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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It's time for Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Last week, I gave a little peek at the fabric pull for my latest quilt, and I'm super excited to share that it is now a completed quilt top.

The idea of using alternate grid work with churn dashes in several sizes is one that I've had rolling around in my mind for awhile, and I'm so glad I finally made it a reality. I picked up the bundle of Bari J's Splendid Fusion fabrics at Quilt Market in May, and the fabrics seemed perfect for it.

Just in case you're wondering, the churn dash blocks are 15", 9", and 6" finished, and then I just filled in the open spaces with scrappy pieces of fabric.  I think the fact that there are little strips of fabric tucked between the blocks gives the quilt an extra modern feel.

I added this awesome print from the Joie de Vivre line (also by Bari J) to the Splendid Fusion fabrics.  Since one of my local quilt shops actually has this fabric in stock, I'm planning for this on the back (with scraps, for course).  I love it when a plan comes together.

I actually used this fabric to back my Centrifuge quilt last fall.  I loved the fabric so much then, and I'm excited to have the chance to use it again.

With all of the rich colors in this collection, I have tons of thread options for quilting on this one, but I'm leaning toward the yellow or aqua (though that berry color is luscious).  This quilt is getting an allover quilting design, and I think a lighter color would really work best.  Thoughts?

Last week's party was full of amazing inspiration!  Take a look at this amazing mini quilt by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.  Tiny, super-meticulous piecing looks so cool and I'm glad someone in this world enjoys it because it is definitely not me.  I'll just ogle, thank you very much.  I know my limitations.

This quilt, called Summer on the Coast by Alison at Little Bunny Quilts is just lovely, and I love the softer colors-

This improv mini quilt by Sarah Goer Quilts is ultra cool-

This Fireworks Show quilt from Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts is just awe inspiring (check out the closeups of her amazing quilting.  You won't be sorry!

and finally, this Electrify quilt by Jess at Quilty Habit is gorgeously crisp and modern.

Yes, yes.  I went a little overboard on the highlights this week (just a little).  And you know what?  I could really have chosen several more to showcase, because y'all continue to rock it out every. single. week.  Let's party!

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  1. Wow, your churn dash quilt is spectacular! It's so stunning, the fabric is so beautiful and rich and yet it doesn't look too busy, either, it's a luscious flower garden!

  2. Somehow, I'm not usually a huge fan of churn dash blocks. With that disclaimer, I really love this quilt, so well balanced in every way without the matchy-matchy thing. Any chance you'll be making this into a pattern?

  3. Your churn dash quilt really caught my eye on Insta. The colors are so crazy beautiful. And I love how you simply filled in the blank spots with fabrics.

  4. Oh I love your churn dash quilt, so clever using the different size blocks, and those vibrant colours would brighten anyone's day! I would go with the aqua thread :)

  5. I tend to be anti-churn dash. I'm not sure why, but the shape just doesn't appeal to me. Your take, however, may change that! I love the varying sizes, chunky churns, and collection of prints. Well done!

  6. I love your quilt and agree that the pieces of different fabric for fillers is great, really works well.

  7. I love the churn dash and alt grid

  8. I have a huge quilt top I recently made that looks a lot like this! I used AMH fabric for mine. Can't wait to see how you quilt it...since mine is sitting in a pile and I cannot find the courage to tackle it! I also think any color of thread will work because of the variety of color and prints!

  9. Are you going to have this quilt as a pattern?? I would love to buy one!! The quilt is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! No, I am not planning a pattern, but when I share the finished quilt, I will also give a diagram with layout and finished sizes, which will help anyone who wants to make one.

      :) Kelly

    2. Thanks so much Kelly!!! I love the pattern and your choice of fabric/colors!!!

  10. Aqua is the answer to e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. :) Thanks for featuring my fireworks quilt!

  11. This is awesome. I like the various sizes working together.


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