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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Needle and Thread Thursday!

It's Thursday again, and that means that we've almost made it through another week, and that the weekend is almost here!  And it also means that it's time for another Needle and Thread Thursday!  I finished up the huge quilt I've been working on, and had to settle for just a few shady pictures.  It gets dark so early this time of year- boo!

Overall, this quilt is just different enough from Hopscotch that I was able to finish it without getting bored.  I always worry about that when I repeat a design or colors close together.  Surprisingly, even though most of the fabrics are the same as Hopscotch, the absence of navy blue, and the extra punches of orange and lime green really give it a much brighter look.

I had lots of fun with the backing on this one, and used several one yard cuts along with the scraps, rather than one main backing fabric.  One of my students told me that he really liked the green honeycomb print (from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern line) because it looks like turtle shells.  That made me smile, and realize that this quilt will suit a little boy perfectly.  By the way, that dark spot on the quilt is an acorn that dropped right at the moment I snapped the picture.

I used a fun royal blue hexagon print for the binding, and even though I really love it, I forgot to take note of the name of it.  There are so many positives about buying from a local shop and playing with all of the pretty fabric in person, but I always find that I forget to pay attention to the fabric line or designer when I'm staring at all of the bolts.  

ps- it's late November and my roses are still blooming!!!

I've decided to name this one Around the Block.  I wanted a name that was still playful, but obviously I couldn't name this one Hopscotch as well!  I quilted it with a simple meander which, besides the fact that y'all know it's my favorite, is all I'm brave enough to do on a quilt this size.  80x100 inches is doable on a regular machine and totally worth it, but it is a little bit daunting!

Now, on to the party!  Last week, the link-ups were amazing!  So, let's get right to the highlights-

Joanie's Trendy Quilts shared this pretty blue and green quilt-

Megan at Tales of Ineptitude revealed her stunning HST star quilt.

and Kelsey at Everyday Fray linked up this awesomely manly plus quilt.

I hope you're ready to bring it this week!  Check out the party rules-

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


  1. You know this whole getting darker earlier really does throw everyone will be 5 pm and totally dark outside here in NC!

    I like the binding on your Around the Block quilt---very modern and fresh!

  2. I love the back of your quilt as much as the front. Awesome job!

  3. Kelly - it looks great! I love the back, too. Gotta give it to that little acorn for getting himself into the shot ;)

  4. Kelly what a nice surprise to see that you have featured the Blues and Greens Modern Baby Quilt! Thanks you so much! And again, thanks for hosting your weekly linky party. I enjoy coming here!

  5. Oh yes, your quilt came out fabulous! Great combo of color and fabrics. The medium blues stand out nicely with all the other colors. Love the fabric you used for the binding. And on the back side is as pretty as the front. The strippy pieces creating a stripe really adds a lot of interest.

  6. Gorgeous quilt. Beautiful colours and I love the back also.

  7. I always love your quilt labels and fun names :)

  8. Wow Kelly, your quilt is so spectacularly modern and perfect for a boy. Great fabrics, and the backing is as neat as the front. Good for you to get that label on before quilting. I'm soooo remiss with labels. Around the Block is a perfect title, too. Thanks so much for making Thursdays a special quilters day. I love it here.
    Sue CollectInTexas Gal

  9. when i was a kid, i bet i could have thought of games to play on this quilt - front or back! it's super fun. what are you doing with it?

  10. The finished quilt looks beautiful! I love the back just as much I love the front, and the binding is so perfect! The name is wonderful too, so playful :)
    Thank you so much for hosting Needle and Thread Thursday!


  11. I love the binding and backing you did on your hop scotch quilt. Very nice!

  12. Kelly!
    Another lovely quilt from your hands!
    The backside is fantastic!
    I think you made two quilts in one!

  13. Great quilt, it's so bright and happy!

  14. Kelly this quilt is amazing and huge. Love of the colours. Some beautiful quilts highlighted last week. As always, thank you for hosting the linky. Have a great weekend. Marie (

  15. I really like Around the Block! Fun colors. The simple meander quilting is just the thing for a boy's quilt.

  16. Wow! Another really great quilt with a clever name, too! Congrats on a great finish and thanks for linking up.

    xo -E

    P.S. Once you've mastered nice even curves in a stipple/meander (which you obviously have), you can pretty much quilt anything. It is the smooth curves that are trickiest. Try it. You'll be surprised.


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