The first stop on the tour is Bad Ass Quilter's Society. I have to make a confession, until earlier this year, I didn't have a good sense of what the BAQS was or know much about the founder and head Bad Ass, Maddie Kertay. But then, Maddie posted a picture of Completely Cauchy's "Give a Fuck" quilt from QuiltCon on Facebook, and shit started to fly as people got their undies all bunched up over it, and Maddie handled it all with a firm and decisive hand. (Helpful hint - do not tell someone she is a "bad mother" on Maddie's Facebook page.) In response to this, a small group formed on Facebook to create our own "Fuck" blocks and Maddie joined as well. We became Facebook friends IRL (outside of our blog personas), and let me just say, this woman is a freaking dynamo. Honestly, the woman completely fascinates me and I may be replacing my one lady-crush (Tilda Swinton) with Maddie. Or maybe I have to have two now, because, you know, TILDA.
At the fall Quilt Market in Houston this year, Maddie put together something she called a Networking Wing-Ding. Several people in the quilt industry gave small speeches, full of advice for those who hope to make a living through quilting: Ebony Love, Bari J., Sara Watson, Sam Hunter, Rose Hughes - just to name a few. I paid to see it all streaming live and it was totally worth it. I am secretly hoping Maddie might let me speak at the next one in Pittsburgh. I am also secretly hoping she says no. It sucks to be ambitious and a big fraidy chicken at the same time.
Anyway, I am totally a convert to the cult of Maddie and I can only hope she will let me touch the hem of her garment someday (and maybe share with me the secret of how she gets so much freaking shit done.)
So, head on over to BAQS and let Maddie know she is awesome for being the inaugural blog on the Great Bitchy Book Blog Tour of 2013 and 2014. And maybe let her know that while I'm a bit fat, I'm also very cuddly.
Oh, and PDFs are now on sale along with paper copies!! And for CyberMonday - all orders of a signed copy of the paperback book will include the PDF FREE.
Dec. 2 - Maddie Kertay - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society
Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio
Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress
Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip
Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – Made With Moxie
Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen
Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams
Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles
Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys
Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project
Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity
Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations
Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sleboda – Muppin.com
Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Jan. 6 – Generation Q
Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist
Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread
Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty
Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie
Jan. 14 – Meg – Without A Stitch On
Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts
Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Haselhuhn – Dashasel Sews
Jan. 17 - Kim Lapacek - Persimon Dreams