Monday, March 28, 2011

Circulation

Well I decided to finish the quilt top that I pulled out last week after 3 or so years.  2?  I can't remember!  Regardless, it's been a while.  This quilt was originally begun as a row robin swap.  The bee was set up so that we each made an entire row for the other people in the swap each month.  It was quite a bit to tackle at the time and there were no parameters set about style, fabrics, or design.  So I actually feel quite blessed that I received the lovely rows that I did.


I started my quilt out by making a row for myself with a white background and navy, green and blue fabrics.  Though it is far from perfect, this was my first attempt at a double wedding ring pattern.  It is done by applique and I followed the pattern from Eleanor  Burns "Egg Money Quilts" Book.  I think what I made they actually had designed as a table runner!


Double Wedding Ring Row


an arty shot that I did back then. ;)

Double Wedding Row for row swap


Double Wedding Ring Detail2



When I did the measurements this weekend, it turned out that with the sashing fabric I planned on using that 4 rows was perfect!  Too bad I figured that out after I started work on a fifth row.  Ahh well...something for another project. ;)  And I did use it to make my pieced circle tutorial too! (Which is coming tomorrow hopefully...it's very picture heavy and that takes a long time to edit).


So here it is! Isn't it fun how the circles go from largest to smallest from top to bottom?  I did not consciously plan that.  I was looking more at the use of negative space and the business of the rows for balance.  But it just so happens that also ended up meaning that the circles fell into a pattern of gradating sizes as well!  Woohoo!

Circulation



I used a couple of fabrics from an Anna Griffin line that works really well with the colors of the rows.

Circulation



The blue and white circle fabric is actually what I am going to use for the whole back as well.  I had enough and it works...so I'm not going to make my life overly complicated by piecing a back together from bits and pieces.  Sometimes simple is nice. ;)  (or just a good excuse for laziness!)


Circulation


With the sashing and the borders, I believe that this quilt is a twin size.  But it's certainly large enough to snuggle with.  And it will be going to an unnamed relative (just in case she reads this!) who needs a quilt from me.  It's been my intention for over a year to get one to her.


Here is a close up on the lovely row that sweet Tacha/Hanies (now of the FatQuarterly!) made for me.  Her row is probably my favorite of the four.  I wish I could claim that I made it...but even better...I get to keep it!  At least for a couple more months.  And then it should be in the hands of its new owner.


Circulation


I'm not completely sure how I will quilt this yet.  But I do know that I want to use the long arm machine at our local store and try something out.  Maybe some free form circular quilting.  I'll have two quilts to take in...let's see many more I can accumulate!


Circulation

25 comments:

  1. I love the circles! I am attempting my first circle quilt and I can appreciate the effort! I can't imagine hand appliqueing the double wedding ring part! I am guessing that kept you busy for a while.

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  2. I really love the Darcey fabrics - that line is one of those hidden gems! And what a perfect compliment to the blocks - looks great!

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  3. What a striking quilt top. I love the flying geese circles at the top-how did you do those? I would love to see a close up photo of the top row.

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  4. Love your quilt top. Can't wait to see how you decide to quilt it.

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  5. " I love the flying geese circles at the top-how did you do those? "

    I'm sorry but that is not the row I made. Someone else made it for me and that of course is the only person that I no longer know how to get a hold of to ask. But I can tell you that it is done in quarter circles.

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  6. Super clever! Neat looking quilt.

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  7. It's fantastic! Love how you've pulled them all together!

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  8. Wow, that's a very neat quilt. I love the row concept. And, yes, Tacha's row is FAB.

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  9. This combination of blue and green is less trendy and every time I see it I love it more. This quilt will be so great, and the border fabric works so well with it

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  10. I love how all the different rows go so well together. It is beautiful!

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  11. Love it! What a great swap project, it really came together beautifully!

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  12. Really pretty and I love how the circles go from largest to smallest (and without planning?). Nice post title too ;) Anyway, I'd like to see more of the top row...the large 1/2 circles...are those flying geese?

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  13. This is a beautiful quilt! The colors and the rows are amazing!

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  14. Great quilt Angela! Very pretty! I'm sure your relative will love!

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  15. Gosh that turned out REALLY cute!!

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  16. Very Pretty I love the colors and the sashing you chose.

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  17. I'm so glad you finished this! I've been dying to see it all put together since that first time I came over and saw it hanging in your "closet of shame"...lol!

    The picture (from a couple years ago) of that double wedding ring row hanging from your tree was one of the first I ever favorited on Flickr :) So is this quilt is for me, right? *wink* I may have to hide in your bushes out front and intercept the package before the mailman picks it up.

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  18. Awesome sashing choice. This is a wonderful quilt. I love the blue/green/white combo!

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  19. Totally love how it turned out Angela! Kind of makes it all worthwhile to see at least one of the quilts taking shape.

    Still it was one of the best swaps for me as I met you and got to see your double wedding rings close up at my house!

    xxx

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  20. What an amazing quilt! Very much worth the wait.

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  21. That quilt looks fantastic! How neat to have something that everyone did their own thing on and have it turn out so well together! You all are a bunch of talented ladies!

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