Some very happy news out of my world today!

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be writing a book with Kristen, my co-host of Block Party and we are so excited.

C & T Publishing will publish it and it’s going to be about YOU!  Ok, well, maybe not you specifically, but about all of us: the online modern quilting community.

It’s not going to be your usual book of quilt patterns and projects, but instead a “how to” book that will also be about all of the virtual quilting bees and the amazing sense of community that we have found online.   Quilting bees have always given women a chance to get together and quilt, but now in the age of the Internet we have virtual quilting bees that have revitalized quilting and community among modern quilters.

I’m so excited that every member of Block Party has agreed to be a contributor to the book.  There are so many talented women involved and I’m so honored to include myself among them.

Block Party Quilt on Couch

And the most exciting part is that we’re going to be including all of YOU in the book too!  We are going to be switching our Block Party blog over to a quarterly quilt along and we hope that lots of you will participate.  We are including photos of some of the blocks you all make during the quilt alongs in the book, so please do join in.  Your block might end up in the book!!

There will be more details coming along very soon so please keep an eye both here and over on the Block Party blog.

And lastly, thank you!  All of you are so kind and generous and have made me feel like I’m a part of something exciting.  We are so happy to have that wonderful community and energy transfer over into a book that represents all of us and the fun modern quilts that we have been creating.

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  • Cate

    October 21, 2009 at 7:00 am | Reply

    SO FANTASTIC! Congrats again and I’m so so so so proud of you and proud to be your sister. xoxo

  • Carrie

    October 21, 2009 at 7:16 am | Reply

    Very exciting and wonderful news. Best wishes as the book comes together. I’ll be following along.

  • Jackie

    October 21, 2009 at 7:32 am | Reply

    Ths is great news! I can’t wait to see the book.

  • Sandy

    October 21, 2009 at 7:48 am | Reply

    That is super exciting! I am a college English instructor and have done lots of editing work, so please let me know if you want some free help in the editing phase!

  • Jody

    October 21, 2009 at 8:18 am | Reply

    I’m so excited for you both….I found your blog last year and it really inspired me to tap back into my creative side….which opened me up to the modern quilting/blogging community. So exciting!! Congrats!

  • Asia

    October 21, 2009 at 8:54 am | Reply

    VERY exciting news. I’ve been hearing about this Block Party a lot, but I’m not entirely sure how it works, so it will be great to find out! Thanks!

  • wishes, true and kind

    October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am | Reply

    How exciting! I have been thinking that the online quilting/blogging/Flickr-ing/quiltalong-ing community would make a great book! I have become so much more excited and inspired by quilts I have seen online than most of the books published (with some very notable exceptions). I’m so glad that someone is actually doing it! I’m sure it will be a wonderful and FUN project!

  • Tonya

    October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am | Reply

    This is so exciting. What a fantastic idea! I couldn’t think of a better person to host it.

  • Liz Harvatine

    October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am | Reply

    Congratulations Alissa! What exciting news!

  • Barbara

    October 21, 2009 at 9:19 am | Reply

    Amazing opportunity, congrats! If anyone can pull this together you can for sure.

  • Amber

    October 21, 2009 at 9:22 am | Reply

    Congratulations – what a fun book that is going to be…and I’m in for the quilt-a-long!!

  • izzy inspired

    October 21, 2009 at 9:28 am | Reply

    That is so awesome, Alissa, congrats!! The quilt-a-long sounds fun. I haven’t done one yet, so it will be a new experience. Looking forward to seeing you and all the other ladies @ our next LAMQG meeting. Chris

  • anne

    October 21, 2009 at 9:37 am | Reply

    Congrats! Sounds like a great project and a fun book. The blogging/flickr community is really what’s fueled mmy newfound sewing love, so, yay for all of it!

  • beth

    October 21, 2009 at 9:47 am | Reply

    great news! I bet you super excited to get going on it! can’t wait!

  • jane

    October 21, 2009 at 10:18 am | Reply

    Woohoo – what exciting news! Congrats – the book sounds great and I’m sure it’ll be a great success. Your quilting bee has been a total inspiration.
    I love the bird print on your wall, by the way :)

  • CitricSugar

    October 21, 2009 at 10:20 am | Reply

    It sounds great! I always appreciate how-to books – especially when breaking out into something new for me. I’ve enjoyed watching the progress of some virtual bees and find them inspiring. I’m sure the book will be the same! Congrats!

  • Bethany

    October 21, 2009 at 10:25 am | Reply

    Congratulations!!! Sounds really exciting and I look forward to hearing about the progress.

