Exciting news!

Some very happy news out of my world today!

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be writing a book with Kristen, my co-host of Block Party and we are so excited.

C & T Publishing will publish it and it’s going to be about YOU!  Ok, well, maybe not you specifically, but about all of us: the online modern quilting community.

It’s not going to be your usual book of quilt patterns and projects, but instead a “how to” book that will also be about all of the virtual quilting bees and the amazing sense of community that we have found online.   Quilting bees have always given women a chance to get together and quilt, but now in the age of the Internet we have virtual quilting bees that have revitalized quilting and community among modern quilters.

I’m so excited that every member of Block Party has agreed to be a contributor to the book.  There are so many talented women involved and I’m so honored to include myself among them.

Block Party Quilt on Couch

And the most exciting part is that we’re going to be including all of YOU in the book too!  We are going to be switching our Block Party blog over to a quarterly quilt along and we hope that lots of you will participate.  We are including photos of some of the blocks you all make during the quilt alongs in the book, so please do join in.  Your block might end up in the book!!

There will be more details coming along very soon so please keep an eye both here and over on the Block Party blog.

And lastly, thank you!  All of you are so kind and generous and have made me feel like I’m a part of something exciting.  We are so happy to have that wonderful community and energy transfer over into a book that represents all of us and the fun modern quilts that we have been creating.

44 Responses to “Exciting news!”

  1. Cate October 21, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    SO FANTASTIC! Congrats again and I’m so so so so proud of you and proud to be your sister. xoxo

  2. Carrie October 21, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    Very exciting and wonderful news. Best wishes as the book comes together. I’ll be following along.

  3. Jackie October 21, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Ths is great news! I can’t wait to see the book.

  4. Sandy October 21, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    That is super exciting! I am a college English instructor and have done lots of editing work, so please let me know if you want some free help in the editing phase!

  5. Jody October 21, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    I’m so excited for you both….I found your blog last year and it really inspired me to tap back into my creative side….which opened me up to the modern quilting/blogging community. So exciting!! Congrats!

  6. Asia October 21, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    VERY exciting news. I’ve been hearing about this Block Party a lot, but I’m not entirely sure how it works, so it will be great to find out! Thanks!

  7. wishes, true and kind October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    How exciting! I have been thinking that the online quilting/blogging/Flickr-ing/quiltalong-ing community would make a great book! I have become so much more excited and inspired by quilts I have seen online than most of the books published (with some very notable exceptions). I’m so glad that someone is actually doing it! I’m sure it will be a wonderful and FUN project!

  8. Tonya October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    This is so exciting. What a fantastic idea! I couldn’t think of a better person to host it.

  9. Liz Harvatine October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Congratulations Alissa! What exciting news!

  10. Barbara October 21, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Amazing opportunity, congrats! If anyone can pull this together you can for sure.

  11. Amber October 21, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Congratulations – what a fun book that is going to be…and I’m in for the quilt-a-long!!

  12. izzy inspired October 21, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    That is so awesome, Alissa, congrats!! The quilt-a-long sounds fun. I haven’t done one yet, so it will be a new experience. Looking forward to seeing you and all the other ladies @ our next LAMQG meeting. Chris

  13. anne October 21, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Congrats! Sounds like a great project and a fun book. The blogging/flickr community is really what’s fueled mmy newfound sewing love, so, yay for all of it!

  14. beth October 21, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    great news! I bet you super excited to get going on it! can’t wait!

  15. jane October 21, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    Woohoo – what exciting news! Congrats – the book sounds great and I’m sure it’ll be a great success. Your quilting bee has been a total inspiration.
    I love the bird print on your wall, by the way :)

  16. CitricSugar October 21, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    It sounds great! I always appreciate how-to books – especially when breaking out into something new for me. I’ve enjoyed watching the progress of some virtual bees and find them inspiring. I’m sure the book will be the same! Congrats!

  17. Bethany October 21, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Congratulations!!! Sounds really exciting and I look forward to hearing about the progress.

  18. Jeanine October 21, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Exciting news indeed. Congrats!

  19. Cristin October 21, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Hey thats so great!! Congrats to you and Kristen – I look forward to the new VQB blog too!

  20. Live a Colorful Life October 21, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    This IS exciting news!! C&T is such a top-notch publishing company and I’m sure this will be a marvelous book with all the collaborative efforts of everyone. Having just participating in two online block exchanges, it will be great to follow along with this. Yay for all of us in the online quilting community! It just keeps getting better and better.

  21. jaybird October 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    congrats!!! {publicly!} i’m super proud of you.. and i’ll get to say.. i knew her when… & congrats on the guild.. looks like you have quite a strong group to start out with!

  22. Meg October 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    That is so cool! Many congrats to you and Kristen! And how cool on the changes to the Block Party–you can bet your boots I’ll be joining in. (PS–my library will TOTALLY be carrying this book!)

  23. Trisha October 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful book!

  24. andi October 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    What a great idea for a book.
    Andi :-)

  25. Carol October 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Excellent!! The quilting bees are a great addition to my quilting and it’s great to see so many inspirational and talented people out there.

  26. Kate October 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Congratulations!! What thrilling news x

  27. amandajean October 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    that is so very wonderful!!! congrats!!!

  28. Latifah October 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Wow, that is awesome! I was wondering what the book was about! Congrats! Can’t wait to see it!

  29. Nykhe October 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    That’s so exciting! Congrats! I can’t wait to see the book…and maybe participate in the quilt-a-long.

  30. Faith October 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    Holy cow! How cool is that?!

  31. becca October 22, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    how absolutely fantastic and exciting!! congratulations and have fun !!

  32. Amy - parkcitygirl October 22, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Cool! Congratulations!! That’s so exciting! I love the bees that I’m in and the way that I’m pushed beyond my comfort zone to try something new each month. I’m excited to see how it comes together for you!

  33. wess October 23, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    fantastic! I look forward to getting it for Emily when it’s done.

  34. jeanettesquiltin October 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    That is so exciting!! Can’t wait for the quilt alongs, so looking forward to participating.

  35. Carolyn October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    What a great idea for a book! I am fairly new to this online quilting world, and I have yet to join a Bee, but I love it and am constantly inspired by your work and others’ work. I love spending quiet times (I have a preschooler, so those quiet times can be hard to come by) surfing through quilt blogs. I love modern quilting as it goes hand in hand with my professional career (architecture).

    I can’t wait to see and buy the finished product. I hope I can join in on a quilt-along too.

  36. Alison Marie October 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Brilliant book idea! And what a feather in the cap of our new guild to have a VP who will also be a published quilting author. Congratulations!

  37. adina October 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    heartfelt congratulations for the book!!! you’ve chugged along for so long, you deserve it!
    on a different note, i love your couch and we need a new. i was wondering where you found it.

    • Alissa October 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

      Hi Adina! Thanks!

      And it’s actually my sister’s house modeling the quilt… and her couch is this one.

  38. tina October 23, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    Congratulations!! What great news! You’ve been such an inspiration to me and your work deserves to be published. The virtual bee is really a wonderful reflection of the online quilting community. I’m pleased to hear that this will be in your book.

    Also, I’m inspired to try and start a northern CA modern quilting guild. We’ll see if because of you, there is a national trend to do this!


  39. mommymae October 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    oh, goodness!! how utterly exciting. i’m just starting my third virtual quilting bee & it is such fun! i can’t wait to see the results!

  40. erica October 26, 2009 at 2:58 am #

    This is a great idea for a book!Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  41. Cheryl Arkison October 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    Love the book concept! Congratulations.
    (But I am only one who finds it ironic that it will be a book about modern, on-line quilting? Still totally cool.)

  42. Dallas October 28, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    Congrats! That’s really exciting. I was going to also comment that I love your rug and wondered if there was a story to it, since it looks so unique, but then I just noticed that you posted that it was your sister’s house. Anyway, if you know anything about it, I’m still curious..it’s beautiful. And congrats again!

  43. bekhy October 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Wow! What a lovely idea! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with. I can’t turn down quilt alongs :)

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