Saturday, August 4, 2018

Circle Quilt Finish

I finished the Circle of Friends quilt top—or was it Friendship Circle?  Hang on, un momento, while I check Facebook for the name I was going to give this quilt...

Okay, I checked.  Its name will be Friendship 360.

My brain is like a sieve some days, I swear.
(Spotted on a recent visit to the antique mall.)
In my defense (albeit a weak one), I finished this quilt top three weeks ago.  I can barely remember what I had for lunch, much less what I thought to name a quilt way back in mid-July.
(Friendship 360 Quilt Top)
ANYway, here it is!  

This quilt combines the circles I made during the Quilty 365 quilt-along during 2016 with the Friendship Star Wreath that I also made during that time.  

The Friendship Star Wreath was just a little bunny trail I took with the scraps I had left from the Quilt for Pulse.  The tutorial for it can be found here.  Since I was using leftover HSTs from the Pulse quilt, my dimensions were different than what was given in the tutorial (mine used 4.5-inch strips and HST blocks versus 3-inch).

The end result was a 36.5-inch square, which I was going to make into a wall hanging.  You know, some day.  It got put aside, is what I'm saying.  Literally moved to the far corner of the playground (i.e. design wall) and ignored while I did other stuff in 2016, including the Quilty 365 circles.

At the end of 2016, I really had no idea how to arrange all those circles together in a quilt.  I watched my fellow 365-ers finish lovely quilts in various ways.  Meanwhile, I had no real plan.  The circle blocks sat in colorful piles in the sewing room.  I'd pick up a few and riffle through them now and then or move them from one surface to another.

Then one day as I was milling around the laundry room, looking absently at the Friendship Star Wreath on the far end of the design wall, it dawned on me that it might work as a center medallion with the Quilty 365 circles.
Why it took so long to put the two together is...well, irrelevant.  The point is I finally did, and it worked.  Hooray!  Also, Ta-Da!
Now, full disclosure:  I only made 338 circles in 2016.  A detail I forgot until I was putting the circles together and ran short.  So I had to make a few more on the fly.  No big whoop, and kinda fun, actually, to be making these again.  Thankfully, I still had enough of the same or similar background fabrics and even my little cardboard circle template made from a Kleenex box.

I assembled the circle blocks into panels.  First the sides, at 9 blocks high x 6 blocks wide. These were sewn to the right and left of the center medallion.  Then the top and bottom panels, at 9 blocks high x 21 blocks wide.
And I still didn't get all the way to 365, because I only needed 360 circle blocks for the quilt top.  Hence, Friendship 360, and also because a circle is, of course, 360 degrees.  See what I did there?
You'd think its name would have been easier to remember!  But no matter, I'm pretty sure the quilt itself—with its I-spy, whimsical, colorful circles—will be unforgettable.

10 comments:

  1. It's super duper! I love the combination of the circles and the rainbow star circle. And hooray for a finish!

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  2. Bravo.....well done on the final product! It does not matter how we crash through a finish line or how far in the distance are those overachievers .....lol....the fact is you got there and it’s done and I congratulate you most sincerely.

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  3. Turned out phenomenal! Love the picture of the lady with no film in camera. Gee, I experience that on occasion!

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  4. What an AWESOME pairing of projects!!!

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  5. Definitely UNFORGETTABLE....as well as FANTASTIC!!

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  6. Gorgeous.....survivor972002@midco.net

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  7. Definitely unique, one of a kind, memorable! It's good to get to flimsy stage isn't it!

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  8. That is a great focal block for this quilt - perfect! And congrats on getting it finished. It will be one you'll enjoy through the years! What color are you going to use for the binding?

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  9. Oh WOW, this looks great! I love the center, and I happen to know exactly where my Pulse HSTs are. So, yes, I'll be putting a Friendship Circle together soon..


    I named my Quilty365 "Full Circle", which felt more profound at the time. Wonderful to document a year with a quilt and we love sleeping under ours. Congrats on a gorgeous top!

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