close-up)

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Veer, Jacquie Gerring (@jacquietps)

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Strong Tradition, Allison Chambers (@downtownquilter_allie)

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America the beautiful, Ann Guiam (Youth Category)

This quilt above, I left last as this had the most impact for me. It was the winner in the youth category (person under the age of 18). As I stood reading the description written by one so young, I was bought to tears. You see my son is ten, in elementary school in the US, and Ann’s description sunk in deep. Here is Ann’s description:

“I created this quilt because of the mass shootings and terrorism that have occurred during my lifetime have unfortunately led me to question the true beauty of America. These acts of violence have impacted the lives of so many people both directly and indirectly and I hope this quilt will serve to bring awareness to this societal issue and also honor the lives of those who were harmed. The bottom half of the quilt is simultaneously supposed to symbolize the American flag and a classroom because I worry that kids in school are learning to normalize these horrible events because they are so frequent.”

That’s it from me on the quilts of the show, additional information on the winners of QuiltCon awards can be found here.

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QuiltCon: Quilt Show {Part I}

I had the delight of attending QuiltCon last week. It was an amazing experience (as always). I was lucky enough to have a quilt in the show (San Francisco Bustle, QoM). My room-mate, Laura, made me a matching bag. How cute is that!! I love it.

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Over a couple of posts, I want to share with you all some of the quilts and trends I saw at the show. Let’s start with a common trend of QuiltCons past, which continued in this show. Here are some of my favorite quilts made with mostly solid fabrics.

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Splinter, Daniela O’Connell (@blockmquilts)

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Terrace, Violet Craft (@violetcraft)

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Chomp, Jacquie Gering (@jacquietps)

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Sirkel, Daisy Aschehoug (@warmfolk)

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Bending Petal, Karen Lee (@quiltaposy)

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In Sequence, Rayna Gillman (@rayna_gillman)

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Shine a Light, Hillary Goodwin (@entropyalwayswins)

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Neighbor, Melanie Tuazon (@melintheattic)

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Nests and Vessels #1: The House Protects the Dreamers, Leslie Tucker Jenison (@leslietuckerjenison)

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Rhythm of the Rails, Kristen Shields (@kristenshields)

This year, one of the trends I loved was the inclusion of more texture. I think it added more interest and dimensionality to the quilts.  If only you could touch them.
(Note: there is no handling of the quilts allowed, without white gloves to protect the quilts)

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SAQA Special Exhibit: SYO #67, Harue Konishi, Unburied threads and use of silk

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What’s your time worth?, Tara Glastonbury (@stitchandyarn)

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What’s your time worth? (close-up), Folded double raw edges

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Sydney Beauty, Laurelinda Carota (Youth category)

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Sydney Beauty (Close-up), Addition of crochet doilies

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Copper Quilt, Lesley Gold (@lesley.gold)

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Copper Quilt (close-up), made with silk velvet

Stay tuned for some more quilts and trends tomorrow.

Park Lamps {a finish}

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting #56

Park Lamps was one of my last finishes of 2017. I had a lot of fun with this quilt. Firstly, interpreting the original inspiration of old gas lamps at the Mannheimer Wasserturm in Germany. The gas lamp was used as one of the quilt design a day prompts (sparks) and included the original color palette. I loved the geometry of the triangles in the light.

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My interpretation of this spark, lead to this original Art Deco looking design.
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I was thinking about adding this design to my book but decided that it would be a better fit for a magazine submission. I submitted it to LPQ, and provided options for multiple color palettes to modernize the look of the quilt. This was fun playing with color. I really loved the final color palette (Kona Mint, Kiwi, Peach, Ice Peach and White – purchased from Stash Fabrics) and design (slightly simplified and re-scaled).

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I decided for accuracy, I would (foundation) paper piece this pattern. It involved a lot of repetitive but simple paper piecing. I loved how each of the blocks matched, as it was essential to the secondary design. For the quilting, I wanted to continue to highlight the secondary diamond shape the triangles made, so I used straight lines echoing that shape. I am very pleased with the finish.

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Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting #56

Details

Name (Original): Park Lamps
Name (LPQ): Fruit Punch
Design:
Design by myself
Fabric: Kona Cotton (Mint, Kiwi, White, Peach, Ice Peach)
Backing: Carolyn Friedlander wideback – green
Binding: Lecien striped fabric
Dimensions:  60 x 60″
Quilted: Echoed Straight Lines (domestic sewing machine)

 

January {Plan}

To stay on goal, I thought I would start a monthly plan to help keep things moving forward in various areas of my world. Each month should include any business activities, deadlines, book activities, and fun quilty projects (WiPs).

