Thursday, February 27, 2014

Announcing Our New Book! "Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy"

Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy: A Marriage of Traditional and Crazy Quilting

Our new book is done and will be out in May!!!

Valerie Bothell and I are absolutely thrilled to be able to share our news with you at last.  We are so proud of our work with C & T Publishers to bring this new book to you.

Our hope is to reach out to both crazy and "sane" quilters--mainstream quilters, if you will--to show that crazy quilting can be for all quiltmakers!
In our technique chapters and in the 10 projects we present, you will see that embellishment is an option for these quilts--not necessarily a requirement. Learn that you can still incorporate machine quilting, and you can use all cotton fabrics, not just the "fancies", (though we offer projects in wool and silk as well). Embroider by hand OR machine...you'll still be crazy quilting.  We love both traditional and crazy quilting and you will learn how to combine them in ways that bring out the best of both genres.  You can speed up the process or take your time.....
Inspiring old time CQers to try new techniques and enticing first timers to give this liberating approach to quiltmaking a try, we've designed projects everyone can relate to.

Val and I live in different states and have very different styles in our crazy quilting. How we came to work together is a great story...and you can read about it on Val's blog.

I will say that this great lady, Carole Samples, played a most pivotal role in our becoming co-authors.

Our joined creative processes present a broad spectrum of working methods and sensibilities to our readers. We loved working together and just adore each other....you can feel that on every page.  ;-)

We did spend a few days actually sewing together in the summer of 2012 (this book has been in the works a long time).  Val came to my home in Washington state--she lives in Kansas--and we had a great time.

She saw that my silk stash needed sorting....Val is very organized, one of her many qualities that I really appreciate.


We both got a lot of work done together that week.  For the next many months we relied on Dropbox and emails, with lots of imagery being sent back and forth.  It was so much fun.

There are some seriously delicious projects in our book!  This became "Morning Chores", in the chapter we call "Workingman's CQ"....

We have hand and machine embroidery techniques, several ways to piece blocks and a myriad of options for finishing your quilts. And there is one project that is so very, very special, in the chapter called "Historically Crazy".....You will just have to wait til the book comes out for us to tell you its story....all I can say now is that it started at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE....

We can hardly wait until May! (Though you can pre-order it on Amazon here.)
It feels so great to finally be able to tell you about it!

....with lots of love, (and great excitement!)
Val and Allie

34 comments :

Betty said...

Hooray! Can't wait to see how the two of you collaborated on this book! Best wishes! Betty

Mamacessories said...

I just pre-ordered on Amazon - can not wait to see it! I love your first book and LOVE the Craftsy class too! Congratulations on your new book!
Maria

Cathy Kizerian said...

Yay, finally! We have all been waiting soooo long for this announcement. I know you two will have great success with this book. What a perfect “cherry on top” to all the fun you’ve had. Hugs, Cathy

Lisa said...

Congratulations! It looks wonderful! I can't tell you how much I look forward to seeing it when it comes out!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

So excited for both of you! You both are the sweetest people I know… Much love!

Susan Elliott said...

Woot!!!!!!! I can't wait to feast my eyes on all the crazy goodness that resulted from such a special collaboration. Your work is always inspirational. Your first book is quickly becoming a classic on my shelf...I've no doubt that the second one will be just as successful Big Dance of JOY here in Maryland!

Judy S. said...

Congrats, Allie! I remember Val, I think, from the CQ for Newbies blog. Great that you were able to collaborate.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Congratulations.

Sherrie Spangler said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see it -- I'm sure it will be fabulous and colorful and wonderful.

Suzanne Kistler said...

congratulations! Can't wait to see it!

Debra Graham said...

I loved your first book so much I can hardly wait.

Rebecca Grace said...

Congratulations to both of you!

Pamela Kellogg said...

Oh wow! Another beautiful book I'm sure!! I can't wait to see it Allie!

Hugs, Pam

pineapple_ing said...

Hip Hip Hooray! I am so happy and excited for you, Allie and Val! Congratulations! It has such a Beautiful, Colorful cover that I just know that what is in it, will be even more Impressive! Hope to buy and have it in my hands real soon! LoveAndHugs~Ingrid

Lorraine said...

Congrats Allie! Can hardly wait to see the projects you came up with! Looking forward to it.

Rebecca Grace said...

Yay! How exciting! Except, about those "sane quilters" you're hoping to reach -- you know they don't really exist, right? ;-)

margaret said...

just found your blog but there is no button to click on to follow you such a shame. Off to check out the new book now but no doubt it will not be available for a while here in the UK

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Colleen Greene said...

Looking forward to the new book, Alli! Love your technique.

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