Wednesday, August 10

Pets on Quilts is Coming Soon with Lots of Fun and Prizes!

Hey there everybody!  Just in case you haven't heard: One of the most social and fun events in QBL (Quilting Blogland) is starting this Sunday at Jacque's Lily Pad Quilting....

Pets on Quilts 2016
August 14th through 24th

This blog linky party is packed with great posts every year and truly this is where I have met so many of my blogging friends.  Jacque has lined up a whole bunch of wonderful prizes and sponsors.  (Including moi - I will be giving away a copy of "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities")  

You don't have to have a pet to take part in the contest and show.  Pet themed quilts are one of the categories.  Every kind of pet is welcome too and each year there are some interesting entrants.  I'm pretty sure you don't have to be a blogger either, because there are usually Flicker entrants and I bet Instagram photos would work too.  (Do you hear that Gonzo?  I expect to see a photo of Willow.)  So gather up those cuddly pets, those crawly pets, pets that bark, meow, chirp, snort, and whinny!  Take some photos and come and join the party!    


The latest BIG NEWS is that the American Quilter's Society is leaving book publishing.  Some of you have undoubtedly read or heard the public announcements.  They will still be producing their magazine and running the quilt shows, both of which have bright futures and ever growing popularity.

A few of you have asked how this is going to affect my book "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities", which came out only 4 months ago.  Thank you for checking up about that!  What this decision means for all the AQS authors is that there will not be any further printings of their books unless they or someone else buys up the publishing rights.  This is especially rough on authors whose books just came out or are just coming out.  As one said to me, she now views her book as a very expensive business card.

So all our books now have a finite number of copies left in print.  If you have been waiting to buy any of the recent AQS book releases, now would be a good time to do it.  If you can purchase the book directly from the author, that is even better.  Especially keep your eye out for the very last authors who will be coming down the pike.  There are some really great books still to be released!          



This is going to have to be a post where I've disabled commenting.  That's because my laptop zonked out after an automatic update a couple of weeks ago.  Thank you very much Microsoft.  HAL was only 18 months old and is now completely kaput and of course, just past his warranty period.  My ability to spend time at this big computer is limited, so I've been rarely online and have tons of catching up to do.  I'm buried in emails.  If you should have heard from me, but haven't - that is why.  Give me another nudge if you need to!  I'll be up and running again in time to participate in Pets on Quilts.  Hope to see you there!