Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Once Upon a Time ... with Sue the story teller, designer, author...

... in a land far away, called England, there lived a quilter called QuiltSue.   

QuiltSue spent many happy hours on her laptop drawing up new quilt designs just for fun and even had one or two of her patterns published in magazines.  QuiltSue had noticed in the past that a lot of new quilters were not confident about choosing fabrics for quilts and indeed, she herself was one of those who felt “why use 40 fabrics when I could use four” was a good motto for her.  Then one day QuiltSue thought to herself “why don’t I try to write a book with some of my own designs in and which explains how I choose my fabrics?”  So she sat down and spent more time with her laptop, deciding on her favourite designs.  Then she talked to a blogging friend, who is a several-times-published-author, called Kim, who encouraged her to send her idea to some lovely people in a land called Martingale & Company.  So QuiltSue spent some more time on her laptop writing a covering document to explain why her quilts all use a maximum of four fabrics, and she put in pictures of a selection of her designs, such as these



She sent this document to the distant land of Martingale & Company, and much to her surprise the people who lived there told her they were interested in her idea for a book.  Well QuiltSue was very surprised, but when she got a contract from them detailing what they wanted and when they wanted it, she realised they really meant what they had said.  They told her that she had six months to make twelve quilts and to write all the instructions and stuff, so QuiltSue seriously thought of panicking, until some lovely friends called Lis and Drew came to her rescue by offering to make some of the quilts and act as pattern testers for her.  QuiltSue was so happy that she had friends like these around. 

So they set to work and in 6 months time QuiltSue sent a big box off to the people who lived in that far off land, then she sat and waited nervously.  “What if they don’t like what I’ve written?” she thought.  “What if they don’t like the quilts?” she worried.  Then one person, called an editor, emailed her with some questions about some of her instructions and was very nice to her.  The editor also introduced her to someone else called an illustrator and someone called a photographer and then all the pages with QuiltSue’s instructions and diagrams and so on were sent back to her to check.  Once QuiltSue had received them and checked everything, the editor sent them to someone else to lay them out into proper pages like a book.  This part took about another three months and then QuiltSue saw what were called page-proofs.  QuiltSue and her friends Lis and Drew now saw just what the final book would look like.  Once QuiltSue had checked everything again, all the pages were sent to some people called printers, who turn it all into a real book.  This book is called Pick Four, 
and will be available from 12 July, which QuiltSue is very excited about.

I would like to thank Madame Samm for inviting me to write a post here and to finish by encouraging everyone out there to have a go at writing a book too.  After all, if I can do it, so can you.


Editors note....And Sue, what a lovely fairy tale and an ending that is befitting a celebration...We all look forward to your launch date...


Sew why don't we have  a Happy Scrappy Day and with a bonus of this Scrappy Basket Pattern...?
2 patterns - compliments of our delightful Amy Bradley, who has been our sponsor for some time now...
Check out her latest designs...these being just a couple...


To win...Go to Sue's blog and become a follower..( she would love that) 
Go to Amy's Blog and be a follower there too
and let us know here...by leaving  comment and I will throw in some goodies
such as note cards...

How is that for a celebration...?

If you were to choose 4 colors for a quilt, 
what would your 4 colors be?

These are your prizes....

A winner from Brasil....
Coisas da Laura
yes you my dear. you lucky lady...
this package is pretty amazing..
AMY"S pattern are the best...
To all those who participated...
ohhhh come back again..
I think there are more giveaways
very soon wink...








note cards

Winner chosen tomorrow.


69 comments:

  1. I follow Sue and I follow Amy!
    Great post Sue!

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  2. Congratulations on your book - what a wonderful way to help quilters as I know color is a problem for many. I already follow Amy and I added Sue. Hmmm - four colors - colonial blue, colonial red, slate grey, and Kona white.

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  3. Congratulations on the entire process of the book. I do like the idea of four colored quilts, when the book comes to our quilt shop I will pick one up.
    Soon to be on the top 10 list.
    Thank you...Karencg

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  4. Congratulations on the book. Looks like a must have book.
    If I should choose 4 colurs for a quilt it had to be like the kit waiting for me in my sewingroom right now. Brown, blue, beige with a touch of green/pink.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your journey of publishing a book. I'm not sure what four colours I would use. I'd probably stick to my favourites of burgundy, pink, cream and green.

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  6. How exciting! Congratulations on your new book and yay you for making the journey to get it done!! I've been a QuiltSue follower for quite some time and one of Amy's followers too :) Thank you so much for sharing ladies!!

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  7. I love stories with a happy ending. I am currently following both blogs. The more I follow the more I learn. I think my four colors would be a peach, light coral, baby blue and sky blue. kind of like an sand and sea.

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  8. I have signed on to follow both of them. I think I might like to try black, white, red, and yellow. How's that for four fabrics?

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  9. I'm very excited about Sue's new book. I'm sure it will be delightful.

    I do follow Sue and Amy too.

