I love Christina Cameli's books: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting and Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting. I have also been following her blog for a long time. When she showed a quilt she was working on and asked for pattern testers, I jumped at the chance.
If I followed her pattern "Magic Carpet" exactly, this is what my quilt would look like. I love that it looks like the squares could go on forever.
But I like to make little changes and have quilts be more rectangular. So I extended the columns three inches on each end. It looked like this. I love that the black rectangles go all the way around the quilt with big squares in the corner. I did not need to buy any extra fabric to make the change.
Then I added a black border all the way around to make the overlapping squares float. Totally love it! I cut out the border at 3.5 inches wide and needed 7/8 yard more of the black.
Because the pattern is called "Magic Carpet," I am thinking of calling it something like "Flying Carpet" or "Floating." What do you think?
I didn't have room in the house to get a picture of the quilt oriented the right way, so I took it outside and battled the wind.
I took this close-up while it was being blown by the wind.
I waited a little bit and was able to get this picture. While the colors are a little bit too blue, I really like it.
Starting from the center and working out, I used Kona Cerise, Valentine, Candy Pink, Violet, Magenta, Tulip, and Black. My boys are thrilled with this new pink and purple quilt. They are already asking who it is for. I told them that I want to keep it in my craft room. ;)
I am really looking forward to quilting this. I plan on quilting each square a different design like Christina did on hers. I will be using designs from both of her books plus some of my favorites. But that will have to wait a little while. My Tiara is receiving her birthday servicing right now.
Christina is planning on having the pattern ready for sale early next week. I will add a link here once it is ready. :) I really recommend her pattern. It was fun, went quickly, and looks "awesome." (According to my oldest son.)
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. There is something fun for every day of the week.