The Free Motion Quilting Project: Book Sample!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Sample!

Yay! Last week I put together a 25 page sample of the new book From Daisy to Paisley, sent it off to my printer, and here's what I got back!

I'm so extremely pleased and excited about this little book. It's been a long time coming and I've had to explore many new things like graphic design software, ISBN numbers, etc, in order to turn it into a reality.

But I've learned from experience that persistence pays off. Getting this little book together has been a challenge, but it's also taught me that I really CAN do this myself, and that I don't need a publisher or a team of experts to create a physical book.

I'm so happy with the size of the book and the quality of the printing. This is a standard 5.5" x 8.5" full color book, so yes, it did finish much bigger than the original photo book I'd planned back in July.

This size is much better because it's a standard for a full color book, so this could be sold in regular book stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

I like the bigger size because it's given me the opportunity to really delve into the different filler designs, explain how to stitch them, and tips on where the each type of design will work best.

And thanks to all the comments I got back in July, I decided to go the extra mile and get spiral binding! I can't believe the difference it's made in being able to see and read about the designs.

I decided to go with full color printing so each photo stands out really nicely. After getting the sample book on Wednesday, I've been so excited, I basically grabbed my laptop on Thursday and haven't stopped writing since!

The book is going to finish at 75 pages with 50 designs from the project, plus stippling, pebbling, and paisley. Since getting the sample book, I also decided to color code each section so it will be easy to flip through the book to find the type of designs you want.

Last night I finished up all the remaining graphics and the writing for each design. All that's left now is to polish it up, get the table of contents fixed, and create an index for the whole book.

So that's what I will be up to today! The Beginner DVD is FINALLY finished and I will be sending it off to my replicator next week, so I hope to get this book sent off to the publisher too so both can launch at the same time.

Whew! It's a lot of work, but I'm so extremely excited about it I practically can't sleep!

Let's go quilt (or write)!

Leah Day

26 comments:

  1. It is looking GREAT! Can't wait to be able to buy one! Thanks for sharing your expertise you make it look so simple that I am sure I can do this too.

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  2. Wow, this looks great! You've done a terrific job, congrats! Will you sell them yourself? I'll be interested! :)

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  3. So cool! I definitely want to get a copy!

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  4. That is looking terrific! I do love a spiral binding. This would make a great gift for a quilter as well as having a copy for myself. Congrats on your successful sample!

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  5. Can't wait to purchase this! It will be such a great resource, in a handy and accessible format.

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  6. Wow!!! Congratulations! I like your book layout...I want one!! :)

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  7. I am so excited about your book! Following your blog has been such a wonderful learning experience.
    Colleen

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  8. Look'n good! Very exciting!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh I can't wait to buy one. Be sure to let us know when we can!
    It looks awesome - as this blog is.

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  10. Congrats, the book looks great. The spiral binding is perfect for this type of book. Hope it makes it to Australia.

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  11. Book is looking awesome and I think that the spiral binding was a great idea too. Thanks for sharing all your designs with us!

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  12. Your book looks fabulous! Looking forward to its' release.

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  13. I'm so excited for you. Congratulations on the success from all your hard work. I have Volumes 1 and 2 of your first set and plan on purchasing these as well. You're a terrific teacher and a very talented designer.

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  14. Oooh, your book looks like it's going to be as terrific as your online designs. Can't wait to buy one and see it in person. I agree with AnnieO that it would make a great gift (for my quilter friends)!

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  15. Well done Leah, you have created a wonderful reference book for the beginner and also ideas for the experienced quilter.
    The spiral binding will make it great to use beside the machine at practice time.
    Thank youfor putting all this together; it's great!
    kind regards,
    Dorothy

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  16. I think you are going to sell a lot of these! Make sure you print lots!

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  17. Way to go Leah, woohoo and well done. hugs Annette

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  18. How exciting for you ... and for me! Can't wait!

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  19. This is very exciting, Leah. I've been following your blog for a while now, and will definitely be interested in purchasing your book when it becomes available.

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  20. Congratulations, Leah! It looks terrific! And I love the coil binding too.

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  21. The book looks fantastic, Leah! Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment.

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  22. Awesome Leah! Congratulations!

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  23. Congratulations, Leah! You took on the mountain and conquered it. What an amazing accomplishment!!! Love the spiral binding. So easy to have the book right next to you while quilting. When will they be available for purchase???

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  24. This is so great. I definitely want a copy. Are you going to take preorders?

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