Here goes - I'm jumping right into my 2014 goals by starting on my book! And I owe a debt of gratitude to one of you, who commented:
"Why not borrow the technique of quite a few bloggers who used their blogs to write the first draft of their later published (and successful) books? You might have one dedicated day a week that becomes your 'quilt ministry story' post. Writing a post a week would be a way to chunk the story into manageable pieces, and at the end of 2014, you would have either a completed first draft or a very good outline. The end of 2014 is going to come no matter what, so why not finish the year with this goal realized or well under way?
Thanks, Juliana! This is a great idea, and got me thinking about how simple that would actually be. So now Wednesdays will become "Working Wednesdays" on this blog with an update on how the book is coming.
And I'm hoping that each of you will read this and feel free to comment, critique, and make suggestions, because I'm really wandering around in the dark here - I've never done this before! But I am really feeling a leading to do this, so here goes!
This week I sketched out a rough draft of what the book might contain…
Section 1: Establishing a Quilt Ministry
Chapter 1: The Accidental Ministry
(how we started)
Chapter 2: Why?
(stories from both recipients and quilters; quilting as a dying art; quilts as comfort)
Chapter 3: Who?
(Determining your focus; screening requests; staying focused; expanding your reach)
Chapter 4: When?
(Setting up sewing times; how to manage workload)
Chapter 5: Where?
(Finding space - because quilting takes space!; finding supplies)
Section 2: The Patterns
Chapter 6: How?
(The patterns, along with stories of the quilts and their recipients)
I'm not planning to keep the chapter names as listed - it just gave me a way to organize my thoughts. I'd like to come up with catchy names that make people want to read the chapters to find out what's in them.
So now my question for you this week is - what would make you want to buy a book like this? What would catch your attention? What would keep you reading?
Thanks for joining me on this journey - I can't wait to see where it takes us!
PS - just because no post is complete without a quilt picture, here's a shot of one of our ministry quilts - - -
This quilt went to a very young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm so happy to report that she has recovered well since that time. It was one of the first "modern" quilts I ever made and honestly, now I can't imagine quilting this beast on a tabletop machine - but that's how it was done! Seventy inches square, and appliquéd on a beautiful piece of vintage Irish linen that was in my grandmother's stash. Click on the picture for a better look at the quilting! My little photography assistant there helped me decide on the layout of the flowers. I named this one "Not Your Grandmother's Flower Garden"!