A delightful interruption


I’ve been hard at work (um, play) collaborating with Birgit on a dynamite new design for Christmas that I can hardly wait to share it with you all. The star blocks shown above are just an itty-bitty sneak peak of the quilt center. Today, I was busy stitching the oh-so-fun-to-sew borders (shown below)…


…when my friendly neighborhood Fed Ex guy knocked at my door and delivered this:


My editor at AQS sent the final layout of my new book, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, and it’s now in my hands for the final editing process. I love, love, LOVE this new book! The good folks at AQS have done an outstanding job of capturing my vision for a quilting book full of awesome new patterns, quilter-friendly recipes, helpful hints, and plus a few funny bits and more.

Quite simply, this book is totally fresh,
fabulous and fun to read!

So my sewing machine will have to wait for a day or so. I’ve got pencil in hand and will be going over the text and pages with a sharp eye. And I’ll be calling the Fed Ex guy to pick up the edited final copy in a day or so. Before you know it, this new book will be printed and ready to ship. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the actual book. How ’bout you?

And as a personal favor, would y’all take a minute to help me wish my dear Dad a happy 84th birthday? We celebrated with my folks this weekend here at home with his favorite dinner (Miss Lee’s world-famous chicken and dumplings) and my chocolate cake for dessert.  Yum.

He’s a pretty handsome guy, don’t you think? Happy Birthday, Pop!


  1. Wow. Now I know where Kimberly gets her good looks and great smile What a handsome guy! It’s not everyone who has the good taste and foresight to dress to match his birthday cake plate!! Happy birthday, and best wishes for a happy, healthy year to come! By the way, you and your wife raised a fine daughter.

    Kimberly — what an awesome idea for the border! As Birgit taught me to say, “sehr cool”!

  2. Pat — Mucho thanks for the good wishes for my Dad — I know he’ll be tickled down to his toes! I really appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment. You’re the BEST!

  3. Happy Birthday to your dad! great smile- huge cake! love the border idea.

  4. Happy 84th Birthday to your dad!! I can’t wait till we see the book. I love your ruler! Thank you so much for thinking of me when you sent the box to Linda. Do you think you would ever do your own line of fabric??
    Have a great Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  5. Shame on Mr. Fed Ex for interupting such great work ,um- play! I’m so excited for the Jelly Roll Quilts & More to be on the store shelves . Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Happy Belated Birthday Pop! I’ve seen you in person and know just how handsome you really are! Chichen & Dumplings, I’m from the south just reading it makes my mouth water.

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