Friday was one of the most exciting days I've had in the last year or so. Everything is coming together for the book. Since I am publishing this project myself, I am in charge of every detail. Bill Angel of Angel Lithographing is the printer, and has been extremely helpful to me and my designer, Sally Miller, prepare the manuscript for its final journey to the press!
I was able to see the first pages of A Black and White Tale born!
|Stack of glossy paper|
A huge stack of paper, on a pallet, is placed at the front end of the machine. It rises up so it can be fed continuously into the press.
|The large press|
|Yellow Roller on top of the press.|
Now for the exciting part, the page is finished
|This page is the last 1/3 of the book|
Inside a plastic box the final sheets emerge. They have been heated before their arrival at this place, to speed the drying of the ink. It's amazing to see my quilts in all the beautiful photographs on the page. I can count some of the beads on the quilts!
Occasionally a page is pulled out and quality inspected. A small scanner (gray box on lower left) scans the strip of colors at the lower edge of the sheet. This is important to check that proper quantities of ink are being laid on the sheets.
|Printed page on a pallet|
|The folded signature #3|
We are almost done.
This is a very complex process, for which I have more respect and understanding than before. All of us buy and use so many beautiful color quilting books and have no idea of how it was made. So this is my story! And soon you will be able to read Jacquie Scuitto's wonderful poem which is on the book pages too.
Thanks for reading!