Stitched in Time: Memory Keeping Projects to Sew and Share

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Yay, it's finally here! The book has officially happened! Thank you so, so, so, so much to everyone who has helped, been excited for, listened to, and shown patience with me and The Book this past year and a half. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.


I truly hope that you will like the book, and be inspired to make things for yourself and the people special to you. At the end of the day, my dream for anyone is to find joy and peace in making things by hand.


Out of all of the things I did to make the book, out of all the frantic afternoons sewing alone in the studio, the slogs through the mall buying clothes for the models, the time the puppers pulled the unfinished strip of bias tape attached to the placemat and toppled the full cup of coffee onto the placemat thus ruining the placemat just a millisecond (thankfully) after the photo was taken (and this was the third version of the placemat, the first two having been screwed up by me), the times I thought I couldn't do it, the photo shoots with Andy where he held mobiles on the end of a jerry-rigged fishing pole and moved entire bookcases out of the way to put up Christmas decorations for stocking photos in August, the long days when Audrey was sick in her little bed under my prop table, when I worked side by side with my sweet niece coloring cupcakes and mugging for the camera ("Can you hold the doll up just a little bit, sweetie?" — she'd hoist it high above her head, grinning — "Okay, down a little bit?" — she'd drop it to the floor — "Um, okay up a little bit . . . [please please please please]"), the things I didn't know and learned too late, the quiet winter afternoons with red pens and sticky notes and the Chicago Manual of Style, out of all of those things what I will remember most is sitting at the dining-room table writing the small essays that introduce the sections, and the sidebars.


They came at the very end of working on the project, when the crafts were finished, the photos taken, the patterns explained. They were both the easiest and the hardest parts of the whole thing. The writing came out as if a faucet had been turned on, literally. I cried about each one. Then I sent them all in anyway. It became something different, then.


Writing a book makes you feel vulnerable in about a million different ways! Will people like it? Will they hate it? Will I make mistakes? Will I wish I could've done something different? You wonder why you couldn't have just been one of those people who was content to read. In the end, you can, of course, only do your very best, and then close your eyes and cross your fingers in the sincere hope that you've contributed something to the remarkable community you love. And not made an ass of yourself. Because you wish for that, too.


In the end, late at night when you can't sleep and you're thinking about it all, you think: Oh, yes — it was a privilege. To have had the opportunity, to have said it how you felt it, to have done it and finished it, to have worked with great people, to hold that real printed book in your hands. It is a privilege to have shared it with, and to have been encouraged by, all of you.

Thank you so much for that. I really mean it. Thank you.


Congrats! I can't wait to have my hands on this book. It looks delightful. Happy for you!

Endless congratulations on your labour of love... I can't wait to buy it!

so excited!

i am getting one for myself and one for my bcb (best crafting buddy).

Congratulations! I can hardly wait to get a copy of your book! Delightful!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations! I am so happy for you (and Andy). Your book is at the top of my Christmas list. Gee, I think I need to rethink that and get it now so I can make some gifts AND I won't have to wait to get the goodness of the book in my hot little hands. Cheers.

Mine came this afternoon from amazon...yipppeeee! You know what I'll be doing this evening! I posted about it!! ;) Congratulations!!!

Alicia, I thought this day would never come---I'm so excited for you! I've had your book on pre-order for months now and today the clock is moving much too slow as I wait for it to arrive. (I wrote a little bit about that on my blog today.) The photos are lovely, it's all so good!

I can't wait for my copy to get here! I've hunted down magazines before when I knew you were in a whole book of you and your charming goodness, yippee!

Congratulations! Your blog and your crafting energy has inspired me time and time again. I remember shyly meeting you at StudioCraft when my now toddler was just an infant, and admiring your sock doggies and going home to make one of my own with no pattern. Its sitting on my son's shelf in his room now, and I'm proud that I made it for him to keep the rest of her life!
Thanks for inspiring us all. :)

Congrats, congrats, congrats! :)

Congratulations Alicia! You have clearly poured your heart and soul into this book, and that is what I think makes it so very special.

You said, 'my dream for anyone is to find joy and peace in making things by hand', and I think many of us will find that joy and peace through your patterns and your book.

Again, congratulations. This is a very wonderful thing.

I got it today and, I have to say, it arrived just in time. I was facing a particularly gloomy week and this definitely was the inspiration I needed to get me through the holidays and beyond. Thank you!

Thank you for sharing some of the feelings behind being a real live proper authoress - I am so excited to know my pre-order will be on its way soon and that I can make more of your fab designs/ be inspired by more of your great ideas. Thank you.

Now I want to go write a book! Congratulations and thank you and... yay!!!

wow... what a post!... I look forward to holding your book in my hands as I know I'll love it! everything you make and write is so heartfelt -- I truly can't wait.


Congratulations, Alicia! My preorder shipped the other day and I can't wait to sit and sip a mug of tea with this darling book after the kiddos are in bed. Hooray!

Dear Alicia,

Best wishes on your book!!! It is finally here. You must be so happy and proud. I will be sure to get a copy...your blog has been inspirational to many of us out there in the blogging community.

Oooh, I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy!!!!

Congratulations and THANK YOU.


I'm excitedly waiting for my book to arrive! Happiness in the mail! You're so good! Thanks for sharing yourself with us, sending out a part of you into the world. I'll be taking good care of my bit!

Aw... what a big day. Congratulations, Alicia! I'm anxiously awaiting my copy's arrival on my front steps.

You are simply the best! I'm not a writer, and although I love to create things my life is so different from yours. And yet, as I read your words above, I'm saying, "Yes! I know! You're so right. I know exactly what you are saying!!" It's because you are able to share a bit of yourself in the things that really matter, in a way that helps us know that we're not all that different. And we're not alone. My old deaf puppers is under my table right now, and in a minute he's sure to be tangled in the yarn as he leaps up because maybe someone, somewhere, dropped a crumb on the floor!
What I really mean to say is congratulations, and the best of everything to you.

I've been reading your blog for ages and so when you said about your book I pre-ordered it from Amazon. Am in the UK and have just received my copy. Thank you for such an inspirational book, I absolutely love it and have so many things now that I want to make. I have always steered clear of quilts because they look so difficult, but you have encouraged me and I really think I will make one now - I have twin 3 year old daughters and they have had so many clothes that I can't bring myself to throw away

Good for you Alicia. We're all rooting for you, and even us 'non-crafters' will buy the book just for your wonderful photography!

No, dearest, thank YOU for giving so much for us.

xo xo xo L

CONGRATULATIONS. I'm super excited about your book. xo

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at