January 10, 2011

Scrap-Basket Sensations

Even though months have passed, it seems like such a short time ago that I told you I was working on a new book.  I'm thrilled to tell you that Scrap-Basket Sensations, published by Martingale & Company, will be released on January 11!  Tomorrow!


Scrap-Basket Sensations includes instructions for 18 quilts using 2 1/2" strips.  You can use Jelly Rolls, Bali Pops, scraps, or stash fabrics.  The quilts are made from a wide variety of fabric styles, so there's something for everyone.  

A blog book tour tour is in the works, so look for details soon.  You'll have many opportunities to win your very own copy!  In the meantime, though, I'd like to tell you a little about a few wonderful people who helped in so many ways to make this book a possibility.  They all host blogs of their own, and have agreed to post today and share a few photos of the quilts they made.

Karen and I have been friends for many years, and have worked on so many quilting projects together.  We worked in the same office for about twelve years, and spent our lunch hours piecing, quilting, basting, sewing on binding, and planning our next quilts.  We "borrowed" an empty office in the building and set up a studio complete with two sewing machines, a design wall, cutting area, ironing station, and even a small stash of fabric.  When I told Karen I would be working on a new book, she immediately asked which quilts she would be making.  She ended up making four of the quilts and hand-sewing lots of binding.  You can see the quilts that Karen made here

Mary and I became friends through blogging.  We discovered that we love the same fabric designers, the same fabrics, and the same patterns.  I often ask her if she thinks she might be able to talk her husband into moving to the Gulf Coast.  He hasn't agreed to it yet, but I'm still working on it.  If you're a regular visitor of Mary's blog, you know that she does amazing longarm quilting.  If not, go by and look at some of her work and you'll know why I'm so excited that she made two quilts for the new book.  You can see Mary's quilts here

Darlene and I developed a friendship through blogging as well.  I'm an admirer of Darlene's work, and I'm always amazed by how much she accomplishes in such a short time.  I'm convinced that she quilts in her sleep.  Darlene also made two quilts for the new book -- one was made from a Jelly Roll, and the other was made from scraps left over from lots of her other quilts.  Looking at the scrappy quilt she made is like taking a stroll through time.  I recognize so many of the fabrics she used, and many of them had been in my own stash until I used the last little bits.  To see Darlene's quilts, click here.

Having the work of these talented quilters included in my book is a real honor for me.  And without their help, I certainly wouldn't have finished in time.  I'm so grateful to them for contributing so much of their time and talent. 

I'm very excited about the upcoming release of Scrap-Basket Sensations.  I hope you'll like it as much as I do!

Kim

65 comments:

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

FABULOUS! Congrats Kim!!!

Madame Samm said...

Congrats...I have this one on order, how wonderful to have such a team to work with too...you are truly blessed....looking to the ohs and ahs...to forecasting over the top sales..

*karendianne. said...

Super congratulations on the new book. So excited. Can't wait to see it.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on a fine achievement! The scrappier the better, I say.

Karen said...

I am so glad to finally be able to talk about this and show the world your wonderful quilts and the new book. Congratulations!!!

Terry said...

Congratulations! I saw some sneak peeks at Mary's blog this morning and the quilts look fabulous! :0)

Vivian said...

I'm proud to write that I've been a faithful follower of all four of your blogs for quite a while. This book will definitely join my library, whether I buy one or win one. Your designs are unique, and I know I'll enjoy your new book as much as your first one.
Congratulations on your newest publication!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations Kim on your new book. I love your first one, and this one looks great! Mary and Darlene and great bloggy buddies, and their work is fabulous. You had a great team :-)

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats girlfriend! You're hard work now in print to be shared with all quilters...got to love that!

Darlene said...

No longer a secret - woohoo!!! Thank you, again, for giving me the honor of making two quilts for the new book.

Congratulations - I know it'll be a second best seller for you. :-)

Nicole said...

I am doing a happy dance for you Kim! Congratulations on this terrific accomplishment!

Sherri said...

Congratulations...the quilts are all so beautiful!

Debbie said...

I can't wait to see your new book. I have made three of your designs from your first book...I'm lucky to make one quilt from a book!

~Laurie~ said...

Hi Kim!
I'm so happy for you and the release of your new book tomorrow!!! You've been working on this for a long time - I'm glad the day has finally arrived. 18 quilts! WOW - what a great book it will be. I just read Karen's post about her contributions and the quilts look so pretty. I love your designs and it must have been a labor of love to work with friends to make this happen. I've read Mary's blog for awhile now and she seems like a peach - and her work is amazing.

I'm so happy for you Kim - I hope this book is a great success! Maybe the longarmer will be in your near future?!! Congrats!!

sewmeow said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment and the quilts look fabulous! This looks wonderful and I want to go buy it.

annieb said...

How exciting! Such beautiful quilts- can't wait to get mine in the mail.

Helen in the UK said...

VERY exciting news! Have just been over to Amazon and added it to my wish list as I really liked your first book :)

Dawn Heese said...

Congrats on what I am sure will be another great book!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations Kim! :-) Beautiful quilts!

Cornfield Quilter said...

I am so excited for you and also to get your new book! I love your designs and will treasure the new one as I do your first! Congratulations!!

Crafty Mama said...

YAY! I loved your first book and can't wait to get my hands on this one too. Congratulations Kim!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see your book!

PamKittyMorning said...

Congratulations, it looks wonderful!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations Kim. It looks fantastic and I definitely want to make more scrap quilts. Makes me want to start cutting 2 1/2" strips!!!

momto2wasd said...

I've just been planning a quilt from Scrap Basket Surprises this weekend, so I'll have to add this to the list of books I want. I'm sure the new one will be great if it's like the last one!

Jan said...

