By day, she is a mild mannered accountant.Â But by night, she is The Scrapbook Calendar Quilter!!!Â Of whom do we speak?Â We speak of the amazing, multi-talented Ann Dudek!
We feel qualified here at QuiltWoman.com to call Ann “amazing and multi-talented” and to call her new book, The Scrapbook Calendar QuiltÂ© a must-have.Â You see, Ann is one of us, a QuiltWoman.com employee!
The majority of the QuiltWoman.com employees are quilters (yours truly included) and those that aren’t, are soon converted.Â So when Ann came into our office one day with her Scrapbook QuiltÂ© to show off, a new publication was born.
The book teaches its lucky owner how to create a quilt that reflects a year’s worth of memories.Â Consisting of 12 months in the form of blocks with each day getting it’s own square, it’s as much fun to make as it is to look at.Â A square can be embellished to represent the significance of that particular day.Â No two quilts created from this unique concept will ever the same.
This book would be great for teaching a Block of the Month.Â Start a class in January with the January block and move on from there.Â Collecting fabrics for this quilt would be a great excuse to go on a shop hop (like we need one)!
The book is 72 pages and is fully illustrated in color with high quality photos of each block.Â It is spiral bound so it will lay flat as you use it. As a bonus, there are also instructions for making a Baby’s Charm Quilt!
One of my favorite aspects of the book (besides the how-to-do-it portion) is Ann’s sense of humor.Â We’ll just call it quirky.Â I’ll use the discussion about the July block as an example.Â To quote Ann, “July is my birthday month.Â I am one of these people who think their birthday should be a national holiday.Â So of course I had to put in a special fabric!”Â I had the pleasure of proofreading the book before publication and was laughing the whole time!Â This is not your ordinary, dry, how-to book.Â When I make one of these quilts, I think I WILL put in Ann’s birthday as a special date!
The book is available now.Â If you order it from QuiltWoman.com, you can ask to have Ann autograph it for you!Â You’ll find a little check box on the check-out page with this option.
Ann will also be attending the Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, May 21 – 23.Â You can find her at the QuiltWoman.com booth (where else would she be???).Â She’ll be having a book signing and will be sure to regale you with tales of all of her blocks and special days.Â Ask her about the month of February!
So Ann, from the rest of us at QuiltWoman.com, congratulations on your new book.Â YouÂ gave birth to it, and we’d like to think we were the labor coaches cheering you on!