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!!!
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 ;)