Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Book - Briarside Lane

Well, I honestly have had tears of joy running down my cheeks for the last two days. Quilting has been my passion since I started back in 1989. I have wanted to write a book since the late 1990's, when I was a quilting teacher, and I finally did it. Finally, I achieved my goal and today I celebrate my independence as now I am a full time artist, author and storyteller.

It truly means so much to have you here to celebrate with me!

May I present, Briarside Lane.

A book on what I call "Folk Art Fusion." A fusion of quilting techniques mixed with the fun of folk art.

This book contains 10 projects.

Each ranges in size, but all are very simple and fun to make.


The front and back cover show how they hang in my dining room. After all, art made by our hands or the hands of others is what makes a home feel like home. As quilters and artists, we all know the love and passion that goes into making something. I'm truly delighted to share Folk Art Fusion with you.

You can purchase Briarside Lane in my SHOP.


I also have the back ground fabrics, wool and Valdani 3 strand floss for sale.


I have not made kits for each project, but all of the supplies are available in my SHOP. If there is a particular project you want to make and are unsure of the wool and floss, simply email me and I will let you know what to purchase. Of course, you can always buy the book first and then decide on the project. Maybe you will want to use different colors. I  like to encourage creativity.

Lastly, I would like to thank my friend Karen, of Briarside Lane for allowing me to use the name of her blog for my book. Big giant bunny hugs to you!

Later this week, there will be information in my SHOP regarding lectures and workshops if you belong to a guild or a group that would be interested. I would love to meet you in person and share this fun adventure down the rabbit hole with you.

Sometimes it takes a little while, heck, even years for dreams to come true. But, if you always believe and never give up, dreams will indeed become real.

Hugs and Happy Independence Day!
Michelle and the Bunnies 

73 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations dear girl! How exciting for you and us.

Fiona said...
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d. moll, l.ac. said...

Congrats!! super woman !!!

Erica - Peppa Jo Patterns said...

Hi Shell

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! Your book looks awesome!

I hope one day my same dream will come true too! You are an inspiration!

Fiona said...

Congratulations Shell.... it is so wonderful to read of people's dreams coming true and this one is very exciting... wonderful...
Hugz

Clovie Boy said...

Shell, how wonderful for you! You are inspiring. Congratulations and continued success!

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Kudos to you!! These projects look amazing. Best of luck on your continued journeys :)

Jade said...

YAAAAAAAAY! *Kermit arm flail and happy bunny dance*

Congratulations! Mr. Mick and I are all kinds of proud of you! Hugs, nose bonks and bunny kisses galore!

shez said...

congrats Michelle on acheiving your dream,how special,well done.xx

April said...

Happy with you Shell!! Jumping up and down and waving at you!! CONGRATS Girlfriend!!!

Christine M said...

How exciting Shell. Congratulations on your gorgeous book. Hugs, Christine xx

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Well, my dear?... the day is finally here! A dream come true! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!! All my best for continued success as an artist, author and storyteller. Can't wait to see where you go next! Enjoy the journey, my friend! Hugs, Karen

Jindi's Cottage said...

Happy dancing for you...it looks fabulous...congratulations :)

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Congratulations! Lovely book!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Congratulations Michelle! I'm sure the bunnies are binkying in delight at your success!

Lesley said...

Many congratulations on the publication of your new book! Your patterns are exquisite! Enjoy this special day of independence!

Sheila said...

Congratulations Shell, this book looks amazing , you are so talented and I love all of your work.Hugs Sheila

Megan Chamberlain said...

It looks wonderful, congratulations on a fantastic book. I hope you and the bunnies are going to have a big celebration.

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats dear friend!

Madame Samm said...

Ohhhhh my such great news to read about on july 4th..you are all about american successes...welll done my dear, well done

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Way to go, Shell!!! I'm so excited for you!! \o/
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

Diane H said...

Congratulations, Shell! It's been an absolute pleasure to follow along on your creative journey.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my sweet friends!

I was so busy yesterday and away from the computer, but I celebrate with YOU TODAY this fabulous FREEDOM! I am truly touched and inspired by your message here....as I struggle as a NEWLY unemployed teacher (my choice) in order to follow my dream, I have been having moments of fear creep into my heart. Mostly out of NOT KNOWING which step to take first, I often wonder if I will fail. But your words here remind me that it will take TIME. You have arrived at your goal and now, sky's the limit for you. BRAVO AND WELL DONE MY DEAR! Hugs to you and the squishy bunnies! Anita

Jeanette said...

Congratulations Shell. So excited & happy for you. Hugs,

Denise :) said...

Congratulations, sweet lady!! I'm so very excited for you!! This is pretty incredible stuff. WOW! Hugs!! :)

Connie said...

Well hip, hip, hooray and congrats to you on this wonderful accomplishment! You certainly have a great reason for celebrating!

Tamsin said...

Congratulations!

It's a fab feeling holding the first copy of a book you've written in your hands :D

Marj said...

