Monday, November 01, 2010

The Book Looks Great!

Wow, I'm actually an author! Last Wednesday I got a review copy of my book Word Play Quilts in the mail. Wheeee! The book doesn't actually come out until December, but they have copies made up to send to magazines and I got one too.


I was worried (because that's what I do - I worry) that some of my quilts weren't going to show up well, but the photography is great. So happy with it. And look, the book is in the Martingale catalog:


Do you recognize the quilts on the bottom left and center? I didn't make them, QuiltDiva Julie did.  So fantastic!

I'm in Houston right now. This was my first time attending Quilt Market - I only came for two days of it and I'm already exhausted. I got to meet several of the lovely folks from Martingale that I've exchanged emails with and talked to on the phone - so great to finally have faces to attach to names.

Plus I've gotten to meet some delightful folks who read the blog - wonderful to talk to you! If you do happen to stumble across me, say hello, please.

For those of you attending Quilt Festival, I'll be at The Quilt Show booth doing a meet and greet on Thursday at 11am. I think. Definitely Thursday. Please come by and chat with me.

I wanted to write more in this blog post, but I am beat and I have another long day tomorrow, but that will be holiday time visiting with my cousin.

Before I go though, here are pics of Lily in my suitcase:


61 comments:

Quilts And Pieces said...

Congrats Tonya!!! I can't wait to get it! I bet Miss Lilly wants to come stay with me!

Sujata said...

Congratulations! The quilts look great from what I can see and can not wait to get my hands on the book.. soon!
I love your picture holding the book!

Yvonne said...

You look awesome holding your book.....I can't wait to get mine. Congratulations....I'm so happy for you. :)

rlbates said...

Congratulations!

Jandi said...

I am so, so, so happy for you! The book looks great and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Congrats!!!

Tamera said...

Congratulations! What a great feeling it must be to work so hard and long on something and see it come to fruition!

Notjustnat said...

Congratulations Ton, the book looks great and I can wait to get a copy. If you are taking an order I will place one now, but otherwise I will get it fom Amazon. Enjoy the Market and Festival - Hugs from fried in Australia - Nat

Sharon said...

Congrats, it looks great!

Kristin L said...

I saw the flying monkeys quilt right away and it made me grin *almost* as wide as you're grinning holding that book. Congratulations, and I'll see you on Wednesday in Houston!

deborah said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to order a copy!

Em said...

I am so excited for you and am counting down the days until I have a copy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristin Shields said...

Wow- congratulations! Can't wait to get my own copy.

Carla said...

Oh, wow! I've been wondering how the book is going. Thanks for the update. Are you going to be selling any autographed copies yourself?..I'd love to get one, if you are. Great picture, by the way. Congratulations!!

Nifty Quilts said...

Woo-hoo!!! The peek at the book looks fantastic! Can't wait to get a copy and make a quilt from it. Then I'll have to catch up with you somewhere and have you sign it. Did you meet Shelly Santa from Martingale? I used to play bunco with her. Awesome fingernails.
Have fun at Quilt Market!

Marina Louw said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to get a copy of the book. Love the pictures of your kitty children too!

Loris said...

Wow! Congratulations! Have a wonderful time at Quilt Festival. Your book does look great!
and thanks for the pictures of Lily. she's adorable :-)

Belinda said...

Wowzer....look at you!!! Where's the paparazzi....'cause now you're
a celebrity!!!! And we can all say we knew you when!!
If I can't wait, I KNOW you really
can't!!! Congrats!

And HEY...I'm in Texas too...LOL..
only I'm at the total opposite end from where you are...uh...about 10
hours opposite!!!

Jan said...

I'm so excited for you!! Congratulations!

Adele said...

Wow this is SOOO VERY exciting !!!

Feather on a Wire said...

Congratulations! I am sure the book will be an amzing sucess, you deserve it!

Marit said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see it myself!
; )

sewprimitive karen said...

Congratulations on your book! How awesome to attend Market with a published book in hand!! Lily was saying don't goooooooo.

Darling Millie said...

WOO HOO! You look great! Julie's gonna flip! I can't wait to see the book! I'm gonna order like six copies! I want mine autographed!

If you see my quilt, say hi!

upstateLisa said...

congratulations Tonya! how cool! great photo of you and your book! have fun in Houston!

daveandlo said...

Congrats!
Lois

Quiltdivajulie said...

How cool to see you smiling SO big and holding your book . . . what a GREAT feeling that must be!!!

Hug the monkeys for me!

Enjoy the journey - you've earned it!!!

