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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gemstones and NTT

As far as I'm concerned, 33 degrees and drizzling is just about the most unfair weather ever.  All of the bitter cold, and none of the fun (yes, my Northern US and Canadian friends, I do know that is probably balmy for some of you right now, haha!).  Just one tiny degree means the difference between the nasty weather we have here today, from a beautiful blanket of snow.  Of course, that also means the difference between a pristine snowy backdrop to show off the vibrant colors in my latest quilt finish, or dull inside pictures.  Clearly, you can see what I had to go with.


The larger-scale prints and bold colors in these Flora fabrics are so gorgeous, and I really love how the size of the blocks kept those lovely prints intact, which is always a plus.  By the way, you can find the Baubles pattern in my Craftsy shop HERE and also in my Etsy shop HERE.


On the back of the quilt, I used up all of my leftovers.  I used 24 different prints instead of the 16 that the pattern requires, specifically so that I would have some extra bits (okay, a little more than bits) for the backing.  That, and it's just too hard to choose which prints to exclude.  I did end up having to add that golden yellow print to the scraps to make the best use of every bit of the Flora.  Without the addition of the yellow, I wouldn't have had enough fabric for two complete columns (but way more than enough for one), and several fabrics would have gone into my scrap jars.  It looks solid in the photo, but this fabric is from Art Gallery's Cultivate collection-


The other part of the backing that I want you to see up close is the gray fabric that I used to widen the backing.  It is a Cloud 9 organic fabric, and it is a shot cotton.  It's kind of like an Oakshott, but much more subtle.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a shot cotton is a fabric that has one color thread for the warp (the lengthwise threads that provide structure to the fabric), and another color for the weft (the threads that are woven over and under the warp threads).  When those two thread colors are very different, as in Oakshotts, the fabric looks iridescent and almost seems to shimmer, even though it is 100% cotton.  It is quite striking.  This particular fabric is shot in two shades of gray, so it doesn't take on the iridescent quality of an Oakshott cotton, but it definitely doesn't look flat in person.

My JoAnn's actually carries Cloud 9 fabrics in their designer fabric section, and I managed to score a remnant that was just an inch shy of a whole yard!  They come in several different colors, and if your JoAnn's doesn't carry them, you can find them on fabric.com and Hawthorne Threads (not sponsors, just passing on helpful tidbits).  This collection of shot cottons is called the Cirrus collection.


As soon as I saw the Flora fabrics and started planning my quilt, I had this fabric in mind for the binding.  It is from the Fantasia line, and I thought it would be a spot-on match for the sherbet orange in these fabrics.  When I saw them together, my hunch was confirmed, so I went ahead and made my binding, thinking that I was way ahead of the game.


Soooo... I wasn't wrong.  It IS a perfect match... but then this happened-


I ordered several berry colored fabrics for an upcoming quilt, and they arrived last night.  As I unpacked them and laid them out right next to this quilt, I fell in love with the way the rich berry color complimented these prints.  Look how awesome that berry sketch looks with the Flora fabrics!  I really cursed the fact that my binding was already made, and since I don't have any upcoming quilts with orange, I knew I couldn't immediately use the binding elsewhere.  It took every bit of responsible quilter fortitude to go ahead and use that orange binding so it wasn't wasted, but I did it.  Rest assured, my next quilt WILL have a berry binding!

I am just itching to get some really good outdoor photos of this quilt, so don't be surprised if you see a couple of them pop up in another post!

So, let's move along to last week's features, shall we?  By the way, I haven't said this in awhile, if you're featured on NTT, feel free to grab a "Featured" button for your blog if you'd like!

Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventure shared this fun, bright tumbler quilt (plus a couple of super cute, modern baby quilts within her post)-


Christine at Triangles and Squares linked up this fantastically fresh quilt, made with Kate Spain's Jingle-


And I am loving that orchid color in this quilt by Shannon of The Fleming's Nine-


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15 comments:

  1. Your Gemstones sure is a beauty, Kelly. And the orange binding does match so well. It must have been difficult to resist using the new berry flavoured fabric. But there is always next time! Yes, it is cold, but you are so right... There's nothing like a fresh snow for pictures. I'm willing to send some of ours to you. Just sayin'....

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  2. 33 and rain is wrong!! Beautiful quilt to fight that weather though!

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  3. Gemstones really describes the quilt. Love the beautifully rich colors! Congrats on the finish.

    I'm with you on the just above freezing business, if it's going to be that miserable, at least let us have snow.

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  4. Hi Kelly! Your quilt is beautiful! Gorgeus colours and that pattern shows them well. Backing is an other beautiful quilt! I love shott cottons and fortunately have some oakshott cottons; most of them are now in this Scandic Scene quilt top. x Teje
    www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com

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  5. I love the orange binding! Orange isn't used enough in my opinion!

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  6. Such fortitude to continue with the orange binding when your heart said berry! Love the orange though, and as you said, that berry will certainly make its way into another quilt.

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  7. I was looking forward to more snow around Nashville, no such luck! Love your quilt, as always it's full of color and just beautiful. I saw the cloud nine fabric at joann's the other day too! Bring on those 50% coupons...I'll be getting lots of that!

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  8. Still looks beautiful for an inside photo! We've had rain and fog and drizzle.... not quilt taking photo weather either!

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  9. Hi, its adorable but I can't seem to find a link to the pattern?

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    1. I am so sorry! I will check the link now. It is available in both my Craftsy and Etsy shops, and the link to the pattern in Craftsy is here-

      http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/baubles/133312

      :) Kelly

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  10. I see why you like the berry binding so much! The orange looks great, but the berry frames it perfectly. I admire that you try to use up the fabric in each quilt and not have leftovers.

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  11. I love the orange! Thank you for the feature Kelly :)

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  12. I would love to see you do a tutorial on your meandering technique. It's just beautiful.

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  13. This is so beautiful and I love the orange binding!

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  14. I agree...the orange binding is wonderful! Love your quilt!

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