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Let’s Bee Social #119

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to the Let’s Bee Social and thank you so much for making this party such a success!

It warms my heart and makes me smile to see you all participating in this event each week. When I click on your photos and come for a visit, I love seeing that you are BEEing social and have been visiting and leaving kind comments on each other’s blog posts.

Everyone needs a little sweet word of encouragement now and then.

Thank you also for all the lovely comments left on the link up posts each week! You sure know how to make me happy!!!

I have some exciting news to share with you today. Actually there are a few newsworthy items!

  • I have been approached by F&W Media and am considering writing and publishing my first quilt book. The proposal is going before the board later this week. I am so excited!
  • Also, it’s official. I have now registered with the Canadian Government as a Business. Things are going so well with pattern sales. Thanks to all of you!
  • And one last thing…. I have finally lined up a printer to be able to start offering my patterns in printed form – both for personal use and for distribution. I do have to thank Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for this. It was through the participation in her Pattern Writing Series that I was prompted to get off my behind and get going.

Last week I blogged about my Black Birds quilt and was hoping to have it finished in time for a post on Friday. This quilt design has generated so much interest! I am astounded. And curious. What is it about that quilt that makes it so appealing? Is it the birds themselves? Is it the colour palette used? Is it the repetitious design? I may not know the answers to these questions, but I am very sure about one thing…. It makes me so grateful to have your love, support and encouragement. What would I do without you, my friends?


It’s your turn for Show and Tell!!!
What have you been working on?

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The Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along is still going strong. Especially over on Instagram!
A beautiful (and eclectic) round up of samples can be seen here. There are only a couple of more block instructions to be shared. And then it will soon be linky time!
Do you have any suggestions or requests for the next quilt along?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Thank you to all who stopped by to vote for my Banff National Park palette yesterday.

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41 Responses

  1. That is a lot of big, exciting news! Congratulations and good luck with the book review, Lorna. 🙂

  2. Your patterns are wonderful Lorna and I'm sure your book will be a huge success!

  3. Béa says:

    Congrats for all these good news XXX

  4. Lisa J. says:

    I've always thought you should have a book Lorna! Congratulations on moving forward in so many ways.

  5. Cut&Alter says:

    Congratulations on all your wonderful news. Fingers crossed for the board meeting!

  6. SarahZ says:

    Awesome and exciting news Lorna! Congrats!!!! As for those little birds, my hubs says it's simple…it is their \”up\” tails 🙂 So now we know 😉

  7. This is super exciting news, Lorna!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you!

  8. Preeti says:

    Lorna, your patterns are outstanding. It was only a matter of time when you'd write the book. I think it is your generosity with which you share your tips, tutorials and skills that makes everything you do magical. Sending you hugs and best wishes for your next endeavor.Preeti.

  9. Congrats. I know your book will be lovely!! As for the birds, I think it is a combination of all you cite – I remember thinking in the qal that the bird block would be wonderful as a flock quilt, and it is!

  10. I'm so excited for you Lorna! Congratulations! ♡ Can't wait to order some printed patterns. I'm old enough to still like that paper in my hand.@blackberryteacakes

  11. I'm so excited for you Lorna! Congratulations! ♡ Can't wait to order some printed patterns. I'm old enough to still like that paper in my hand.@blackberryteacakes

  12. Allison says:

    Wow, lots of really exciting things on your plate… Congrats on all of them! I'm sure that writing a book will be one huge undertaking, but also totally rewarding! Pressing my thumbs for you (that's German for crossing my fingers!)

  13. congratulations – you sure do deserve it! I love your birds just something about them

  14. KaHolly says:

    Exciting news, Lorna! Congratulations! Such pretty fabrics in your quilt picture! XO

  15. Sewmom18 says:

    Congratulation on all the great news enjoy the ride.

  16. How crazy exciting on so many fronts. Congratulations!!! You're a sweetheart and so deserving of all of the success that comes your way. 🙂

  17. Cindy says:

    Exciting news! Congrats! I've been hoping you'd have printed patterns one day. I work in a quilt store and all your cute patterns would be great to offer customers! Looking forward to seeing some hanging.

