Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Christmas Poem

Eleven months before Christmas
A plan had been hatched
I cut and I sewed
And I stitched and I patched.

Fabric was flying
Right off of the shelves
So I enlisted the help
Of my 12 Supreme Elves:

Nonnie and Rumi and Candace and Carrie
Margaret, Simone, Ulla and Sherri
Char and Carol, both Marys as well
Checking the patterns for each little detail.

Using dozens of spools 
Of bright colors galore
Threads and scraps of fabric
Covered the floor.

Spending quality time 
With my sturdy Janome
Making colorful projects
Cozy and homey.

Machine Quilters Linda
And Jackie and Jane
Their quilting so magical
So crazy good it's insane.

Food was about the only thing
Shared on my blog
Filling in the gaps was Miss Abby
My sweet, faithful dog.

With encouraging words 
From both family and friends
This journey I was on
Was nearing the end.

In my neck of the woods
By hook and by crook
The ending result
Is my very own book!

My publisher is Martingale
And as of today
I am an "author" and 
That's all I can say.

Deadlines are looming
She said with a fright
Happy Christmas to all
And to all a good night.

*I was given permission to spill the beans but may not share the particulars.  This journey began in the Summer of 2011 when Martingale contacted me and asked me to please consider submitting a book proposal.  I nearly fell out of my chair!  I was stunned and flattered.  Never in my life has writing a book ever been even a blip on my polka dot radar screen.   After giving it much thought I kindly said no.  Much time passed and one day a light bulb went on.  I had an idea.  May I say it's exciting and scary and I'm working with some very amazing folks.  Lucky me.  There will be blog absences in case anyone wonders if I'm in a caffeinated tea coma.  Also I may have consumed an entire bag of Holiday Spice drops and a King Size chocolate covered marshmallow snowman recently.

I have the best Supremes keeping my secret.
I have the best kids and mister and the best-est doggie by my side.  Lucky me.

~Piecefully, Stephanie


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm so happy for you Stephanie and glad that you feel lucky. It is going to be amazing I'm sure!

Lynn said...

Hurray!!!! Congratulations!!
You are so talented, it's a well deserved accomplishment.
Can I pre-order?! (ok that may be jumping ahead a bit).

Candace said...

There's a good chance you may be contacted for another book, too - one with Poems! What a darling ode to your travails these past months! Congratulations and I just can't wait to see the finished product! Let me know if you need additional bags of goodies to fuel you while you work! Abby's Christmas card is the best!

AnnieO said...

Terrific poem! Congratulations on your very exciting news. Candy cravings do generally accompany stressful endeavors, so all is forgiven :)

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

YAY!!!That's fantastic, congratulations!!I love your poem, so creative you are!!

Kigwit said...

Squeeee! Can't wait to see your book!

Solstitches said...

Wow! Not only do you design and make lovely things but you're a poet as well :)
Congratulations Stephanie.
I'm excited for you and can't wait to see your book!


Ulla said...

Maybe the poem could be included in the book too? Such happy news about the book.

Carrie P. said...

Besides being an author you are also a poet. Who knew you could right such a great poem too. Love it! Congrats! So awesome!
Merry Christmas to you, Abby, and your very supportive family.

Fabric Fanatic said...

Terrific News Stephanie....I'm so proud of you and Abby (who I know was the muse and faithful quilting companion that allowed you to create this wonder). Can't wait to see it come to fruition!

PeggyinNO said...

What a wonderful poem! You are so talented. And much congrats on the book! Can't wait to see it! Hopefully there will be a pic of Abby somewhere in it!

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Stephanie, what a very original and amazing way to let your readers know what you've been working on. So many talents you have!
Enjoy this special experience. You must be so proud to actually be an author!

LC said...

Congratulations! that's so awesome. I look forward to seeing the book!

Maja said...

Congratulations Stephanie!
I´m so glad for you!
I´ll like to buy your book!!!

Lee D said...

You are so talented with pen & ink and needle and thread. A book by you would surely have a few polka dots in it. I am so excited for you. Congrats Merry Christmas

carol fun said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see the published book. I know it will be a fun one! Merry Christmas, author!

Trudi said...

Congratulations! That's fabulous news! Look forward to hearing more when the time is right :). Merry Christmas indeed!

Jackie said...

Congratulations! How exciting, flattering and fun for you. Abby looks excited too!

