Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So, I wrote a book.

Want to hear something crazy? Last year I spent a lot of time making those 12 quilts and never shared one of them here. And why? They are going to be in a book that will come out this Spring called Fabulously Fast Quilts. *someone pinch me*
It all feels a little bit surreal at this point. Let me explain some of the things I've learned about the book production business and you'll see why. Last year at this time the book process felt very real and was constantly on my mind and my kitchen table. Starting September 2012 I made all 12 quilts (with some help on the quilting part) and wrote the content for the book.
Putting in the last biding stitches on the last quilt...
I shipped it all off last May and then stopped for tacos on the way home. Once everything was turned in and it was mostly out of my hands, the actual book felt so far away - still almost a year before it would be published. Martingale, my publisher, then took what I gave them and ran with it!! They took pictures, and edited the content. I got to see the proofs and go through the editing process last summer, but April 2014 and a real live book still felt so far away.
And then THIS showed up! Holy Smokes! There's my book listed on Amazon! It's real! And then I realized 3 months from now, this book that I created will be on the shelves of shops and book-sellers near you. In real life.

I'm excited to share more about this book and the quilts it contains over the next few months prior to it's release. The basic premise is based on short-cuts in quilting. Whether you're someone who has little time to sew because you have a house full of little people who need you, or you have a full-time job, or you just need a quick quilt project, I hope this book will be a good resource for quilts you can be proud of. AND that will fool your friends and family into thinking you spent way more time and cut out way more tiny pieces of fabric than you really did.
I'm still in a little bit of awe that this is real. I certainly couldn't have happened without the support of my family, a few extra nights of take-out pizza, and the encouragement so many of you have shown me here. A huge thank you!
The movie rights for this book are still up for grabs at this point. Although I don't think I could let it get into the hands of Quentin Tarantino - I mean could you imagine the rotary cutter scenes in his version? In the mean time, watch for the book Fabulously Fast Quilts due out April 2014!

152 comments:

  1. ok! I 'll buy the movie rights!!:) wow!! congrats! this is sooooooo exciting!! wow! all this work you have done! way to go! of course I will buy your book as soon as it reaches french Amazon!!

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  2. How exciting!! I am always looking for fast ways to make quilts, since my 2 year old is constantly demanding my attention lol and he always wins over sewing. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it!

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  3. I love the idea of my friends and family thinking I cut little tiny pieces of fabric when I actually didn't! I love the look but don't have time to take the effort. I can't wait to see your book! Congratulations!!

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  4. Congratulations, Amy! That is so exciting. I will have to get a copy and bring it to London so you can sign it!

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  5. Nooo! Not Tarantino for the movie rights! You'll never get the bloodstains out of your beautiful quilts!
    I'm so glad to hear you survived the publishing process. I work in publishing and we do try to be nice to authors. Even so, it can be a bit daunting.
    I am going to judge a book by its cover and say it looks lovely.

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  6. Amy! What a blessing for You & your family, but for all of us too! :)
    I'm truly happy for you, and wish you all the success with it

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  7. Congratulations ! Your tutorials are what started me going about 3 years ago and taught me everything I needed to know. And to make it clear - I had absolutely zero knowledge of the tools or the process, so thank you !
    I always wondered why aren't there any books with your name on them, so this is such great news !
    Going to pre order on bookdepository right away

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  8. Woo hoo!! Congrats, Amy. I'm betting your book will be fabulous!
    E xx

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  9. Огромные поздравления и пожелания успеха книге!!!

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  10. Congratulations, and best of luck with the movie rights ;-) Who would you pick to play you in the film?!?

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  11. Wonderful! Congratulations!!!
    I will gift myself a copy of your book!
    Esther

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  12. Oh, my! Congrats! What a secret to keep! I can only imagine your excitement. I know I'm excited to see the book. I love your designs and I know all your tips for streamlining the process will be a winner. I'm not waiting for the movie!

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  13. How super cool! I will be watching Amazon for sure. It will be a hard copy buy for sure and not a Kindle download. Best of luck for great success!

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  14. Well done you! Congratulations!!

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  15. Congratulations Amy! If your book is half as friendly and informative as your Blog then it will be a bestseller. Who will play you in the film version?

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  16. Oh wow!! How exciting for you! I can't wait to get my hands on it! I love your designs.

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  17. I'd really be interested in this book! It sounds perfect.

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  18. Congratulations! I would love to get it when it is available.

