Monday, September 27, 2010

I've Got A Secret...and now you know it too!

Some of you perceptive bloggy friends have noticed that the quilt production in the studio has dropped dramatically lately. Stacks of fabric have been turning into quilts, just not ones that I could show you. Well, I have a good reason and today I get to tell you.

Turns out that a couple of publishers got the idea that my work might make a good quilting book. Honestly, I couldn't wrap my head around that concept. I wasn't ready. Then in December the phone rang...and on the other end, a blog friend with an idea. To make a long story short, we took, as she so aptly puts it, "a leap of faith." We finally met in person last April, and turns out we are two creative, improvisational, process-focused peas in a pod.

I'm so happy that I can shout it from the rooftops that I'm writing a modern improvisational quilting book with the fabulously talented Katie, the woman behind Sew Katie Did. I can't even tell you how wonderful it is to collaborate with someone like Katie. I'm learning so much from her and she puts up with me. We’re working with Interweave Press, you know the fabulous folks that publish Stitch, Quilting Arts, and Studios magazines. We’re thrilled to be working with them. The book will be a little bit traditional, a lot modern, and a bunch improvisational. It’s going to be quite a journey, we hope you’ll come along and be with us in the end.

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87 comments:

Kate said...

That's absolutely wonderful news. I'm sure it was hard keeping such as exciting secret. I will be buying your book for sure! I love your style.

Jodie said...

That is amazing - and as a non-quilter I will lining up to get my copy. I am so so so thrilled for you. I'm so excited i can't stop smiling.

Leanne said...

How exciting for you I wish you the very best luck on the journey and will wait for it to be published so I can get myself a copy.

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, Jacquie! That's so exciting!! Can't wait to buy one, 'cause even though I'm not a modern quilter myself, I know the author! lol

Besides, all things change and evolve, so who knows?

Congratulations and I'm so glad you took this giant step!

**nicke... said...

i am so incredibly excited for you! what a wonderful thing! you deserve it! i cant wait to buy it~!!!

Poppyprint said...

Well, if that isn't the most fabulous news to start the week!!! Heartfelt congratulations to you both - I so look forward to your publishing debut!!!

Nova said...

SO excited for you & Katie! Yippeeee! What a fabulous adventure! Can't wait to see the results of such a perfect collaboration!

One Flew Over said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations, can't WAIT to see it!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Yay!!! I think there is a lot to learn from you talented ladies. I can't wait. : )

megan said...

Wow that is so awesome! And it is funny, I was just thinking today that you must've been enjoying a more relaxing time since we haven't seen many quilts lately. Can't wait to see your big project!

Bellgirl said...

Congratulations to both of you! I'm looking forward to the book already :)

Ethne said...

Congratulations - I was wondering why some of your 'in progress' pieces hadn't made further appearances in your blog postings - I'm so looking forward to seeing what you both share in your blog and book - again congratulations and enjoy ;-)

Kate said...

Congratulations!! I cna not wait to see it.

gale said...

How exciting! Congratulations! I love reading the books and articles by bloggers that I follow. I can't wait to see this one!

Marit said...

Great news!

; )

You are both very talented. It will be worth waiting for...

Tine said...

Wow wow wow!!! Jacquie that is fantastic! I am so happy for you. And for me, because this way I can get a copy of the book! What great and wonderful news. Congratulations!!!

Kris said...

Fantastic! I'll be getting that book I reckon! Well done.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congratulations Jacquie!! Can't wait to see the book in person. Your style of quilting is so inspiring:)

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! Every quilter's bookshelf will be a happier place.

Jackie said...

Yay!! How wonderful. Looking forward to seeing what you are both up to for the book!!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Congratulations! That's so great. I cannot imagine how hard it was to keep that secret.

Martys Fiber Musings said...

This is just the best news ever. I love your work and am so excited that you are going to be published. Yes!

Beth said...

Congratulations! Couldn't happen to a nicer, more talented person!!

Lynn said...

A book!!! Hurray! Good for you! I often turn to your blog and your tutorials for help. Your tutorials are always perfect and your blog is filled with so much inspiration, I can see where a book would naturally follow.

C. Jaeger said...

This may seem a bit strange, but I had a strong feeling about this very thing just this weekend. I went to my mom's quilt guild show and got the usual same vibe that I do when I go. I was telling her about our guild and you and how much more supportive and positive it is...and I was thinking that writing a book should be in your future! Congratulations! I am so very happy for you. Yes, you are ready. The quilting world needs you! :)

Jewel said...

That is amazing! I can't wait to see it!

Laura said...

Congratulations!! I hope you'll be able to share some of the process on your blog. I'd be very interested to learn about all the hard work that goes into producing a quilting book.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Such great news! Writing a book is a challenge for sure, but very rewarding. Your work is so inspiring to me. I can't wait to see the book!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Oh my goodness- huge big fat CONGRATULATIONS! I cannot wait to see it.

Suzanne said...

Hurray! It is wonderful to see creative people rewarded for their good karma and generously shared inspiration and talent.

angela said...

Let me know when I can place an order!!! It sounds like an awesome book!

True Blue Nana said...

That is so cool! Congratulations to you

badlandsquilts said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

Esch House Quilts said...

How exciting! Congratulations! I can't wait to see the book. You have such a great style I'm sure people will be lining up to buy the book.

Erin said...

Cannot wait for this book!

Patty S. said...

