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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Fractured Horizon and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  This week has been all about getting ready for the new school year (which starts Monday)-  picking up the school-issued laptop, getting his class schedule, and figuring out a new school campus.  My wild thing starts high school this year and though he is very chill about the whole thing, my mind is officially blown that we are at this stage.  I've finished up my latest baby quilt, and as I worked on it with this milestone approaching fast, I have found myself reminiscing about his babyhood a lot.

I'm calling this quilt Fractured Horizon.  When I look at it, I imagine the bluest sky meeting lush, green grass, and then shattering the line between them.  Because the pattern is so busy (perfect for the heavy use of a baby quilt), and also because I just needed a relaxing finish, I opted to quilt this one with a smooth, easy stipple.

I pieced the backing with leftover strips, and added my remaining yardage of a couple of prints to widen it out.  My favorite print in the whole quilt is this adorable fabric with blueprints of cars.  After cutting the strips for the quilt, I had an extra 25 inches, and I didn't waste a single bit.  The print gets a little lost amongst all of the strings on the front, so I definitely wanted it to take center stage on the back.  It's SO perfect for a baby boy!

I had just enough Kona Chartreuse for the binding, and I think it frames the quilt nicely.  The lighter, brighter shade of green adds a little extra sparkle to the quilt.

Since a few of you asked after my last post, here are the details of my block construction and sizing for this quilt.  The string block finishes at 12.5", and it's very easy to put together.  It's a perfect pattern if you need a quick quilt with plenty of pizzazz.

Before we party, check out some of my favorite projects shared at last week's NTT.  Sew Preeti Quilts shared her gorgeous Trinkets quilt.

This unique, modern beauty is by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.

Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook showed off this finished Swoon Sixteen.

I love this triangle baby quilt by Tanya Quilts in CO.

And this stunner is from Lorinda at Laurel, Poppy, and Pine.  You know I have alllll the heart eyes for a scrappy rainbow!

Oh my goodness!  It really was tough to pick highlights this week.  Y'all rock, my friends!  Okay, let's get our party on!

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  1. you share so many pretties this week - thanks for the link ups. Your son is growing up before your eyes - before you know it he will be walking the graduation line

  2. That is a super fun strip quilt!!! Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Sew many beautiful quilts!!!

  3. It is a fun quilt and the colors are gorgeous together. There are moments when it becomes crystal clear our babies have grown up and we wonder how it happened. I still wonder where the time went!

  4. Congratulations to the very chill wild thing on starting high school :-)
    Fractured Horizon is such a happy and fun baby quilt. It almost lowers the temperatures in the middle of a hot summer day. I love how you condensed the entire tutorial into just a couple of graphics - you must be a teacher :-p
    Thank you for featuring my Trinket finish!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing the how to on your strip blocks. It looks super simple and creates such fun blocks. Good luck with the high school years. They will be over in a flash.

  6. Such beauties you have featured. I have linked up this week - thank you for hosting!

  7. Oh my, but I love this Fractured Horizons design. It's perfect for using scraps in a controlled way. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I will definitely be making it!

  8. What a fun finish!! Thanks for posting the recipe for the block. I'm looking forward to giving it a try!

  9. Thanks for sharing this! Am I correct in assuming that you did not make your string blocks with a foundation. Thanks!

  10. It looks great. I haven't used Chartreuse in a while...such a great colour.

  11. Ooh, thanks for showcasing my Swoon Sixteen! I'm sorry the photos aren't better - it is winter here in NZ and it's so hard to get the right conditions to get out for photo-shoots (ie good daylight outside of work hours, fine weather, and a tall hubby or teenager to hold the quilt up!) Have a good week everyone!


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