What could YOU do with 13 weeks, 16 quilt patterns, and your fabric stash?
Beyond Neutral author John Q. Adams found a quilter who knows exactly what she’d do: she’d make every quilt in John’s book. And then she’d be kind enough to share her quiltmaking journey through Beyond Neutral with you!
In the second installment of our #makingallthequilts series (read the first installment here), Deb Robertson, a quilter from Christchurch, New Zealand, shares four more of her quilts, each photographed in her hometown amid the rubble of an earthquake that occurred four years ago.
“In spite of how busy my life is,
or maybe because of it,
my sewing time is precious to me.”
—Deb Robertson, Works in Progress blog
You can see more of Deb’s quilts on Instagram; they’re tagged #makingallthequilts.
If you’ve ever wondered how to switch up a pattern and make it your own, let Deb show you the ropes through her inspiring quilts.
Hi, I’m Deb and I blog at deb-robertson.blogspot.com. I have four amazing children, ranging in age from 5 to 21. This year I’m completing a double major in Media/Communication and Sociology. I’ve been quilting for most of my adult life on the premise that if you do something 10,000 times you become an expert—I’m having a lot of fun practicing! Last year I made all the quilts in QuiltDad’s book, Beyond Neutral, 16 quilts in 13 weeks.
#makingallthequilts Part 2
As you may remember from my last post, I bought Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams and started making the quilts in it. It was a gloomy spring in Christchurch. I was studying full time while trying to run the household. I was also counting down the days until I had my hip replaced and wishing the time would hurry up.
In spite of how busy my life is, or maybe because of it, my sewing time is precious to me, and I get up most mornings to sew before the household wakes. I make it a priority to be creative every day, even if it’s just to knit one row or chain-piece a few blocks for ten minutes.
My second batch of Beyond Neutral quilts flew together. I made “Cascadia,” “Cape Lookout,” “Cayucos,” and “Big Thicket,” and I love them all.
John’s quilts from Beyond Neutral, clockwise from top left: “Cascadia,” “Cape Lookout,” “Cayucos,” and “Big Thicket.”
“Cascadia” is my favorite of all the quilts I made because I used my precious “Sugar Skull” stash mixed with some other prints. The result is a fun, quirky quilt. I plan to make “Cascadia” again using my hoarded stash of vegetable prints.
Deb’s version of “Cascadia”
I used some fat-eighth bundles for my “Cape Lookout” quilt, which was super easy to sew. My sister has dibs on it. I plan to make two more of these: one to keep and one to give to a friend.
Deb’s version of “Cape Lookout”
I really like my version of “Cayucos.” The purple wood-grain fabric is so striking and the pattern really gives it movement. My 13-year-old purple lover has claimed this one!
Deb’s version of “Cayucos”
John’s quilts are so much fun to make. By simply changing the fabrics, you can create many different looks.
Deb’s version of “Big Thicket”
Deb’s helpers had some fun with this one at the photo shoot!
At this point in my Beyond Neutral journey I was becoming addicted to John’s patterns. I thought I might make most of the quilts in the book. I didn’t plan to make all of them, but I sure was having a lot of fun!
Many thanks for sharing this second part of your story with us, Deb—we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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See all 16 quilts in Beyond Neutral >
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What’s your favorite thing to change up when following a pattern: the size, the colors, or the layout? Tell us in the comments!