Happy Friday! The weather here in Northern California is lovely, and the sunflowers are dancing in the garden. Is it possible to look into the face of a sunflower in full bloom and not smile? I don’t think so!
On the subject of happy, I’ve been loving your comments in response to Laura’s recent post, and to her question: “what causes you to do the ‘happy dance?'” The answers are creative and diverse, and I suspect we can see some of ourselves in all of them. Have a look–there is still time to comment for a chance to win the brand-new edition of Laura and Diana McClun’s classic book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, which comes out in October.
I’ve been doing a bit of the happy dance myself these days: I’ve just received a copy of the Spanish-language version of A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue! Not only is Sue, co-written with my friend, Chris Porter, now in its third printing at Martingale & Company, but it has been acquired by a European publisher, translated, and released as Un Ano en la Vida de Sunbonnet Sue.
The contents of the book remain the same, with the exception of the translation, of course. Only the cover is different. What fun to see Sue “enamorada” (February), experiencing “locura de marzo” (March), “en la playa” (August), and enjoying all the rest of her year-round activities!
If that weren’t enough reason to celebrate, I’ve also learned that Ladybug! Ladybug!, one of the quilts from Chris’s and my second book, Cuddle Me Quick, has been chosen to represent the month of June in That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2014, which publishes on August 13.
This promises to be even better than your average quilt calendar. It includes 12 specially selected quilts by designers such as Amy Ellis (featured in Jennifer’s June 11 post), Kim Diehl, and Sally Schneider, PLUS a pullout booklet with step-by-step instructions for each quilt.
All this good news makes me want to give something away. How about a year of quilted eye candy? Leave a comment below by midnight (PDT) Wednesday, July 31, telling us which is your favorite month of the year and why, and you’ll be eligible to win a copy of That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2014 as soon as it rolls off the presses next month. The winner will be announced in our August 2 post.
That’s it for now. ‘Til next time, happy stitching . . . and keep dancing!