Also, I tried a new detail- a strip of brown ribbon around the inner black border.
I was worried about it puckering or shrinking unevenly, so first I finished all of the quilting and washed and dried the quilt. I didn't prewash any of the fabric. I wanted it to do all of the shrinking it was going to do before I added the ribbon.
It is a little puckered but not bad. I am thinking of adding some more narrow ribbon to the other side of the black border and along the binding. I really like the texture and shine.
Thank you for all the kind words! Very basic instructions:
First you make a circle. Then you make a square out of 1-4 triangles. Mostly my squares have one large triangle and two small ones. Then you appliqué the circle on top of the square and cut out the circle of fabric under the appliquéd circle. I used these circles along the border. Then sew the squares together.
The blocks are pretty easy to construct. The difficulty is selecting the fabrics and coordinating all of the squares. I quilted straight lines along the stripes (made from the triangles), and I did free motion quilting inside each circle.
This is a pattern called Circle Play by Reynola Pakusich. Almost all of the large circles have an animal print. I worked on this, off and on, for over 3 years. This is the biggest quilt I have ever made - that is a king size bed!
I just did the same thing with 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon, and in my case, it did shrink much less than the quilt itself. The ribbon is noticeably puckered. In the future, I would finish the quilt and wash/dry it, then sew on the ribbon. I love the look of the narrow strip of shiny ribbon though.
I buy a lot of fat quarters, which is an 18x22 cut. They are usually around $2-4. I pick 2 or 3 up whenever I go to a fabric store, and I end up with a whole drawer full of them. So I have a lot to work with whenever I feel like it.