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  19. Congratulations Amy!!! Thats so exciting!! I cant wait!

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  20. Congratulations! That is so exciting for you, Amy! I can't wait for the book to come out!

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  21. Congrats!! That's super exciting and I cant wait to get my hands on a copy. Good things happen to good people.

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  22. Can't wait for it to come out! And how did you keep from telling?

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  23. Congratulations! I'm not much of a movie person at all, so I'm glad the book is coming out first. :)
    Looking forward to seeing it.

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  24. I am so excited for you, my friend, and I can't wait to see more of your book!!! Congratulations!!!

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  26. I had to edit my comment ~ I hate typos! Anyway, what I wanted to say was: Congratulations! This is wonderful news! And I think if you put Clooney in the movie, it will be a big hit!

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  27. Congratulations! Very exciting!!!

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  28. Congratulations Amy - I'm really looking forward to this book!
    I'm so excited for you!!

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  29. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to the book. (Books are always better than the movie!)

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  30. That's so exciting! Congatulations! Woo hoo!

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  31. How exciting!! I can't wait to see it in real life :)

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  32. Wooo hooo!!!! Two collosal and amazing achievements, first not sharing all that yumminess, and then, the book!!! Huge congratulations. Can't wait to see and buy it. -Lettyb

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  33. congrats and had to laugh at your last line!

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  34. Congratulations. How exciting! I'll be looking forward to seeing your book.

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  35. AMY!!!!!! I love any post titled, 'so I wrote a book', just awesome! I'm super proud of you, holy moly. I cannot wait to see the quilts more. I bet your family is just so excited for you!

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  36. You're hysterical!!! I'm thinking you'll need Emma Thompson as your leading lady -- no wait -- someone much younger, like you, but a younger brit accent is escaping me now -- Kate Somebody LOL. Any Fabulously Fast Anglophile designs in there? And does this mean you'll be book signing at quilt market {crosses fingers!} Congratulations Amy!!!!

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  37. Congrats Amy! This will be my first quilt book purchase and couldn't be more appropriate, as your blog was one of the first places I encountered as I entered into the wonderful world of quilting not very long ago. I love your blog, your quilt style, and your willingness to share what you know and communicate it in a way that's so easily understandable for those of us just getting started. Thank you! And congrats again. Can't wait to read it.

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  38. Consider yourself pinched kiddo!:) Can I have your autograph?:) xo

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  39. Consider yourself pinched! Ha! And let me add my congratulations to all the above! It's looking gorgeous! I'm always hunting for quick patterns to make as I work full time and there's never ENOUGH time!

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  40. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!! I am so incredibly excited for you!!!! It is almost here, can't wait!!!! I will be there with bells on for your Schoolhouse :)

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  41. you're amazing! what a perfect idea for a book!! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  42. Congrats Amy! It looks like a fantastic book, I'm really looking forward to reading it!

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  43. Congratulations, Amy! It sounds like a book that I would love and I definitely plan on checking it out!

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  44. I'm sure Jennifer Lawrence will be playing you in the movie. Congrats! This looks like a "must have" book. So excited for you.

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  45. Congratulations Amy, that's so exciting!

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  46. how totally wonderfully exciting!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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  47. Dear Amy, congratulations, I can't imagine a person who deserves it more !!!

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  48. Yay, Amy that is so neat! Congratulations!

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  49. Congratulations Amy! That is wonderful. I have always wanted to write a quilting book, maybe I will....but for now I will enjoy yours! Just preordered mine through Amazon! Can't wait!

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  50. Looks great! way to go! I can't wait to see it.

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  51. Hooray for you! Congrats you talented girl. :)

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  52. Ohhhhh, I am utterly giddy for you!!!!

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  53. Sounds like the perfect book for me! Can't wait until April!! Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!

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  54. Congratulations! I can't wait to see these quilts and to get my hands on a copy of the book! I pre-ordered just now. :)

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  55. Congratulations Amy! I know the book will be fantastic. So excited for you!

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  56. That is so exciting! Congratulations! I'd love to hear more about how the whole process works and I can't wait to see more!

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  57. Congratulation!!! I have been following you for a while and you deserve this! =) Love your stuff and can't wait for your book. It sounds like just the thing for me with my four littles running around!

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  58. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the book and hear more about how you got published! :) Way to go! Now I have crazy rotary cutter images mixed with "Resevoir Dogs" in my head.

