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Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Payoff and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this finished quilt top with you today.  After all these weeks of scrappy improv sewing, it feels so good to finally see my vision turned into a reality.


Other than getting this quilt top finished, I've been prepping to teach the Minnesota Quilters (leaving bright and early tomorrow morning!).  I've never been to Minnesota, and I can't wait to visit!  

We've also been gearing up for my son's SENIOR year of high school!  I don't know how we got here so fast, but I'm going to treasure every single moment and all the "lasts." I know this year is going to fly by.

While I'm waiting in airports and hanging in my hotel over the next few days, you know I'm going to love seeing all of the pretty things linked up!  Before we party, check out some of my favorites from last week. Sew Preeti Quilts shared this gorgeous quilt-


This unique piece is by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color-


And this cute quilt is by Quilting Gail-


Okay friends!  I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!  It's time to party!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Time to Cut Them Up! and NTT

Hey y'all!  Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  This week, I sewed, and sewed, and sewed some more, and finally finished up all of my neutral scraps.  With the full rainbow and neutrals finished, it's time to cut up these panels and work on making my vision for them come to life.


Take a look at a few highlights from last week.  Love this one by Sew Preeti Quilts-


This simple and sweet quilt is by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


And this fun, scrappy quilt is by Deb at A Scrappy Quilter-


Before we party, I want to let you know that I'll be flying to visit the Minnesota Quilters next week- yay!!!  I'll be presenting two trunk shows (one at each of their meetings), as well as a full day class next Friday, and a half-day Intro to Improvisation class next Saturday.  There are a few spots left, so if you're in the area, check it out!  You can check out all of the details, including information on how to sign up HERE!

Okay, friends!  Without further ado, let's get our party going.

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Screeching Halt and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  I'm so sorry I missed last week without so much as a quick post letting you know why the party wasn't up.  The reason can be summed up in a single word- Covid.  Despite vaccinations, boosters, and our family's ability to evade the virus for more than two years, last Tuesday evening it hit all three of us- me the hardest, and our lives came to a screeching halt.  I'm grateful for my "mild" case, though it still came with a high fever, chills, body aches, overwhelming fatigue, loss of taste, and of course, cough and congestion.  It took several days for the worst of the symptoms to start getting better, and a full week to feel almost back to normal.  Thankfully, we're all pretty good now.  My husband and son went back to work today, and I finally got back into my studio yesterday.

These neutral scraps have been sitting on my table waiting to be pieced for so long, and though these three panels have made a good dent in the pile, I'm nowhere near finished with them.  So, I'll just keep sewing a little bit here and there until they're all done.

In the meantime, let's take a look at a few of the amazing projects linked up at our last party.  This happy quilt is by Something Rosemade-


Look at this festive quilt shared by Rebecca Grace Quilting.  I do love Christmas in July!

I love this scrappy beauty by Gretchen's Little Corner-


These placemats, by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, are a great way to use up leftover fabric strips!


And finally, I can't resist showing this mini by Diann at Little Penguin Quilts.  She made the cover quilt from my latest book!  It makes me SO happy to see quilters enjoy making quilts from my books and patterns.  :)


Okay friends!  I know your last week MUST have been more fun than mine (or at least I hope it was!).  Time to show what you've been working on!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)





Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A Full Rainbow and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I hope all of you in the US had a great 4th of July holiday, and thank you to everyone who sent their well wishes while I was under the weather.  Thankfully, I'm almost back to normal.  If I could just get rid of the stopped up feeling in my ears, I'd be in business.

This week, I finished up my purples and got a full rainbow laid out on my wall.  This isn't how the quilt will look at all, but a complete color wheel never fails to put a smile on my face!


Before I can start putting this quilt together, I need to tackle one more jar, and it's the one that's the most full- my neutrals.  My poor, neglected neutral jar contains all of my gray, low volume, beige, white, and even a few black scraps, and though I add to this jar with almost every quilt, I don't pull from it nearly as often as I do the vibrant color jars.  Nevertheless, the neutral scraps will be emptied out for this quilt.  I'm looking forward to seeing this design really come together!

Last week's party had SO many fantastic projects shared.  This scraptastic quilt is by Yvonne at Sew Yummy-


Rita at Quiltpiecer linked up this gorgeous quilt-


This beauty is by heARTS Creations-


This fun scrap quilt top is by Deb at A Scrappy Quilter-


And finally, Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework shared this pretty patriotic quilt finish-


I say it all the time, but I really mean it.  I could have chosen lots more projects to feature this week.  There were so many beauties!  If you missed last week's party, you definitely need to go back and take a look.  Alrighty!  Let's link up!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NTT- Purples in Progress

Welcome back to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  My vacation last week was really wonderful, even if I did bring home an unwelcome souvenir.  I started feeling unwell just as our trip was coming to a close, and unfortunately it has persisted.  A test confirmed that it's not Covid, but since I'm going on a full week of fever and other cold symptoms, it's still a pretty big bummer.


Even still, between naps I have gotten in a few minutes of sewing here and there, and my purples are really coming together.  I don't even have them pressed yet, but I love how they look so far, and I can't wait to see the full rainbow laid out on my wall.

Our last party was two weeks ago, but it was filled with plenty of amazing projects.  Take a look at this beauty by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Sally at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking linked up this sweet quilt finish-


And Anorina at Samelia's Mum shared this gorgeous quilt.  Just lovely!


Okay, y'all!  It's time to link up the latest projects from your studio.  And while you're at it, I'd love some good vibes so I can get back to feeling 100%.

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, June 15, 2022

NTT- No Purples Yet

Hey there, y'all!  Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  I have made zero sewing progress on my scrap project this week.  Between birthday activities that spilled over into the weekend and vacation prep, my dance card has been full.  NTT will be taking a break next week while I'm gone, and I'll tackle those purple scraps when I get back!

At last week's party, there were lots of great quilts linked up.  These two are by Quilting Gail-


Julie's Quilts and Costumes shared this sweet baby quilt-


And this stunning finish is by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl-


You know I'm going to be browsing through your links while I'm on vacation, and I can't wait to see them.  So, let's get this party started!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

NTT- Another Week, Another Color On the Wall

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  It's birthday week around here, so there have been lots of fun things going on.  I turned 45 yesterday, and today is our son's 18th birthday!  It really is shocking how quickly the years go by.  It was a low-key day with plenty of time spent with my very favorite people, and I couldn't have asked for anything more.

I've also made some progress with my scrap project this week.  I finished out my aquas/teals, and as I suspected, it is by far my most plentiful color.  Then I moved onto the true blues.  I didn't have a ton of those, so I knocked them out pretty quickly.  Purples are next on the agenda, once all of the birthday activities are all finished of course!


As usual, last week's party was filled with goodness, like this fun quilt from Julie's Quilts and Costumes-


I love this quilt, shared by Rebecca Grace Quilting-


And finally, check out this pretty table runner by Sunshine in the Attic-


Okay, friends!  Let's link up!

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link within your 
    post.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)




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