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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Revelry and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends.  My solid improv quilt is officially in the books. (and check out my improv curve sewing...this is a win for me!)

It is so bright and graphic, and just FUN!  With all of the color and pattern going on, it looks like a big party, so I decided to call it Revelry.  I really struggled with how to quilt this one.  It is super busy, and I didn't want the quilting to compete with the patterns in the quilt.  That being said, I felt that straight lines or a simple stipple were the best options for this one, and let's face it- I find straight lines to be so tedious and love stippling, so that settled it!  I'm pleased with the way the quilting disappears and lets the piecing madness really stand out.

This quilt was fun from start to finish, and really opened my eyes to a different side of improv.  Though I have improv pieced lots of quilts, I have never sewn specific blocks improv-style.  I incorporated churn dashes, braids, pinwheels, hourglasses, flying geese, crosses, log cabins, snowballs, strings, and triangles, and filled in space with strip sets and crazy improv- all without the use of a rotary cutter or ruler (though I did use them with the equilateral triangles and improv curves).  It kept things interesting to grab a few scraps, make a few blocks, and then move onto something else, never worrying whether the block was a certain size, or whether my points were perfect, etc.

On the back, I used a small, gray and black houndstooth print, which really makes those colors pop; and I added a strip of Kona Breakers for interest.

Scrappy solids make a perfect binding, and I love how it just almost disappears when looking at the quilt.  Sometimes I like for the binding to frame the quilt, but in this case, I didn't want to contain the crazy at all.

It took awhile to build up enough solid scraps to make this quilt, but this has definitely prompted me to play exclusively with solids more often!

Now, let's check out some of the awesome links from last week's party, like this pretty hexie quilt from Quilts From the Little House-

and look at these cute scrappy, happy baskets from Fleur De Lis Quilts (there's a tutorial!)-

and this Intertwined quilt from deJong Dream House is fantastic!

Wow!  such lovely projects going on, and I wish I could have included several more. Whether you're enjoying some snow, fresh spring weather, or something in between, I hope you've got lots going on in your sewing space this week. Time to link up!

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  1. I LOVE that improv quilt! What's your secret to having it look so beautiful? I've seen improv quilts that are, honestly ... a bit messy. I myself would never dare to put so many colors together without a great deal of negative space. So what's the secret? Is it because it's all solids? Anyway, great job!

  2. Oh well done! I love the binding, the different colors really top it off...kinda like the cherry on a sundae!

  3. Such a bright and fun quilt! Congrats on emptying the scrap bins for a finish.

  4. Wow! That quilting is just perfect for such a bright and vibrant quilt, great choice!!

  5. Gorgeurs quilt, Kelly and great name! this is a happy party! x Teje

  6. This is just beautiful! You really did an amazing job Kelly!

  7. Love the finished quilt. Solid choice on binding. :)

  8. It's so beautiful! Look at you using so many solids!! Ie specially love the churn dash that looks broken. Well done!

  9. Revelry is such a perfect name for this bright, dynamic quilt. Hard to believe you've done it all cutting freehand. Congratulations on the quilting also, suits it fine.

  10. Beautiful! Really love the cheerfulness, & that it is a sampler that doesn't actually read as one. Thanks too , for sharing the basket link, I missed those last week!

  11. This is just fantastic.Love your colorful fabric combo!

  12. Stunning, Kelly, absolutely gorgeous. The binding just disappears into the overall quilt and the stippling was the perfect choice. Well-done. Happy Spring, Revelry !~!

  13. So cheerful and fun! Love those bright colors as well as your backing! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Love the quilt! It's so bright and bold. Kudos.


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