Mardi Gras is my 2023 Show Quilt. Every year or so, I work on a more detailed project so I can help represent our little corner of Texas in local shows. Earlier this Spring, Mardi Gras made it to the Dallas Show and will be in the Plano show later this Summer
As with many quilts, the inspiration for Mari Gras comes from fabric. After creating a Harry Potter quilt, a customer mentioned Mardi Gras. I found the fabrics below and when she didn’t move forward, I just couldn’t resist.
The final element was to add some bling in the form of golden embellishments here and there.
As I tested some different designs and elements, I actually ended up with some extra bits and parts. This was very fortunate as it allowed me to do some test quilting.
I am still not sure what I will do with this, but it served a great purpose. I got to see how the quilting played with the embroidery and other sections. Below is a YouTube video of the pebble work on this test section:
Quilt Back and Label
I found the perfect backing fabric at Sandy’s Quilt Shop in Joshua TX. You can see the quilting but also “it’s a party back there too!”
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