Quilting Isn't funny is a collection of articles, insights, and random musings by Megan Dougherty. I can't even begin to describe the hilarity of the contents, so I will just copy and paste from Amazon:
Publication Date: November 10, 2013
Quick! There’s a horde of brain-eating zombies headed your way: you only have an acrylic ruler, some safety pins, and a bias tape machine. What do you do?
And, hey, zombies aren’t the only scary things quilters have to deal with. What happens when your teenager discovers your stash? What are your rights when you get arrested by the Quilt Police? Do you know how to tell which urban legends of quilting are based in fact? What should a quilter’s insurance policy actually cover? And what did the Buddha have to say about all this?
Quilting Isn’t Funny is a collection of hysterical essays by the inimitable creator of the Bitchy Stitcher blog, Megan Dougherty. This is quilting humor with a sharp edge, pieced together from wit, snark, and a little bit of satire. Turns out, quilting is funny. No, make that freakin’ hilarious.
I was first "exposed" to Megan on vacation a couple years ago. I had spent way too much money on magazines for pool reading, and had a good mix of sewing and trashy celebrity gossip. Megan's article in Quilter's Home had me laughing hysterically, disrupting other sunbathers. Granted, it was very hot, and I had downed a margarita...but this was funny, funny stuff. After reading about Megan in the Contributors section, I decided to stalk her blog and follow her on Facebook. Even though calls herself the Bitchy Stitcher, she is actually very nice (I got to hang out with her at Quilt Market, and she didn't scowl or hiss like one would expect).
In addition to quilting and writing humor articles, she is a mom and creator of the annual Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Calendar. Her book is a round-up of her very best articles, plus some great new, never-seen-before content. You can read more about it here:
As someone who is on the fringe of the quilting world, this book gave me great insight into the minds and lives of die-hard, traditional quilters. I know I've met them at shows and quilt shops, but I can't say I've gotten to know any of them all that well. Sure we use the same tools and hoard the same fabrics, but they are a different bunch for sure, and they don't take to outsiders quickly. It takes many years to be truly become one of them. Then there are the young, hip modern quilters...Megan knows all about them too. In fact, she gives the best definition of Modern Quilting EVER in her glossary.
This book would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to sew and laugh! Buy it for yourself, even. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed tuning out my family and indulging in this read. You can buy the book directly from Megan in paper or PDF format (see the link above), or from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. OR - you can WIN a copy by leaving a comment about quilting...is it funny, or not? Or just say something silly about sewing in general. I'll choose a winner (randomly, because that is how I roll) on Wednesday, December 11th.
You can also win the book from one of the other fabulous bloggers on Megan's book tour: