Friday, June 13, 2014

Cultural Fusion Quilts

Feeling accomplished! 

I wrote a book!

That's my name on the cover!

Cultural Fusion Quilts is about just that - Cultural Fusion.

The concept is quite parallel to my life. Living in America with deeply rooted Indian lifestyle has taught me one thing -to find the best of the both worlds. It has15 projects, rich and traditional yet bold and modern. It tells you where I get my inspirations and what I see in them. I wish I could show them all to you right now! After all you know how much I love a big show and tell.




Ever since C&T Publishing accepted my proposal, I've wanted to talk about the book. You can imagine my excitement. The acceptance of proposal was thrilling enough to tell the whole world but quite understandably, from the publishers' perspective, that's all I could tell you.

Rather than teasing you all, I chose to blog about other projects while working on quilts for the book. But soon trying to finish the hand quilting and managing all the deadlines took over and blogging took the back burner. I have neglected this blog time and time again in past year but not any more.

Here is the bright side to this all. You don't have to wait at all to have a copy of my book. It is available to pre-order on Amazon right now.

How amazing is that?

My book Cultural Fusion Quilts is due out in November 2014.

Will I ever get used to saying these two words?

My book?

I have had lots of help from family members and friends, both from near and far. You all know who you are. I am so grateful to have had encouragement from Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden. I learned a lot and every moment spent on this book was all worth the effort. I cannot wait to hold it in my hands and turn the pages. More importantly, I cannot wait for you all to see it.

Download C&T Publishing's fall catalog here take a peek at a few more quilts from the book. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Come back and tell me what you think of those quilts. Tell a friend too. 

I can't wait to hear from you!

One more thing: I have created a Facebook page for this blog. Please visit and hit the "like" button! 














55 comments:

  1. Congratulations, you sly minx! I am so eager to see it!!! Does this mean you might be in Houston this autumn for Market or Festival?!? I would LOVE to meet you face to face!
    Heading to Amazon now to pre-order!
    YAY!

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    1. Thanks Beth, I am so glad this is finally happening. It was a tough secret to keep.

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  3. How very exciting!!! I know how it is to love what you do especially when it is your soul and connects the worlds of your life!! I still want to do a book....someday maybe for the grandchildren. I can hardly wait to get your lovely quilt book, as I have never seen such soul beauty in a different type quilt as yours!! Congratulations, you SHOULD feel very accomplished, because you are!!! And thank you for giving us a journey into your colorful world...there and here!! Blessings to you!!

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    1. I sincerely hope you publish that book for your grandchildren. I often think of all the things I forget to tell my children and what all I would share if they were constantly in my life. It may be a great idea to just write everything down for them when we think of things and stories to share.
      Thank you for your sweet words about my quilts. I am feeling very accomplished indeed.

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  4. Wow ! Heartfelt congratulations.Sujata! The quilt of the cover just glows - it's so YOU! Can't wait to get my copy. Awesome!

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    1. Chris,
      Thank you! I love that quilt on the cover. In fact, I am ready to make another version of it soon.

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  5. How exciting....I'm sure it's amazing!!! Congrats!!!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad the hardest part is over. Now I get to share more of my experiences of this journey!

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  6. Sujata: I am SO excited...I just ordered my copy. You're one of my favorite quilters, so I just know everything in the book is going to be amazing. Thanks for taking the time to share with all of us!

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    1. Martie,
      Thank you! I am so glad you already ordered your copy..Can;t wait to hear your reaction afterwords. It is a long wait til Dec. 1st. I am happy that the time had finally come to share the news!

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  7. Fabulous news and amazing effort. I will be visiting Amazon in the very near future!

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  8. Congratulations ! It's on my list already :-) Love the left quilt in the catalog ..

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    1. Heidi! Thanks for visiting the catalog. I love that quilt. Super excited to share that quilt and the story behind it.

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  9. Congrats on writing a book---how very exciting. I also love the cover quilt. It is very colorful and has so much movement in it!!
    Looks like I may have to go pre-order this

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    1. Judy,
      Thank you! I hope you already per-ordered the book. I am quite confident you will love rest of the quilts in the book too.

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  10. I'm so happy for you, Sujata. You worked hard and the book will be wonderful. I can't wait to see the finished product.mm

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I am so happy to have your support, enthusiasm though this entire process.. I can not wait for you to see the book too!

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  11. That is fantastic. You have worked hard and I'm sure the book will be wonderful. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  12. Congratulations! Finally you can tell the whole world. What a triumph. I can't wait to have my own copy.
    I know it is a lot of work and you did it. Celebrate and enjoy!
    xx

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    1. Finally! Yes, I did it..Time to celebrate!

