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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tinkering Finish, Big News, and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  The Scrappy Improv Quilting blog hop is still going strong, so definitely check out the posts from Monday and Wednesday!  But today, I'm thrilled to get to share my latest finish with you, and I've officially named it Tinkering, since the blocks first reminded me of Tinker Toys.

Can I just tell you how much I love these colors?  They're so deep and rich, but the pops of aqua and coral add just a little touch of the unexpected.

I did something a little different with the back of this quilt.  I didn't have a lot of this gorgeous Katarina Roccella floral fabric left and I didn't want to waste even a tiny bit of it, so I decided to make a Great Big Granny backing to make the most of some of my leftovers.

I have tons going on right now (more on that in a minute), so a quick meander was a quick way to finish this one.  Just look at those luscious prints; there are some oldies but goodies in there!

And Kona Cerise makes a fantastic frame for it.  I've been working on the Tinkering pattern for awhile, and it is all ready and listed in my Etsy shop.  It's fun and easy, and even though it's fairly simple, the design is striking.  Check it out HERE!

Now for the other thing that has been dividing my time these days.  I've been scheming behind the scenes for awhile, and this week, I signed a contract with Fox Chapel/Landauer Publishing for book number three!  This one is going in a completely different direction from my first two, and though I can't tell you about it just yet, I know you're going to love it.  It will release in late spring 2023 (yes, the book process is loooonngg)!  But just know that some of my sewing is behind the scenes these days.

Before we get to the party, take a look at some of the projects linked up last week!  Gretchen's Little Corner shared this cute quilt-

Julie's Quilts and Costumes linked up these two quilts, and they just glow!

Take a look at this puff quilt by Marie at Octopus Patchwork.  So cool!

Okay, y'all!  It's time to party!

And remember that NTT will be posted on Thursday mornings, instead of Wednesday evenings for the duration of my Scrappy Improv Quilting blog tour!

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  1. Love the quilt! Congrats on the new book. How exciting!

  2. What a great post! Congratulations on Book #3 and thank you for my new MQI pattern, I have a nice stash of corals and teals.

  3. Looking forward to getting my copy of the book.
    Isn't it funny how colors appeal to you today that you might not have been ready for a year ago! This is so perfect for this pattern! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful quilts.

  4. Hi,
    Your Tinkering Quilt is awesome!
    Have a great day!

  5. Wow, I love that Tinkering is two sided; it's beautiful and I agree that the Cerise is the perfect frame. And congratulations on coming to an agreement for book #3; that's huge news!

  6. You are such a rock star, Kelly! I love your Tinkering quilt and love the name, too -- have not thought about Tinker Toys in a LONG time, but WHOOSH!! The memories zoomed back when I read that! :-). Congratulations on your new book deal. Woo-hoo!

  7. Congrats on your latest quilt and pattern (AND signing the contract for book three!!)

  8. Congrats on Tinkering! It looks fun and that palette is lucsious!

  9. How exciting for you to be writing another book! I hope it comes together smoothly for you.


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