Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ann's Magic Carpet Quilt + TWO NEW PROJECTS for Rebecca!

First Things First: Ann's Mesmerizing Magic Carpet Quilt

Oh my gosh, you guys -- check out the quiltaliciousness of this fabulous Magic Carpet Quilt that I completed last week for my client Ann!  Ann pieced the top using Paula Nadelstern's Duets and Poured Color fabrics from Benartex.  She followed a FREE Benartex pattern called Magic Carpet that was designed by Stephanie Sheridan specifically to promote the fabric collections, available from Benartex here.  

Modern Eccentric E2E in Variegated 40 wt YLI Cotton Thread

I quilted Ann's Magic Carpet quilt using Ann Shackelford's Modern Eccentrics E2E quilting design and I just love how it turned out -- great texture with a wonderful illusion of motion.  I feel like I really could step onto this "magic carpet" and go sailing off into the night sky.

Ann made this quilt as a wedding gift.  I think the pattern does a great job of showcasing the distinctive Paula Nadelstern fabric prints.

60 x 82 Magic Carpet Quilt with Modern Eccentric E2E Quilting

We used Hobbs 80/20 batting in Black for this one and I was THRILLED when Ann agreed to let me quilt her Magic Carpet with a very showy 40 weight machine quilting cotton thread from YLI called Great Barrier Reef.  It's like this thread was MADE for this quilt, because it has all of the right colors in exactly the right shades to match (and disappear into) those bold and busy print fabrics, yet the thread makes a dramatic impact in the nearly solid black of the border fabric.

40 wt Machine Quilting Cotton from YLI in Great Barrier Reef

The quilting design and thread were chosen in tandom.  When I'm using heavier weight threads, variegated threads, or high contrast quilting thread, I try to avoid designs that have a lot of backtracking and double stitched lines in the design.  Modern Eccentric has ZERO backtracking, so it was a great pairing for this thread on this quilt.

Bold, Variegated, High Contrast Threads Work Best with Simple Quilting Designs

I would not have been using this thread if I was stitching a feather design with lots of backtracking.  I love how this quilt turned out, and now that it has safely arrived back home to her in Minnesota, Ann is pleased with the quilt, too.  I am sure the newly married couple will love it!  Thanks for choosing me to quilt this for you, Ann!

My NewFO: Deco Bed Quilt for Lo & Behold Stitchery's QAL

102" x 102" Deco Bed Quilt in My Chosen Colors for October 18th QAL

Next I'll show you my newest squirrels, white rabbits, or whatever you want to call them.  They are quilts I have no business starting before finishing other quilts, but I've started them anyway!  You might recognize this as a "big sister" quilt to the Deco Baby quilt I shared here recently, pieced by my client Liz.  I loved her quilt so much that I knew I wanted to make one of my own someday, and then when I saw that pattern designer Lo & Behold Stitchery is kicking off a Deco Quilt-Along for this pattern on October 18th I knew that someday was gonna be TODAY.  The QAL is actually for making the throw sized quilt pictured below, but I have a Queen sized bed in my home that doesn't have a quilt on it yet, so I'm making my Deco quilt in the largest Bed size.

Deco QAL Begins October 18th!

You can find out about joining this quilt along and purchase a pattern of your own here, from pattern designer Lo & Behold Stitchery.  That's not an affiliate link, by the way -- I'm not a sponsor or pattern tester or anything like that.  I just love the pattern and I want to tempt as many of you as possible to follow me down QAL rabbit hole because if MY plans for completing other projects get derailed by shiny objects, so should yours.

My Kona Solid Color Picks for My Deco Bed Quilt

I picked my color palette using my Kona Solids color swatches and EQ8 software, which usually works well for me but my fingers are crossed anyway.  None of the brick-and-mortar quilt shops near me carry a really comprehensive array of solid fabrics, and to me the difference between EXACTLY the right color and ALMOST the right color is as dramatic as the difference between a lightning BOLT and a lightning BUG.  I hope I like these colors together in person as much as I like them together on my computer screen!  Oh, and I inflated my yardage requirements above what the pattern said I would need and above and beyond what EQ said I needed.  I'm using a lot more colors in my version (twelve, I think, verses 5 or so in the pattern's multicolor variation) and I tend to make more cutting errors than you'd think, even after all these years.  I'd rather err on the side of Leftover Stash Fabric than Last Minute Fabric Shortage Panic!

