Now that my partner in the Mini QT Swap, Carol, has received her parcel, I can show you the quilt I made for her. Now, Carol is a quilter extraordinaire, very active in all the Flickr swaps and truly the queen of mini quilts, so I will admit that my initial thought on discovering she was my partner was "Holy crap, what on EARTH can I make that will be good enough to send to her??!!" I quickly gave myself a talking too though, it's not worth getting stressed about, these swaps are meant to be FUN after all, so I just decided to chill out and make something that was very me, rather than trying to be something I'm not.
My first thought was embroidery but then, one evening, the idea of concentric circles just popped into my head. I started thinking about rings of fabric (an idea that seemed to ring bells with me but I couldn't put my finger on it...) - that led me to thinking about ripples and bubbles so I thought I'd have a little play with this watery idea. I have plenty of aqua coloured fabrics in my stash after all!
I thought it would make it a bit more interesting to make the rings of fabric asymmetric - ie not concentric after all. I played about with the arrangement for a bit and then fused all the shapes to the background fabric.
After securing the shapes with some handstitching, I made up the quilt sandwich and started handquilting using 3 strands of pale aqua embroidery thread. I did this completely by eye, initially following the lines of the appliqued shapes and then following each previous line of stitching and just kept going until the whole thing was almost completely quilted.
And here is the finished article. As you can see, I couldn't resist adding a couple of splashes of pink! I so enjoyed making this quilt - I really love handstitching and I was just so darned chuffed that it turned out how I imagined it. It was pretty hard to say goodbye to this one but I'm sure I'll be making some more like this. Carol was really pleased with it too, so that was a job well done!
Yesterday I was thinking about how I'd like to make some more pieces like this, in different colours, and then a lightbulb suddenly went on over my head and I realised why the idea had been ringing bells!
Almost three years ago I purchased this lovely picture from Jane of Picciolo. (I can't seem to get the photo in this post so you'll just have to click the link to see it!) It's been hanging in my hallway ever since so I wonder if, subconsciously, Jane's rings of felt were what was what sparked my idea?
In any case, any further circle quilts will have to wait, as I've completely run out of Steam a Seam! Some shopping is in order...