Congratulations to you! I just love your first book and had a peek inside the new one @ Connecting Threads. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Debi said...

I can't wait to get this book. Scrap Basket Surprises is my all time favorite book and I have made at least 6 quilts from your patterns. Congrats on another great book.

Loris said...

Congratulations, Kim! I've been eager to hear about this new release. Love the photos I've seen of the quilts in it. Can't wait to see more :-)

Darlene B said...

Oh, my! I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, and somehow I never put together that you are the author of Scrap Basket Surprises. How did I miss that? That book has been on my Wish List for a long time, but I just couldn't justify buying it....but it's my husband's birthday today. Sounds like a good reason to treat myself to a new book, right? The quilts in the new book look great as well....so I guess now I need to buy both books, unless I can manage to win one!

Deanna said...

Excited? Of course. I have been hoarding 2-1/2" strips in anticipation! Congratulations.

Kim said...

Wonderful. Congratulations, Kim and to your partners who helped in making this book for all to enjoy. :-D

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations! I have been seeing the quilts on the blogs. Awesome.

liz said...

Congratulations on the birth of your new book. I am sure there was months of hard labor prior. Well done all round.

Sharon said...

Congratulations! I love your book, Scrap Basket Surprises, so I know I will have to have this one too! I have been cutting up left over strips into 2 1/2" strips since I found your book, what a great way to use up scraps...thanks to you.

Diane said...

I love the projects in this new book! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to have one of these books in my hands. I just thought this year was going to be the year to finish up some UFOs. Instead I think I will be making these new quilts and the UFOs will stay in their boxes. :)

Michelle said...

Congratulations! I'm very excited for you!

Lynn said...

Congratulations! I'm going to look for it at Road to California next week.

Michele said...

I'm so excited about the release of your new book....I blogged about it in my post today and used the picture of your book.....I hope you don't mind. I just can't wait to see it :) Congratulations! I hope to find the book soon :)

Vicky said...

I'm about to pop to get a copy of your book! I love love love Scrap Basket Surprises, and there's no doubt in my mind that this one will be even more spectacular! Congrats, Kim!

Michelle said...

Kim-Congrats, great way to start the New Year out! I can't wait to see it.

Kim said...

Hi Kim,
Do I need to contact Martingale to carry the book in my store?

Trudi said...

Congratulations Kim! I'm sure this is set to be raoring success too! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Allyson said...

Congratulations Kim! This is so exciting! I can't wait to see it when it comes out. Looks like 2011 is off to a great start! I'm so happy for you.

QuiltSue said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. I've loved the first one so much and have made several quilts from it.

Lori said...

It looks like a fantastic book with so many talented quilters contributing. Congratulations!!

Mama Pea said...

This is great. Congratulations! I am eager to see the book. I like scrap quilts and have quite a collection of 2.5" strips going. I am always on the lookout for patterns that use them but don't look too strippy or "expected." Yours looks like one I'd like...very creative use of strips. Thanks for sharing!

threadtales said...

Congratulations, Kim! I pre-ordered so it should come any minute now...!

Wendy said...

Kim .... your new book looks fabulous!! Big time congratulations!! I've looked at the quilts Mary, Darlene, and Karen have done for you and they are wonderful :) ... so wonderful in fact that I'm off to purchase the book, forget about waiting around to try and win one :) Yay you!!

irishgirlsews said...

Congratulations, How exciting, the new book looks wonderful, can't wait till it hits my local quilt shop.
Wendy

Mary said...

Fantastic. CONGRATULATIONS. Can't wait to dive into it.

Lisa Gapen said...

These are some of the most innovative (and gorgeous!) scrap quilts I have seen. Ordering today!

Annette said...

Congratulations on your newest book. It looks awesome. I have really enjoyed Scrap-Basket Surprises.

Serena said...

Mega Congratulations!!

Miss Jean said...

If it's anything like your previous book it's a must have!!!

MamaT said...

Much congratulations! I look forward to seeing it at the Cotton Patch in Tulsa (I work there.)

Millie said...

Congrats Kim! I love the pattern on the book cover. I can't wait to see your new book. I am working on 3 of your quilts from the first book.

Jeremy said...

Congrats on your new book ... I really love the first one. Though, I can't seem to find the new one either in stores or online. Do you know if the release has been delayed? Thanks!

Kyle said...

Your book came into the quilt shop where I work, The Fig Leaf (Fort Collins, CO). It's wonderful and it's in my hands right now.

Karen said...

Congrats on your new book ... absolutely love the quilt on the cover and I just saw pics of the ones inside .. so many fabulous quilts to make. Love your previous book Scrap-Basket Surprises and have one in progress from that book.

Helen in Switzerland said...

Congratulations! if this is half as good as the last one it will still be worth every penny. I can't wait for that nice Mr Amazon to bring it to my house!

Quilt Azubi said...

Help please..
I found a picture of a quilt with a nice block pattern in internet. Unfortunately, there was no title to or a label. Maybe there is somebody in blogland can help me? I would intressted the name and perhaps the history of the pattern.
It was a wonderful two-color quilt in blue and white. I made a sketchy picture and put in my blog.
I would be happy to answer a helping.
greets from Berlin/Germany
Kat :)

Suzie said...

I received your new book yesterday, it is GREAT! I love your patterns, you're so creative!

Anxiety Cause said...

Congrats on your newly launched book! It looks fantastic!

Belinda said...

Clapping...clapping...twirling...
twirling....this looks like a FABULOUS book Kim...oh yes, I am ALL about scraps!!! Congrats!!!

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

I'm looking for your book, and can't wait til it hits the stores here in Norway. Congrats! I've seen some of the quilts in it, and they are just gorgeous! Got to have it!
Hope you are enjoying a creative week,
Laila