Persian Rug in FAT QUARTER SHUFFLE by Annie’s


Happy Friday, Friends.  I am constantly amazed how fast the week goes by, and Friday always seems to come too quickly.  I am eager to share with you my Persian Rug runner before the week ends.  Persian Rug is featured in Annie’s newly release book, Fat Quarter Shuffle.

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All the projects in Fat Quarter Shuffle have to use only 6 fat quarters, with blending yardages allowed.  Because of the size (32″ x 15″), My Persian Rug runner top uses exactly 6 fat quarters for its construction, without any help from extra yardages.



Persian Rug uses fabrics from Riley Blake’s Serenata‘s collection – lots of beautiful flora and foliage… in gray, yellow and blue, a rather yummy combination, don’t you think?


This project illustrates the concept of “quilting makes the quilt”.  Let’s start with the image of the runner top before quilting.  You will notice that the blocks are normal blocks made with squares, unassuming.

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The square blocks sort of take on a glamorous turn after strands of pearls are quilted on them, don’t you think?  Somehow the quilting has altered the square look of the blocks, and now they don’t look so square anymore, do they?


Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The reason I love Aurifil for quilting is because I can quilt these precious pebbles/precious teeny tiny and not ever have issue with thread buildup.


Here is a close-up shot:


And here is a super close-up shot.  The pebbles were quilted free-handed in contrasting thread after I drew the petal outline on the blocks.  Click here to read my Thread Talk post on contrast quilting.


Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton + Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting + Free-handed pebbles = the following image!


You have probably noticed the pebbles aren’t the only elements that are tiny.  The gray sashing you see finish at 1/4″ wide.  I personally like the effect of narrow sashing strips.  I think they make strong visual statements.



I thoroughly enjoyed making Persian Rug.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing it as well.

Click here to purchase Fat Quarter Shuffle.

Click here to view information on my Learn to Machine Quilt online class/DVD that covers how to quilt the pebbles.


Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I do wish you have a most blessed weekend.  See you next week – I will have more featured projects to share!


2013 has been a busy year.  Have you seen my other 2013 published projects?

Have you see my other 2013 magazine features/published work?

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Annie’s Fat Quarter Shuffle (October 2013): Starry Dance

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilt Trends (Fall 2013): Manhattan

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World (Winter 2013): Elephant Walk

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Midnight Flurry

The Quilter (Holiday 2013): Winter Wonderland

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farmyard Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Moonflower

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (October 2013): Tutu Cute

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas