Friday, August 18, 2017

Done

The other day, I sewed the LAST stitches on the LAST binding of the LAST quilt for my next book and then sent all of them to my publisher. Yay!


You have no idea how good it feels, to have worked hard and stayed so focused for months to accomplish yet another goal. Writing a quilting book with 17 quilts in just a few months can be totally exhausting as well as exhilarating, whether the quilts are small or large. You still have to stay focused and not veer off track or it just will not get done. I've been living nothing but quilts and even dreaming quilts in my sleep for months. Waking up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, thinking OMG - I need to change this or that or even - Oh no! Do I have time to start over? Will anyone really want to buy this? It's been a journey and I thank all of you for following along with me for so many years. I know I say this every time, but I think this book is going to be the best one yet.






The publishing process is often a long one and I know it's hard to be patient before you see the final product. There's still a little work to do - some necessary editing, rewriting, more editing, research and documentation, etc., in the coming months before the Martingale team turns it into another beautiful finished product next year. I'll be sure to give you updates when I get them but for now . . . . I'm done with the big part. I need to take a little break.  Maybe read a good book and then take a nap . . . . or a much-needed vacation.


Have a good weekend. Easier if you stay away from the news but I'm not one who can ignore what's going on in the world or bury my head in the sand and pretend to not be affected by it all. We live in difficult times. We can wish we lived in more tranquil times but the fact is that we don't. I don't have any answers for what is happening but all of us need to somehow come together on some level and realize that we are all more alike than we are different. We need to face the trouble in the world with courage and try to find solutions by focusing on spreading love and compassion toward our fellow human beings instead of hatred. And make the best attempt to elect leaders who couple that compassion with strength of character and wisdom.






23 comments:

Yvonne said...

Your words are so true! We can all make this world a little better if we all try and respect each other!
Exiting the last quilt for your book is finished! 👏

Sue McQ said...

You are a wonder, dear friend! So happy for all your accomplishments. Proud to know you. Looking most forward to the new book and next opportunity to break bread with you. Blessings.

Radka said...

Good post :-)
Congratulation on your new book!
xx

marian said...

Kathy, congratulations! I feel your excitement and relief.. another wonderful book to look forward to!
Times like these make me realize just how fortunate i am. If only we were all a little more tolerant and compassionate, what a wonderful world it could be. I live in hope. Hugs, Marian

linda said...

You deserve to take time for yourself to rest and recuperate. Our country has gone through hard times before and I pray when we can look back that we make it through. A smile and kindness go a long way

Pamela Tasker said...

Amen. It will be hard to wait for your new book! Rest and Refresh !

Sue Bennett said...

Kathy,
that that time to read a book, feet in the water and breath deep, Your book will be just as beautiful as the last and we will wait so patently for its arrival.
Your words are perfect for our times right now. Having all the fighting in your part of the world puts it all into perspective. Everyone needs to step back and take a deep breath and see what they can do good for our short time here on earth.
Your friend
Sue

kelley said...

looking forward to your new book...the world...yes, I cannot ignore what is happening...we all need to find a way to make peace with each other...

Maria said...

I'm willing to see your book. Thank u very much for your words.
A big hug

Maria said...

I'm willing to see your book. Thank u very much for your words.
A big hug

Ann in PA said...

So excited to know you just finished another book...17 quilts! Yay!
Now it's time for you to relax and do something you love with those you love.
It's sad to see so much hate against others and vandalism of our historical sites...we can't erase the past. We need to learn from history in order to make it a better world. If we try try to eliminate all that is offensive, we leave only the images in the media to our next generation...that is scary. Those of us who want peace need to band together in a positive way to help all become more accepting of our differences. "Hate" has no place anywhere! (sorry, off my soapbox..just sad & venting)

Janet Maly said...

God Bless America!! Thank-you for your thoughts !!
Breathe and enjoy your weedend !!

Debra said...


I'm just so grateful that this will be your BEST book, and hopefully not your LAST book!
Can't wait!

Mary said...

Congratulations on your finish! Yes, these are difficult times but in my opinion we need to stay current and be diligent.

Mary

Angelia Lanouette said...

Congratulations.....I can't wait to see your new book! I can't even begin to imagine how much work it takes. These are difficult times and I agree with you. While on my way to a quilt shop today, I was stopped at a red light and noticed the license plate on the car in front of me. It read ... EZ2BNICE. So very true!

Vickie Lewis said...

Excited to be waiting for your newest book to come out, know it will be awhile. Just love small/wall/doll/mini quilts! thanks for all you do!

Melody said...

Congratulations on your latest book. :)) Thank you for your heartfelt and well stated post. In world where we can be anything we can be all kind.

Louise said...

Congratulations to you on a job well done I am sure of it. Anxious to see your newest endeavor.

Jennifer M said...

Congrats, you have much to celebrate and we have much to look forward too. I think you said it well and I pray for peace and love and kindness. Blessings

Nancy said...

Well said and I agree with you wholeheartedly.

Puri TresP said...

¡Enhorabuena por ese trabajo terminado, Kathy, estoy deseando que salga a la venta ya! Ahora te toca descansar y disfrutar de un tiempo de relax merecido.
Apoyo tus pensamientos, son tiempos difíciles. En España estamos ahora mismo sufriendo por este reciente atentado terrorista en Barcelona.
Te mando un abrazo desde Madrid.
Puri

Karen said...

Glad to hear you have finished the last quilt for your book. Now you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer and fall. Love following your blog and facebook posts. It's always exciting to have another quilt book/ history lesson to look forward too.

Unknown said...

Congrats Kathy! Such a huge accomplishment. We all appreciate you, and what you do. Thank you for it, and also your wise words.
Renee in MI

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