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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Old Glory and NTT

Happy 4th of July to all of my friends in the USA!  I hope your day is filled with family, fun, and maybe even a few fireworks.  I showed a peek at my latest quilt on IG back in March, but for a handful of reasons, I never actually revealed the full finished quilt.  Well, I figured that Independence Day would be the perfect time to share it, and you can see why!

ps- with today's holiday, I'm posting NTT early, so I don't forget!

I had lots of fun digging into my red and dark blue scraps for this quilt, and I even borrowed some from a friend to make sure I had enough variety.  I love the variation in tones;  it adds so much depth to the quilt.

I also got a little more creative with the quilting on this one.  It was a bit more tedious than an allover design, but definitely worth it.  I quilted the stars with a very dense crosshatch, stippled the blue background, and then quilted organic waves in the stripes of the flag to give it rippling movement, as if waving in the breeze.  I used 50 wt. Aurifil #2024, #2260, and $2783 (White, Wine, and Medium Delft Blue) corresponding to each color, and the effect is so neat.

These denim blue and red prints are just perfect on the back.  They're not quite solid, but almost, which is a nice contrast to the scrappiness on the front of the quilt.  They allow the quilting to really show up.

I continued the thread colors onto the back, so that when the quilt is turned over, you can still see a shadow of the colors on the front (it is definitely more pronounced in person).

If you're a regular around here, you know that the technique of sewing scraps in this way is from my book, Stash Statement.  Just to be perfectly clear- though the book does give three methods for improv piecing, as well as twelve full quilt patterns in this style, this quilt isn't included in the book.  You can see all of the quilts included in Stash Statement HERE.

Included in the book or not, when I have an idea, sometimes I can't stop thinking about it until I make it a reality.  Creativity is like that sometimes.

Anyway, before we link up, take a look at some of the projects from last week that really caught my eye!  I'm loving this modern batik scrappy squares quilt by Sarah Goer Quilts-

I love this scrappy quilt by Something Rosemade.  Scraps with a black and white background and a green binding- how could I not love it?

These double wedding ring blocks by Patty at Elm Street Quilts are looking amazing!

Melanie at A Bit of Scrap Stuff shared this awesome Flamingo Fever quilt finish-

 And finally, you know I can't resist the color wash goodness of this Postcard From Sweden finish by Tanya Quilts in CO-

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  1. Wow, your patriotic quilt is gorgeous!

  2. Wow, I love your flag quilt and the quilting is beyond awesome. Are you still quilting on a domestic machine because I would be overwhelmed and definitely challenged. I hope this quilt will be in your next book because I love the pattern along some of your machine quilting tips. Thanks for the shoutout. Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

  3. I love this one and your quilting too!

  4. Lovely flag quilt and a perfect day to share it. I hope you have a Happy and safe 4th of July!

  5. What a stunning quilt, I so love your use of scraps, this design is so striking and very 4th July! Happy Holiday over there.

  6. I love this!! As far as red, white and blue far, this is my favorite!

  7. It is gorgeous. I love the quilting on it.

  8. You've hit this one outta the ball park. I love it!

  9. Wow, this is a terrific quilt, Kelly! The quilting is just perfect, and wonderful!

  10. I love the design of your patriotic quilt. The angles really make it very dynamic. I've never made a red, white and blue quilt. This one would be great as a picnic quilt for the 4th.

  11. Old Glory is SO amazing! I love love love it! The pattern is enticing and the colors are inviting.

  12. Your Old Glory is soooo pretty! I love it and your quilting makes it even better!! Well done! I ordered your book and can't wait to get it!!!!

  13. When will Old Glory pattern be available?

  14. I love the diagonal sections. And the quilting suits it wonderfully.

  15. Love this quilt, Kelly! It's a unique take on a flag quilt design, which is nothing short of brilliant. (And you tore through some scraps -- woo hoo!)

  16. This is so awesome!! Such a clever design that goes right along with your style and your book :)

  17. I LOVE your quilt!!! It looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing my quilt too :)


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