|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,
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2014 Finish Along