Friday, October 10, 2008

I can't believe it - it's just like a book

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It's here. At least a few advanced copies. It's just exactly what I thought it would be, and then its a surprise all over again. I wrote all this? Seriously? Actually no, I wrote WAY more than this, and this is to represent the best of all I wrote. And drew. And photographed. And designed. And dreamed. And cried. And lived. For days on end, and nights alone in the dark in the studio with a quilt on my lap, a plate of something encouraging, and very often a beer, or two, keeping me company until 3 or 4 in the morning, until I started the countdown of hours till the feet would be stomping all over the house, and called it a night. Or a morning. The two or three hours of sleep left to me after a night of writing and rewriting, were never enough to warm my icy right hand that had to stay out of the warmth of the blanket, extended out on the desk and clicking on the mouse. My computer table is against an outer wall and above the garage which is not particularly well insulated, so its a risk to work late in the winter.

But today, the warm Autumn sun is rushing itself through all the studio windows making a sunny comfortable place for this little project of mine. So I sit and I flip and I flip again and again. And I'm terrified and thrilled that so many of you will do the same. And I hope that you know that through many of the struggles with this book, I thought of the collective you. I thought of how if I could just sit you down here and we could make all this stuff together over stories and shared experiences, then the risk wouldn't feel so great. It would feel like just having you here for a sewing day and so much more. And in the end, that's what I feel like this book became. Something I made for and with you and something that I hope warms at least your hearts when you take on any of its projects knowing that all of it is inspired by my desire to share. And to celebrate. And to teach. And to care for this gift that was given to me by the all the talented women in my family. Thank you for all the encouragement that you leave here for me everyday. Its proved to be a soft handknit glove that kept my little hand warm and clicking away.

All emotion aside (as if that's possible), what are you doing between now and November 14th? Well you could be entering your chance to win a sewing machine, the book, fabric, thread and so on! My publisher has set up a landing page for the book here, and it includes a gianormous sweepstakes thanks to Wiley Publishing, Singer, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Coats & Clark. And you can enter once a day and you don't even have to buy the book to do so. Exciting stuff!

Wishing you the best weekend, and I'll be sitting on the floor with that stack again now.
love from here, Anna Maria

173 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! It looks beautiful!! I am off to look check out the pages you linked to...and to find out where to buy your book ;-)

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  2. Geertrude9:36 AM

    Wow, it looks great! Congratulations!

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  3. Jennifere9:43 AM

    What an accomplishment! Yippy for you!!! I can't wait to read it.

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  4. It *is* a book!! Yay!! Oh, I'm so, so thrilled for you Anna Maria. I hope this weekend involves a little bit of celebrating with those books in hand!! Can't wait to lay my eyes on it.

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  5. It's so pretty! Congratulations!

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  6. Congratulations! I read your blog all the time, and can only imagine how it must feel to have an actual finished, published book that you wrote in your hands!

    Great Job!

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  7. Congratulations! I pre-ordered from Amazon, before you had signed copies available through your website. Congrats, again! It must be such a wonderful feeling! Be proud! You're a published author!

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  8. Congratulations! Enjoy the thrills!

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  9. audrey10:02 AM

    Yay! Congratulations!!!

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  10. Congratulations! I can hardly wait to see it!

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  11. Congratulations!! Oh my goodness, I can't imagine how you must feel!...

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  12. Hooray for you! It looks GORGEOUS! It is amazing to see it all together in a beautiful concise package, isn't it?

    Terrified and thrilled, that resonated with me, too. :)

    Enjoy, enjoy!

    xo, Betz

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  13. Tiffany10:20 AM

    Congratulations! It's looks wonderful! And I have marked my calendar every day for the sweepstakes. Yay!
    Congrats again! Wishing you and the book much success.

    Oh, and I saw your couch for market on J.Caroline's blog. BEAUTIFUL!!

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  14. How proud you must be. Congratulations. I cannot wait to see it and will have to ask for it for Christmas.

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  15. The photos on your blog are so beautiful, I can only imagine how stunning the book is! Congratulations! What a huge and exciting accomplishment.

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  16. i am anxiously awaiting my own copy - can't wait to see it!!

    see you at market

    xo
    jen

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  17. Congratulations! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  18. Anna!
    It's so beautiful....I can't wait to order a copy! Save one for me, too! :)
    I am so happy for you!
    Happy Day!
    Laurie~

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  19. Yay! I preordered my copy and can't wait to get it! Congrats :)

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  20. Congratulations, your new "baby" is beautiful to look at {can't wait to find it here to look inside!}!

