by Christine Barnes
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I remember making my first circles quilt and cutting away the fabric from the back of each block to remove the freezer paper. The “left-over” circles were gorgeous! With every circles quilt since then, I’ve collected these bonus circles. Just for fun, I thought you might like to see them.
“Elegant Circles” began in a workshop with quilter extraordinaire Judy Mathieson. For the background squares I paired Japanese ombrés and hand-painted fabrics by Elin Noble. I loved the way these fabrics worked together, so rich and nuanced.Below are the circles I cut away from the back of the blocks. Aren’t they yummy? I keep thinking “vest.”
Next came a vest with ombré circles appliquéd on top of pieced squares. (I used my Kimono Collage vest pattern, without the ties.) That’s Rainbow Resource mini rick rack around each circle.
By this time I was carrying Gelato ombrés in my Store. I decided to try them with Kaffe Fassett prints, and Sassy Circles II was the result. (Actually, most of these prints are by Philip Jacobs, one of his designers.)
Before I leave you, I’m teaching my Collage Vest class on August 22 and October 10 at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop here in Grass Valley. It’s a two-day workshop, with time in between to do the surface stitching, then assemble the vest in the second session. Email me for details and an image of my new vest.
Hope the rest of your summer is the best, with plenty of time to scheme and sew. And to my retreat students, see you soon!