Monday, November 7, 2011

A.S. King: Badass Quilting Lady + Bonus Material

This was one of my first quilts.
I never told you this before, but in my former life, I was a [badass] quilter. I used to make a quilt for every book I was writing. It was what I'd do when my brain wasn't working on task or just to get my head clear and my hands moving. (I'm one of those people who has to be doing something all the time. I bet you know that already.) Anyway, I saw quilting as a way to get away from my desk and listen to great music and do something with my hands. I'd just mong out and sew straight lines and iron the little pieces and then sew them up again to make big pieces and then sew more little pieces onto the bigger pieces to make a bigger piece and then quilt the whole thing together for a few weeks and then, pow. . . I'd have a [badass] quilt.

In a lot of ways, it's just like writing a [badass] book.
Here are some of my old quilts.

My very first. While I wrote my first two novels.
Probably my favorite quilt of all time. It's on my bed right now.
I made these quilts (and about 5 more) while I wrote the seven books that you will never read. By the time I was writing The Dust of 100 Dogs during 2000-2002, I wasn't quilting to keep my hands busy. I was hanging out with my first baby and building this house.

Electrics, paint, ladders and baby. 
This was my quilt for D100D.
And I wrote the 2nd half of D100D at that table.

So the book I'm working on now, lovingly called the tinfoil hat book, needed a quilt. I needed some head space while I got it down. And due to touring and working my little buns off, I've been spending less time with those babies of mine...who are no longer babies. So, I decided that the awesomest solution to this situation was: we should make a [badass] quilt together. And they liked that idea. So, I had the fat quarters already. (Click on this is you don't know what a fat quarter is.) I had the girls pick out their favorite colors and a design that they liked.

We took a break from Wii bowling to pick colors. I suck at Wii bowling.
And yesterday was cutting day.

My back hurts from this.
Next weekend is all about buying a hamster for Mini-Me's birthday. Then, I'll be in Chicago for ALAN, so I'm guessing we'll piece those triangles over Thanksgiving break. I'll keep you informed. There will be [badass] show and tell.

But know that quilting is awesome. In case you are shocked that a woman who might fit the word boner into a few sentences in a novel also makes quilts, let it be known that we only quilt to either punk rock or hard funk. Today is was hard funk.


First, a CONTEST to win a signed copy of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS over at My Brain on Books. You have until the 9th. All you have to do is comment. Go to it.

Next, an AWESOMECHUTNEY review in today's Fredericksburg Free Star-Lancer that happens to include a quote from my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut. That made my badass quilting day, let me tell you.
"Lucky's path to relative normalcy and a return to smiling is not an easy one, but then few are. King captures the journey without the need for a moral soapbox. In fact, her message in all of her novels is reminiscent of one written by the late Kurt Vonnegut: "Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'""
COME SEE ME at Children's Book World (Who says about ANTS: Our staff is calling this the MUST READ book of the season.) this Wednesday, November 9th. We'll have pizza and you get a prize pack with your copy of ANTS.

And DO NOT FORGET the Lititz Kid Lit Festival on Saturday November 12th. Dudes, there will be Stormtroopers. And look at that list of awesome authors. I'll be doing a few things, including a panel about being a dork with Josh Berk who is not really a dork, even though he might play one on TV.

And, under THIS JUST IN, here's a really boss review by Jen over at Reading Rants.
"This darkly humorous book may be one of the best I’ve ever read about how it feels to be relentlessly, aggressively bullied and how adults don’t do nearly enough to protect teens who are being targeted. Lucky’s story is raw, ragged, honest and true and quite possibly happening to you or someone you know." to find my tinfoil hat and write more. Cutting 160 [badass] triangles has a way of making my brain work. Ideas? I got em.

In the meantime, bonus material. I call this one "I totally had to cheat to get out of this maze."


Cat Connor said...

I am in AWE of your massive talent! My mother is a [badass] quilter - she teaches and stuff, but it's not something I've ever got my head around... so I make [badass] dolls instead! :)
I actually had my Ellie doll with me in the States.

A.S. King said...

Thank you!
I wish I would have got a chance to see Ellie. I've never made a doll. My sister knits. She's awesome at it. Yarn bugs me. (Though I liked weaving for a while there.)

Cat Connor said...

Never thought to pull Ellie out of my bag... pretty sure she was in it when I came to see you! :-)

I stopped knitting when I learned to sew [really sew] - knitting takes too long and kills my hands now.
Weaving is cool.
Currently I LOVE tie-dying and am into fabric paint big time! I love it!


Unknown said...

These quilts are amazing. I'm impressed that you can write and quilt. I'm trying to find a balance but also trying to finish a quilt so the writing feels like it is taking a backseat to the quilt

A.S. King said...

Funny you say this today. I have not written or quilted. :-/