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Celestial Spheres (Part 1): Winter Solstice

I received some happy mail a couple for weeks ago, that I knew would be perfect for a recent QDAD design (not shared yet on my blog). I love these Handcrafted prints by Alison Glass, the colors are so vibrant.

This is the first of a series of quilts inspired by the colors of Winter’s peak – the winter solstice. I love the grey and cooler colours which I think are perfect for this winter theme. The Handcrafted prints worked well with the background fabric which is from Botanics, Carolyn Friedlander.


The quilt is 30 x 30 ” with circles at 3″ diameter (cut with a Olaf circular rotary cutter). I measured out the start and end positions of the two lines and for the diagonal line I used washi tape (or painters tape) to ensure the placement of the middle circles remain straight. I tacked the circles at 1/4″ on the background fabric.


This was the perfect project for hand sewing on vacation….yes, I took it on our girl’s weekend and a business trip. Each circle, I used needle turn applique to finish the circles (similar to the technique shown in this tutorial).IMG_2866

The next one in the series will represent the Autumn Equinox….I have the fabrics ready for my next business trip in early November.AutumnEquinox_FabricSelection

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.