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  59. Congratulations Amy's,,,,,,, how exciting!!!!!!!! Can't wait to add your book to my collection!

    http://janekuchuk.blogspot.ca

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  60. Woowee congratulations Amy! What an achievement, all your hard work will pay off in dividends when you feel the 'real' book in your hands!! How exciting! I just know it will be great, xo

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  61. Wow! How exciting!! Congratulations.....

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  62. Congratulations! It's difficult to get published, well done. Here's the BN.com link to your book. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fabulously-fast-quilts-amy-u-smart/1116994006?ean=9781604683639 They have the same price.

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  63. Congratulations! I bet this book is filled to the brim with helpful tips and tricks. Who wouldn't want to be able to get a few extra quilts made each year? :-)

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  64. Wowie zowie! That is really exciting! And it's really real because it's on Amazon :D Congratulations on your hard work and creativity, inspiration and perspiration coming together!

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  65. Congrats. Looks like a fun book. Can't wait to see more.
    Shawn

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  66. Congrats. Looks like a fun book. Can't wait to see more.
    Shawn

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  67. Congratulations! The sneak peeks look great!

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  68. How exciting! I can't wait to see the book!

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  69. Congrats! All of your hard work is getting so close to paying off! I'll be picking up a copy for sure!! I'm so happy for you.

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  70. Congratulations!!! Can't wait to get my hands on your book! :)!

    Bess

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  71. Yea!!! I can't wait to see more!

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  72. Congrats! I can't wait to check it out!

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  73. Congratulations, Amy! Yours was the first quilt blog I ever read, and you're still one of my favorites. :) Can't wait to see the book!

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  74. The warmest congratulations to you, Amy in these exciting times! I can only imagine the joy you feel about your new "baby"! It sure looks like it's gonna be a great one!

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  75. Congratulations, Amy! I can't wait to get a copy! I have been following your blog for quite some time and always love what I see! We met once last year, I was the star-struck quilter with her husband in the elevator at Fabric Fest, lol! Thanks a lot for always being a source of inspiration and I look forward to getting a copy of your book this April.

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  76. Congratulations. I can't wait to see it in print.

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  77. Amy, I'm so happy for you! I have this book written in my day planner for April (coincidentally the month my newest grandchild will be born!) and I plan on buying the book. I'm a huge fan of yours and I can't wait to get my hands on the book! Congratulations!

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  78. Congratulations! I am definitely in need of some fast quilts so I will be on the look out for your book.

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  79. Congrats on the new book! Can't wait to get a copy!

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  80. First, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :-)

    Second, I know you were kidding about Quentin Tarentino doing a quilting movie, BUT... Seriously, now that I'm thinking about it, I can't think of a single movie that has ever had a quilter character, and certainly not one like you or me. Someone really SHOULD write a movie about quilter momma entrepreneurs, don't you think?

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  81. I saw this on Amazon the other day when I was browsing!!!! Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment, and I can't wait to get a copy:)

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  82. OMG! I am so excited for you! Congratulations! I love your quilts and have yet to make one. But I did preorder your book. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can make one of your quilts.

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  83. Congratulations that is so wonderful and such a good book concept!

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  84. Congratulations!!!! Where do I stand in line to get a copy?????
    CAN NOT WAIT!
    Seriously, so happy for you... :)

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  85. Congratulations! I don't have very many books and never know what one to get. This one, I will be getting. With 3 kids at home I am always looking for quick patterns. Can't wait for this to be on the shelves!

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  86. Congratulations, Amy!! I am definitely going to order it! I just love your quilts.

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  87. Congratulations! I am looking forward to getting the book.

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  88. So excited to see your book. I love to visit your blog all the time! Would really love to go to the sewing summit in london with you! Congrats!

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  89. Congratulations Amy! Can't wait to see it!

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  90. I KNEW you were gone from here a lot last year! Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear more about it!

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  91. I'm so very happy for you Amy. Congratulations!

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  92. Love the cover quilt. Fast quilts are a good thing in this household. I snorted out loud about your movie rights comment. TOO funny!

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  93. SO excited about this one! I just know it will be special.

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  94. Oh how exciting, huge congrats :o)

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  95. Congratulations, Amy! Can't wait to see the finished product. Wishing you all the success in the world!

