Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What a Year 2018 Was!

   Well, it turns out that 2018 was a "Quilty New Year!" It just wasn't a blogging year for me. My bad, and many apologies for that. :-{ Writing my first book was a lot of work and very time consuming. I had to write and rewrite as I tried to learn the format that Martingale required.

   I'm happy to tell you my book, "Quilts of Love and Valor" is done and ready to print. It is beautiful, thanks to the talented editors, staff, and photographers at Martingale Publishing. It will be introduced at Spring Market in Kansas City, May16-19, 2019. I will be there to autograph copies and promote my book anyway they ask me to. I am thrilled to go to market. I've never been and have dreamed of going for a number of years. I hope to see a lot of my blog and Instagram followers there. If you go, please look for me and my book. I'd love to meet you in person.

   I've also been busy making quilts this past year for family and for new patterns. I finished one quilt top on Christmas Eve, which was the deadline I'd set for myself. It will be the first quilt on my quilt frame for 2019. I've been drafting some new designs  for a possible 2nd book, if I'm fortunate enough to be asked.

   I will try to post more this year. I've really become addicted to Instagram, simply because it is so easy and fast to post pictures right from my phone. If you are on Instagram, look for me at The Civil War Quilter. I post there a lot more often.

   My quilt book with eleven patterns and story is based on this book pictured below. If you haven't read it, I urge you to get it. Charles F. Larimer is the Great Great Grandson of Captain Jacob Ritner. It is the complete collection of letters written during the Civil War between Jacob and his wife Emeline, with a few from other family members as well. Charles gave me permission to create a collection of quilts based on those letters and put the patterns and story in my book.

    This is the cover of my book. Remember to look for it available after May 15th. If your local quilt shop doesn't have it, ask them to get it from Martingale Publishers.

  Happy New Year to you all! Thank you to those who have checked in all 2018 and wondered where I've been. I'm still here writing, designing, and quilting up a storm. I hope you all... Keep stitching!