Oh and By The Way……

by Heather on January 4, 2012

I’m published! I have a pattern in print!!

What seems like years and years ago I submitted a couple of patterns for consideration in a book. And I got an email that one was accepted. I followed all the directions and sent off the project to be photographed and used at the book premier. And then I waited and waited and waited. At some points it seemed like a dream. I was afraid to tell too many people because I was afraid there was some mistake. That my project ended up on the editing room floor. Side Ramble……Do they even have editing rooms? Perhaps it was highlighted and cut via computer instead? Who knows, but for the sake of my fears, there was a floor.

Then one day I got a box in my mailbox. And inside was……..

I think I shrieked when I opened it! It’s real. Thats me. I made that. Wow.

I think my 10 year old expressed it best when I picked her up from school. I showed her the book and she said it looked neat. My children are used to my fabric, sewing, fiber issues. Then I opened it up and showed her the pattern and asked who that was. She squealed and exclaimed, “Mom, that’s YOU. You are in a book!!!!”

The book itself is a sequel to the first One Yard Wonders book, by the same authors, Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. This edition covers many different fabrics unlike the first one that simply dealt with quilting cottons. My pattern features home dec fabric, but there are many other categories. Everyone I have shown the book to has found something that they loved in the book. And I may have carried it around in my purse for a few days weeks showing it to anyone I encountered. I may have procured a large purse for the purpose of easily access to the book, but that’s a whole other topic for another day. The collection of patterns is diverse and amazing. I think all of them are fantastic! This also makes an excellent gift for anyone who is a sewist or thinking of being a sewist. My girls LOVED the first book and made lots of projects from the patterns.

And even better yet, as part of this blog tour, the publishers are giving away a book on my blog! Yes, that’s right, you can own your very own copy. Small print…..its open to residents of the US only, sorry. And its sent from Storey Publishing directly. Entries will close at 10pm central time on Friday, January 6, 2012 and a winner will be randomly selected.

All you need to do is comment below and answer the following question:

“What is your first planned project of the New Year?” This doesn’t have to be sewing related. :)

I moderated my comments, so if it doesn’t show up right away, check back in a bit! Good Luck!!

While you are at it, please take a look at some of the other featured pattern designers (some of them have book giveaways still open!)

12/12/2011 Becka’s Project Journal

12/13/2011 Craft Buds

12/14/2011 Patch Work Duck Designs

12/15/2011 Patch Work Duck Designs

12/15/2011 A Spoonful of Sugar

12/15/2011 Nifty Kids Stuff

12/15/2011 Becka’s Project Journal

12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom

12/16/2011 Quaint and Quirky

12/17/2011 ikatbag

12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds

12/18/2011 Sharon Sews

12/19/2011 LBG Studios

12/19/2011 Carolina Fair Designs

12/19/2011 Under Construction

12/20/2011 Little Blue Cottage

12/21/2011 Craftzine

12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore

12/21/2011 Emily Steffen

12/22/2011 Jenna Lou Loves You

12/23/2011 Spincushion

12/27/2011 One Inch World

12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.

January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter

January ’12 Fiberosity <——ME!!

January ’12 Zuhause

January ’12 Obsessively Stiching

January ’12 No Bad Days

January ’12 Craft & Cackle

January ’12 AfricanKelli



1 Sha January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

The first project I did this year is a Tablet Keeper. I made it on Sunday night. You can see it on my log tomorrow http://craizeecorner.blogspot.com

2 Bobbi January 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

Woohoo! Congrats Heather!!!!

My first project of the new year is ORGANIZATION. Getting the master bedroom organized with a new bed, new side table, downsizing the tv from the old tube to flat screen (oh, how much floor space I’ll have after that!), and cleaning out my closet and dresser.

My first sewing project of the new year is a baby boy quilt. Shower is in 10 days… I have plenty of time, right? :)

3 Rachael Alexander January 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

A Tilda angel…or maybe start my sons quilt…or some cute bunting for my room…or maybe… My list goes on! So much to try, so little time :)

4 Jennifer LaSuprema January 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

That book looks great! So does your project! I may have to give it a go for my first project of the year which is a kitchen makeover (already in progress). The washer & dryer are getting the hillbilly treatment (moved from the kitchen to the carport – classy, right?) & we’re getting a breakfast nook! I have some curtains & some cushions to sew…

5 Elanor January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’m starting the year do the quilting on my son’s baby quilt for his baby dedication at the end of January. Congratulations on your authorial success!

