It’s been five years since this happened. Our daughter Kelli and I had our book published by Kansas City Star.
It was a fun adventure that didn’t pay off for us in ways that we expected.
We had hoped that we would launch ourselves into the quilting world in a big way and that didn’t happen at all. Our book was dead on arrival. Not due to us. Not due to the designs. Instead due to circumstances beyond our control.
Many of you likely don’t know but back in January of 2015 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.
Our book was later picked up by C&T Publishing but in the transfer, our book fell between the cracks. C&T didn’t promote it. Kansas City Star closed and left our book behind. It was the worst timing ever. We asked for C&T to promote it but the timing was completely off. They already had their roster of books they were promoting. It’s no fault of either company…just a terrible luck of the draw.
We kind of lost our push to do more in the quilting world about that time. We realized we loved home and whatever we did, we didn’t want to travel. We didn’t want to promote. We’re home bodies and we wanted to stay home…so in the end, it really was okay that things happened like they did.
We were allowed by the company to sell our designs from the book to magazines if we wanted as they “dropped our book” from promotion. We were encouraged to write another book….we’ve thought about…look, we have designs that would would make another book.
But our heart isn’t there. Kelli is busy with Georgia and her family. I’m chasing childcare kids and grandkids…plus you all would be a little sad if I took time off of blogging and threw myself into writing another book.
So…we dabble. We write patterns for the magazines. We can do one at a time and concentrate for a short period of time and then put the projects away. That works MUCH better for us and our lifestyle.
That said, here are few designs from our book.
My favorite from the book might be this next one….
We do have books available. It is a great book, and I think it would have been a good seller if only the company wouldn’t have sold out when it did.
If you’re looking for a copy, we sell them for $22 each postage included. You can drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a copy.
Kelli and I will always be proud of the work we did to bring this together. Even though at the time it was a huge disappointment that the company got sold, I think it was good for us. It helped us see that deep in the quilting world is not where we wanted to be. Travel, being away from our families, and always facing deadlines, was not going to bring us happiness. Sometimes, it takes something falling apart for things to actually fall together, even if it comes on the heels of a disappointment.