This may be the last official link-up for Quilty 365, but it won't be the last time you see these circles, because this baby is just in the beginning stages of quilting. As of today I've hand quilted an area about 14 x 60 inches, working my way from the center to a corner of this giant. It's going slower than I'd like, mostly because of all the 'opportunity quilts' that have come my way of late. But I don't mind a bit, I love, love, LOVE
seeing this in the hoop and spread across the carpet when I walk into the sewing room each day! Just having it there right next to my desk is enticement to pick up the needle and take a few stitches whenever I have a few moments.
Very simple big stitch quilting in the sashings and blocks. I like how quilting down the sashing is making all those blocks puff up just a bit, though difficult to see in the angle of this photo.
I've loved working on this quilt-along from the very first block ...
through weeks of mulling over whether I'd have enough of my chosen sashing and setting triangle fabric...turns out there were just a few scraps to spare after putting it all together.
The back story of why I was so keen on using this sashing fabric for this particular quilt. My blogging friend, the late Kathy Porter (http://nanato4ts.blogspot.com) gifted me with a box of her beautiful fabrics when she was downsizing her stash. This fabric was included in the box and the tone-on-tone circles seemed a perfect fit for the Quilty 365 project from the very beginning. I am reminded of Kathy's encouraging words and her generosity whenever I see this fabric.
Carrying the circle theme to the borders, though a bit less obviously, I chose these two dark fabrics to bring the top to its final size.
Teeny tiny circles in the border fabrics!
There aren't any photos of the entire finished top, because there isn't a surface in our home large enough to lay out anything measuring over 110x110 inches, and it was far too wet and muddy outside before the top was sandwiched for quilting. Half of the quilt is shown in the next photo, taken while pinning the layers at the church fellowship hall.
I used 313 of my 366 circles in this quilt, the remainder to find their way into another project sometime in the future (looking for for inspiration for that future quilt among all the link-ups today!). But, these were not the only circles made last year! Oh no, Quilty 365 was just the beginning, and turned out to be the inspiration to include more circles in yet another quilt, Oregon Memories, completed for my husband last year.
When this huge quilt will be finished is anybody's guess, but I'm hoping to see it quilted, bound and in its place of honor on the guest bed before the end of the year. My thanks to Audrey at Quilty Folk
for hosting this fun quilt-along! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's final creations, and you can see them too by following this link
to Audrey's blog.
a glimpse of things to come - couldn't resist!