Sunday, February 16, 2014

One Small Step Forward for Me!

Thursday I put the finishing touches on my Round and Round quilt. And to say I was thrilled to be done with it is truly no exaggeration!


Round and Round Quilt quilted, bound and finished!

I initially won this Camille Roskelley pattern from a give-away hosted by Michelle who blogs as Mrs. Sew And Sew.  She sent such a nice little note with it, that I thought I'd just go ahead and work this up. I liked the design, and I thought it would be a great quilt for me to practice my free motion quilting on my longarm machine.  Well, that it was, but it took forever and a day longer than I anticipated.


Closer view of the round-abouts



I loaded this quilt and started the design motif for the center of the rounds based on a design borrowed from the Spring Blossom quilt in Judi Madsen's new book Quilting Wide Open Spaces.  I knew that I was going to take an all-day class from Judi at the AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix, and so I wanted to get acquainted with her book before hand, and be ready to put my new-found knowledge to work once I got home.




After I created a template for the center flower, and I learned how to mark the floral designs in the center of the stars.  After stitching in the ditch around all those dang triangles of each star, I did a simple curlique around the remainder of the quilt.



With so much negative space to fill up, I recreated the star pattern to float down through the negative space on each side of the quilt. That was fun!



Originally I had not been certain if I liked the deep gray tone of the background fabric, so I wanted something bright to liven up the backing.  Much to my delight, I found this wonderful fabric (I've forgotten who made it now.) and it was on sale - score!  Its gray tones coordinate well with the front.  Oh - the stars on the front were made from two charm packs of Moda's Breezy Batiks.


All in all, I'm pleased with my results.  I got a thumbs up from my local quilt guild gals, so that made me happy.  This was quite a fun pattern to piece together, too.

This project was on my list for finishes in the 2014 Finish Along!!  On to my next project now!

Remember to quilt with a smile,
Barb

Linking up with Needle and Thread ThursdayLinky Tuesday Quilt Story, Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?  
2014 Finish Along  


26 comments:

  1. Barb, your quilting is lovely! The ditch work in all those triangles is quite the achievement! Not easy on a longarm. Ruler....Yuck! Hope you are keeping this one for yourself!

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  2. That is a wonderful quilt. I'm still learning the quilting part of making quilts, so I've looked closely at yours! You've done such a nice job of making it all shine.

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  3. SOOOOOOO beautiful! LOVE that center floral pattern. I'm glad this one is for you - it's definitely a keeper!

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  4. This is gorgeous quilting! Love that center flower!! You might have to teach that class of yours ;)

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colour choices and the quilting. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me!

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  6. I was wondering how long all those spirals took ya....but boy! They were worth the time...your top came out beautiful Barb! I just got that book too and am looking forward to "report" on your learning experience from Judi! Have fun!!! :)

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  7. I love your quilting! Beautiful work.

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  8. I love your quilting! Beautiful work.

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  9. Everything turned out great!! Very pretty! :)

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  10. Wow! You did a great job. This is really pretty!

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE--the pattern, colors and the beautiful quilting! Outstanding!!

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  12. How beautiful and the quilting you have done is outstanding!! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Love that pattern! The quilt is beautiful.

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  14. Your quilting is amazing! You don't look like you need a class. Really great work here:)

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  15. Recreating the star pattern in the quilting is a very creative idea! I will for sure use it in the future Thank you!

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  16. Your quilting is amazing
    Congrats!!!

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  17. very nice. The pattern is great and your quilting is fabulous.

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  18. oh my goodness Barb! This quilt is fantastic! I loved it as a quilt top, but the quilting on it really sets everything off nicely. so pretty!

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  19. It's beautiful! The quilting is great - love your center design. And you are right, the backing fabric really is wonderful.

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  20. Beautiful finish! The quilting is especially nice.

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  21. Did you get dizzy working on this quilt? :) It has so much movement! Lovely February Finish!

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  22. Oh, my goodness! that quilt is gorgeous. the quilting makes the quilt shine.

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  23. You are *amazing*!! Everything about this quilt is an utter delight.

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  24. That's a beautiful quilt with some great quilting

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  25. Congrats on your finishes, love the quilting in this :o)

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