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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Pop Bouquet and NTT

It's finished!  It's finished!  After all these weeks, I am so excited that my Star of Bethlehem quilt is finally done.  I had visions of a gorgeous spring day for the photo shoot for this quilt, but of course the weather  had other plans.  So, a wet and dreary photo shoot it is.

I opted to quilt with doodle spiral daisies which fits the floral motif, and a crisp navy binding makes a great frame for this quilt.

Even though the quilting isn't too dense, it still took me several quilting sessions.  Though free-motion quilting is like riding a bike, my arms and shoulder muscles got fatigued pretty quickly from not doing it for awhile, and since this is a twin size quilt.  I do really love the texture the flowers add though.

Since I worked on this quilt one block at a time, my cutting left lots of odd-shaped pieces, and I had some larger cuts of several fabrics.  I decided to sew my scraps in a giant improv log cabin for the backing, and I am so pleased with the way it turned out.  The quilting shows up so well against the back!

Other than two yards of supplemental background fabric, this quilt was made entirely from stash, and that always feels like a little victory.  The finished quilt measures 64" x 80", and I've named it Pop Bouquet since the blocks look like blossoms popping wide open.  

Now that this quilt is all finished, I have to dig back into the editing and revisions on my manuscript, so I'm unsure of what I'll make next.  Stay tuned...

Last week's party was filled with awesomeness, like this gorgeous top by Gretchen's Little Corner-

Marga's Crafts shared this beauty, AND it's on the cover of Quilting Arts magazine!

And finally, LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color linked up this fun little quilt-

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  1. Congratulations! Your quilt is amazing and the backing is so clever. I love it. Well done on stash busting too, always a nice feeling

  2. Your quilt looks beautiful Kelly! Thank you for sharing mine:)

  3. What a great way to use up the fabrics from the front to make the backing, and I do love a nice, dark frame for a quilt. Congratulations on the finish and I hope the manuscript editing goes smoothly!

  4. Love the spiral daisy quilting!!! And how great it looks on the back, too!!! Such a beautiful quilt, Kelly!!!

  5. All so special- love the colors, the backing - I could stare at this all day!

  6. I loved your Pop Bouquet quilt! What a clever idea to use your scraps to make the Log cabin backing. A really interesting addition to a great quilt.

  7. I love, love, love your quilt, Kelly!! The navy binding frames it perfectly!

  8. Kelly, your free motion spiral flowers look amazing! When I saw this on IG I thought you'd done a computerized quilting design and I was wondering where I could get it! :-)

  9. I'm a fan of pieced backings, but this beauty makes me want to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Love!

  10. Pop Bouquet is beautiful Kelly. I really enjoyed seeing the blocks as you worked on them and all the variety of prints/colors. Love the flowery quilting pattern you went with too.

  11. Your quilt is beautiful, I have been watching a while. Hope to find pattern and follow your way.

  12. Congratulations on the finish, Kelly! The quilt looks amazing and the texture from the quilting is perfect. Have fun with those revisions, lol.

  13. So pretty and I love the back too!

  14. Your Star Quilt is lovely!!! And the quilting is perfect for it!

  15. This quilt turned out beautiful! I love the scrappiness of it, and the log cabin backing is the best sort of design to use-up leftover pieces. So fun to make a quilt entirely from stash, especially one's print stash. You did a lovely job with the quilting too. Sorry to be late for the linky! I finally had a finish to share, but... oh well. :-) I'm glad you shared your finish!

  16. So many more gorgeous quilts, as always. I am really loving the bright vivid colors too.


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