Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Book Is Finally Here - In Stock!!!!

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Oh my word - I feel like it has been ages since I started this book process. I know it takes a while for every author, but this has been a 3 year process for me.  I started my projects the beginning of 2011 and one dashed hope and excitement later here we are!  December 2, 2013 will be a day I remember as the day I received my book and I officially became an author.  It's a surreal feeling.  Almost too much to handle.  The UPS guy came late last night with my first shipment of books and I was so excited I couldn't quilt, then I didn't sleep much last night. I am just so grateful that it is finished and I can start shipping out your orders. I know a lot of you have been waiting for a long time and I appreciate your patience.  Thank you so much for your support!!
I have had quite a few orders so it will probably take us a week to get all of them out.  I will start with the orders that have come in first and move on from there.  The books will be shipped out this week using Media Mail and will arrive 3 - 5 business days after that.  Please look for your signed copies sometime next week.  International orders will go out as First Class International starting this week as well. 

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Okay, so I know you have seen the cover - but seriously, I love it even more in print!  The editors, especially Kathy at AQS did a beautiful job on my book.  I am so happy to be working with them. My book comes with a CD-rom with quilting outlines and templates for all my projects - that in itself is 118 pages.  The book has 104 pages of instructions for 6 quilting projects and a lot more templates, and of course - quilting eye candy.

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I think the back cover is amazing too!  Seriously, I love it! It has been so long since I finished the quilts in this book and I am so happy to finally be able to share them with you. Once I receive my quilts back I will write posts about them as well, but until then - here is a peek inside.

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I dedicated this book to my husband, kids and my mom.  They have been so patient with me and so supportive.  What do you think of the quilting?  Eek!  Love this!

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I just love the layout of the book.  I hope you enjoy it too.

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This is my "Irish Lass" quilt. I love it.

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Probably my favorite quilt in the whole book - Modern Flowers is an amazing design and the quilting just puts it over the top.  I want piecers and quilters alike to enjoy my book.  This book isn't just for quilting and it isn't just for piecing.  It really is a great combo of both piecing and quilting because I love the whole process of quilting.  Each one of these quilt projects started out on graph paper and went from there.
 
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Oh ya, that is the back of the quilt.  I have waited so long to share this with you!  I hope you like it!.

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Each project is fun and unique and must be made! I have started a Flickr group for you all to share your own Quilting Wide Open Spaces projects, so please join with me here.  I can not wait to see what fabrics you put together with my designs. I also can not wait to see your quilting with my templates.  Be sure to share that on my Flickr group

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Love this one. 

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I think some of you may have seen Queen's Cross at some of the AQS QuiltWeek Shows.  So, you have seen it more recently than I have.  I love it though, another favorite.

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I promise to share more of my quilt projects as soon as I receive my quilts back.  I have been so excited to share this with you and I am so happy that I finally get to.  There is so much more in my book, but you need to get one yourself to read.  Just remember if you buy the book from me, it will be a signed copy.  It would be a perfect Christmas gift for you and your quilter friends.

I just have to say thank you so much for your love and support through the years.  I can not tell you just how much it means to me.  I realize that this would not be successful without all of you.  Thank you so much for everything! Happy Quilting! 

Get the book here.



59 comments:

Kate C said...

Judi, what a wonderful day for you! Can't wait to get my copy, just seeing the sneak peeks makes it even harder to wait! Congrats!

Jane S. said...

Woohooo! That's so exciting! What perfect timing, right as the holidays are really ramping up. :)

Sue's Stitchin' said...

OMG I am soooo excited. We've all been waiting so long. It was Christmas for you yesterday, and Christmas for the rest of us when we get our books. Can't wait. I'm drooling . . . .

Beema said...

How awesome to see a little preview of what I'll be receiving in the mail next week! I can't wait. It has been a long time in coming and I am so very excited to get my autographed copy! Judi, you are amazing. I don't know how you do all you do with your church callings, your family and friends, and business. It's a hard thing to juggle, but you seem to do it perfectly - just like your quilting! Looking forward to next week for sure!
LynnEl in Illinois
Grandma Nell
and Beema!

Miriam said...

Woohoo!! Congratulations! Can't wait to see your book.

Esther F. said...

Congratulations on your book! It is awesome!!!
Esther
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Miriam said...

Woohoo!! Congratulations! Can't wait to see your book.

Linda said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Huge Congratulations on your Books arrival. It looks stunning. Cant wait to get my hands on a copy. hugs

Sue Atkinson said...

Looking forward to my Aussie postman with my delivery, it's been a long wait but I'm sure it will be worth it.

Auntie Pami said...

Finally! So excited for you!

Michele T said...

Congratulations!!! The book looks amazing, and I love the layout, very unique!

Queenie Believe said...

I said it before, I'll say it again, congratulations, Congratulations, CONGRATULATIONS!!! It looks wonderful and I can't wait to see it in person.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Linda Cates said...

So excited for you, Judi!! You do amazing work and you are such an inspiration. Thank YOU for sharing your talents with us. I can't wait to receive my copy in the mail.

Barb said...

I couldn't be happier for you .... congrats for all of your hard work and expertise!

Leeanne said...

SQUEAL!!! I am SO looking forward to getting this beautiful signed book! Thank you! I'm just off out to camp by my mail box!

marcella said...

So, so excited for you! It's really finally real :-) Can't wait to savor it in person myself.

Frog Quilter said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeh love it! Will love it better in my hot,little hands.

Michelle Jensen said...

Congrats! I can't wait to catch a glimpse of this one :) and then hopefully take one home.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Awesome! Can't wait! The book is on top of my wish list :-)
Bet it will be worth waiting, for you and us :-)

Fiona said...

Congratulations... the book looks amazing... well done...
Hugz

Always In Stitches said...

Yahoo!!! Can't wait until my copy is delivered.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Awesome. Awesome. I have been waiting for my copy. Super excited. Can't wait to get it. Congratulations! I am so glad that you were able to see this through. I know it was a lot and I do mean a lot of work! You should take your family out for ice cream!

Jackie said...

I'm so excited for you and me, I've waited and waited and I'm finally going to get your book. Yippee

Jenny said...

Congratulations! It looks beautiful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations Judi! It must be rewarding to hold the book in your own hands.

Margaret said...

O this book is definitely on my Christmas wish list. Congrats

Frances said...

I'm excited, I can't imagine how you are feeling!

Wendy said...

How awesome for you! I am so happy that your dream has now been realized with book in hand. I cannot wait until my copy arrives.

Barbara M. said...

Finally, your dream has become reality! Congratulations! Barbara

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Oh Wow!! Congratulations on your first book. This is a very exciting day for you, so enjoy every moment of it. You've worked hard for this moment. I'm VERY excited to see the preview pages of your amazing book and eagerly awaiting its arrival 'down under'!

Melissa Corry said...

It looks absolutely amazing!!! Congrats Judi, so very exciting!!!

Rafael's Mum said...

Congratulations! By the looks of it it was well worth the wait! I have been wanting this book even before it was written! So excited!! Amazon UK says 3 -5 weeks delivery... Is your signed copy any quicker?

Tamie said...

Congratulations. I know that this has been a long journey for you. I can't wait to see it in person.

thequiltedcat said...

Congratulations, Judi! What a wonderful feeling it must have been to open that shipment. I just ordered my copy so can't wait to see the beautiful pictures in person!

Lundholm Fam said...

So exciting! Congratulation!!

Bonnie said...

I'm sure you are flying on cloud nine right now! I'm so excited for you. This book adventure is so well-deserved :) Congratulations, Judi!

Sandi said...

Congratulations, I can't wait to get my copy. I saw a picture of it on Pat Sloans blog yesterday and thought it looked lovely. Your peeks inside make it even more real.

You've been very patient with this long journey, kudos!

bambi said...

What an awesome experience you are finally having after such a long wait!! It looks beautiful and I can't wait for my copy. Congratulations!

Tami C said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your book. Love seeing all the sneak peeks!

Rebecca Grace said...

In MY book, you're not just an author -- you're a rock star! Now that you have shown glimpses of the book in your blog, I'm even MORE impatient to get my copy in my hot little hands! I worked on FMQ throughout all of last year, and although I originally ordered your book so I could be inspired by all of your gorgeous quilting, I am even more excited about it now that I know it contains projects for quilts that are designed to show off fancy quilting. I hope there are some projects in the book that are within my current skill level.

CONGRATULATIONS, Judi! This watching and waiting for the UPS man to bring the books ties in nicely with the themes of Advent, though, doesn't it? ;-)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Amazon emailed that my copy is on the way--can't wait --the book looks awesome!!!

Cowtown Quilts said...

Okay, okay! Thanks for the tease! O_O Now, I really can't wait to get mine!

Diane E W said...

I knew your book would be amazing and from what you have shown, it is everything I thought it would be. I can't wait to receive my copy. Congrads, I'm almost as giddy as you. I might have to order another one because I know I will have drool all over the first one. Thanks for everything you share, it sure has helped me in my longarm quilting adventure.

Marj said...

Judi, I just received your book today December 5TH. I just wanted to say it was worth the wait! I love it and will recommend it to other quilters in my area. Thank you so much for sharing how you create such beautiful quilts.

Sandy said...

So excited for you and can hardly wait to get my copy! Woo hoo!

Gramma Quilter said...

Soooo excited! It looks amazing. I can not wait!

wolfiestitchin said...

Three years? That's like an elephants pregnancy I think ;) But good for you that you didn't give up and now can bask in the glory of being a published author.
PS I ordered a copy yesterday :)

Embroidery by Shirley said...

Received my copy yesterday - can you say EYE CANDY? Beautiful pics, beautiful quilting and thanks so much for the cd - I'm going to practice some of the gorgeous designs!!!

Deb Lindley said...

Got my copy yesterday, was up 'til well past Midnight reading and looking and just trying to take it ALL in, knowing full well I would have to get up early to scoop snow and ice - well worth it! I told ALL my frame quilting buddies my eyes are soooo glazed over from ALL the eye candy I can barely see to quilt now, and that IF this was the only quilting book they could ask for as a Christmas gift, then 'Quilting Wide Open Spaces' should be IT!

Kudos - Well Done, indeed!
~Deb

Michele said...

Oh such a happy post. I'm beyond excited for you. This is the #1 book on my wish list to Santa this year and let me tell you, it had better be under the tree or there will be trouble for the mister. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Congratulations.

Jenny said...

I can't stop smiling for you! Congratulations and from what I see, your book looks amazingly fantastic!! I can't wait to have on in my possession!!

"laugh yourself into Stitches" said...

Congratulations!! Well done! ~karen

Megan Ziegler said...

Hi Judi, I just ordered your book from you as a Christmas gift to myself! I cannot wait to get it in the mail and don't know if I'll be able to resist until Christmas to look at it! Your work is absolutely stunning (I know you hear that all the time) and I can't wait to "learn" from you! Thanks so much for writing this book and sharing all your wonderful pics :) Happy Holidays!

Rebecca Grace said...

Now I am second-guessing myself. I was SURE that I had pre-ordered your book, but looking through my email folders I can't find any record of that. I'm DYING to see it, so I just ordered it on Amazon. If I end up with more than one copy, then so be it!

I'm so glad you're finding the time to enjoy tree decorating and snow play with your children despite everything else going on in your life. You never get those opportunities back again if you let them pass you by.

Enjoy the Advent season, Judi!

Tsunamis said...

Your quilting is such eye candy for a beginner with a long arm. What batting do you use?

Becky said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful book and can't wait to get my copy.

Vika Yaniff said...

Congratulations!
Вітаю з вашою першою книгою!!! Вона просто чудова! Я дуже люблю читати ваш блог і люблю вашу творчість! ;о)
Чи продаєте вашу книгу за океан? Я була б просто щаслива мати її із автографом.
Вікторія, Украхна.

Jackie L. said...

Sorry for the late comment on this post, but I wasn't allowed to open your book until Christmas as it was a present. It was well worth the wait! It is an amazing book and your talents blow me away. Both the quilting and your patterns are beautiful. I can't wait to have some time to try them out. Thank you so much for sharing with us!