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Happy Mardi Gras: Jelly Bean Carnival Quilt

on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog, quilt, quilting | 0 comments

 Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

This is my Jelly Bean Carnival Quilt. I had to show you today, since it IS Carnival.

My quilt is a baby sized and WILD colored.  Love that.  Let me show you how I quilted it:

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

Oh my gosh – with orange thread.  I know, that never happens, but I thought I’d be bold and go orange.  ORANGE.  Yikes!!!

Turns out you cannot even see the quilting in the background fabric, but this is what it looks like.  (More details about the quilt back in a sec.)

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

From the front, you can really only see the quilting in those Jelly Beans.

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

This was my very first time trying that “infinity” quilting shape on anything.  It is so fast!

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

The quilting was going along pretty well. Orange thread on top and purple on the back.  You cannot see any purple at all from the front.  Awesome, right… cough cough cough…

 

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

Double damn, right?  So are we thinking that when I wash this the threads might relax themselves into place?  Or will I always look at the quilt from the front-only?

Updated to add:  The quilt is washed.  The threads and “pokies” are softer, but you can still see them all.  🙁

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

I like the front, even if each Jelly Bean has its own infinity-quilting personality.

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

 

Live and learn, I suppose…

I’m still filing this one in the “win” column.  I did try colored quilting thread and I did try a new Free Motion Quilting motif.  Sure, I should have been more vigilant with the bobbin thread choice.  I honestly think the tension was a result of not using quilting weight thread in the back.  Now I know.  Win.

Mardi Gras Quilt | Jelly Bean Carnival | ReannaLily Designs by Jen Eskridge

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