6 Cindy January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

My first project for the new year will be a quilt for my soon-to-be baby cousin. Congrats on getting a pattern published! Thanks for the chance.

7 CJ January 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

First project will probably be….fixing a Christmas present….in which I sewed a pocket closed. >.<
Love the tuffet! Thanks for the giveaway!

8 Sharon @ A Prairie Sunrise January 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

Congratulations on being published! That is very exciting!!

My first new project of the year will be to knit my first pair of socks. I also have several UFOs that need to be finished. This winter is allotted for those. :)
I’d also love to give my home a little handmade love this year.

9 Janet Clinger January 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

That is so exciting! Congratulations! That is a very big accomplishment and I must admit I’m a little jealous! ;)
My first of a looongg list of projects is to finish a purse for my sister’s birthday.

10 Michelle January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

That is awesome!!!! I love it.

11 Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs January 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My first planned project is an original design quilt made with Twirl by Me & My Sister Designs. It is turning out great!

12 Diana Ramirez January 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Congrats on your publication! What a way to start the year. My first planned project is actually to go back to a quilt top I pieced (poorly) about 8 years ago and quilting the heck out of it to try and redeem it. In my own defense, it was one of the first quilts I ever tried…of course with no pattern.

13 Terri Hiaumet January 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

My first project is fine tuning a couple of patterns for a new sewing class I want to teach. One will be a makeup bag with a zipper and the other will be a purse or bag that has button holes.

14 Carolyn January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

First of all, HUGE Congratulations for being published! I think that is the coolest thing ever! :0)

The first thing I made for 2012 is not completely made yet, but I’ve cut out three charity quilts and pulled fabrics for 2 more. I’m also doing a sewing studio re-do, so I’m organizing, purging, etc.

Great giveaway! Thank you for the chance. :0)

15 Erin Marie January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

My first project of the year is getting my sewing room under control. I lost it due to pregnancy (too lazy/pregnant to take junk to the garage) and a room switch (lost our “storage” room so it all ended up in my sewing room). I want it back so I can get started on the REST of my project list.

16 Sam January 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

My first project is a set of baby quilts and a diaper bag for my sisters baby shower this weekend. But my first project for myself is to move back into my sewing room. We had a friend who needed a place to stay a few months ago so I gave up my room to give him a place to stay and he has now found a place and is finishing moving out this weekend. I would love to be able to make the ottoman for my “new” room. Thanks for the give away and congrats on getting published.

17 Mitzi Ann January 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Congrats Heather!!! I would very much like to make that ottoman for Molly’s room. I have been looking for something a little different to replace hers. This is it! So I guess if I don’t win the book, I’ll be buying it:)

My first projects of the year (I have project ADD and like to have 3 going at a time) are a baby girl quilt, a baby boy quilt and something I am making up as I go and am not sure what it is. I think I might just attach it to my current duvet cover.

So excited for you!

18 Henria O. January 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Love your awesome Tuffet! Though I’d love to create something as cute as that, I’ll be working on the two balloon skirts that I’ve already cut out for my daughters that were supposed to be finished last month!! :) Congrats on getting published!

19 Jessica Pierre'auguste January 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Congratulations on your pattern being included in this book! That is awesome!
This month I plan to get my sewing studio organized and bring in some new furniture and curtains.
Thanks for the giveaway!

20 Robin F. January 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Congratulations to you! Good (awesome) things come to those who wait!

My first project for this year is to make a baby quilt for a co-worker. I bought the fabric and embroidered the baby’s name on it months ago but then I put the project on hold to finish Christmas gifts. The baby will be here Feb 1 and I haven’t even started!

Thank you for this generous give-away.

21 Ann Bishop January 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm


My first planned project of the year is asking for help on a strip quilt top I made that needs some rescuing!

Thanks for the give-away!

22 Katina January 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My first planned project is to finish my birthday fiber postcards that go out this year!

