My Crazy Star Quilt

Spilling the beans

About last year at this time, I got the news that my book project was a go.


I wrote a book!

Book cover

It's still kind of hard to believe, even after having done all the work, but I did it. I wrote a book.

QuiltEssential is not a book of projects, but rather a reference guide for all aspects of quilting. It's my sincere hope that it will inspire quilters to start bringing their own designs to reality. It is chock full of different subjects like choosing a color palette, how to calculate fabric requirements, a look at various forms of quilting and instructions for different piecing and assembly methods. And that list is just a start! There is so much more including profiles on nine amazing quilters which will hopefully inspire you further.

To say I am excited is an understatement. I'm not sure I can put in words how wonderfully rewarding this experience was for me. Throughout the process, I enjoyed having a concrete project to work on that stretched my brain in the best ways. I did miss making things and blogging about them, but I hope that you now understand why much of the last year was radio silence on the blog. Thank you for sticking with me even when there wasn't much to see.

QuiltEssential will be published in September by Stash Books in North America, Bloomsbury in the UK and Sally Milner in Australia. You can pre-order on Amazon. The book looks different there - this cover is the final one and although the author info says that I write for Sew Mama Sew, I don't.  I will have some books available for pre-sale in my shop as well. More on that soon!


Also important to note: When I link to products on Amazon, like my book and the items in the sidebar, I am paid a small referral fee in the form of an Amazon store credit. I use this credit to finance the purchase of even more craft books and some supplies. Just so you know.


The Lazy Fair

Congrats! I don't quilt (yet) but will definitely have to buy this for when I inevitably pick up the hobby.


so proud for you, Erin!

amy h

Congratulations! I thought this probably HAD to happen at some point. :) What a big project. I can't wait to see the inside!


Congratulations, Erin!! I cannot wait to hold this book in my hands. It looks wonderful!


Congratulations! I can't wait to see it in the wild.


YOU are amazing, Erin! I know you worked incredibly hard to make this happen. It looks beautiful. Well done you! xoxo


yay, congratulations! i was thinking this is what you were up to!


Terrible exciting! So proud of you


Congratulations! This sounds like it will be a very good reference book to have on hand! Can't wait to see/read it.


Congrats, Erin! That's wonderful news.


That's Tremendous news!

jane morgan

How exciting! I will buy one for my mom. Great job!!


fantastic news, erin!!! so many thanks for sharing your creativity in this exciting way!! xo

Alicia A.

I cannot wait to have that book in my hands! (You're amazing.)

Heather Smith Jones

Such great news, Erin! The cover is bright, clean, and beautiful. I can think of no better person to write a book about quilting. Congratulations! It's so exciting!


Well, well, well! Isn't this just lovely news?!?!


congratulations...sounds like a really interesting topic to explore, cant wait for my chance to read thru it

rachel | buttons magee

I'm so excited for you Erin! Also, I love the name of the book. Can't wait to get my hands on this! Xo rach.


Wonderful! Congratulations -- it looks great!

Mama Urchin

Woohoo! I bet you feel so great letting that cat out of the bag. Congratulations!

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I can't wait to hold it in my hands! So proud of you!


So awesome! Congratulations from a very long time reader!


Congratulations! I thought that might be the case. I have been reading your blog for a very long time and look forward to purchasing your book.


Congratulations Erin, that's awesome! Yours is one of the first blogs I started to regularly read, and I have always loved your projects and writing. And I have two daughters, the same-ish age as yours. I will look out for it in Australia - though more likely I'll get impatient and pre-order from Amazon! Cat.


Yay! So excited for your book!



beth lehman

erin, congratulations... you must be so proud!!! i have long admired the sewing you have done and the quilting most of all. i can't wait to learn more about it!


I had a feeling this news was coming sometime looks wonderful! Can't wait to hold this book in my hands, congrats Erin!!


i was driving when my phone updated. almost went off the road! so excited for you! you should be very proud. can't wait to meet it in person! xo

Indiana Lori

Well, SEE?! I just knew something was up! I am so happy for you! Congratulations!! Well deserved. It looks fantastic!

Indiana Lori

P.S. Based on your inspiration, I just finished a quilt for my daughter's teacher. I feel amazing. Well...quilt top. I had someone else do the free-motion. Perhaps your book will help me along in that direction!


Congratulations! I've known this was in the running since last year as someone from Bloomsbury asked if they could use some of my quilts in it, no idea if they did in the end, but will be excited to see it in print in September! Well done again. :-)

lisa s

i want to buy a book from YOU. so save me one, OK?????? can't wait.

Penny Roberts

Congrats Erin! That is wonderful!


Congratulations! I am very happy to read this news.

Jessica @ Just a Mum?

Holy crap! Congratulations, Erin! :)

Christina Lowry

Oooh wow! Congratulations! All the best for a great sucesss. :)


ERIN! this is so great! congratulations, friend! you're awesome.

Anne Marie

Cngratulations!!! What an accomplishment. How fun!


Of COURSE you wrote a book, and I for one cannot wait to read it! Massive congratulations - I hope you are mightily proud.


Awesome news, Erin! Congratulations!! xx


Congratulations! What a tremendous accomplishment! And on a sidenote, I am selfishly relieved to discover that your blog silence is due to such busy-ness and not loss of interest- as I do so love this blog! :-)

Tanya Cox

Congratulations!! Very exciting news!


Amazing. Can't wait to read it.


Any chance there will be a book signing -- in Wisconsin? Cannot wait to read the book.


Congratulations, friend! I wish you much success in the sales of the book, but know that you've already reached huge success because you've finished writing it. Good for you!

miss chris

I am so very proud of you, friend!! Can't wait to get my hands on it. xoxo


holy wow! that's awesome, congratulations, lady!


CONGRATULATIONS! I thought something was up, but have been enjoying your blog posts nonetheless! So awesome!


Congrats! I live under a rock, so I'm just now seeing this :) Oh, and Happy Birthday!!

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