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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Santa Baby and NTT

...or is it Santa's Belly?  Welcome to the final NTT for 2018 friends!  Pillows are such a fun way to get some instant quilty gratification, and at this time of year we all need a little of that.  I love that this pillow is clearly Santa without being a picture of him.  It is just a little different, and that makes it really neat.


I realized the other day that of all of the Christmas pillows I've ever made I've never kept one for myself, and I decided that it was time for that trend to end.  I had so much fun with this whimsical Santa Belly pillow, and it went together pretty quickly.

The color variation in the red scrappy improv adds lots of depth to Santa's suit and I love the metallic gold belt buckle, but my favorite part might be how the different quilting motifs work together to bring each part to life.  The swirls in the white give the illusion of fur, and the straight lines and pebbling in the belt add so much dimension.


On the back of the pillow, I opted for this multicolored polkadot, and I think it fits the fun and whimsical vibe nicely.  I didn't want to frame this pillow with a binding, so I just turned it right side out to keep it simple.


This finished pillow is 18 inches square, and I put together a little graphic for you in case you'd like to whip one up for yourself!  The measurements listed are finished sizes, so don't forget to add your seam allowances.  I sewed the red sections of my pillow using the improv methods from my book Stash Statement, and it's so much easier than you might think!  You can get your signed copy in my Etsy shop HERE, or on Amazon, Connecting Threads, or even at your local quilt shop.


Before we party, let's check out some of the highlights from last week.  I love this Jumping Jacks quilt by  Tanya Quilts in CO-


This scrappy string quilt by Elana at That Fabric Feeling is so cute!


Sue at Sevenoaks Street Quilts linked up this pretty Kiss Cross quilt-


and this Foxy quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine is absolutely adorable.


Y'all rock!  2018 is really going out with a bang!  Remember, NTT will be taking a vacation next week, but we will party again in the new year on January 2nd.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

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25 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable and a fantastic last minute gift! I may have to make that belly pillow...it's so much better than braving the shopping scene. Funny, I made that little foxy quilt earlier this year, it's so cute! The pattern comes with a "mini" version too...I made it to coordinate, as a doll quilt. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I just love your pillow design; so, so cute! Good to keep, or good to make as a gift.

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  3. Very cute Santa pillows, Kelly! Merry Christmas and enjoy your vacation time with your family!

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  4. 'Love the pillows! Thank you for the Santa measurements. Happy holidays.

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  5. I love your Santa pillow! Very clever. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  6. I was just telling myself that I need to make Christmas envelope pillows like that so I can change them out at the holidays - I really need to get some made for next year - almost too late to bother with now

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  7. That is adorable, Kelly! Merry Christmas!!

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  8. Those pillows are so cute, and you find the best backing fabrics. I've decided that if I ever had the opportunity to sit and look at your fabric stash, it would just make me grin from ear to ear. So many happy colors! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kelly!

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  9. That is such a fun pillow! I love all the quilting detail! Putting both pillows together is a holiday delight! Merry Christmas to you and your family and we'll see you next year!

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  10. Kelly, I just checked your new book out of our library! Congrats on a great job! I hope to try one of your designs soon. LeeAnna

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  11. What a fun pillow and I'm glad you get to keep it for yourself. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Thanks for showing my scrappy quilt from last week. It's now larger and has a border. Almost ready to send for Hurricane Michael survivors. I love that you feature stuff from the week prior, it's so nice to get a little museum show!

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  13. I'm not a holiday quilter but Santa Belly is so cute! If I had red fabric I would have to make one. Thank you for the linky party.

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  14. I love your Santa's Belly! Cute pillow

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  15. What a cute cushion! Thanks so much for featuring my quilts. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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  16. A fun pillow. And matches the Joy pillow. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  17. Cute Santa pillow! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing my string quilt. I've added a row and a border since, which is shown on my blog. I really like how it came out but it's gratifying so see that you liked it too! All the best and Happy New Year!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing my fox quilt! :)

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  21. The Santa pillow is really cute!
    My hubby gave me a copy of your book for Xmas, and I love it! I'm so excited to try some of the patterns in 2019!
    Happy New Year!

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