Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pattern Testing


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.)

XX,
Jasmine

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.

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I really like your ideas for the name of the quilt and vote for Floating - the blocks really pop off of your black background! It will be fun to see how you quilt it once your machine is back home. :)

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  2. You did a wonderful job. The colors are great and really like that black border. Frames the quilt beautifully. micki@2dogsstudio.us

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  3. I like the additions to the edges and especially the border. It makes the final pop!

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  4. I loved this when I saw it on her blog. But I have to say, your version is even better!! This looks great Jasmine! :)

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  5. I really like Christina's patterns, and I think your interpretation is lovely. I can't wait to see your quilting. It looks like a fun way to try out different designs.

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  6. Oh Jasmine, you have done it again. What a gorgeous quilt top. The gradation of colors and the overlay effect makes it so deliciously modern.

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  7. Wow! This is spectacular and I love that that border as well. The quilt definitely has a 3D feeling to it. Can't wait to see the quilting!

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  8. It's wonderful!! I like how you extended it and made a border. I too thought of testing for her, but knew I didn't have the time right now.

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  9. Wow! Love what you have done with the black and you colors are fun too. I prefer rectangle quilts also, square quilts are for walls!

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  10. Oh my! I liked this to start with (having seen other testers), but your version is perfection. Love it with the solids and the black border is amazing! Love the floating effect!

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  11. I really like the changes you made to the pattern. It looks much more finished around the outside with your modification and your border. Can't wait to see it quilted!

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  12. Jasmine, it is beautiful!! The black really makes it sing! I can't wait to see it all quilted up!

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  13. Love love love this! The original would have been great too, but I like the way you tweaked it to make everything float.

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  14. It does look like floating squares or maybe layers. Love the changes - gorgeous quilt top!

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  15. I love the revisions you made, Jasmine. I like quilts to be rectangular, too and the addition of that black border really makes this WOW! Can't wait to see how you and Princess quilt this!

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  16. Oh no! Another quilt I just love. Whatever you've done, is wonderful!

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  17. I love the way you have hung the quilt for the photos, we all need a garden veranda for just that purpose, I really struggle with outdoor photos. The colours really float on the black to, it looks fantastic, I bet your fantastic quilting will make it even better too.
    Sue

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  18. Using the black for the background really makes everything pop! I love your color choices and the border you added was a nice change to the pattern. It will be exciting to see how you quilt it!

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  19. What a great pattern! Love the color choices you've used, too, and what a bonus that boys like it!!!

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  20. Looking at the linky party page, your quilt is the one that caught my eyes right away ... Your quilt is an eye catcher!! I'm not sure if it's the colors or the design, maybe both ... It's catchy! I like it!! :-)
    Great pictures outside too!

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  21. Get you, pattern tester extraordinaire! Love the way you've adapted this to suit your tastes and thanks for sharing Christina's blog cos I need to find me some new quilting techniques!

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  22. Jasmine, this is stunning! I love it and I love the changes you made. I follow Christina as well and really like her designs. Lucky you being a pattern tester. I think you should definitely keep this one in your studio and I can't wait to see how you quilt it! Beautiful!

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  23. Black border is the icing omN the cake so to speak! It frames it beautifully! Wonderful quilt!

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  24. Jasmine your boys are right - it IS awesome! The black border is so perfect and I love the effect it give of making the blocks look like they are floating. Your color combination is really beautiful!

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  25. Fantastic quilt! I love your changes; the squares really do float! I saw Christina's on her blog and told her I intend to make one, as I've made a similar quilt to practise Leah Day's FMQ designs, another for Angela Walters', and so I need to do one practising and trying out Christina's!

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  26. Magic Carpet Ride is my vote! Looks fab!

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  27. wow, how did I miss this one?!
    It does look like Aladin's quilt but also very architectural from the 1920's. Great job on the color placement. LeeAnna

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  28. Your little tweak is perfect! I usually like to 'do my own thing' with colors when I make a quilt, but your choices are spot on! Stealing! lol

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