My Other NewFO Project: Lazy Day Quilt for Alex

Here's my other new project, which is farther along than the Deco quilt.  My oldest nephew graduated from college this past June, so I sent him a card with a nice check in it, like you do when you're the aunt.  Except that I sent it to the frat house where he no longer resided, and he never got it, blah blah...  Anyway, the card with the check was still lost and not cashed a few months later, so I was just going to do a Zelle or PayPal instant transfer to send Alex his graduation money and was asking him which of these services he preferred.  I was surprised and delighted when he asked me to make him a QUILT instead of sending him cash!  He has a job and an apartment in Chicago now and told me that it's colder there than it was in California (snort!)...  Apparently he had nothing but a sheet on his bed in the apartment and was sleeping in multiple layers of sweatpants and jackets, and this was in late summer.  He lived in Chicago before he went off to California for college; this shouldn't be a surprise to him.  ðŸ˜‚. As we ladies like to say in the South, "Oh, bless your heart!"  But seriously, we DO want to bless his heart because he wanted a quilt more than cash, so now he has achieved Favored Nephew Status with Aunt Rebecca.  ðŸ’“

Y'all know my track record for completing gift quilts on time is shaky, and I've got a full queue of client quilts carefully mapped out on my calendar with pockets of time carved out and reserved here and there for working on my own projects, which is crucial for avoiding burnout.  So I needed a quilt that would look modern and "adult" like what my nephew asked for, but something I could piece rapidly and then push over the top with a really cool graphic edge-to-edge quilting design.  I chose the "Lazy Day Quilt" pattern from the book Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! 3rd Ed. (affiliate link) because I liked the look of it for a young man's apartment, but I could also see that the large 8" x 9" blocks would be really fast to piece with no pinning, no seams to match up, and no fiddling to get anything to fit.  Pedal to the medal piecing on this one, baby!  Because it is amazing how long it actually takes to piece a large bed quilt, even when it's a simple pattern like this one.

Lazy Day Quilt from the book Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!, 3rd Ed.

My fabrics and colors are even really similar to the quilt photo in the book, another rarity for me.  Usually I like to find a complicated pattern, alter it to make it even MORE complicated, and then spend hours and hours playing with color options before settling on my final palette, but this quilt looked pretty close to what I had in mind already.  I just wanted to tone the colors and textures down a bit to ensure the finished quilt didn't look too juvenile.  I grabbed a couple of Moda Grunge jelly rolls and fat quarter packs that I spied near the register at my local Bernina dealer as a starting point (I mean, I grabbed them and then PAID for them -- didn't grab them and RUN!):

Moda Grunge Precuts as a Starting Point for Alex's Quilt

Side note: Don't you love how the swirly pattern on my velvet chair fabric in the background is so similar to the rolled up swirl of jelly roll strips?  It reminds me of some of my favorite quilting designs, too.  Okay, so the dark blue fabric on the bottom of that pile got fired from the quilt, and I picked up some more Grunge fabric in oranges, blacks and grays to balance out and add to the colors in the precut assortments.  And I doubt I'll use those two FQs that are really pink, not because I won't use pink in a man's quilt, but because I don't like the pinkish fabrics with the other colors.

Blocks in Progress: 90 Completed of 132 Required

I'm stacking the blocks in groups of ten so they are easy to count and keep track of how many I've made so far.  It's not like I can put them up on my design wall right now, since the '80s Retro Building Blocks sampler blocks have been camped out in progress for so long that it's like they are holding my design wall hostage.  Too many pots on the stove!

No New Progress for the Sampler Quilt UFO, But It's Hogging My Design Wall

Let's just state the obvious for the record -- no sewing or quilting was accomplished on ANY of my projects while I was writing this blog post...  

I know the calendar says that today (Wednesday the 13th) is not the right day for the One Monthly Goal post or for the Tuesday To-Do linkys, but better late than never, right?  This week I want to finish making the blocks for Alex's quilt, then set them aside to work on a vintage quilt repair for one client and long arm quilting for another client -- both of these projects have wonderful stories that I am looking forward to sharing with you the next time I step away from the sewing machines long enough to write a blog post!  And of course, for my One Monthly Goal, I'm wanting to jump into the cutting and piecing of my Deco quilt and keep up with the quilt along schedule so that doesn't turn into yet another Unfinished Object (UFO) lurking around the studio!

I know it might sound like I have too much on my plate from time to time, but having so many different projects to work on is awesome for fueling my creativity and keeping the boredom at bay.  I don't know why I am so lucky, but I seem to attract the BEST clients who just keep bringing me the most gorgeous quilts that I love helping them bring to life through the quilting!  

PSST!!  I'd Love to Quilt for YOU!

By the way, if you or any of your quilty friends has a quilt top or two that needs quilting, I'd be delighted to quilt for you!  I won't be accepting any more custom quilts in 2021, but I do have a couple spots still available for edge-to-edge quilting for holiday gifting.  Click here to find out how to book your quilt with me.

I'll be linking up today's post with my favorite linky parties throughout the week:


Frédérique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué

Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts  

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts


To-Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal


Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation  


Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More

Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts

Off the Wall Friday at Nina Marie Sayre

 TGIFF Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, rotates, schedule found here: TGIF Friday

Drop Everything And Make It (DREAMI), last Saturday of the month, at Mmm Quilts


Kathy S. said...

