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Circles, Stripes and Solids

I have been working on a new design which I shared on instagram at the beginning of May. The design consists of circles that are segmented in various thirds. I was not sure on whether this would land up being a fabric design (my first one…come back on Sunday for a peak) or a quilt design.

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Then it struck me. If I made it a quilt design, I can use the reverse appliqué method that Carolyn Friedlander had shown me in one of her classes. Brilliant!! I have never tried reverse appliqué. Exciting!!

I was pulling fabric and deciding on colors, when another idea pop into my head. I knew that a  Robert Kaufman’s new Kona solids would be perfect for the stripes (most of these came from the Summer Kona Skinny Strips pre-cut I had which meant no cutting). They matched perfectly with a pull of Carolyn Friedlander prints from Architexture and Botanics.

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I started sewing up the circles last night (approx. 8.5 ” diameter). I stopped at two circles and went to bed…..but…..after twenty minutes, I could not stop thinking about them. Don’t you hate that :-). I got up and finished all six circles.Circles_Complete

They were super quick to make up, in total for all 6 circles, maybe 90 minutes. Today, I am deciding what the background fabric will be for the circles. At least for now, I am going with a mix of 4 grey prints / Kona solids.
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That’s what I am working on this week (and yes I am procrastinating the quilting of the butterfly quilt). Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

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“Hot House Orchids” : Entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival

So, this is my second quilt I am entering in Amy’s Bloggers Quilt Festival.

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I loved this project for so many reasons:

  • The study of the color radiant orchid
  • My first ever appliqué quilt
  • I was exploring the using of lines and borders and inspired by Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji

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The fabric for the front is Alison Glass’ line Clover Sunshine, which has such fabulous colors.

I just used some irregular straight line quilting on this one, to ensure the quilting did not take away from the study of lines.
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Name: Hothouse Orchids
Size:
 18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

I am entering this one to the appliqué quilt section. You should take a look, I already have a favorite in this category….the one with all the chairs….LOVE IT!!

Do you have a favorite yet??