Well, before getting started on the fox wholecloth quilt, I had a DrEAMi project (Drop Everything And Make It – coined by Sandra from mmmquilts); a design bee challenge. And since I just received the circle templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly, I had to use curves, right?? The design bee group that I had an opportunity to participate with in October (Pansy Mini Quilt) sent out a new photo to use as design inspiration:
…a wrought iron sculpture that can be found on the Wildacres Retreat grounds in North Carolina. There is a lot going on in the sculpture, but I was especially drawn to the repeated “string of pearls” and circles that can be seen repeating throughout the work. So I wondered: could I piece a thin outlined circle? I don’t know if I succeeded with the “thin” aspect of my question (the green piecing is ~7/8″ wide), but I sure like the outcome!
I used a Peppered Cotton for the green and the background is a natural muslin. I started with the larger circle and then wondered, “can I do it again, but smaller?”, so I ended up with 2 outlined circles. Simple and quick piecing added connecting lines between them.
I quilted the mini on my domestic, a Juki TL-2200QVP Mini, using a walking foot and 50wt Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand). I took it slow when I quilted inside the circles, and they got a bit organic and wobbly as they got smaller.
The backing is also a natural muslin and I definitely enjoy being able to “read” the design on the back due to the quilting. My husband thought the piecing looked like crop circles, but once I added the echo quilting that’s all he could see, so it was easy to name this the Crop Circles Table Runner.
I wanted to frame the table runner, which finished at 11 3/4″ by 46″, with the Peppered Cotton, but I only had enough to eek out a pseudo-flange binding in combination with more natural muslin. The Peppered Cotton is a cross weave of a bright yellow and light blue which reads as green (I love that the fibers are not green) and so I used a yellow 50wt Aurifil thread, 2105 (Champagne), to top stitch down the flange of the binding. It blends in really well!
I also wanted to share a few of the other items made in the design group. Above is a mini quilt made by Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs. Cindy used my Diffraction Block tutorial and added sashing between her Diffraction blocks to continue the effect. She then inset the blocks into the background using the 5 minute circle technique. I love how she used an offset to add interest, and I am tickled she chose to use the Diffraction Block!
Faye Jones created a 9 Patch Block and incorporated different elements from the inspiration image into her quilt top.
The checkerboard element in the center of the inspiration image was popular for several other of the pieces shared.
I will be linking up with Sandra’s next DrEAMi link up!