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  21. Huge hugs and congratulations!! It looks beautiful, and I can't wait to get a copy :D

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  22. Wow - a big major congrats to you! I can't wait to get my hands on the book!!

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  23. Congratulations! I can't to get my hands on a copy of that book!

    S.W.A.K.
    www.CuteStuffInside.blogspot.com

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  24. Congratulations! It looks great! and what a great publisher setting up that sweepstakes :)

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  25. congrats my dear, can't wait to see this overhere in Europe
    as I'm not allowed in the Sweepstakes
    snif, snif, snif

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  26. That is so exciting, Congratulations!
    It looks inspiring and the colors are great :)
    And the wire binding with hard covers is brilliant!

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  27. How exciting! What a wonderful accomplishment. I so look forward to adding a copy of your book to my collection.

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  28. I am so excited for you. I feel like I've been experiencing this vicariously through you for months, and it's incredible to be so near the end. Very happy for you.
    Love, another Anna.

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  29. Congratulations! I have fallen in love with your fabrics and now a book too. It doesn't get much better than that! :D

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  30. Oh my goodness - the book looks amazing! I can't wait!! And you weren't joking about the sweepstakes being huge - that's a big load of prizes!
    Congratulations - and I love how you wrote about how you thought about us while making the book - makes it even more special!

    Amber

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  31. cant wait to flip through. congrats!

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  32. Congratulations! The book looks lovely, and the spiral binding is terrific - so much easier to keep it open at the project you want to work on. And the colours are so "you". I really need to get myself a copy for my birthday!

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  33. OOOH that book looks like fun!! You worked so hard on that! Off to enter the sweepstakes!

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  34. ohhhhh - so excited. I love your writing and look forward to getting my hands on a copy. Congratulations.

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  35. Congrats Anna!! How exciting for you :D It looks great, I can't wait to read it and be inspired by your talent!

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  36. Oh thanks thanks thanks so much for sharing some pics of the book!
    It's amazing and I already have it in my shopping cart at amazon waiting for the release!
    Thanks so much Anna

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  37. jeannine2:41 PM

    Anna Maria, it is an amazing accomplishment and I know that all of your hard work and late hours will be greatly rewarded! I am so glad that you are inspired to share and to celebrate and to teach... you have inspired us all too! Hooray!I can't wait to read and create with your book.

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  38. Wonderful, Congratulations, Very awesome book. You have done so well.

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  39. stacie3:35 PM

    Yay! I'm very excited about ordering a copy. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

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  40. Congratulations on getting your published book into your own hands! I cannot wait for the day when I will own my own copy.

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  41. We all knew you could and would do it for us! THANK YOU ANNA! I have already pre~purchased for your pen to grace the pages as well as you heart in the book.

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  42. Congrats, Anna!!

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  43. Congratulations! I can't imagine how excited you must be, and I can't wait to get a copy!
    Tx

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  44. I've loved your description of the lonely act of creation, your nights and days, your doubts...but at the end there is the hapiness to share the book with us. Congratulations!

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  45. How exciting! It's beautiful -- congratulations!

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  46. Beautiful! I can't wait until I can flip through it too!

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  47. Congrats! I can't wait to own it!

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  48. This is so exciting! Congratulations on such a beautiful book.....can't wait for my copy to arrive.
    Holley

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  49. I can't wait to get the book!
    My husband and I call that cold hand, "Mouse hand" or "your hand is mousey." :o)

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  50. Just flipping through a few pages it looks like a winner! I'll be ordering one of those!

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  51. I haven't been writing a book (but YAY how excited you must be to finally have it in your hands - what a reward!) but I am very familiar with 'all-nighters'. It's just too easy to do when you work from home.

    I loved where you said 'a plate of something encouraging'. So true! Very funny :)

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  52. I'm oh, so very excited for you and oh, so very excited for me that I have an autographed copy coming in the mail w/in the next 2-3 weeks! ;-)

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  53. how wonderful! I am a big fan of your work. Congratulations on such an incredible achievement.

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  54. I am SO excited for you! The book looks fabulous. You should be very proud and happy to show it off. Can't wait to see it in person.

