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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Leftovers and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  One of my favorite ways to keep my scraps in check is to set aside some of my leftovers when I make a quilt, and immediately sew them up into a preemie quilt to donate to our local children's hospital.  It always feels great to finish something fast and simple, and I love not having to add lots of fabric to my scrap jars.  Otherwise, they can fill up in a hurry!  Such is the case with this little quilt-

These scraps were from the Seafaring quilt I made for my son, with the addition of a little bit of Kona Navy for some extra depth.  I just took all of my leftover strip pieces and cut them to a consistent 6.5" to create this little quilt, measuring 36" square.

In general, I had larger cuts of my yellows for his quilt, so naturally, I had more of those scraps left.  So for the back of this one, I used a strip of yellow scraps with some orphan block pieces, and widened it out with some Kona Steel from my stash.  I also had a piece of Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in Denim which was just perfect for the binding.  This little quilt will join my sweet Amy Butler leftovers quilt for donation soon!  As the mom of a former preemie who was in the NICU for 5 weeks at birth, it always makes me happy to donate these.

It also makes me happy to see all of the awesomeness that y'all link up week after week.  Last week's party was no exception!  Jayne at Twiggy and Opal shared this sun-drenched baby quilt.

Look at this fantastically cool quilt by Kris at Sew Sunshine-

And this quilt by Linda at Flourishing Palms is an absolute stunner!

Right now, life circumstances have hindered my will to take on more complicated projects, but let me tell you, I LOVE browsing all of the amazing things you're creating week after week.  Y'all are super-awesome, so let's get down to it.

1You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


  1. Jayne's quilt sure is colorful and makes you smile.
    I've linked up - thank you for hosting.

  2. Thank you again Kelly for the feature! I love how you used your scraps for this quick little donation quilt! I hope you life settles down a bit for you so you can dig into some more quilting! I'm always curious as to what you will come up with next!

  3. I am amazed that you can blow through scraps like that. Every time I do a scrap quilt my scraps explode and double in size. I like a challenge but sometimes it is crazy. :)
    thank you for showing my Bee quilt.

  4. Great use of scraps and SEW smart to piece them into a quilt right away!!!

  5. I love the quilt you came up with using your scraps. It's a great size for a lap or baby quilt.

  6. NIce use of your small scraps Kelly. As a big fan of Linda (Flourishing Palms) I love seeing her Cascade quilt here. It's stunning.

  7. The preemie quilt is a great way to use up scraps, and what a blessing for the family that receives those quilts! Depending on how early the baby is, the new mom might not have had her shower yet and I'm sure will really appreciate your handmade gift.

  8. Hey, just reread the bit about "life circumstances hindering your will to take on complicated projects." Not sure what that's about, but I do hope it's more about being busy with good things. I'm adding you to my prayer list, just in case you're going through a rough patch. Hugs!

  9. It's nice of you to choose my Cascade quilt to share with others. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and have quickly moved on to another project! Actually, I just pieced green and blue strips to make your String Diamonds/Fractured Horizons baby quilt, for a new great-nephew. Thanks for sharing and blogging about such wonderful quilt-y makes.


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