Friday, May 26, 2017

Stunning Circle for MQG Pt II Finish



Stunning Circle Quilt
Finish

I had a finish to this project early this week, but time and computer issues prevented me showing it. Part I will take you from the creation of the circle through the applique process, and at that point I kept telling myself to not overthink the quilting. 


Straight Line Quilting

The piecing was so dense that I chose to stay away from quilting on top of it. Instead, I echoed the circle with my machine foot at equal intervals. 


I used a grey Aurifil for several rounds, then switched to an orange shade of Aurifil to finish it. I think it gives just a hint of color when viewed close up, and makes it worth the time and effort.


 The inner circle needed to be secured in some way, and I originally thought I would do concentric circles there also. However, that proved more difficult than I imagined, and I settled on one good circle. Note: Plan all you want, but be willing to to change that plan when necessary.

Binding

I felt like this small piece needed something other than a solid binding. All charcoal seemed to let it drift off the page while the tangerine was over-powering. Hovering between the orange posts made it feel centered without fenced in. I thought about this balancing act while I hand stitched it to the backing. It seemed to tie in with my May theme of balance.


The hanging sleeve is attached as well as tag.




"Finding Center"


I am not often asked to name a piece of work, but this title made perfect sense. May is nearly over, and my search for balance continues. I've realized I'm a long way off from a balanced life, but I am working on finding my center. I have a better sense of who I am, who I'm not, and the kind of work I want to pursue. Invisible progress on all fronts, but that's how personal growth works. This will be a good visual reminder.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Off to bed, and tomorrow we sew.

Linking up with~
Crazy Mom Quilts


13 comments:

  1. What a fantastic quilt name and quilt. Visiting from crazy mum quilts. Hope you find your "centre" soon

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    1. Thank you so much! The name came from the Craftsy class taken to teach the technique so I give the credit there. And thank you for the well wishes. I believe it's no strange occurrence that our mind and work find parallels, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this action.

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  2. What an amazing quilt, perfect choice on the quilting.

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    1. Thank you. KISS was the mantra.

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  3. A stunning piece Julie! I like your choice of binding, compliments the quilt.

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    1. You and I both know the value of walking by something for a few days before finishing. It will tell you what it needs if we only listen. Thank you.

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  4. Wow, this is an inspiring quilt. Congrats!

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  5. Stunning is right! I love how you did the binding.

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  6. Nice! When I grabbed my doxie girl and went to sew, we never came up with anything as cool as THIS!

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  7. A very impressive finish! It's gorgeous! Love the name, it's perfect.

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  8. Love your quilt , and all that movement- not for this middle aged woman with occasional vertigo! It reminds me of an album cover

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  9. Wow! I guess it IS stunning!

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  10. This is a wonderful quilt and well worth all the work and effort you put into it. I love the name too.

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