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  55. sew love fabrics9:31 PM

    I am SOOO excited for you and for all of us that have been waiting for this book. Bless you dear for putting your heart into this. Your talent is a gift, thanks for sharing it :)
    xo
    Ruth

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  56. You ROCK!!!! And we are the same(ish) age. What an amazing accomplishment. Wish I could meet you to tell you face to face "congratulations!"

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  57. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Congratulations on completing what is sure to be a beautiful book!

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  58. Oh my goodness, I want to reach through this screen and hug you so tight! You are amazing and you should be so proud of yourself. I can't wait to get my signed copy and I can't wait to win that sweepstakes!!! LOL

    Renee

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  59. You are a true inspiration and I can't wait to read your book. I entered your sweepstakes.

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  60. Hi Anna Maria..because I love your blog(and your creations)..I've tagged you!If you have time, check out my "the power of words" blog!
    and congrats for your book!

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  61. Almost EXACTLY like a book!
    Congratulations. Still excited to receive my copy.
    Andi :-)

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  62. I cannot wait to get my copy! Congratulations!

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  63. I plan on entering the sweepstakes every day! Thank you for sharing your talent. Congratulations!

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  64. WOW!!! The book looks beautiful. I CAN'T WAIT to get it and have fun sewing! When I got "Bend The Rules Sewing" by Amy Karol, I absolutely loved having a step by step guide to great projects. Only this book will have your fabrics as examples and there is nothing more beautiful!! Your readers are just as excited as you are to get the book! We can't wait!!

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  65. Congratulatioins on your book. I know the insides must be as spectacular as the outside. What a fantastic BIG giveaway!!! I know your book will be a big seller.

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  66. Oh wow, you deserve a medal for that accomplishment! I'm still in complete awe that you get so much done with 5 children under your wing.

    I'll be placing my order soon, and get some sleep woman!

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  67. Love the looks of the book and would love to enter the sweepstakes but being Canadian the rules say, I am not eligible, oh well, I would not change allegiance simply to enter a contest -- but will watch for your book up here in the great white north -- hope the booksellers don't add 25% to the price though...

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  68. Hi Anna, I really enjoyed reading the post about your pretty new book. You remind me of Martha Stewart in that your passion is genuine and that your talents are remarkable. Your blog just gets more beautiful all the time. Love your photography too and gorgeous color palettes. Congrats on the book. That was a lot of dedication :)Inspiring post.

    Michele

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  69. Congratulations!!
    I visit your blog all the time and love all your projects.
    Being a writer, I know how much work you must have put into this! Seeing the printed copies is always so rewarding.
    I wish you luck and absolutely want to pick up a copy, but that will have to wait! We need to multiply everything by 47! Which is slowly creeping to 49!
    With luck and best wishes,
    Sona

    P.S. You can see some of my work at www.sonandjacobbooks.com if you would like.

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  70. Congrats! I look forward to receiving my copy!

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  71. I just got notice from Amazon that my copy is on it's way!!!! I'm too excited!! Thank YOU for sharing your life with us!!!!! Love you! Bethany

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  72. I love your fabrics and can't wait to get my own copy of this book!!

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  73. Just ordered my signed copy and can't wait for it to be delivered! The contest is also amazing!!!

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  74. martha2:27 PM

    The book looks beautiful!
    You're such a great inspiration to me. Congratulations!

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  75. Anna - this is so exciting for you! I can't wait to buy a copy :)

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  76. Congratulations! It's a beautiful book. Does your publisher know that there are people in countries OTHER THAN THE U.S. who love you too? Stupid contest entry rules. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to buy a copy instead of winning one.

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  77. Hello Anna!!! Always I reed your blog, is beautiful, but never write because my english is very bad. I am argentina, but now I live in Spain, but today I want to congratulations for the book!!!

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  78. i cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. i just know it is going to be brilliant - a shining star, just like you anna maria!

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  79. I can't wait to receive my book!!!!! Lynn

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  80. Yay! Can't wait to get it!

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  81. Congrats. It looks beautiful and oh so bookish. I imagine it must be a little bit like finally having a baby after those nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor.

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  82. Wow! The book looks great. I'm going to order mine right away.

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  83. Wow! I love the look of your new book! Congratulations! I cannot wait to see more and get myself a copy! Enjoy this moment -it sounds wonderful! : )

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  84. YAH YAH YAH!!! It just looks beautiful and I wish I could cast a spell and jump through the computer screen to get my hands on one and look through that stack with you. My birthday is Nov. 13th and my husband has already been instructed that I want this book, and only this book. Can't wait to see it! Congrats!!!