    As to the colors I'd pick? Hmm. I love so many colors, but I'm in the mood for dark brown, capucino, cream and mocha. Can you tell I want a good cup of coffee and some chocolate?

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  10. Sue's book sounds wonderful. If I was choosing 4 colors today, it would be aqua, chocolate brown, white, and pale grey. I don't know if I would pick the same colors tomorrow. I already follow Sue's blog and have her Christmas project button on my blog. I just became a follower of Amy's blog.

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  11. Thats a hard one, I would say brown,old blue, cream and old green, but I feel at the moment that my favourite colorpallet is changing....
    Many greetz, Roos

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  12. Congratulations, Author!
    I would choose green, ivory, rose, and gold for a quilt.....today. Tomorrow, who knows?
    All the best.
    Darc
    xxoo

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  13. Hmmm - hot pink, lime green, black/white polka dots, and solid white! How's that?! The note cards are the cutest! Can't wait to see Sue's book in the shops! Only 4 colors! Thanks for finding these wonderful quilters who are willing to share their talents!

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  14. I wanted to be that requested follower, but google denied entrance to their doors =^{
    I'll try it later, left a comment however.
    First I'll have to check the lavender, it might be ready to be harvested for the linen chest ;^)
    That's where my redwork goes, on these cute sachets to be put between the towels!
    And the four colors, depends on where I will use the quilt! Right now there is a cinnamon, chocolat, black currant and bleuberry quilt for the bedroom on the desk, and a bright red/white/green/blue one in the making. Scrappy shades of one color might do as well, so... hmm if it's fabric, it's ok!
    Have to make and send a few siggies however, so this day will be spent in my own private heaven!
    Love from a cloudy Amsterdam, Irene

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  15. Hi I follow Sue already and have tried to follow Amy but I too am having problems, Google Friend Connect will not allow it...but promise I will follow when I can. I would like to do a quilt using pinks and browns with some cream.....help Sue can't think of another colour.. x

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  16. I would love to try a bright quilt using white, turquoise, red and yellow! Pick Four is such a fun name for your book - almost like playing cards :-) I'm going to go "follow" now! Mary Ann @ Rocknquilts http://www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com

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  17. Congratulations on the book, sounds wonderful , color is always a challenge . I would choose , greens , pinks and white with different shades of the green and pink.

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  18. I am now following both Amy and Sue , I know I will enjoy being a follower ,so thanks.

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  19. I'm following Sue and Amy, How exciting to write a quilt book. I'd have to pick bright colours like cobalt blue, lime green, purple and a touch of orange, hmmm maybe I could do Amy's basket quilt like that.

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  20. I've been a follower of Sue's for quite sometime now, and I just became a follower of Amy's. I knew about Sue's Book, but didn't know what goes into getting a book published. It's very interesting, and it sounds like a lot of work, but it will pay off in leaps and bounds I'm sure. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Good Luck to both Sue and Amy on their future endeavors.

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  21. Congrats on your book! What an exciting adventure!
    I am a follower of Sue and Amy's blogs
    If I choose four colors right now I would choose eggplant, grey, lime and yellow! thanks!

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  22. Four colors - blue, green, cream and a wee bit of pink (or red). I like muted colors.

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  23. I have been a follower of Sue's blog for a long time. Love her!

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  24. I follow them all!!! I like orange,green,acqua,pink....

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  25. I have been following Sue's blog since last year's Christmas sew along. I am going right now to Amy's blog to sign up. Thanks for such an encouraging story on how to get a book published.

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  26. My four color choice at the moment would be, red, white, blue, and gold.

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  27. Congratulations on being a published quilt author.

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  28. Congratulations, Sue, on being published! It was interesting to hear the process... I already follow Amy, so I'm off to try to sign up at Sue's! Right now my four colors would be robins egg blue, soft pink, buttercream, and new leaf green. Scrumptious! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I am one of those people who have a hard time putting fabrics together. This book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower of both blogs.

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  30. I am always amazed at the creativity here on SM and again this morning...more incredible talent! Congratulations on your book being published. I will look for it on the shelves. My four colours will be lavender, purple, green and beige.

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  31. I so enjoyed this post. I have been a follwoer of Sue's for some time now. The not cards are adorable. Four colors....aqua, red, yellow and black...hummm that should make a combination.

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  32. This was a great post! Only four colours - tricky. Ok. Purple, gold, teal and white. I think. Probably. Can I have more than four?

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  33. Sue, thank you so much for providing the links to the two new (to me!) blogs -- especially since I also found Judy C in NC! I have a photo of a quilt from Germany that I want to try in these colors (Kona cottons): Eggshell (background), Ash (grey), School Bus (bright orange) and Corn Yellow. I found it on Modern Day Quilts.
    I'm in my "solids" period (Picasso has nothing on quilters!)

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  34. only 4 colors.. hmm I guess it depends on the design of the quilt.. but White for sure. Then red, yellow, and a medium green. You have no idea how many times I just changed the colors in this post!!

