I love to read. If I’m not sewing I’m probably reading. If I’m not reading I’m probably sewing and if I’m not reading OR sewing it’s probably apple season.
So, when my friend Trish forwarded me a call for bloggers to be on a blog tour book review for her friend, Megan Dougherty’s (aka The Bitchy Stitcher), new self-published book, “Quilting Isn’t Funny,” I was IN!
First, I’m going to tell you what I thought of the book and then you’ll find out a way you can win your very own SIGNED copy! The blog tour started at the beginning of December and I’m wrapping it up on my blog.
Megan Doughtery is a quilting humor columnist. This book is funny. It’s satirical and at times a bit raunchy. I personally loved it. If you aren’t into these things and aren’t a fan of a bit of potty mouth this book is not for you.
Side note: Yesterday at coffee with a friend I may have accidently let a few words slip and made the comment that I had to watch my ‘Potty Mouth’. Pip (my two year old) immediately opened her mouth with eyes wide in shock. Then she took her pudgy little hands and opened my mouth to see the potty inside. My friend spit out her coffee.
The fact that this book is comprised of Megan’s humor columns from Quilter’s Home Magazine, from Generation Q, and from her own blog, and two never-before-seen pieces made it an easier read for me. I may have a hard time focusing and need to be doing many things at once. I liked that I could read a chapter, laugh, do something else, and come back to it without forgetting what was going on in the story. This book was perfect for me!
A few things you should know:
- This book is completely self-published.
- You can purchase the book directly through Megan HERE. It is available as a softcover book or as a PDF.
I’ve been skimming the book to try to find just a couple examples of my favorite lines – but of course…I’m having trouble just picking a few!
I’ll admit. I never thought I’d be into Zombie’s but after one episode of “The Walking Dead” I was hooked. I’m typically a multi-tasker but with that show I tend to ignore the other 10 things I’m trying to do at the same time. I could relate pretty well to Megan’s “A Quilter’s Survival Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”.. I also had to laugh because the number 1 tip is “Work on your hand sewing skills.” She mentioned that “You could, of course, invest in a treadle machine, but since you’ll be forced to walk hundreds of miles to the “virus-free zone”.” This past summer I discovered a treadle at a garage sale that does not need electricity to work it. I was ecstatic because now I could sew even if the power went out! (I haven’t had to do this yet…but I honestly did think this and I probably mentioned it to my husband who just rolled his eyes at me – and ps…I’m not too bad of hand sewer either #allset).
I just have to mention one other chapter – “How to Talk to your Teenager About Quilting”. There are some truly classic lines in this short story…one of my favorite’s is when you teenager has questions like “What is that lady doing with that ruler?” A line toward the end of the story “Explain the joys of having a quilting partner who is an equal – not one who uses your machine and then never calls you but tells everybody else that you’re willing to “stitch in the ditch” on the first date” not only made me laugh but brought back a recent hilarious incident at my local quilt guild meeting. A friend of mine was demo-ing how to add a binding to a quilt that has a faux piping. To finish this technique you use your ‘stitch in the ditch’ foot to help create the faux piping effect. Anyway – the whole point of this story is that at some point as she described how she did this she says, “I just ride that tongue all the way down”. I’ll admit…I started to giggle. The room started to laugh. Everyone calmed down. I started to laugh again and I had to sit down and no longer be my friend’s Vanna – but seriously – what can you expect? I’m honestly couldn’t stop laughing.
These are just a few of the hilarious moments and point of views that Megan shares in her stories. Trust me – you definitely need to read the chapter on “A Quilter’s Last Will and Testament” and of course, “Quilting with Kids.”
Are you hooked? Well – you can win your very own signed copy of Megan Dougherty’s book ‘Quilting Isn’t Funny’ by doing one of two things –
Leave a comment telling me a funny thing that you’ve had happen to you while quilting
tell me your favorite quilt block. I know – two completely different things.
I would prefer a funny story but I realize it’s not always easy to think of them in the five minutes you want to spend when trying to win a prize so I’m giving you an easy out to still enter. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure I can contact you easily. If I have to go searching around for an email address I will just randomly choose a new comment to win the prize.
The giveaway is open until the end of the day on Friday, January 24th.
While I still have your attention – be sure to check out the rest of ‘The Bitchy Sticher’s’ Site.
I personally think the “Don’t Drink and Quilt’ graphic is hilarious and may just have to get a new mug for my collection.
And Megan put her three favorite things all into a calendar for everyone to enjoy – it’s the calendar that features Quilts, Shirtless Men, and Spicy Burrito’s all at once! You can order your very own HERE – and the profits go for a good cause too!