Certain things scare me….a lot.
1. Any kind of stinging or biting bugs
2. My kids saying “uh-oh” while in my quilting room
3. My kids in my quilting room….
4 um….anyone in my quilting room
5. Quilting circles
hmmm? Did i just type that out loud? I guess it is out in the open now. Circles scare me, customers requesting circle scare me,….. I can do whirls, I can do twirls. You want a whirlly twirly swirl, I can do that. And I love to do it. But random perfect circle, that scares me.
You may wonder why………. shall I demonstrate? Grab a pencil and paper……I’ll wait…..OK, ready. Holding the pencil in your fist, proceed to draw a perfect, symmetrical circle. Then imagine that your pencil weighs about 10 pounds and is vibrating. See what I mean!
But all fears are made to be conquered. There are only so many times I can say to a customer, “I agree, I think circles would look great, but what do you think about ___________ (fill in the blank with random quilting design)” So after yet another customer requested random circles, I knew it was time to get it figured out. And I had just the quilt to test it out on, a quilt for our upcoming family reunion. It’s ok, they’re family, I am pretty sure that they have to love me no matter what.
So I pull out the quilt Aunt Sue made for the reunion.
It screams circles……….. I must do circles on this quilt. By the way, big high 5 to Aunt Sue. This 70-something quilter pieced a modern looking quilt, she was definitely stepping outside her comfort zone.
So here is the finished product. I am not super happy with the finished product, most of the circles are about 6 inches wide, I had a difficult time keeping them even.
And some of them ended up looking more like swirls, but I will keep practicing for sure. Maybe one day I will conquer those circles!!!
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