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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Confetti Toss

I have officially given up any shred of hope for a snow day, and at this point I'm just wishing for spring.  Around here, it's either been freezing cold, or rainy (never at the same time, of course).  Not only am I tired of the cold (and therefore endless days of inside recess for my class), I'm really ready for different photo backdrop than drab, dead brown grass.  I feel like winter is utterly destroying the creativity in my quilt photos.  Even though I love this quilt, I don't feel like these pics really show how pretty it is.


I had enough Cameo fabric scraps to make twelve 12 inch improv blocks.  I wanted to be able to use all stash/scraps for this quilt (front and back) so I decided to use only nine of the blocks on the front, and used the other three across the back.


I didn't have very much of the gray fabric for the backing, so I had to supplement with some solid white, which I usually don't prefer on quilt backs.  I don't know why, but I don't mind using lots of white on the front but not the back.  For some weird reason, I always think that white on the back will get too dirty.  I'm not really sure that the back will get any more wear than the front, so who knows?  That being said, I really love the fresh look the white adds, and the colors stand out so well against it.


I picked out an ultra-bright shade of poppy red binding, which incidentally, is the only fabric I had to buy for this little quilt, and I like how it turned out.  It is a little bit brighter than the shade in the Cameo fabric, but I like it anyway.  It's one of those fabrics that is so bright, it almost hurts your eyes to look at too much of it, which is why I think using it for the binding is perfect!


I decided to call this one Confetti Toss, and it is such a fun quilt!  It finished up at 36x36 inches- a perfect size to donate to a little one in need of some comfort and cheer.

On a completely unrelated topic- I'm pretty annoyed with picmonkey right now.  They have completely revamped their site, and now I can't use it with my laptop browser (which is school issued, so I have to have permission to update my browser).  I can go upstairs and use my desktop in the office, but I like to be able to do lots of my blog stuff downstairs while I watch TV, etc.  

Anyway, I edited these pics in fotor, which was fine, but the text on some of my pictures is way too big, even though it is the same size font on each picture.  It looked fine before I saved it, which is weird.  Maybe I'll just have to play around with it.  My problem with a few other sites is that I want all of my blog fonts to match.  Picmonkey has my cursive font as a free option, and fotor imports all fonts from your computer for free.  Other sites either don't offer my font at all, or it is a "premium" option.  My OCD side won't let me have different fonts, so I've got to find a solution.  I hate it when I think I've got something all figured out, and then something throws a wrench in my system.  Darn you, picmonkey!

20 comments:

  1. Love the Confetti quilt, Kelly! I haven't sewn anything with my Cameo stash yet, but Amy Butler fabric always makes me happy!
    Thanks for the shout-out on my tumbler quilt, by the way. It was very exciting to find myself featured on NTT Thursday.
    Just started following your blog, too!

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  2. I love your Confetti quilt! I just cut into my Cameo stash to make my Goodnight Irene. Love that collection of fabric.

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  3. another great quilt Kelly, and I love the white on the backing. I do agree, white is not for the back of a quilt, funny huh?? But that being said, I love the way it makes the colours POP!!

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  4. Your Confetti Quilt is gorgeous! Love your big meander quilting (I really need to practice that!) and the colorful label especially! :)

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  5. That will make a great quilt to donate! Sure to lift anyone's spirits:) I tried using pic monkey and the whole layer thing was really getting on my nerves. The font thing would bug me too. Your pics still look great though:)

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  6. Wowza...that is so pretty! I love the poppy binding.

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  7. What a lucky recipient to get such a great quilt. Great job, Kelly!

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  8. It looks beautiful, and I love the back too. I know how you feel with the weather, we're the same here - no snow, just rain, rain, rain with a horrible, cold wind most of the time and a few storms thrown in here and there. Roll on Spring!

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  9. Lovely quilt! The backing and binding are the perfect compliment to that vibrant front. A really sweet package!

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  10. Kelly the Confetti quilt is so pretty and cheery!

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  11. Great quilt! I agree about this whole winter thing we have going this year. Very atypical for our area. This morning it is 40 degrees at 5:30 a.m. and raining like the dickens. And blowing hard. And melting all our snow. And calling for flooding. All this in our mountains! Good day to stay inside and quilt!

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  12. Very pretty little quilt. Some little person will love it! I too do the piecing of backs trying to use up stash. It makes it more of a reversible quilt IMHO.

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  13. So pretty! I would never tire of looking at these fabrics if I were wrapped up in the quilt!

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  14. Love the back! The white is great to show off all the colors without being 'too much'.

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  15. Love the colors in this quilt. My Guild makes service quilts for several organizations and using up bits and pieces like these are the mainstay of our projects. You really want snow Kelly, really? I have about 16 inches of the glorious white stuff I could export. I would be glad to do that..................!

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  16. I checked out picmonkey - thank you! It was just the ticket for me. Sorry about your upgrade issues.

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  17. I love bright colours, and I love the scrappy look too so this is perfect in my eyes!

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  18. Love the scrappy look. Both sides are great.

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  19. What a fun quilt! Such bright, pretty colors. I love the name, too. Congrats on the finish and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

    P.S. I have a few OCD things too.

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  20. This certainly was the perfect quilt to break through the winter blues!!! Always enjoy seeing your finishes!

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