Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Fiesta Party!

Hey y'all, welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday.  It's been a super busy, fantastic week!  As I mentioned in my last post, I visited The Bloomington Quilter's Guild in Bloomington, Indiana and had the BEST time.  All of my flights were on time, which is a small miracle since I had to sneak through stormy weather and tornado warnings both coming and going.  After getting home, I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend, and even with all of that, I still managed to finish my latest quilt, which I'm calling Fiesta Party.

This quilt was fun to make.  The colors are so cheerful, and the entire quilt is completely from stash.  If you missed my post a couple of weeks ago, my print stash is dwindling down pretty low, and I'm on a mission to see just how many quilts I can make without purchasing a single bit of fabric.  Of course, piecing my quilt backs really helps in this endeavor.  I like to pull way more fabrics for the front of the quilt than I really need, which leaves plenty leftover for the back.  For this 60" x 60" quilt, I used 25 different fabrics!  

And speaking of pieced quilt backs-

I am in love with the back of this one!  I used the Chunky pattern from my book Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs to use up all the leftovers, so only a very few small pieces were added to my scrap jars.

With my busy week, I needed an easy finish.  For me, that means a nice, wide(ish) stipple.  It is by far my favorite way to quilt.  It adds plenty of allover crinkly texture, but the process is fast and relaxing.  It's definitely my go-to motif.

I pulled this Kona Royal Blue from my solids stash for the binding, and it creates a great solid frame for all of these cheerful prints.

I hope all of you had a great week as well.  Last week's party was downright jaw-dropping.  There were SO many fantastic things linked up.  This sweet, scrappy pineapple quilt is from Deb at A Scrappy Quilter-

Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic shared this beautiful hexie quilt-

This fun quilt is from Kris at Sew Sunshine-

And Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room showed off this striking quilt top.  By the way, I got to meet Anne-Marie in person in Bloomington last week, and it was such a treat to visit with her!

I could have easily highlighted SO many more amazing projects, so if you missed last week, head over there to browse through all the awesomeness.

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  1. "Fiesta Party" is such a happy quilt! Such great colors. And that you used the same happy colors to make a backing too truly makes it a two-sided quilt. I'm pleased to report that, like you, I am seeing and experiencing a dwindling print stash. In fact, it's almost nerve-wracking because each time I need a quilt back, I wonder if I'll have enough fabrics to cobble something together. So far, so good... especially seeing open space on my fabric shelves! My go-to place for backing ideas is your book, so thank you for writing it, and including me in the book launch.

  2. Fun, happy quilt finish, Kelly!!! Along with a busy week! And I love seeing your backings--great use of chunks!!!

  3. Fiesta is a bright and cheerful quilt. Lovely choice for the blue binding. <3

  4. It is just such fun to meet IRL with people you know well from blogland! I love the new quilt, love the back too! My finish has kind of the chunk idea for the backing too :-)


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