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Circles and pansies....

If you have ever wondered how I can quilt circles without having a computerised system, then this photo should explain how...  I have a gadget called a "circle lord" which has the ability to quilt perfect circles with the use of a stylus being placed into holes of different spacing,  which create different sized circles on the quilt.
This quilt is my quilt, and finally got around to quilting it between jobs.  It has taken some time to get done, as I hadn't used my circle lord in a while, and had to refresh my memory how to use it !!!
I made this quilt a while back, using a pattern in McCalls Quilting magazine I think, the centre part of the quilt was designed by Geri Robinson, I felt it needed borders for my own taste, so I then added the white spot border, and the outer blue border.  I nearly quilted a pantograph allover on it which would have looked great too, but eventually decided on piano key borders (using a straight ruler), freehand swirls in the inner border, freehand pansies, freehand leaves and swirls in the pinwheel sections, and of course the circles surrounding each pansy motif.  I used the piecing in the quilt for the spacing of the petals.
I am really pleased with the overall results, and took the opportunity being my own quilt to try out the frixion marking pens which disappear with the iron, and although they are pretty magic and do disappear with ease as I blew it away with my hairdryer, (I really must get another one to leave at the studio, as I forgot it one day and had to make do with my hair the next morning - LOL)  however, on certain fabrics there is a slight mark left visible in certain lights.  I will always make sure to test a fabric before using them again.  It is OK if you quilt on the markings though, as you can't see this slight left over mark once quilted over.  I will keep an eye on the quilt to see if they re appear in time.  I know that they reappear in very cold temperatures.
And of course I love the back too.... 

4 Comments to Circles and pansies....:

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Nicola on 29 July 2012 21:52
This looked great when I came to your studio the other day Janette - it looks beautiful now that it's finished.
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Janette on 29 July 2012 22:06
Thanks Nicola, it is rather bright, but I am pleased with the overall results.
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Kay in Scotland on 30 July 2012 09:08
Looks 'Fab' Janette, bet it feels great to quilt one of your own at last! Kay in Scotland
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Janette on 30 July 2012 09:20
Thanks Kay, yes it was nice to quilt my own, after all that is why I originally bought my machine... it was fun.
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