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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Southwest Scenery and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  BIG things are happening here.  My son's last day of high school was yesterday, and believe me when I say it's bittersweet (he is exempt from his final exams because he has all A's, so he is out a few days early).  I'm so very proud of him, and I'm excited to see the culmination of all his hard work, but closing this chapter of life holds a little sadness too.

Since we're expecting family in town next week for his graduation, I've been working hard to get my latest quilt all finished up, and I am absolutely in love with it.  In case you missed my last couple of posts, this quilt is destined for his dorm room this fall, and the colors were chosen to coordinate with THIS set of posters.

I'm almost as excited about the back as I am the front (but not quite)!  I sewed up all my leftovers to create a second landscape, this one in striated layers.  It is truly a two-sided quilt!

I chose to keep the outdoorsy feel of the quilt and gave it lots of great texture with free motion wood grain quilting. I haven't quilted this motif in awhile, and it took a little time to find my groove, but it was well worth it.  The quilting is fairly dense, and the solids show it off so well.  The black binding echoes the black frames of the posters, and is a great complement for these colors!

We have a solid navy quilt picked out for the main quilt on his bed, and this will be used as an accent.  It measures 72" x 72", a great throw size.

Before we get to the highlights from last week's party, I want to let you know that NTT will be taking a break for two weeks.  My son graduates next Friday, May 12th, and then we are leaving for a grad trip the day after!  With family coming in town next week, there is just so much to do to prepare for our trip and our company!  NTT will be back on May 24th, and I hope you'll have lots of things to share!

Okay then, friends!  Here are a few of my faves from last week's link-up!  Sew Preeti Quilts shared this fun quilt-

And these blocks from Rebecca Grace Quilting are fantastic.  I can't wait to see more!

Keep up the awesomeness while I'm gone, friends!  And let's party!

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful finish. The woodgrain texture is perfect and ties in with the theme really well. Enjoy savoring this time and celebrating your son!

  2. Yes, enjoy your time with your son, precious moments.

  3. Your son's graduation quilt is just fabulous! Great masculine colors and texture - that woodgrain quilting design was a good choice, though I'm sure it took quite a long time to quilt. You're living exciting days, and I know the sadness that lies ahead too, when your littles leave the nest. It's a blessed time, and the beginning of a permanent new phase of your life. I know I don't need to tell you to enjoy it to the full. Have a wonderful vacation!

  4. Love the quilting you did. Congrats to your family. 💕

  5. Ohhh it turned out amazing!!! and have fun with all the family - such fun to celebrate such big changes!!!

  6. Congratulations to you son and happy graduation celebration!

  7. Fabulous finish, Kelly! Congrats to your son and best wishes for your celebrations!!!


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