Sunday, January 25, 2015

Exciting News & a Little Bit of Catch-up

Exciting news first--
Right after New Year's Day I went off the grid to...drum roll...finish Book 3 of The Bunco Club Series! Currently Threads of Friendship: Marge & Beth is in limbo as the editor goes over the manuscript with a fine tooth comb. I am hoping hoping hoping to release Book 3 very soon.
WooHoo--so excited!!
PS: I'm rather embarrassed about the length of time since my last Blog post...but now that you know "The Rest of the Story," I'm sure you understand. 
 
COVER

BLURB for BOOK 3
THREADS OF FRIENDSHIP: MARGE & BETH  Book 3 of The Bunco Club Series
Be prepared to share your love of quilting and form lasting friendships when you pass through the doors of the Mayflower Quilters Retreat. Gather with fellow quilters as the world-class quilting haven hosts its soft opening. Follow Marge and Beth as they determine which threads they will hold dear and which ones must be clipped.
Marge Russell balances her duties between General Manager of the MQR and unexpected issues of her personal life. Antagonized by her sister, Marge must decide how to proceed with their relationship. Where will first year college student Val Russell’s reckless behavior lead her, and will Marge be able to help her daughter?
Losing an endless battle against the impulse to hoard, Beth Stevenson makes a choice to deceive her husband while safeguarding worthless items. Someone is cyberstalking Beth about her disorder; but who? Will hoarding drive her husband and family away and will Beth ultimately be forced to choose between her obsession and her family?
Explore the power and shortcomings of families and friends in THREADS OF FRIENDSHIP: MARGE & BETH, Book 3 of The Bunco Club Series. 

--Look for updates on this Blog as well as on my Facebook author page: Karen DeWitt, Author.            

A LITTLE BIT OF CATCH UP...

Our Family Christmas Montage

Let the festivities begin!

 The quilt I made for my son for Christmas. He LOVED it and I had fun making it. He's a HUGE Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Rob with Blackhawks quilt--Photobombed by our cat Wrinkles

Christmas with my hubby and son at Rob's apartment
We had a wonderful afternoon at a Christmas Concert where my beautiful niece, Brandace, played Bells. (She's the one with the arrow hovering over her head!)
My Bunco Club  had a fun evening out for our December Bunco night
Bob and I on New Year's Eve. Sssshhhh don't tell anyone...we were back at the hotel and asleep at midnight! The first time we've ever done that. I guess someone's getting old!

 THIS AND THAT

Proving that you never know what might be around the next corner, while we were out in Iowa for New Year's Eve we spotted this on the side of the road. Both of us being artists loved the conceptual aspect of seeing this at the edge of a farmer's field. We found a safe place, pulled a "U-ie," and went back for a closer look. Some farmer either has a great sense of humor or was making a statement--not sure which.
Yep, it's a toilet with a patio umbrella (tattered from the wind) for shade.
Close-up.
Jacket Making Class
Remember this photo of the wool jacket? We had our first class and walked away with our jackets half made. One more session and we should be finished.

Three of my real Bunco friends hard at work.
Ooops--don't you hate when this happens? Debbie sewed the instructions to her garment! She was a good sport and let me take a photo for my blog. Thanks Debbie.

 FUNNY TO THOUGHT PROVOKING









ONE FINAL THOUGHT

We are saddened in Chicago by the loss of Ernie Banks.
I remember going to Wrigley when I was little and always sitting by first base 
so we could be close to Ernie. What a thrill to see him play. 
My brother surely was his biggest fan. 
RIP Ernie...you're the best.
My family with Ernie Banks about 20 years ago at the Cubs Convention. What a great guy!

Thanks for looking. I promise to start posting regularly again =)
Peace to all and Happy 2015.
Karen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas to All

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas! 

I hope each of you have a wonderful day surrounded by 
family, friends, good food, and love.

Take a moment to enjoy some holiday images...





Bunco Style Greetings!





 Can't forget our beloved pets...



Thank you dear readers my love to all of you,
Karen

Friday, December 19, 2014

My REAL Bunco Club

Meet my real Bunco Club. These are the women whose friendship inspired my books. We've have years of fun and countless adventures together. Where did the time go?!

Bunco Christmas Dinner ~ 2014
Back Row: Sharon, me, Faye, Bev, Sandy T.  / Front Row: Sandy K, Sandy C, Liz

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HANUKKAH

As always
HAPPY QUILTING...


 ...and
Happy Reading!

ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL HOLIDAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS CLOSE BY

Love and peace to all,
Karen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Quilter's Garden Quilt Shop & Retreat

Talk about winning the lottery!
Beth and Carol, owners of the Quilter's Garden Quilt Shop in Princeton, Illinois, invited me to talk at their monthly gathering of the "Garden Party Clubs." The presentations were scheduled for Tuesday evening, December 9, and Wednesday morning, December 10.
Now, here's the cool little wrinkle...above the quilt shop is a quilting retreat center that sleeps eight people and because the retreat just happened to be empty on Tuesday night I got to stay in the retreat all by myself! How fun is that!
Since you've all seen pictures of my trunk show quilts in previous posts, this time I'm going to post only a few pics of my quilts and then share photos of the fabulous retreat with you. Let me suggest that if you are within driving distance of Princeton, Illinois, you might enjoy getting some friends together for your own private retreat. The retreat is in an old building with 12-14 foot ceilings and looks over the active downtown of Princeton (coming from Chicago it is a wonderful breath of fresh air!).
Here's the website for the retreat: Retreat
Pricing you might ask? VERY REASONABLE! Cost: $120 per night for up to 6 people and $20 per night for each additional person.
Oh, I almost forgot--in addition Beth and Carol own an incredible women's clothing store named Sassy Sisters (right next door to the Quilter's Garden and also accessible through the quilt shop). I picked up a cool scarf at Sassy Sisters =)

LET THE PICTURES BEGIN!!

With Carol Keller, co-owner of The Quilter's Garden
Beth Rosene and Carol Keller of the Quilter's Garden
The Quilter's Garden storefront
I love this--It's in the bathroom of the Quilter's Garden so when you "sit down" this is what you see!
One of my quilts--The Gathering Basket
The finale quilt of my trunk show--Aunt Grace Circle of Friends
RETREAT CENTER:

There are three bedrooms all with twin beds--this is where I bunked for the night.





Another bedroom
Kitchen area with table
Breakfast nook
Quilt and linen storage
Two work rooms with tables for individual stations, ironing boards, design wall, and very large cutting boards.
A beautiful antique fireplace...check out the size of that cutting mat!
Sewing area with design wall
PATTERN PURCHASE:
I though this was really a cool idea. I saw a sample of the finished piece and bought the pattern at the Quilter's Garden. It's kind of hard to see the details in this photo but this is a portable ironing board with a pocket and handle to carry your large size ruler. When I finally get around to making one, I'll post a photo. It looks relatively simple...famous last words!!


Sorry I'm taking longer than usual between my blog posts.
I'm spending every moment on book three =) I'll keep you updated as to when I hand it over to the editor...soon I hope, very soon!