Category Archives: Country Girl Modern

Holly’s Quilts

Last summer at our retreat with Bonnie Hunter I met so many great new people.  One of them was Holly.  I even wrote a blog post about Holly’s work.  She’s wonderful with color.  If you missed that blog post, read it here.  Holly showed us a couple more projects she was working on that I didn’t get photos of.  One was her Loosey Goosey blocks.  Amazing!!

Anyway.  I opened my email the other day and was pleasantly surprised…there was a note from Holly saying, “I just finished the two quilts from your book that we started at the retreat in Olewein! I LOVE them both…in fact, Thanks to You is my new favorite! My daughter loves May Flowers. You have created amazing designs that are fun to make!”

Aw…isn’t that sweet.  Sweeter yet was that she included picture of her quilts….

Want to see?
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LOOKING GOOD…right?  I sure am impressed.

This quilt gave me a whole new appreciation for background fabric.  I love printed little gems.

Here Holly even took a great picture to show the quilting and the fun fabric background.  I love it! Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Bohemian Rhapsody

If you have our quilt book, Country Girl Modern,  you might recognize this quilt…..Bohemian Rhapsody.  It’s been a favorite quilt of both Kelli and I.

Well over the summer a couple different blog readers had sent us fabric.  Each time I set anything that was colored in yellows, peaches and greens into a box with the intention of trying out this same pattern in another color way.

This fall we finally got the quilt made.  I love it.

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In the original color way we’ve always loved the quilt….This looks great too all completely scrappy.

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I tried out a new quilting motif.  I found the “Bauble” design in  Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting: Turn 9 Simple Shapes into 80+ Distinctive Designs Best-selling author of First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting.  It’s my favorite machine quilting book.  I highly recommend it.

I took the “Bauble” and added a ribbon to it to make it edge to edge.  I ended up really liking it.  The design is a little whimsy.

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It was fun to make the quilt with a little more traditional fabrics.  In the book we wrote the directions with yardage cuts.  This time around we did it completely scrappy.

This quilt doesn’t have a home yet.  Right now we’ll probably keep it with our quilts that we take when we go out and talk about quilting…but someday, it will more on to a charity donation.

If you’re interested in the pattern you can find it in our book.  To purchase an autographed copy, follow this link.

Today we’re sharing our finished quilt at  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.  I’ve been really busy this week so stop back this evening and check out the charity quilt that I finished up.

We Made it to Amazon

There are little mile markers that happen in my life that make me believe (or not believe).  I know we published a quilt book.  It’s tangible and I can see it.  I can see the quilts we made in order to put the book together.  But-for the longest time I check and checked and rechecked to see if our book, Country Girl Modern, was available on Amazon.  It wasn’t.  That made me think the book was a flop but I’m told in reality it just takes a bit for the books to get there unless the book is from a proven author.

Anyway I was on the blog reading comments and look what I saw on the ad on the blog.  AMAZON HAS OUR BOOK!!

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I quickly went to Amazon…and YES!  It is there.

Is there any chance any of you who already have a copy of the book could go over there and write a review.  So far there are no reviews which makes the book look not very popular or appealing.  It’s easy to write a review…Here’s a link to the page on Amazon.  Thanks to anyone who does this…we really appreciate it!

One more note…as excited as I am that the book make it to Amazon, if you are inclined to want a book, order it from us if you can.  For each book that Amazon sells authors make about $1.  For each book we sell ourselves we make the difference between the wholesale and retail cost plus the $1.

I still really have trouble believing that we wrote a book…seeing it on Amazon made it a little more true.

What’s Next??

Kelli was home on Monday.  We didn’t have any deadlines…we didn’t have anything we had to do…THAT IS DANGEROUS.  It gets us to thinking…when we get to thinking….we get ourselves into trouble.

So many of you have been wondering if we’re going to write another book…honestly, we don’t know.  But we did spend some time contemplating it.

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Ruby even tried to help!

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You’d think we’d just be ready to jump in but circumstances have changed for both of us…and our publisher has changed too.  It’s always scary to head out on a new venture.

Many of you likely don’t know but back in January we were told our book was being printed and would be released and we would get our shipments by the end of the next week.  We were excited and anxiously waiting.  We had all sorts of plans.  Kelli was coming home.  We were going to have champagne.  We were going to surprise those of you who pre-ordered with a book in your mailbox several days early.  We were on cloud nine.  Tuesday of that week rolled around and we were sent an email telling us that Kansas City Star, our publisher, was closing their quilt book division.  WHAT?? What did that mean?  What was happening with our book?  We no longer wanted to celebrate.  We wanted to cry instead.  Here one of the biggest days in our life was just dead on arrival.

Both of us were absolutely sick.  We were told very little.  We asked as many questions as we could but got very few answers…then we were told tell no one.

Ah…we felt awful.  All this work that we did was likely going to be for naught.  There was rumor that someone might buy out a few of the top authors who were proven.  Well we are new authors and certainly not a top author and certainly not proven.

So many things had been promised to us…We were to be the feature book at Quilt Con and Quilt Market in the Kansas City Star booth.  We were going to get a blog hop and several other promo events…now nothing.  You might remember Kelli and I saying we were going to Quilt Market this year as we’d have our book there and it was so close….well nothing.  Those plans were all shot.

Kelli and I made a decision to talk to C&T Publishing.  We had done a project for them under the Sweet Celebrations Moda collaboration book and have a collaboration book coming out with them this fall.  We thought maybe they would pick us up.  That didn’t mean they’d take our book too.  UGH.  We know so little about it all of the publishing business.  We didn’t know what to do.

After contacting them we were hopeful…but there was a long wait.  We tried to plan and organize events on our own to promote the book-but honestly we felt like the book was dead on arrival.  What was the use of having a book published if there was no one to promote it and get it out into the stores for us.  WHAT A BUMMER!!

We waited and waited and waited until a couple weeks ago we heard that C&T will be taking us and our book.  They are hoping to do a “relaunch” of sorts.  They were very encouraging of us to submit another book proposal and to continue to be patient while they put the last pieces in place to take over our book and the books of several other Kansas City Star authors.

We are hesitant.  We really didn’t reap many rewards through our first book…Do we really want to go through all that work again when there’s no certainty in the end?

I have to say we did talk directly to one of the owners.  He was a wonderful man and very considerate of our situation.  He made us feel a little hopeful again…so we’re still trying to decide what we should do…  Is there time in our busy schedule to put a book together??  Do we want to put ourselves out there again?

So we spent a few hours on Monday pulling designs and organizing, weighing the pros and cons.  So for now, we really don’t know exactly what’s next but we do know if we do decide to submit something it will be with C&T Publishing.  Kelli and I are so happy to have landed there.  C&T is a great company that publishes great books.  We have worked with them a bit in the past and only have good things to say about them…so there is a little hope there.

Stay tuned…we’ll let you know when we know more.