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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NTT and Team Spirit

This quilt was pure fun, from the first bit of fabric browsing to the last stitch in the binding.  I finished it up yesterday, and I thought that a photo shoot at our city's youth league football field would be fitting.

The finished quilt measures 72" x 99" so it is a generous twin size, and this pattern was really easy to size up (fyi- I started out with 30 complete blocks, in case you want to tackle this pattern).  Since several have emailed me to ask- you can find the original (free) pattern HERE, which explains how the quilt is constructed (including photos);  however, I changed the measurements slightly to make the pattern fat quarter or yardage-friendly, since I rarely use precuts.  My measurements (and cutting diagrams can be found HERE).

Now that the quilt is all finished, I love the addition of the gray and white even more.  I feel like just that little bit of neutral fabric really keeps the purple and gold from being overwhelming.  In another context, I would refer to this color as yellow, but we LSU fans say that our colors are purple and gold, rather than purple and yellow.

I kept the back simple;  just Kona Purple with a wide stripe of the busiest LSU fabric.  I quilted it with white thread, and I love how it shows up against the purple.  There was a time (a long while ago) that I would shy away from really dark, solid backings because I worried about the contrast showing every single imperfection in my stitches, but these days I am more comfortable with my quilting, and as it turns out, these high contrast backings are really some of my favorites.

The binding is Kona Corn Yellow, and it frames the quilt perfectly without adding any extra pattern.  My first instinct was to put a gray binding on the quilt to pick up the gray in the top, and I really struggled with the decision; but my husband's reasoning won out when he reminded me that gray is actually not an LSU color.  As it is, I think it mostly just blends into the front, which is good, and it really pops against the back, which is fantastic.

This one has already been shipped off to my friend, and I can't wait to get his reaction when he receives it!

Alright!  Last week's party was filled with lots of awesomeness, so check out some of my favorites!  This string quilt from Kris at Sew Sunshine is so beautiful, and I love the contrast of the bright colors against the weathered barn in her photos.  Amazing!

Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe linked up this pretty Picnic Pinwheels quilt.  I love it!

and of course, the fact that I am a sucker for a rainbow quilt strikes again, so I can't help but feature this Rainbow Patches quilt by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Y'all just amaze me week after week!  I can't wait to see what you have going on this week!  Time to party!

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  1. Great photos. I hope your friend loves it. This is a great pattern, and your used awesome colours/prints.

  2. The LSU quilt turned out beautifully. I really like purple and gold, though it's never been my school colors. Hope your friend loves it.

  3. Your stacked squares quilt is a winner. I have actually saved your instructions on how to make it using FQs and/or yardage. One of these days I will do it.
    Geaux Kelly!!!

  4. Perfect photo shoot for this quilt! And thank you for sharing the link to the's a fun design.

  5. Your LSU quilt is very stunning! Thank you for featuring my Rainbow Patches.

  6. I love it! Beautiful quilt and prints!!

  7. Hi, Kelly, your LSU Stacked Squares quilt is beautiful! This pattern will be great for playing with color and print combinations from my stash. I love your location choice for the photo shoot! Thanks as always for sharing and motivating! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com).

  8. Love your newest Stacked Squares quilt and the colors are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your pattern, I will have to hunt my stash for some fabric. Micki @

  9. I love your stacked squares quilt! Even in purple and yellow :). Thanks for the feature.

  10. Such a beautiful quilt! I love the colors.

  11. Yeah for team spirit!!!! Love it and it looks so complicated but I bet there was a trick! Thanks for the Highlight on my string quilt too! you rock!!!

  12. Love this quilt! Great effect with the blocks!

  13. This quilt is a great way to show your LSU pride. I love the "gold" print with the purple fleur-de-lis. Pretty much perfect. And there's no question that some neutrals help a pattern that could become overwhelming quickly! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  14. Love this quilt Kelly, it's just so bold and fun! I think the gold/yellow binding was the right choice, it frames it perfectly :)


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