Saturday, August 18, 2012

Missing in Action

Hello! Long time, no see. My sincere apologies for the blog neglect. I have been really busy here and something had to go so unfortunately it was the blog. I am back and will stay current with postings. By the way I do post little snippets on Facebook. It only takes just a couple of minutes and is easy for me to keep up with. If interested you can see what I am up to there. You do not have to have an account to look, only to post. The page is www.facebook.com/LinenClosetDesigns .

So, what have I been doing? Well, I drew and stitched the quilt above. It is called Sunnyside Sampler. It is a rendition of an antique quilt that I have been in love with forever. It is made with fabric from my Best Wishes line. I used the postcard prints for the background and the 3 darkest blues, 3 darkest reds and the gold. It gives a nice look I think and shows the versatility of the line. I am writing the pattern now and it will be available very soon along with the pattern for this quilt.
Tetbury
I am also working on a couple of other designs that use my fabric line. I finished a project for the winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine and am currently working on a major design for a magazine that will be out next year. I would love to share it with you because I am pretty excited about it but that will have to wait. A huge "thank you" to all for the nice comments on my cover quilt.
As most of you know, I released a new book in February, A Year of Cozy Comforts.  Well I have been working away on another book as well. 
This is my new book that will be released in September. It is called Inspired- A 21st Century Twist on 19th Century Favorites. I am super happy with the way it turned out. It was well worth the work. It is 80 pages and features 6 quilts with the option for a 7th size. There are applique, wool applique and pieced quilts. 

I have also been working on the artwork for a future fabric line and am busy getting things together for the Des Moines AQS Quilt show. I will be a vendor there this year. If you plan to attend the show be sure to stop and see me in booth #109. I am really looking forward to the show and meeting lots of quilters.
I have been on the road quite a bit this summer to teach and speak. I have been to Illinois and Arkansas, up the road to Mexico, Mo. and am heading back to Arkansas at the end of the month. It has been great. It is so nice to meet all you quilters out there.
So I think you see why the blog has been pushed aside. I can't say that things are slow now but I have some big projects behind me and feel like I have a little more leeway. Thanks for sticking with me while the blog sat empty so to speak.

If you would like to win an advance copy of my latest book, leave me comment of some sort. Tell me about what kind of quilts you love. I will draw a name on the 24th.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

60 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I would say the wait has been worth it from what we see in todays post. I love the Sampler and your new book looks like a must have!I love all types of quilts but lean most to traditional pieced quilts with some applique.

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  2. I always enjoy reading your posts. I have Facebook, but there is so many junk postings by relatives that i have a hard time finding the good things, lol. Love your new quilts and I do have lots of new fabrics to use for new quilts, would love a chance to win.

    Debbie

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  3. Oh, this new book looks like One I should add to my quilt library, wool and piecing are two. of my favorite quilt combos.Good luck with your busy schedule.

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  4. Oh how lovely.. Congratulations.. I love your focus on a modern approach to a classic quilt, because that's my favorite, too! thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Hi Dawn...just purchased A Year of Cozy Comforts! Love it! I really love your latest Sampler quilt. I've stared a hole in it wishing i could load it onto my longarm! :) Can't wait to get the pattern!
    ~karen

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  6. I love the way your new book looks. I love all kinds of quilt. I guess if I have to pick a favorite, it would be an applique quilt.

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  7. The quilts for your new book look lovely. I love so many but my heart loves old quilts with small pieces...they look wonderful!

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  8. Good thing your back. We miss your post. I enjoy it so much. A lot of new things to learn about quilting and other random stuff.

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  9. Congrats on your new book...wow you have been busy! Hope things are going well for you!

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  10. Welcome back! Love your new pattern!

    My favorite quilts are samplers because I get too bored making the same blocks over and over.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy A

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  11. It looks like you've had a fun kind of busy. All your work is so pretty. My favorite quilts are scrappy ones.

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  12. I love antique quilts and new quilts inspired by them as well as actual reproductions. I really like your Sunnyside Sampler because I also like quilts that combine appliqué and piecing and eagles are one of mmy favorite motifs.

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  13. Kept waiting for you to come back, but it was worth the wait to see all the work you've done. I love all the applique quilts you design as applique is at the top of my favorites list. Your fabrics and books are great looking forward to the one in September. Debbie

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  14. I would love to win an advanced copy of your book - how exciting it must be to have your first book in print. I love combining piecing and applique.

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  15. Dawn I would so love to win your book. Your projects are so inspiring.

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  16. Wow, you have been busy but it is all bautiful stuff! How exciting with the new book and a big project. I would love to win a copy of your book, thanks so much for the chance!

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  17. Woops, that is beautiful stuff!

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  18. I love all things to do with wool, so any book with wool applique and quilting is a must. Would love to win!

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  19. The Sunnyside Sampler piques my interest. One I would like to make. You have been super busy but all of it sounds exciting.

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  20. Your new book looks awesome and I would love a chance to win!

    Glad to see you back to blogging!

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  21. Love the new quilt and I'm sure your new book is going to be great. My favorite quilt block is the churn dash.

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  22. I've been wondering what happened to you. Welcome back! You just know I love your style and the new book would be a great addition here! Congrats again.

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  23. Wow! Dawn! you have been very busy. Congratulations! on your new book. that is so awesome. I look forward to seeing more of it.
    I do love applique but I also like applique and pieced blocks together too.

