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Not complaining, Just explaining

Friday, July 24th, 2015

I can hardly believe it is July already let alone that August is truly just around the corner.   My life has been such a whirlwind of travel since January that life truly has gotten a bit overwhelming and away from me.

Yep, I missed putting out the July Newsletter.  What started out as such a good idea with so much enthusiasm has found itself on the back burner as time becomes more and more fleeting.  But I am not giving up hope on it.   I just need to get my legs back under me and build up some material to share with all of you via the newsletter.  And that will happen as my travel schedule is greatly reduced when compared to the time on the road since January.  Eighty-Three days I was gone from mid January to my typing of this post last night.   That is real close to three months in approximately 6 months time.  whew!

I love to travel.  I love meeting new people and seeing the country.   I am never complaining about the travel just explaining as I tell people.

Try as I might, it is hard to get things done creatively when on the road.   And being creative is what  I need to feed my soul and share with all of you.

Next year is booked pretty much the same on the same level regarding travel but 2017 will be scaled back a bit.  Not much but a bit to give me more time behind my sewing machine at home.

cruise shipOne item I am doing next year regarding travel is the Caribbean Cruise in January with Linda Poole and Joan Shay aboard Holland America Cruise Lines.  Just look for this picture in the sidebar and click it for a pdf full of information.   All our workshops on board are going to be handwork only.  I am teaching the Castle Wall block.  I think this will make for a lovely slow paced zen filled vacation for all.  I hope a few of you can join us.

But before that happens my book of traditional patterns called Half-Scrap will be released this fall with AQS.

Watch for a blog post and preorder announcement on August 1st!

But for now I am going to let you know that I am having a HUGE SALE starting as you read this to midnight Sunday July 26th cst on EVERYTHING in my webstore.  SummerSale1

20% OFF  

use the coupon code: SUMMERSALE20

YES! Even the already discounted copies of the KCStar editions of my books

I took a good look around at all the extra workshop stock that has built up over the last 6 months and well frankly it needs to find new homes so I can move around my office with ease.   NOTE: I have loaded  supply numbers on many items and once they are gone they are gone for this sale.  Some items will be restocked later others may not…just a heads up!

I am home for the next three weeks……hello summer!

Take Care,





p.s. for daily updates of what is happening at Chez Depre and under the needle in my studio be sure to check out my facebook page here.


Big Sale on Books!

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

KCStarBksSalesmallThe new generation Pieced Hexies, Pieced Hexies Deux and Ring Around The Hexies should be here in a month or so.   AQS/Schroeder Publishing is rereleasing the books, same info, just a new look.

That means I need to find new homes for the small stockpile of books I have been holding on to “just in case”.  And so I am marking them down to help with the adoption process until they are gone.

Maybe you missed getting a copy earlier, or are new to the blog?   Or are looking to get a start on some Secret Sisters gifties.

Head over to my shop page because I have a deal for you!



Castle Wall Gallery is in the house!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

wpid-IMG_20140216_061957.jpg A quick post to announce that if you click on the Castle Wall – The Block tab, up at the top of this page,  you will find a sub page pops up for the Castle Wall Gallery!  Over 100 blocks!

It looks awesome if I say so myself!  And this chick has learned alot in doing this and is setting the same for Paris Flight blocks this weekend.

If you shared your Castle Wall blocks with us on Facebook you will find it here.  If I missed anyone, my apologies, just send me an email and we will get it in the gallery.

Facebook doesn’t always tell me your home location due to your privacy settings so if you would like either your full name (I defaulted to first name – last initial) and/or your state shown please let me know.  It’s easy fix on my end.

Another project off the to-do list.  😀


Rapid Fire Emails

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Today my editor Deb and I will hopefully pull together 1/2 to 3/4th of my next book.  The process at this point is that we will work thru one pattern at a time.  Going over words.  Streaming or expanding areas that we deem necessary.  In other words getting things in order.   It can be a tedious process.  But we have done some structural work already so it’s just matter time.

This is done with sometimes rapid fire emails traded back and forth, back and forth with book sections attached and highlighted questions/changes dropped in.  We go over and over stuff until be both agree it’s at it’s best, and then that section/pattern is put into queue for the technical writers to have their looksey. (YIPES!) and the graphic artist begins to do his work with the sometimes hand drawn scribbles we (Deb and I ) give him as to what we see as the illustration needed.   And then finally the graphic artist steps in and gives it all a spit shine and polish with love colors and sets the look of the book.

Then one more time…very very carefully a team of 4-5 of us go over all the entire book in painstaking detail.  Truly making sure every i is dotted and t is crossed.  Page by Page we sign off.

The first time I went thru this process I admit there was a general panic.  I looked at my book pages with newbie eyes and it looked like a bunch of garbley-gook.

There are strikeouts all over the place and all kinds of editing jargon about what pictures/illustrations go where.

Previously I was not a part of this process in book writing.   But I like that Kansas City Star makes their authors a part of this process.  I like to learn and see “behind the curtains”…even if it causes me some distress and I begin to worry if this will ever be the book I see in my head.

I know it will.  I have a fantastic team of at Kansas City Star that make me look good.

This book writing thing…it’s not easy.  And in no means fast.   I am learning new tricks to help streamline things and the next traditional pattern book will be smoother.   I’ve promised my editor.

I thought you might like this very brief look “behind the curtain”….we are pulling levers and spinning plates as fast as we can.  🙂

Enjoy the day,