Last weekend I finished this little circle quilt
I'm feeling a bit like this will be my last chance to make very many clothes for Addie. It's getting harder to get her to wear the clothes I make, and in the fall, she'll go back to wearing her uniform again. In spite of all that, I'm on a total quilting kick. I know better than to try to deviate from where the inspiration takes me, so I'm just giving in to it. (Even though I've spent this weekend trying to finish an outfit I already had cut out. I keep stopping to draw quilt designs.)
I've been in a circle mood ever since I saw this quilt by sewlandia in The Cherry House flickr group. I noticed it when I was adding my City Park quilt to the group. The circle quilting is gorgeous, so - pardon the pun - I think that's what got the wheels turning in my head for circles. Then I stumbled across this really cool blog post from Machen & Tun where she makes these sort of reverse applique circles or holes or portholes. Once I saw that I couldn't sleep for wanting to put those two things together. Of course, I think both crafters' products are way neater than mine.
I had fun quilting the circles. I know it's a quilting no-no, but I just used my regular sewing machine foot. It seemed to work out okay. I'm not sure how much the quilting really shows up in this photo of the front.
But you can really see it much better in this shot of the back. For the back - and the whole quilt really - I used scraps and the leftovers from Addie's Ice Cream dress. I also had this big piece of Kona Grass that I scored in the remnant rack at JoAnn's.
When I showed the quilt to my husband, he asked if the circles were supposed to be off-center. I got a kick out of that wondering what he would have said if I replied, "Oh no! They're off center?"
What's not supposed to be crooked but is, is the stripe and three blocks on the right side of the back. I just can't seem to master the art of making the quilt sandwich. Everything was nice and straight on the back when I made it, but I obviously didn't line the quilt top up properly. Oh well, hopefully, it just looks like I made it wonky on purpose.