Jun 9, 2014

my first book - off to the publisher!

This is me, sending my first manuscript off to the publisher. It's the real deal, with a major publishing firm.


368 days ago, I used to work here. (But who's counting?) My boss was a big shot who made millions. He never said good morning.
These days, I work here.

And here.

My boss now is a big, bad-ass Bernina. She greets me every morning with a wonderful little sound.


And unlike my old boss, she comes equipped with the tools to deal with mistakes!


A year ago, "dress for success" was a big deal for me. Here's how I used to dress every single day!


Now, I dress for success with my Bernina. She likes my choices... and she doesn't judge.


After my corporate gig ended, I set my sights on following my passion: writing, blogging, quilting... and finishing my first book.  To say that the last year has been transformative is an understatement. It has been fun, scary, thrilling, independent... and most every emotion in between.

Along with the book... I also made big strides in my journey from traditional quilting to making art quilts. That's also been fun, scary, frustrating and thrilling!

In fact, I recently entered my very first art quilt in a major, international competition. We'll find out next month if it gets in. If so, I'll be so excited! Being accepted would mean I would have two humongous accomplishments from the past year - a book and a major, "competition quality" work of art! If not, well you can't say I didn't try.

Pretty cool! I'm ready for my next book and my next big art quilt! In the meantime, you'll find me splitting my time between the keyboard and my bad-ass Bernina, and I'll be dressed for success for sure!

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I look forward to reading your book on Japanese quilters. Their work is so interesting at IQF and QuiltMania in Dallas.

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    1. Thanks Ann! You're right, the Japanese quilts are so recognizable and beautiful.Thanks for your comments today.

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  2. Ha ha ha, really funny (especially the good morning thing !)

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    1. Chantal: Thanks. Glad somebody found that funny! Sometimes the truth is just funnier than fiction! I appreciate your comments!! :)

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  3. Congratulations on your book. How exciting for you!

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    1. Thanks so much Eva. It will still be quite a while before it is published... but I am so excited. I appreciate your kind words!!

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  4. How exciting! Thank you for sharing that - it is always wonderful to see someone following their heart��

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    1. Elana - thanks for your comments. So nice of you to take time to stop by and comment. I appreciate the encouragement.

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  5. Congratulations, Teresa! I am so happy for you that you've had such a great year. Congratulations on your book and everything else!

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    1. Lisa: You're encouragement means a lot to me! Thanks for reading and for listening too! :)

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  6. Teresa, my ukulele friend Carola here in So. Cal., sent me the link to your blog - I am a quilter and so enjoyed hearing your story and seeing your pictures.. I have several of those books on my self that you had by your Bernina (my machine of choice). My friend Carola is Jocelyn Lane's sister. A small world. ..joanell

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    1. wow - small world indeed! We love hanging out with Jocelyn & Jerry. I am so glad you took time to leave a comment. I really appreciate your kind words! And to know we have so much in common....

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  7. Super duper congratulations on getting your book off! Sounds like you're moving in such a great direction!

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    1. Hey Shannon. Thanks for your cheery comments!! I am super excited for sure.

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  8. What a great blog entry that made me laugh and good for you for meeting those goals. I hope your book is a huge success and that you get accepted into the show. (Houston, I presume).

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    1. Hi Norma. I am so glad this made you laugh! I appreciate your nice words as always! Yes... hoping to get accepted to Houston. I'll be watching Quilt National as well for you. Fingers Crossed!

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