Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work'in on it Wednesday

In Monday's post, I told you about being snuggled up under my new alpaca throw while I stitched.

Well this is what I was stitching! This is another Folk-Art Fusion piece I have just finished!

Folk-Art Fusion is a combination of hand stitching, machine quilting and wool applique.

Here's a close up of the primitive stitched border. I use my Valdani 3 strand floss for this and the wool applique stitching.

Several of you have asked about a release date for my book, Briarside Lane. (I couldn't reply to you as you are "no-reply comment bloggers and have no email address) As of today, it looks like it will be ready by the end of May. There will be 15 patterns in the book. I'm so excited!!

I'm still toying with the idea of making it an e-book as well as a printed book. I know that so many people have Kindle's and ipads now. I have to admit that I'm still kinda old school and I really love the feel of real book in my hand.

What are your thoughts on e-patterns and books? Which do you prefer?

xx, Michelle

43 comments:

Rachel said...

OK, before anyone says anything, Yes, I was THAT kid...It all depends :-) For patterns I don't care. Mostly. A deciding factor for me, if the book is solid bound and I have an "e" option I will take the "e"...if the book is spiral bound and I have an option, well, then I will take the book. LOL. I like it to lay flat.I know I am odd. LOL. I can't wait to see the book (no matter the binding...LOL) I am certain it will be amazing!

luciethehappyquilter said...

Gorgeous Folk Art Fusion project as always. Although I own an e-Reader I prefer my patchwork/craft books to be proper books.

heartsease54 said...

I have a Kindle & I love it. That being said, there are still books that I will buy in hardback or even paperback. I live where wi-fi isn't available,so I download to my Kindle via my laptop-at home. One off patterns are fine in e-format, but for a whole book of patterns & projects, I would take a real book anytime. The cost of ink to print a whole book with pictures makes my mind boggle!

Jessica said...

Love the new project!
I prefer the old-fashioned book or mag that I can flick through!

Jeanette said...

Gorgeous hanging Shell. Love it. Although e-books are handy space wise & i do have a kindle i still prefer real books. So i'd buy a printed book. Hugs,

Jade said...

I have a Nook tablet and I have Kindle on my computer and phone, so I've got it all covered. My house is small, and I am a there-but-the-grace-of-gawd away from being showcased on "Hoarders", so I made a vow not to buy any more physical books because I just have no place to put them. If I can get a pattern electronically, I'm there.

Sunnybec said...

I don't own an e-reader so it's old fashioned for me every time. Though I do like to download PDF patterns. x

Donna Nowicki French said...

I like the real deal. Jade you are just too funny.

Christina said...

You know I dont sew Shell but I love books and the feel of them in my hands.

Christina said...

Your work is always beautiful.

Quilt Hollow said...

I own a NOOK and love it for reading however for quilting and projects I am going old school. Your projects are so nice!

Lesley said...

I love your block! I would love the option of paper book and ebook for my iPad.

Karen M said...

I'm old school, I go with the book. Unless I'm walking, then its audio books. But I guess quilting while walking is probably a bad idea anyway!

Fiona said...

Another beautiful piece Shell..... I like books to browse through and lay around looking homely - and especially if they have patterns in I would need to print them off anyway...
Great to hear your book is coming along..
Hugz

Mouse Droppings Fine Folk Art said...

You outdid yourself this time...love the colors, the added stitching...folky...beautiful! Hugs Susan

Allie said...

Oh my oh my - so gorgeous!!! I don't have a kindle or ipad so I prefer real books, but you could go both ways! This is really spectacular, Shell, I love all the hand stitching on it!

Jules said...

Lovely! I would go for both and cover your bases. I normally do everthing digitally - but for detailed reference you can't beat a proper book.

Stacy Lindblom said...

I can definitely understand the attraction to ebooks but I still love having a 'real' book or magazine in my hands. And I love to keep a stack of them in my craft room and living room.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I love this, the look of the quilting and the applique has so much dimension.
Hugs,
Susan

quiltercaroline said...

I love your new piece - just stunning. On the matter of books or ebooks it depends - I love 'real' books but if a book is not easy to get hold of in the UK then an ebook is great.

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Another beautiful design!

Soooooo looking forward to your book! ;-)
And I prefer to have a book in my hands... no e-book/pattern for me!

binli (Sabine) said...

Boahh,das sieht soooooo toll aus !!!!

Ich persönlich wäre für die e-patterns Version. Einfach toll. vlg Sabine

Sherri said...

Shell, congrats on your book!! The new piece is beautiful!

Christine M said...

