Block Party…



I got an advanced copy earlier this week and it’s so crazy to finally have it here in my hands!  Monday  is my birthday and I’d say that this is a pretty great present!

It’s been a long process getting to this point. In October of 2008 (!) Kristen emailed me to see if I might want to start a bee with her. It was just one month later that she mentioned the idea of a book and we were instantly off and running with the idea.

Block Party is about quilts and community. In finding quilting a few years ago, I also found community and I really think that the book captures the spirit of that. There have been great friendships made through the bee.

And needless to say, it’s a huge thrill that Denyse Schmidt, whose book inspired me to start quilting in the first place, wrote an amazing foreward for us!

And here’s a just a couple of the 12 quilts in the book!



I really couldn’t be happier with the amazing job that Stash Books did.  It comes out so soon and I hope that you all like it too!


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  • Monica

    April 15, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply

    looks fantabulous!

  • Terri

    April 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Reply

    Congrats Alissa! That must be so cool to finally be holding your book in hand. Looks fab! This is exciting to see the book is almost available – can’t wait to get a copy.

  • Jill

    April 15, 2011 at 7:53 am | Reply

    The book looks gorgeous. I bet you’re really proud of it.

  • Jen Eskridge

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply

    So very awesome! I cannot wait to see it!

  • Anna

    April 15, 2011 at 7:58 am | Reply

    That looks wonderful – Congratulations!!!

  • Amy Hodge

    April 15, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply

    This looks really beautiful — looking forward to seeing it in person (bringing it to Market by any chance? 🙂

  • traceyjay

    April 15, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply

    gonna have to add this to this list. 😉

  • Des

    April 15, 2011 at 8:16 am | Reply

    Cannot wait!!!

  • Molly

    April 15, 2011 at 8:19 am | Reply

    Congratulations! I’m really looking forward to owning this book. I feel like I’m almost a part of it because I’ve been following your blog for so long. Looks very inspirational …

  • Sara ~~ the split stitch

    April 15, 2011 at 8:20 am | Reply

    Congratulations, it looks wonderful!!

  • Bonnie

    April 15, 2011 at 8:22 am | Reply

    Congratulations, you must be thrilled! I am purchasing this book as soon as I can!

  • Erin

    April 15, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply

    Congratulations! That is just so exciting. I’ll be getting this one for sure.

  • Chelsea

    April 15, 2011 at 8:33 am | Reply

    Congratulations! The book is gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. And you’ve already given me a new perspective on what I might do with my Denyse Schmidt fairgrounds fabrics.

  • Melissa and Piper

    April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am | Reply

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to get my copy.

  • Jo @ a life in lists

    April 15, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply

    Wow, it looks brilliant! Love love love the Square Deal quilt.

  • Lisa

    April 15, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply

    How fabulous! Can’t wait to get my copy. Congrats!

  • Tina

    April 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to get my own copy. And Happy Birthday from a fellow April 18th baby. =)

  • Meg

    April 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply

    I am totally squee-ing on your behalf! It is super gorgeous–I have my copy on pre-order!

  • Erin

    April 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    Oh that looks great. When is it out?

    • Alissa

      April 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply

      Thanks Erin! The official release date is June 16th… but sometimes those pre-orders ship early!

  • Kerstin

    April 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    I pre-ordered the book just yesterday and after seeing those few pages, I am so happy I did! I hope it will be delivered to my doorstep the minute it’s out.

  • carolyn

    April 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply

    Wow! Congratulations! It’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Amber

    April 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply


  • andi

    April 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply

    Happy birthday for Monday!!
    The book looks fabulous!!!
    Andi xxx

  • Julie

    April 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply

    congrats!!! i feel like it was just yesterday that you were talking about “possibly working on a book” and couldn’t say more… it’s amazing to see it all come together! i look forward to getting a copy and having you sign in!

  • Karen in PA

    April 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Ashley

    April 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply

    Oh, how fabulous! A huge congrats to you! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  • Arita

    April 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply

    Congrats to all who participated in this venture. Looking forward to get my copy.

  • jan

    April 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! The release date is my birthday! I think I will gift it to myself!

  • Kate

    April 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply

    Congrats! The book looks awesome, look forward to checking it out in person when it comes out.

  • Cate

    April 16, 2011 at 12:08 am | Reply

    Alissa Haight Carlton, published author! Couldn’t be prouder of you.

  • Amanda

    April 16, 2011 at 2:04 am | Reply

    Congratulations ladies! So excited for you! I have ordered my copy and can’t wait to see it.

  • Helen

    April 16, 2011 at 3:11 am | Reply

    Congratulations – I’m off to try and find a UK stockist!

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    April 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply

    The book looks amazing! Congratulations to you and everyone involved!

  • sew katie did

    April 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply

    Let’s celebrate next week!

  • Corvus

    April 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply

    Wow! It looks beautiful.

  • Eileen

    April 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! What a wonderful birthday present! I’m so excited for you {and for me when it’s released!}! 🙂

  • Ruth

    April 19, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply

    How lovely, I’ve had mine preordered for a while, Happy belated birthday too!

  • mamaark

    April 22, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply

    Woot woot! (okay, is it just me or is it totally cheesy to write that?) Just wanted to say congratulations! I know how much work this is. So great to see it come together.

  • Pippa

    April 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    AH sooo exciting! Congrats 😉

  • CitricSugar

    April 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply

    Congrats on the book! So exciting! I can’t wait to check it out. Fabulous.

  • jacquie

    April 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    eeeek! i haven’t seen that quilt in so long…i forgot how much i love it. congrats my friend. well deserved!!

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