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.


Alicia, HUGE congratulations! I can't wait to see it and drool over it and lament my lack of sewing skills. Truly, complete ZERO lack of sewing skills. Iffy on the concept of threading a needle. Sigh. The pics I've seen so far, the book looks so delicious I can just enjoy vicarious creativity by looking through it :-)

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see the book. I know it is wonderful.

I have been anticipating this book since you first said you were writing it..I love your writing and your projects, and even though I haven't seen the book yet, I know I am going to love it..Congrats!! You're amazing!!


I am rudely double-commenting on this post because... my book just arrived and it is GORGEOUS! You have outdone yourself, lady!

You're amazing, Miss Alicia. Be very, very proud of yourself.

You. Are. Amazing.

In so many different little ways, most of all in your sincerity and earnestness and love for the things that you hold dear.

I continue to be endlessly inspired.

Yay! Congrats, Alicia!

I think I pre-ordered your book that day Amazon first listed it. I sighed with pleasure two days ago when I got my shipping notice saying it was on its way. Today, yes, TODAY, it is here!!! I spent my whole lunch hour with it - the first of many lovely hours to come as I want to read each & every word and creat each and every project. Your dedication to Audrey touched my heart, but then, you do that with every blog post too.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, your dreams, your life, and your creations with us.
I think I might sleep with your book under my pillow tonight.....

Karen G.

I pre ordered on Amazon. just got an email to say it's on its way. Can't wait!

huge congrats!! I absolutely can't wait to read it!

Congratulations, Alicia! It looks absolutely gorgeous and your clarity on the goal for it is success in itself.

Your description of the book's birthing is as charming as everything you do is. What you are crafting is so valuable.

CHEERS!!! what a wonderful day for you...and all of us!!! my copy is in the mail - i can hardly wait to see what's inside!!!

congrats alicia. i have no doubt in my mind that i will adore your book!

Congratulations, Alicia. Truly, this is a moment to treasure. Thank you for sharing your heart and your handwork.


Alicia... you are sooo very welcome but thanks really go to you for being so willing to share your life and all that encompasses it so generously with us, your adoring public. (sidenote: will never ever forget Audrey). You are a gift. All the very best wishes. Can't wait to get the book. I am definitely making that doll. Love her!!!!!


Many, many congrats Alicia.
Although I pre-ordered it ages ago I'm going to save it for Christmas so I can savour the excitement for just a little while longer. But you must live in the moment and savour the feelings of being a published author!
Jane x

Congrats on this...Amazon says mine will arrive tomorrow. Can't wait!

I can't wait to read it! you have an amazing blog, so i'm sure the book will be just was amazing!

Big, huge, gigantic congrats!

Your posts are always so moving and inspiring. I'm so excited to get your book.. it's supposed to be a Christmas present.. so I'm going to have to wait, but I will be thrilled and oogling over every page come Christmas morning.

Congratulations Alicia. Your book is on my "Christmas Wish List" :-)

Alice Gooch Bucketass says: November 11, 2008 at 04:16 PM

I have been looking forward to tomorrow for sometime now... planning, waiting & anticipating... yay!!! I am so excited to get your new book - I have an entire day off planned - hit the bookstore first thing in the morning, then spend the entire afternoon curled up with my new treasure, my four legged fur ball and an endless cup of cocoa... just reading and taking in all the beautiful photos I know are waiting. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us! You are a true inspiration.

Amazon says The Book will be here Friday. Hurry Friday! I look forward to sewing gifts from your patterns. Peace and happiness, Patty

My heart is so full for you right now. Congratulations sweet girl! I know it will be a great success. You are so blessed and we are blessed to know you. xxoo

I can't wait. I pre-ordered it, I hope it's in the mail! Just in time for Christmas!

I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on your book, I love everything about you, your home, your cooking, sewing, crafting, and especially your corgi! Congratulations! I'm sure it's perfect!

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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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.