Hello Darcy fans! I’m Kay Mackenzie, Darcy’s friend and fellow quilt designer. Today Darcy’s letting me do the honors as I talk about my new book from That Patchwork Place, Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes.
Today is Day 2 of my 10-day ‘virtual book tour.’ If you missed the first stop, by all means go to my blog All About Appliqué and get caught up! Click on the category “Book-A-Round 2.’ You’ll learn something new about Inspired by Tradition at each stop of the tour and get to visit a bunch of fabulous quilting blogs to boot!
The book just came out and I’m so proud of it. There are 50 different vintagey block designs, instructions for back-basting hand appliqué and fusible machine appliqué, an Appliqué Questions and Answers section, and a Little Gallery of Ideas for inspiration. And, very cool, there’s a bonus CD that allows you to select your block and easily print it out at home in one of five sizes… plus in reverse.
What I’d like to do today is tell you a little bit about the back story of this book.
Easy Appliqué Blocks came out in 2009. That Patchwork Place did a beautiful job with this eclectic collection of designs, and I loved the whole experience of publishing with them so much that I immediately pitched a followup.
Publishing a book is a long haul. After my second proposal, it was quite awhile before I got the green light.
Okay, so they didn’t know my birthday was coming up on the 17th, but I’ll take it anyway!
I just heard from Martingale & Company / That Patchwork Place that it’s a go for another book! Yippee!
I had been working on the designs all along, but now I had to kick it into high gear to get everything finished up by the submission deadline.
Believe it or not, this is gonna be a book.
My eyes have been rolling in different directions as I get everything together for an April 2 deadline. That’s the day that things are due for my second book with That Patchwork Place.
Here we have a manuscript, a photo list, an illustration list, author guidelines, my first book to refer back to, my upcoming schedule, suggestions for book design, cover design, and title, and a blurb. These are just some of the materials, not including, say, the blocks themselves.
Coordinating the manuscript, the photo list, and the illustration list seems like it would be easy, but what’s easy is getting off track when things are in three different places and tied together only by numbers. Heaven forbid you should change your mind and move a photo or an illustration to a different part of the manuscript, Then you have to renumber it and everything else that comes after it. Right now, some things are held in place on the lists with repositionable sticky tape, just in case!
After that, it’s another waiting game while the publishing team works their magic.
Yesterday afternoon, Brown came rumbling in and delivered the “first pages” of my upcoming book from That Patchwork Place.
First pages are like galley proofs, where the author gets to see the book laid out for the first time (instead of the words being separate from the illustrations being separate from the photos). It’s quite an exciting and nervous time for an author. Just as before, the tyvek envelope and its super gumglue defeated me, and I called the DH for scissors. Finally into the package, I took out the contents and glimpsed the cover. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” It is sooooooo beautiful. White with colorful blocks and a lovely typeface for the title.
And that title is now official! I’m pleased to announce that Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes is due out in March 2011!
I couldn’t be more pleased with the name. As you may know, in traditional publishing the author does not have decision power over the title and things like that. I’m so happy — this was one of my first choices.
Now I have to settle back to earth, find a good editing pen, and get to work.
Earlier this month, Inspired by Tradition finally shipped to quilt shops and I’m on Cloud 9. Ask for the book at your favorite quilt shop. It’s also available from Amazon, and you can order a signed copy from my website.
But hold on! Courtesy of the publisher, we have a copy to give away! Leave a comment on this post and have a chance to win a copy of Inspired by Tradition. The contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only. The winner will be drawn tomorrow, that’s March 24, in the evening Oklahoma time.