Thursday, 1 March 2012

and the panic sets in...

and squeeeeeeee!

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.

43 comments:

♥Duff said...

Yeah!! I just preordered my copy, rockstar!

Jess said...

Oh, so looking forward to this book :)

Leigh Ann said...

Katy - it will be wonderful! Anything you've invested with this much love, will, by default, be amazing. I can hardly wait to see it.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

SUCESSO é que eu desejo do fundo do meu coração.PARABÉNS!

**nicke... said...

this is so great katy! i am so very excited for you! i clicked on the amazon link and it was really fun to see Author behind your name! that is an amazing accomplishment.

traceyjay said...

I have gotten really picky about which quilting books I buy now, but I'm excited about this one. :) Congratulations Katy! it's always nerve wracking to put one self out there, but I think this looks wonderful.

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Don't be terrified, it's SUCH a big deal, I totes get it. But it will be awesome, we all know it! Im'a preorder a copy just to show you!

Kerry said...

I guess when writing a book the real skill is getting it just right for your audience and it sounds like it absolutely will be. Having a copy to hold in your hand is a very exciting moment.

Lee said...

Thanks for such an honest look at the process and your feelings about the finished result. It looks like an AMAZING book, I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Congrats!

Justine said...

Well done Katy! The book looks great and you all must be so proud of yourselves. Can't wait for my signed copy ;)

Jodie said...

And for the same "friendship" reasons, I the non quilter will be buying a copy.
Many congratulations to you all.

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo! Can we all queue up at a signing at the FQ Retreat then? :oD

sweet diesel designs said...

Congratulations girl! What an amazing accomplishment! :)

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

It will be fabulous! Seriously, a collection of napkins with scribbled plans by the 4 of you would be fab so a whole book with pics will be kick-ass!

Sarah said...

Of course it'll be wonderful, no doubt in my mind, I preordered it as soon as it came on Amazon!

Spoolhardy Girl said...

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! There is no way people won't love it. The FQ kids are the bomb diggety!!

marcella said...

So exciting! It will be great. Can't wait to hear about the grin on your face when you're holding the real thing :-) Enjoy the excitement and send the negative voice away!

diane said...

No matter how it is received, the cover sure is pretty. Good luck with the book

aksherry said...

It looks wonderful! And it is wonderful, in part, because so care enough to worry about it. I think everyone does that.
Just put it on my pre-order list!!

mascanlon said...

I am struggling with pre ordering or waiting for a chance to a get an autographed copy....oh heck, I' want it as soon as possible and if I have 2 copies I can always share. Congrats!

Flying Blind... said...

I pre-ordered this on Amazon, so if it's crap, you owe me!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Hate it? Are you kidding?? It's going to be amazing and I can't wait until my copy arrives!

Camille said...

Preordered! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. So much talent in one beautiful book.

Yayyy!!!

CitricSugar said...

Congrats on the book! I'm sure it is "whole" and not missing anything. :-)

ScissorsandThread said...

I want I want, have pre ordered and want it signed in June perleasssse. Congrats!

Downtown Housewife said...

so exciting! looks bad ass!

Carla said...

i have pre-ordered and it should be here for my birthday ! : ) Yipee

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Love your honesty, It will be lovely! How exciting for you four! Congrats!

Yvonne@Nellie's Niceties said...

It's going to be totally fab and mine was on pre order as soon as I saw it. Congrats to you all. :)

Rachaeldaisy said...

The other day I saw an amazing Elvis documentary when he was at the height of his career. There's a point just before he goes on stage where he's nervous, unbelievable! It's totally understandable that you're nervous but I just know the book is going to be awesome!! It's going to make us quilters proud of our obsession and it'll make newbies pick up needles and sew. That's the great thing you guys - The FABric Four, have done for quilting.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's going to be fabulous - congratulations!!

Lori (ltdermdvm) said...

Can't wait to see it! I'm sure it's going to be fabulous, just like everything else you guys do :)

Di said...

We won't hate it. We are all looking forward to seeing it in print and being able to buy the book! Di xo

Sewhappy said...

yeah it is ok to feel nervous but all will be good, enjoy this without the weight of worry. I am looking so forward to getting my hands on this book too, I am excited for you.

Theresa said...

I can't wait to get a copy because I know it comes from a group of people who share the same quilting thrill I do...from inspiration that keeps you awake at night (and sometimes getting up at 3am to rifle through the stash), to cutting, to piecing, to basting....oh what am I banging on about...you know how it goes and that's what I mean. We all get it. Thank you for putting it into a book! And thank you one and all for proofing and creating this book. In a past life I was the account director on a book project for our Art Gallery....oh the hours but the result is just like having a baby...even though it was before I had babies! T xx

summersadie said...

I cant wait to get a copy, I'm so proud of you girls! I get to say 'I knew you back when...', and I have a quilt with a block made by the famous katy and brioni!

Helen said...

Hey Katy, it looks like a beautiful book - I hope it's the start of more for all of you. Congratulations - it's such an achievement! x

Dana Carlin said...

Congratulations on the book!
I'm new to your blog, and I'm very excited to catch up on all your posts and projects. Your photo in this post really caught my eye because I have been trying sooo hard to find a quilting pattern that looks like the quilt you have in that photo (the background) - cathedral style, or whatever it's called. Can you PLEASE tell me where I can find this pattern?? I have been searching through your blog and flickr and I have not come across it yet. I know you're very busy, and I'm only begging you because I am so desperate :) So please help a sister out when you get a chance! Thanks so much.

selfsewn said...

Ooh great!!
I would love to write a book..sounds a bit nerve wracking though!

MaryAnnB said...

Look forward to seeing this book! And congratulations on being part of such a great project!

Jacey said...

Yay!! That is awesome, Katy. Congrats to you and the team. I'm sure it will be a successful book!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Did you ever see "Airplane"? This post makes me think of the scene where the lady is freaking out. Take a breath, calm down, or there will be a line-up of people ready to slap you. It's all going to be great.

Sarah Fielke said...

Hahaha welcome to the wonderful world of editing your own book. Terrifying isn't it? And amazing how you and everyone else can read it and read it and read it, and still there will be mistakes. And there will, but don't worry they will only be little ones. The book looks gorgeous and I can't wait to get my own copy. xxx

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