2 hours ago
Thursday, 1 March 2012
and the panic sets in...
A preview copy of the book has arrived along with my projects (well, one of my quilts is now living with John but the other quilt and the small wall hanging I made are now home).
It's a strange feeling flicking through a physical copy of something you have played a part in writing. I was main point of contact with our (amazing) editor, Amanda, for the whole duration so I had paper pages (a print out of the PDF version) and draft after draft of emailed PDFs to read and edit as we went along. I have seen this book in it's various stages so many times I am (still) a little afraid I got to a point where I no longer saw the words and I've missed out huge and glaringly obvious errors. I'd saved a copy onto my Ipad and spent any chance I could with a notebook reading through, marking potential changes, things I thought that could be re-worded, omissions that should have been there...things that the proof reader noticed and asked for amendments to (obviously we all have different styles of writing, so finding a cohesive voice meant changing wordings from time to time). Then I'd send my list of notes to the others and ask them to see if they could find anything else (or if I was making any mistakes).
But still you wonder....did I miss something vital? Is there a whole chunk of a quilt's instructions missing?
I suppose by nature most of us doubt ourselves and our abilities. I know I second guess myself constantly and personality and luck comes into play quite a lot more often than true talent. I am never going to be an award winning quilter, but that's not why I do this. I do this (for the most part) because of the friends I have made from quilting and how much of a buzz I get from creating.
Do I love this book? Honestly? Yes I really do. Are my projects the best in the book? Not by a long stretch, but I love that together the 4 of us; John, Tacha, Brioni and me have created something that can appeal to all levels of quilter, from the absolute beginner to the advanced. It's a block book, it's a project book, it's a quilt book. It has some really great stuff in it and I'm so proud to have my name on the cover.
Am I still panicking that people will hate it? Yes. I'm absolutely terrified.
Fat Quarterly - shape workshop for quilters is out in May and published by Lark books.
Posted by Katy Jones at 06:00
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