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  85. ooh, Anna Maria, I looks beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of my own!
    Congratulaions =)
    xo

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  86. That is wonderful! I can't wait to get my hands on it. It looks absolutely perfect.

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  87. Oh! I can not wait for my copy!! Congratulations on a beautiful book! Libby

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  88. the book looks amazing, i can't wait to get my copy. congratulations!

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  89. Carrie3:11 PM

    Wow! I ditto the others. Congrats! I can't wait to read it.

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  90. Thank you so much for sharing your talents, ideas and inspiration...I can't wait to have a copy of your book in my hands!

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  91. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Congratulations on your new book! It is beautiful! I was in Williamsburg VA this weekend and we visited a Barnes & Noble bookstore and imagine my surprise to find your beautiful book right there within my reach! I immediately found myself a seat and poured over every page! It is Beautiful! Great Job! michellep

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  92. Just want to add my congratulations on your book, it looks so beautiful, I can't wait to see it in person.

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  93. A huge congrats! I cannot wait to have a copy!

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  94. Congratulations! I am so looking forward to the arrival of my copy :-)

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  95. Oh man! I can't wait to get my hands on your book!!!

    Thanks for the sweepstakes link - WOW! What a sweet give-away done in your honor - very cool!!!

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  96. amy, memphs10:13 AM

    bought it this weekend.....LOVE IT!!!! i'm sure you are super-excited!

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  97. Congratulations, I can't wait to see it!

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  98. Congratulations on your book!!! I know how you must feel and I'm very excited for you!

    (PS: I just blogged about my apron I purchased from you! http://jeannewinters.blogspot.com/)

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  99. Yes, it is a book and a gorgeous one at that. I saw it yesterday at the Barnes & Noble in Opry Mills. Unfortunately, not in my budget to purchase yesterday but I definitely think I will be adding it to my home library. Wonderful projects. Congratulations.
    Teresa

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  100. Congratulations. This book cover reflects your bold and gorgeous colors. I can't wait to get a copy. Karen

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  101. Congrats! Can't wait to see the book in person! The sweepstakes says to enter once a day, but when I went back a second time, it says I was already registered. Can you enter more than once? Thanks!!!

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  102. It has been so exciting to read your blog! I am in the editing stage of my own book, which will come out in May 2009. Right now it is painful, I thought I was finished and am being asked for a few more projects and some more text. But now and again, I remember, these will be glossy pages one day, really soon. Thank you for sharing your joy and wonder!

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  103. Congratulations! I've been a blog lurker for a long time now. This book is already on my Christmas list! I blogged about this sweepstakes on my own little cyber postage stamp of the world, tigerlilytinkering.blogspot.com.

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  104. I saw it at Barnes & Noble in Ohio! We were there for my father-in-law's funeral, & stopped off for a few quiet minutes in the bookstore.... I wanted to buy it right then & there but knew I didn't want to haul any more stuff home, so my sweet hubby said he'd get it for me for Christmas! It's a beautiful book, I did leaf through it & can't wait to add it to my library!

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  105. I just want to say what an inspiration you are and how wonderful your book looks - I can't wait to get one for my own! I read over 300 blogs every day and yours is by far the most colourful - without being garish or brash, the most exciting - without being over wordy or sappy, and you have by far the best hair!!
    I love your fabric collections, I only wish the credit crunch wasnt at the back of my mind all the time...Luckily books are somehow justifiable in my morals as 'educational'!
    Thanks for continually being one of the first blogs I read when you pop up on my reader : )
    Caroline

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  106. It looks so beautiful, I can't wait until my very own autographed copy is winging its way to my sewing studio. Congratulations!

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  107. The book is absolutely beautiful!!! I saw it today at the store and it's on my wish list for the holidays!!
    Good luck!

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  108. Hello! I recently discovered your beautiful fabrics. I love to make bags or clothing for my daughter out of thrift store finds and then add new fabric. I recently ordered some of your fabric and used it to make handles for a bag I made out of a pillow sham from a thrift shop. I added your name and link for others to see because I want to spread the inspiration you provide! You can see it on my blog at haybeebaby.blogspot.com.
    Keep inspiring us with your creativity!
    Haylee

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  109. Gorgeous! Your blog is the most colorful, happy-inducing thing I have seen in a long while! LOVE it!!!!!!!

