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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Missing My Deck and NTT

So, my current projects are the very first in my new home, and that means that since things are laid out a little differently, I'm figuring some things out along the way.  Now that I have one of the quilt tops finished from the blocks I've been working on, I realize that one big thing I'm missing isn't in my sewing studio at all.  It's my deck in my old backyard.  It was so easy to run outside and snap a quick photo of a quilt top or finished quilt with beautiful natural light.  The deck had enough space to lay even a queen size quilt out flat, and had a bench all around it that I could stand on to get a pretty good shot from above.  And, I really took it for granted.  Obviously I knew that I would have to figure something else out, but I just haven't done it yet.  So until I do, you get an indoor photo of my current quilt top, and I promise I'll find a pretty outside location for the finish.

I've finished laying out both quilts, and actually finished one top.  This is the smaller of the two quilts  I'm making from that ginormous stack of blocks, measuring 60" x 72".   The giant 96" x 108" quilt top is still in progress.  The colors are so cheerful, and I really love the simplicity of the Greek crosses.  This is one of those quilts that is really prettier in person, where you can really appreciate all of the fun prints.  In the photo, many of the fabrics look solid, but aren't.  I'm planning to get the backing for this one put together as soon as I finish the bigger quilt top, and I'll be finishing this one myself, while the larger quilt is heading to the longarmer. (yay for no basting!).  I'll keep you posted!

Before we get to last week's highlights, I owe you three winners from this month's sponsored giveaways.  First, the winner of the $25 gift card from Lady Belle Fabric is Ann, comment number 38!  And the two winners of the mystery Ruby Star charm packs are comments 46 and 51, Beth and Lisa Marie!  Congratulations to all of you.  I'll be contacting you soon so you can get your prizes!

Okie dokie!  It's time to check out a few of the projects from last week's Needle and Thread Thursday that really caught my eye.  This stunner is by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

Look at this amazingness by Liz at Savor Every Stitch-

And this unique quilt is by Leanne at Devoted Quilter.  She is releasing the pattern for this one, so head over to check it out.

Y'all are just amazing!  I know you've got more fantastic stuff happening in your studio this week, so let's see it.  Time to link up!

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  1. Congrats on your first quilt top of the new year and in your new house!! Sorry about the loss of the best photo op in the house. Hope you find a new location soon!

  2. I really like your quilt! Is there a pattern link or did you just work it out as you went!
    Thanks for sharing your "mistake", mine is usually the opposite, not enough!

  3. I love the bright, happy fabrics in your plus quilt! Very pretty. Looking forward to seeing the finish!

  4. It continues to amaze me when I find a ‘simple’ block that is used and turns out to be so dramatic and stunning. The quilt is beautiful.... so is the story behind it I might add. Nice for my morning chuckle and we all know that that’s probably because I may have been there myself. Not saying....

  5. I imagine it'll take a while to work out all the fine details of moving to a new place. Especially in your sewing room. We get so use to one way it's sometimes hard to adjust.

  6. Thanks for featuring my quilt, Kelly! I love the simple beauty of your quilt top. Those blocks really shine in all those pretty fabrics :) Happy hunting for a new great photo spot!

  7. Guess you're just going to have to build a deck for this place!

  8. Moving and losing your treasured spot to photograph quilts has happened to several quilters whose blogs I follow this year!! It is really hard to find a great place sometimes! Beautiful quilts this week, as usual!

  9. Getting photos is always a challenge. Good luck finding a spot. I'm still looking LOL

  10. I know exactly what you mean about losing a photo place! When we moved to Florida from Iowa, it didn't take long for me to realize how much I missed having an umbrella clothesline! And, as clotheslines aren't permitted where I live, there hasn't been any way to rectify that. Until... the palm tree that we plant in the front yard grew to be big enough that I can use clothes pins to pin it to a large frond! It's working so good... for now. When the palm starts getting taller, I'm gonna be in trouble again. :-) It's always nice to see the quilts you choose to share. I really admire Leanne's work. She's good!


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