Saturday, 23 February 2008

Circle Play--Old UFO finished!

I started this wall hanging two or maybe even three years ago! It is a pattern from a Fons & Porter magazine. I order their template set to make the quilt. I had a lot of fun playing with the colours and then playing with the order of the blocks until I was happy with the layout. It really helped to take pictures with a digital camera when the blocks were on the design wall. I got the top finished in record time, but then it sat because I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it.

This week I decided that it was high time and I just picked it up and started stitching about half an inch away from the circles and around one square after stitching in the ditch around them first.

I had a great feather stencil and decided that it would be nice in the borders. It's a little hard to see on the busy border fabric.

The quilting doesn't show up that well in the picture of the back. If you click on the picture it may show up better:

The corners:

I used Glad Press 'n Seal to quilt the borders of this quilt as it was too hard to see the white Clover marker on it. This worked very well. I spread the Press 'n Seal on my Olfa cutting mat and traced the stencil design on it with a fine Sharpie marker. Then I just smoothed it onto the border and it adhered beautifully! No shifting at all. I stitched right through the plastic and then removed it like you would remove paper . There were comments on the internet that it was hard to remove especially when stitching lines crossed, but this design has no crossing lines. I had to use tweezers on a few spots, but overall I was very happy with this method. I prefer doing the feathers free motion (no marking!), but this quilt just seemed to be asking for a perfectly symmetrical feather :-).

I am very happy with the way this quilt turned out. A friend of mine called the quilt, Circle Play and I think this name may stick. On to more UFO's :-).


Mary Ann said...

Oh, Jacqui, your Circle Play quilit is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! I love your quilting!!! The batiks are stunning, as well! Have a great day! Mary Ann

Jeanne said...

Congrats on finishing a UFO! The quilt is gorgeous and your quilting is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Elly D said...

I LOVE this quilt Jacqui. I like most things curvy accept my own curves...Thanks for sharing.