  • Jeanine

    October 21, 2009 at 10:31 am | Reply

    Exciting news indeed. Congrats!

  • Cristin

    October 21, 2009 at 11:27 am | Reply

    Hey thats so great!! Congrats to you and Kristen – I look forward to the new VQB blog too!

  • Live a Colorful Life

    October 21, 2009 at 11:44 am | Reply

    This IS exciting news!! C&T is such a top-notch publishing company and I’m sure this will be a marvelous book with all the collaborative efforts of everyone. Having just participating in two online block exchanges, it will be great to follow along with this. Yay for all of us in the online quilting community! It just keeps getting better and better.

  • jaybird

    October 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Reply

    congrats!!! {publicly!} i’m super proud of you.. and i’ll get to say.. i knew her when… & congrats on the guild.. looks like you have quite a strong group to start out with!

  • Meg

    October 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Reply

    That is so cool! Many congrats to you and Kristen! And how cool on the changes to the Block Party–you can bet your boots I’ll be joining in. (PS–my library will TOTALLY be carrying this book!)

  • Trisha

    October 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful book!

  • andi

    October 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Reply

    What a great idea for a book.
    Congratulations!
    Andi :-)

  • Carol

    October 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    Excellent!! The quilting bees are a great addition to my quilting and it’s great to see so many inspirational and talented people out there.

  • Kate

    October 21, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!! What thrilling news x

  • amandajean

    October 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Reply

    that is so very wonderful!!! congrats!!!

  • Latifah

    October 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Reply

    Wow, that is awesome! I was wondering what the book was about! Congrats! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Nykhe

    October 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Reply

    That’s so exciting! Congrats! I can’t wait to see the book…and maybe participate in the quilt-a-long.

  • Faith

    October 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Reply

    Holy cow! How cool is that?!

  • becca

    October 22, 2009 at 1:36 am | Reply

    how absolutely fantastic and exciting!! congratulations and have fun !!

  • Amy - parkcitygirl

    October 22, 2009 at 11:01 am | Reply

    Cool! Congratulations!! That’s so exciting! I love the bees that I’m in and the way that I’m pushed beyond my comfort zone to try something new each month. I’m excited to see how it comes together for you!

  • wess

    October 23, 2009 at 8:43 am | Reply

    fantastic! I look forward to getting it for Emily when it’s done.

  • jeanettesquiltin

    October 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Reply

    That is so exciting!! Can’t wait for the quilt alongs, so looking forward to participating.

  • Carolyn

    October 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    What a great idea for a book! I am fairly new to this online quilting world, and I have yet to join a Bee, but I love it and am constantly inspired by your work and others’ work. I love spending quiet times (I have a preschooler, so those quiet times can be hard to come by) surfing through quilt blogs. I love modern quilting as it goes hand in hand with my professional career (architecture).

    I can’t wait to see and buy the finished product. I hope I can join in on a quilt-along too.

  • Alison Marie

    October 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Reply

    Brilliant book idea! And what a feather in the cap of our new guild to have a VP who will also be a published quilting author. Congratulations!

  • adina

    October 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Reply

    heartfelt congratulations for the book!!! you’ve chugged along for so long, you deserve it!
    on a different note, i love your couch and we need a new. i was wondering where you found it.
    thanks,
    Adina

    • Alissa

      October 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Reply

      Hi Adina! Thanks!

      And it’s actually my sister’s house modeling the quilt… and her couch is this one.

  • tina

    October 23, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!! What great news! You’ve been such an inspiration to me and your work deserves to be published. The virtual bee is really a wonderful reflection of the online quilting community. I’m pleased to hear that this will be in your book.

    Also, I’m inspired to try and start a northern CA modern quilting guild. We’ll see if because of you, there is a national trend to do this!

    Tina

  • mommymae

    October 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Reply

    oh, goodness!! how utterly exciting. i’m just starting my third virtual quilting bee & it is such fun! i can’t wait to see the results!

  • erica

    October 26, 2009 at 2:58 am | Reply

    This is a great idea for a book!Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  • Cheryl Arkison

    October 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Reply

    Love the book concept! Congratulations.
    (But I am only one who finds it ironic that it will be a book about modern, on-line quilting? Still totally cool.)

  • Dallas

    October 28, 2009 at 9:27 am | Reply

    Congrats! That’s really exciting. I was going to also comment that I love your rug and wondered if there was a story to it, since it looks so unique, but then I just noticed that you posted that it was your sister’s house. Anyway, if you know anything about it, I’m still curious..it’s beautiful. And congrats again!

  • bekhy

    October 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Reply

    Wow! What a lovely idea! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with. I can’t turn down quilt alongs :)

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