Congratulations! The book is beautiful.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Way to go! Best of luck with your new book!!

Jessica said...

It looks awesome Shell! You must be so pleased!

JCnNC said...

Oh I know you must be over the top proud - as we all are for you - a very big dream has come true and I can't wait for my book to arrive. Your creative spirit has awakened and is thriving - love you sweet girl. Judy C

Barbara said...

Congratulations! Your projects are just beautiful and I will definitely be adding your book to my library!

Cindy said...

Congratulations!

Joan said...

Congratulations! So many beautiful projects!

Chris said...

Such a wonderful day to celebrate your dream coming to life. Congratulations and Happy 4th!

Wendy said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you in achieving this!

I've put the book on my wishlist, I do fully intend to buy it, but it might have to wait until after my summer holiday!

speedyrabbit said...

Congratulations Shell a job well done,Speedy send snuggles,nose bonks and is jumping around doing the happy bundance!

tink's mom said...

So very, very happy for you. It is wonderful that you have accomplished this dream.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Shell I'm so excited for you! I can hardly wait to see it up close. I'll be back to order it next week when I get back to the mission and all my company has gone home. :). Blessings, Marlene

Loris said...

Happy Independence! Looks like a lot of fun fusion in your book :-) Congratulations!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations! Love the photo's~ your projects all look so fun. Happy 4th!

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh my! Congratuations!!!! What an exciting day for you, and for us too :*) Those lovely projects definitely deserve their own book. I am sure it will be a best-seller!

Becky G said...

So lovely! Wonderful designs and great colors. Do you have bunny feet stamps so Harrington and Hannah can autograph your books without staining their special little paws? Think on it! Congratulations and Good luck!

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

Congratulations Shell on this major achievement! Happy Fourth of July and your Independence Day!

Val Laird said...

Congratulations, Michelle, on your wonderful achievement. The projects look simply wonderful. Hugs.

sunny said...

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you!

Rabbits' Guy said...

And big congrats from all of us here at the House of Rabbits too!

(Listen - now you got to get this custom tour bus and trick it out for housing two special bunnies and working on the road. Roam the country giving lessons, selling books, visiting quilt events, and so forth. - (It's a guy thing to think up something like this!))

Kris said...

Congratulations, my sweet Shell!! I am very proud of you!! Woo! Hoo! And the book looks beyond fabulous!!

ritainalaska said...

congrats! your book has some beautiful applique in it! a treasure book for applique! thanx!

kc said...

Congratulations! The book & projects look fabulous and lots of fun too!! So very "you" (and me!!)

Now you're free to move on to the next big project! Wonder what that could be?? Can't wait to see it, whatever it is!

suz said...

Congratulations on your book - what a wonderful achievement!

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations! I am so glad your dream came true. Really cute patterns.
Lovin' those black fabrics!

Lisa said...

Warmest Congratulations Shell!!! This is so exciting for you!!! Hope you will take a much deserved break soon. BTW, The pear tree is one of my all time favorites :)

Mosaic Magpie said...

Congratulations dear Shell! What a beautiful book and the projects look great. I love the peacock! I am very happy for you!
Deb

VickiT said...

Oh how exciting!! Congratulations.

Jillayne said...

Wonderful news Shell, after all your hard work, it's finally here!
I am so thrilled for you and hope it's a fabulous success - and the first of more to come.

Christina said...

Congrats to you Shell! It pleases me to see you achieve this!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I'm to tickled for you, Shell! Your new book is beautiful! I'm hopping over to your shop right now!
xoxo
Donna

SixBunnies said...

Most awesome! Congratulations!

dawnOT said...

I am heading to your store right now! So awesome.

dawnOT said...

I am heading to your store right now! So awesome.

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Wow!!!! Congrats!!!! It looks like a wonderful book to get!!! I have been following along and really enjoy your blog and your creations!!!!

Mistea said...

You are such a clever lady - these designs look fabulous and fun.
Congratulations -enjoy sharing your design talents.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shell,

Huge congratulations, sweet friend and I am so happy for you that your dream has come true.
You truly are an inspiration and love all the gorgeous work you do.
Wishing you continued happiness in all you do.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Raewyn said...

What a wonderful achievement - congratulations. This looks like a fun, fabulous and beautiful book :-)

Jo in TAS said...

Congratulations sweet Shell! A fabulous achievement and the design look beautiful!

Karen M said...

Congratulations, shell. The book looks wonderful. And I'm so happy for you, that you were able to realize your dream.

Natascha said...

Congrats to you! So happy for you!

SpartanBabe said...

That peacock is totally awesome!

The human said...

Sorry I'm late to the party, but wanted to say a big well done!

The human said...

I hadn't finished!

What an amazing achievement Shell! I hope you are proud. I'm so impressed. Good luck with sales.
Lisa x

KaHolly said...

Just delightful. Congratualtions. Loving the peacock!