Shine: The Circles Quilt, finished

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Shine: The Circles Quilt
Quilt #170
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This quilt finally finished, I took it out for a photography session with the help of my husband.3shinecirclesquilt

I started sewing the first block in June of 2014, and finished the top a year later.  The quilting was finished at the end of September, but it wasn’t until now that I could get time to take it up to our university’s Botanic Gardens to get some photographs.
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My husband’s favorite block.  As some of you know, many of these blocks were inspired by art in a church in Slovenia, as well as designs from our travels.  Most of the patterns and accompanying tutorials are free on this blog, found *here* as well in a tab labeled Shine: The Circles Quilt.  4shinecirclesquiltl 5ashinecirclesquilt

This shows the quilting.  I was trying out double batting (polyester with wool), and found it was a challenge to move the heavy quilt around on the machine.  It took me nearly 4 months to quilt this thing, as I was hobbled with a shoulder injury.  But I was able to finish it!7shinecirclesquilt_label

As I quilted, I thought a lot about my brother-in-law Tom, who passed away a little over a month ago.  He maintained a beautiful small garden in his backyard, and so in one of the corners I quilted in a flower in his memory (shown below).  Many offered advice and help while I was quilting: thank you, everyone.6shinecirclesquilt shinecirclesquilt_detailback

detail of quilting from the back

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This closes a chapter in my life.  Lovely to see you here, Shine!

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32 thoughts on “Shine: The Circles Quilt, finished

  1. So, so beautiful. I recently sent my version off to a long-arm quilter, excited to see the results. I started this pattern about 4 months after I started quilting, and I do love how hand quilting marks events in your life. Thank you for this lovely pattern, it introduced me to my love of EPP, and it introduced me to your blog. Wins all around!

  2. Oh Elizabeth….it turned out beautifully. I love your sashing technique with those stunning circles. It is a winner all around. I hope your shoulder held up through all of the quilting.

  3. What a beautiful quilt you have created Elizabeth! I admire your tenacity in completing the amazing quilting under such adversity! You must be very proud of it! It is a credit to your creativity and skill!

  4. You have touched my heart with that corner flower that graces such a masterpiece quilt. Any superlative seems hollow. The quilt is a testament of your creativity, skill, determination, and good heart. I will drive down to see it in January. Hang it high!
    Love
    Susan

  5. I’m sorry about your brother-in-law. This is a beauty; I love the vibrant colors. When I do two layers of batting, I tend to do a puffy one like wool, and a skinny one like cotton. I’d be intimidated to try two hefty layers; it’d probably be excessive for Albuquerque anyway. Swelter! The quilting turned out beautifully.

  6. This is one of the best quilts I have ever seen. Congratulations on the fabric and pattern choice as well as the wonderful finish – the quilt really shines! Sorry about Tom.

  7. I know you are so proud of this – all the thought and love and work that went into it. Love the flower for Tom! Congratulations on such a grand finish – shall we look forward to seeing it in Road to California, maybe?

  8. Beautiful! You have shown me the way to English Paper Piecing. Have finished two of the circles. Quite taxing but also rewarding. This is a long-term project as I plan to stitch these when meeting with my bimonthly quilt group. Thank you for sharing your patterns and tips.

  9. I love this fabulous quilt for its colors and design. Your thoughtfulness in choosing fabrics, designing a complementary sashing, facing the edges, custom quilting on each circle, even changing thread colors for the flower you added in memory of your brother-in-law makes it all work together so well. Kudos to you! And thank you for sharing it all so generously!

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