An Invitation

Hello friends!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on my sewing blog!  Things have been crazy busy with my new book, and I’m currently writing the next one.   I’m about halfway through it and hoping to be finished by Christmas.  Fingers crossed!

I would like to invite you over to my author blog where I post a few times a week – sometimes about writing and publishing, sometimes about my adventures in the creative world.  I’m going to be posting my sewing adventures over there too, so please pop in and visit! You can even sign up to receive my blog posts by email (just type in your email address under blog subscription) so you won’t miss any news, fun, or giveaways.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall!  Can you believe the holiday season is upon us??  Time goes so quickly these days… if only we could figure out how to slow things down a little.  😉

Happy crafting and sewing!

Book Giveaway!

Look what came in the mail yesterday – the very first copy of my book!  Want to win it?  Just visit my facebook page, leave a comment and you’re entered to win.  New visitors who “like” my author page will be entered as well.

Contest ends September 5th.  Good luck!  And thank you all, so much, for your support and excitement as I begin this writing adventure with my debut novel!  

Good excuse

I haven’t been sewing for a little while, but I do have a good excuse for my absence…

My debut novel is coming out in September!  Don’t you just love the cover?  I’m so pleased with the designs that my publishers chose.  And I’m so excited to share my book with you!

I’ll be posting upcoming info on my author Facebook page, so pop over and join me if you want the updates.

Hopefully I’ll get back into my sewing projects now that things are calming down here a little.  And although I haven’t been very good at leaving comments, I have been visiting your blogs and love the projects you’re posting!  You all are so inspiring!

There’s always time

Is it just me, or are things getting crazy busy?  With so much going on before summer vacation starts and a manuscript hogging  my attention, I almost forgot to sew over these last couple of weeks.  Almost.

But even in the throes of chaos, there’s always time for playing with pretty fabric, right?   Maybe I’ll have this baby finished by the end of the summer!  🙂

Reading, Writing, Sewing… updates!

Even with a little mishap (eh hem, cutting up too much of my fabric in class and having to buy extra to make up for it), I’m having a blast making my very first quilt.  Tonight I finished sewing together 40 blocks and I can’t get over how pretty the fabrics are together.  Sew much fun!

While my current manuscript is being edited I’ve decided to go ahead and start writing the next book.  So far it’s going really well – already in the first chapter the characters are surprising me with their personalities and secrets!  If you’re curious what these stories are about, you can click on my sidebar’s Pinterest logo (or my flower profile pic above) and get a visual of each book.  Lola is the manuscript that’s being edited at the moment and Kate is the story I’ve just started writing.

Reading, reading, reading… I’ve had my nose buried in some awesome books lately.  My latest favorites:

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner…  by far the best book I have read in a long, long time.  An incredible story, characters that came to life with every page, and a love story that made my heart nearly burst from my chest.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins…  I can’t get enough of this author’s books.  Her stories are always comical and sweet and so much fun to read.

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts… book two of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.  I’m only halfway through, but loving it so far.  Have I ever not loved a Nora Roberts book?  😉

Keeping busy

Thanks to the Modern Patchwork magazine, I finished this reflected wedges table runner without any major glitches.  And I actually enjoyed doing the binding!

I’m also doing a little celebrating this week – I finally finished the edits on my book Just Breathe over the weekend and sent it to an editor friend.   Just Breathe is my favorite story yet; I can’t wait to see what readers think of it!

Now it’s time to dig into some fresh projects… a new manuscript, a colorful lap quilt, and a few pillows and blankets for my boys’ bedrooms.  Plenty to keep me busy!    What are you keeping busy with these days?

Pretties and projects

I’m closing in on the final days of my editing project – the manuscript is so close to being finished (first round of edits, anyway!) that I can nearly taste it.  Yay!

When I put so much time into my writing I have to put extra time into playing too.  I can’t write well if I don’t also enjoy a little tactile creativity.  So I figured a trip to the local fabric store, the beautiful Millie P’s, was in order.  🙂

I’m not yet sure what I’ll make with all of these pretty fabrics.  Maybe some new hot pads or table runners for the kitchen, maybe a few pillow covers for my boys or my office.  There are lots of fun possibilities – and lots of inspiration as I work my way through the rest of my manuscript.   So (sew) excited! 🙂