Quilting Beyond Neutral: #makingallthequilts part 4

Beyond NeutralWhen Beyond Neutral author John Q. Adams came across a quilter online—New Zealand quilter Deb Robertson—who’d decided to make every quilt in his book, he was thrilled. He let us know about Deb, and we’ve chronicled her quilting journey throughout the past year. Now, in this final installment of her #makingallthequilts series, Deb shares the final four quilts she made from Beyond Neutral.

Catch up: read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of Deb’s journey.

Deb has been an inspiration to many—just take a look at her Instagram feed! Many thanks to her for allowing us to share her quilts this past year.

There’s more exciting news from Deb in 2016: she’s #makingallthequiltsagain!

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From Deb’s #makingallthequiltsagain feed


Deb-RobertsonThe hardest part of any challenge is when the end is in sight. I had a self-imposed goal of #makingallthequilts in John’s book, Beyond Neutral, and time was running out. I wanted to wrap up my school semester and finish #makingallthequilts before I had hip surgery.

Because I’d saved what I thought were the most difficult quilts for last (as you do), I started to make mistakes. I made the Pacific Crest quilt and, at first, I was disappointed with how it turned out.
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Original Pacific Crest quilt

The colors I’d chosen in my head didn’t match up to how the finished quilt looked. Now that time has passed, I look at my version and I love it. It just proves that with a bit of time, all things turn out okay in the end.
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Deb’s version of Pacific Crest

I made Raven Rock from my stash.
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Original Raven Rock quilt

Somehow, I accidently left out one whole panel! There was no way I could rectify it, so I just sewed what I had together. My nephew Knox LOVES my Raven Rock quilt. The pattern is very effective for big-scale fabrics. I’ve said it many times before and this quilt just proved it again: even a wonky quilt keeps you warm!
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Deb’s version of Raven Rock

I had a pile of beautiful Meadow fabric by Leah Duncan, and I thought it would be perfect for the Fallen Timbers pattern from Beyond Neutral.
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Original Fallen Timbers quilt

I altered the pattern slightly because I wanted the design to look like falling sunshine. I accidentally cut 14 blocks incorrectly (did I mention I was unwell?), but it still turned out to be a beautiful quilt.
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Deb’s version of Fallen Timbers

The last quilt I made was a revelation—John’s Glimmerglass quilt.
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Original Glimmerglass quilt

Once again, this was one of those patterns I thought I’d just have to make peace with. And once again, I made it . . . and I love it.
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Deb’s version of Glimmerglass

It’s been a real lesson to me, making all these quilts, even the ones I didn’t think were my style. I challenged myself to make them my own, and I really think I succeeded. I have to say that #makingallthequilts has changed the way I make quilts forever, which is a pretty cool outcome from a challenge that I set for myself to get through a difficult time.


A BIG thank you to Deb for allowing us to follow her journey through Beyond Neutral. We hope you’ve been as inspired by Deb as we have been!
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Which book could inspire you to start #makingallthequilts? Tell us in the comments!

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