Friday, 29 November 2013

when Katy wrote a book

Writing a book means you work like a crazy idiot and stay up too late for too many nights making sure you're all set and everything is as it should be. My book is only small - with 25 blocks, and 4 projects but it was still an awful lot of work in a relatively short space of time. It's a (mostly!) enjoyable process and Martingale are a fantastic publishers to work with, with a great team on hand for help and advice along the way but it really is a lot of work and it's very personal. You are throwing yourself out there to the world and putting yourself in a position where you can be criticised, which I have to admit I am incredibly frightened about. I always remember when one person on a blog said some pretty bleurgh things about a friend of mine's work - not especially nasty, just a bit bleurgh but the responses to the blogpost got nastier and nastier as the comments went along. It snowballed and it was incredibly upsetting for my friend who is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet, and certainly didn't deserve it. Now, I really love my little book and I hope you do too, I think it's pretty useful and is something that you can pop on the bookshelf and refer to every once in a while when you fancy using up some scraps or trying out some different blocks. It's easily digestible, it won't overwhelm you.




The title is pretty self explanatory - it's a block book with 25 blocks, each 6" finished (but with an optional border for self sashing that take them up to 8" finished). There's a mix of traditional blocks and more modern ones, and they're all suitable for beginners onwards (although the book itself doesn't have any how to quilt directions, you can download those as fully comprehensive guides from the martingale website - we felt that adding those to the book would take up too many pages and so many books have the guides in that you could end up with a heap of books with pages you don't read). 

There are also 4 projects that use a selection of the blocks that will hopefully inspire you to use the blocks in your own way too.




You can get the book on Amazon amongst other places.

So book one is already out there, you can go buy it, you would make me super happy if you did.....and then this happened.....



This one is coming February 2014. Same as before, 25 blocks (this time there's some english paper piecing in there too) and 4 projects. 2 of which are quilts, and I am pretty much in love with both of them (even though I made them, I'm allowed to say that, because it's true).

This is the big one, which is bed sized and square because I like square quilts best of all (you can always add another row to make it rectangle if you're not a square type of person)......



and this is a little baby one (I really am not a huge fan of the stuffed animals in that picture, but I'm living with it. It's a baby quilt, babies like stuffed animals)....


So - there you have it, what Katy did next! Find out more on the Martingale website and pre-order it from Amazon now



41 comments:

trash said...

Wow! What Katy did next indeed. Good work Missus (although as far as soft toys go those are definitely on my least favourite list).

nicole follow the white bunny said...

Congratulations on the new book! Next time maybe better ask one of your crafty friends to make a stuffed toy for photo shoots... ;)

Celtic Thistle said...

Congratulations, you will have a whole shelf full of your books soon :)

Kate said...

Yay, well done, congratulations!!

House of Pinheiro said...

I loved your first book and the second is highly anticipated... Horrayyyyyy

Charlotte said...

Wow!!!! How exciting :-)

heart of charnwood said...

Congratulations! I love the first book, and I'm sure the second volume will be equally fantastic, well done for putting yourself out there, it is tough, and not everyone will love what you do, but I think on the whole you'll be more loved than not :o).

Kay said...

Congrats!!!!! You should be proud of your wonderful work. I think I need to pop over to Amazon for another Christmas present for myself.

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

It's always scary putting yourself out there (I remember the last beasting you mentioned). I think it's important to go with your gut feeling, if your pleased with your work and the editor signs it off you're doing great. wear blindfolds or earplugs to ignore any negativity which is probably 80% jealousy anyway. Volume 2 looks equally gorgeous :)

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Yay for you you clever girl!! Exciting stuff!!!

Michelle said...

Katy I love your first book, and I'm going to adore your second one!! Congratulations!!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Oh I love those big fat happy dresdens! I'm going to have to buy the book for that quilt! Well done you!

Andi said...

Go Katy!! You are a superwoman!!!!
xxx

myBearpaw said...

Both of those quilts are stunning Katy, especially the big one, you've really got your own style going on here. I am in awe of all you book producers - so much work! - so a huge well done. x

Sylvie - Madame Créative said...

Congratulations Katy!
You can be proud of your work, because your books look great!

Liane Weber said...

They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but judging by your book's cover, it looks filled with delightful quilty goodness! I love the use of negative space with the charcoal grey solid - it makes the prints pop! Definitely going to check this one out!!! Bravo!

dolores said...

Awesome rawsome! I'll wait til the second one comes out and buy both at the same time....gotta support my peeps!:)
xo

Brenda Ratliff said...

congrats again! :D

Sheila said...

Well done on another volume. Love the way you have pieced those circles.

Auntie Pami said...

On order! Can't wait.

Beki said...

I have your first book and luuuuurve it, now super excited for the second :o)

Ella said...

Congrats! I foresee my library growing ever bigger in 2014!

Jenny said...

congratulations, looks wonderful!

sophie said...

wow! congrats ! I love this heart quilt!! looks fabulous

Anna said...

I love those two quilts soooo much. That's about the best heart block I've seen! Usually the hearts are so fat! But these are just perfect for a project I'm planning :) just the covers make me want both books though!

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

It all looks wonderful, but that second to last quilt photo made my eyes pop out on stalks - I love it! Well done! x

Flying Blind... said...

Oooooh I love that big old hexie-dressy square deal!
Bravo xxx

Katy Cameron said...

Ha, I've sooo never seen you as a square person ;o) Love the circles though :o)

Pennie said...

Waa-hoo! How exciting..... Off to pre-order my cope now :-)

Leanne said...

How wonderful! I love those quilts from your book, I might just have to have them both on my shelf.

margaret said...

thrilled to see you have another book coming out, must pore order it, I did a write up on amazon for your previous one, must go now and hop over to amazon

margaret said...

that did not take long, will now have to wait for release adte!!

Jodie said...

For your next book I'll provide the soft toys - there are a few spares banging about here.
( You are so many colours of awesome you know)

sonia said...

Congratulations you are very talented! I'm so glad you are announcing a new book! Love your blog and ideas!

Jilly said...

Congrats - I love both the quilts - but I agree - couldn't they have found some funky ugly dolls or something to go with your super modern fabrics?

PamKittyMorning said...

Exciting news! love those projects, the bedsize quilt is amazing. also love that baby quilt, the border is fantastic. your fabric choices are wonderful. Congratulations!

Trudi said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on book 2! Xx

Laurie said...

Awesome! I can't wait to get book #2. I can't imagine how time consuming writing a book must be but I am sure it's worth it and your fans definitely appreciate your efforts.

Marie Lismore said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations. Looking forward to the release

Elsa said...

Well now ~ isn't THAT exciting!
I've got the first book and going to order the second!
Sorry to hear about your friend ~ I think people forget that there's a real live person with feelings at the other end of computer ~ I always go with the wisdom of Thumper's Mother (from Bambi) 'If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all'. Seems to work for me and I don't put my foot in my mouth or hurt anyone. Good advice coming from a bunny!

mascanlon said...

Ordered it!! love the first one, it's in the carefully curated stack next to the bed. ( doesn't that sound so sophisticated...lol)

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