I am on a roll with the quilt finishes. This is the third one in a week. It was a bit of a motivator when it was pointed out to me that there are less than 40 days until Christmas, Yikes! This quilt is the September quilt for the Believe Circle of do. Good. Stitches. It did not have any sort of real deadline, but it was one I just wanted to finish. The head and the heart don't always agree.
The theme was fire and ice and each member was asked to provide three 6 1/2" blocks. One all ice, one all fire, and one a mix. The block could be any design they liked.
As the blocks arrived, I placed them on my design wall. I thought I was going to arrange them by color, with the ice in one corner, the fire in another, and the rest in between.
When I looked at them without color, I decided to go with light to dark, which sometimes meant that the colors mixed in differently than expected. It took quite a number of attempts to get this right (at least right to me). This is the final layout.
And here it is in color. At this point, it was looking more like sun and clouds than fire and ice.
One inch sashing strips were added to finish the top. Originally, the quilting was going to be one off set spiraling circle. After I did some rounds, I decided that it needed something more. First, I thought about doing rays out from the largest circle to make it look like a sun. Instead, I went with a second set of circles and let them overlap. The quilting lines are about one inch apart. I was not measuring specifically so it is far from perfect. I am happy with it as a whole.
You can see the quilting better from the back. I thought the quilting might get lost on the front so I chose a solid backing so it would really stand out.
From the right angle, the quilting shows up nicely on the front, too.
I love the variety of the blocks.
This was the first circle to be quilted.
And this was the second set of circles.
The binding is a bright orange. All this quilt needs is a label, which hopefully, will be hand sewn on tonight.
Thank you, Believe Circle members, for taking a concept and turning it into such an awesome quilt.
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.