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Marking the Year with Quilts (and a Giveaway!)

Happy Friday! The weather here in Northern California is lovely, and the sunflowers are dancing in the garden. Is it possible to look into the face of a sunflower in full bloom and not smile? I don’t think so!


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A sunflower peeks out from amongst the zinnias. Wouldn't this make a lovely quilt?

A sunflower peeks out from amongst the zinnias. Wouldn’t this make a lovely quilt?


On the subject of happy, I’ve been loving your comments in response to Laura’s recent post, and to her question: “what causes you to do the ‘happy dance?'” The answers are creative and diverse, and I suspect we can see some of ourselves in all of them. Have a look–there is still time to comment for a chance to win the brand-new edition of Laura and Diana McClun’s classic book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, which comes out in October.

I’ve been doing a bit of the happy dance myself these days: I’ve just received a copy of the Spanish-language version of A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue! Not only is Sue, co-written with my friend, Chris Porter, now in its third printing at Martingale & Company, but it has been acquired by a European publisher, translated, and released as Un Ano en la Vida de Sunbonnet Sue.


The Spanish-language version of A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue

The Spanish-language version of A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue


The contents of the book remain the same, with the exception of the translation, of course. Only the cover is different. What fun to see Sue “enamorada” (February), experiencing “locura de marzo” (March), “en la playa” (August), and enjoying all the rest of her year-round activities!


The patterns and instructions are the same. Only the cover is different.

The patterns and instructions are the same. Only the cover is different.


If that weren’t enough reason to celebrate, I’ve also learned that Ladybug! Ladybug!, one of the quilts from Chris’s and my second book, Cuddle Me Quick, has been chosen to represent the month of June in That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2014, which publishes on August 13.


Ladybug! Ladybug!, designed and made by Darra Williamson, machine quilted by Chris Porter

Ladybug! Ladybug!, designed and made by Darra Williamson, machine quilted by Chris Porter


This promises to be even better than your average quilt calendar. It includes 12 specially selected quilts by designers such as Amy Ellis (featured in Jennifer’s June 11 post), Kim Diehl, and Sally Schneider, PLUS a pullout booklet with step-by-step instructions for each quilt.


That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2014, available in August

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2014, available in August



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That’s it for now. ‘Til next time, happy stitching . . . and keep dancing!


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