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 which found 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 priced it at six dollars for a PDF download. For those in non-EU countries, the pattern is in my Craftsy Store, listed as Shine: Circles Quilt Finishing Instructions and is available for purchase, so you too can finish off your quilt. For those in EU countries with VAT tax, the pattern is in the PayHip shop.
I know I haven’t released the last circles — numbers 13 to 16 — yet (well, you have one of them), but I’ve made up a pattern for the final four, which is also on my Craftsy store if you can’t wait through the end of summer to get them all. The Final Four Blocks from Shine (I made the pattern earlier) is also priced at six dollars, for a PDF download. For EU readers, please use PayHip.
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 and they were just too much. 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.
Now to quilt this, a good summer project since we’ll be local most of the time. I’ll find the next Inspector Gamache book (I heard a new one is coming out in August) and sew my brains out. Can’t think of a better thing to be doing when it’s scorching outside. The tutorials for the final patterns will post regularly throughout the summer, but feel free to grab those final block patterns early, if you want to get going on them.
Thanks for all your support and EPP love while I’ve been working on this project. Happy Piecing!