Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Southtown Star Article by Jaime Angio

The Southtown Star article by freelance writer, Jaime Angio, about me and my book, The Bunco Club, will be out January 29, in the Lifestyle section of the paper.

Here's a link for those of you not in the south suburbs of Chicago:
Artistry Trumps Adversity

For anyone wondering...No, I usually don't dress up like this when I quilt!
Thanks, Jaime for a great job!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A New Look!

While we're all stuck indoors with yet more sub-zero temps, I decided to do a little light housework on my blog.

When I started this blog approximately nine months ago, I admit to being ignorant about blogs and blogging. I was more than a little worried about what the heck I'd write about so often, and even more concerned about why in the world anyone would want to read it! I feared it would become a chore rather than something fun. As it turns out, all of my fretting was unnecessary, and I'm in love with blogging! I am also humbled by the number of people who read my posts--thank you all for your kindness.

Checking my stats, I see that in the past nine months I have posted 72 times, an average of twice a week (not bad for someone who thought she had nothing to say!). If you've followed my posts, you probably know by now that I'm a very visual person -- in other words, I love to post photos and images. I want people to step inside my blog and not feel like they are stuck there forever with long wordy posts. You can take a quick peek at some pics, read a little nugget, and move along smartly back to whatever you were doing.

Anyway, CHANGES:
I've changed the tabs at the top of the page, putting Cool Quilting/Fiber Tips and Ideas first. This is where I put fun little tidbits about quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting, etc that I run across (many with links to tutorials). So, if you're into those types of things, remember to check it often for updates.

I've consolidated some tabs and eliminated others. I also added a new tab that I'm pretty darn excited about: Patterns / Fabric / Art by Karen. At this point, not only is the page "under construction" so are the patterns, fabric, and art! I'm hoping to start putting information up soon about these additional creations.

So, now I must get back to working on book two in the series titled, Quilters of the Bunco Club. And I'm sure you all have things to get back to as staying warm! As always, thanks for looking, and here are my visuals for this post:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Beach Bunco Party with Dinner, Desserts, and Drinks

Mount Carmel High School in Chicago is hosting their annual Bunco fundraiser on Friday, January 24, at 6:30 pm.

I'll be selling and signing my book, The Bunco Club, at the event that night.

There will also be raffle prizes, cash prizes, door prizes, and split the pot.

Walks-ins welcome. Come on out for a fun night Mt. Carmel style!

For more information call: Nada 630-267-7077 or Mary Beth 312-505-7220.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cool Stuff

I've been saving some fun, interesting, and cool images and quotes that I've seen on line and have been snoozing in my "pics for blog" folder.
Time to unload several for you to enjoy and ponder. Have fun!
Great advice for writers.
Very true

Stunning--wish I could have seen this in person. I love repetition. Very conceptual.


What a wonderful visual! One of my favorites. No offense to all you movie lovers out there =)

Whadda ya think--drawing, computerized, or real? I'm not sure either, but it sure is cool!

I'll leave you with some sound advice =)


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tea with Author Jennifer Chiaverini

Once again I found myself steaming toward Evergreen Park Library today for a wonderful book talk by, Jennifer Chiaverini. The library hosted a tea for the author, complete with scones, quiche, muffins, cheesecake, and many other goodies.
Jennifer's newest novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, was just released yesterday.
Posing with our books. The EP Library will be hosting a Bunco Party and book signing for me in April.

Check out the spread of food!
Tea and quilts a perfect day!
The Weekend Quilters at the EP LIbrary meets the third Saturday of the month. From the website: Join in the camaraderie of the Weekend Quilters as they enter a new year of quilts! The Weekend Quilters will be working on a Debbie Mumm quilted garden this year. Please come and join us. You will need to purchase the book with the patterns, if you want to make the quilt. This is a demonstration class, led by Penny Nichols; no sewing machine required.
Penny Nichols, quilting instructor, invited me to sell The Bunco Club this Saturday at the Weekend Quilters.
 So this was a fun thing that happened. The lady (below) came up to me and said, "I just want to tell you that my name is Karen DeWitt, too." I, of course, HAD to get a picture of us together.
Karen DeWitt and Karen DeWitt.
Kudos to the Evergreen Park Library for another fun and successful author talk and book signing.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Close Encounter with Author Lisa Gardner

The Evergreen Park Public Library, Evergreen Park, Illinois, hosted a book talk and signing with author, Lisa Gardner on January 8. Her newest book, Fear Nothing, was just released the day before. With over twenty books to her credit, Lisa is a prolific writer--and what a nice person!

Lisa talks about her love of writing
Posing with Lisa Gardner and our books!

Love what she wrote: For Karen DeWitt - One author to another! Lisa Gardner
Mary Deering is the person who organized my book talk/Bunco Party at the EP Library in April.

...And there it is. One of the two The Bunco Club books that EP Library has. The other was checked out ... YES!
It was wonderful to meet to Lisa Gardner, and I can't wait to start her new book.
My book talk/signing and Bunco Party and will be on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. To join us for the Bunco Party,  go to the EP Library site and register for the event. Snacks and prizes are planned--it should be a FUN night!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Things Are Moving Along for THE BUNCO CLUB in 2014

Late in the evening when the Hub and I finally settle down to watch a little TV, I usually spend time on the computer doing some research, emailing, posting, blogging, organizing photos, scheduling events, etc. Last night I spent hours going over several listings of Quilt Guild shows for 2014 in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and choosing those where I'd like to participate with a vendor's booth. I emailed many guilds, and will phone others today in an attempt to fill some holes in my calendar.

This January I've been invited to attend the Mother's Club Bunco Night at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. I'll be selling and signing my book as well as playing Bunco with 100+ ladies (and some men)! At this point I also have two library lectures lined up, vendor booths at several quilt shows that are already confirmed, and guild talks/trunk shows.
(BTW: if anyone knows of a guild looking for a speaker, please contact me).

Bill Moller of WGN Radio, 720am, will be interviewing me in the WGN Studios on Sunday, February 23, at 2:10 pm. Yep, I'm pretty pumped about this one!!

As I mentioned in a previous post, the digital Audiobook of The Bunco Club will be available early this year. I've heard and approved about half of the book so far, and, let me just say, the narrator, Kymbery Dakin, is incredible!

And finally, book two in The Bunco Club Series, Quilters of the Bunco Club: Phree and Rosa is well under way. I'm probably being overly optimistic thinking it will be finished and published within the first three months of 2014, but that is still my goal.

As events are confirmed, I will continue to post them on this blog under the Events tab.

To all you quilters and fiber peeps, remember to check the Cool Quilting/Fiber Tips tab, where I post pics (usually with links) of things to make.

Happy 2014 to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I love you all!!

One more thing...because I'm such a visual person, I want to leave you with this inspirational photo. I believe this was taken during the Great Depression. Isn't this a sweet and wonderful shot of a couple sharing a "quilting" moment? Wouldn't you love to have had that beautiful applique handed down to you? I love her Musselman's box of scraps, the way her husband's hands are clasped, and how he is so intently studying his wife's layout and choices (NO...I don't think he's dozing off!). Also compare the weathered wood of the house to the newer wood of the porch...and finally the path to what is probably the outhouse! Okay, okay, I'll stop dissecting this image--my years of art history just bubbled to the surface =) Anyway, I hope you enjoy this sweet and inspirational image as much as I do.

I don't know whom to credit this picture with, but isn't it wonderful?!! I'd like to write a book using this photo as insipration.