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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

NTT- Birthday Week and Other Stuff!

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  There is a LOT going on around here this week, though none of it involves fabric and thread.  You may remember that my birthday and my son's are only one day apart (he's one day after mine), so fun birthday things have taken some time this week to celebrate turning 44 and 17.  But the big thing that has been happening around here is vacation prep.

Next week, we are leaving for a huge road trip where we will be visiting lots of national parks and other sites- the Grand Canyon, Arches, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, and MORE.  We will be gone for almost a month!  That means that this week has also been consumed with laundry, packing lists, haircuts, house-cleaning, and yard work so that everything is all ready to go, and left in order for our house sitter.

As it turns out, this is the perfect time to have my machine serviced.  The regular service light came on awhile ago, but since I was working on the quilts for my book, I just couldn't be without it.  Then, I found out that the owners of my local Bernina dealership were retiring, and because everyone was trying to get their machines in for service before that happened, they were backed up for months.  Thankfully, a brand new quilt shop and Bernina dealership opened up just minutes from me, and I've decided to use my vacation as the perfect opportunity to give my beloved Regina Bernina a spa day.

All of this is to say that after today, I'll be on vacation for the next few weeks.  NTT will return on July 14th!  I will be posting a few photos on Instagram throughout our trip, so you can keep up with me there.

So many awesome things were linked up at last week's party.  Check out this fantastic quilt by Sandra at mmm quilts-

Something Rosemade shared this beauty-

I love this kaleidoscope quilt by Rebecca Grace Quilting-

This fun little quilt is by Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook-

And this navy and white quilt by Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room is so striking!

Okay friends!  It's time to party!  Since it's the last one for a few weeks, let's make it a great one!

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 within your 
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. Happy birthday and safe travels, Kelly!!

  2. Happy birthday to you and your son! Have a wonderful vacation!


  3. Have a wonderful vacation, and happy birthday! I’ve been following you since forever and have made so many of the quilts that were your first tutorials! A quick question— which Bernina do you use and love?

  4. Have a wonderful vacation! So nice you and your son can celebrate your birthdays together!

  5. Happy birthday, Kelly! And to your son! It sounds like it's going to be an amazing road trip!!!

  6. What a wonderful way to spend a vacation! Have a great time and I can't wait to see all your photos!

  7. Happy birthday Kelly and have an awesome vacation in those amazing spaces.

  8. Have a WONDERFUL vacation Kelly! I have many good memories from roadtrips we did when my girls were younger. Thank you very much for the feature of my Whimsies quilt - you should see how crinkly lovely it is now it's been laundered. :-)

  9. Happy belated birthday. So many wonderful memories will be made on that epic road trip. Beautiful shares from last week.

  10. Hope you have a terrific vacation. You are hitting some wonderful national parks. Have fun. You'll come back inspired with lots of new quilt ideas.

  11. Happy Birthday and safe travels. We took a cross county trip and South Dakota was my favorite. Do you mean that Krazy Kats quilt shop in Bartlett is closing? Could you tell me if the new shop will also have fabric. I love to visit when we go to Memphis to visit the parents.

  12. Happy birthday! Enjoy your trip. Thanks for sharing my quilt.

  13. Happy belated Birthday!! That sounds like an amazing vacation. Enjoy!!

  14. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful and safe trip. There's nothing like a full dose of nature to revive the soul. I've been to all those parks and they are amazing. So is the beauty of our country outside the parks.


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