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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15 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Scrappy duos looks intriguing

    —Lawana Whaley on February 19, 2016
  • I would do all the quilts in Scrappy Duos since almost every quilt I make is scrappy. I tend to buy scraps and fat quarters because with a scrappy quilt you are never sure how it will turn out until it is done, and I love that!

    —Elizabeth Larson on February 19, 2016
  • Scrappy Duos!! I love the interest a scrappy quilt generates and the fact that I don’t have to worry about the quantity of fabric is a plus.

    —Mary Smith on February 19, 2016
  • Wow, We must all be on the same page. I, too, would make all the quilts in Scrappy Duos. I love scrap quilts, and the ones I’ve made have been the best loved quilts I have.

    —Sally H. on February 19, 2016
  • I have always wanted to do Evelyn Sloppy’s 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts. I like all her books.

    —Karen J on February 19, 2016
  • Double Take! Those quilts are gorgeous!

    —JoAnne T. on February 19, 2016
  • I’m enjoying working my way through Modern Log Cabins. The first quilted thing I made, pillows for a gift, was a quilt-as-you-go log cabin pattern and I have loved that pattern ever since. But now I love all the crazy variations Natalia Bonner and her co-author have designed. Sometimes it’s good to refresh an old treasure.

    —Chris on February 19, 2016
  • Color for the Terrified Quilter would be my choice. Goodness knows that I could use some assistance in picking colors and patterns that belong together.

    —Sandy W. on February 19, 2016
  • As I just love scrappy quilts it would have to be "Scrappy Duos".

    —Darrell on February 19, 2016
  • Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve the book and maybe I’ll break out of the neutrals with it.

    —BroAJK on February 20, 2016
  • "Double Take" grabbed my eye, I do like circles to start with!

    —Betty P on February 20, 2016
  • Making all of the quilts in a certain book is a fascinating concept and I am certainly intrigued. I don’t know which book it would be, but I would make sure that it is a short one!

    —Susie on February 20, 2016
  • Patchwork Palette it would be for me! It would be fun to make every quilt in one book, even if you are not sure you like all the patterns. Sometimes it is the fabric they are done in that doesn’t appeal, but picking your own fabric ca turn it into a keeper!

    Paula Hedges on February 20, 2016
  • Scrappy Duos would serve my stash the best. We hoard our scraps then get overwhelmed, I am always on the lookout for ways to use them. All the books have at least 1 pattern or more that I would love to make.

    —connie b on February 22, 2016
  • Jo’s Little Favorites has inspired me to make all the quilts. I absolutely love all of her quilts from every book she has published. I also love all the quilts in Kathleen Tracy’s books too. I have all of her books too. Oh, if only there were more hours in a day!

    —Kathleen King on February 22, 2016

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