Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sewing for All Seasons

There's a secret I've been dying to tell you about for over a year ("for all seasons"!), and today I can finally spill the beans!

Last summer, Susan Beal contacted me asking if she could include my Retro Tea Towel Calendar in her newest book. Could she include it?! Can I just tell you how hard it was to reply because I was shaking so crazily?! Susan is the author of one of my favorite crafty books, World of Geekcraft, and the idea of having my work included in one of her books was just mind-boggling.

This calendar was the first design I ever did for Spoonflower back in the Fall of 2010. I entered in the Tea Towel Calendar-themed Fabric-of-the-Week contest and it came in 2nd Place! Needless to say, I was hooked.

Since the book was scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2013, the calendar would need to be updated for 2014, so I dropped everything and jumped into changing all the dates and holidays for 2014 (sneaking a 2013 version in there for my Spoonflower shop, too, while I was at it). This all happened around the same time Spoonflower was introducing new color formulations, so I had to make sure the new version printed with the correct colors, and then whisked some of the printed calendar fabric off to Susan so she could do her magic.

Fifteen months later the book, Sewing for All Seasons is printed and available at all major retailers, and it's gorgeous. And I'm not just saying that because my fabric is in it. Every project is for something you can use and will want to make! I can't decide which one to do first. The design is beautiful, and, well, the book just feels good in your hands. Check Susan's blog frequently because she loves to do giveaways, and has a freebie or two in the works!

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