Friday, January 9, 2015

I Wrote A Book!!!!!

EEEkkk!!!   I still can't believe I am writing this!!!  I Wrote a Book!!!!


You all know that I love the Irish Chain design, so when I decided to write a book, I knew right away that I wanted to take that classic design and give it a twist. Writing a book has been such an amazing experience.   The whole process has been crazy insane, crazy fun, and crazy unbelievable and all at the same time.


You see . . .  Last year about this same time, I was busily working on quilts, quilts and more quilts.   And the hard part was that I never got to show a lot of what I was working on, gotta love Secret Sewing.  This was my working triangle for 4 months ;)  Cut, Sew, Press, Repeat ;)  I made 15 quilts for the book amid quilts that I was making for other deadlines and quilts for the blog, because, ya know,  I didn't want to leave ya all just wondering where I went for 4 months ;)  Did you notice??


After a quilt was pieced it was time to quilt it and write it up.  Each morning, I got up early to write and write before it got to noisy, then at nap time I quilted and quilted and Barbara hand bound and hand bound (Thank You Mom!!!) and the stack of quilts grew and grew.  And then one day in late April there was nothing left to piece, nothing left to write and nothing left to quilt.  I was done!!!   Yippee!!!  The stack of quilts and my manuscript were packed up in boxes and sent off to Martingale, my publisher. (Who did an amazing job, thank you ladies!!)    You know I did a Happy Dance in the UPS store :)  And then, they were off and life went back to usual.  It was out of my hands, sans some editing, but once again, it just didn't seem quite real.


That is, until the day this showed up on Amazon.   Wow, wow, and Triple Wow!!!  Like seriously, that is my book with my name as Author on Amazon!!!!   Yeah, I totally called up my mom and made her look it up too.  And suddenly it was real.  I wrote a book!!!!



And now I get to share it with all of you which makes it incredibly real and I am so excited!!!  (and a little scared :)    I could go on and on but I promise to share more in the coming weeks ;)  I have some fun things planned, for instance . . . You have been asking for another Quilt-A-Long and now it's time!!!   I am going to be hosting an Irish Chain Quilts Quilt-A-Long leading up to the releases date and it is going to be so fun!!!   It will lead right up to the book release date and then we will have an Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop at the book release!!   More details on these events coming soon!!!   


Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design  will be released on April 14th, 2015.     It will be available in Local Quilt Shops, Online Quilt Shops  (I know several of my sponsors are carrying it, Thank You Ladies!!), at Martingale, and wherever Quilt Books are sold.    Wow, that still sounds crazy unbelievable, seriously can someone pinch me please ;)

If you would like a personalized and signed copy you can pre-order Irish Chain Quilts from my little Book Shop right here ;)    I have even listed it on Sale because well, this is just a happy day!!!!   Pre-ordered copies of Irish Chain Quilts will ship just as soon as I have them. (mid-April)


And before I sign off for the weekend . . . I just want to say a huge Thank You to you all!!  I would have never even thought this possible without all of the daily support and encouragement that I get from each of you.   You guys are the best!!!  Thank you for helping me make this dream come true :)

Linking up my biggest finish ever to Sarah's and Amanda's and Quilt Story  ;)


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90 comments:

  1. Congrats!! on your book. I love your cover quilt. It is a really fresh look.

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  2. Congratulations!! It's an amazing experience isn't it? Seeing my book on Amazon for the first time was incredible. I know you're pretty much floating on air right now aren't you? Love the cover quilt, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest. :-)

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  3. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it and seeing all those quilts you've secretly made!

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  4. What!? Now way! I had no idea, and never noticed a lack of blogging. Congratulations, I'm sure it's amazing. Your tutorials have always been so well done.

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  5. Congratulations!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you, and yes, we should go to lunch some day! :)

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  6. How exciting for you! I am so glad! You work very hard as a mom and as a faithful blogger. It really is a blessing to read your blog. Can't wait to see what your book has inside! I am sitting under my favorite quilt that is purple and an Irish Chain my mother- in- law made for me. I snuggle under it almost every day! Have a great day. K-

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  7. How wonderful! I love Irish Chain quilts, I am looking forward to your book.

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  8. How wonderful for you!! I can't wait to see all your beautiful quilts.

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  9. Congrats! The cover quilt looks amazing!

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  10. awesome! congrats! the quilt looks awesome on the cover

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  11. Congrats! That is a huge finish. :-)

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  12. I knew you were secretly sewing something now and then, but nothing of the magnitude of a book! WOW! 15 patterns. I can't wait to see them. Irish Chain is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I will for sure be joining your quilt-along. Oh happy dance today for you, Melissa!

