07 March 2016

turning circles






All I can say is that I'm so glad I made a practice swatch and practiced! This turned out a lot better than I could have imagined. There's some puckering here and there, but what really saved me was taking the time to baste it together with close attention to detail.

I learned so much making this, it was a lot of fun. Now I have to make the binding and sew that on. It's going to be magenta and it's going to align with the tips of the star. I still need to trim this top down about an inch, but I wanted to give myself some wiggle room. Lots and lots of wiggle room.

I will never forget sewing this quilt together on my maternity leave and listening to the baby's music toy playing classical music with "bubble sounds" in the background as I worked. I'm going to gift this quilt to someone who's having a baby girl. I think it will make a good rolling around on the floor quilt or a good laying out on the grass quilt. I always imagine my quilts being used at picnics. Strange, but true.

Hope you are all having a good start to your week.

xo Jill

P.S. Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams.

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt - Love little Logan's smiles!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Logan has watched this quilt come together.

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  2. Gorgeous quilt - I am sure the recipient will love it. I have never tried circular quilting - one day ....

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    1. It was really fun to do, Julie! There are a lot of really great projects on Pinterest - that's what inspired me. Thank you!

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  3. Wonderful project Jill! Love your use of color, have fun with the binding. The stripe down the back brings it all together.

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    1. That stripe down the back is one of my favorite parts - it took me fifteen minutes to throw together - very instinctive. I want to do more things like that. Thank you!

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  4. The colors are so fun and fresh- I bet the quilt will be well loved!

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  5. I love your quilt too Jill, but my favorite part of this blog is the beautiful babe posing beside it. Love to Logan from Gramma!!

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    1. Thanks! He's my creative supervisor.

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  6. Such a splendid quilt! So lucky the recipient. Gorgeous baby! How did you do the circles btw? I've always wondered how people do those round shapes. I only do straight lines so far.

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    1. I started in the center and sewed about 1 1/2" circle with my walking foot on my sewing machine, then I made it into a spiral and - using my walking foot as a guide - continued to sew around and around that first circle. I drew the first tiny circle on the quilt plus the lead to start my spiral then I just "eyeballed" it as I went along. It took me many hours to complete. I just kept the quilt on my sewing machine with the needle down and turned it off. There are many spiral quilts on pinterest also "Crazy Mom Quilts" blog has some tutorials on machine quilting with a walking foot and spiral quilting. My practice swatch really helped a alot. Good luck and thanks for the comment!

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  7. Oh how gorgeous! My quilts usually are being used for picnics, in the summer at least, so it makes perfect sense to me!

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    1. Thank you, Carie. Great minds think alike!

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  8. The quilt is stunning! The circular stitching looks amazing. The recipient will be very lucky.

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