The Free Motion Quilting Project: Vacation Link Up #4

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vacation Link Up #4

It's Wednesday yet again and time to check in and share what we've been working on this week.

I hate to admit it, but I really haven't had much time for quilting, or even dyeing fabric this week.  Instead I've been stuck to my computer adding the finishing touches to the new book.

I'm in part of this book project where everything left to do seems like it shouldn't take any time at all, when in fact, everything is super time consuming and complicated with lots of important decisions to be hammered out.

Speaking of important decisions, did I mention I'd finally settled on a title?!  365 Free Motion Quilting Designs.  No, it's not going to win me any "best book title" awards, but at least it's clear what you're getting!

In order for Josh and my father-in-law, Chet, to edit this book properly, I had to print out a copy for us to work with.  By punching holes in the sides, I was able to bind the book quite nicely into a 3 ring binder.  Printing it out always makes things feel like they're finally coming together and this was quite a BIG book to come together!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I've also spent a lot of time playing with the front cover using the Create Space cover generator.  This is an awesome asset of using Create Space to print the book because it makes creating a perfectly formatted cover (quite a challenging project) much easier.

After several hours of fiddling, I finally managed to create a cover I'm happy with:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Again, perfection isn't possible with a locked generator like this.  I'd really prefer to have the title formatted slightly differently, but it's just not possible.  The best thing I've learned is to try my best to get what I want, but when it's obvious what I want is impossible, to let go of that detail with as little struggle as possible.

On the whole, I'm feeling great about this book.  I haven't let this project become an overwhelming nightmare, and I have tortured myself with it for months.  Maybe I'm finally learning how to stay sane as a self publisher?!

Time to shut up, get off the computer, and go quilt!

Leah

13 comments:

  1. Can't wait for the book! There have been so many times I have to go back and forth from the machine to the computer looking at your designs. This will be wonderful to have next to my sewing machine!

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  2. Can't wait to see the final product! I love having a book for reference in the sewing room, where I don't have a computer.

    This weekend I was actually quite productive, finishing a quilt I started ages ago. Once again, I like the back more than the front, but anyone who sees it displayed upside down on the bed thinks I'm crazy.

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  3. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND I WANT THIS BOOK! I can't wait Leah - what an AWESOME reference this will be to have beside my machine (sorry, I want a hard copy!). Congrats with all the work you've done - it's lovely!!!!

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  4. Hi, just started following you recently, I think your book is a great idea. When will it be ready to order? Will it be an downloadable or print only?

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  5. Nice cover! When is the final product going to be available? I think I'm going to need one of these. Have a super day!

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  6. Looking forward to the new book!

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  7. Absolutely, I say it again, put me down for a 'hard' copy!!! YAY!!!!! Although I have started & completed many projects this month, this past week has been another kind of busy-ness with helping to set up our yearly quilt show in conjunction with a nearby town's annual celebration. These weekly 'link-ups' do so much to keep us moving forward in our(new, for some)machine quilting skills. I will be doing a 1 day micro-stippling workshop this fall (September) during the town's fall festival (amazing amount of interest in this technique!). Thank you, again, Leah!! Hugs, Doreen

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  8. Great Job! I really like your cover picture!

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  9. Congrats on getting to this stage with your book, Leah! So exciting!

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  10. So what made you decide to self publish? The whole idea just seems mind boggling to me. I am really looking foward to your book though :)

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  11. Leah ~ I Love the Cover~ and looking so forward to seeing your completed book! The title is great and leaves no doubt what is inside :) Congratulations on getting a draft in print !

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  12. Leah, you are so totally dedicated, gifted and generous. Many kudos and great luck with your book! Enjoy the day that you get to say, "Tadah!"

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