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  24. No apologies needed when your absence meant such beautiful work. The new book looks awesome! I love applique - hand stitched, needle-turned. Primitives are my absolute favorite, with reproduction, traditional designs close behind. Can't wait to see the entire book!!

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  25. I love those 2 new quilts -- I am a fan of any kind of quilt. I do mostly piecing myself but love applique. Thanks

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  26. Your books all look great. I like to have a variety of projects on the go- applique, piecing and wool applique. Thanks for the give away.

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  27. It looks like you HAVE been super busy with wonderful new creations! The cover looks gorgeous and your other quilts are just beautiful. You are always so inspiring!

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  28. Your book looks lovely and I would love to have a copy. I'm mostly interested in 19th cent. reproduction quilting but occasionally like to make a "modern" quilt.

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  29. Great job, Congratulations. I am enjoying doing mostly classic quilts ~ have not tried any modern patterns, yet. Soon hope to make a civil war reproduction. Want to make sure I complete whatever I start - and finish all the started project I have already going!! Mary ~ 9outof10@P7sales.com



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  30. Love your new book...I really enjoy applique quilts. I will stop by your booth in DM, to say hello. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  31. It is great to see what you have been up t o - so much busy-ness and so much productivity. Your new book looks gorgeous. Congratulations on all you have achieved :-)

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  32. I would be happy to win this new book, thanks for the chance.

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  33. Hi Congratulations with the release of your new book. I like to have a change winning a copie, Thanks for giving that opportunity. I love traditional and applique quilts a lot, love the reproduction fabrics avalible! Kind regards! Conny

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  34. Hi Dawn, I love the applique quilts and scrappy quilts. I hope have a chance to win.

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  35. I love scrappy quilts in reproduction fabrics. I just realized that I'll be in Des Moines for the first day of the quilt show. What a treat! I will look for your booth. I'm so excited to see vendors who I read about online! And their wares....I foresee bringing fewer clothes so my suitcase will have room for purchases!

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  36. Wow! You have been super-busy. I'm so glad that you will be vending at the Des Moines show - I will see you there! I love small quilts, anything from the Civil War era, wool applique and primitive quilts.

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  37. You have been busy. I love all quilts. I love to do applique but I'm so slow at it. Right how I'm doing wool applique on cotton blocks. That is fun. Nancy P.

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  38. You have been missed, but as I read your latest post, I can't imagine how you've juggled everything. My hat off to you. Really enjoyed your Cozy Comforts book and have fabric pulled for the whimisical umbrella quilt. Looking forward to the new book.
    sue

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  39. Wow, you have been busy!! I really like Primitive Quilts and Projects and look forward to seeing your patterns. I love Simply Bloom :) Have a great time in Des Moines.

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  40. I am definitely a traditional quilter. I feel the designs are timeless. I love both piecing and applique.
    Conny Red Deer, Alberta

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  41. Hi!
    I love all the quilts you design, they definitely have been designed for me!
    Sounds like you have been a Queen of the Road, but all for good reasons!
    Thank you sooo much for the giveaway of your newest book!
    Take care, Leslie

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  42. Hi!
    I love all the quilts you design, they definitely have been designed for me!
    Sounds like you have been a Queen of the Road, but all for good reasons!
    Thank you sooo much for the giveaway of your newest book!
    Take care, Leslie

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  43. Everything you shared today is really exciting. The cover on your new book is very attractive and really makes you want to look inside. Favorite quite type? ...it just depends on what I feel like doing.

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  44. No wonder you haven't had time to blog, you have been so busy creating! Your cover photo of your new book looks very inspiring, thank you for the chance to win a copy. I have started to lean towards quirky folk art applique quilts...with antique quilts as my inspiration.

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  45. They are amazing!!!! I know you have been super busy but they were all worth it. They are beautiful. I love applique quilts of all kinds and all sizes. Thank you for your wonderfull gift to the quilting world

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  46. My favorite quilts are vintage, especially applique. You've been really busy and I'm glad to see you back. Love the sampler and your new book looks like a winner.

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  47. Welcome back. I love traditional quilts with a modern take on them. Your books look great. I would love to win a copy. It was definitely worth the wait.

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  48. Looks like a MUST HAVE book to me! I like all kinds of quilts, traditional to modern. I guess I have an eclectic eye.

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  49. Pieced quilts are my favorite...maybe with a 'little' applique thrown in - I grew up a 'traditional' gal...and then realized I haven't stopped 'growing' afterall...I love a modern twist on traditinal styles. Can't wait to see your new book!

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  50. You do what I love. I'm a preserver of patterns, not a designer and you are definitely on my list.

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  51. Appliqué for me. Winning the book would be nice because my birthday is the 31st.

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  52. I luv both applique and piecing and especially luv it when they are put together. Usually makes for a spectacular quilt. Look forward to your new book.

    Terry

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  53. My favorite quilts combine patchwork and applique. I love both techniques.

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  55. My goodness! You have been busy :)
    I have a thing for flowers. I love to use floral fabrics in pieced quilts. But appliqued flowers make my heart sing!

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  56. Wow - What a schedule! I'd love to win a copy of your book! Thanks

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  57. My favorite type of quilting is applique. I am new to quilting with wool and having lots of fun with it! Thank you for the chance to win your new book!!
    DiAnn

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  58. I am completely in love with your Baltimore Folk Album quilt and the encouraging description given on the back of the pattern to show us that it can be done in a simpler way with outstanding results.

    BTW: I would love, love, love to win your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. Your new book looks very interesting. I just love applique quilts. Thanks for the chance!

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