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  13. Beautiful Cover! I look forward to having the book on my shelf. Congratulations!!!!!

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  14. Congratulations Melissa! Your quilt is a beauty, very impressive!

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  15. Rosemary B here:
    I love your work space Melissa. It looks fun and functional.
    I am really proud to know you I love this quilt on the front. I love the dimensions with the strips- it's just the coolest thing ever

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  16. Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment. I know you (and your mom) are so very thrilled. I wish you every success with the book.
    Ramona

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  17. What a awesome finish it is!!! Congratulations on such a stellar accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

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  18. Yay!!! Congratulations! I never would have guessed with all the posts of other quilts you've been doing!

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  19. Congratulations! That is very exciting!

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  20. Congratulations! I love irish chain quilts too and plan on making more in the future.

    Debbie

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  21. Congratulations -- I was just thinking the other day that you might have something up your sleeve since it had been a while between quilt alongs and posts seemed less frequent. I am super excited about your book and can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  22. Congratulations! This is very exciting! I just started 2 Irish Chain baby quilts yesterday! ~Jeanne

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  23. What an awesome accomplishment!! Big, big, big congratulations :-)

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  24. Super congratulations on your book! You deserve it and that is so exciting! Can't wait to follow along!

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  25. Congratulations on the book. The cover quilt is awesome!

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  26. Yay Melissa!!!!! I'm so proud of you!!! This is amazing! I can't wait to see it! Back when BeeJeebers began I never knew I would be able to know famous people! So excited for you. I will definitely be getting a copy. :)

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  27. Stopping by from Finish It Up Friday... what a finish indeed!! Congratulations!! I've started following you on bloglovin so I don't miss the Irish Chain Quilt-A-Long. An Irish Chain quilt has been on my list of quilts to make for a long time.

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  28. CONGRATS!!!! I can't wait to see all the yummy quilts in YOUR book. I love your Irish chain quilts and a quilt a long too! It's a Happy Friday!

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  29. Love the cover quilt and can't wait to see the rest.

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  30. Congratulations, Melissa. How exciting for you.

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  31. Whee! So excited for you! And I totally have wanted to do an Irish Chain for a while! I hope it's something I can use stashed fat quarters for, in the QAL!

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  32. I am so excited! You're my quilting hero, you know that right? I wish I could justify buying a signed first edition of your book right now. A QAL! I've never done an Irish Chain but this is going to be so exciting! It was almost surreal to me seeing your blog post title "I wrote a book!" because no, you wouldn't have been able to keep such a thing such a secret from us, your beloved blog readers but I guess it's true. I already have a stash of fabrics I need to make some quilts with so lets get this QAL started! (sorry i'm all over the place, I just had oreos and my focus is off)

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  33. I, too, love the Irish Chain Melissa. This looks like a GREAT book (and I feel so stupid for the comment I made awhile back on your scrappy chains block), I can't wait to see more of it. It's going on my 'want' list right now!! And the sew along sounds like a lot of fun too. Congrats Melissa!!!

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  34. Good for you! That is quite an accomplishment. I love Irish Chain quilts too - look forward to seeing your book.

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  35. Congratulations!!! Your book looks amazing, and what an exciting time for you and your family and of course your fans! Can't wait for the quilt along, either.
    Best wishes for your book to be a great success!

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  36. Congratulations! That is such good news. I am already looking forward to the Irish Chain Along!

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  37. That is awesome!!! Irish Chain has always been one of my favorite patterns as well. It looks wonderful.

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  38. Now you should stand up, yes I mean it and pat yourself on your back because just judging from the cover quilt I want to get this book! So how do I sign up to pre-order!

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  39. Woohoo, congrats, and how lovely that you were able to make it a family affair with Barbara :o)

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  40. Congratulations. Best kept secret ever!

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  41. Congratulations Melissa. I hope you sell many, many copies because of all the hard work you did to make this happen. You deserve the best!

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  42. The book looks wonderful, Melissa! What a great accomplishment! Looking forward to it and making some fun quilts.

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  43. What a fabulous start to 2015!! Seriously!.. 15 quilts in that amount of time!! just WOW and congratulations!!

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  44. Congrats!! Love the cover quilt!! : )

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  45. That is so awesome, Melissa! Congratulations to you!!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  46. Wow!!! Thats such great news and your book looks fantastic!!! I also am so excited about your next quiltalong. Im due to have bubs number 4 on feb 14th.....im going to try my best and squeeze in some me time in the form of quilting!!! You have really done such a fantastic job!! I hope you give yourself a huge treat for all your hard work! How do I get a signed copy? Ha ha you never know.....it might be worth a lot in years to come ;)

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  47. Ha ha oops...just saw you already mentioned how to get a signed copy! Lets just blame that one on baby brain!

