Friday, June 24, 2011

Circulation Complete!

Phew! Sorry I've been MIA for a few days. Life is still crazy around here as we're still at the in laws and my husband just took off for a much needed break with some friends. (it's okay because I abandoned him to go on my quilting retreat weekend when we were packing up the house the week before we moved.) I know that some of you think I am crazy...and I probably am...but I swear that quilting makes me feel just a slight bit more in control.

So I have been doing a lot of it. A lot.

I've been baking up a little something Moda style that I hope to share with you soon. It's yummy! And there's a little Baby fever GOing around that I will share soon too. (I told you it's been nuts! Oh and don't misinterpret...that wasn't announcement that my family will be growing!)



But today, I get to share with you another quilt that I finished up and just this hour handed over to its new owner, my darling Sister-in-law. She has always been there to help us when we really need it, flying across the country to help us out. I've been wanting to get a quilt to her for over a year! So I can check that off my list as of today. Woohoo!


I give you Circulation.


Circulation


Some of you may recall from when I finished the quilt top that I mentioned that this quilt was made up of rows from my very first online bee! I had very mixed feelings about how the bee ended up, so I put this aside for a few years. And I can honestly say now that I love it.


Circulation aka lots of Circles



It ended up the length of a twin sized quilt but not quite the width...my math went wrong somewhere. ;) But that's okay because it actually makes for a perfect quilt to snuggle with on the couch! I didn't realize that the width of a quilt can make it a little cumbersome when trying to snuggle (at least for me) but I always want the length. No lap quilts for me! I need my whole body to be covered.


Kissing Frogs!



It all started with the double wedding ring row that I made, and then went around the world with new rows being created by each person. I put them all together, quilted it on the now (in my mind) infamous long arm machine, and finally bound it here back in Indiana. It's been on quite a journey.


Double Wedding Ring



Circulation - Row by Tacha



Flying Geese row



The binding I had intended to be a solid green...but with all of the moving I simply cannot find the box that I put that fabric in. I know I put it some place odd, but I thought I knew. Oh well. I refused to buy any new fabric for a binding, so I simply had to find another green that worked. This print was about as close to a solid as I could get from my stash and I think I love it more than I do the solid! Yay for happy accidents!


Circles and Stripes



So I had a very fulfilling couple of weeks of finishing off a number of quilts. And two of them are already given away. But I had to capture this never to be seen again moment of a pile of completed quilts! These have been such a long time coming. I feel like a weight has been lifted.


Piles of goodness



My precious!



I hope to be able to start putting together more of my bee quilts now. I have all these blocks made just waiting to be put together into quilts! Let's see, the Ravishing in Red Bee, the Busy Bees, the Bee Modern Too, my blocks from the upcoming book (I made all of them twice...one in a set of coordinating fabrics), my 3 x 6 Bee blocks, my Bottled Rainbow blocks... the quilt along quilt I'm doing with you all... You see why I'm so happy to have some finally finished?! That's 7 quilts already begun. And don't let me fool you. There's more. I'll be honest.


So don't laugh. But I really want to get back to a place where I only have a couple of projects going.


Seriously.


I hear you laughing.


Come on...I mean it! So hopefully I can keep up a bit of the quilting hyper drive and knock off some of these projects. Hmmm...isn't quilting supposed to be a slow and ponderous craft?

31 comments:

  1. Lovely color combo, on a drop dead gorgeous quilt!!! Yay for finishing a UFO!!

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  2. This quilt turned out so great! I remember when you posted about it last, the green and navy is such a strong and classic combination. A very nice present to receive, I expect she will love it.

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  3. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog! Lots of different, inspirational stuff!

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  4. Good for you Angela. There is a great sense of freedom/lightness with only a couple of projects on the go.

    I love circulation even though I'm not usually into circles with quilting. Love the variety and the story of this quilt.

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  5. I love when that weight is lifted! It's beautiful, Angela, you did a fabulous job. She's lucky to get that as a gift.

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  6. What a awesome, distinct quilt! I love how it's segmented yet totally cohesive.

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  7. Gorgeos Circulation quilt. It's great you have that weight lifted. I'm waiting on that a little myself! Take care!

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  8. It is lovely! I think you and Kelly need to come and join my Finish It Up! Challenge for summer!

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  9. I don't know how everyone manages to have more than just a few projects!
    That quilt is gorgeous! Love all the circles and what with travelling the world and the infamous long arm machine it has quite a story!

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  10. Only 7? Not admitting how many WIP"S and UFO's are at my house.
    Circulation is a really wonderful quilt! I love your colors and the creativity of combining three quite different sets of blocks.

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  11. How beautiful! That is one cool quilt girl! LOVE IT!

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  12. No! Quilting is supposed to be a wild ride where you manage to make as many quilts as possible before you fall off!! And I love Circulation - it's awesome!! And so nice to see that beautiful stack of finished quilts - I know that must make you feel good!!

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  13. This is just BEAUTIFUL......

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  14. That is so beautiful. Great job on design, color and quilting :)

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  15. I love the wild ride comment- that describes quilting prefectly :) At least at my house too :) I have 8, soon to be 9 projects going on, and I am still trying to learn how to do most of them- hehe! I think it's great to see all the beautiful, wonderful creations of yours! They are breath-taking!! Love each one! Congrats on the "stack"- that is pretty awesome, for sure!! So yummy! I am sure those that recieve them will adore them!

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  16. hand quilting is slooooooooooowwwwww. we machine quilters fly like the wind during a hurricane. But we accomplish so much more than the hand quilters do too. so keep the pedal to the floor, and more will be finished soon. :D

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  17. Beautiful quilt, your sister-in-law will love it. Love your pile of finishing quilts.

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  18. I'm laughing WITH you, not at you. Honest
    Love Circulation (and great name), it finished up beautifully. Congratulations on your productivity, which is remarkable considering you're living out of boxes at a temporary location!

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  19. Amazingly beautiful! What a great name you chose in Circulation! I know your sil was happy to receive such a lovely quilt.......

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  20. Nice set of blocks! It makes for a beautiful quilt! I really love the colors and that Wedding Ring row. I feel yah about the unfinished quilt guilt. It feels great when you get one done that has been sitting around for a while.

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  21. Oh I love that circle quilt! Nicely done! :)

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  22. I love your circulation quilt...from the first time you shared it. The binding accident turned out great!! As far as the measurements, I'm totally with you on preferring length over width and even we math lovers make mistakes. ;)

    Good luck with all your other projects.

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  23. Love circulation! Well, I love all your quilts. ;)

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  24. You give me Circulation??? I'll take it....giggle.

    Love this quilt and the colors....Wow!

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  25. Angela! Circulation is so wonderful!! Good job finishing three quilts, what a great feeling that must be!

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  26. Circulation really is so stunning. I love that you didn't like it for awhile and then in the end it just all came together.

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  27. ha ha ha :) best laid plans and all that! :) I sympathise with the whole "I want to FINISH some things before I get started on new ones" plan! I'm trying really hard not to start anything new!

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  28. WOW wonderful quilt! Such a unique idea and great color combo.

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