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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Boho Blossoms and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  This week, I spent a relaxing Easter weekend with my family, worked outside in my yard quite a bit, and still found time to finish up this little baby quilt.

These little strips measure 1.5" x 11" finished.  It's a weird size, but since these are leftovers from my Blossoms and Buds quilt, the size was pretty much dictated to me.  I love the way the creamy Kona Bone background makes these saturated florals pop.

I quilted this one with a relaxed spiral floral design, and not only does it echo the design of the fabrics, it's a great complement to the straight lines of the piecing.

The quilting is dense enough to give it lots of great texture, but not so dense that it doesn't drape well.  This is a baby quilt after all, and a snuggly quilt is of utmost importance.

I had a leftover piece of this stunning wide back print, and it was perfect for the back.  I widened it out with an aqua print I had in my stash, though I had a bit of a measurement mishap.  If you look closely, you can see a very narrow strip along each side.  

Somehow, when I made the backing, it turned out about an inch too narrow, and I didn't realize it until after I had already laid out the quilt top over it for basting.  Since I had already started the process, I decided to go ahead and finish basting the quilt, and fix it after the fact.  After basting, I unpinned one long side at a time and sewed on an extra strip to widen it out.  I can't believe I did that!  I just goes to show that everyone makes mistakes and that's okay.  Most things are easily fixable, so don't freak out!

The fabrics in this quilt gave me lots of choices for the binding, so it was so easy to pull this purple crosshatch out of my stash.  I love it because there are a couple of fabrics in the quilt that are actually two shades of purple, so it coordinates beautifully.

Every single bit of this quilt came from leftovers or my stash, and I love that!  The finished quilt measures 36" x 44", so it's a perfect size for donating to the NICU of our local children's hospital.  I'm calling this one Boho Blossoms.  These Anna Maria floral fabrics are so colorful, and the designs have a very boho feel.

Last week's party didn't disappoint (it never does!), so let's get to the highlights.  This beautiful quilt top is from Jocelyn at Canadian Needle Nana-

This sweet and scrappy quilt is from Shannon at The Flemings Nine-

Karen at Quilts...etc. shared this lovely rainbow quilt-

And finally, this spring stunner is from Sew Preeti Quilts-

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  1. That's a beautiful scrap quilt! I love using scraps like this, and in fact, for the past month I have been working ONLY with scraps. I dumped out four scraps bins, and have spent hours pressing and sewing to "make fabric" from which to cut new shapes. I'll have 50 10" square blocks when I'm done, and you should see the scraps I've used-up! Yay me! Your curvy quilting with those linear shapes is perfect. What a great donation quilt you've made. It's wonderful seeing other quilters' generosity. Great work!

  2. Bright, fun baby quilt, Kelly!!! Great quilting! And love that it was "free" from your collection!!!

  3. There are many aspects of quilting that I really appreciate, and the fact that basically everything is fixable is one of them. If you hadn't pointed out to look for the extra seam on the backing I never would have noticed!

  4. What a fun baby quilt - I think the sizes turned out just perfect - and that backing - oh wow - that is just beautiful!!!

  5. I kinda like working with non-traditional sized scraps. It helps to make the quilt unique as well as using up the scraps! Well done. :)

  6. It's such a fun baby quilt. Love the backing too.

  7. Your baby quilt is so cheerful! And awesome that it is made from scraps.

  8. A delightful way to use those leftovers.


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