Congratulations, Jacquie! You so deserve to have a book published and quilters will learn so much from you and Katie! I can't wait to pre-order it!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Awesome news! I follow both your blogs and I can't wait to get a copy of this book.

Shea said...

WEE! I am soooo glad that you got to share this! Please tell me that you and your sneakers did a little happy dance as you hit the "publish post" button!

I can only imagine the wonderful quilts that people will get to try out by using your book. Talk about keeping that 'teacher vibe' going! You'll have 'students' all over the globe.

Heather said...

you're such a stud muffin! when you jump down from cloud 9 call me! xo, Heather

congrats my dear!!

Tammy Vasser said...

Oh, WOW! That's awesome news! I can't wait! Congrats!

Vivian said...

Good for you and no surprise what so ever! With your passion and beautiful projects you were destined to make this next step!

I look forward to seeing the book in the future and hope you will be able to keep us updated on the blog as to when you have a publication date. Onward!

MichelleB said...

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to it.

Sequana said...

Such good news! And reminds me to tell you that the little block you invented years ago is still the highest viewed pic in my flickr stream. *S*

It's not at quite a thousand yet, but it's on the way.

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Yay!! Congratulations to you both! Can't wait to add it to my collection :)

izzy inspired said...

How amazingly exciting!! Congrats to the both of you and to all of us who will get to be inspired by the combined talents of you two incredible women. I will look forward to owning a copy of my own and seeing all the wonders the two of you have created.

Rachel Hauser said...

What wonderful news. Congratulations!!!

Alissa said...

Whoohoo! Whhaaahooo!! Hurray!! Can't think of two ladies who would put together a better more informative book. I can't wait to get my hands on it when it comes out!

wishes, true and kind said...

I am ecstatic for both of you and all of us who will get to enjoy your work! Sounds like a very smart publisher, to me! Have fun on this incredible new journey!

mascanlon said...

Congratulations, its so nice to see some modern quilters get the opportunity to do books and share the journey!

audreypawdrey said...

Congratulations! I am so unbelievably excited for you both! I can't wait to buy my own copy.:)

Sherry said...

Such exciting news!! Congratulations - you will put together an awesome book. I can hardly wait to see it. Congrats again,
Sherry

Amber said...

Yeah - how exciting! You are both so inspiring and I cannot wait to get my hands on the book!!

syko kajsa said...

Yes!!! That's wonderful news, you will make a wonderful book together! How wonderful to have someone to create the book together with!

xxx

sewkatiedid said...

Who are you kidding?...You are the most prolific quilter I know, even when you are writing a book!

Yeah for us! It's been super fun.

Meg said...

This is amazing news, Jacquie! Congrats! Oh, they couldn't have picked two of my favoritester (what? yeah, I did that.) quilters to create what I KNOW will be an amazing contribution to the modern quilting movement.
*does a little dance of joy!*

Kristen said...

Wonderful news! I really love your quilts and see why someone would be interested in sharing them with the world!

Vicki said...

Congratulations, again! I can't wait to see it.

live a colorful life said...

Woo hoo!!! I was HOPING that was the reason behind sneak peaks!

Lynn said...

How exciting!
When does it come out?

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Just saw that on Katie's blog - congrats!! It will be fabulous i'm sure!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Yayy for you. I will be first in line.

Jody said...

Couldn't be happier for you Jacquie....I can't wait to see more Modern Quilting books! Love it!!!

Quilt Rat said...

What an exciting adventure!!!! Congratulations. (I am sure it is also a LOT of work)

Katie Jean said...

Congrats Jacquie (and Katie!). Can't wait to see how the book turns out!

a.niza said...

congratulations! Yr works deserved to be documented and in prints. All the best and I can't wait!

Tonya Ricucci said...

congrats!!!

Beth said...

That's so great!!! How fun - can't wait to see what you do!!!

Anonymous said...

I WANT ONE!

Laurie said...

SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you!!!
Laurie

Jane Biles said...

You must be SO excited! I've been following your blog for a few months and have enjoyed your quilt ideas. It will be great to have them in a book! Congratulations!

Andi said...

Congratulations!!
When can I get my copy?
Andi :-)

carol said...

Fabulous! It couldn't have happened to two nicer people! I'll be awaiting the release!

Brenis said...

Oh my gosh!! Congratulations!!! Oohh talk about holding onto a secret and busting at the seams!! LOL! I know it will be wonderful! And know you must be floating on cloud 9 about now! LOL

upstateLisa said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations! well deserved!

KateKwiltz said...

Fantastic news -- I'm looking forward to getting my copy signed! :)

Cheryl Arkison said...

I knew something was up! Congratulations to your both. I'll be looking forward to it.

WendyLou said...

WooHoo for you!! And Katie, too!! Can't wait to see it finished :)

Susan said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations!!

Barb said...

Fantastic! Congratulations

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Jacquie! I cannot wait to see it!

Ashley said...

I'm absolutely thrilled for you Jacquie! I know it will be fabulous! Can't wait to own a copy!!

amandajean said...

congrats!!!!!!!!!! how exciting!!! can't wait to see it!

Kristin L said...

Congratulations, it sounds like an exciting project.

Summer :) said...

I love the brown varieted spotty fabric!!! What is that called? I would love some for my stash! :) Can't wait to see what you do with this.

Terri said...

Congratulations, what exciting news for you. I will be looking forward to seeing your book in print!!

Monika K. - MySweetPrairie said...

That is FABULOUS!

MelanieO said...

Jacquie - this is just fabulous!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to buy the book :)