Shine: The Circles Quilt
First block started June 2014 • Top finished June 2015
I’ve finished my quilt top and am happy to release it into the
wilds world today. I started sewing these English Paper Piecing patterns after I’d finished Kaleidoscope and needed a new hand project. I was also sick of straight lines, and though I’d do some circles. Those of you who have followed along know that I took a lot of inspiration for the circles from a church my husband and I had visited while traveling in Slovenia, the art finding its way into fabric.
I named it Shine because of all those circles, those suns, those compass points, radiating out from the quilt. I could see this all done up in solids, too. I’ve seen a few of your starting your project. Please tag me on IG (occasionalpiecequilt) or drop me an email with a photo so I can see what you’ve begun.
I’ve now completed the instructions for this quilt, and have it available for purchase in my Craftsy Store, listed as Shine: Circles Quilt Finishing Instructions, so you can finish off your quilt. For those in EU countries with VAT tax, you have an option to use the pattern in the PayHip shop.
The last four circles — numbers 13 to 16 — are also available as a PDF download pattern in my Craftsy store: Final Four Blocks from Shine, but because the tutorials are image-heavy, I’ve kept the instructions on the blog.
I’ve loved creating these and sharing them for free, so I hope you’ve enjoyed grabbing them and making them. At some point in the future, I’ll start moving the downloads to Craftsy, as I’m trying to gather all my patterns there for ease in locating them. Sometimes it gets hard to navigate blogs, even with the excellent search engine that my blog software provides.
Where did I get the inspiration for the finishing? One day when I was walking around San Diego, I looked up and saw the facade of the building and thought, aha! — those crosses with circles would be perfect in between my circles. I ended up leaving off the circles as my quilt had a lot going on , but your quilt may be different, so you decide (the option is in the pattern).
And the border? I started here, in this archway from the church in Slovenia, with those triangles. But again, I wanted my circles — and all that handwork — to stand out, so I simplified it with trapezoidal pieces in between the triangles.
Refer to the main SHINE page, for links to each block.
Thanks for all your support and EPP love while I’ve been working on this project. Happy Piecing!