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  110. Anonymous12:27 AM

    Don't give a flying flip about the credit crunch ... I ordered TWO copies ... one for my best buddy and one for me! Thanks Anna Maria, you are fabulous, and your family is wonderful to share you and your inspiration with the rest of us even though, at times, I'm sure they want to keep you all to themselves!

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  111. I have been a fan of yours for a while and can't wait to get this book. It is on the top of my Christmas wish list!
    Congrats!!!

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  112. I just bought a copy of your book yesterday at Barnes and Nobles. It looks like I am really going to enjoy reading it and trying some of the projects. Thanks for taking the time to write such a neat book. I am just learning to sew myself.

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  113. I saw your book on the shelf last night at Barnes & Noble. Wow! The colors just jumped off the shelf and they had it displayed really well facing out. I loved looking thorugh it. The projects are new and fresh and useable. I love that! COngratulations!
    Liz
    North Carolina

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  114. Amazing!! Congratulations!!

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  115. Congrats!!! It's a sight to see.

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  116. Congratulation from germany. I hoped to get one of the signed books, but I cant find out what the shipping rate is *sigh*

    rosy wishes, Kerstin

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  117. Received my copy today. It's just beautiful! Congratulations!

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  118. Lovely, looking forward to it. Maybe hinting strongly to a certain male figure that THIS is what I want for Christmas?!!!
    Hugs, and CONGRATS!!
    Aminta

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  119. It looks beautiful and we are specially happy to have it part of our premier issue (going to print on Monday!) --look forward to seeing it in my hot little hands and having time to play! thanks for all your help on the pattern--

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  120. Congrats! This is wonderful and exciting news, Maria. I look forward to laying my hands on a copy of your book and getting to dive into the projects and inspiration you share in it. Thanks so much for spending all those late nights sharing your creativity this way.

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  121. It's my first time looking at your blog and it is not proving productive here at work. Now I'm ITCHING to doodle, or cut up a manilla folder to create a handmade card, or embellish a coworker's photograph in the cubicle. I really adore all of your creations. :) I'll be back!

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  122. Just amazing. Congratulations...I know you and your family are very proud!

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  123. Congratulations!!!
    I found your blog today! The book news was a bonus :) The book looks fantastic - I like the cover, the spiral, the paper edges along it, the sneak pics are great... seems to be full with cute patterns and inspiring crafty spirit!

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  124. I preordered my book from Amazon,and I can't wait to get it, it should be coming any day now! I'm sure it will be as beautiful and enjoyable as all your other creations. I'm loving my Garden Party fabrics... soooo delicious.

    many thanks for sharing your creativity,

    Francesca

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  125. Thank you for the late nights/hand freezing to write this book. I am such a fan! Seams to Me is going straight on my Christmas list.

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  126. congratulations!!!

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  127. Way back when Amazon allowed the pre-order for this book... well I ordered it. No questions I ordered it because I knew it would be awesome. I had no idea that you were going to offer signed copies or I would have impatiently waited. :)

    Well I got my copy today. My husband brought it in and I was busy with the baby - supper, bath time, bed time, dishes, etc and WHAT.... is that Anna's book???? (like we are BFF's!!!) OMG. Okay baby girl you need to go to bed early tonight so I can have some time with this treasure. Well she did go to bed early and I have been slowly turning the pages. I love, love, love it. I think that we are secretly bff's, you just don't know it yet. ha ha You are just the most creative person and so down-to-earth. Amazing... that is what you are.

    Congratulations. I will pass this book down to my daughter one day. (and tell her that she had to go to bed early so I could read it in peace!!:)

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  128. I got my book from amazon yesterday and was thrilled!!! It's like a relative just got published... sorry, but around my house, everyone knows who you are!!! It turned out so beautifully and is so full of wonderful advice and creative ideas... I'm just slowly savoring everything!! LOOOOVVVEEEE IIITTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  129. Hi!

    This is my first time to your site. And My! I love it! The creativity and beauty spills out everywhere. I feel my eyes and soul feasting on all the colourful photos.

    Your book looks marvellous! I know just who would love it in my circle of family and friends!

    Thanks for the burst of fun and joy!

    Brenda

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  130. Beautiful! When I read this post, I felt like a dear, old friend. Thank you for the effort and care you put into this book. I very much look forward to flipping through the pages and marveling at its contents.

