This week I am deep into the first steps in book writing and publishing. I am taking all the pattern drafts and workshop instructions that I’ve created over the past 2 years, and started laying out my first modern quilt pattern book: Sarasota Modern: FreeForm Patterns for Contemporary Quilts,which I am optimistically saying is scheduled for publication in February 2016.
I’ve decided to go the ‘self-publishing’ route and use Amazon’s CreateSpace platform. It is a bit daunting, but I’m actually enjoying the process.With all the tools out there, self-publishing has become a whole lot easier and affordable. So, in this blog, I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
UPDATE JUNE 2018: I did not use the CreateSpace editing or graphics services but you can do a search for other firms that do this. I also abandoned the idea of setting up my files in InDesign–learning curve was too steep. If you need assistance, best idea is to join a group like Craft Industry Alliance where you can find many freelancers and members who have self-published who can help you quite a bit. [Note that Craft Industry Alliance is an affiliate link for me.]
I owe a huge debt of thanks for some wonderfully generous tutoring by Ranae Merrill and Susan Cleveland, two amazing quilters who gave me a boost in self-confidence and the push to take this project off the back burner and put it front and center for the next 60 days.
To create the layout file, I am using Adobe InDesign. It’s a pretty intuitive graphic software that lets me design my pages.
After I finish my initial layout with all my content and images in place, I’ll enlist the services of a professional graphic designer to clean up my file and ‘pretty it up’ to make sure the book looks fresh and modern. I’ll also have the document proofread by a professional editor.
Well, I’ll have 6-8 quilt projects. I call these ‘FreeForm Patterns’ because the quilter will have the option of following the provided layout OR adapting it to make it look uniquely her/his own. In other words, the pattern is a guide, not a strict recipe.
Modern quilting design techniques that I’ll feature will include:
- Cutting and piecing curves freehand–no templates needed
- Improvisational block piecing–including fracturing a block improvisationally
- Using negative space
- Using big, bold modern prints
- Using subtle, low volume modern fabrics
- How to design and layout blocks to disguise seams–eliminating the need for Y seams or other precision piecing to create ‘flow’
- Combining hand quilting and machine quilting
I will be working on this project every day–fortunately, this is a perfect time of year for me to really focus on getting my first book done. Very little travel AND since I’m still recovering from my broken shoulder, I can’t sew for awhile. So, I invite you to go on this journey with me. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!