a closer look at: No. 061 — Circular Reasoning
Seattle. This city is all about water — whether it’s falling from the sky, in the Sound, Bay or a lake, or frozen on the mountain you’re skiing on.
I’ve been craving anything and everything serene — and when I need calm, I head to the water. Hearing the waves recede through the rocks is perhaps the most soothing sound imaginable.
The blues of the sky, mountains and water that surrounds us is what inspired this quilt. This quilt is a subtle gradient of the blues of home + my obsessive love with letters.
Angela Walters had the job of quilting this one. My guidance was just something within the letter circle vs. the background. I love her swirls — and I know that sounds dorky, but seriously, they rock. I stare at them and try to figure out where she starts and ends and have yet to figure it out.
The fabrics in this project are Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton Solids. I pulled out my Kona Chips and started looking on the blues and aquamarines and then realized there was a ‘Poseidon‘ fat quarter bundle. A quick head-smack later and my colors were picked.
The pattern includes full-sized templates and applique instructions for how I chose to applique it. Feel free, however, to stitch as you please.
But wait! There’s more!
First, I must clarify, this version of the quilt is not part of the pattern. If you want to make it, just substitute the colors of the rainbows instead of those listed in the pattern and you’ll be set.
I didn’t have room for the background portion to be as large as it is in the pattern, so I changed it to fit the space. Honestly, it just was easier than changing the size of the dining room.
The background is entirely pieced of scraps — and not all of them are large. Most are quite tiny.
I took on the task of quilting this one. I really do like the quilting part of making quilts, I’m just usually lacking time and (lately) mojo to keep doing it. I challenged myself to do it, and to do it right. I have bitty bubbles in the circle, surrounded by concentric rings with random spacing between them.
The applique portion is also different than how I described it in the pattern because I wanted to experiment with using Aurifil’s 12wt thread (currently being used for the Designer Block of the Month) in the machine. I put 50wt in the bobbin and started sewing. And it worked. Fabulously. I’m totally hooked on it. The only hitch is to make sure your needle can accommodate the thicker thread.
Liam was my helper for these photos. He was by my side for every shot — except for those when he was taking a picture of me taking a picture of him. The kids love this quilt and are always trying to spell words with all the letters. Liam’s only complaint? Some of the letters are sideways and upside down. He gets very distressed over this.
You can see the two rainbows in this shot — plus my little helper. Liam is already planning the next quilt to hang on the house. More about that in Friday’s post.
I apparently have a thing for rainbows in a basic circular shape. I wonder what this means?
Tomorrow… No. 062 — Ascend.