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  13. So exciting! I'm sure your book is wonderful and I can't wait to see it! Everything project in it will be as vibrant as you are. Congrats!!!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanna! It has been a lot of work but it was so worth it. I am excited for this project to be revealed. I am happy to have friends like you who I met through blogging.

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  14. Big Congrats! You have such a distinctive style! I can't wait to read through your book.:)

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    1. Audry,
      Thank you! Sometimes I think it is too different and crazy ... but that's what makes me happy.

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  15. Congratulations, that's so exciting!

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    1. Thanks, Char!
      It has been a good few weeks since I broke this news. Looking forward to sharing more quilts and projects soon.

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  16. Very exciting!
    You've shared so generously on your blog, I'm certain the book will be full of riches for the quilter's soul.

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    1. Linda,
      Thank you for saying that. I do like to share whatever I can.. This project had to wait but I am glad the day had finally come!

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  17. Yea! How very, very exciting!!! I'm sure it will be very popular. You have so much to share. Can't wait to have mine!

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    1. Thanks, LeeAnn!
      I can not wait for this book to be on the shelves and in your hands!

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  18. Oh Sujata, how wonderful! I am so impressed, so very happy for you, so proud of you, so excited, just thrilled for you! Congratulations! This is wonderful news!

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    1. Sally,
      Thank you! You have been a wonderful friend. Thanks for encouraging at all times. It has been a long time since I first thought of this idea, I am glad that finally it is all in a book form.

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  19. Congratulations Sujata!! What an accomplishment! On quite a few occasions I have thought that you should write a quilting book-your quilts are always amazing and you have such great color sense! Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I did not realize how much work it was to put all my thoughts and ideas into a book but it was all worth it. Thanks for your constant support and encouragement. To think that few years ago, I wasn't even sure how to blog, this seems like a major achievement indeed!

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  20. Hello and congratulations! What an intriguing topic for your book; I am very interested in both the topic, and seeing more of your vibrant work in the book. I follow your blog posts with interest! sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      I have always lived trying to blend cultures and find balance and it has truly become my life style in everything I do. Moving to U.S. has given me so many opportunities as far as meeting people and going to places. This has been a great ride and looking forward to whatever comes next.
      Thank you for following my blog.

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  21. I'm so looking forward to seeing your book, Sujata. I've enjoyed your blogs very much and I really like your unique style. November can't get here soon enough!

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    1. Thank you for following my blog. I am quite excited as you can tell. I still can't believe it has happened and more that that, there is five months between now and then! Get ready to make some exciting quilts!

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  22. Congratulations, Sujata!!! It is indeed exciting to bring two cultures together in such a rich and creative way. I am so proud of your accomplishment.

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    1. Preeti,
      Thank you! I am so happy to be able to blend them.. your must be doing the same in your life. I am happy to be extending it in my art. I sincerely appreciate your comment.

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  23. Both your words and quilts are a treat to the senses! Your book is going to be wonderful reflecting your roots in different cultures. Congratulations and Best wishes for your beautiful book, Sujata!

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    1. Dear Pratima,

      Thank you! I must say, I have missed blogging, reading and writing.. It had been a busy last couple of years. To see all my quilts side by side, all finished to the last stitch alone is an accomplishment. I am looking forward to everything unknown form here! Thanks for being my friend.

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  24. Yay!! How exciting and wonderful to see the cover!!! I'm going to preorder mine straight away!!!

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    1. Rachael,
      Thank you! Finally, the book cover! yeah! Can't wait for you to see it! xoxo

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  25. Congratulations! I can't wait to see your book. I love how your voice rings through your blog and your quilts. I am sure I will love the book too.

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    1. Hi Cinzia,
      Thank you! I appreciate you saying that. I think that's what I love about blogging, everyone's voices are clear and it's is a great way to meet friends. I have met so many quilters and friends like yourself, whom I otherwise would not have known of.
      Thanks for following my blog and taking the time to read it.

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  26. Congratualtions! I love how your voice comes through on your blog and in your work. I am sure I will love your book too!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa!
      I think I am finally out of the cocoon... Yea!

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  28. Congratulations,Sujata ! I am so impressed.
    I have found your Cultural Fusion Quilts will be put on the online market" Amazon" I often use!!! How wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so looking forward to sharing the designs and patterns from this book.

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  29. Congratulations, Sujata! Your book sounds wonderful. I think the idea behind it along with your creativity, will make it a terrific read and very successful! Looking forward to it!

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  30. This is AMAZING!!! Congratulations!!! So So Cool!!!
    Carol

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