Nice quilting choice!

Gretchen Weaver said...

The quilting on Anne's quilt is lovely, that thread is perfect and makes the quilt shimmer! The quilt pattern you've selected for Alex's quilt is just right for a young man. Make sure you put a thick batting in the quilt, if he's cold in the summer, he'll freeze this winter. They don't call Chicago the windy city without reason! Happy stitching, I'll watch your progress on the new sew along!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous quilting on that customer quilt, Rebecca Grace! I have to say that I'm the kind who works on one project at a time (lack of space is one reason, but not the only one!), so your list makes my head spin! LOL!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

first of all I love the quilting you did on the client quilt and the use of the variegated thread is perfect for it - that fabric is so pretty. Next up quilt for your nephew - yes he will need a warm quilt in Chicago for almost all they year - it can get so cold there I'm sure he will love the design you chose and it is so nice that he asked for a quilt instead of money

piecefulwendy said...

Always fun to see the quilts you are working on. I love the quilting on Ann's quilt, which is gorgeous. I have the L&B pattern, but not joining the QAL. I'm trying to decide what colors I want to use in mine, which will maybe be queen size. Your most favorite nephew is a lucky guy - that quilt is going to be a beauty!

Barb N said...

Ah, your Deco quilt is going to be gorgeous! And the Modern Eccentric pattern and thread choice is absolutely perfect! You are one busy lady with all these projects, but that's what keeps us out of trouble, eh? said...

That blue fabric might work on the back. . . .and I agree with you about the pink fabrics. What a great plan you have for your nephew's quilt! That art deco quilt is very cool. I need another project like a hole in the head. . . .I'm going to check out the link. . .one can never have too many projects. . . . .Gertie is already telling me to hurry up!!!!

Angela said...

The magic carpet quilt is stunning. Your quilting on it really adds to it!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh my!! you have a lot of great things going on!!!

Pat at Bell Creek Quilts said...

wonderful thread and design choice for Magic Carpet! love your other projects you are working on!

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

This customer quilt is gorgeous, and I love your quilting! Pretty pattern, and the thread has a so beautiful effect on it. J'aime beaucoup ton choix de couleur pour le QAL graphique, ça va être beau ! Voilà de quoi bien t'occuper ;-)
Thank you for sharing and linking up with Patchwork & Quilts!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Love the variegated thread and panto!!!

Leanne Parsons said...

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this whole post! The thread and quilting choice on the customer quilt are so, so perfect. Your nephew is obviously a special guy, definitely deserving of a quilt!

Suzanne said...

I want to comment today to say how much I like reading your blog, today and all the other days too! I found it at some point during the pandemic, and I so appreciate your wry humor! I’m from the Northeast and went to college in the South, but I didn’t find many who used sarcasm or had that wry flavor to their humor. You have it in spades (are you originally from somewhere else? or are my Southerners just different?), and I really enjoy reading your writing in large part because of it. You also quilt beautifully and choose such interesting projects for yourself. You talk about your home/non-quilty some too. I just so enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for writing it.

Bonnie said...

Rebecca you crack me up with your comment I grabbed and paid. It never occurred to me you'd grab and run -- You are too smart for that. The magic carpet quilt is fabulous. It is an example of the very best use for variegated thread. So often people want it but it'll never show because of the busy-ness of the quilt. Have fun finishing the favorite nephew's quilt. Isn't it nice to be asked for a quilt by someone who is looking forward to receiving it?

Preeti said...

The fabric is indeed jaw-droppingly gorgeous but I am mesmerized by your beautiful quilting, Rebecca!!! That variegated thread on black background made me...well let's just say drool, but I had something more sexual in mind :-D Your sweet darling nephew ASKEd for a quilt instead of cash!!! Bless his heart, indeed. Perfect pattern you chose for him. I am sure he will love it. I already do.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Rebecca, as usual, your quilting is really amazing! Good luck with your projects. Take care.

Kathleen said...

So beautiful and that quilting is just perfect. How wonderful to work on such a fun piece. You really made it come alive with that thread choice. You are really diving into another great project and it is so much fun watching the sampler come alive on the design board. You will get to all of these. And how wonderful you have another assignment - a quilted gift for your nephew - that is already taking shape! It seems like you reigned in your impulses nicely on it so you could get it finished. Good luck with your week.

Linda said...

Wow on that thread choice, I love it! That wedding quilt is just beautiful, and your quilting is magnificent. Love your choices for your favored nephew - great story.
Thank you for linking to To Do Tuesday!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Isn't it fun to have clients that bring you just the right quilts to spark your creativity? Love the newest client quilt. Perfect quilting! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

dq said...

I could look at photos of your amazing quilting all day!! YOu are so talented! Fantastic pattern selection!