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  35. What a wonderful story! I already follow Sue's blog, but I did sign up to follow Amy's. I find that my choice of colors depends a lot on the season, but right now I think I would choose to make a quilt in lime green, grey, black and white.

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  36. Congrats on your book!! That is so exciting! My four colors would be white, yellow, baby blue and soft pink. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I would choose....turquoise, yellow, red, and white.......or would it be red, yellow, green and white......or....pink,green, tan, and black. I can't decide. I love colors!
    I am following both sites.

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  38. Congratulation on your new book Sue, it looks fascinating. I have just joined as a follower for both Sue and Amy. Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to be a winner.

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  39. Good Morning Sue, well my dear for every word you placed in your book, for every stitch you put into your quilts, may you sell that many books.
    Always wonderful to hear of a fairy tale that with a happy ending.
    Oh and my 4 colors, buttercream, buttercream, buttercream and yes buttercream lol

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  40. I'm already a follower of Sue's blog and I'm a new follower of Amy's blog. Four colors: lemon, meringue, cornflower, and surf. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I'm a follower on both. Looking forward to the book as I like just a few colors. My favorite, hard to say as I just like all the colors, but to start I would use, lavender, pink, green and cream. I think my 2nd choice would be black, red, white and I would have to think about the 4th color.

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  42. Congratulations Sue! such a lovely story!
    I follow Sue and Amy!
    My four colours would be red,aqua,cream and dark grey

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  43. I follow those two blogs.
    My four colors would be pink, purple, turqoiuse and white.

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  44. I am now a follower on Sue and Amy's blogs. Each blog looks like fun! This has been an interesting blog. There is more to producing a book than I thought. Congratulations Sue!
    My four colours today, would be lime,fushia,orange and black. Tomorrow might be different, love fabric!

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  45. I'm now following Sue's blog and I'm already a follower of Amy's blog. Congratulations Sue on the publication of your book. I'm sure this is a dream come true.
    My four-colour choice would be: green, pink, cream and yellow.

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  46. Loved Sue's story and can't wait to get my hands on her book! I've been patiently waiting for July!!! It looks like a bestseller to me!!

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  47. I follow Sue and Amy. What a lovely story. Congratulations!

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  48. Way to go Sue!!! A real Author!! I love both blogs and am follower of both.
    My 4 color choices would be Black, yellow, buttercream, and a touch of pink or perhaps a light green (not quite sure)
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  49. I follow both blogs and have been inspired to begin quilting and love the idea of four color quilts.

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  50. I am a follower of Sue & Amy.
    The four colors I would chose would be: orange, yellow, beige & cream.
    Love your story, can't wait to see the book.
    hadacres at comcast.net

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  51. I'm a follower of Amy and Sue. I would pick aqua, red, lime green and pink. Great post. Thanks for the give-away.

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  52. Congratulations on your new book! New follower. Thanks for all the encouragement & Thanks for the give-away.

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  53. Great new book! A happy new follower of both blogs.

    Four colors - blue (my fave), brown, green, and yellow

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  54. Congratulations on your book! Colors: blue, aqua, green, purple. I now follow Amy, already followed Sue, and am a stashmanicure follower. I enjoyed the post of behind the scenes in writing and publishing a quilt book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. I am a new Amy Bradley follower and already follow Quilt Sue. My four clolors? black, electric blue, gold and green. I've never used that group of colors, but I think I should:) Best wishes to Sue on her book. It's sure to be a success.

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  56. thanks for a wonderful story, sue! i am now a follower of sue's and amy's blogs YAY!!!
    four colors in a quilt . . . only four colors . . . bold and bright is sticking in my brain today, so let's go with bright and bold purple, green, blue and yellow!!
    thank you, madame samm, for bringing such wonderful inspiration to us through your many guest bloggers!
    cindy in mississippi

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  57. Four colors? How about a teal batik, a cream print, a royal blue blender, and a Luscious purple? Already a follower of Sue's ;-) and now a follower of Amy's too.

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  58. I'm more a scrappy person myself, but if I had to choose only 4 fabrics I guess they'd be blue, purple, green and yellow. I follow Amy and Sue.

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  59. Congratulations, QuiltSue! What a fun story and such a happy ending. I seriously can't wait to see the book!

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  60. I would choose two shades of blue, yellow and white I think (kids school colors). Or maybe turquoise, brown, purple & lime green.

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  61. I love Amy Butler's patterns. I've got the four Fabric Addict blocks to make into something.

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  62. Just 4 colors for a quilt would be great, I would pick brown, beige, light green and yellow.

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  63. Sue, I think it's a great idea for a book. I am not a real scrappy quilt kind of person. I like how just a few colors look very striking! Come on July!

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  64. I follow both Sue and Amy's blogs. For my next quilt, I am choosing black, beige, brown and cream. It is for a Thanksgiving quilt so thought those colors would work great.

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