  18. MoeWest says:

    Congratulations Lorna on all of your exciting news! I would love to see a book by you. I prefer printed patterns when the shipping cost is reasonable. It's hard to say why a pattern is appealing. Birds are cute, I think, in nature and on quilts. I like that your quilt has just one bird in a different colour. And the layout is appealing but not too busy. In the end, if you like it then chances are good that others will too.

  19. Ioleen says:

    Congrats Lorna. Wonderful news. A book? I should say so as your patterns are awesome.

  20. Look at you go!! I love all the good news in this post!!

  21. Carla says:

    Congratulations Lorna! You'll do well

  22. Lara B. says:

    Wahooooo! Lorna! I've always known that you would have this kind of success! Your work makes so many people feel happy and your quilts are the most fun! Congratulations my friend! The pattern writing series was a big help and will become a quilt blogger's classic. I'm so glad you were a part of it! It's hard to pinpoint what it is about the little birds. Their shape is adorable and the whole design makes me smile. I love how one stands out in the crowd! Maybe that is symbolic to a lot of people?

  23. Unknown says:

    I a not sure why this particular pattern attracts me so much. The birds are so cute and sassy. Love the pop of color and the distribution of the birds. It is aesthetically pleasing to me. I loved the little red birds in the Elephant Parade quilt. I think the visual joke of the different colored bird grabs the attention.

  24. Yeah, Lorna! Your business has really taken off this past year!

  25. Mari says:

    Congratulations Lorna! A book will be awesome. Don't forget us when you hit the big time! As for the birds, they are adorable and quick and easy to construct. What more can one ask for?

  26. JanineMarie says:

    Congrats, Lorna! You are really going places! About your blackbird quilts, I know what the appeal is for me: it's the repetition along with that little sparkle of color in the single bird. That can mean so many things, but it's just fun, too.

  27. Sewmotion says:

    Oh wow! huge congratulations on your wonderful news! This is certainly going to be a very exciting (and busy) year for you, but I'm sure you'll take it all in your stride. Well done my dear, can't wait to see you in print xx

  28. Unknown says:

    Congrats with all that good news!!! Your book will be a fun book. Your birds design is like all your animals designs so one of your designs. Lovely, cute, simple and lovely colors. You are so talented!!

  29. That's a lot of exciting news, Lorna! Congratulations on all of it!

  30. So much exciting news! Can I preorder the book yet? 😀 😀 😀 Congratulations!! 🙂

  31. So awesome about the book. Your patterns sell themselves – they are fabulous. And while I'm happy that you are a business, of course that means more taxes…oh well. Congrats on all your successes. I'm sorry I haven't been participating lately – just too busy with other projects to be able to sew. I'll try to get one up tonight, though. You rock!

  32. Congrats on all of the great news! You definitely deserve it!

  33. Congratulations!! A book would be wonderful. That's so exciting.

  34. Unknown says:

    Yay! It sounds as if the stars are lining up just for you. You are a good designer and I wish you continued success. I have really enjoyed the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL.

  35. Unknown says:

    Yay! It sounds as if the stars are lining up just for you. You are a good designer and I wish you continued success. I have really enjoyed the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL.

  36. COngrats on your pattern progress Lorna!! WOoT Woo!

  37. Stephie says:

    I'm so, so pleased for you Lorna, it just makes my heart sing to hear that you're doing so well – a true inspiration 🙂

  38. Wow, that's lots of good news in one blog post. We're rooting for you every step of the way!

  39. Congratulations on your accomplishments Lorna! Thanks for hosting the link-up each week and for your kind words.

  40. I'm so happy for you Lorna, y ou have worked hard for this and it has paid off. Mom use to say, birds of a feather flock together , but there is always one that stands out in the crowd. It's the red bird that finishes the quilt for me.

  41. Ruth says:

    Congratulations Lorna I am so delighted for you! you deserve this opportunity. I look forward to seeing your name on the bookshelf!