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  96. ***SQUEAL*** So Exited, for me and for you! This is fantastic! I'll pre-order it for sure! I know anything you do is amazing, so it's on my list. And, the premise, fast quilts, I'm so excited about. I'm a homeschooling mama of 6, and have all but given up on my quilting obsession, I think I can do a few of these. Thanks for the help and inspiration!!!

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  97. Well, RaeLyn above said EXACTLY what I was going to say -- SQUEAL! AND that I am so excited for both you and me. I have already made a couple of your quilt patterns and love how fast they are and how fabulous they look. Congratulations on the new arrival!! Way to go!

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  98. Congrats, Amy!! So excited for you!! I have been following your blog for a long time now and love it and your quilting!! So excited about your book!

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  99. I can't wait to see your quilts and buy your book! I always need quick quilts and want to learn some of your tricks. Congratulations!

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  100. Sooo, did you see that your book is the #1 seller on Amazon for Patchwork today? So awesome, you have inspired so many people. You totally deserve it!

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  101. Congratulations on your new book! I'm looking forward to getting a copy!

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  102. Congratulations! Can't wait to see it. :)

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  103. ooooh yayy!!! Good on you!!
    Just pre-ordered my copy! Can't wait to get it now :)

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  104. So lovely!
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  105. Congrats! I will be certain to purchase to add to my increasing library of quilt books! I am all about fast and fabulous!

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  106. Wonderful news Amy! I teach full-time (college ESL) and always have LOTS of grading, so looking for things that simply processes is great for me. I can't wait to see the book. Congrats!

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  107. This is so exciting! Congratulations! I just preordered it and can't wait.

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  108. Very exciting! I'm going to put it on my Amazon wish list next!
    Congrats!

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  109. Ordered mine 2 wks ago on Amazon. Can hardly wait! Congratulations!

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  110. Wow, that's exciting! It will be a Best Seller! :)

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  111. I am so happy and excited for you Amy! I can hardly wait to get my copy, I know it is going to be wonderful! As for the movie, I'm secretly hoping Wes Anderson buys the rights. Can't you just see Owen Wilson organizing a quilting bee?

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  112. I'm adding my congratulations to the many you'll receive! Looking forward to this book. I don't buy a lot of quilting books, but I will buy this one! I love your blog!

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  113. P.S. I'm now finishing my quilt made from your Virtual BOM, and I have compliments on it already!

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  114. Congrats on your book, I can't wait to get one! I've used your tutorials, credits to you on my flickr postings of course, and your instructions are so great every time. Amazing accomplishment!

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  115. How exciting! Congrats! Can't wait to see it :)

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  116. Haha!!! Quentin Tarantino and rotary attacks. . . seriously, those things are dangerous! Very exciting about your book - I'll be looking for it!!

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  117. I love that you shipped it off and stopped for tacos. I just put it on my Amazon Wishlist. Congrats!

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  118. Aaaaaah!!! Yay you! That is just so much awesomeness in one blog post. :) Can't wait for it to come out--mama with kiddos here, so the fast thing is a good fit for me right now.

    Congratulations, congratulations!

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  119. Good for you! I am so excited!

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  120. Congratulations! What a great premise for a book.

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  121. Congratulations! It is a wonderful accomplishment.

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  122. Congratulations Amy, what an achievement. Be proud of yourself!
    Can't wait for this to come out. April ? great month - it's my birthday then. Guess what I'll be getting!
    Therese (the Australian with the mad American Jane Obsession!).

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  123. A huge congratulations to you, Amy! It's so nice to see talented and kind people do well. You've given so much to the quilting community through your blog and I know that the book will do the same. Congrats!

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  124. That is fantastic news. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  125. Wow! Congratulations! That must have been a really hard secret to keep. Can't wait to see your book, sure it will be wonderful!

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  126. Way to go! I'm happy for you and wish you great success. One more for my collection!

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  127. Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment. I'm excited for you and can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  128. I am so very glad for you!!! Yay yay yay!!

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  129. Wow!!! Congrats on your wonderful book. I can't wait for it to arrive in England.

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  130. Oh wow! How exciting for you. Congratulations !!!!

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  131. Oh wow! How exciting for you. Congratulations !!!!

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  132. Amy, this is such awesome news and I'm so happy for you!! Can't wait to get a copy in April!
    Amanda

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  133. Congratulations! I had wondered why we didn't see much sewing from you last year. Oh come on, a Tarantino quilt movie would appeal to a much wider audience.

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  134. Congratulations my friend. I'll be pre ordering this one for sure.

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