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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Rainbow Galaxy Finish and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  In case you can't remember (because it's been awhile), I started the process of sorting and sewing my scraps for this quilt waaayyy back in May.  Needless to say, I'm thrilled to finally wrap this one up, and I could not be happier with the way it turned out.


Part of the reason this one took me as long as it did was because I didn't have a clear plan when I started sewing my scraps, and also because summer is SO busy that I'm usually not able to sew quite as much.  I had several different designs rolling around in my head, and I wanted to be sure I chose the one that maximized the scraps.  This spiral layout fit the bill, and it provided a great canvas for quilting.


The quilting follows the shape of each color section with echoing lines spaced between 1/4-1/2" apart.  I quilted these with free motion (and no marking), so they are organic, which I like.  Each color section is quilted with matching thread, but because the sections are curved, there are places where the color migrates into the gray sections just a little bit.  The result is one giant cluster of swirling lines that adds so much movement and texture!

At 64" x 80" this quilt is about a twin size, and because I knew I would be wrestling it during quilting, I didn't want it any bigger.  Alas, even after putting together a quilt this large, some improv pieces of each color remained, so of course, on the back they went.  This quilt is really double-sided (and the quilting design shows up so well on the back)!



The low volume prints that finish out the back came straight out of my stash, and used them for binding as well.  The scrappy, low volume binding sort of disappears, which is exactly what I wanted.  I briefly considered trying to match the color sections in the binding, but that would've just been insanity, ha!


This Rainbow Galaxy quilt has certainly been a long journey, but worth it!  My scrap jars are completely empty, other than the very few low volume scraps from the backing.  The last time my jars were empty was when I made my Strata Squared quilt, and that's been a couple of years.  I've certainly made scrap projects since then, but not any that completely cleared out the jars.  It makes me feel so good to empty them every now and then!

If you have a mountain of scraps and you don't know how to tackle them, check out my book, Scrappy Improv Quilting (Landauer, 2021).  You can find it in my Etsy shop (link at the top left of the screen), Amazon, or in your favorite quilt shop.  The book walks you through sorting and piecing your scraps, and then there are 22 mini quilt projects to help you get started.  As this quilt shows though, once you learn the scrappy improv technique, there's no limit to what you can create!

Last week's party didn't disappoint (they never do!).  Look at this lovely quilt by Julie's Quilts and Crafts-


This sweet, simple little baby quilt is from Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room-


And finally, even though it's not technically a fall quilt, the warm colors in this quilt from Sew Preeti Quilts have me longing for cooler weather (that will stay!)-


Okay friends!  Are you ready to party?

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Quilt Wrestling and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've been diligently working on quilting my Rainbow Galaxy quilt, and though I'm excited about the way it's coming together, the process is a bit tiresome.


I'm using free motion quilting and following the curves of each section with dense organic quilting lines (between 1/4-1/2"), which I hope will create a really cool swirled effect when it's all complete.  So far, I love it, but my neck and shoulders do not appreciate the strain.  This is a twin size quilt after all, so the weight is definitely a factor.  I've been taking plenty of breaks.  I just have three colors left to quilt, and I'm hoping to have it finished and ready for a big reveal next week!

Last week's party had lots of awesome beauties, so check out a few of my faves.  This lovely quilt is by Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting-


Linda at kokaquilts shared this beauty (along with another quilt in her post!)-


This soothing quilt is from Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic-


And finally, I am in love with this thread painting piece by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl-


Okay!  It's time to get our party going!

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 
    post.  
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!  :)








Tuesday, September 13, 2022

September Sponsor News!

Well friends, we're quickly approaching the middle of another month, which means it's time to fill you in on the latest news and deals happening at my favorite shops around the web.  Let's kick off this month's post with LouLou's Fabric Shop!




There's always something gorgeous at LouLou's!  


Right now, since our weather has cooled off a little bit and I'm itching to sew something for autumn, I have my eye on this week's LouLou bundle.  These warm, cozy fat quarters are just perfect for the season!






If you're a sale shopper (and who isn't?), there are more than 2,000 bolts marked down at LouLou's right now, not to mention sales on bundles, patterns, and kits!  Use the code doublesale to get an additional 20% off sale fabrics!



              LouLou’s Fabric Shop









If you've never shopped at Lady Belle Fabric, you're missing out!  They are always getting new fabrics and bundles in the shop.  Check out this new Sweet and Spookier bundle by Art Gallery Fabrics.  So cute!













One of my favorite shop sections at Lady Belle Fabric is the Last Chance section.  Here, you can score a great deal on a fabric that may be out of print or difficult to find anywhere else.  As the name suggests, when they're gone, they're gone!  

This beautiful bundle may be called Summer in the Cotswolds, but the colors scream autumn to me, and you can find it in the Last Chance section!

              Lady Belle Fabric








And last, but certainly not least is Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Brand new at Fort Worth Fabric Studio is the Slow Stroll collection by Moda.  I just love these pretty colors!  They're perfect for a more romantic take on the fall season.












Another awesome thing at Fort Worth Fabric Studio right now is their new Free Spirit mystery fat quarter bundles.  These are bundles of 20 fat quarters for less than two dollars per FQ!  Some of my very favorite designers are with Free Spirit, so these bundles are sure to contain some real treasures!

By the way, be sure to sign up for Fort Worth Fabric Studio's email list so you'll always be first to know about the latest collections and sales.


             Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Okay, y'all!  I have the very best sponsors around, and I hope you'll head off to each of these shops and show them a little love!  Happy shopping!



Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Backing Complete and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  If you've been following along, you'll remember that after finishing my Rainbow Galaxy quilt top, I still had several chunks of improv left over.  I briefly considered turning them into a second quilt, but almost immediately abandoned that idea in favor of using them on the back.  I was originally going to mix in my multicolored scraps, but then those were SO plentiful that they became the Scrap Confetti quilt I shared last week.  All of that still left me with those leftover single-color improv chunks with no real plan for how to use them.  I came up with a few options and ultimately settled on this-


I had lots of low volume prints in my stash, and since there is so much low volume improv in the top, I thought it would echo the front quite nicely.  I didn't have to purchase a single bit of fabric to put this backing together, which makes me super happy!  I just need to get this one basted, and then I can start on the quilting (and I already have an awesome plan for that!).

If you missed last week's party, it was jam-packed with inspiration!  This sampler beauty is by Rita at Quiltpiecer-


This quilt by Liz at Savor Every Stitch is so bright and cheerful, and I love how the quilting adds so much depth to the design-


This lovely string quilt is by Joyce at heARTS Creations-


This fun, modern little quilt is from Margo at MY Quilts and Crafts- 


And finally, Rebecca Grace Quilting linked up this stunner-


Wow!  Y'all really know how to bring the quilty eye-candy!  I hope you're ready to party!

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 
    post.  
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!  :)




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