Friday, January 19, 2018

A Prairie Journey

It's almost a book! Here's the cover -  A Prairie Journey, Small Quilts That Celebrate the Pioneer Spirit. Published by Martingale, it will be released in July. I am sooo excited.


Is this cover gorgeous or what??  Blue, blue and more blue - can you believe it? Makes you kind of swoon a little. But don't get too excited yet. It's just the cover; it's still not finished. I spent the last couple of weeks going over the proof pages with a fine-tooth comb, checking the layout and illustrations to see that there are no mistakes, that everything reads perfectly and that the instructions are clear before the book eventually goes to print. Making final changes and suggestions. Then it goes to the editors who will also do this. They still need to take photos of the quilts and add them. I spent days looking for antique photos that will complement the quilts and text. It's a lot of work for a publisher and takes a lot of people a lot of time. I've been working on it myself for the past year. But it's all coming together and I'm very proud and extremely happy with it. 

A Prairie Journey is now up on Amazon and, while it's still pretty early, I see that you can pre-order copies. Read the publisher's book description - 

"Inspired by yesterday's traditional blocks and today's reproduction fabrics, the author of the best-selling Small and Scrappy returns to share more petite quilts with ties to the past. Thirteen designs whisk readers back to an era when the time-honored quilt blocks today's quilters love were just making their debut.

"Stitch projects with names such as Wagon Wheels, Crossing the Plains and Aunt Sarah's Scrap Baskets, or make a Tree of Life friendship quilt featuring blocks autographed by family members [or friends]. Vintage photos and the words of pioneer women from the mid-nineteenth century, a time when quilting offered a welcome respite from the hardships of moving westward are sprinkled throughout."

The release date is July 16. I will probably begin taking pre-orders for signed copies sometime in May. (Just so you know, it will likely be a little cheaper on amazon.com but the books are not signed if that matters to you.) Please check my website or Facebook page occasionally as we get closer to the release date and I will put any updates there. 

As you can see, my Welcome Home Mystery Quilt from last year is included. This is why I never posted my finished version. I wanted to surprise you. 

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I hope some of you are already finished or on your way to making the first block of our NEW Mystery Quilt for 2018 - Friendship Garden. The next part is easy and will be posted in my small quilt groups and my website on or about February 1.


Have a great weekend! We're expecting a warm up and I'm afraid all of our snow will soon be gone. You know how I love the stuff . . . .








23 comments:

Sue Bennett said...

Your cover is perfect and blue. July will be here before we know it and we will have another wonderful book to do challenges from. Congratulations on the new book.

Candee said...

I am so excited Kathy!!!!! The cover is gorgeous. Can not wait to get my hands on it!!!!

Pauline Simpson said...

Congratulations Kathy! Can't wait for it's release.

quiltgrannie said...

The cover is perfect!! Love your quilt Kathy, can't wait to have it in my hands.

SAS said...

Congratulations! I love the cover and the framed print you shared.

Betty Lou said...

Can't wait, I think I better pre-order. Thank you for all your hard work.

Cheryl Barkdoll said...

Blue, blue, blue-my favorite color! The cover of your new book is so tempting. I linked to Amazon right away and my pre-order is complete. Can't wait Kathy.
Cheryl B / IL

Karen said...

Oh my gosh, Kathy your book cover is just so sweet! I love your mystery quilt! You are such an inspiration...I so enjoy your little quilts and blog posts. Looking forward to adding this book to my other Kathleen Tracy books. The framed picture you added is right up my alley too. I love folk art!

Joan said...

Congratulations! Love the cover! Looking forward to your beautiful book.

Susan Smith said...

Yay! It’s a beautiful book!!

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful Kathy, can't wait to see what treasures you have created; I have all your books and love them. While you're hoping for a warm-up, we're thankful for a cool-down today; the mercury read 46 degrees C in the backyard yesterday afternoon! Cheers from Glenda in Melbourne

marian said...

Kathy, i'm so thrilled for you, the cover looks scrumptious!!! I'm sure the rest of the book will be just as delightful, i can't wait to get a signed copy!!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Can’t wait for the book.

Jan Richardson said...

Oh, I love the cover! The color's are so pretty. So excited for the release of your new book in July!

Sue McQ said...

Kathy...the book cover is beautiful! I am very happy for you. Have pre-ordered mine through Amazon. Looking forward to it.

Unknown said...

You’ve done it again Kathy! The cover draws us in like bees to honey! I can’t wait to peel back the front and look inside. I’m sure this process occupies your every every waking moment, from start to finish. We are all so grateful for what you do. Bravo!
Renee Welton, Michigan

Jennifer M said...

Well that cover alone will sell A Prairie Journey!! How exciting, more beautiful challenges a head<3 I will be ordering a signed copy as soon as we're able. My mind is day dreaming about what is inside that cover! Congratulations to you<3<3<3 xxxooo

TheLakeshore said...

You sweet little trickster, you. Now I am inspired to finish my mystery quilt...and looking forward to arranging a signed copy! -Jeanne ♡

nancy Walker said...

Looking soooo forward to the new book! Nancy

Gypsy Quilter said...

A NEW BOOK, now this IS exciting news!

Vickie Lewis said...

Looking forward to ordering a signed copy from you, love all your books! Thanks for all you do to inspire us!

Pilar Garcia de la Cueva said...

Un panel Precioso! Y la cesta con la flor muy bonita.
Un saludo.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Looking forward to the publication of your latest book.

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