Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Circle Quilting


I am excited to say that I am ready to hand sew down the binding on my third quilt finish for the year. It's the HST BOM quilt that I worked on last year following Jeni's tutorials. Earlier this week I spray basted it and then I had to decide how to quilt it.



With all those angles and points I wanted something with rounded lines, but remember, I am a straight line quilter and I have still not even taken my FREE Craftsy Free Motion Quilting class that I received while attending Sewing Summit. So while searching Flickr and Pinterest I came across ths fabulous blog post.  To quote Norma, "If "free motion" quilting scares you, then it's time to become friends with your walking foot". That sentence was calling my name and I sat and read ever single one of her 31 Days of Walking Foot Quilting. If you haven't checked out these posts, there are some great ideas in them. I know I will be referring to them often until I can put on  my big girl panties and conquer Free Motion Quilting..
31 Days of Walking Foot Quilting - Petit Design Co.

I decided to try the circles and wanted to have a few of them to move your eyes across the quilt.
I started with this roll of masking tape {used for the first size} and my marking pen and drew the first circle.
Then I attached the seam guide to my walking foot and starting sewing circles, spacing them about 1 1/4" apart.


Here's a sneaky peak. I am so excited about this and it was so easy.



I followed Norma's suggestion and started and ended each circle {or partial circle} with teeny tiny stitches to lock them in.


Here is the backside. I used white thread on the front and orange thread on the aqua backing fabric.



Hopefully I will have a final reveal real soon.

I am linking with Lee at Freshly Pieced WiP Wednesday.

29 comments:

Tiara said...

Thanks for the great website!

Jennifer said...

looks stunning! Are the circles spiral (continual) or individual rings? I love the different circles! Great work!

laura said...

I love the quilting! How were you able to easily turn the quilt in your machine while making perfect circles? I'm so impressed!

Cindy said...

Your right, circles do look good with all those HST points. Thanks for the new blog to check out. I need all the help I can get on FMQ.

Carla said...

What fabulous quilting! You don't need a class-- you could teach ; )

Dianne Neale said...

I think this is way harder than FMQ. How do you keep the lines even when you are hauling the quilt around in a circle? Are there hundreds of ends to sew in?
It does look splendid though!

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with Carla- you should be TEACHING the class Di! I love how the circles over lap other circles! Fabulous!

Cynthia said...

You did a fantabulous quilting job! You are amazing!!! Congrats on your third quilt too :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice!! I wasn't sure the walking foot would do the circles so nicely...good job!

Cliodana said...

wow beautiful, to you did that with a regular sewing machine??? i can't figure out how to turn the quilt when i'm sewing in the middle of it!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Ha, that's exaclty the tute I'm going to use for the second Indie Star! Looks great with the interlocking ones, I'm just going for concentric from one place

Cindy Sharp said...

Brilliant! It looks wonderful.

LuLu said...

Oh my gosh, that is amazing! I am totally going to try this! I'm not necessarily scared of FMQing but I have been terrified to do circles.

needle and nest said...

It's funny, I was just looking at that same blog post last night. Her post on circles had me sold. I was curious as to how you did it, though. Did you start several sets of circles around the quilt, then build them out alternating between sets so that they'd come together at different points? And how many sets of circles did you use for your quilt?

Sara said...

Very interesting! Little creativity goes a long way:) Love your circles!

**nicke... said...

gorgeous! gorgeous! it is amazing di! i have been itching to do some more "quilting" with my new machine!

Danny Heyen said...

It turned out great! Thanks for the link. I am going to have to go check it out. I have a walking foot on my Juki, but it's terrible! I have a walking foot on my Viking, but that machine is terrible!! I think I need to just deal with the cost and buy a new walking foot for the Juki so I can quilt like this. It's SO pretty!

Canadian Abroad said...

I totally love these circles, Di. You did a wonderful job.

heart of charnwood said...

I think the circles are stunning, love the effect they make, it's like a ripple in a lake! : )

Annabella said...

Di - it looks great! I love the way the circles overlap - great job!

Lisa C said...

Wow! Am I ever glad I read this post. I've taken two classes on FMQ and still can't find my big girl panties to put them on and try it! I really like the colors in this quilt and the circle idea is genuis. Now turning this big of a quilt doesn't look exactly fun but the final result is great.

Tamie said...

I saw those posts- thanks for reminding me they are there. When you find your big girl panties, let me know. I'm scared to try FMQ too.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

it's looking great!!

Flying Blind... said...

It looks amazing - how did you manage the first tiny full circles without a big fuss and lots of swearing???

Rachel said...

The circle quilting looks awesome (and fun)!

Marit said...

Glad to see I'm not the only straight line quilter out there. Your circles look great. Will have to check out those ideas too!

Sarah said...

I just found that website and the quilting ideas last week! It's great I agree. Your circle qulting looks awesome!! Well done. I quilted in a spiral for the first time last month. I went in the wrong direction though because the quilt going through the throat of the machine got bigger rather than smaller. Lesson learned for next time. And I'm going to try a series of circles that intersect like ripples on a pond. Great idea from you! Thank you.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

You quilt turned out wonderfully. And the quilting looks great too!

Tsoniki said...

Beautiful! I need to finish my HST BOM too - I think I've said that a few times now. LOL And I really love the circle quilting!!