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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Carrelage and Party Time!

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I'm ecstatic to share my Carrelage quilt and pattern with you.  Not a single snowball corner, half square triangle, or partial/Y-seam, but one really cool pattern!

This pattern came about while I was playing around with some scrap strips and slicing them to see what I could do.  I'm thinking that I should really play around with scraps more often, because I love the result!  It may look difficult, but seriously y'all, if you can sew strips together and use a rotary cutter, you can make this quilt.  The other neat thing, is that the placement of the white sashing means that the block comes together with very minimal seam matching.

All of my leftover fabric was used to make a scrappy backing, and I am loving how the sunlight is shining through it in this photo.  I had a tough time deciding on a binding color though.  Since I didn't have a clear preference for a specific color, I went with the blush for the sake of practicality- I already had enough of the most vibrant blush fabric in my stash.  Waste not, want not!

Another little note about the colors here.  I use tons of navy and teal/aqua in my quilts, but this shade of blush/peachy pink is one that I almost never use.  I realized that I have collected a few fabrics in this color here and there, and they have been sitting in my stash for awhile, so I purposely tried to find a home for them in this quilt.  I think the color looks soft and fresh against the navy and teal, and although it's not a usual color choice for me, I like it!

I just love creating patterns that look much more difficult than they really are.  The Carrelage pattern is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops, and I hope you'll take a look if you're looking for a quilt with some wow factor!

My, oh my!  The links in last weeks party were scrumptious.  There was so much fun inspiration with every single click, like this Rainbow in a Box quilt by Snug Harbor Quilts.

Carol Quilts Sometimes shared this Dresden quilt made with Priory Square fabrics.  Such a beauty!

And this Rainbow Stars quilt by Twiggy and Opal is just amazing.  The entire thing only measures 15.5" square, and those teeny black squares in this mini are only 1/4 inch finished.  That is crazy and awesome, all at the same time!

This week, I think I could have picked about five more that were truly gorgeous, so if you didn't get a chance to really browse through last week's links, you should definitely take some time to be inspired.  I have no doubt that this week's party will be full of awesomeness, too!

1.  You 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.  
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!  :)


  1. Eep! It's so darn pretty! I'm all for the practical approach to compiling a fabric pull, and using what you have too much of in your stash. I can't wait to see what others make with your pattern -- I'd love to see this design in a variety of palettes. Well done!

  2. Congrats! You're sooooo creative! This would be super cool made with jewel tones...hmmm...I may have to bump a few other "must makes" for this one! ;)

  3. Congrats on the new pattern, it's gorgeous. The colors are perfect for spring.

  4. I know I've already said this; but this is such a fabulous quilt, it has to be said again: I love it!

  5. Wow this is striking. I know you said it is simple and maybe so but it looks complicated and so so pretty!

  6. WOW! This looks amazing, and looks complicated and difficult! Your color choices are perfect! Great job on this Kelly!

    And thanks for the sharing my Rainbow Stars!

  7. Love your latest pattern Kelly! Even better that seams do not need to match - would make an awesome bee block!

  8. I love your new pattern, and you're right, it does look complicated, but I'm sure its not! Beautiful colours too, it's amazing what we can do with scraps isn't it! :)

  9. Love those colors in Carrelage - it's the scheme I want for my living room, but can't decide if aqua walls or beige. Paint is so tricky!

  10. Oh how I really like this! I sure thank you for this pattern. Hope you make it again. I'm looking forward to buying this one!!

  11. Fabulous quilt! Fresh and easy cannot be beat. I've book marked the Craftsy pattern and will buy a copy next payday. It would make wonderful gifts for weddings, graduations. Thank you for the linky party too.

  12. This quilt has so many possibilities! Love the white sashings! It would look great with colored sashing too!

  13. This is so very beautiful! I love when simple looks complex...I might just need to add this to my project list!

  14. Love the new pattern. Great colour choices.

  15. Beautiful new pattern! I love the colours. Thank you for linking up at TGIFF.

  16. Kelly, your quilt and design are so beautiful!

  17. What a lovely new pattern Kelly! I really love your choice of fabrics! We are featuring your quilt over on the FWFS blog! Thank you for stopping by and linking up!


  18. cool, please guidance so that I can create a blog like yours


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