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Book Group Quilt Top

 

Category Project/Activity Target Date (day/month) Action
Business Quickbooks  6/1 Investigating for
purchase
Business Yearly Calendar
View
 7/1 In Process of
creating a yearly
view of main activities
Business Classes | Teaching  12/1 Updating Calendar
+ Classes ready for promotion
Book Planning  3/1 In progress – need to
move dates to fit 2018 new deadlines
Book Group Quilt  6/1 Complete Top &
send for quilting
Book Art Deco Medallion
Quilt
 8/1 Finish Border 2
Book Chapter: “Art Deco
Medallion” Project
31/1 Work on 2nd
Review + Graphics
Deadline San Francisco
Bustle
4/1 Add Sleeve, Label,
Send to QuiltCon
Deadline Article 31/1 Write and Submit
Content
Fun Monthly “Favorite
Things” Giveaway
 5/1 Photography + Post
to Instagram
Fun Hexie EPP Project  31/1 Finish Top
Fun Orange Creamsicle  31/1 Finish matchstick
quilting
Education InDesign  31/1 Take a few lessons
on InDesign.
Practice with
writing Phased
Circles Pattern
Blog Park Lamps Quilt  5/1 Finishing post about Park Lamps in LPQ #56
Blog Book Update  26/1 Decide on topic – Planning (??)
Blog A weekly Post  31/1 Work on having a weekly post of some relevant information
Balance Health 31/1 Loose between 5-10 pounds. 5 servings of vegetables; 8 glasses of water and exercise 3x a week by January end.

Sounds like a busy month, but nothing like starting off the year committed. Please note,  that this is my “guided” plan. Sometimes, life gets in the way, or something just takes longer…that’s ok, I will adjust and move on. I’ll share with you next month how things went.

What are your monthly goals? How are you working towards those?

WiPs {a declaration}

As an account, I thought I would take the time and document my current WiPs (that are not my book projects) and in what state they are in. I hope to work away at these over this year.

There are 21 various projects and many of them are already finished tops. Can you tell I am not a huge fan of the quilting part? I have definitely got a lot better in 2016-2017 about finishing my quilts as I go. Many of these WiPs are from my first years of quilting 2013 – 2015 (note I have only been quilting 4 years). So here goes…

HexagonQuilt_theSide1. EPP Hexagons. Oldest WIP. Currently at 40″ and needs to be at least 60″ and squared. [2013]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

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2. One of my first PP patterns – Tapa Stars. One of these is already a pillow. The second on the right just needs a pillow backing. [2013]

TOP, BASTE, QUILT,  BACK

 

 

PushmePullme_Block1 3. Second quilt for Pushme, Pullme quilt. Mini Quilt, 1 of 4 blocks are done. [2013]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch_and_FlipQuilt4. Stitch and Flip quilt from a class with @mamlovequilts (Nicole Neblett). Used Madrona Road fabrics. Mini Quilt. [2013]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

LottaAerialQuilt5. Lotta Aerial, a quilt using Lotta Jansdotter prints and Carolyn Friedlander’s Aerial pattern. This was a Sew Down Nashville class I took. [2014]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

SpoonflowerTapaStar16. A second Tapa Star block but different color ways. 2 blocks out of 4 complete. [2014]

TOP underway,  BASTE, QUILT, BACK

 

 

 

 

 

CarolynFriedlander_Olive 7. Trees, PP pattern by Carolyn Friedlander. I need to complete one block and the sashing. [2014]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

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8. Winter Solstice – Wall hanging. [2014]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Bjorn Bear quilt. Just needs quilting and basting. [2014]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_406810. Rangers Station – the Top is complete and fabric selected for the back. [2014]

TOP, BACK underway, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

Cross_Blocks11. Modern improv stripe quilt. Enough fabric triangles for 3 blocks but want to add a lot more solid black and white blocks and mix these pieces in. [2014]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

Unnamed_HangingQuiltTop12. Lines Drawn, Fun pieces with Karen Lewis fabrics and Yoshiko Jinzenji Print. Wall hanging. [2015]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisterhood_RoadSigns 13. Road Sign Traveling Quilt. Have most of the blocks back from folks who added to it, but need to make more so this will be a complete quilt. [2015]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

AlisonGlassHandcrafted_Blues14.  Blue Triangles. Mini Quilt with Alison Glass Blue Batiks. [2015]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

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15. Beating Heart, a minimal abstract mini quilt. [2015]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

home_quilttop 16. Home, a mini quilt using recycled fabrics. [2015]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

 

