Illustrator Marcia Stacy and author Brandy Lynn Maslowski discuss the artwork accompanying Maslowski’s book

Writer and illustrator launch book

Summerland artist and writer Brandy Lynn Maslowski is set to publish her first children’s picture book.

Summerland artist and writer Brandy Lynn Maslowski is set to publish her first children’s picture book.

As a quilt teacher, judge and the host of Canadian Quilt Talk, she often asks her listeners to teach a child in their life to quilt to carry on the heritage tradition. But she’s not just talking about it. She’s now making a move to get her children’s picture book, Kristy’s Quilt, published and in the hands and hearts of quilters and children everywhere.

“I was searching the Internet for an illustrator and was frustrated that the ones I liked were either too expensive or too busy. As luck would have it, I met Marcia Stacy, a local Summerland Artist, on the Studio Tour and we really hit it off,” Maslowski says.

“Marcia Stacy has been a graphic designer and artist for decades and her whimsical illustrations have simply brought Kristy to life.”

The duo have worked so well together that plans are in place to create a second book.

Kristy’s Quilt is based on a true story. This children’s book features 10-year-old Kristy, a spunky little quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retreat.

Maslowski and Stacy are launching a month-long Kickstarter campaign to fund the book.

The funds will go to pay the illustrator and production costs like layout, printing, as well as sending the book to supporters.

Through the Kickstarter initiative, supporters of the project fund the book in exchange for early bird copies and other rewards. Those who back the project for $20 or more will receive an early copy of the book this spring. Other rewards are also available.

The Kristy’s Quilt Kickstarter Project campaign begins on Friday. Visit www.kickstarter.com and search for Kristy’s Quilt. The campaign runs until March 14.