Welcome to another Monday, and another edition of Main Crush Monday! Can you believe it is JUNE, already?!?! Where has this year gone? In some ways, it has crept by extremely slowly because of the stay at home order and all that’s going on with Covid-19. In other ways, the first five months have flown by. Do you realize we have less than 7 months until Christmas? Just thought I’d throw that out there. You’re welcome…. 🙂

I really want to thank you for all your support when Razzle Berry was released last week. You guys are the best! Pattern release day/week has been a big success and that’s because of you. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I told you that I made a second quilt using the pattern and I’m going to show it to you now. I changed the pattern a bit from the way it is written, because hey, isn’t that what us quilters do?? For my second one, I changed the cornerstones to square-in-a-square blocks, and added borders. I like the changes so much that I plan to write up instructions on how to make this version and post them on the blog for everyone who has purchased the pattern.

Razzle Berry Quilt Pattern by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Isn’t it amazing how using different fabrics and adding borders will change the look of the pattern? That’s why I always love to see different versions of the same quilt – I learn so much about fabric choice.

If you want to pick up your own copy of Razzle Berry, hop on over to the pattern shop. I’ve got both PDF and print versions available.

Remember last week when I told you I was working on a customer quilt that had a big blank space in the center? I finished the quilt on Saturday, and the owner picked it up on Sunday so I can share it with you now. It’s a big one, measuring 90″ x 111″. And it is so darn pretty! Here’s the center:

Medallion quilting center by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

My customer told me to do anything I wanted. The only direction she gave me was ‘I like feathers” and she wanted me to use gold thread. For a first time planning basically a wholecloth design I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I used Glide thread on the top and in the bobbin. The color is called Cleopatra, and it was the perfect thread and color.

I planned the design on my laptop, then did a lot of measuring and marking on the quilt before I loaded it. If you look close at the pic above you can see some of the blue pen marks and a few threads that need buried. The marks came out with a quick spritz of water, and I buried those threads after I trimmed the quilt.

Border quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The borders were wide and easy to quilt. Some simple crosshatch, alternating loops, and more feathers in the outer border worked together perfectly in this quilt. Before stitching the designs, I ditch stitched all the borders to add definition. We used wool batt from Quilter’s Dream and it really makes the quilting designs pop. It’s my favorite batting.

Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The backing fabric is a metallic print. It’s difficult to photograph a metallic fabric – in real life it really shows off the quilting. In this picture it looks like the bobbin thread is dark, but it’s actually the same gold as the backing fabric. Except for the feathers in the outside border. That bobbin thread is a dark grey.

I wish I could have gotten a picture of the entire quilt for you. It’s just so big and since I was the only one home I couldn’t manage it. Here’s the best I could do. I hope it gives you an idea of what the quilt looks like.

Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Can you see how Susan fussy cut that gold border and those large cornerstones she used in the same border? I thought she did a fantastic job putting the quilt together. It was a real joy to quilt because it was so square and flat. No wavy borders on this one.

Next up on my frame is a Radiant Log Cabin quilt. I’m still planning the quilting so I’m not sure what it’s going to look like yet. But something will come to me. It always does. LOL So there are my crushes for this week. What are yours? Oh wait! I’ve got one more crush.

Jen & Pap

My sweet niece having a visit with her Pap by the pond, getting ready to do a little fishing. I don’t know what they’re discussing, but the look on her face is priceless. It’s one of my favorite pics. I can’t wait until I can see her again and give her and her brother a big bear hug!! XOXO

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