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17. Tree-lined streets. These are all needle-turn appliquéd hexagons, that have been glue and stitch based. Lap size. [2015]

TOP underway, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

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18. Improv quilt that was a back but turned into a front . Wall hanging. This was originally a back for my challenge quilt for Sewtopia Atlanta. [2016]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

IMG_6067 19. Frances Firefly mini quilt (3 blocks). Made from a Elizabeth Hartman class at my first Sewtopia. [2016]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

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20. Window, a minimal mini quilt I made while playing along with #beesewcial [2015]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

 

 

 

 

IMG_809521. Orange Creamsicle, hand pieced improv circles. Matchstick quilting and hand quilting to finish the quilt. [2016]

TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT underway, BIND

Insights, goals and plan for 2018

2017….what to say about it?? I struggled to find the time for the quilting projects I wanted to do. I wish I could say that I didn’t mind…but it was frustrating. I understandably had to prioritize with travel, work, and life. I commited to spending time with my son and working through my stress/feelings that was compounded with my Mum loosing her battle with cancer.

We all go through our life journeys. I always try to learn from my experiences. This year, I learnt that:

  • Work-life balance is important to me and will be a focus in 2018.
  • I am more productive with deadlines in place (usually imposed by other people).
  • I really enjoyed giving back to the community.

Looking back on the year, I am proud of the accomplishments that I did make; including my two favorite finishes, New York Highline and San Francisco Bustle.

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New York Highline

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San Francisco Bustle

I think the biggest accomplishment that I achieved this year was selling 3 quilts to a corporate art curator. This has opened my mind to actually thinking I can sell as an artist and has opened doors that I am looking forward to explore more.

Overall, I meet my goals that I made at the beginning of the year. I was pleasantly surprised by this as I wasn’t sure I had.

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Fabric Postcards sent to Instagram friends

  • Be more engaged with a wider quilting community: My most favorite thing this year was to create and send fabric postcards. I had a bit of a bump in the road with these as my Mum got really sick and then passed away. This delayed shipping and left some incomplete. I have not blogged as much but I have stayed in touch mostly on Instagram (ml_wilkie)
  • Kept expanding and learning my quilt style: I focused more on minimalism this year (like my two favorite quilts) and have loved the results. I now need to decide if I want to keep my work expanding across multiple techniques and also multiple avenues (commercial as in magazines, or more textile art).
  • Teach more quilt classes this year: This year I have taught my quilt design class (2x), Improvisation: Lines and Shapes (3x) and Hand-stitched blocks on the go (1). I loved teaching and want to do more.
  • Submit quilts to one or more Quilt shows: I entered quilts both into QuiltCon and AQS again this year which saw all my quilts juried in.

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    Quilt publication from Love Patchwork and Quilting #52

  • Work on a couple of magazine submissions and additional content submissions: I was super lucky this year as I had to quilts patterns, and a couple of articles for the MQG. I also have two quilts in Love Patchwork & Quilting this year as well….with one coming out this week sometime. I also had quilts curated into QuiltCon 2017 magazine,  the first issue of Curated Quilts and the MQG’s book “Modern Quilts”. I enjoy having these projects with deadlines as it keeps me moving forward…I have no choice if I get in a creative slump but to power through and deliver.
  • Release a few more quilt patterns. Start with the previously released magazine submissions: The only goal I did not accomplish this year was the release of more quilt patterns.

For 2018, my goals are a little different based on what I learned this year, and the fact I created a business for my quilting exploits.

Work – Life Balance:

  • I need to work on what needs to be in my life….I need to eat healthier and start exercising at least 3 times a week, for example. I need to find better avenues to manage that stress.
  • I want to commit, twice a month, to doing a weekend family activity. I have been tracking some of these activities on my other Instagram account [ml.wilkie_adventures]
  • Challenge my creativity by allowing myself a project a month that is not related to deadlines. Have fun with friends in doing these challenges.
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Triangle MQG Charity Quilt (in-progress shot)

Giving back to the community is important to me:

  • Complete and/or contribute to at least three charity quilts.
  • Do my best as MQG Board Representative. I want to commit at least 12 hours a month.
  • Do another round of fabric postcards (with a goal of 2 per month).
  • I want to give back to the community with an Instagram give-away once a month of my favorite things.
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Broken Trellis Quilt Project for my upcoming book

Manage my productivity:

  • Finish my quilt book ready for publishing. This means finishing 8-12 projects and  an introduction; editing, designing and photography for these projects.
  • Complete 3-4 magazine submission or published.
  • Release 2-3 patterns and look into opportunities to publish patterns to print.
  • Track my projects monthly to see how they are going (like I have done in the past).

