Book Update


The Cover

I promised I would let you know of any updates on the book as I knew them. Yesterday I received the title and cover image from my editor that the publishing committee chose for my book.  Just like you, I had no idea what these would be. 

Fall is still the tentative publishing date and receiving this bit of info starts to make it real.  My kids are unimpressed until they see and hold the real thing.  No chance of a runaway ego with them around!


Denise wrote to me and said Amazon already has the book available for pre-order.  Wow, that was fast!


Sorry I have been absent lately.  I have been overwhelmed (understatement) with things I need to get done and unfortunately I couldn’t make time to write anything other than, “Calgon take me away” here in the blog.  I think we all suffer from these moments and I needn’t bore you with mine! 

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that is a very good thing as Martha would say.  😉

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About Sandra

I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

17 thoughts on “Book Update

  1. Oh Sandra, I can hardly wait!! I like the cover.
    And, yes, I know those Calgon moments all too well…

  2. What a beautiful cover! I am counting the months/days until I have your book in my hands too. Meanwhile, I think I need Calgon!

  3. Oh, fall seems like such a long time away. Can’t wait for the book to come out. I absolutely adore your work!!

  4. Thank you for the positive feedback on the book cover. I have to admit, I like it too. AQS has THE best photographer and he is the only photographer that has ever been able to capture my quilts well with a camera and that is a very difficult thing to do.

    I don’t exactly choose colors that are easily duplicated in a photograph without a lot of difficulty and the detail I do is extraordinarily difficult to capture with a camera as well. So far, he is the only photographer that has succeeded in duplicating the likeness of my quilts in a photo. I knew that when I chose AQS as my publisher.

    When it comes to quilt photography, this guy is the best IMO.


  5. Sandra, What a great cover. How in the world did you do that quilting? Beautiful. Are you going to sell autographed copies of your book? Fall seems too far away. How are we going to stand it?!

    As for Calgon, chocolate works better. And of course retail therapy! We had a tough week also and no time to applique. My hands are shaking!!! LOL.

    Congrats on a future best seller!

  6. Oh Melanie,

    I am ashamed to say I already tried the chocolate thing with REALLY decadent chocolates too. We have this incredible chocolatier that makes to die for chocolate truffles and my fave—CARAMELS. yum. I am afraid I am not going to have my skinny going on in Seattle. But darn they tasted good!

    When publishing time gets closer, I will determine if I will be selling copies or not. I probably will sell a few. 🙂

  7. Sandra, I agree about the quality of the photography –that’s what was most striking to me about the cover. Your quilting shows up beautifully. Clear detail, clean colors. Very fine photography and that’s just what your work deserves. What is the photographer’s name? Lovely work.

  8. Sanda – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Congratulations! I think the border is so inspired with the cupcakes, teabags, spoons – I feel like I’m having high tea – yum! I actually knew your book was on it’s way because I had an alert setup on Amazon. When I pre-ordered it the tenative shipdate is October 5th. That’s two days before my 50th birthday. I hope the date holds because I can’t think of a better present to myself!

    BTW – I just finished binding a small walkhanging this weekend and used your tip of stuffing the binding with Matilda’s Wool Trapunto yarn. It look really beautiful but I’m having a little trouble with bearding – any tips there?

    Again – CONGRATULATIONS and best stitches!

  9. Mercy, that is exactly how I wanted you to feel! High tea with a friend!! It is called “Tea with Miss D.” hmmmmmm, I wonder who Miss D. could be? 🙂

    Was the bearding coming out where you are stitching it down, or through the binding material itself?

    If it is bearding where you are stitching it down (by hand), I use my needle to “swipe” down the yarn downward before I take the stitch, same as with applique when needle turning the edge. Does that make sense?

    Also I found that if you take a Q-tip, cut one tip off at an angle and use that to swipe those misbehaving fibers into submission, it helps alot. BTW, I use the Q-tip “tool” for stuffing applique. If you twist it as you are stuffing, it collects all of those “hairs” and pulls them in and under the applique.

    Hmm, I am thinking this needs to be a blog post.

    If you are completely attaching your binding by machine with the final stitching, I don’t have experience with that technique, so I couldn’t offer any expertise on that. I could see where escaping “hairs” might be problematic though.

    If it is bearding through the binding material itself, are you making a single fold or double fold binding? I make a double fold and have never had a bearding problem.

    Other than that, I may not be of any help. 🙁

  10. Thank you Chris and Ivory Spring!

    Wait until you see the dimensional teabags. This was really a lot of fun to make. The best part is the techniques are applicable to anyone’s personal projects/designs as well. You aren’t limited to having to make my pattern in order to translate this to your own quilt choice. 🙂

  11. Goody ! Goody ! …….. i just ordered my copy from amazon. i can’t wait ! my “bird belly” fabric is all ready to sew ! THANK YOU in advance !! i know it will it will be wonderful !

  12. WONderful! Very enticing, too. Is the quilt on the cover the one you’ve been enticing us with or is it one of several? LOVE your stuff!

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