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« on: April 22, 2013 09:24:59 AM »

                


In the summer of 2012, we flew across Canada for our oldest son's wedding and while doing some sight seeing, I hit as many fabric stores as I could.  In one store I found 6 bolts of fabric with the same pattern but all different colors.  I purchased a half meter of each one and decided I would find a project to use them all in.  I had a number of ideas over the following months but nothing that really struck my fancy.  Then my mom purchased a book for me called Circle Quilts by Colleen Granger.  As soon as I got it in the mail I started flipping through it and came to this pattern and I knew this was it!  This was where I would use my fabric!!

This pattern needed 9 colors and so I went through my stash to look for 3 others to add to the ones I already had set aside.  Amazingly, I had 2 more that would work so I only needed to buy 1 plus the black.

I've never worked in the round before and had no idea how to do it but this book had very clear instructions.  It's paper pieced and while I didn't follow Colleen's paper piece method, my own way worked just as well.  Each ring is broken up into sections and once each section is finished, you combine them to make a ring.  Starting with the center, you join each ring to the next larger one by using a small zigzag stitch and invisible thread.  Here's a picture that shows the first few rings:

        

The circle is 30.5" in diameter.

Not sure if I'll attempt another one of these but I'm extremely happy I made this one!
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013 09:26:58 AM »

That came out really beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013 09:34:53 AM »

I love the bright colors!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013 09:39:35 AM »

WOw! that is awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013 09:39:54 AM »

I love the bright colors!

Me too and they are even a bit brighter than the picture shows.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013 09:48:39 AM »

That's awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013 10:04:12 AM »

That's wonderful!  Great work!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013 10:24:33 AM »

Wow! Very nice!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013 11:29:55 AM »

So bright and fun. I love that you used a dark backdrop to highlight the colors.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2013 11:55:21 AM »

pretty!
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2013 12:05:55 PM »

I love how bright it is. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013 01:28:36 PM »

So stunning and vibrant!  It looks amazing.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013 01:37:22 PM »

Astonishing!
If you ever tire of seeing it, I would gladly adopt it!
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2013 01:58:53 PM »

Astonishing!
If you ever tire of seeing it, I would gladly adopt it!

You'll have to get in line behind my mom but I doubt I'll ever get tired of seeing it  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013 02:04:09 PM »

Awesome! Love the colors and the pattern!
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2013 03:52:27 AM »

Beautiful! The colors are so cheery!  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2013 03:06:18 PM »

I'm happy that so many people like how colorful it is - makes me realize I'm not the only one that loves bright colors  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2013 09:44:27 PM »

Awesome quilt. 
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2013 10:12:30 PM »

I adore this with all the bright colours...love the whole pattern! Grin
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That is totally amazing - love it
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2013 04:21:25 AM »

Great work!  It's gorgeous and I love the colors.
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2013 05:20:27 PM »

Wow, that is absolutely fantastic!  I love it.  I am curious though about the circular binding.... was it hard to not get wrinkles?
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2013 06:42:36 PM »

I am curious though about the circular binding.... was it hard to not get wrinkles?

You HAVE to use bias binding (cut all your strips on the bias so they have stretch) or it won't work properly.  Something I never knew until I made this.  I had no problem with wrinkles.
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« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2013 08:25:19 AM »

so cool!
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That is insane.  Smiley
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That is insane.  Smiley

That's what I thought as I was making it  Shocked
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Beautiful! I love the rainbow of colors.
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Beautiful! I love the rainbow of colors.

Thanks, I love the colors too!
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2013 08:14:23 PM »

I've decided that not only does the general public not understand how much work goes into quilts but neither do some other quilters.  I entered this into a quilt show and when I went to look at the displays, I was dismayed to see this quilt hanging with the top 1/3 bent over backwards - really?!?!? - could they not have put it somewhere other than at the very top of the display where there was no backing??  Maybe because it was small or maybe because I don't belong to the regular group of quilters in my area, it just didn't get the care it deserved.  It made me quite upset and I'll have to think hard before I enter this particular show again.
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« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2013 09:19:57 AM »

WoW! How did I miss this gem?  I love it!  When I get home from work, I'm pinning this FOR SURE!
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« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2013 03:58:35 PM »

WoW! How did I miss this gem?  I love it!  When I get home from work, I'm pinning this FOR SURE!

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Congratulations!
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Beautiful!  You have so much patience!  I really love the colors!
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Thanks!  Patience for one time but probably never attempting one again.
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