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  48. You deserve to be doing the Happy Dance for this one! What a lot of work to put together - can't wait to see all the quilts you have inside. CONGRATS!

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  49. Congrats on being published! I love all your patterns, and am heading over to order my signed copy right now!

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  50. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment!

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  51. Congratulations on a great looking book, can't wait to add it to my collection!

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  52. Holy Moly!!! How on earth did you slide that one in?!!! YOu are a seriously busy woman!!! And congratulations!!! Can't wait to see the book, and I'm so proud of you! It looks great!!! BIG, BIG hugs to you!!

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  53. Melissa I am sooooooo happy for you. Congratulations!!

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  54. that is a big finish ! congratulations. My birthday is close to the release of your book and it is now officially on my wish list - the cover quilt looks very tantalizing ! Colleen at piecemakerquilts.wordpress.com

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  55. I am so excited for you! You definatley are talented enough to deserve the recognition. I'm glad martingale saw it. Can't wait for the quilt a long!

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  56. Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations! The cover quilt is awesome!

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  57. What wonderful news! Congratulations! I love Irish Chain quilts.

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  58. Melissa, that is so fabulous! Congratulations! You and your family must be so happy and proud. You have a great blog and your book will be great too, I'm sure :) wishes for huge sales!

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  59. So happy for you! Wishing you lots of success! So good to see you Wednesday.

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  60. WooHoo! congrats on the book!
    I have always wanted to do an Irish Chain quilt! I am looking forward to the QAL!

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  61. Amazing!!!! So proud for you!!! Can't wait to get the book!!!!

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  62. Ooooo, sneaky girl! Congratulations. Can't wait to see it!

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  63. Congratulations!! That is exciting! It looks like a fabulous book!

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  64. How exciting Melissa! Congratulations! I will for sure have to get this book since I just love almost every quilt you make. I'm sure your book will be no different. Cannot wait to see more.

    Quick question about the pre-orders - are those charged to our bank card at the time of the order, or do the cards get charged when they ship?

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  65. So happy for you and for fellow Irish Chain lovers! Weeeooooo!

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  66. Congratulations to you! I was wondering why you didn't do a quilt along lately, you've been too busy! I can't wait for your next QAL.

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  67. Wow! That is fabulous news and I can't wait to get a peak at what is inside.

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  68. Whoop, Whoop!!! For sure :D Very exciting. I really super-love the cover quilt, too!

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  69. Congratualions that is so exciting!

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  70. Woohooo. Well done you, that's so exciting.

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  71. Wow, congratulations! Aren't you a sneaky little squirrel?! Love the cover quilt by the way.

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  72. Bravo for you Melissa! I smiled through your whole post! This is a really huge accomplishment! Even more so, in light of the fact that you are a full time Mom too! I could relate to everything you wrote, since I'm in the middle of this process myself, It really doesn't seem real. Now you really can believe it though! Yippeeee for you!

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  73. Whoohoo! Well done, Melissa! What a great and impressive project! And no, you did not let us notice you were secretly doing something this huge :o) Congratulations, dear Author!

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  74. Congrats! How exciting! You are a super woman, quilting for a book *and* quilting for your blog!

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  75. Congrats!!!!! When all the quilts are so beautiful as the one on the cover, I am sure your book will be a best seller. Well done!

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  76. Melissa I'm so proud of you and excited about your quilts and the BOOK, yes your first BOOK!
    You always inspire me and all quilters/sewists/moms across America and beyond. Thank for a fabulous 2014 of inspiration and creativity.

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  77. How exciting! Congratulations--I love the quilt on the cover!

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  78. Melissa, I was lucky enough to have finally came across one of your tutorials and I am smitten with you and your down to earth explanations of how to do things. What are the chances of obtaining you signed book at the sale price you spoke of. This is my 2nd comment to you in just 1 nights time. You certainly have gotten my attention as a beginner to know that I too can make beautiful quilts too!
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  79. Melissa, I was lucky enough to have finally came across one of your tutorials and I am smitten with you and your down to earth explanations of how to do things. What are the chances of obtaining you signed book at the sale price you spoke of. This is my 2nd comment to you in just 1 nights time. You certainly have gotten my attention as a beginner to know that I too can make beautiful quilts too!
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa