of a crazy year is now only hours away. Thank goodness and good riddance to the year 2020.
Who doesn’t love the start of something new? As usual, I’ve got all my calendars and agendas and notebooks ready to go for 2021; just waiting for me to pencil in new events and ideas and doodles. The start of a brand new year is exciting. . . a chance to leave everything unpleasant in the rear view.
First of all, I’d like to announce that Jennifer Higby won our December contest. Congratulations Jennifer! She is the winner of the Frozen fabrics. Jennifer of Oliver’s Cottage is a fellow machine embroidery enthusiast and has promised me that she will send me a photo of the project she makes with her winnings. I promise to share it with all of you. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
I’ve been working very hard on my book proposal which I plan to present to a publisher in 2021. I’ll be submitting it in January and hope you’ll all think good thoughts for me. In my research for the book, I spent hours and hours searching to find comparables for the book I’m proposing – a daunting task as there are so very many quilt-related books on the market. I came across a lovely, hardcover book called “The Quilt Block Cookbook” by Amy Gibson, published in 2016. Once I scanned the book online, I knew I just had to have it. It’s not necessarily a comparable to the book I’m proposing but I just loved it!
Amy’s dedication reads, “To my mother, who took me to the library”. Isn’t that just the sweetest?
As the title suggests, the book is chock-full of beautiful, pleasing, unusual block combinations and brilliant original quilt patterns. It’s very visual, which I am planning for my book. Like Amy, my vision is to portray vivid and vibrant colours in fabrics, depict unusual quilt backdrops and include stunning, one-of-a-kind photographs. Amy’s book is an inspiration and now resides on my ever-expanding quilt book shelves.
I’ve written down my simple goals for 2021. There are far less now than when I was younger; I’ve come to realize that more is not necessarily better. I wish for all of you a joyful 2021. Happy New Year everyone.