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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Distortion and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week, my wild thing is on Spring Break, and so he and I decided to take a trip down to Baton Rouge to visit my family for a few days.  We left the hubs and the dog at home, so the trip was a little different from the usual, but it was a really fun way to kick off Spring Break.  I finished up this quilt before we left, but since we just got back yesterday afternoon, I'm just getting around to sharing!

From the very beginning, the bright improv scraps paired with the black and white sketch reminded me of distorted screen images when a TV signal is messed up; and I think the oversized chevron layout just adds to that effect, so I decided to name this quilt Distortion.

I really had a tough time deciding on the backing for this one though.  Sometimes, when a quilt has so many colors, the choices are just too many.  I finally settled on this large floral print, and I love that it picks up the reds and yellows in the quilt.  It is a Koko Lee print that I found on the designer aisle at my JoAnn, and it is really soft.

I decided on a Kona Chartreuse binding for this quilt, and I think the color is just funky enough to match the feel of all of those improv bits.

This quilt was FUN from start to finish, and I can't wait to start teaching this class.  In fact, I'm going to be teaching it in June at my favorite quilt shop in Baton Rouge, Red Stick Quilt Shop.  With a great variety in scraps, background fabric, and layout, I can't wait to see all of the lovely variations of this one!

I also realized that I never shared this little mini with you here.  I snapped a quick Instagram photo, but I wanted to be sure that my blog friends get to see it as well.  My guild president had the fantastic idea to organize a Thoroughly Modern Mini Swap with all of the MQG chapters in Tennessee (we have four- Memphis Area, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Music City/Nashville).  It is such a fun way to connect across our state!  I decided to dive into my aqua scraps, and make a structured improv argyle mini for my partner.  The finished mini is 18 inches square.  I can't wait to mail it to her!

We have one last piece of business to attend to before we link up, and that is to choose the winner of the fun fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop!  Comment number 78, delaineelliot, is the lucky winner.  Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you by email soon so I can get your shipping address!

Okay then!  Time to check out some of the beauties that were linked up last week.  I had the privilege of seeing this oh-so-gorgeous Wavelength quilt in person at our guild sew-in, made by my friend Lori at Crossquilt.

This Lone Starburst quilt by QuiltFabrication is such a neat version of a Lone Star quilt!

and I would be remiss if I didn't include this stunning Anna Maria Horner Epic Medallion finish by Quilty Habit.   Just WOW!

 Y'all keep me inspired each and every week, and I can't wait to see what you share this week.  Let's party!

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  1. This is a really gorgeous quilt...I love all the colours going on! Ali x

  2. I am loooving your take on improv! Great work! The background fabric sets it all off so nicely. Hope you have a great time, and thanks for the feature, too! :)

  3. What a fun quilt for scraps. Your colors are adoring!!

  4. LOVE your Distortion quilt with chartreuse binding and thanks for highlighting the outstanding, inspiring others.

  5. Fun quilt, and chartreuse is becoming one of my favorite colors to piece with. We moved north from Baton Rouge last year and I made frequent visits to Rachel and ladies at Red Stick, as well as to Daisy at Cottage Creations!

  6. Kelly, your scrappy quilt is such a celebration of color!!! Pinning it to my "Quilts to be Made" Pinterest board.

  7. I love this mix of improv with traditional setting. This quilt is so much fun, I love the color mix, the back is so happy, and the binding works perfectly. Awesome finish!!!

  8. What a great scrappy finish! It gives me so many ideas!! Great little mini for the swap too! I totally missed the cut off date, but my Guild mates are having fun with it!

  9. Love the lazy! I am going to have to try this, and considering I'm not good at improv (it hurts my type A perfection side a little)...this should be interesting. You're very inspiring! Funny how you showed the Wavelength quilt, I'm putting the binding on mine this weekend.

  10. Your chevron quilt is great. I love Chartreuse! And the mini is awesome.

  11. Incredibly gorgeous finish on Distortion - great choices for the backing and binding! I do love that quilt! And thank you for featuring my Lone Starburst!
    Susan @ quiltfabrication

  12. So sorry I missed the linkup, but that's how it goes sometimes. I'll visit a few blogs anyway, because, hey it's fun!
    I love the chevron quilt, Distortion. Somehow it looks as though the b/w sections are larger but I know you've used HST's so it must be an optical illusion. Otherwise we'd have to blame my old eyes, and no, we won't. That argyle mini is just perfect! I wonder how difficult in a larger size...

  13. Love your quilt! Yellow is showing up everywhere and I am not one for yellow usually, but leave it to the quilting world to change my mind! Love the mini!!! Your recipient will love it!


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