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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

NTT- Balance in the New Year

Welcome to the first Needle and Thread Thursday of 2022, my friends!  I truly hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I know I certainly did!  Since getting home from my holiday revelry, I've spent my days reclaiming my house from the Christmas madness and just generally relaxing with my family.  Now that everyone is back at work and school, I've spent the last couple of days coming up with a plan for the next few months.  After all, I am supposed to be writing a book and there are hard deadlines along the way.

It seems like forever ago, but I spent September, October, and a little bit of November making ALL of the quilts for the book, and it feels like a huge accomplishment to have all of them done, but then the holidays happened and everything for the book ground to a halt.  Now that we're back to business as usual, it's time for me to shake off the cobwebs and start getting those patterns knocked out next.

I don't know if you've realized this about me (you probably have), but I am terrible at dividing my attention.  For example, when I was making all of those quilts for my next book, I didn't really work on anything else, not even anything small so that I could share something with all of you.  And once the holidays hit each year, I almost never sew because my attention is somewhere else.  This personality trait has served me well in many instances, because my "one-track mind" means that I always start and finish a single project without starting something new, and it even helps with lots of personal goals.  

Right now, I'm finding it equally difficult to divide my time between writing and sewing (which is why I have always done all of the sewing for my books before I write a single word), but I want to work on having better balance in the new year.  So, I'm planning a new scrappy project that can be done in small bites between writing sessions each day.  Bear with me, friends!

It feels like our last party was so long ago, but there were so many wonderful projects linked up.  Something Rosemade made this BIG version of my Tinkering pattern, and all of those Cotton and Steel fabrics are perfect for this pattern!

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework linked up these awesomely scrappy placemats.  Love them!

This beauty is by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl-

And this pretty quilt is by Leanne at Devoted Quilter-

It's time to see what you've been sewing these days.  Have you gotten back into the swing of things in your studio?  I can't wait to see.  Let's kick off 2022 with an awesome first party!

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  1. I have always admired anyone who takes on the huge task of writing a quilting book. I hope you find a way to get some sewing time in that feels good. And thanks for sharing Sesen! :)

  2. I just bought your pattern Waverunner on Etsy. Etsy told me I could download it from you, but I don't see how to do that. I also don't know how to go back to Etsy to try to download it there without having to buy it again. Obviously, I am old, and all this technology stuff is not in my skill set. Can you please help me? Nancy Angerer:

  3. Happy 2022 Kelly! Putting together a book is so much work. Your last book was amazing.

    Thanks for sharing my placemats. There are going to be lots of them made this year!

  4. Happy New Year, Kelly! It sounds like you have been busy. It is so hard to divide time one's time. Your book will be fabulous. Have a very lovely weekend and Happy quilting

  5. Isn't the old saying "Your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness"? It's not bad to have a one-track/focused mind, and it will serve you well in getting your book finished. In some instances, I can sure see that focus being a benefit in myself too. I hope you accomplish all your goals in a positive way. Thanks for sharing several other's beautiful makes - already! - in 2022. Those quilts photographed with a snowy background are the ONLY reason I miss snow!


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