I love your little quilt Shell. I prefer to look through books. I enjoy looking through my pattern books when having a cuppa (that's if I'm not browsing through blogs!).

Connie said...

This is so beautiful and what a great combination! I still prefer a hand held book, I'm old school too!

Kim Q said...

I have a Kindle Fire and I love it, but you cannot print patterns from it. So...I'd have to stick with either a proper book or a downloadable pdf file.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I gotta have the book in my hands--
to read and reread and then decide and then go do, and and--yep--need one in my hands!!!!
Hugs, Di and miss gracie

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, It is a beautiful piece, but then I love the work that you do. I would much rather have a book that I can take with me and reread it as much as I want. I guess you would say that I am old fashioned that way. I have been enjoying your post. I have been doing some reading tonight for a change of scenery that I needed. Have a great weekend Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

Rabbits' Guy said...

"Hated to level the dining room table with my kindle, but it was all I had." quote from 2016.

Your rather innocent question has pretty much gotten us tuned in to today's culture!

Shell for President!!!!

kc said...

Ooooh, love that design - what patience you have to do all that hand stitching and keep it all so even!!

ebook vs hardcopy? BOTH! I love the instant download, and I love that I don't have a bunch of paper and stuff laying around, but on the other hand, when I'm actually doing the project, I like to have the paper I can keep referring back to (and make notes, if I need to). And there's nuthin' as much fun as leafing thru a new book & picking out your next project during commercials!

Clovie Boy said...

Beautiful piece, Shell! Love the neutral colors in the background.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Shell this is a beautiful piece - I love the way your running stitch looks on it. I'm going to try that on the next thing I do. My preference is for real hold-in-my-hand books when it comes to pattern but because of cost I would certainly buy an e-pattern, especially if I thought I would only use it once. My bookshelf runneth over but when I get home I'm going on a cleaning rampage and I'll pass some of those on to others who might enjoy them for a while. I plan to keep only my very favorites. blessings, marlene

JCnNC said...

Old fashioned - No - By choice I do not own the new gadgets as I do not want the complication of yet more information-seeking gadgets. I love being able to download PDF patterns to my computer for embroidery. Nothing can compare to the tangible feel of a book. Prefer they lay flat, especially when there are a lot of patterns as I like to compare the patterns. I have been known to have the spine removed and made into a spiral. Way to go Shell, just so happy for you. Judy C

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Michelle, your stitching is very beautiful as is your design. I look forward to seeing your book. Hugs Judy

Lisa said...

I love that border stitching!

So I'm not sewing but I will weigh in. I have a kindle but hardly use it anymore. I find that kindle isn't the best for any kind of reference book that you need to flip back and forth or find a certain page. I think other tablets might e better. that said, if you could directly print from the e-book, it might be easier if you're going to have patterns in there? Idk.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

Beautiful piece, love it and can see you have been really busy.
I prefer a book, to an e book, just nicer to hold and be able to refer to.

Hope that you are enjoying the week and staying warm.

Love to you and the bunnies
Hugs
Carolyn

Elly D said...

Love this project:-).
I love a real book if I can get it in the UK. However, I also like e-books as it makes printing out patterns so much easier. And it's quicker to get here and there's no postage :-) bunnyhugs Ellyxx

CHRIS said...

Hi there, love this new piece. I love my books nothing beats turning those pages back and forth. I have a kindle I only read novels on it and still buy the proper book if I love it. Books rival quilts around here for space!! Hugs Chris xx

DebbieM said...

I'm a book person too. Don't even want a kindle. i got books for Christmas. love the pattern, Shell.

Melody said...

I love e-books for novels but for a book like yours I want to hold it in my hand. I'm hoping you will sell autographed copies.

Karen said...

Boy am I behind!!! A book! That's awesome :) I'm so excited for you!!!First of all, I have to confess that I never thought I would be a Kindle girl. Turns out I am. I love carrying a bunch of books around with me in one little tablet, and choosing what I want to read, rather than being stuck with only the book I brought with me. This is not to say my love affair with books is over, oh no! I will continue to add to my library whenever possible. (before books become antiques you only find in thrift stores!) But to answer your question, if there are patterns to be printed out, stay with an eBook (pdf) or Printed. As far as I know, I can't print off my Kindle :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Books. I like books. Can't wait to see yours!

It will arrive right during May for Me!

Linda H said...

Hi Michelle: I'm definitely old school and love the feel of a "real" book. I'm the same way with patterns, I most often pass on patterns that are only offered as pdf's.

I'm anxious to purchase your new book when it is ready.

Thanks,
Linda Hardesty