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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Autumn Sunset and NTT

Short weeks really throw me for a loop sometimes.  The kids here are out of school on Friday, and though in theory that shouldn't affect my schedule, everything is just off.  So, please forgive the slightly late party post!  I finished my latest quilt, and though I still won't say that it's one of my favorites, I do like it better now that it is completely finished.

A couple of things gave me a different perspective on the quilt.  First, one person commented that the quilt was more of an autumn quilt, rather than the summery Pop Star quilt that I made previously with these colors.  I completely agree with that assessment, and it has allowed me to embrace the bolder colors a little more.  Secondly, I decided to try out a new free motion quilting motif on this quilt- and though it is far from perfect, I do love the quilting, so I'm counting that as a win!

I decided to use the autumn feel of this quilt as inspiration for the name.  The colors kind of remind me of dusk, where the sun is almost completely gone, and the shades of the day and night are mixed beautifully in the sky.

I used all of the scraps on the back, and I love how the quilting shows up on the darker colors (even though it definitely throws some of the imperfections into greater relief.  By the way, there were some great suggestions for "salvaging" this quilt by adding more blocks with white, borders, etc.  One thing I know about myself though, is that it was better for me to just finish it and move on.  Someone will love it as-is!

Okie dokie!  Let's check out a few features from last week, shall we?  This mini mini from Jennifer at Little Black Cat Quilting is ahhh-mazing!!  Y'all it is super tiny.  This whole thing is only about 6 inches square!

This fun chevron is from Mary at Addicted to Fabric.  Love the cool varying strip widths!

and Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow shared three current projects, and they are all awesome!

Alright, y'all!  Let's party!

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  1. Thank you for hosting each week, Kelly! That quilt does look like your signature style, bold colors and graphic design.

  2. Hope you have a great end to the week! We forget that the teacher's week can be just as messed up as ours, when our kids get a day off from school. I love this quilt, and agree it looked right away like a quilt you would have made. I love that style of quilting and hope to attempt it more often. I do not FMQ but did achieve something like this on a smaller quilt with my DM. Thanks for hosting.

  3. Oh my goodness, I love the quilting motif! That one should be a keeper! I think your thread choice even toned it down a bit since you thought the top was a little dark. Great job!

  4. I like the way you quilted that quilt and I love the way it looks rippled over the stairs for some reason - It might not be a favorite for you but it might grow on you.

  5. Such a pretty quilt Kelly! Love the colors you've chosen for this - I need to be more bold!

  6. Isn't it interesting how perspective changes everything. The quilting is perfect!

  7. Hi Kelly, love your quilt. It's an unusual combination of colours and it works! Glad you're growing to like it. Sometimes they do grow on us :-)

  8. The notion of it being fall and sunset colors is spot on. Perfect name. Now I need to go add the link to my blog post and link up. It's been way to long since I've played along.

  9. Hi Kelly! The more I look your quilt the more i love it! Doesn't need white or borders. This kind of patterns I prefer without borders. Photo on the stairs create lovely waves. x Teje

  10. I like your quilt, and I love the way you quilted it.

  11. I love this quilt and especially the colors!!

  12. Your name for this quilt "Autumn Sunset" suits it perfectly. It gives it an entirely new perspective. I love the design and the boldness of the colors. It's a beautiful quilt!

  13. Oh, it's so pretty! Kelly, the quilting is the best because that motif doesn't *have* to be perfect. Embrace it! :D

  14. That is the perfect fmq choice for your quilt! Congrats on finishing it and liking it :)

  15. Love your quilt - the colors are great. Did you use a pattern or is it your own design?


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