The Free Motion Quilting Project: Preorder Mally the Maker

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Preorder Mally the Maker

Yes, it's finally time to share my new book Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt! Click Here to check out the book.

This novel has been such an adventure to write! I've loved every step of the process from creating the magical world of Quilst (no, that's not misspelled) to inventing the evil witch who nearly destroyed it. I had so much fun incorporating hand sewing and traditional quilt blocks into the story and making small illustrations for each chapter.

My goal with writing this book was to create a fun story for quilters to read. Quilters who love piecing beautiful quilts, appliqueing turned edges, and adding hand embellishment will love this story. Quilters who love making sampler quilts and piecing traditional quilt blocks will love this story.

This book is also written about a 10 year old little girl and it's my hope that kids will enjoy this book too. In a day when everything is on a tablet or cell phone and most kids spend more time staring at a screen than the sky outside, I want to encourage kids to turn off the video games and actually make things with their hands.

A big part of this book is Mally's journey to learning how to stitch by hand. It's not an exaggeration to say that her life often depends on being able to stitch a secure seam!

Another amazing part of writing this book was creating the other characters who help (or hinder) Mally along the way.

Ms. Bunny is my favorite. She's based on a doll I was given for Christmas when I was 4 years old. Bringing her to life has been marvelous. She is a very kind, brave rabbit who tries hard to keep Mally out of trouble.

 Bunny doll pattern

I actually wrote this story with the idea I'd bring my own Ms. Bunny back to life. I lost my Ms. Bunny when I was very young yet she still was always a part of me. Writing Ms. Bunny back into life was cathartic but what really made her come to life was recreating her again as a doll pattern. I've gone through at least seven different models of Ms. Bunny until I got it just right.

Books and Ms. Bunny patterns will ship out the first of November!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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