Friday, October 24, 2014

30 Circles

A picture-heavy post...

30 Circles

I can finally reveal my 30-Something challenge entry, made for Circle in the Square Quilters 30th anniversary. We had 12 entries, an excellent showing. The challenge had only the following rules: Be inspired by 30 something in recognition of 30 years; have fun; be creative. The variety was amazing. CSQ is a small guild with a lot of art quilters/fiber artists as well as mostly traditional quilters.

At first I wasn't inspired and wasn't going to participate, but then I figured I could at least make 30 circles in squares, right? The problem was finding a suitable layout that wasn't your basic 5 x 6. The one I ended up with required 32 circles, a problem. But what if two of then were not circles? Look closely, the two shapes in the corners are octagons, so this really is 30 circles.

I planned it so that lighter background and frame colors in the center would become darker toward the edges, and I really like the luminous effect this created.

 I took it with me to work on when I went to Florida in September, and finished it there, so we took some photos on the beach. These were taken on a sunny morning so the colors are a little washed out by the brightness.
 
 
 
And one more just because it was such a pretty fall day here the other day when I was taking photos.

I'm keeping this one for me, for a sofa quilt. This quilt measures 60" by 60" and there are at least 55 different batik fabrics used.

Linking up with Friday Finish at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

12 comments:

  1. The circles are beautiful and clever!

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  2. Clever interpretation of the theme! I especially like your arrangement using the lighter backgrounds in the center. It really creates an illusion of luminosity.

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  3. What a great quilt! The layout is wonderful... going from the darker squares into the lighter squares. It looks great on the beach. I love circles and dots!

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  4. Beautiful quilt. I really like the effect of the lighter to darker fabrics. One of the blue/green circles reminds me of how our world looks from space. And I love how you bent the rule of the challenge without breaking it. :)

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  5. Your quilt is beautiful, Jan. Love seeing on the beach.

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  6. Congratulations on the finish! It turned out beautifully and seems to have been a great interpretation of the challenge.

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  7. I love this quilt. Good job on those circles. I know they can be challenging because I have hand appliqued 80ish circles this year.

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  8. I love your circles (and octagons) in squares and how the colors are more intense at the edges. Such a great design!

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  9. Beautiful quilt. Simple design and amazing use of colours!

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  10. Oh my goodness! That picture of your quilt in the sand is breath taking! The neutrals seem to be of the sand itself. Its a very calming quilt. Simply lovely.

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  11. What a clever design to fit the challenge, and what a beautiful quilt! I would be proud to have something this gorgeous! Your photos of it are outstanding, too.

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  12. Wonderful design for the challenge...love the photos at the beach.

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