COLUMN: Children’s book tells quilting story

Inspiration is one of those things that can happen when you’re least expecting it.

Inspiration is one of those things that can happen when you’re least expecting it. In fact, so many great ideas have come while houses are being cleaned or some equally uninspiring task, that it almost becomes a part of the creative routine at least it does for me.

For local quilter and writer Brandy Maslowski, it happened at a quilting retreat as she watched a young girl’s fascination with quilting grow.

The experience took hold in Maslowski and eventually came to life as her children’s picture book, Kristy’s Quilt, which was released after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 with gorgeous full colour illustrations by local illustrator Marcia Stacy.

The book was Maslowski’s way of telling not only a story that she had seen unfolding in front of her, the young girl’s desire to learn about quilting, but was also her way of helping ensure that quilting wasn’t something that just faded into obscurity.

“It would be such a shame to see it as a grandmother’s pastime and not carried on,” she said about quilting.

As a result Kristy’s Quilt turned into a book that was not only about Kristy’s introduction to quilting, but the book is peppered with facts and information about how to put a quilt together.

For those who feel like they might want to try writing someday, Maslowski says it is important to be ready for that time when the idea hits and, when it does, to get it down on paper.

“You never know when it’s going to happen,” she said, so be ready.

Once you’ve got it down, even if you just get the bare bones down, it’s there for when you’re ready to work with it.

Although being prepared for inspiration can be tough, the hardest part, she says, is the editing process.

Even after the book had been looked at by 10 different people, Maslowski said she was still finding typos and mistakes, so when you’re going through that process you have to be diligent and pay attention.

During her final edit of Kristy’s Quilt, Maslowski went through the book line by line, using a ruler to keep her attention on the line she was reading. The process helped her find those final errors.

On Dec. 17, Maslowski will be a part of a reading featuring four Summerland authors at the Summerland Library.

This is the perfect chance for anyone who wants to introduce their kids to a variety of local writers or, even better, give them a chance to see them read from their books and to get something signed.

As an added bonus, if enough kids show up to the reading, Maslowski hopes to be able to do an improvised storytelling session with illustrator Marcia Stacy.

The idea is that kids suggest some ideas and, based on those ideas, Maslowski and Stacy will write and illustrate a short story on the spot to help show kids how easy coming up with an idea and telling a story can be and how fun it can be.

The reading takes place at the Summerland Library on Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and, along with Maslowski, it features Danielle Krysa, Danny Evanishen and T & R Critchelow.

Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at


Just Posted

Okanagan teenagers found after missing for four days

The pair, believed to be dating, had been missing since Nov. 15.

Police watchdog investigating death of man following attempted arrest

Man is said to have died of head injuries on Nov. 14

Soup Bowls Project raises over $20,000 for Penticton Art Gallery

Attendees had over 200 bowls and plenty of delicious soups

EDITORIAL: When confrontation replaces dialogue

A number of recent comments making news headlines in Canada have shown… Continue reading

Kelowna team wins Summerland junior curling tournament

Okanagan teams will be competing to qualify for B.C. Winter Games and B.C. U18 Championships

Investigation ongoing after shots fired in North Okanagan

RCMP have no updates from Nov. 1 incident

Kamloops woman sues Armstrong IPE for Slingshot mishap

Woman claims ride gone wrong caused injury, loss of wages and other damages

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Alleged drunk driver survives crash into Kettle River

The crash happened Saturday near Grand Forks

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

Most Read