Circle quilt finished!

lola99October 28, 2012

I finally finished this quilt about a month ago.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me when 1. I didn't like how the quilting looked and then 2. when the quilt started to fall apart after washing.

I went around every circle again with a very wide zigzag, and I have washed it 3x so I do not think the circles will fall apart again.

I still think it would have looked much nicer with white quilting, but it was a huge learning experience and the woman that I gave it to loves it. It is the first quilt that she has ever owned and she thinks it's great.

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You did a great job fixing the problem! It's a dramatic and beautiful quilt.


    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 1:58PM
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I'm so glad you were able to fix it and your friend loves it. I love the bold colors.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 2:40PM
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Lola - what a fun quilt! You did a great job, and I'm so glad your friend loves it. Nicely done.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 3:03PM
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It looks like your fixes worked and it turned out very nice. Not always a big fan of the fabrics you used but really like the way they work in your quilt, which goes to prove everything in their place. lol. Great job. TFS.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 3:48PM
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You've done a wonderful job. It's just lovely. I think each quilt we make teaches us something and you've certainly learned from this one. I love your colors.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 3:55PM
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Imagine the miles of thread you've used on this quilt!!! :~)
You've done a wonderful job fixing your issues. I'm so happy the recipient is thrilled. Yay for you-you got it finished and gone! Kudos for not giving up.
Don't cringe ~ or laugh ~ but I bought a pkg of 15 fat quarters, all in large floral (Free Spirit textiles) and I want to make a circle quilt like yours! Ever since you posted pics of your raveling problem, I
haven't been able to get the image out of my head. I also bought Olfa's circular Rotary Cutter and the two just seem to be destined for each other. I will not be appliqueing them - thank you!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 4:34PM
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Lola, I think your quilt looks great. Congratulations on sticking with it and resolving the issues. Your friend has a true treasure. Lois

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 5:05PM
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Lola, Your quilt is beautiful, love the fabrics, love the's no wonder your freind loves it. Well done!!!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 8:54PM
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Lola, the quilt is beautiful. So glad you posted about the problem you had with appliqueing the circles onto the background. Babylock website has a Holiday Circles Quilt posted that uses Christmas fabric to make the circles and appliques them to a white background. That quilt is on my to-do list for this holiday season (assuming the stars get aligned just right :)) Anyway, thanks for telling how you fixed the fraying problem you had, I may use wonder-under on the circles to fix the fraying problem before the fact. Do you think wonder under will prevent the edges fraying?
here is a link to the Holiday Circls Quilt.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 4:59AM
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I agree with Kate. It's a beautiful, dramatic quilt.You did a good job. I like the colors you used and love the pattern.


    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 7:41AM
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That's fabulous. I like that colored thread you used for quilting. I think it really adds to the overall look which is fun and funky. Great job.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 9:19AM
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Eek! (yes, that was a squeak and it's the noise I made when I read that some of you are going to make this quilt.) Just kidding - it really shouldn't be a hard quilt to make, I just made it a lot more difficult than it should be.

Yes, I assume Wonder Under would help prevent the fraying, but I have not used Wonder Under very much, so I'm just assuming. Also, the first time I stitched the circles down I used a fairly small zigzag and I was trying to catch part of the circle and part of the background in every stitch. The second time around I used a wider zigzag and I was almost completely on the circle, with very little thread on the background.

I realized that I forgot to give credit to the tutorial that I used. The link is below.

Thanks once again for your nice comments. It is really fun to have this group of friends with whom I can share my quilting highs and lows.

Here is a link that might be useful: Simple Circle Quilt Tutorial

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 9:36AM
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Thanks for posting the tutorial link. I really liked her method of numbering, I usually pin and they just get in the way or cause me to bleed on my quilt. double sided tape much safer! lol

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 7:34AM
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Missed this while I was offline. It's a wonderful quilt. I'm impressed that you stuck to it with all the problems. The outcome was really worth it. I agree the colored quilting is part of the fun too.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 9:22PM
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