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  131. Sandra Dingwall11:15 PM

    I have been sitting here, feeling very menstral (sorry but that's the bottomline, LOL!) and not feeling very creative or like sewing and I read your blog regarding the book and now I feel inspired. Thank you so much from down under in Aussie. Sandra Dingwall, ella & jaks, www.ellaandjaks.com.au

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  132. Congratulations! I've loved reading about the process on your blog over the past year. Great work! ~jen~

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  133. Congrats! What an awesome accomplishment!

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  134. I got my book yesterday from Amazon -- pre-ordered and it was delivered yesterday!!!!!!! It is SOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I love it. Love the writing, pictures, projects, just everything. Congratulations!
    PS -- I will be starting this weekend with some ruffled cuffs. They are so fab.

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  135. Congratulations! My copy arrived this week, and it is FABULOUS. My favorite pattern is the Bo Peep skirt, but I'm excited about many others too. Well done!! Now I'm off to order some of your gorgeous fabrics.

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  136. I preordered your book two months after my good friend Laura Gunn raved how wonderful you are and I just got it yesterday. I was SOOO excited. You did a wonderful job, I love all pictures and the details, it will make it easy for ladies who don't even have a lot of sewing experience to create beautiful projects. It's amazing what creating can do to the soul!!!

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  137. Anonymous7:36 AM

    Anna,

    My book just arrived yesterday & already I'm in love. You did an AMAZING job. Congratulations!

    ~D

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  138. I received my copy in the mail and it's delightful and gorgeous! I can't wait to hear the excited chatter that's sure to emanate from your booth this weekend.

    xo-H

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  139. The sweepstakes link isn't working any more. :(

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  140. Do you have any idea what's going on with the sweepstakes link? It's not working...and I want to at least enter once. :)

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  141. Congrats. The little sneak peaks of the book look wonderful with pages filled with your colorful, signature style.

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  142. I preordered your book, and it arrived yesterday! I can't put it down. I love every page--every scrumptious detail, all the gorgeous pictures, and the array of wonderfully yummy colors.

    Congratulations on your beautiful masterpiece! Well done!!!

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  143. How exciting! Can wait to get a copy.

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  144. dear Santa - I've been very good this year ... LOL - I know what I'm asking for this year - congrats - can't wait to have one in my hot little hands!! (I'd pick magenta for signing LOL!)

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  145. C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.!.!.

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  146. congrats! I entered!

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  147. I found you through Kritta22's blog as she is one of my SSS sista's! Congratualtions, you should be proud!!!

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  148. Anna Maria, I just discovered you through some craft thing I was reading. I can sew pretty well, but bought your book today! It's wonderful! And lady, you totally rock! I mean 5 kids and a husband, dogs and a house and you still get all this creative stuff done? Amazing. Best of everything to you, my dear--you're fabulous! Suzen

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  149. That is great. Congratulations.

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  150. congratulations! You are an inspiration!

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  151. I was just flipping through this at Barnes & Noble the other night ... love how it includes patterns in the little envelope. I feel like I "know" the author. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful work, your life and passions.

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  152. I work at a library, and my reserved copy came in early this week. What a great "Monday morning" surprise! Could hardly wait till my lunch break to dig into it. Your warm, expressive writing is as moving as your visual designs. Thanks for such an inspiring book. I'm looking forward to stitching many of the projects and someday passing on my creative passion and skills to my little daughter!

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  153. I have the book! I live in New Zealand (by Australia) and I've already made a quilt inspired by the one in your book. If you like you can click here to see it. http://somebodysmum.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunshine-and-sunday-afternoons.html
    Anyway I had fun - thanks so much.

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  154. I just received my signed copy! It's absolutely wonderful! I love it! Thanks for sharing of bit of you with all of us.

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  155. It is a beautiful book - I just picked up a copy today with a giftcard I received for my birthday. Even the cashier commented on wha ta lovely book it is - I can't wait to sit down with it and pick out some new projects to work on!

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  156. First of all, I got your book in the mail yesterday and I'm so excited I can hardly think! I can't wait to get started on all the beautiful handmade Christmas presents I have planned! I can't tell you how lovely it was getting a signed copy, and knowing that the same talented hands that design all this fabric and make all those beautiful quilts signed my book!

    I'm so happy for you and your new addition! My husband and I are young and haven't planned children yet, but seeing your family through this blog and how loving you are with one another makes me want to have six kids too! :)

    Lots'o'love & blessings!!!
    Kaelin Telschow

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  157. can't wait to get my hands on it, anna maria! so proud of YOU! I want to be just like anna maria when I grow up.

    GREAT JOB! :)

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