Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Today was a really fun day for me and one that I'll probably remember forever. I got to participate in the photoshoot for my new book with Kansas City Star Books! It was so much fun to work with Aaron, the photographer. He is certainly very talented and has a great eye!

Aaron flew in from Kansas City and we did the photoshoot at the Baldwin Reynolds House Museum located in Meadville, PA. The people featured in my new book lived and worked at the house before it was a museum, so it was so incredibly meaningful to me to have the photoshoot there. Additionally, I worked at the museum when I was in college so again it really was a dream come true.

Yesterday, Aaron and I did some outside photos -- it was an unusually lovely day in NW PA -- sunny and in the 40's. We even photographed one my the quilts for the book in a cemetery (you'll have to check out the book to find out which one! LOL!). Weird, huh? But so appropriate for that section of the book.

 It's now a matter of months until the book will be available. JULY 2013.

 I'm not giving out the title name yet though because it's always possible that the title will change between now and when the book comes out. So.....stayed tuned for the title.

Just last week I sent all of the files to my editor, Kent. Now he's going to work his magic and put it all together. Although we did have the photoshoot here in Meadville, I still need to send all of the quilts to Star so that Aaron can take the straight on shots of the quilts (They call them COB )cut out background) shots).

I've got goosebumps just thinking about holding this book in my hands in just a matter of months! Oh, I can't wait!

Friday, February 15, 2013


I've been pushing really hard to wrap up my book and all of sudden it's the middle of February. Well,the end is nearing. Seriously. I've sent about half of the files to my editor already. If all goes well, I'll have everything to him by the beginning of the week. It's kind of scary, though. I've lived with this proejct for what seems like a really long time and in a way it's hard to share it, but I keep telling myself that when I hold the finished product in my hand, it will all be worth it. Today I played hookey and went to the "garage sale days" at one of our local malls. One of the first booths I went to had some quilts and I of course fell in love with one of them. So I adopted a wonderful Double Wedding Ring quilt top from the 1930's. I haven't really had a chance to look it over yet so will post photos soon. It's roughly double bed size and appears to be in pretty good condition. There's some general soiling but I'll wash it up and see what happens. Interestingly enought it is completely machine pieced (my kind of quilter!) and may I add well-done. The fabrics seem to have come from a deep scrap bag -- I even found a fewq turn of the century cranberry shirtings. It also has some wovens and silks too. A fun collection of farics in a traditional and well-loved design. Eventually I will finish it and have it long arm quilted. I've always wanted a Double Wedding Ring quilt. I do have some assorted vintage blocks but I was always a little scared to try to finish them. Recently, I've had quilts featured in several different publications, too. Stay tuned for photos!