Circles, Revisited

My batik circle quilt is not one of the better quilts I have made.  Technically, it is rather a mess.  The blocks were so irregular in size that it took a lot of fiddling to get the quilt to come together at all, the circles don’t all lie flat, and there is puffiness in a intersectionsnumber of places that I doubt will quilt out.  Despite all that, it may end up being one of my favorite quilts.  It has some of my favorite fabrics, and there is something about the flow and contrast of color that I love.

This week I started quilting it.  It is my first quilt with Quilter’s Dream batting, and I am loving how soft it is.  My vision was to fill each circle with detailed, unique quilting, and to contrast it with linear channels and stippling in the background    However, that created two dilemmas. First, I love quilting, and have a tendency to quilt my quilts to death, but I will lose the wonderful softness of the batting, at least until the quilt has been washed extensively.  The second issue is that the blocks are so irregular, and I am afraid the regular design in the background will emphasize the irregularity of the blocks.

My quilt tester approves of the quilt.
My quilt tester approves of the quilt.

In the end, though, I went ahead with the design anyway.  I just couldn’t let go of the idea of the heavily quilted, flowing circles and the contrasting regular background.

There are 20 blocks in the quilt, and so far I have quilted about 7 or 8 of them.  I tend to be of the school, ‘Don’t practice, make quilts”, and I rarely unstitch, unless the mistake is really glaring.  But so far I have picked out most of two blocks of quilting as well as redone a few seams that just were not going to hold.  One block I picked out was an attempt to make a spiral free hand. A complete disaster, so I picked it all out and used a walking foot instead.  The result is still far from what was in my mind, but somewhat better.  Another was inspired by the quilting on the image in the Inspiration widget at the bottom of the page.  My version was so far from that picture that I couldn’t leave it.  It is at times like this that using rulers sounds very appealing!

Here are a few blocks, and a picture of the quilt back, which will almost be a second quilt.

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I’m linking up to Let’s Bee Social and Work in Progress Wednesday, once it is Wednesday where it is being hosted!  Also linking up to Quilter in the Closet’s Building Block Tuesday, because what I have mainly been doing is getting specific blocks quilted.

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  1. Oh geesh, this is amazing! I see perfection where you see irregular. You have such a talent, a very unique style. I made a quilt out of batik maybe 25 years ago. I machine stitched it all together and hand quilted the top–nothing nearly as detailed as yours! There was a removable (for washing) 12″ square panel that had a heart beaded on it. Young and dumb I gave it away–a Grateful Dead loving, pot smoking boyfriend of mine. I have made less than a dozen quilts in my long sewing life and gave most away. You inspire me…maybe I will make one someday as a keeper. Xx

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    • I would love to see quilts that you made! In your case, I think you would need to keep at least 6 — one for each of the kids as well as for you and your dear hubby. It might be a big project, but I encourage it (selfishly, so I can see!). I am sure you would make amazing quilts.

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  2. I love the beautiful colors. I think you are your own worst critic. Sometimes it is the little imperfections that make something all that much more endearing.

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  3. Looks absolutely great!

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  4. I love your idea for the quilting, so glad you went with it in the end. I think the finished quilt looks lovely (and remember we are our own worst critics – no one else will see half the flaws you might).

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  5. I like your quilting design and am glad you stuck with it.

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  6. I love the fabrics you chose for this!

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  7. Lovely circle blocks, and the quilting!! FAB-U-LOUS! Thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday. I hope to see more soon.

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  8. I’ve had similar issues with FMQ vs. Walking Foot. It’s frustrating when the reality doesn’t always live up to your expectations. But I think it is all so very lovely!

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  9. Beautiful quilting I don’t unpick much either. Too much work!

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  10. I don’t quilt but I love them! What a wonderful blog. Will be back often. http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

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  11. You do wonders with batiks! Really enjoyed my visit, thank you so much for your encouraging comment, which led me to your beautiful site!

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