Saturday, July 26, 2014

Books, Quilty, Thoughts, Fun

I tried to categorize these for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

BOOKS /AUTHORS




QUILTS / QUILTING / QUILTERS

 These first few are by one of my favorite pages on Facebook, Quilting Sewing Creating -- check it out.







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This one really cracks me up--can you imagine!!



THOUGHTS

SO TRUE
OH yeah



FUN
Wouldn't you LOVE this!

TRUTH

Hope you enjoyed these--Thanks for looking!
Karen






Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just as Sweet the Second Time Around

As you all know this was my second year vending at the Threads from Past to Present Textile Show in Batavia. Many women were repeat show-goers and I enjoyed seeing them again. I was especially grateful that so many readers who had purchased The Bunco Club last year stopped to tell me how much they had enjoyed it, and then picked up a copy of Book 2 in the series, Quilters of The Bunco Club.

In addition I met a whole new group of enthusiastic quilters and readers this year and had fun spending time with all of them. There were many requests for guild talks, library and book group talks. Nothing was nailed down as confirming these types of events typically have to go before a committee. I was especially excited when I was asked if I would be willing to travel to Georgia for a talk and within 20 minutes someone else asked if I would come to Florida! Of course you know what I said!

Here are my photos with commentary--hope you enjoy!

I've got to start out with a photo of my sister and me. Nolly helps me at most of my shows and I really don't know what I'd do without her help. We each bought a fun charm necklace from Chix that Stitch that Judy Levine created specifically for each of us with charms representing our favorite things. Mine, of course, has a sewing machine, thimble, scissors, and other quilty baubles.
With our brand-spankin' new Chix that Stitch necklaces 
Meet Linda, a creative photographer. I had a great chat with her. We decided to take our glasses off so there wouldn't be any hideous reflection from them!
My sister and I had a fun time when Anne visited my booth.

Onward to some highlights of the quilts in the show:
Artist Cindy Harper of Belvidere standing by her quilted creation titled, "The Willowy Being: A Reedus Salute." I loved meeting Cindy and discussing art and quilting with her. Her work blows me away and I'm toying with seeing if she'd be interested in doing an interview for my blog. Her raw edge applique is flawless. Cindy is definitely a fiber artist we should keep our eyes on.
Information card for above piece.






Some of the Vendors:
Beverly Anderson from Minooka sold impressive miniature quilts, penny rugs, and wall hangings. Talk about flawless -- her work is perfect!
Dear friend and fellow vendor Judy Levine owner of Chix That Stitch. It's always a pleasure to vend the same show with her.
A big shout out for the Quilts of Valor booth and the women who volunteer! For those who are not familiar with Quilts of Valor their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Check out the website to learn more and find out how you can help this VERY noble cause.
Sharon, owner of The Salvaged Heart Vintage Wares, purchased a copy of The Bunco Club. Take a look at her Facebook page or better yet visit her shop in Batavia where she sells unique recycled items, repainted furniture and handmade designs. One of a kind finds.
And finally...
The following was a very inspiring piece. Visitors to the show had an opportunity to view a traveling exhibit that features a depiction of the historical Route 66. The exhibit is appropriately 66 feet long and features nearly 50 pieces spanning from California to Illinois. This piece was hanging in a hallway and unfortunately in my filming I couldn't get enough distance to give this piece the justice it deserves. But if you missed seeing it in person, this snippet might give you an idea of what it was like.
Here are some photos of the individual quilts surrounding this amazing piece:




Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing this adventure with me!
Karen

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ready for Batavia

The car is packed with boxes of books, a giant tub of quilts, artwork, note cards, quilty postcards, patterns and fabric...whew! Set up is this evening at The Threads from Past to Present Textile Show in Batavia, IL.

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Batavia Show holds a special place in my heart as it was the first event where I sold and signed my book last year. After being an artist for 40+ years and schlepping endless framed and fragile pieces of art (all various sizes) I remember thinking how much easier it was to set up a booth with some books. The back, and ONLY the back portion of my van held everything I needed for my first booth. ...Oh, silly me! One year later I have added so many items to coincide with my book, or I should say books, that I am easily rivaling my old artsy schlepping days! Take a look at the following photos of my car:


So hubby Bob and I will be off shortly to set up my booth. I'm an overachiever about my booth as I am about everything else. I can't help it...when you're an artistic/creative person (all you quilters can appreiate this) you just ooze being a fussy-pants. I must admit it gets exhausting at times. Thank God my hubster is also an artist and understands my quirkiness for visual perfection.

I'm looking forward to spending the three days with my sister and helper extraordinaire, Nolly.
If you're in the Chicagoland area and looking for something that will get your creative juices flowing, come out to Batavia and enjoy a wonderful quilt show for a good cause. I hope to see you there this weekend. ...Don't forget to stop by my booth and say "Hi."

A parting shot of our cat Wrinkles trying to forestall my leaving by setting up house on one of my roller bags. When the boxes start to pile up in the dining room, he knows that Mom will be gone for a few days. ...Sorry buddy, I'll be home soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oh, What A Week It's Been!

First Things First 

Old Dog, New Tricks ... that'd be me!

You all know that a little over a week ago I participated in a Kindle Countdown Deal with The Bunco Club. Discounting my book was a decision that I had a difficult time making, but one that I was ultimately happy to have made. It was fun watching my sales and rank climb, and I think I did fairly well considering I had NO IDEA how to market the Big Event. By the end of the third day I had finally figured the ins-and-outs of how to spread the word to a wide audience without continually posting on my Facebook page.

Those three days were adrenaline filled as I learned so many new things...I became the personification of the old dog that is still learning so many new tricks and enjoying the heck out of the experience! This late in life journey has been fun, fun, fun for me!

By the end of the third day on Monday, the 99¢ sale was coming to an end and heading into the $1.99 portion of the sale. A series of severe storms (which later were identified as F1 tornadoes) plowed through the Chicago area and hundreds of thousand of people lost power, cable, phone, and Internet--my hubby and I were among them. It was seven days before our services were fully restored...sadly, I lost the last two and a half days of promoting my book sale due to no Internet! But I'm still happy I did the promotion--I got many new readers, and several new people "Liked" my Facebook Author Page. Win. Win.


Book 3:
I've been making good progress on Book 3. I have about a quarter of the rough draft finished. There's still a long way to go but I'm on a roll! FYI: Book three will feature Marge, The Sarge, and Beth, The Hoarder. I also JUST got an idea for the cover of number 3...pretty excited! Stay tuned...    

Emails and Reviews from Readers:
I am thankful and humble to enjoy emails, Facebook messages, and even phone calls almost daily from readers who have enjoyed my books. I can't even begin to put into words the encouragement these communiques bring me. As an author, it's immensely helpful to receive feedback both personally or posted on Amazon, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write. Amazon reviews are particularly helpful for readers that are considering buying a book. I always ask my readers that if they are comfortable posting a 4 or 5 start review on Amazon to please do so.
 

Gearing Up for Batavia: 
A week from tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, is setup day for the Threads from Past to Present Quilt Show in Batavia. I'm eager to return to Batavia as a vendor again this year. In 2013, only three months after  The Bunco Club was released, the Batavia show was the first quilt show in which I ever participated. 

One year later I'm heading back to Batavia with many new quilty items for sale...the most important being Quilters of The Bunco Club: Phree & Rosa, Book 2 in The Bunco Club Series. In addition, visitors to my booth will have the option of purchasing a quilt pattern with fabric that I designed, several styles of note cards designed from my artwork, and quilted postcards that I made.


Rocking Horse Baby Quilt or Wall Hanging
New crop of note cards
Quilty Postcards