The Free Motion Quilting Project: We're EDITING! Finally!

Friday, August 22, 2014

We're EDITING! Finally!

free motion quilting | Leah Day |How to Piece Perfect Quilts
What am I doing this morning? Putting the finishing touches on my new book!

This is How to Piece Perfect Quilts - a revised and expanded version of a book I wrote way back in 2009. I have slugged away at this book all summer, shooting new photos, piecing new versions of the quilts, and organizing it all into this new 124 page ebook.

Josh ran through the edits of the final chapter yesterday and this morning I'm fixing all the errors and giving it one last polish before it goes to my final editor, Chet, my father-in-law.

I always ask my family to edit my books because Josh was an English major in college, and Chet taught high school English and has been a professional writer and novelist for his entire adult life. Between the two of them, we catch all the serious typos, but I'll need to run through the fabric calculations and cutting graphs one more time to double check them all.

Personally I find writing fun, but obnoxious. That might sound funny from someone who has already published three books, but that's the truth! I find it obnoxious mostly because the grammar rules always seem to be changing.

With math, 2 + 2 will always equal 4. In writing, every teacher I had from middle school through college had a different set of rules for sequences and contractions. Josh still makes fun of me when I write "do not" instead of "don't." I'm not sure who beat that habit into my head, but it sure did stick!

How about you? Do you love math or writing? Did your teachers torture you with constantly changing rules, or did you have lovely teachers who didn't care about commas or apostrophes?

Off to write,



  1. I attempt to refuse to use its or it's. If I need to say "It is" I type it out, otherwise I use the word for it. I find it easier than mucking it up. When writing conversationally, one or the other will occasionally show up, probably incorrectly.

    Congrats on your book!

  2. I get botherd over the error of "a lot"! It's two words people not one! Chuckling here or os that giggling? ;)
    I wish you "a lot" on success on the book.

  3. Math was always my favorite subject but I enjoy writing too. BTW you misspelled grammar. Notice the BTW? After 35 years in education I have a difficult time using the shortcuts. I usually write everything out while texting. I'm slowwwwww. Congratulations on your new book!

    1. Oh geez! Now I'm really embarrassed! I guess it's fitting that I can't even spell the word that gives me so much trouble. Lol!

  4. Being a french speaker who try to write in english, I find it funny to read about english speaker who had trouble writing in english. Now I see I'm not alone. That's quite a relief.

  5. I was born in the north moved to the south and then back to the I have no idea what English really is....I love to type ya'll....yes that is a word....I love the "autocorrect" function of my daughters I never know what they are going to type....Leah I certainly don't know how old you are....but wayyyy back to 2009??? LOL...I enjoyed your teaching in crafty I have the "sampler"? Because of those craftsy classes I have done a few quilts FM....thank you...guess I am done for now...have a great one!!! Toodles...


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