Australian authors have 11 of our top 50 books which is no surprise given the creative, quality work from Loani Prior (more below), Di Ford (Primarily Quilts), Wendy Williams (Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures) Nicole Mallalieu (The Better Bag Maker), Jennifer Clouston (Foolproof Crazy Quilting), Carolyn Konig (Creating Heirlooms), Kass Hall (Zentangle Untangled) and, of course, Gloria Loughman (Radiant Landscapes).
The wonderful Loani Prior and her aptly named Pretty Funny Tea Cosies was No. 1 for the year. Loani worked hard at most of the Craft & Quilt shows, which of course helped sales, and her new book pulled her previously published works (HowTea Cosies Changed the World and Really Wild Tea Cosies) into the top 50 as well. A fantastic new book does help sales, but it is also interesting to see 16 of our top 50 are what publishers describe as “backlist” and more than two years old.
The sublime Yoko Saito had five books in the top 50 with these titles first published in Japanese, then French (from Quiltmania) and now in English, at last. My personal favourite is 120 Original Embroidery Designs – absolutely stunning! Floral Bouquet Quilts is another beauty, but I am getting ahead of myself since that just arrived!
Probably the surprise for the year was Secret Garden coming in at No. 2. Ironically, I was gifted Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom (similar to Secret Garden, sorry, Joanna!) along with a lovely set of Derwent Inktense pencils for Christmas and I had the time to play a bit. Now I understand the allure of these wonderful books. I can’t wait for Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest to arrive in February both for the sales potential and new challenges for my pencils.