Black Brick Road?

Nikki started this “Yellow” Brick Road quilt a long time ago.  Our quilting guild is having a UFO (Un-Finished Objects) contest, so she picked this quilt back up and finished it.  This quilt would go on bed of her son, Wyatt.

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She requested flames to be quilted on this quilt.  No problem!  I know how to quilt flames!  Well… that’s what I thought.  Then I got scared and tensed up.  For whatever reason, I was worried that the flames would scare Wyatt (no, I don’t know why… maybe because Halloween is coming up and those black stitches looked like creepy trees to me???), so instead of making big flames all over the quilt, they turned out small.  Ugh!

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I tried to make up for it by writing Wyatt’s name in a block and adding a pet print.

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I even stuck a turtle in there.  Can you see its leg sticking out on the white fabric?

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The problem is that no matter what I did, it would not make up for the back of the quilt.  Nikki had this beautiful fabric for the backing.  I checked at the beginning of my quilting… changed the needle, adjusted the tension and everything else I could think of.  It was all made with quality fabric and Hobbs 80/20 batting, and the batting was loaded face up like it’s supposed to be.  So, I changed needles a couple more times during the quilting and did all the adjusting again.  Same problem… little pokeys of batting coming through.  The only thing I could think of was that I probably should have used black batting on this quilt.  Other big-name quilters have said this will come out after washing.  I don’t know, because I don’t have the quilt and wasn’t going to wash it to find out.  I can only hope.

So, I’ll be brave and show you the back side of the quilt where the turtle lays.

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See what I mean?  So, this is Wyatt’s quilt and it’s Nikki’s Yellow Brick Road quilt, but for me… I’m calling it the Black Brick Road quilt.

Author: cowtownquilts

Professional longarm quilter and thread artist in the Kansas City area.