....its early in the morning and I am up with a full head. After 4 years of planning, making quilts, writing, photographing and stealing moments to dream, Making Quilts...the promise of joy is arriving today. What will you find inside? Well, I think hard about what quilting means to me every day. Since the first time I stacked a pile of fabric up for a quilt I have always thought the same thing...what a promise of joy! What a wonderful sense of anticipation, expectation and engagement we experience as we plan a project.
Inside it you will find 22 patterns. Each quilt is defined in three ways. First, fabric choices because lets face it, the original fabrics are generally no longer available. Second, construction advice for the variety of methods used to achieve the effect. Third, the story of the quilt...where the inspiration came from in the first place. I hope that in these pages you find some answers to the questions I get asked most frequently about choices. In addition to the template sheet in the book we also have designed a series of popular acrylic templates to accompany the patterns and available in store or on our website.
The other thing about the book I need to mention is the essense of Australia found in the pages. As an immigrant to this country I am wide eyed about the effect that it has had on my vision. As I travel the world teaching I become more and more aware of the influence of the light, the vast spaces and the unique environment in which we live....not to mention how lucky we are to be here! I am proud to say that this book reveals a very personal attachment I have for this country as I celebrate the 22nd anniversary of my arrival here...22 quilt patterns...one for each year of my life in Australia...coincidence? Yes, but a happy one! Made all the more happy by bringing the images to life with my husband the photographer!
And while I am waffling on I also have to say thanks to Carol Veillon and her team of wonders at Quilt Mania for taking on the book. It is always a pleasure to work with confident, talented, energetic women and I am proud to be one of her authors!
There are many people that go into making a book. In this case we have translators who I suspect tore their hair out trying to figure out what I was doing. I was lucky to meet Elizabeth and Sylvia and to thank them for making the patterns come to life in the book! And it would also be fun for you to imagine Sandy, the graphic designer of the book. Poor Sandy was new to Quilt Mania and had no idea what she was in for dealing with me so I thank her for her patience and persistence and the beautiful result!
It is with my sincere and heartfelt appreciation that I thank all of you planning to purchase this book. We have all of your orders in a pile, shipping boxes are arriving this afternoon and soon the books will be winging their way around Australia and the world. I hope you find joy in the pages...k