True Blue Nana said...

Very very exciting.

Kathy in FL said...

Loooking forward to owning my own copy! I have the date marked on my calendar!

Marj said...

Saw your book in the catalog at my local quilt shop and alerted the owner to order some. Hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Houston.

kathi said...

The book DOES look great, Tonya, at least what we can see of it here. Congratulations and I look forward to seeing it in person.

Barb said...

congrats on the book!
I can't wait get one for myself.
have a great time - pace yourself, if possible!
If you have time, you can visit my pineapple quilt in the trash to treasure exhibit.

Clare said...

Looking forward to publication date.

Have a great time at the show and don't over do it.

Helen said...

Simply MUST have this book. I love your style.

Meredith said...

That is a Great photo of you and the book. Congrats and I hope you enjoy Quilt Market.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, the book looks fantastic and so do you. I will be in Houston too. Hopefully I will be able to see you. Am going to meet up with V at some point. Great job!!
Roseann (no blog)

Shelly said...

Congratulations on the book! And what absolutely gorgeous kitties, especially the one with the startlingly blue eyes. My cats do the same thing when I pack, which I'm doing today. I'm meeting V in Austin tomorrow and we'll be in Houston on Friday -- will you still be there? Would love to meet you . . .

Cornelia said...

Tonya, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you! And I'm so pleased to be able to say that I had a tiny part in helping you get published (even though you didn't know me at the time, I certainly knew you!).
Have a GREAT time at Festival and I hope that we'll meet again sometime soon.

Cheryl Arkison said...

The book and you look great!

Sharon said...

What a wonderful photo of you - you're just beaming from ear to ear. And you should be! Congratulations!!!! What a great feeling that must be. I can't wait to get my mitts on a copy!

Have fun in Houston, but do try to pace yourself.

Pokey in the suitcase reminds me of a LOL cat doing the same thing, saying "I know you'll miss me, so I packed you some hairs". You know no outfit is complete without some! *grin*

AnnieO said...

Very very exciting and thrilling! I hope it sells like hotcakes :)

thefairygardenerquiltstoo said...

Congrats Tonya, the book looks great and I'm sure you're doing the happy dance that it's finally done!

Enjoy Houston and QM!

Gail :)

Lynda said...

Congratulations! It's a great feeling, holding your forst book, and the next one will be so much easier! (Can't wait to get my copy!)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you!. Have a great time at Market!

Judy in Michigan said...

Congratulations Tonya!! Your picture says a thousand words - HAPPINESS, RELIEF, ELATION, PRIDE, etc. I'm so happy for you! Have fun in Texas.

Nancy Sue said...

Congrats! Talk about having a Happy November!!!!

Brenda said...

congrats! I can't wait to see it in person.

Sherry said...

Congrats! I will be looking for it.

Diane said...

Oh Tonya, you are positively beaming! You and the book look great. Can't wait to read it (oh wait, I already have).

jdqltr said...

I've been following your blog for a while now, and love your technique and your quilts! Can't wait for the book, it's definitely going to be an addition to my library and my quilt collection as well. Congrats!

Esther said...

Congrats!!!
I love your blog and your work!!!

KateKwiltz said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting!
I hope Lily had a good time in Houston, too! :)

ROZ said...

Three cheers for Tonya!

margaret said...

Congratulations! The book looks great - what an achievement - and you look so happy!

Tanya said...

YEAH!!!! Can we get autographed copies through you???!!!!!??!! It is so exciting to have known a book author before she published her book(s)! So looking forward to this one!!! Maybe see more of Tonya's quilts and techniques and colors in print?

Brigitte said...

CONGRATULATION Tonya!!!! The cover and your lucky smile are just beautiful. I'ld love to order 2 autographed books from you, is that possible? greetings from Germany Brigitte

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ohhhhh, this is so exciting!! I'm so happy for you. Now that the pressure is off, you can get back to really important things like petting wee kitties and sharing wonderful colorful quilts with us.

Katie said...

Wow! Looks great! Congratulations. :-)

A Paperback Writer said...

Thanks for including a photo of YOU. It's so good to see you after so many years!
And I'm really excited to get your book; it's on my wish list at amazon!

mereth said...

This is fantastic, I've been reading your blog for so many years and always thought you'd end up here.With your talent it only seems natural for a book to be the culmination.

Chris said...

Awesome! It's the first thing on my Christmas list....If I can wait that long. Congratulation Tonya!

Bethany said...

I ordered my book today! YEAH!!! I am so excited to see it. Congratulations and thank you for such an interesting book!