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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NTT And Other Happenings

Happy (almost) Thursday, friends!  The week has been a great one around here, albeit a busy one!  You know, beyond a general acknowledgement of the fact that I'm sewing, my wild thing doesn't make a ton of comments on the quilts I make.  Sometimes he'll say "oh, that looks nice, Mom." I think that's about as effusive as a 5th grade boy gets.  But every now and then, he will ask why I don't make very many quilts for boys.  In all honesty, I don't really have a good answer for that, besides the fact that I make quilts with fabrics that I like, and since I am a girl myself, that's usually how things go.  By in large, my custom quilt orders are for girls as well.  But when he makes a comment like that, I figure it's time to go ahead and make a quilt that is boyish, or at least gender neutral.

Lately, I've been making a lot of quilts that had HST's or corner to corner sewing, and I just wanted something easy.  This quarter log cabin really fit the bill, and used up 20 fabrics from my stash- yay!  I cut my fabric like this (using either fat quarters or quarter yards)-

*not to scale

These are the same measurements I used for my Stacked Squares modification, and it works great for this pattern too!  I just sewed the strips around the center square, cut into quarters, and had fun with the layout, orienting all of the squares in one direction. Sewing strips to squares is about as easy as it gets!

I also finished up my Pop Star pattern, and it is listed in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!  I just love the high drama of these stars.  These are 18 inch blocks, so the quilt goes together in a flash, and it perfect for showing off bold prints.  The quilt is written for lap, twin, and queen sizes, and I hope you'll check it out!

I have one last bit of business to share with you before we get to last week's party features.  I owe you a winner from last week's giveaway!  The winner of the gorgeous custom labels is Leanne Parsons, comment number 12.  Congratulations, Leanne!  This really is an awesome prize!

Those are beautiful ribbon labels! I've been thinking about getting some labels like those, but haven't taken the plunge yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

If you didn't win the spool of labels, I hope you'll still check out Finer Ribbon to design some for yourself.  My labels are 2.25 inches wide, and I know that the $98 price tag for that width may seem steep for some (narrower labels are less expensive).  I want to point out though, that this is for an entire spool of 1000 labels!  That's less than 10 cents per label, which really is the cheapest I found anywhere for full color printing.  With great quality and customer service to boot, that's unbeatable.

Okie dokie!  Let's get to last week's party highlights.  Sandy from Upstairs Hobby Room shared a tutorial for her amazing Summer Breeze block.  Doesn't it make a spectacular quilt?

Heather at Modern Parti Quilts linked up this fun Sea Monsters penny patch quilt- perfect for a baby boy!

and even though I shared it in its unfinished state, I couldn't resist showing this Yuma quilt by Made by Chrissie D again now that it's finished.  It's amazing how the colors and the white just pop right out against the gray...gorgeous!

Let's party, y'all!  I can't wait to see what awesomeness you share this week!

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  1. Beautiful as always. I too would love to see your version of a "male" gender quilt. More for a teen or adult. The babies are easy to make for.

  2. Thanks Kelly for sharing my Yuma quilt (finished this time) again, you've made my day and it had been a pretty good one already! I've given you a shout out here on my facebook page- Chris :D

  3. Lovely! I love these quarter log cabin, so much fun to make!!

  4. Great shares and congrats to Leanne!

  5. Your quarter log cabin quilt is beautiful! I always find male quilts harder to make. Lots of times even my more masculine coloured fabrics have flowers or other feminine-looking details on them. Thanks so much for the giveaway...I can't wait to have pretty labels for my quilts!

  6. Your quarter Log Cabin is wonderful! Thank you for the linky party.

  7. I love that quarter log cabin quilt and I'm so excited about your Pop Star pattern!

  8. I love the bright colors in all your quilts. Thanks for the linky party!

  9. The quarter log cabins turned out nicely. I'm lucky, i have a girl. Though she doesn't like pink at all, so I don't tend to get too girly on my quilts most of the time.

  10. I love your quilt and your new pop star!!

  11. Your Pop Star quilt looks fun and easy to make! I'll have to check it out!


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