Vicki W said...

Awesome! Please count me in for the blog tour when it's time for pormotion.

Cindy said...

Hugs and best wishes for you. I'm sure Abby is by your side at every decision.


stitchinpenny said...

I sincerely wish you the very best. You are an amazing person and all your Supremes, your husband and Abby have done very well by you thus far and I am sure they will support you through the publication and book promotion. Enjoy and share the good times with those people.

Heidi said...

how awesome ! congratulations !
Can't wait to know more ...and to buy the book ;-)

Sherri said...

Congrats again! Enjoy the journey! And I just love the poem!

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Stephanie, congratulations, a book is a huge accomplishment for which you should be so so proud. Yay for you !~! That's a great, good thing. Your blog and ideas and creations are super neat and I am really glad that is recognized and lauded.

Houseelf said...

wonderful and big congratulations Stephanie! I am so so pleased for you! What a wonderful Christmas present- to have a book soon to be out there by you. I think your attention to detail and accuracy of instructions put a lot of the well published designers to shame. I simply love following your patterns because I know they will work out just as expected. You are so awesome hun!

lindsey said...

WOW...Congratulations!! Love the poem too :)

Yvonne W said...

Congratulations, Stephanie, on having your own book published. As well, you are an accomplished poet!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Awe, this is just wonderful news. I couldn't be happier for you!!!!! And I knew you before you were famous!! Can't wait to see the book!!!

September Violets said...

Congratulations Stephanie!!! Great Christmas surprise for us all :D You're very good at keeping secrets! And 'love' back to all of you, and especially sweet Abby :) Wendy

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Congratulations, Stephanie! I hope it will be a smashing success!

Love the poem:)

dutchcomfort said...

Congratulations Stephanie!!!! This must be so thrilling and exciting!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

YAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!! Well deserved!!

Barbara said...

Congratulations....I know your book will be amazing!

Tracy said...

Exciting news indeed! Congratulations, you, Abby and your family should be very proud! I look forward to this book. Merry Christmas to you and your family and sweet Abby!

Linda said...

Congratulations, Stephanie! Lucky you!

Maja said...

I have thought of that often, you not sharing so many new things, but I liked your blog anyway;-)
I just wanted to tell you that´ll made a new PIP´s today!

Kaaren said...

Nobody deserves this honor more than you, Stephanie. I am so thrilled for you as I'm sure you and your family are.

I would like to reserve one of the first issues that come off the press, please...signed, of course.

Just wait until you see your name on the cover of your book. I can still remember the shivers and goosebumps that went up my spine when I saw mine.

Yay for you!

Jackie said...

You know how happy I am for you and so glad that I was able to be part of it too. I absolutely LOVE your Poem... who knew another added talent! Can't wait for the book!!

Sandy said...

Congratulations! Enjoy the process and have a Merry Christmas.

Auntie Pami said...

Happy! Can't wait!

MamaT said...

That's SO EXCITING! I'm happy for you and look forward to owning a copy. Congratulations!

Cille said...

Congratulations :) Your patterns are wonderful so a whole books of them is defiantely something to look forward to. It is really exciting.

I can see Abby is all ready for Christmas with that cute toy.

Jane Holbrook said...

Yay! A published author! Congratulations. I can't wait to purchase one and try out the patterns. Happy Sewing!

Lynette said...

Congruatulations!So happy for you! I wait with much anticipation for this wonderful book!

Maja said...

Hi Stephanie!
It´s me again;-)
In my blog today you can se one quilt from two PIP´s.
Big Hug!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

How crazy exciting. I'm so happy for you. (And very sorry I was so late to see this post.)

Will Abby be making a cameo apperance in the book? :)
Can't wait for the book's big reveal...I know it will be amazing.
Congrats again!


pratima said...

Cute poem, Stephanie! Hearty Congratulations!!
Happy holidays :)

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Nedra said...

Whatever your adventure, I know you will do it well. Happy times ahead!

Miriam said...

Woohoo, congratulations Stephanie!!!!

May this be the first of many books from you ..... and your Supremes!

Char said...

Congratulations Stephanie! It's so exciting!

calicodaisy said...

Merry Christmas! Just catching up here and read your news. Congratulations! -- Michele

jody said...

how exciting a new venture coming to light in the new year!! you are so self disaplined stephanie!! i wonder if i tempted abby with treats if shed tell me more...