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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Party is On!

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I hope you've all been getting lots of time to be creative lately.  I have been planning a new quilt with these lovelies-

This is Joel Dewberry's Flora collection and the colors are just beautiful.  This was one of my Black Friday/Cyber Monday indulgences, and I can't wait to cut into it!

After finishing up my Snippets quilt and writing the minute details of exactly how I conquered those piles and piles of scraps, I figured I was entitled to follow it up with something a little simpler.  As I have mentioned before, though my grandmother has made many quilts, she no longer enjoys quilting as much as she likes hand work.  She still loves cross stitch and embroidery, and occasionally, I have the honor of turning her beautiful handiwork into a finished baby quilt for her to give to a lucky great-grandchild.

This is the third such quilt I have finished, and it is too sweet.  It's a little bit hard to tell because the stitching is small, but the pictures are all cross stitched.

On the back, I did some simple wide stripes with additional yardage from the front, but I also added this awesome chevron.  I love this fabric, and I have tried to use it several times in other quilts, but the colors never quite fit.  It looks like it was made for this quilt though!  It was too busy to use on the front, but the wide chunk in the center of the backing makes a nice impact.

Also, after much too long, I am so happy that my Filigree pattern is finally available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!  I love the illusion created by this one, and I enjoyed making it.  I hope you'll check it out!

Whew!  I feel like I've been moving in so many different directions for these past few days, which is really out of the norm for me!  Before we jump into the party, check out some of the projects from last week that caught my eye-

Like this beauty from Elise at Lovelea Designs-

Or this pretty quilt from Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe-

and last, but certainly not least, this amazingly modern finish from Jess at Quilty Habit-

Y'all have really been kicking your creativity into high gear!  I can't wait to see the latest!  Party on!

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*Welcome to all of you new quilty friends!  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!  :)


  1. Thank you for featuring my quilt! I can't wait to see what you do with that fabric, and congrats on your new pattern! The quilt with your grandmother's handwork is absolutely adorable!

  2. I'm amazed how beautiful those counted cross stitch pieces are. Lucky you to be able to make them into quilts but lucky Grandmother who sees well enough to be able to work on them. You picked wonderful colors to go with the bears.

  3. Very cute baby quilt. My grandmother eventually gave up quilting for hand embroidery. She gave one of her favorites to my daughter. DT doesn't appreciate it yet, but she will one day.

    Congrats on getting Filigree out! It's a fun pattern.

  4. The quilt you made with your grandmothers embroidery is gorgeous!

  5. Thanks for the feature :) Your quilt is awesome, and super cool that you make your grandmothers work into a quilt. At first I thought they were pictures, she's very talented.

  6. Your grandmother's cross stitch is exquisite. It's hard to imagine the time and talent that went into making those squares. And I love your Filigree! Thanks for hosting the link-up, Kelly.

  7. I've been working with Joel Dewberry too! A simple jelly roll quilt in his Atrium -Mint collection is slowly but surely coming together. It won't be finished as quick as yours, but eventually it will be done. He's one of my favorite designers. Can't wait to see yours.

  8. The Snippets quilt is so beautiful.Have fun playing with your new fabrics!!

  9. Can't wait to see what you make with Flora - I snapped up a bundle too, but haven't decided what to do with it yet.

  10. Kelly, the quilt with your grandmother's cross-stitch blocks is precious! It is so special to be able to combine her talent with yours! I have some chevron fabric I struggled to use in quilt tops and discovered almost by accident that careful cutting lengthwise gave me strips to join for a slant-stripe binding that had almost a coil effect.

    It will be interesting to see what you create with Joel D's Flora collection. Congratulations regarding your pattern!

  11. The cross stitched quilt is so cute!

  12. Your grandmother's cross-stitch quilt is so sweet!! Lovely colours too! Thanks for hosting this year, Kelly!


  13. Thanks for the feature Kelly! I love that stack of fabric you bought and look forward to seeing what you make with it. Also congrats on the lovely finish and a new pattern!

  14. That's a great pile of fabric. Have fun playing with it.

  15. Your Grandmother's needle must fly! What a lot of work she has put into those cross-stitch pictures and what a beautiful way to showcase them in a quilt - great work by both of you! (And I must go and bring out the cross-stitch I started about five years ago and haven't got back to...)

  16. The baby quilt is adorable! Congrats on another fabulous pattern!

  17. I just finished a quilt in the coral/teal colorway. I think mine was a Black Friday score also. Can't wait to see what you make.


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