Congrats for being chosen to be in the book! Love the Ottoman!

23 Hannah O. January 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

My first project is going to be figuring out how to use my new sewing machine, then I’m going to make a bib for a friend.

24 Drea R. January 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

First of all, a huge congratulations! How fun is that?! I got the chance to page through this book today and I can’t believe how big it is (your shoulder must have hurt from carrying it around:) and how much is packed in there! I cannot wait to carry around one of my own, so fingers crossed!

25 Drea R. January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

OOH! I was so excited I forgot to add that my first project for the new year is exploring all the bells and whistles of my new 5-thread serger (I was using a 3-thread before) — I got it just before Christmas and I haven’t even had time to get it out of the box yet!

26 Amy January 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Congratulations Heather! How awesome is it that I “know” someone who’s in a book? ;) Im super happy for you, what an accomplishment!
My first project of the year is a quilt for my 2 year old made from fabric I picked up on our vacation to my hometown in WY. Her cowgirl quilt is going to be quilted tomorrow and should be finished in a week (hopefully)!

27 nanann January 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm


My 1st project of the year is to baste and quilt a baby quilt top. The baby is about to be a year old, so I really need to get busy on it!

28 Neyda January 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

My first project of 2012 is to finish all the unfinished projects left from 2011!! Thanks!!

29 Laura B January 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Awesome. Can’t wait to see the book. Congrats!

30 Angie January 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My first planned project is a family quilt for my living room. We use a wood stove (in another room) so it gets chilly. Almost done – piecing the back tonight and quilting on Saturday.

Congrats on the publish. I bet you did squeal when you got it! Way to go!!

31 Nurseli January 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

WOW! Congratulations on the book! How exciting. My first planned project of the year is to finish quilting my son’s quilt in time for his birthday (February 18th). I’m about 1/3 done. Then I plan to finish some UFO’s.

32 Karen Alexander January 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

First project is a baby quilt with some gifted fabrics – all child themed. Playing with the “Disappearing nine patch” design, and making some differeing sizes…my baby quilts go to AAQG’s Baby Bundles charity quilt program. Alas, my number one sone is still playing the field, so no gran-babies yet!

33 Shannon January 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

My first project of the year was binding! But I have 2 quilts bound so far this year with 2 more to go. I guess I had a lot of December finishes!

I love this book! I am working on a few projects from the first volume now!

Congrats on your publish!

34 Andi Settlemoir Barney January 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

My first project was to make a quilt for ME! 2011 was a year filled with commissioned quilts for everyone else, so I wanted to start off my new year with something inspiring. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on NYE, and with that came a Circa 1934 Layer Cake, the one line I coveted last year that I never got. So I took a couple hours for myself and whipped up a beautiful quilt top. I just finished sandwiching and will quilt it this weekend. The quilt is going to hang over the closet in my office/sewing room in lieu of a closet door. I really can’t wait!

And congratulations on the book! I can only imagine how excited you are. Such an honor. They know how to pick talented people : ) I hope I win – I have a lot of 1 yard cuts that would be perfect for these projects!

35 Suzy-Homemaker January 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

YAY!! For some reason I think you said something to me about this at Sewing Summit…? You’re such a big fish now!

I would love a copy! I will definitely buy it if I don’t win.


36 Chris January 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

OMG I HAD NO IDEA! Congrats!!! My first project is the green quilt for my middle child.

37 Amanda January 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

My first project is to make Roman Shade type curtains for my daughters room. Thank you for the chance to win this! *fingers crossed*

38 Karen January 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My 1st planned project is to finish a Christmas lap quilt I started in November, but couldn’t get done in time.

39 Ana Earl January 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

My first project is to organize my cutting room and get some projects lined up for the first 6 months.

40 Ophelia January 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Congratulations, Heather. I love the tufted ottoman and recognized it as a giant version of the little pillowcase in their first book, so I looked up your blog in the back of the book; it’s a brilliant little trick, and I love it! My first project in 2012 is a pair of women’s boxer shorts, in cute fabric from my stash that was waiting for just the right thing!

41 Ophelia January 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Not pillowcase, pincushion. sorry.

42 Michelle Brown February 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

My first project of this year will be to finish my projects from last year I didn’t finish.

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