Put some focus on my new business (“Idea+Design+Create+Quilt”):

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Business Logo (designed myself + Melissa Herboth)

  • Put a business plan together with some goals.
  • Need to work on getting income into my business. Start with what I make income with today – magazine publications, pattern sales and teaching. I hope to make around $5,000 – $10,000.
  • Submit my work for an art show in my local area. I have been wanting to do this for a while and I am ready to sell some of the pieces.
  • Create new pieces and how to sell as art. Does that mean continue selling to corporations (they need larger pieces) or do I also cater to those that want art pieces  in their houses. Can it be both?
  •  Branding…Textile Artist, yes…Modern Quilting, yes…but do I keep with both improvisational and minimalistic pieces? or focus on one? Does this impact my business?

I have a lot of unanswered questions on the business side but I am on this journey to learn and see where it takes me.  I am sure, I will have stuff not happen but I do a pretty good job on not worrying too much about changing direction if needing too. It is always good to get some of this down and think through some pieces.

Good Luck, Happy New Year, and a warm welcome 2018!!

Linking up with Yvonne @QuiltingJetGirl 2018 Planning Party.

 

Book journey {an intro}

I thought I would start sharing my journey on writing and self-publishing a quilt book with you all. I am not sure whether this is will be a successful activity or whether it will be unsuccessful, at this point. I have always been curious about what people go through along this journey, what worked and what didn’t.

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#Swingin30sMedallion

Each month, I would love to share with you how it is going, answer any questions you might etc. here on my blog (that is if I can). You can also follow progress of projects on Instagram with #ideadesigncreatequilt or via my account @ml_wilkie.

So…..

Let’s start with an introduction of some of the initial ideas, decisions and steps so far.

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#BrokenTrellisQuilt

What is the book about?

The book will be about designing your own quilts and what that entails. It also include quilt projects that you can make and shown in the images here (in various stages).

Why did I choose to self-publish a book?

I decided to self-publish for three main reasons.

  1. Schedule: I needed to work with my schedule which is not predictable. With the events of this year, I needed to be in control when I could commit time and effort.
  2. Sharing: I wanted to be able to share the progress of the book and the quilt projects along the way. This way I can get feedback from you all and incorporate that into the book/projects.
  3. Layout & Design: I had pre-conceived notions on how this book would look. I wanted it to be visually stimulating and modern.

I am currently thinking of publishing via the amazon company – CreateSpace.  CreateSpace works based on a print ondemand model, meaning that once a book is ordered, it is then printed.  There is no need to keep inventory. The royalities for each book sold via amazon is appealing. They will distribute the book for you too, to companies such as Barnes and Noble but the royalities are much lower.

I am not tied in yet, I have had thoughts of finding my own printers as I have some unique features I want to include in the book. This would not fit with the “standard” style of CreateSpace options. I would then need to find a distributor myself and take on the printing costs of an upfront run.

What are your thoughts?? You’ll see more on this as the project comes to fruition.

What were some of the first steps I took?

  • Knowing my skills (and limits) I knew I would need help from a Graphic Designer and a Technical Editor. I reached out and secured those resources.
  • Used a Lawyer who specializes in publishing to get a contract in place for the graphic design and editor services.
  • Set up a meeting and shared ideas with my Graphic Designer and Editor.
  • A mind map of the ideas to help with layout and what could be in what chapter.
  • Selected initial set of projects that may be included in the book.
  • Created a rough project timeline | project plan
  • Organized a group project with contributors which included them sending blocks to me, a waiver and inclusion notes in the book.
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#IdeaDesignCreate_Group

What time frames did I have in mind?

My initial time frame was to launch the book at Fall Market 2017. That has now moved twice to Fall Market 2018. Over the Christmas break, I plan to update my initial project plan with Fall Market 2018 as a key target date.

How are you committing to the project?

I have been really frustrated with all things that are slowing me down. This year has been a little start and stop for me as a quilter for many reasons. Like many of us, I have had to deal with life getting in the way of my plans. It can be as simple as trying to keep up with the daily schedule, or to provide care | assistance | time to an ailing family member who lives across the other side of the world, or to a full-time job demanding more time. This project has had to take a back seat, somewhat.

I did find that if I had other project deadlines (ie. magazine submissions etc) it helped me prioritize and manage my time better. I hope to spend a good portion of December working on getting 2-3 projects off to quilters.

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#ManicuredGardensQuilt

Anyway….Thank you for stopping by, I hope this will be useful for folks. Let me know if you have any questions or topics you are interested in or if you have any advice to share.  Would love to hear from you!!