Monday, April 25, 2011

Back in the saddle again - Celestial Circles

This is one of my favorites so far.  The fabric speaks to me and I hope to the eventual recipient. Plus the colors are fun.  Once concern I have is that the overall color value is pretty close together. I'm hoping that the yellow is enough to pop the circles out - the purple blends a little more than I would have liked, but was definitely better than the teal I also auditioned.





Getting ready...

Because I like the pattern so much and because of the wonderful variety of suns and moons from the panel, I did enlarge the overall quilt. And clearly, I do not envision size well as it is definitely going to be a big one.  The blocks are stacked and ready to start chain piecing together.  11 rows of 9 blocks.  I'm getting better at stacking so that I don't end up having to stitch in odd orders anymore - especially important as orientation matters.  I am also quite thankful that I had a diagram as I got distracted between the stacks and the machine and had to refer back to the design to ensure that I stitched the pieces together appropriately.



One change I made in the stitching was to stitch C1/C2, then C3/C4, then C5/C6, and finally C7/C8/C9 - this made it easier for me to press the seams to the correct side - leaving me to wrestle with fewer flips of the quilt while pressing after joining the four sets together. I'm still working on the coordination.  The other thing I found that in enlarging this project is that it is longer than my ironing board is wide, so I was stacking and restacking sections as I pressed.  Happily, I only ripped out part of one seam yesterday in the process - I wasn't paying enough attention at the end and it was beyond wonky. 

Here is the back before I started joining the rows together.


And the finished product, sans borders. But we are getting closer and closer to the borders class.

There will be three borders on this - the first being the celestial teal to float the circles, the second the yellow from the rings and the third a marvelous print.  I will also piece the back from more of the collection.

I finally photographed the finished Asian Nights variation last night as well.

4 comments:

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Wow! Sew much work you have completed!! I love both your quilts!!! I'm getting excited for the borders class and then the quilting class, too! I've been participating in the FMQ Challenge - fourteen days straight in a three week period - it's not too late to join us if you'd like! http://fmqchallenge.blogspot.com/ to follow

supermom said...

I'm really liking your quilt top you're making with the Celestial Dreams fabrics. I'm sure it's even more dramatic in person.

And I like the final version you chose for your Asian Nights quilt, as well. Both are going be be gorgeous quilts, once finished.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

May I ask what pattern you are using for Celestial Dreams? I love the layout andI am lookiing forward to seeing Asian Nights quilterd! They are both wonderful quilts!

Brenda said...

these are really beautiful, love how you put them together.